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City news in 250 words: Thursday 2 September

Shame on councillors, shame on police and shame on goat attackers

Published on September 2nd 2010.

City news in 250 words: Thursday 2 September

COUNCILLORS HECKLED IN BOLTON: Council workers and local residents protested outside Bolton Town Hall yesterday against council spending cuts. Some of the protestors were heard shouting “Shame on you, shame on you” as councillors arrived at the town hall for meetings. Children’s services, care costs and environment spending are all being reduced. Hundreds of jobs will also go at the authority.

POLICE COMPLAINTS: The BBC has today obtained figures, through a Freedom of Information request, which show how many complaints were recorded against police officers in the UK over the last year. In Greater Manchester the report reveals there were 866 allegations in 2009-10, of which 562 led no further action,. Action was taken in one case, and 303 are still ongoing. Most complaints nationwide were about rudeness, assault or failure of duty.

GOAT CRUELTY: The RSPCA has described an attack on a goat at a sanctuary in Middleton as a “horrific cruelty case.” Sidney, a 19-year-old black pygmy goat, had to be put down after attackers wrenched his horns out and broke his leg. The raid took place last week whilst the owners were away. Ponies and horses ran loose after fences were smashed down in the attack.

RANGERS FANS TO BE HELD IN WIGAN? Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium could be used as a ‘holding zone’ for Rangers fans visiting the region ahead of the clash at Old Trafford. Club officials from Rangers and Manchester United have requested use of the DW Stadium in the hours before kick-off.

Out of the window weather forecast: For those that still have faith in Met Office predictions, forecaster John Hammond says to make the most of the good weather because “unsettled conditions are expected next week.”

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Stuart BamberSeptember 3rd 2010.

I verge on tears every time I see the picture of Sidney. Imagining the stress and pain he must've felt... how... how... what kind of sick mind thinks this is "fun", or even acceptable? A rare occasion when I think "an eye for an eye" is a reasonable punishment.

AnonymousSeptember 3rd 2010.

I agree, sounds daft but I could not get his face out of my head the other night when I'd read it in the MEN. Get these f*ckers and I'll gladly cut their ears off.

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