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City news in 250 words: Wednesday 5 January

Flu beds needed, the one punch rule and crazy Christmas callers

Published on January 5th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Wednesday 5 January

EXTRA BEDS FOR FLU RISE: Hospitals in the region are being asked to make extra beds available after a surge in flu admissions. Last week there were 74 flu patients in critical care in the region. Twenty-seven of those patients were in Greater Manchester. NHS North West is advising normal healthy adults to with symptoms of flu, to contact NHS Direct for advice.

VIADUCT FALL GIRL BACK TO SCHOOL: Lexie Alford, 14, has returned to Oulder Hill School after surviving a 103ft fall from Healey Dell in Rochdale last June. The teenager broke her neck, hip and ankle and suffered head injuries in the plunge.

ONE PUNCH CAN KILL is a police campaign in Greater Manchester to highlight the dangers of drunken fights. Alcohol-fuelled violence has claimed the lives of 13 people across Greater Manchester over the past five years. Young men aged 18-25 are reported to be the most likely to commit and be victims of serious violent crime.

CRAZY CHRISTMAS CALLERS: Greater Manchester Police has revealed only a quarter of the 1,287 emergency calls made over the Christmas period were genuine emergencies. One man dialled 999 after finding out of date milk on a shelf, while another called to report his new bed had not been delivered. Supt Karan Lee of GMP said: "People should only call 999 if a life is at risk, somebody is being physically threatened, a crime is currently happening or there is a road traffic accident causing danger or injury to others.”

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