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Manchester 250: Thursday 6 December

New prison, black market bus passes and free booze for old folks

Published on December 6th 2007.

A SUPER-SIZED PRISON is to be built in the North West. The prison will help ease over-crowding and will be big enough to hold 2,500 inmates. No details as to the exact location have been disclosed yet but the aim is to construct it within five years. The prison is part of a wider prison building programme which should see jail capacity raised from 10,000 to 96,000 by 2014.

HUNDREDS of bus passes for the elderly and disabled have been stolen from Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executives’ new city centre offices. A desk was raided in the robbery and 300 passes were stolen. It is believed the passes are already being used on buses, however GMPTE have said they will only be valid for another four months.

UNDERAGE DRINKERS in Heywood will have their confiscated booze given to old people’s homes and sheltered housing over Christmas. Police have the power to seize unopened alcohol from youngsters drinking on the streets and local rotarians are offering it to good local causes. Between August and October, Heywood police seized 221 cans of beer and lager, 24 litres of cider, 15 bottles of spirits and 45 bottles of lager.

MANCHESTER UNITED’S Old Trafford stadium, is the most popular place in Trafford. The stadium came first in Trafford council’s Pride of Place Poll, beating the Imperial War Museum North, Dunham Massey, the Trafford Centre and Lancashire County Cricket Club. Forty per cent of people who took part in the poll voted for the arena.

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