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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 6 April

Uncle charged with 12-year-old’s murder, taxes on junk food and Urdu degrees

Published on April 6th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 6 April

THE UNCLE OF A 12-YEAR-OLD, WHO WAS STRANGLED TO DEATH, is due to appear in court today. John Maden, 37, of Dalmain Close, Cheetham Hill, is expected to appear at Manchester City Magistrates Court charged with the murder of his niece. Tia Rigg was found strangled and stabbed to death at Maden’s home on Saturday 3 April. Det Supt Mary Doyle, said: "It was a horrible scene. How anybody can do that to a 12-year-old girl is beyond comprehension.”

FATTY FOOD TAX: The prices of unhealthy foods may rise if Greater Manchester health chiefs have their way. They plan to lobby the Government to increase prices on fatty foods in a bid to promote healthy eating options. Research will begin to determine which foods should be part of the proposed food tax.

THE IAN CURTIS BRIDGE: Former members of local band Joy Division want the Epping Walk Bridge, over Princess Parkway in Hulme, to be renamed after lead singer Ian Curtis. Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris have backed a campaign to create a lasting memorial to the frontman, who died in 1980. This year will mark the 30th anniversary of Curtis’ death.

URDU DEGREES could soon be on offer at one of Greater Manchester’s four universities. Research is currently being carried out into the viability of the course. The three year course would cover language, literature and culture of the Indian sub-continent. Universities are polling Greater Manchester teenagers to discover if there is demand for a full-time course.

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mApril 6th 2010.

RE: the Ian Curtis bridge, the photos weren't taken from the Epping Walk Bridge. It was taken from the footbridge that was replaced by the Hulme Arch. userserve-ak.last.fm/…/Joy+Division.jpg… (<-Looking South)
2.bp.blogspot.com/…/Hulme-bridge.gif… (<-Looking West. This bridge is where Stretford Road is now)

Nick WallbankApril 8th 2010.

Not so sure about that one M, the flats and walkway in the background exactly match the viewpoint from the other bridge. It could be that the view from the demolished bridge was exactly the same, but in my recollection, it wasn't.

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