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City news in 250 words: Thursday 4 March

Macclesfield manager dies, Oldham boy kidnapped and Ian Brown tickets on sale

Published on March 4th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Thursday 4 March

MACCLESFIELD TOWN MANAGER, KEITH ALEXANDER HAS DIED. The 53 year-old who suffered a brain aneurysm in November 2003, passed away after arriving home last night from the League Two match at Notts County. Macclesfield chairman Mike Rance said: "I spoke to Keith last night at about 11.15pm after our game at Notts County and he was in good spirits. It was perhaps fitting that the last conversation we had was about football. He was an absolute privilege to work with.”

IAN BROWN TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY. The former Stone Roses frontman is to top the bill at a homecoming gig at Platt Fields Park on Friday 11 June. There are 15,000 tickets available for the open-air gig which will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the council-owned park. For tickets and more information please click here.

A FIVE-YEAR-OLD OLDHAM BOY HAS BEEN KIDNAPPED IN PAKISTAN. Sahil Saeed was taken from Jhelum where his family were on holiday. Robbers broke into where they were staying on Wednesday night and demanded a ransom of about £100,000. The British High Commission is in touch with his family and local authorities have launched an investigation.

THE CRASH-FOR-CASH MAN, who cost the insurance industry £1.6m after deliberately causing at least 93 car crashes across Greater Manchester, has been ordered to pay back just £1. Minshull Street Crown Court ordered Mohammed Patel to repay the nominal sum as he had no assets. His girlfriend, Ettorina Hay, was told to repay £12,953 after benefitting from his crimes.

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