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<b>May 7 (Thursday):</b> Libraries inquiry date set, fraudster vanishes and more in the slow news day's round-up in so many words

Published on May 7th 2009.


“Seeking the location of this male”
A £120,000 benefit fraudster from Netherton, who also stands charged with 20 allegations of child abuse , has gone on the run.

Norman Brennan, 65, from Netherton, disappeared while on bail awaiting sentencing.

A police spokesman revealed: “The police are actively seeking the location of this male.”

Dumb struck
The Liverpool nurse who exposed poor standards on a Brighton hospital ward should never have been struck off, according to Health Minister Ben Bradshaw

Margaret Haywood, 58, from Everton, had secretly filmed the neglect of elderly patients for the BBC’s Panorama.

But Bradshaw said her treatment had been “unduly harsh”.

Brought to book
THE inquiry into controversial plans to close 11 of Wirral’s 24 libraries is to be held on June 9, headed by Sue Charteris who was appointed last week by Culture Secretary Andy Burnham,

It follows months of protests, following the announcement last year by Wirral Council of its Strategic Asset Review to save £3m by closing libraries and transferring other cultural assets out of council hands. It will start at at 9.30am at the Floral Pavilion, New Brighton.

Wait goes on
IT WILL be months before all the documents about the Hillsborough tragedy are finally released, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has warned .

Government officials were only just beginning the lengthy process of digging out and archiving all the secret files from 20 years ago.

They are also wondering how to release all the documents to ensure that relatives of the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives can read them first.

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