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City news in 250 words: Monday 22 February

It's a miracle! Half the bad boys disappear over night. Plus Mandarin mangling Mancs and no news but snow news.

Published on February 22nd 2010.

City news in 250 words: Monday 22 February

MANCUNIANS ARE BECOMING FLUENT IN CHINESE according to recent statistics. Following recent reports about the increasing number of languages spoken in the UK, data from local classifieds website Gumtree shows a 41 per cent surge in the ‘Skills & Language Swap’ adverts in Manchester since the end of 2009. Apparently, Mancunians are broadening their horizons by shunning old favourites such as French in favour of Chinese lessons.

NUMBER OF MANCHESTER’S MOST WANTED BY POLICE has almost halved in the last two weeks. Thanks to Operation Sabre, designed to find those responsible for more than 1,600 crimes, GMP said that figure had now been reduced to about 870, and are appealing for help in tracing those still on-the-run by visiting its ‘Wanted’ website. Asst Ch Con Terry Sweeney, said, "Those we have targeted do not deserve to have the freedom to walk the streets.”

SNOWBALL ‘ASSAULTS’ WERE A MISTAKE, GMP’s Chief Constable has admitted. Peter Fahy criticised the officers that recorded snowball throwing as a “serious violent crime” by saying they failed to show common sense. During last month's cold spell, six snowball-throwing incidents were logged as serious violent crimes, although no-one was injured or arrested.

COLD BLAST SET TO LAST FOR TWO WEEKS with more snow and sub-zero temperatures promised this week and the week after. Manchester Airport closed yet again yesterday after heavy overnight snowfall, with some flights being diverted. The Met Office has blamed the “block pattern” the UK has got into since the second week of December.

Daft American homily: Remember that tomorrow is a poor time to do what should be done today.

From Life's Little Instructions Calendar given to our Health and Beauty Editor as a gift. This is apparently written without irony.

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