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Manchester 250: Thursday 6 September

Poor schooling in the city and kids shoe-d home

Published on September 6th 2007.

MANCHESTER’S growing poverty gap has been revealed in a new report. The dossier which documents crime, education, property and community suggests that the city is divided. Whilst Manchester is growing fast economically, action needs to be taken to deal with the problem of ill health and poor schooling in the city.

PUPILS have been sent home from school for having inappropriate shoes. As many as 36 children returning to Swinton High in Salford after the summer holidays were turned away for not having the correct footwear. The school has said that shoes should be plain black and below the ankle. Many parents are angry that their children were sent home with no prior warning. Headteacher John Biddlestone said: “Parents and carers have been consulted and informed of these changes with months of notice.”

A CAMPAIGN to free Macclesfield graffiti artists Thomas Dolan and Thomas Whittaker is in force on social networking site, Facebook. Over 500 people have joined the campaign to free the pair who were sentenced for a combined total of 2 years and 3 months for causing around £13,000 worth of damage to trains, bridges and railway property across the North West.

MARK BRESCIANO is the latest player to be scouted by City who hope for a January transfer for the Australian midfielder. City put in a £5.4m bid last month which subsequently fell through. Sven-Goran Eriksson said: “We were always interested in him. Let's wait for a couple of months and then see exactly what we need.”

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