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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 24 February

Corrie get on their soapbox and GMP questioned over Piccadilly suicide

Published on February 24th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 24 February

TORY PLANS TO AXE NORTH WEST DEVELOPMENT AGENCY will prolong the recession and anger local business leaders, its chairman has warned. Despite a review being ordered a few weeks ago, Ken Clarke has confirmed the Regional Development Agencies will be axed if the Conservatives are elected, which has been met with anger and disbelief by the NWDA and other RDAs.

OSBORNE IS FOUND GUILTY OF SERIOUS MISCONDUCT after falsifying a prescription for a cocaine-addicted escort girl. Dr Adam Osborne, brother of shadow chancellor George Osborne, admitted "inappropriate" behaviour and is now waiting to hear if he will be struck off by the GMC. The panel heard how Dr Osborne obtained the contraceptive pill for his girlfriend and an anti-smoking drug for a family member while training at Wythenshawe Hospital, failings, they ruled, constitute misconduct that impairs his fitness to practise.

CORRIE EMBROILED IN A SAFE SEX ROW after it was accused by sexual health charity Brook they are failing to use their position to educate young people. The criticism comes after a government study of 35 programmes popular with 16 to 24-year-olds showed only seven per cent included characters having safe sex or discussing the issue. Coronation Street has hit back saying it is an entertainment show and not a public information service.

GMP POLICE FACE INVESTIGATION OVER PICCADILLY SUICIDE, after the man had earlier complained to police about feeling ‘unwell’. The IPCC will now see how GMP officers responded to the initial call and how it’s importance was graded.

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Leigh ScottFebruary 24th 2010.

Any article on Manchester day? I thought there would be some comments about that!

Jonathan Schofield - editorFebruary 24th 2010.

Scoteee the thing was that was embargoed news until after the presentation at 10.30am...which the lovely Lauren our placement lady is now writing up. Naughty, naughty embargo breakers. Or maybe they were given the nod.

AnonymousFebruary 27th 2010.

Two aspect of the guy who killed himself in Piccadilly. Here is GMP's response policy. My advice is always if injury is potential or actual to call the ambulance service first. (you can always catch up with the police at the hospital) Note: you what you have to say if you want them to come at once (10 minutes max.)

Grade 1
A call would be graded 1 if there were an immediate threat to life, risk of serious injury or an immediate threat to property. It would also apply if a crime is in progress and there's a likelihood of an arrest. These are immediate response situations when police will attend
within 10 minutes of the call being taken.
Grade 2
This is where the call doesn't justify an immediate response but does necessitate police attendance within the hour of the call being received.
Grade 3
Aims to respond within four hours of the call being taken and would be applied when a
delayed response would not effect the outcome. So for instance, it would apply to callers who are concerned or affected by an incident that is ongoing and cannot be resolved instantly.
Grade 4
This response is intended to address the 'quality of life' type of incidents, which are better dealt with by utilising locally-based, problem-solving options such as Community Beat Officers, Traffic Officers, Crime Reduction Advisors or maybe representatives from partneragencies. It aims to ensure that the types of incidents that have a chronic impact on local
communities are dealt with effectively.
Grade 5
A call is graded 5 when it can be resolved successfully over the phone. For instance, in cases of crime reporting, receiving of intelligence, referring the caller to another agency or simply giving advice - they can all be handled efficiently by the operator without the need to send police officers.

AnonymousFebruary 27th 2010.

more on suicide. If there is a physical accident or illness most people try to help. If there is a mental health incident a lot of people run away. The issue in the report sound like this and is common to these events when distressed people ask for help.

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