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City News In 250 Words: Friday 20 January

Cannabis farm near Piccadilly Station, £500,000 loan for FC United and GMP axe jobs

Published on January 20th 2012.

City News In 250 Words: Friday 20 January

A MASSIVE cannabis farm was found near Bootle Street Police Station after a fire broke out in the building. Around £100,000 worth of cannabis plants were seized from a disused office building on Peter Street. It is understood the lighting used to grow the plants caused the blaze, which required more than 40 firefighters to tackle. Most of the cannabis was destroyed in the fire. No arrests have been made yet.

DESPITE money troubles of its own, Manchester CIty Council is offering a £500,000 loan to FC United. It was recently discovered the football club did not have enough money to fund its new £4.5million stadium in Moston, prompting the council to intervene. Residents have raised concerns over the move, believing it is a mistake for both the council and the club.

THE BBC needs to employ more people from Salford, Hazel Blears has said. The Salford and Eccles MP made her voice heard following the revelation that just 26 of the 680 jobs created at the company’s new MediaCity UK site went to people from the surrounding area. She said more should be done to support the city of Salford and its residents.

GREATER MANCHESTER Police will discuss plans to axe a further 75 jobs today. The force needs to cut £134million from its budget by 2015 and the job cuts have been proposed as a possible solution. This will be the third phase of cuts at GMP in recent years, with 1,300 back office staff positions under review.

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6 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Jenny CollinsJanuary 20th 2012.

How is Peter st near Picadilly station?

EditorialJanuary 20th 2012.

Jenny our error sorry. We meant to say 'Bootle Street Police Station' - a funny error if you think about it. Thanks

Jenny CollinsJanuary 20th 2012.

Funnier that the farm was right under the police officer's noses... or embarrassing!

AnonymousJanuary 20th 2012.

bet the fire fighters had a fun night

LukewarmdogJanuary 20th 2012.

Shocked (not really) at the council, there shouldn't be disused, abandoned buildings, shows a lack of civic responsibility. Maybe they should get out the list of similar buildings and pay them a visit to see what is going on at each of them. Personally I'd like to see all that space offered out for free, there are lots of popup / co-operative groups out there that could utilise it. A popup shelter would be an obvious and simple start.

AnonymousJanuary 20th 2012.

Maybe the police should sponsor a Google street cam car and donate a thermal imaging camera to be mounted on its roof.

As soon as they come back with the images, bingo!

But then again, we would have no option but to remain in Helmand Province, the purveyor of 98% of the world's opium...

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