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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 27 January

Tobacco companies to pay for cigarette litter and GMP to pay Beckham’s bodyguard

Published on January 27th 2010.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 27 January

COUNCIL TO GET TOBACCO COMPANIES to foot the bill for clearing up cigarette butts. Manchester City Council have put their weight behind a report to the government which recommends that tobacco giants could be taxed and revenues given to local authorities to help them keep their streets clean, which costs the council £1.5m and makes up 95 percent of litter.

PARKED VAN CAUSES CHEMICAL ALERT after it was spotted leaking an unknown substance. Emergency crews were called to reports of the leak from the back of the Transit-style hire van on Charles Street last night, leading to both ends of the being cordoned-off. As police and firefighters stood on stand-by, investigators revealed the chemical to be a non-hazardous industrial cleaner.

HIGH COURT RULING LEADS GMP TO PAY BECKHAMS’ BODYGUARD £10K following a raid on his house. Paul Hughes was targeted by police following false suspicions a military police car parked on his drive was stolen. After a two year legal battle, GMP agreed to pay the bodyguard £10,000 and foot his £50,000 legal bill.

ALL FLIGHTS WERE BRIEFLY STOPPED AT MANCHESTER AIRPORT yesterday, after a plane made an emergency landing. The Birmingham to Aberdeen Flybe-aircraft diverted to Manchester after cabin crew reported a smell of burning in a galley area at around 8am.The airport declared a ‘full emergency’ and the plane was met by firefighters and emergency services as it landed on Runway 2. None of the 30 passengers on board were injured and flights were resumed after 15 minutes.

Life’s little American instruction of the day: Pack yourself a sack lunch with the same sandwich, chips, fruit and cookies that your mom fixed for you as a kid.

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