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Manchester 250: Tuesday 20 November

Teacher troubles, arson arrest and Trafford Centre expands

Published on November 20th 2007.

A TEACHER who quit after reportedly clouting a pupil who physically and verbally abused him, has received support from someone claiming to be the pupil himself. Bob MacKenzie, 46, has received thousands of support messages on social networking site Facebook lobbying for his reinstatement at Knutsford High in Cheshire. One entry claiming to be from the boy involved says: ‘Me and my family never meant for it to go this far. We never said we wanted Mr Mackenzie to leave.’

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a suspected arson spree in Manchester city centre. A fire was deliberately started at the Lighthouse Apartments being built on Birchin Lane, Northern Quarter. There was also a blaze on the eighth floor of the NCP car park above the Arndale market. The man arrested was allegedly acting suspiciously on High Street at 3.30am

THE TRAFFORD CENTRE is expanding. New development, Barton Square, is to open in Spring and will bump the Trafford Centre’s size up to 1.4 million sq ft of retail space. A pedestrian link bridge will mean shoppers will be able to walk between the two areas on either side of Barton Dock Road. The new wing will specialise in furniture and home-ware.

MANCHESTER UNITED could block Serbia from playing defender Nemanja Vidic this weekend. Usually, countries can demand that clubs release their players, however there is a loophole in international regulations that United could potentially exploit, meaning that they could stop Vidic playing for his country.

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