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Half of adults 'do not want' trick or treaters at their door

Would you open the door to these two? Credit: PA

Halloween may have become more popular over the last five years but many people still do not want children to come to their door to ask for sweets, a survey revealed.

A common Halloween tradition is for youngsters to dress in a ghoulish costume and go door-to-door to ask for tasty treats.

However, an exclusive One Poll for Good Morning Britain found 57% of homeowners secretly hoped trick or treaters would not knock on their door.

A further 70% admitted to ignoring the doorbell if they knew trick or treaters were there.

The same amount of people thought the American import had become too expensive.

The total retail market for Halloween has grown from £12m in 2001 to £300m in 2011, according to Tim Angel, the head of costuming firm Angels.

Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve or All Saints' Eve is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.

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Welsh speaking drunk in English police cell insists on interpreter

A drunken man who was arrested in Manchester demanded an interpreter after telling police he would only speak in Welsh. Officers spent four hours trying to find a Welsh language expert to deal with the man, 26, who could speak perfectly good English.

But they failed to find a translator and had to let him go without charge.

The Welsh speaker was arrested on this street for being drunk and disorderly. Credit: Google Streetview

Officers went onto Twitter to blast the "difficult and time-wasting" prisoner who was arrested at 2am for a public order offence in Sackville Street, Manchester.

Their official tweet said: "Drunk and disorderly - despite speaking English in custody, insisted on Welsh interpreter which we struggled to find.

"And no, it's not a dig at the Welsh, just frustration and feeling that someone was being difficult needlessly."

The un-named man was bailed to return to the police station when sober and he accepted an £80 fixed penalty fine - written in English.

Credit: PA

We spent several hours trying to find an interpreter for the man who has Welsh roots. He's wasted his own time and our time. At least he saw sense in the end.

– Greater Manchester Police

Oldham's bloomin' marvellous

It's official - Oldham residents have greener fingers than most. The town has picked up a gold award and the title of best city at the Royal Horticultural Society's Britain in Bloom competition.

Oldham takes gold in Britain in Bloom Credit: Oldham Council

These awards give everyone involved a real sense of achievement and reflects the hard work, dedication and commitment from what has been a real co-operative project involving residents, schools and businesses. This is yet another example of Oldham’s growing regional and national reputation

– Councillor Barbara Brownridge, Oldham Council
Credit: Oldham Council

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Corrie "Defines Manchester culture and history"

The famous Rovers Return Credit: PA

Coronation St has topped a poll of what people believe most represents Manchester's history and culture. Also heading up the list was Factory records and Emmeline Pankhurst, the British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.

United-mad tot no longer blue over school uniform after Old Trafford bosses step in

Lilly Rae Doyle Credit: MEN Syndication

United-mad tot Lilly Rae Doyle will be shown she can still be a true Red while wearing blue after Old Trafford bosses stepped in to end her school uniform tears.

Little Lilly Rae who's from Wythenshawe has become an internet sensation after video of her reaction to finding out she would have to wear a blue school uniform was posted on the M.E.N website.

Manchester United have now offered the avid United fan, a blue third-kit shirt, to help ease her transition into wearing her St Elizabeth’s RC Primary School uniform.

The three-year-old will also be treated to a personal tour of Old Trafford and free tickets to their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace next month.

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