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Mancunian Way to partially reopen after sinkhole

Manchester City Council has confirmed it will reopen the westbound carriageway of the Mancunian Way after disruption caused by a 40ft sinkhole.

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Councillor Kate Chappell said: "We have been working closely with United Utilities to make sure traffic can begin flowing as quickly as possible, and can now confirm that both lanes of the Mancunian Way's westbound carriageway will reopen by 5am tomorrow (Tuesday September 1) with a contraflow system enabling traffic to move in both directions.

"Due to the ongoing nature of the roadworks we will be introducing a temporary 20mph speed limit and restricting larger vehicles on these lanes."

The council said it is expecting heavy traffic on the Mancunian Way tomorrow and are asking motorists to use alternative routes if possible in order to reduce congestion across the highway network.

De Bruyne signs for City

Manchester City's new signing Kevin de Bruyne Credit: MCFC

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Kevin de Bruyne for a club-record fee reported to be 58 million pounds.

The 24-year-old Belgian has agreed a six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.

He won last season's German Cup with Wolfsburg, having joined them from Chelsea in January 2014.

De Bruyne becomes City's fourth high-profile summer signing after Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi.

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Lancashire triumph in T20 final

Lancashire are the T20 Blast champions after a 13-run win over Northants in the final at Edgbaston.

The Lightning triumphed in their third final appearance to win their first limited overs trophy since 1999.

They set the Steelbacks a target of 167, the highest on a low-scoring Finals Day. Alex Davis top-scored with 47 off 26 balls to be named man of the match.

Lancashire had reached the final with a 6-wicket win over Hampshire.

James Faulkner, who starred with bat and ball in the semi-final, dislocated his finger in the final. The Australian all-rounder described it as "a day I'll never forget."

Distraction burglar targets elderly women

Police are warning about a female distraction burglar who is targeting elderly women in Manchester.

She has stolen money from the homes of two pensioners after claiming to both that she was pregnant and needed to use the toilet.

Detectives say the offender made off with a purse containing £90 and a £20 voucher, after being allowed into the home of an 87-year-old woman in Ancoats on Thursday 27th August.

The following morning she stole a purse from an address in Newton Heath. She had been invited into the 76-year old victim's house after striking up a conversation with her as she walked home from the shops.

She is described as white, mid to late 30s, slim build, around 5ft 2in tall, with dark brown, shoulder length hair tied back in a ponytail. She spoke with a husky voice with a local accent.

“This contemptible woman preyed on the victims’ compassion and humanity, and rewarded their kindness with a terrible act of theft.

“We would like the public to be vigilant and keep an eye out for this offender, who will almost certainly look to target other elderly people in the North Manchester area.

“While it is, of course, important that we try to locate the woman responsible for these despicable thefts, it is equally important that we warn the public to try and ensure we prevent any other people falling victim to this offender.”

– Sergeant Keith Gibbs

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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