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<b>Monday 4 August:</b> Gunrunners get 86 years, cinemas get grants and Fraizer gets to stay

Published on August 4th 2008.

A GANG of gunrunners has been jailed a total of 86 years after Greater Manchester Police uncovered the largest connected network of illegally held weapons ever seen in the UK. Code named Operation Tumbler, the investigation was launched to combat the sale of Russian handguns being sold in Manchester.

TWO INDEPENDENT cinemas in Greater Manchester have been awarded grants to improve facilities. The Cornerhouse in the city centre and the Curzon Cinema in Urmston will get a combined total of £23,000 from the UK Film Council. The Cornerhouse plans to use the funds on improving audio description and subtitles as well as physical access facilities. The Curzon Cinema will use its £13,987 to repair the building's roof.

A NEW STUDY claims that the proposed Metrolink expansion could add value of up to £12,000 to house prices in Greater Manchester. The report claims that travel time savings of between one and 15 minutes could be associated with house price increases. Mike Emmerich, chief executive of Manchester Enterprises, told Crain's Manchester Business: “It is important to understand the impact the expansion programme would have on businesses and the people who live and work in the region.”

FRAIZER CAMPBELL is staying at Manchester United. Reds boss, Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Fraizer Campbell will be given the chance to stake a claim for a first team place at Old Trafford this season. He told MUTV: “We don’t have many strikers. We’ve only got Rooney and Tevez so Fraizer comes into that equation."

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