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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 22 June

Mr Pedo File error, Frank Sidebottom’s gone and male pill testers wanted

Published on June 22nd 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 22 June

DEAR MR PEDO FILE: A mobile phone company who sent a letter to a customer addressed to Mr Pedo File, has apologised to her. Zowie Sharples, from Bolton saw the name on the blue O2-branded envelope which contained sim cards she’d ordered. A spokesperson for the company said that the order for a free sim was placed using the offending name but that they will be investigating further.

FRANK SIDEBOTTOM CREATOR DIES: The man who played comedian, musician and North West showbiz legend Frank Sidebottom has died. Chris Sievey is reported to have collapsed at his home in Hale, Greater Manchester, in the early hours.

MALE CONTRACEPTION TESTERS WANTED: Scientists in Greater Manchester are appealing for male volunteers to test a male contraceptive jab. Professor Frederick Wu and his team at Manchester University are offering suitable volunteers between £20 and £50 per hospital visit, to test the injection which would allow their female partners to come off the pill. Men taking part should be aged 18-45, and in a stable relationship with female partners aged under 38. Anyone interested should call 0800 040 7187.

COLLEGE CRIMINALS CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Two men who threatened a student have been caught on CCTV. The men stole a laptop from university accommodation at Rusholme Place, before being challenged in the corridor by a resident. He saw one of them was carrying a knife and walked away. Luckily, their faces were captured on the college cameras and officers have now issued those images to help find them.

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Manchester University Press OfficeJune 22nd 2010.

The male contraceptive trial is seeking volunteers but the payments of £700 per month have been incorrectly reported. Suitable volunteers will be paid reasonable expenses of beween £20 and £50 per hospital visit. Further details can be found by visiting the trial website: http://www.medicine.manchester.ac.uk/mct/

EditorialJune 22nd 2010.

Thanks Manchester Uni Press Office. The report has now been corrected.

Leigh ScottJune 22nd 2010.

That's what happens when you follow the MEN isn't it! caught ya!

Charlotte_hsJune 23rd 2010.

Frank Sidebottom's family cannot pay his funeral costs (he was going to do extra gigs to help pay for treatment when he died). They've set up a paypal account for anyone wishing to donate: jonelle1929@gmail.com
He'll publish each donation on facebook and send to the family for funeral arrangements. Any leftover could go to a statue fund? #franksfund (via @jonronson on Twitter)

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