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City news in 250 words: Friday 7 January

Bury MP sentenced today, sex offender jailed and direct MIPIM flights

Published on January 7th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Friday 7 January

FORMER BURY MP TO BE SENTENCED: David Chaytor will be sentenced later today after pleading guilty to fraudulent expenses claims. The former Labour MP for Bury North faces a maximum of seven years in jail over £20,000 in false expenses claims. He was to have been the first MP to stand trial over his expenses, before he changed his plea in December.

SEX OFFENDER JAILED AFTER BREAKING BAN IN MANCHESTER: Convicted paedophile Peter Lander Jones, 73 of Anson Road, Victoria Park has been jailed after breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order. Jones approached a four-year-old boy in a Burger King on Wilmslow Road in December, breaking his lifetime ban from approaching or speaking to youngsters under 16. He has been jailed for two years and six months.

GOING TO THIS YEAR’S MIPIM? You might be interested to know that Jet2 airline is planning to fly aircraft directly from Manchester Airport to southern France for the international property trade show. This is the first time that the route from Manchester Airport will be on offer and it has been planned in response to customer feedback.

BERNARD MANNING AND TONY WILSON ARE IN THE DICTIONARY: Comedian Bernard Manning and music mogul Tony Wilson have both been added to the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, among 216 people who died in 2007. Other local figures included are World Cup winner and former City boss Alan Ball, art dealer Andras Kalman, who founded Crane Gallery, and Chinese restaurateur Lily Kwok.

Out of the window weather forecast: It’s sleeting. Without a doubt, the worst kind of precipitation. Yuck.

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