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Hundreds queue for new iPhone

Arndale Centre Credit: MEN Syndication

Hundreds of gadget fanatics have queued through the night in Manchester’s Arndale Centre to get their hands on the new iPhone 6.

The Manchester Evening News report the first die-hard customer arrived 18 HOURS before the doors opened at the Apple Store in the shopping complex. Some punters even ordered pizzas to their place in the line, for breakfast. The new handsets go on sale at 8am.


Rent at 'all time high' claim letting agents

Rents have eased slowly up to reach an all-time record high as the rental market approaches its autumn peak. The average residential rent across England and Wales is now £761 per month. This is £3 higher than the previous record £758 set in October 2013 according to the latest Buy-to-Let Index from the UK’s largest lettings agent networks, Your Move and Reeds Rains.

In the North West the rise was 3.3% which was higher than London's price hike.

“Autumn is when more people move to take up new opportunities, to build new careers and to start new chapters. That is what the rental market is all about for many people by providing flexibility and it’s what it does well – at a cost that’s risen in line with inflation for at least half a decade. “No year is the same, and already 2014 has been like no other. The reawakening of mortgage lending startled the property market into a new spring of life earlier in the year. The benefits have been felt across the board, not just for first-time buyers but for tenants too. Investment means rents are now only 1% higher in real terms than at the start of 2010.

– David Newnes, director of estate agents Reeds Rains and Your Move, comments

Police seize fake designer goods worth £1 million in Manchester

Fake good seized Credit: GMP

Police have seized over £1 million worth of counterfeit clothing in the Strangeways area of Manchester.

Officers from GMP's North Manchester Neighbourhood Policing team, with help from the Fire Service, raided four shops on Lockett Street yesterday, Wednesday 3 September 2014.

Counterfeit items seized included, a range of handbags branded ‘Louis Vitton’, ‘Chenelle’, ‘Mulberry’ and perfumes named ‘Pacco Rabanne’ and ‘Jean Paul Gautier’, as well as fake Ugg boots and sunglasses.

Hunt for armed robber who escaped from prison

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man who has absconded from a prison in Lancashire. Officers say they are making 'every effort to find him'.

Wayne Whitley was serving a life sentence for a series of violent armed robberies committed in 2004. He absconded from HMP Kirkham on 19 July and has not yet returned.

Wayne Whitley was serving a life sentence. Credit: Greater Manchester Police