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Manchester 250: Monday 16 July

The Cotton House closes and flights to London go off the rails

Published on July 16th 2007.


THE COTTON HOUSE closed over the weekend following a row over a £26,000 rent debt. After failing to act on a number of reminders, bailiffs moved in to repossess the property whilst owners Paul and Ann Wharton were away on holiday in Turkey. A statement from the Opal Property Group said: “We have regrettably been forced to take the appropriate legal action, which ultimately resulted in closure.”

A TODDLER and a 21-year-old woman have been killed in a house fire in Longsight. They were rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary at 11.20pm last night where they died shortly after. An investigation is underway to establish the cause of the fire at the house on Britnall Avenue where extensive damage was caused.

FLIGHTS from London to Manchester have fallen dramatically amid pressure from environmental groups and train companies. Richard Pike, finance director at Manchester Airport Group, said: “We don't think the green agenda is going to go away and the London route is one of the easiest targets. You cannot open the paper without a reference to carbon footprints.” Although faster rail journey times to the capital and greater reliability are also a significant factor in the decline.

THE SIGNING of Carlos Tevez is “over complicated” according to United’s chief executive David Gill. The club is currently dealing with four parties; the player, West Ham, the company who own the player’s economic rights and the Premier League. Tevez is due to fly to Manchester for a medical at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

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