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Manchester 250: Thursday 13 December

Today’s city news in two hundred and fifty words

Published on December 13th 2007.

A MAN is in a critical condition in Leigh after falling into a vat of diluted potassium cyanide. The 62-year-old worker was rescued by colleagues and firefighters in chemical protection gear removed his clothes before hosing him down to decontaminate him. Cyanide is known to be highly toxic and when ingested can cause fatal cardiac arrests. An investigation is underway into the incident.

A SCULPTURE on display at the Art Institute of Chicago which had been deemed a French masterpiece, has been unmasked as a forgery made in Bolton. The Faun sculpture was presented to the American museum as a work by artist, Paul Gauguin, but is now believed to be the work of Bolton fraudster, Shaun Greenhalgh. The Greenhalgh family of fraudsters are renowned for their talent for producing fake masterpieces and have made around £850,000 from the sale of forged art and antiques.

PLANS for a new residential area alongside the Ashton Canal in Clayton have been scrapped due to concerns over the chemical plants close to the area. The turn-around has come about following advice from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Residents from 150 homes have already moved to accommodate the plans. Alternative options are now to be considered.

ARRESTS have been made following the stabbing of five United fans in Roma last night. Fights broke out in the Italian capital between a group of 50 rival fans. Four of the six Britons arrested have been formally charged. None of the stabbed fans suffered serious injuries.

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James Chapman-KellyDecember 13th 2007.

Forgeries have often been a part of the art world and some forgeries are avidly collected. Especially Han van Meegeren, the Dutch artist whose ‘Vermeer' made him a folk hero. This painting of Florence is the real thing. www.troubadour-gallery.co.uk/…/1.htm…

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