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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 24 March

Smoking ban in cars, local fugitive dies and drunk cyclist turns to taxis

Published on March 24th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 24 March

SMOKING COULD BE BANNED IN CARS if proposals backed by the Government’s Chief Medical Officer, get the go ahead. More than 300,000 GP consultations and 9,500 hospital admissions result from children breathing second hand smoke each year, at an annual cost to the NHS of £23.3 million. Smokers’ rights groups have branded the proposals a “gross overreaction”.

THE NOROVIRUS BUG has struck down more than 100 pupils and teachers at a school in Wilmslow. Pupils and staff at Gorsey Bank Primary School suffered symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. There is no evidence the virus has spread outside the school, but parents are being warned that children with the bug should stay at home for 48 hours to avoid contamination.

A GREATER MANCHESTER FUGITIVE HAS DIED. Ajay Kaushal, 50, from Stretford was one of the UK's most wanted fugitives after he skipped bail and fled the UK in 2005, before his trial for the kidnap and torture of a Lancashire businessman. He had since been caught and was being held in an Indian prison whilst waiting extradition. He was found unconscious in his cell on Monday and died in hospital. An inquiry is under way into the cause of his death.

A DRUNK CYCLIST has been fined £200 after cycling on the wrong side of the road and crashing into a car. Lee Holland, 39, had downed ‘six or seven’ pints of lager in a snooked club before attempting to cycle home. He has vowed to get taxis from now on.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DescartesMarch 25th 2010.

The logic is sound, the reason undeniably good, but it is *not* the place of government to tell us what we can and cannot do during every second of our lives. If they want to ban smoking, then for fucks sake ban it outright, stop all this bollocks interfering with the areas of our lives you have no right to.

Smyth HarperMarch 25th 2010.

If chronic smokers can't smoke in the car, won't they just get really, really angry and cause road rage?

Leigh ScottApril 1st 2010.

Smitty's right the Government should stop selling fags with 450 tax on a pack of 20 or fuk off and leave us alone...I smoke in my car with the window down but not when I have my kids in there. In fact they don't even know I smoke so conscious am I not to have smoke around them.

Leigh ScottApril 1st 2010.

Taxing my fags- taxing the car I wanna smoke my taxed fags in - taxing my fuking dog (that’s a new one) who may want to travel in my car driven by me the poor bastard who has paid the highest European tax on the fuel to drive the taxed car earned with the wages I worked hard for that were taxed as I came out of my council taxed home that needed stamp duty to by it FFS! I'm off to the pub to pay extra tax on a lot pints of cider! So I can die sooner just in time for Gordon Brown to tax me when I die! Happy Easter to all of you and I hope no-one taxes your fuking bunny!

J E SibberingApril 2nd 2010.

I thought I was p*ssed, but what's a snooked club?

Scott NeilApril 5th 2010.

how on earth could a ban on smoking in cars be policed anyway?

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