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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 16 February

Party’s over for noisy students and airport body scanners could be breaking the law

Published on February 16th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 16 February

TRAFFIC POLICE HAVE SEIZED 50,000 VEHICLES around Greater Manchester since they were granted new powers in 2005. To mark the milestone, Chief Superintendent Dave Anthony of Greater Manchester Police’s Specialist Operations Branch will be at the Trafford Centre today poising for pictures next to a seized car covered in stickers. Chief Supt Dave Anthony said: “We are ridding the road of un-roadworthy vehicles and denying criminals the use of the roads.”

A SERIES OF ROWDY STUDENT PARTIES at a house in Withington have led to the council serving its nine tenants with noise abatement notices. Despite receiving visits from police and council officers last October, the students hosted yet another party from 3am until 8am on Sunday 31 January. One neighbour said: “It's 7.20am and the music from 14 Brook is still pounding.” If the noisy bees continue being noisy, the notices empower the council to enter the address and seize the equipment.

BODY SCANNERS MAY BE UNLAWFUL according the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The scanners at Manchester Airport may be breaking discrimination law, and surprisingly, breaching passengers' rights to privacy. The Commission has now written a letter to Transport Secretary Lord Adonis notifying him about the legal glitch.

PARENTS TAKE ON TESCO TO STOP SCHOOL being converted into a city academy. The 360-pupil Lostock College in Stretford is set to join forces with Stretford High, but angry parents are opposing the move that will see the college’s field being sold to Tesco as part of multi-million pound development.

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Dave SpannerFebruary 16th 2010.

"surprisingly breaching privacy?" Are you freaking kidding me?

Smyth HarperFebruary 16th 2010.

I'm all for the naked scanners. I would much rather have some security guard get an anonymous eyeful from a distance than being groped by one after the arch peeps because I've forgotten to take my watch off. Unless they are cute (and then I deliberately leave my watch on).

Lord of the PiesFebruary 16th 2010.

Sitting in a booth and looking at peoples meat and veg? Sounds like a job for the nations sex offenders.

CASFebruary 16th 2010.

Anything that makes it a little harder for someone to blow me and family to pieces, 35,000 ft in the air, has got to be a good thing. No one is forced to use them, if you don't like it then don't fly.

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