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<B>Tuesday 1 July:</b> mad Joey Barton, Manchester's sky high rents, and no booze please we're full

Published on July 1st 2008.

IDIOT DISGRACED FOOTBALLER, former Manchester City player, Joey Barton, currently serving a prison term for an attack in Liverpool, has admitted assaulting ex-Blues star Ousame Dabo during a training ground incident last year. He pleaded guilty when the judge indicated he would impose a suspended sentence for the latter offence. Barton is eligible for parole from jail imminently.

SHOPPING GROUP SAINSBURY'S have withdrawn plans for a 24 hour off-licence at the junction of Oxford Road and Whitworth Street West. The Council received applications from residents and police amongst others arguing that there were enough licences nearby and that the store may add to anti-social problems by prolonging drinking.

MANCHESTER'S office rents are among the highest in the world. They now top Sydney and Washington, and put the city seventeenth on the planet behind places such as London and Paris. The figures come from property analysts Knight Frank and place the average rent in Manchester at £32 per sq ft. Of course there are other figures that vary from this but not by much.

ACCORDING TO private briefing papers Manchester's landmark Central Library may be closed for an unspecified time. The story in today's Manchester Evening News reveals that high levels of asbestos plus other health and safety issues may necessitate the closure whilst remedial work takes place. The same report highlights the need for action on both the Town Hall and the Town Hall Extension as well, amounting to £150m. No timetable for work has been revealed.

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