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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 24 August

Northern Rail apologises, Chorlton teacher in court and a cure for jet lag

Published on August 24th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 24 August

DISABLED MAN REFUSED HELP ON TRAIN: Northern Rail has issued an apology after a disabled passenger filmed one of the guards refusing to help him board a train. Qamar Khaliq, 35, was repeatedly refused help at Manchester Piccadilly on Saturday and ended up getting a bus instead. Northern Rail is investigating the incident.

CHILD PORN ON TEACHER’S COMPUTER: Year 11 pupils at Chorlton High School using a teacher’s laptop to play chess found files containing indecent material in the recycle bin. Michael Humphreys, 32, was suspended and arrested by police who later found more than 25,000 child porn images and movies on computer equipment at his home in Didsbury. He walked free from Manchester Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to 21 specimen counts of possessing indecent images.

LESSONS LEARNED FROM 1985 PLANE DISASTER: An incident where a plane burst into flames on the runway at Manchester Airport 25 years ago changed the airline industry forever, according to an aviation expert. Fifty-five people died when the British Airtours flight to Corfu burst into flames. Aviation analyst Chris Yates said: "The likelihood of this type of incident happening again is quite remote."

A CURE FOR JET LAG? Scientists from Manchester University believe they are on the verge of finding a cure for jet lag. Researchers have successfully tested a new drug that can reset and restart the natural 24-hour body clock. The study is published today (24 August) in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Out of the window weather forecast: I prefer my showers at home.

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