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Manchester 250: Friday 17 August

Rapist jailed and Derby day draws in

Published on August 17th 2007.

A MAN who gate-crashed a student party last year in Withington and raped a girl in her own bedroom, has been jailed for nine years. Anthony Pryde, 23, mingled with guests before sneaking into the 20-year-old woman’s bedroom. Det Con Maria Angelides said: "I hope this result can bring the victim some kind of comfort in the knowledge that this dangerous man is now behind bars." Pryde was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders' Register.

A COLLAPSED ROAD has ruptured a water main causing localised flooding in Heywood. Bamford Road, Claybank Street and West Starkey Street are closed and motorists are being advised to avoid the area. Greater Manchester Police, fire crews and representatives from United Utilities and Rochdale Council are all currently at the scene.

A CANNABIS FACTORY has been discovered in Blackley after a police tip off. Around 40 kilos of cultivated cannabis was found and three people have now been arrested. Supt Catherine McKay said: "This discovery is a real success for North Manchester police officers who are working to put a stop to drug dealing, cultivation and drug-related crime in the area.”

THE MANCHESTER DERBY takes place at the City Of Manchester Stadium on Sunday and will be the teams’ 148th competitive clash. United have historically won more derbies than City, however with City under new owner Thaksin Shinawatra and coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, a win could symbolise a new era for the club. Bookmakers William Hill have the odds at 5/6 on a United Win.

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