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Police make third arrest following Moss Side murder

Sait Mboob sadly died in Moss Side on August 8. Credit: Family photo

Police investigating the murder of Sait Mboob have made a third arrest.

Sait Mboob, 18, was killed after a large fight on Crosshill Road on Tuesday August 8 where four people had been stabbed.

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody for questioning.

“Our investigation into Sait’s murder continues to make progress and we have now arrested a third person who will be questioned by detectives today.

“We continue to offer our support to Sait’s family, who are understandably devastated at their loss, and we continue to ask the public to come forward to help us provide his family with the answers they need of what took place that led to his death.”

– Superintendent Dave Pester, from GMP’s City of Manchester Team
  • Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 6777, 101 quoting incident number 1918 of Wednesday 9 August 2017.

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RMT Union: Rail passengers are 'paying more for less'

Protests are being held in Manchester and Liverpool Credit: ITV Granada

Protests are being held in Manchester and Liverpool as new rail fares are announced. Rail Unions say passengers will 'pay more for less' with fare hikes of almost 4% expected. The fares will come into force in the New Year.

Michelle Rodgers from the RMT Union said previous fare increases haven't resulted in more investment for rail services.

Rail unions have also stepped up their calls for the railway industry to be bought back into public ownership, with Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union leader Mick Cash calling it a "kick in the teeth" for passengers.

He said:

"The huge hike in fares confirmed today is another kick in the teeth for passengers who already fork out colossal sums to travel on rammed out, unreliable trains while the private operators are laughing all the way to the bank.

"With over three quarters of Britain's railways now in the hands of foreign states these huge sums of money aren't being invested in essential upgrades and modernisation here, they are being siphoned off to subsidise transport services over the Channel.

"It's no wonder we are a global laughing stock.

"The only solution to the Great British Private Rail Rip-Off is public ownership and an end to this Government sponsored racketeering."

– Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union leader Mick Cash

Research by the RMT and the TUC has shown rail fares have been increasing at twice the rate of pay rises in recent years.

David Sidebottom, director of Transport Focus, the independent transport user watchdog, said:

"Yet again, passengers, now majority funders of the railway, face fare rises next January.

"Commuters do not give value for money on their railways a high satisfaction score - just one third according to our latest survey.

"So while performance remains patchy and with pay and wages not keeping pace with inflation, they will feel rightly aggrieved if they are paying much higher rises next January.

"Why is the Government not using its preferred measure of inflation: the one that is used to determine wages and pension increases, and one which is often lower than RPI? Why not use the Consumer Prices Index for rail fares too? Passengers deserve a fairer deal."

– David Sidebottom, director of Transport Focus

Coronation Street needs more diversity - producer

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates has said more needs to be done in terms of increasing racial diversity among the soap's cast and crew.

Oates, who has been at the helm of the ITV serial drama for a year, has also said she was very aware that she had been "punishing the women" while working as a producer on rival soap Emmerdale, and that she did not want to repeat this on Corrie.

Queens of the Street Credit: Radio Times

In terms of reflecting diversity and showing black and Asian characters, yes, we absolutely need to do more of it.

– Kate Oates
Alya Nazir played by Sair Khan Credit: itv
Bhavna Limbachia plays Rana Nazir who captured Zeedan's heart Credit: ITV
Zeddan played by Qasim Aktar Credit: ITV

And we need more black and Asian writers, to bring out the truth of those voices.

– Kates Oates
Yasmeen Nazir played by Shelley King Credit: ITV
Long-established Jimmy Harkishan who plays Dev Alahan Credit: ITV

It's important to keep the show strong and relevant, so that it's running long after everyone's forgotten who I am.

The presence of strong women was the backbone of the show as Tony Warren created it.

The tone and content of the stories have moved on, and so have the female characters, but that strength has still to be there for it to be truly Corrie. On Emmerdale, I was uncomfortably aware that I'd been responsible for the deaths of a number of women characters and I didn't want to repeat that. I did feel like I was punishing the women.

– Kate Oates
Strong women:Catherine Tyldesley plays Eva intent on revenge Credit: itv

Oates said, to avoid the audience from disengaging, "there had to be journeys of triumph and strength".

Oates took over from previous Corrie series producer Stuart Blackburn, who was the soap's boss since 2013.

She has been hailed by fans for bringing back a number of popular Corrie characters including Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne), Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) and Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan), and also for giving the female cast heavy but empowering storylines.

Recent storylines on the soap have included Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) taking action after being groomed by her partner Nathan Curtis (Chris Harper) for a sex ring, and Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley) plotting revenge on her cheating fiance Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward).

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