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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 28 July

Ban continues in spite of downpours, a major drugs bust and a canine hero comes home

Published on July 28th 2010.


City news in 250 words: Wednesday 28 July

HOSEPIPE BAN CONTINUES DESPITE RAIN: According to United Utilities, the heavy rain and flooding across the region over the past few weeks has helped swell reservoirs and lakes in Cumbria, but the six reservoirs that feed water into the region's systems are only 44 percent full instead of their usual 70 percent.

COCAINE RING BUSTED: Half a million pounds worth of cocaine was smuggled into Greater Manchester. Authorities busted the ring after one freight of it was swapped for flour by customs officers and then followed to its destination. The drug was being transported from Spain to a warehouse in Trafford Park. It's one of many operations since 2006.

BOY OFFERED CASH FOR SEX: A 12-year-old boy was propositioned by a man in Chorlton as he walked along Barlow Moor Road. The man, aged between 30 and 40, drove up to the boy in a silver car and initially asked for directions to Didsbury. He was holding a large amount of cash in his hand. The man is described as having a chubby build and short brown hair which was possibly going grey. Police have warned youngsters to be vigilant, walk in groups and avoid shortcuts.

HAITI HERO RETURNS HOME: Echo, the rescue dog from Oldham, helped recover bodies and look for survivors of the Haiti earthquake. The six-year-old Labrador explored buildings that had been destroyed and that were still shaking from aftershocks. Echo, who was welcomed by children in Oldham fire station, was involved in more than 40 searches.

Out of the window weather forecast: Strong winds and rain, it's getting really difficult trying to make each day sound different.

(MA)

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