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City news in 250 words: Friday 5 March

Stockport mayor arrested, study for curry and Corrie hits the stage

Published on March 5th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Friday 5 March

STOCKPORT MAYOR ARRESTED: The mayor of Stockport has been arrested over alleged benefits fraud linked to his transport company. Councillor Colin MacAlister, 55, was arrested at his home in Marple and has been released until June pending further inquiries. Coun MacAlister was said to be in 'total shock' and vowed to continue in his role of mayor.

ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE in connection with the kidnapping of a five-year-old Oldham boy in Pakistan. Sahil Saeed was taken from his grandmother’s house in the Punjab region yesterday morning by robbers wielding guns and grenades. Police have said that they are confident they will recover the boy soon. The attackers are said to have demanded a £100,000 ransom for the boy’s return, but detectives say they are also looking at the possibility of whether the kidnap involved “a sort of inside job”.

STUDY FOR CURRY: Sixty pupils, aged 14 and 15, from Tameside have been promised a free curry if they attend revision lessons before their forthcoming GCSEs. The initiative by the Food For Thought programme has already seen some students over-exceeding expectations. The scheme, which lasts eight weeks, is being run by student teachers from Manchester Metropolitan University.

CORONATION STREET- THE STAGE SHOW is to open at the Lowry Theatre in Salford this August. The two hour production will celebrate 50 years of Coronation Street, squeezing in some of the 7000 episodes and 2000 story lines featured since the soap started. None of the current or former actors will be appearing.

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DescartesMarch 5th 2010.

Eh that sounds good, I wish my school had offered us curry to study, I might've ended up with a proper job.

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