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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 16 March

Suicide, car crashes and cemeteries. Cheery eh?

Published on March 16th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 16 March

Teenager death could have been avoided: A review by Manchester Safeguarding Children Board found that a boy found hanged in a bed and breakfast should have been better protected by several agencies. The Polish 17 year-old was abandoned and left homeless by his father in 2008. He spent 10 months in and out of temporary housing. Board rules state youngsters should not be housed in B&B's and should get more support. The boy was known only as ‘child five’.

Motorist hits woman after crash: A truck driver in her 50s was deliberately hit by a motorist after her vehicle collided with his Volkswagen Beetle in Salford. The driver snatched her phone, threw it on the floor and drove into her leaving her bruised with a broken arm and badly shaken. A 34 year-old male has been arrested regarding the incident.

Local cemetery secures 50K lottery grant: Philips Park Cemetery Group has been given £50,000 by the National Lottery to improve facilities at the cemetery. Groundwork UK will assist in creating new garden areas wildlife, heritage trails and educational packs for schools. Councillor Mike Amesbury said: “This grant is great news for Philips Park cemetery and will allow some very beneficial projects.”

University named as centre of excellence: The English Language Gazette has praised Manchester University's language centre and its English teaching programme for the second year. Manchester was one of seven centres singled out from 118, due to the quality of the teaching and the academic profile of their staff.

Out of the weather window forecast: A grey day, especially if you work for RBS on Spinningfields, who have just been forced to stand outside for a fire drill.

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AnonymousMarch 16th 2011.

Poor lad, that is shocking. If it was known that he had been abandoned why on earth wasn't the kid given support?? Support learning English (if needed) finding a job or college place, finding a permanent home, connecting with the Polish community? Such a waste of a life.

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