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Archaeologists discover 200-year-old pub in Manchester City Centre

An ornament showing the pubs former name Credit: MEN Syndication

Archaeologists working at a site in Manchester City Centre have found evidence of a 200-year-old pub.

The team found crockery containing the former pub owners name, keys, pots for quills and unopened bottles of alcohol.

Builders say they are 'stunned' to discover the pub, which dates back to the early 1800s when Manchester was still a modest market town.

Some of the items discovered will be put on show at the Museum of Science and Industry.

A number of items have been discovered Credit: MEN Syndication

'We found pottery and bottle from the Astley Arms which actually has the name of the proprietor Thomas Evans, and the name of the pub written on it, so it must have been a commissioned piece for the pub."

"It’s brilliant because you can suddenly connect it to the local people in the area.

“It’s nice to be able to connect it directly to living people and their families.”

– Aidan Turner, senior archeologist on site
The site of the pub in Manchester City Centre Credit: MEN Syndication

Plans are underway for a 13 storey skyscraper to be built on the site.

The development will create 135 apartments and shops just at the junction of Great Ancoats Street and Port Street.

Two men stabbed in Manchester city centre

Part of Deansgate (A56) has been closed in both directions. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Two men have been stabbed in Manchester city centre after a fight reportedly broke out between two groups of people on Deansgate.

One man, aged 29, remains in a critical condition in hospital where he is being treated for stab wounds to the stomach.

A second man, aged 26, is being treated in hospital for a serious stab wound to the arm.

Police were called to the scene near the John Rylands Library at around 4.30am. The groups fled before officers arrived at the scene.

Deansgate remains closed between John Dalton Street and Lloyd Street/Hardman Street whilst an investigation is carried out.

“Given the time and location, it is possible that there may have been a number of witnesses to what happened, perhaps going home after a night out, and I would urge them to please come forward and contact police.

“I am asking for anyone that was in this area around the time of the incident, to please call us if you saw either of these groups of men, or if you saw the altercation itself.”

– Detective Inspector Adrian Gallagher, Greater Manchester Police

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 6075 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Man's death "not suspicious" after body found in canal

Police investigating how a man ended up in the canal in the early hours of yesterday morning now believe no-one else was involved.

Police investigating how a man ended up in the canal in the early hours of yesterday morning now believe no-one else was involved.

Police were called to the canal near Store Street and Great Ancoats Street yesterday following reports of a body.

Emergency services attended and found the body of a man, believed to be in his 30s.

Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death and now believe it is not suspicious.

Police investigate discovery of body in canal

A police officer stands near the scene of where the body was found Credit: Steve Brookes ITV Granada

A body has been found in a canal in Manchester city centre.

Police were called to the canal near Store Street and Great Ancoats Street this morning following reports of a body.

Officers attended and found the body of a man, believed to be in his 30s.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been launched and enquiries are ongoing.

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City hosts take to the streets

The City Hosts get ready to hit the streets of Manchester Credit: BID

A team of eight 'City Host' ambassadors will be out on the streets of Manchester city centre for the first time this week.

The City Hosts will be on the streets seven days a week, 363 days a year. They will be on hand to guide shoppers and visitors and help with directions, public transport information and details on events taking place in the city centre.