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The Nifty 250: news of the day in so many words

<b>Tues April 6:</b> Dead plane passenger going to Speke; Trains on track for National; City centre “population boom” etc

Published on April 6th 2010.

The Nifty 250: news of the day in so many words

TWO WOMEN HAVE BEEN arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle a dead relative on to a flight out of John Lennon Airport.

The women pushed the 91-year-old man in a wheelchair and covered his face with sunglasses in a bid to board him on their flight to Berlin, sources said.

The pair, a 41-year-old and a 66-year-old, are said to have protested that the lifeless pensioner was merely asleep. It is believed the duo had somehow managed to ferry the corpse in a taxi from their home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, to Speke.

RACEGOERS ARE BEING URGED to leave their cars at home and travel to this year’s Aintree Grand National (Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 April) by public transport.

Extra trains are being provided from Liverpool Central to Aintree and Neil Scales, Merseytravel supremo, said: “We would urge people to use the strengthened train service, to use the free car park facilities at many of our stations and to use the regular bus services going to and from the event wherever possible.”

THE BIGGEST CLASSROOM UNION has voted at its AGM in Liverpool to ballot for strike action with other workers if ministers cut public sector services or freeze teachers' pay and pensions, triggering fears of 1970s-style walkouts across the country.

The National Union of Teachers unanimously passed an emergency motion at its annual conference.

LIVERPOOL CITY CENTRE’S POPULATION is ten times higher than 20 years ago, according to Liverpool Vision.

In 1991 just 2,300 people lived in the centre, now it is claimed there are 23,350 – of which 10,200 are students.

Currently there are 10,951 residential properties in the city centre, of which 15 per cent are vacant, 38 per cent are owner occupied, and 47 per cent are buy-to-let.

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