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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 2 February

Croc curry, body scanning and GMP computer virus

Published on February 2nd 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 2 February

GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE CUT OFF THE NATIONAL DATABASE because of a virus that has hit its computers. IT experts disconnected GMP from the Police National Computer after finding the conficker virus on Friday, leading police to ask neighbouring forces to carry out national checks on names and vehicles. Assistant Chief Constable Dave Thompson said the virus, which has infected 15m computers worldwide, was not destructive and no data had been lost.

CURRY LOVERS UNITE, CROCODILE CURRY IS ON THE MENU at a restaurant in Oldham. Sam Miah, who runs The Ruchi Indian Restaurant in Moorside, has added everything from crocodile to springbok to his menu and admits that after a slow start, the meats are selling well. Apparently, the crocodile is the biggest hit with male customers whereas ostrich is a firm favourite of the ladies.

FULL BODY SCANS AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT ARE NOW COMPULSORY with refusing passengers unable to fly. Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said in the immediate future only a small proportion of airline passengers would be selected for scanning, which has raised concerns that certain groups will be targeted. Currently in Terminal 2, additional scanners are planned for Terminals 1 and 3 by the end of February.

MOSS SIDE YOUTH CENTRE GETS A BIG BROTHER-STYLE MAKEOVER, after being described as ‘decrepit’ and unsafe. The Powerhouse was fitted with a glass front, 'diary room'-style chairs and a bed after local teenagers were allowed to design a £1million revamp, which is now used by over 600 youths every week.

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