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<b>Thursday 9 July:</b> Bus driver police, Darren the dummy dilemma and Corrie to move

Published on July 9th 2009.

BUS DRIVERS in Greater Manchester have been given the powers of police officers. After passing training courses, six employees from bus companies and GMPTE were given police uniforms. The 'Buswatch' special constables now spend one shift a week on the buses. One public transport boss said a larger uniformed presence on services would help “reassure” passengers.

AN INVESTIGATION HAS BEGUN after a man was shot dead in Oldham. Police officers were called to Block Lane in Chadderton just after midnight and found a man with gunshot wounds. The victim later died in hospital. A car believed to be linked to the incident was found in a car park just off Broadway, Chadderton, and had been set on fire. Greater Manchester Police said: “more information will be released when known”.

A BOLTON SHOP OWNER has been told he must take down a dummy of soldier because it is giving the bank staff facing the shop “flashbacks” of an armed robbery. Hamid Shahbi must take “Darren the Dummy” down, Bolton council have warned, otherwise face a fine. The 54-year-old remains defiant, saying he “will not take it down”.

CORONATION STREET WILL MOVE from its regular slot on Wednesdays to Thursdays to avoid clashing with Manchester United. ITV said it was the first time in Corrie's 49-year history that the soap has been given a regular home on a Thursday. Coronation Street will move from its previous 7.30pm slot on a Wednesday to 8.30pm on Thursdays from July 23.

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Reg VarneyJuly 9th 2009.

Will they be able to take action against the criminal fares charged by our local bus companies?

DidsburyGirlJuly 9th 2009.

Will they also make sure that bus drivers stop for you instead of "pretending" they dont see you. I have to say though, training 6 of them for ALL the bus routes in Manchester? Now thats sensible coverage isnt it?? I bet I dont see one for months and i use the buses almost everyday.

johnthebriefJuly 9th 2009.

Hmm, will these new bus constables have the authority to charge drivers of buses (MagicBus especially) who routinely park on box junctions, for example the one on the intersection of Portland Street and Princess Street, so making the current traffic mayhem even worse.

MissBoobyJuly 9th 2009.

I don't think it's special constables the buses need, more a complete regutting and for us bus commuters to get an idea as to where our weekly Megarider money goes.Come on ManCon, you're always banging on about the trams, what about us poor Didsbury folk that have to get buses? Where's our campaign to bring this and several hundred other issues to the head of stagecoach??

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