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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 10 May

Teletubbies house approved, council cuts campaign underway and informer freed

Published on May 10th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 10 May

TELETUBBIES HOUSE GETS GO-AHEAD: Former Manchester United player Gary Neville has finally been given the go-ahead to build his ‘Teletubbies’ eco-house after a two-year fight with local residents. Government minister Eric Pickles decided not to get involved in the dispute effectively waving the project through. The proposed £8 million ‘eco-house’ is to be one of the greenest in Britain. It will be built into the ground like a Neolithic settlement and will use solar, wind and ground source power.

ANTI-CUTS CAMPAIGNERS are threatening to take Manchester City Council to court saying that the £170m cuts are ‘illegal’. They claim the Council have failed to ‘follow due process’ in making the cuts by rubber-stamping them without following the correct legal requirements. A council spokesman said: "We completely reject any suggestion that we have not followed due process.”

POLICE HAVE RELEASED CCTV images of a man suspected of stealing a pensioner’s lottery winnings. The 79-year-old man had his wallet swiped after dropping it outside the Co-op store in Gathhurst Lane, Shevington, Wigan by the man behind him in the queue, walking away with £64 and a sentimental silver replica dollar.

A POLICE INFORMER has been freed after he helped police nail a Manchester drugs boss. Ben Davidson passed vital evidence to detectives about teacher Mohammed Sarwar who taught IT at Burnage Media Arts College but lived a double life as a supplier of cocaine and cannabis to drug dealers. Ben Davidson was facing a 30-month prison sentence but turned informer to walk free.

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AnonymousMay 10th 2011.

Yawn, threatening to take them to court is a ridiculous and pure publicity stunt.

Surely if there's any legal ground to stand on they'd just do it?

ScoteeeMay 10th 2011.

one elects, one suffers

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