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City news in 250 words: Thursday 14 April

Bank robber reward, Didsbury casino gets go-ahead and a spit conviction

Published on April 14th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Thursday 14 April

THE DEATH of a woman, found in a fire at her home in Rusholme, is ‘not suspicious’ according to the police. The body of Emma Flynn, 47, who worked at Manchester Metropolitan University, was found by the fire brigade in her attic on Tuesday. Further tests will be carried out to establish a cause of death.

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE is hunting a gang of armed robbers who have carried out eleven raids, taking almost £1m, between 2004 and 2008. The gang have raided banks and post offices in the Bolton, Wigan and Warrington areas. The police has warned the gang would strike again, and The British Bankers' Association is offering a reward of up to £100,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

PLANS FOR A CASINO to be built in Didsbury have been approved by the city council. The site for the casino, neighbours Parrs Wood High School, and was opposed by petitions and letters from parents at the school, as well as local councillors and MP John Leech. The casino will create about 120 jobs, and should open by early 2012.

A WOMAN WHO SPAT and squirted sun oil in a bus driver’s face during a racially motivated attack last June has been convicted of racially aggravated assault. The conviction of 21 year-old mum, Hayley Warburton from Levenshulme, came about because the bus driver used a DIY ‘spit kit’ to swab his face and trap Warburton’s DNA.

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