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Manchester 250: Thursday 23 August

Cabby in machete madness and Heinze breaks free from the Reds

Published on August 23rd 2007.

A TAXI DRIVER has been attacked by men with machetes in Shaw. The 39-year-old was approached by four men after he pulled up on St James Street. The victim was struck on the head and stabbed in the leg, but managed to make his attackers scarper by sounding his horn. Police are now appealing for witnesses.

A CARE WORKER who earned less than £6,000-a-year has walked free from court after conning two mortgage companies into lending her over £100,000. Sandra Ashcroft, 59, already had a string of convictions for dishonesty, robbery and theft. However, she was let off after Manchester Crown Court heard she was advised to lie about her income by mortgage brokers. Financial experts say this case highlights how easily massive loans can be obtained by people with low credit.

MANCUNIANS work the longest hours according to a YouGov survey. The study revealed that over 350,000 workers in Manchester put in over 50 hours a week, with 66% taking rare breaks of one week or less. Chief operating officer Alexi Hakim said: “As a nation we need to face the fact that all work and no play leaves us stressed out, exhausted and unproductive.”

MANCHESTER UNITED defender Gabriel Heinze is moving to Real Madrid. The player has been caught in a Premier League tribunal all summer after United refused to sell him to their old rivals, Liverpool. A statement from United has confirmed that Heinze will sign a four-year contract, ending the Argentinian’s three-season stay at Old Trafford.

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