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City News in 250 Words: Wednesday 9 November

Stepping Hill security relaxed, a terror home seizure battle, and the cost of snow disruption.

Written by . Published on November 9th 2011.

City News in 250 Words: Wednesday 9 November

STEPPING Hill Hospital has scrapped extra security measures brought in to guard against more poisonings, because they’re too expensive. Security guards, who’ve been patrolling 24 hours a day, have cost around £100,000 so far. However, whilst the round-the-clock security measures have been removed, other security measures such as CCTV on wards will remain in place.

THE family of a convicted terrorist in Longsight have handed a petition to the Crown Protection Service over plans to seize their home. Munir Farooqi was given four life sentences for trying to recruit two undercover police officers for jihad in Afghanistan. The police and CPS want to seize Farooqi’s home, believing it was used for terrorism, but his family say they have 10,000 names on a petition condemning the application – claiming it would leave three-generations of family, including a eight-month-old baby, homeless.

SNOW disruption costs Greater Manchester £5m a day, the chamber of commerce has said. Brian Sloan, the chamber’s director, said it has based the figure on how much disruption due to snow and ice cost businesses last December. Reduced productivity, due to people being unable to get into work, and restricted access to shops and bars are believed to be responsible for the losses.

COUNTY cricket champions, Lancashire, have announced a loss of £2.1m for 2010. The chief cause is the ongoing redevelopment of Old Trafford in time for the 2013 Ashes test against Australia. Finance director Lee Morgan said: "The necessary redevelopment was critical in securing the future of Old Trafford.”

FACT OF THE DAY: This week in 1852 a severe shock of earthquake was felt in Manchester and the neighbourhood.

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