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<b>News of the day in so many words:</b> fags, counterfeit goods and swine flu

Published on June 18th 2009.

FILMS FEATURING SMOKING actors could be automatically rated as 18 when shown in Liverpool. In a study by Liverpool Primary Care Trust, it found half of the 5,300 under-18 participants were influenced by films. If the policy goes ahead, only new releases would be affected, classics and those showing “the clear dangers of smoking” would not be affected.

A TRADE UNION has axed the funding of two Merseyside Labour MPs due to the privatisation of public services. Unison – who represent workers in the public sector - said Wavertree’s Jane Kennedy and Wallasey’s Angela Eagle will no longer be funded unless “they stand up for the union’s values”. Both constituencies are among 64 funded by Unison, each receiving around £1,600 a year, £100,000 in total.

MERSEYSIDE POLICE have seized thousands of pounds in fake designer goods and counterfeit cigarettes at a house in Walton. Acting on tip-off, the police raided the Liverpool house, and discovered £4,000 of cannabis, around £25,000 of fake designer clothes and 27,000 counterfeit cigarettes. A 48-year old man was arrested at the scene in Ruskin Street and is being questioned.

A SECOND PUPIL at a Warrington primary school has been treated for swine flu. The year five pupil at Grappenhall Heys Primary School has developed “probable swine flu”, and a further 34 people at the school have been given anti-viral drugs, following the confirmed case on Monday. Both cases are said to have been “in close contact outside of school and the situation is being closely monitored”.

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