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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 11 January

Shameless goes Stateside, sex exploitation arrests and flu patients get transplant treatment

Published on January 11th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 11 January

THE US VERSION OF SHAMELESS has premiered in the States. Just like the original UK drama set in Manchester, the series follows the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. The US series is set in Chicago's West Side Homan Square neighbourhood. Actor William H Macy plays the lead role of Gallagher. Click here to watch the trailer.

SEX EXPLOITATION ARRESTS: Nine men have been arrested as part of a police investigation into sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Greater Manchester. The men, aged between 20 and 40 from Rochdale and Heywood, were arrested on 21 December. Ch Sup John O'Hare, from Greater Manchester Police said: "We have shown that people who do exploit children will be investigated. Child sex exploitation is something that parents and carers everywhere should be aware of.”

TRANSPLANT TREATMENT FOR FLU: Wythenshawe Hospital is treating critically ill flu patients with technology developed for those who have had heart and lung transplants. The machine takes over the work of a patient's lungs by oxygenating blood outside the body and is only being used on seriously ill flu patients in a handful of UK hospitals.

COLLEGE STAFF SUFFER DUE TO SCRAP: Stockport College staff have accepted a pay cut after £4m was spent on planning a building that has now been scrapped. 900 workers have taken a two per cent cut after unions and management agreed the move would save jobs. Staff have been given an extra three days of holiday as compensation.

Out of the window weather forecast: The silhouettes in Hardman Square have goose pimples today.

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