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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 11 May

Actor praises Manchester bomb, Boateng heading for City, and police officer partially blinded after Manchester derby

Published on May 11th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 11 May

LORD OF THE RINGS actor Dominic Monaghan has been criticised for saying that the IRA “did Manchester a favour” when they bombed the city in 1996 because it led to the regeneration of the city centre. He made the comments on a Los Angeles radio station. Back in Manchester, councillor Pat Karney said: “That the bomb did us a favour is one of the big Manchester myths of modern times.”

MANCHESTER CITY are close to signing Jerome Boateng, the Germany international who currently plays for Hamburg. Roberto Mancini said: "He plays for the national team and there is a good chance to get him. He can play three different positions; central defence, right full-back or in midfield. If we find a player like that it is better for us." City are expected to pay £11m for the 21-year-old.

THE FUNERAL of 64-year-old David Askew who died after a confrontation with youths outside his home in Hattersley will be held today. An 18-year-old male has been charged with harassing Mr Askew in the weeks leading up to his death on 10 March. Another 18-year-old male who was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter remains on bail pending further enquiries.

A POLICE OFFICER has been blinded in one eye after being hit by a missile at last month's Manchester derby. He was dealing with a disturbance outside the City of Manchester stadium when the incident happened. The police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

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Leigh ScottMay 11th 2010.

City are destroyers of world class players. They buy them up, bring them in as Robinho's and they come out as Clive Platts! £11million or £111 million it won't make any difference at all...

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