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City news in 250 words: Tuesday 8 February

Council cuts, jail for stiletto attacker and Hurst immortalised in Tameside

Published on February 8th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Tuesday 8 February

SEVERE COUNCIL CUTS will hit majority of Manchester services: Childrens’ and adult services were among the big losers as Manchester City Council unveiled its draft 2011 budget today. Libraries and leisure centres are to close with refuse set for a fortnight collection and parking being introduced on a Sunday. Two thousand jobs will be lost as the council tries to save around £110m this year, following government spending cuts.

JAIL FOR STILETTO ATTACKER: Amy Smith from Ashton-in-Makerfield faces almost three years in custody for assaulting Joanne Brown at the Pada Lounge nightspot in Wigan in May 2009. Smith, who is expecting a baby, stamped on her victim with her stiletto heels.

HURST COMES HOME FOR STATUS: Sir Geoff Hurst, the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final during England’s win in 1966, viewed a £78,000 bronze statue honouring Tameside’s footballers. Raised in Denton, Sir Geoff visited the Roy Oldham Sports Village, Ashton-under-Lyne, to see his ornate self. He stands proud alongside Jimmy Armfield and Simone Perrotta who were also born and bred in Tameside.

TRIBUTES TO SON WHO DIED on the M62: The family of Dominic Stuart Begg, 21, of Breightmet, Bolton, have paid their respects after his sudden death on Saturday when his Renault Clio crashed near Junction 20 of the M62 motorway. Begg lost control of the car during the extreme wet weather and skidded into a lamp post on the hard shoulder. He suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Out of the window forecast: Surprisingly nice as the silver lining brings sunny blue skies but with a hint of cold.

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John HarrisFebruary 8th 2011.

Charges for Sunday parking? Time for another revolution. We've been here before and it won't work or be fair until the council introduces a meaningful residents' scheme

Richard Hector-JonesFebruary 23rd 2011.

Charges for Sunday parking in the city will be music to the ears of those at the Trafford Centre. Doubles all round.

DescartesFebruary 23rd 2011.

Fortnightly collection? Are they taking the mick, they should privatise the bin pickups and reward based on % recycled.

Caroline FaulknerMarch 9th 2011.

We've had fortnightly collections in Tameside for ages now. We've also had a maggot infestation in our bin and rats living in our loft since then. The rat man has had to come out about 7 times - how much did that cost them? He said the numbers of infestations are up too.

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