NEWSLETTER 1998 WEEK 23
Tuesday 2nd - Monday 8th June 1998
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YOUTH INTERVIEWED ABOUT GIRL'S DEATH
The girl whose badly burned body was found on Moss Bank on Sunday was identified as Lauren Carhart, aged 12. A 16 year old youth is helping the police with their enquiries - they are not revealing details about when and under what circumstances the girl died. She had been a pupil at Abraham Moss High School for only two terms, and lived in Crumpsall. Staff and friends there are said to be devastated, and are being offered counselling. It's the gruesome circumstances of the discovery of the body that makes this case especially shocking. We can only wait and see what facts emerge as the police continue their investigation.
DRIZZLY WEATHER OVER MANCHESTER
It's been a wet, drizzly day with grey clouds hanging over Manchester. A fine spray rained down on the windscreen as I drove to Tameside College, Ashton to teach my photography evening class. The picture above, taken ten years ago, is one of the prints I made. It's not exactly up to the minute, but captures the atmosphere. The rain eased off by early evening, and the current EWM temperature is 48 degrees fahrenheit, 9 celsius.
From: Elaine Beaulieu
You are doing amazingly good work! I am a University student from Quebec, Canada and will be doing a work stage in Manchester starting this september. Your web site gives me the chance to see what happens in Manchester and have a good insight of your city. I don't think I'll feel like a complete stranger when I'll get there and the more I see of this city, the more eager I am to go.
I wish we had as good a reporter, photograph and open eyed sharing person here in Quebec!
Keep up the good work!
(Sorry if my english isn't very good!)
SPANISH CONTROLLERS CAUSE HAVOC AT RINGWAY
It's one of the most technologically advanced, successful and trend-setting airports in the world, with some of the best facilities anywhere. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to save hundreds of passengers from suffering a waiting nightmare over the weekend due to an air traffic controllers strike in Spain.
For passengers on one flight in particular - Britannia flight BY524A, the ordeal was especially bad. First they had to wait nearly twenty four hours, and after finally taking to the air, the aircraft was back on the ground again within an hour - it had developed engine problems and had to land at Gatwick. 50 weary passengers decided to cancel their holiday and got a full refund.
Many others have spent most of the weekend at the Airport waiting for news. By this afternoon (Monday), Ringway was more or less back to normal, though a pilot's strike in France caused the cancellation of Air France flights. I once worked on the Airport Information Desk, and I know what it's like to deal with angry members of the public. Thankfully, there are only a few of them about, but they can certainly cause problems!
TILTING TRAINS WILL CUT THE JOURNEY TIME TO LONDON
The countries of Europe are becoming increasingly inter-dependent, as the disruption at Ringway illustrates. This is also true in the world of trains. Today, BBC1's Northwest Tonight reported from Italy, where Richard Branson experienced for the first time the feeling of sitting on a tilting train doing 140mph. Branson is going to introduce a new fleet of tilting trains for the London to Manchester route, and the trains will be developed in Italy and built here. The journey time from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston is currently around two and a half hours, but this will fall to an hour and three quarters by May 2001. I can't wait!
Around 9.30 last night, firemen found the charred body of a 12 year old girl on woodland in Crumpsall. They had first been called out to deal with what was thought to be a rubbish fire, and then made the gruseome discovery. The victim had been been severely burned and the body was unrecognisable. The local community are said to be shocked that such an incident could happen in their midst.
THE NEW PARKING METERS HAVE LANDED!
They look like metal aliens with circular markings, a square body and a bulging tum. There's a slot at the top for money, a digital clock, a scale of charges, and another slot lower down where the ticket comes out. They're Manchester City Council's new parking meters, which will gradually replace the old grey ones, featured recently in Eyewitness in Manchester. But there's both good news and bad news: The good news - there are more parking spaces, and most coins are accepted - the bad news - you can only stay for a maximum of one hour and it's more expensive. And this (picture below) is what happens if you over-run your time. The solution? Park in a car park. Today I left the car at Chorlton Street multi-storey, and it cost me £4 for three hours. Then again, you could take the bus or even... walk!
EYEWITNESS IN MANCHESTER JOINS MANCHESTER ONLINE
Lots of new and interesting features are in store. I have in preparation several "Manchester People" features, including Anthony H Wilson and others. More QTVR panoramas, including Eccles and Salford Quays, are to follow, plus a new and improved Eyewitness in Manchester Image Collection, with at least three hundred photographs. So to all EWM readers thanks for visiting and please keep dropping in, you're always very welcome!
MILD & SHOWERY
That's the weather at the moment, after a weekend that brought glorious sunshine on Saturday and overcast skies yesterday. Monday night's EWM temperature is 54/12 degrees.