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Manchester 250: Tuesday 23 October

Thieves rock the bells and curry is best in the Indian Ocean

Published on October 23rd 2007.

STOLEN church bells worth around £30,000 have been found in a Greater Manchester scrapyard. The bells were originally stolen from a church in Devon where they were undergoing refurbishment. Thieves broke into the workshop and took the bells which are 70% copper. They have been discovered at a Manchester address and are now being held at Leigh police station before being transported back to Tavistock.

GREATER MANCHESTER postal workers union leaders have welcomed a settlement proposal which would see an end to disrupted deliveries. The Communication Workers’ Union’s 130,000 members will have to decide whether to accept a deal on pay, pensions and flexible working. Postal strikes and disputes have been damaging for small firms and have cost Royal Mail tens of millions of pounds.

AN INDIAN RESTAURANT in Ashton under Lyne has been named the region’s finest curry house. The Indian Ocean on Stamford Street East was given the title at the 2007 British Curry Awards hosted by Chris Tarrant. Manager Forhad Jani put the win down to their hundred-year-old recipes that have been passed down through generations.

MICAH RICHARDS is expecting to have a new deal at Eastlands finalised soon. The 19-year-old defender is reportedly looking forward to staying with City despite interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, who have been monitoring his contract. Speaking to Five Live's Sportsweek programme, he said: “I'm happy at City. Sven has brought a belief to the camp. It's amazing what he has done in a short space of time.”

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