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Flight fright, settled Sven and the Simon Cowell bug: Friday 18 January

City news in 250 words

Published on January 18th 2008.

EIGHTEEN flights have been diverted to Manchester Airport following a plane crash at Heathrow. The British Airways flight lost power at 500ft and crashed down onto the grass just short of the runway. Many of the passengers thought it was just a bumpy landing. All 136 on-board survived with only one being detained in hospital.

GREATER MANCHESTER police officers are to demonstrate against their pay deal in London next week. More than 900 of the force will take part in a march on Wednesday, joining an estimated 15,000 from all over the country. They will be demonstrating against a 1.9 per cent pay rise which does not include all their back dated pay.

A BUGGING SCAM has been exposed in Simon Cowell’s TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent. According to reports, a bugging device was found under the judges table at Manchester’s Palace Theatre. Simon Cowell has commented that he believes a journalist planted the device there. The show is due to be broadcast later this year.

SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON has indicated he is considering extending his contract as manager of Manchester City. The former England boss has reportedly already been told by owner Thaksin Shinawatra that he has a job for life. Speaking about his future plans, Eriksson told goal.com: “To be manager at a big club in the Premier League makes me happy and I have settled in well at City. I hope to stay here many years and passing football is the way we are going to play.”

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