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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 4 May

Convict cuts his ear off, ash still causing problems and the 4x4 exhaust thieves

Published on May 4th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 4 May

A PRISONER HAD PART OF HIS EAR CUT OFF so he could escape from an ambulance in Greater Manchester. Michael O'Donnell is on the run from HMP Salford after his ambulance was held up by masked men on Sunday. It is believed the 28-year-old or his brother, whom he shared a cell with, hacked off part of his left ear as part of the calculated escape plan.

THE FORMER CHAIRMAN OF OLDHAM TOWN football club, was jailed on Friday after admitting sexually abusing 16 children over four decades. Kenneth Hughes, 65, was chairman of Oldham Town from 1966 to 2009. He pleaded guilty to 39 sexual offences and was given an indefinite jail term for public protection. One victim, now age 22, is appealing for other victims and witnesses to come forward and fight for compensation.

VOLCANIC ASH IS STILL CAUSING DISRUPTION: Flights between Manchester and Ireland were cancelled this morning following concerns over ash drifting from Iceland. Ireland’s Aviation Authority imposed the ban between 7am and 1pm today. It may also affect 12 flights to and from Manchester this afternoon.

ALDERLY EDGE AND WILMSLOW CAR THIEVES: A number of 4x4s and other cars have had their exhaust systems sawn off by thieves hoping to sell them. Fifteen drivers in towns including Alderley Edge and Wilmslow have been targeted in the past month. Some motorists drove off before realising there was a problem. Thefts usually happen in the evening and often to cars that have been left on car parks.

Out of the window weather forecast: The deckchairs are out again.

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