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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 28 April

Prison holiday campers, fake skydivers and future artists

Published on April 28th 2010.


City news in 250 words: Wednesday 28 April

MORE ROADWORKS are scheduled for a six mile section between junction 19 at Middleton and 23 at Ashton-under-Lyne. This is the second time this stretch will be dug up in four months due to reappearing cracks. The project will begin on 7 May and finish at the end of the year.

PRISON IS LIKE A HOLIDAY CAMP according to a mother who served time for allowing her son to skip school. Jane Woodward, 38, from Hattersley was sent to Styal prison for 42 days after letting her son miss school for two years. Woodward believes the sentence was too harsh but added: “It's not taught me anything by punishing me and sending me there, as it was just like a holiday camp to be truthful.”

A FAKE CHARITY SKYDIVER who was jailed for conning people into giving him sponsorship money, has tried the same trick again just five days after leaving prison. Mark Maskell, 25, from Stockport was released earlier this month, but went straight back to two of his previous victims and tried the same con. Defending, Simon Mortimer said Maskell needed help with a gambling addiction.

LS LOWRY'S HOUSE could be transformed into an art workshop for children. The house where the artist lived for 40 years has fallen into disrepair and now local politicians and the Lowry arts centre are backing the idea to turn it into an educational facility. Salford MP, Hazel Blears, said: “Perhaps it could be used to discover the next Lowry.”

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

Leigh ScottApril 28th 2010.

With reference to the prison is like a holiday camp piece.It always strikes me as funny when you never hear of doctors,solicitors teachers or nurses having these problems.It's always the likes of those who are at the bottom of the benefits ladder.

The truants attitude is no doubt born of a set of behaviours from those who live with and around him - in short - the leaches and benefit scroungers of society who make it their lifes work to behave like travelling gypsies,no school no education and a dodgy day to day existence.Still at least these people keep the likes of Brighthouse Poundland and Gabbots Farm in business eh?

Hero
Temporary HeroApril 28th 2010.

She probably used to go to Pontins.

J E SibberingMay 4th 2010.

She's not on benefits, she has a job Scoteee. His older sister finished school and gained some qualifications and now has a job. The mother has had mental health problems and used to own her own home, but it was repossessed. I wonder where the father is, as she's obviously struggling?

Your rant reveals your prejudiced presumptions Scoteee; let's hope you never fall on hard times.

Leigh ScottMay 4th 2010.

Ah right- must be me,no benefits there then.

DescartesMay 6th 2010.

Hmmm. I don't want to join in pointing fingers, but letting your kid skip school for TWO FREAKIN YEARS doesn't sound like something a responsible parent would do; mental health problems or no - particularly since we don't know if the problem was anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, or what. And 42 days in prison doesn't seem like a lot for helping your child ruin their life.

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