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<b>Friday May 1:</b> The day's city news in so many words

Published on May 1st 2009.

Lipstick laureate
Carol Ann Duffy has been announced as the first female Poet Laureate.

Duffy, 53, who read philosophy at Liverpool University, and lives in Manchester, was in the running for the prestigious role in 1999, but lost out to Andrew Motion because Tony Blair, who later took the country to war with Iraq, was concerned about how middle England would react to a lesbian laureate.

Mersey mystery
A shoal of dead, 2ft-long fish, resembling baby sharks, were washed up on Crosby beach last night.

They were first spotted among the Iron Men around 7.30pm.

A Coastguard spokesman said: “They could get washed away again or they could end up farther up the beach in the tide.”

That's beaches for you.

Muscle bound
Purple Aki has been jailed for 18 months for breaking a ban on approaching young men and touching their muscles.

Akinwale Arobieke, 47, formerly of Toxteth,, was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order last year. But two months later he approached a 17-year-old boy and tried to touch his biceps, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

The order was imposed after he was jailed for six years in 2003 for 16 counts of harassment.

WORKERS at Aintree’s United Biscuits site have held a lunchtime rally outside the company’s Binns Road office, in Wavertree.

The company announced proposals to switch some work from the site to India, which could cost 55 jobs.

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