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Manchester 250: 25 July 2007

An MP assaulted, jobs for the Arndale and a gateway to Paris opens

Published on July 25th 2007.

SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury’s is to create over 250 jobs over the next two years creating a human resources centre in the main tower at Manchester Arndale. The planned move will cost £12m and free its store managers from administrative tasks. The move will go ahead even if Sainsbury’s is taken over by Delta Two, an investment fund backed by the royal family of Qatar, in a deal worth more than £10bn.

A GREATER MANCHESTER MP has had his car stolen after an attack in Middleton. Jim Dobbin, the Heywood and Middleton MP, was walking back to his Volkswagen Passat when a man confronted him and grabbed his keys. The 66 year-old MP struggled with the thief, falling to the floor and suffering a minor injury to his arm. The thief then drove away with Mr Dobbin’s car.

JOURNEY times by train from the centre of Manchester to the centre of Paris will be cut to just over six hours from November. This follows the opening of the new Eurostar terminal at St Pancras, close to the Euston terminus of trains from Manchester. Eurostar believe that the revised journey time will make this a genuine alternative to flying to Paris.

THE CARLOS TEVEZ saga rumbles on between Manchester United and West Ham United. The Argentine striker’s services are now to be haggled over in court in an action taken by his agent, Kia Joorabchian, against the London club. Joorabchian hopes this will result in Tevez being free to join the Reds.

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