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Manchester 250: Monday 12 November

Packed out prison and Sir Alex has a dream team

Published on November 12th 2007.

A FIREWORK exploded in the face of a wedding guest at a ceremony in Bolton. The industrial sized firework was set off incorrectly by the groom’s brother and went off in his face. Elyas Patel, 27, is now at the Royal Bolton Hospital and may lose his sight. Firefighters are now calling for tighter controls over the sale of display fireworks.

A GREATER MANCHESTER gun shop employee was kidnapped over the weekend. The 27-year-old worker was bundled into a car and forced to open the Food and Tipple shop on Tonge Road, Bolton. Thieves stole several weapons after threatening him. They then drove their silver Mercedes to Belmont Moor where they let him out before driving away.

A PRISON in Salford is to be extended after reaching beyond its maximum capacity. Plans for two extra wings have been submitted for Forest Bank jail. If it is given the go ahead, the extra 232 cells will be built on what is now a visitors' car park. A prison spokesperson has commented that the expansion is part of national policy and shouldn’t be taken as an indictation of a local crisis despite it being one of five North-West prisons to be extended.

SIR ALEX FERGUSON has declared his current United squad the strongest he’s ever had. Following the 2-0 win over Blackburn on Sunday, he said: “It’s difficult to know where to stop when talking about our important players. They have great courage in the way they want to play the game.”

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