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City News in 250 Words: Wednesday 23 November

Firearms offenders charged, a biker is jailed, and Steve Coogan speaks

Published on November 23rd 2011.

City News in 250 Words: Wednesday 23 November

THREE women have been charged after a MAC 10 machine pistol was found under the bed at a house in Longsight. Police had searched the house on Sunday evening after a tip-off. The SAS issue firearm, which fires over 1,000 rounds a minute, was found alongside a Baikal 4.5mm air pistol, a noise suppressor, and ammunition. The women have been charged with two counts of possession of prohibited weapons and have been remanded in custody.

OFF-ROAD biker Ryan Ward, who drove through Harpurhey with a three-year-old boy perched on his petrol tank, has been jailed. The 23-year-old admitted several driving offences, child cruelty and possession of a firearm. Ward was filmed by police helicopter in June as he tore through the streets with the toddler, who was not wearing a helmet, sat behind the handlebars. He was jailed for five years and four months at Manchester Crown Court.

THE University of Manchester is to recruit 100 new academic staff members. The new personnel, who will be used across a number of departments to improve teaching and research, will cost around £20m. The university also announced £10m worth of improvements to learning spaces, on top of current plans to refurbish the John Rylands University Library.

STEVE Coogan spoke at the Leveson inquiry into media ethics yesterday. The Middleton born actor and comedian revealed how reporters had been through his bins looking for “lurid” details about his private life. He also said some people entered a "Faustian pact" with the press.

Fact of the day: This week in 1849 author of ‘The Secret Garden’, Frances Hodgson Burnett was born in Cheetham Hill.

Thanks to @RevealMcr

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WoksmugglerNovember 23rd 2011.

Oh dear. Spell checker broken again? Offenses?

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