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Manchester 250: 15 June 2007

Dome skating on thin ice and United playing swapsies

Published on June 15th 2007.

THE NEW £3.25m Altrincham Ice Dome, which opened its doors in March this year, has been forced to close to have the ice surface replaced. Despite it only being three months old, humps up to three inches high have appeared under the skating surface. The building is due to re-open in two weeks for the start of the summer holidays and ice hockey season.

A WOMAN has been fined for not leaving her wheelie bin out for collection. The prosecution follows a crack-down on rubbish being dumped in Harpurhey and South Gorton. Rita Liubaratie, will pay £200 after ignoring three warnings from the Council about the problem. Thought to be the first prosecution of its kind in Manchester, Councillor Pat Karney said: “We are now taking quite a strong stand on these issues.”

ROWS over the Playstation 3 game, which features a gun battle inside Manchester Cathedral, continue as Leader of the Commons, Jack Straw described the game as “totally unacceptable”. Sony is now facing government calls to take the game off shelves. Labour MP Keith Vaz is also backing the church. He said: “It depicts scenes of Manchester Cathedral without the permission of the church authorities in a game that is very violent”.

REPORTS in Spain claim that Manchester United could be welcoming Barcelona’s Eidur Gudjohnsen to Old Trafford next season. Barça are keen to exchange the former Chelsea star for their ex-player, Gerard Piqué, who United snatched from Barcelona in 2004 by exploiting a loophole in his contract.

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