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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 15 September

City’s new sponsors; water pipe closes schools; Come Dine fisticuffs and Manford mouths off

Published on September 15th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 15 September

Manchester City FC has agreed sponsorship deals with Jaguar cars, hotel chain Malmaison, Thomas Cook Sport travel and Heineken. The four newly signed sponsorship partners will join City's existing sponsors, including Etihad Airways, Cheadle-based Umbro and radio station Key 103.

Four primary schools were closed after a water main burst in Greater Manchester yesterday. Lane End Primary, Orrishmere Primary, Bradshaw Hall Primary and Oak Grove Special School were closed as United Utilities engineers worked on the burst pipe in Ladybridge Road, Cheadle Hulme. Thousands of homes in the area were left without water until the pipe was repaired at 6pm.

A ‘Come Dine With Me’ contestant from Manchester was caught on CCTV punching a man in a pub brawl. Police were unable to identify Carlos Buller, 45, who was caught on camera hitting Anthony Hargreaves in Withington’s Red Lion pub in October 2008. He was arrested after being spotted on a repeat of the Channel 4 cookery show a year later. He was given an eight-month suspended sentence after admitting the offence at Manchester Crown Court.

TV comic Jason Manford has criticised the BBC for censoring part of his routine at a Help for Heroes charity gig in London. He said material about the government not supporting wounded soldiers when they came home had been edited out of the televised show. Manford said on his Twitter page: “Just watched my bit at the @HelpforHeroes gig. Can't believe some ****house edited out the bit about the Government. Free Speech my ****!”

Out of the window weather forecast: Time to check Teletext for last minute flights to somewhere sunny.

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John HarrisSeptember 15th 2010.

Speaking of come dine with me, what happened to Gordo's adventure? Did the producers tell him off for talking about it?

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