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City news in 250 words: Thursday 26 May

Rochdale fire, two fines and how Oldham is coping ten years after the riots

Published on May 26th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Thursday 26 May

MAN UNACCOUNTED FOR AFTER ROCHDALE MILL FIRE: A man is missing after a fire broke out in Sartex Mill on the Halfpenny Bridge Industrial Estate at about 6pm on Wednesday. Four people were evacuated as 50 firefighters fought the blaze however the location of one worker has not yet been ascertained. The fire, believed to have been started accidentally, is still being tackled by more than 20 firefighters.

OLDHAM RIOTS TEN YEARS ON: Ten years after the May 2001 Oldham riots, Professor Ted Cantle, the man who led a review in to the causes of the disturbances, has said that good work has been done in the down. However, he fears cuts in council funding could threaten community cohesion. On whether the town was more tolerant now, Professor Cantle said it was but “there was still a long way to go.” 

£180,000 FINE FOR RENOLD: Renold Power Transmission Ltd has been fined £180,000 over the death of Nigel Lindley, 47 in 2008. The father of five was assembling a large metal gear case in a Milnrow factory when one of the sides collapsed on him. Inspectors found that no instructions were given to workers on how to safely construct the gear box cases.

UNITED YOUTH PLAYER FINED IN COURT: Manchester United youth player Ravel Morrison, 18, has been fined £600 at Salford Magistrates’ Court after admitting the charge of criminal damage. The incident occurred when Morrison threw his girlfriend’s mobile phone through a window in an argument on 19 April.

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