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City news in 250 words: Friday 30 July

A slew of crimes and deaths, and a major fire in Bolton

Published on July 30th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Friday 30 July

CHESHIRE BUSSINESSMAN CLEARED FOR THIRD TIME: Arran Coghlan was accused of shooting Stephen Akinyemi in a fight at his Alderley Edge home, but charges were dropped after prosecutors were unable to prove that he wasn't acting in self defence. In 1996, Coghlan was cleared of shooting Chris Little dead at the wheel of his Mercedes and was also cleared seven years later of the murder of drug dealer David Barnshaw.

GRANDMA CHARGED WITH BIRTH CONCEALMENT: Bernadette Quirk, who lives in Wigan, was charged after the remains of four babies were found on Merseyside. Three of the bodies were found in September at Quirk's former home in Harlow Close, St Helens, and another was discovered at the grounds of a local cemetery shortly afterwards.

BOY DIES IN PURSUIT CRASH: The 17-year-old died in a car crash while being pursued by police. A traffic officer tried to stop him for speeding in a Ford Focus on Ashton Road in Oldham, but as the officer followed the car it hit a tree and caught on fire. Officers pulled the injured teenager out of the car and he was taken to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

WARBURTONS BREAD FACTORY FIRE: About 100 people were evacuated from the building when the fire broke out on Hereford Road in Bolton. It's believed to have been started by accident in an industrial oven. A major clean-up is under way at the factory, and the company will continue to deliver bread to the Northwest despite the incident.

Out of the window weather forecast: The wind provides free hairstyling for all today. Take advantage of it, I hear the unkempt look is back in style.


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John HarrisJuly 30th 2010.

Hmm, the description of Mr Coghlan as a "Cheshire Businessman" seems a bit euphemistic.

Perhaps he's just been unlucky but I suspect Lady Bracknell would have something to say about that

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