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£1,000 fine over under-age cigarette sale

Manchester – A shopkeeper has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after under-age children were able to buy cigarettes from his shop. Mohammed Iltsham, the owner of Royal Wines on Moston Lane, was found guilty of selling tobacco to an under-age person after he failed to turn up for a hearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday March 18. He was fined £600 and ordered to pay £381 costs with a £60 victims of crime surcharge. Manchester City Council’s trading standards officers organised a test purchase after hearing…

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Manchester’s inspirational women featured in free talks to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015

Manchester – A series of free talks about some of Manchester’s most inspirational women will be held at Central Library, to celebrate International Women’s Day 2015. The talks, highlighting the lives and achievements of some of Manchester’s most celebrated women, will feature links to the historic collections held in the library’s Archives+ Centre. Famous Mancunian women who will be highlighted include Annie Horniman, Elizabeth Gaskell, The Pankhurst family and Enriqueta Rylands. On Thursday 5 March, ‘Mrs Gaskell the first multi-tasker’, describes the hectic lifestyle of the author Elizabeth Gaskell. ‘Marie…

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Award winning author Gavin Extense to meet fans at Manchester Central Library

Manchester – Gavin Extense is visiting Central Library to talk about his new book, and sign copies at a free event on Wednesday 11 March between 1pm and 2pm. Gavin’s new book, ‘The Mirror World of Melody Black’ is the topic of discussion – fans will also have the opportunity to have their books signed by the author. Gavin’s debut novel, ‘The Universe Versus Alex Woods’ won the Writers Guide Best Book 2013, was selected as Richard and Judy Summer Book Club Read and was a top ten Amazon best…

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Illegal taxi drivers to pay nearly £2,800

Manchester – Three illegal taxi drivers caught in Manchester have been ordered to pay a total of £2,785 after being prosecuted for breaking licensing rules. In separate incidents, Manchester City Council officers routinely operating in the city centre observed the illegal activity. Gary Edward Young was fined £1,050 with £655 costs and a £55 victim of crime surcharge. Young was also given eight penalty points after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed private hire vehicle, operating as an unlicensed private hire driver and driving without insurance. During the morning of…

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Over 1000 on-the-spot fines issued in crackdown

Manchester – A special litter busting team have handed out over 1,000 fixed penalty notices in just over three months. The dedicated team work seven days a week looking out for selfish people who ignore bins and drop their litter on the ground. Officers have the power to hand out on-the-spot fines to litter bugs- and anyone refusing to pay the £80 bill faces being taken to court. The team is part of a huge litter crackdown organised by Manchester City Council in response to concerns from residents about the…

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Manchester residents among the most active in England

New figures have revealed that Manchester resident’s are some of the most active in the country and that year on year more people are regularly taking part in sport across the city. The findings come from Sport England’s national Active People Survey, the largest sports and recreation survey of its kind ever carried out in Europe. The Active People Survey has shown that 43.4 per cent of Manchester residents take part in at least 30 minutes of sport or active recreation per week – well above the national average of…

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Cineworld to pay over £12,000 for shocking health and safety breach

Cineworld Cinemas Limited have been fined £9500 with £2573.29 costs and £120 victims of crime surcharge after two members of staff received an electric shock from a faulty popcorn machine. The faulty appliance delivered electric shocks to two employees of Cineworld Cinema, Parrs Wood, Didsbury. The case was brought as a result of an investigation by Manchester City Council after a member of staff received an electric shock turning on the machine on 4 December 2013. Despite the incident being reported, managers failed to take the appliance out of use…

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