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City news in 250 words: Friday 16 April

Alcohol exclusion zone, Sir Richard Leese cat fight and Mike Leigh nomintaed at Cannes Film Festival

Published on April 16th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Friday 16 April

POLICE WILL IMPOSE A TWO AND A HALF MILE ALCOHOL EXCLUSION ZONE during tomorrow's derby to prevent fans causing trouble. The zone will reach from the city centre to Eastlands stadium, with extra officer drafter in to patrol streets and bars. The decision was taken after 18 arrests were made during the team's last clash at Eastlands in January.

THE “FURIOUS ROW” WHICH LED TO THE RESIGNATION OF COUNCIL LEADER Sir Richard Leese was sparked by a cat. Reports claim his 16 year old step daughter “flew into a rage” after Sir Richard gave medication to the family pet on Monday night. Sir Richard was arrested and held in custody for 20 hours. It is believed he has not returned to the family home following the incident.

SALFORD BORN DIRECTOR MIKE LEIGH has been nominated for the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Jim Broadbent and Imelda Staunton but the plot of the comedy drama is being kept secret. Fifteen others have been nominated for the Palm D'Or, which will be judged by a panel including Tim Burton. Leigh last won in 1996 for Secrets and Lies.

BRITISH AIRPORTS HAVE CANCELLED ALL FLIGHTS for a second day because of a cloud of volcanic ash. The National Air Traffic Services (NATS) confirmed no flights will take off until 1am Saturday 17th April, at the earliest. Manchester Airport has drafted in extra staff to assist passengers. Updates are available via the airport's website or Twitter feed.

Out of the window weather forecast: Started off overcast but it's brightening up fast.

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