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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 21 July
  2. Boy, 12, charged with racist attack on teenager in Manchester park
  3. Mother of missing Blackpool teenager Charlene Downes to sue police
  4. Young father stabbed in the neck and dies in Sale
  5. Free speech row over Cheshire West council's Sun interview ban
  6. Council takes legal action over stalled Liverpool Chinatown development
  7. Racing at Haydock abandoned after stalls handler seriously injured

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  2. Chinatown developers to 'vigorously' oppose legal proceedings

    A company that Liverpool City Council is taking legal action against has said it will "vigorously" defend itself against the proceedings.

    Chinatown Development Company Ltd had planned to build 790 new homes, a hotel, and shops on a derelict site near the Anglican Cathedral, but the £200m project stalled.

    The council has demanded CDC forfeits two leases on the site and pays £950,000 by 10 August.

    The relationship between CDC and the council "has broken down" and the company will "vigorously" defend itself against the proceedings, a company statement said.

  3. Boy, 12, charged with racist attack in Manchester park

    A 12-year-old boy has been charged after a racially aggravated assault on another boy in a park.

    Plant Hill Park

    A 13-year-old boy was attacked in Plant Hill Park in Blackley on 24 June, Greater Manchester Police said.

    The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

    He was also charged with racially aggravated assault, two counts of criminal damage and affray.

    He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Manchester Youth Court later.

  4. Racing at Haydock abandoned after serious injury

    Racing at Haydock has been abandoned after a stalls handler was seriously injured.

    Haydock race course

    The injured man was taken to hospital by air ambulance after being run over by the mobile starting stalls.

    "He's been been flown to hospital off site in an air ambulance, so we've abandoned racing," said clerk of the course Kirkland Tellwright.

    The incident involving the stalls, from which horses begin races, happened before the race due off at 15:30 BST.

  5. Chester student shaken by "scary" Kos earthquake

    A Chester student has described being caught up in the Kos earthquake as a "scary situation".

    Fallen statue

    Lauren Duffy, 20, was forced to spend the night outside her hotel after the 6.7-magnitude quake hit close to the Greek island, injuring 115 people,12 of them seriously.

    She said broken marble statues were among the debris strewn at the Atlantis Hotel in Lambi.

    The University of Chester broadcast production student who is on holiday with her mother and sister, is due to leave the island on 23 July.

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    Quote Message: We were woken up by really aggressive shaking. We didn't know what it was. You couldn't find your balance. It was just a scary situation.
    Quote Message: I think if the option came up to fly home early I think we would accept it at this stage. from Lauren Duffy Student
    Lauren DuffyStudent
  6. Council takes legal action over Chinatown regeneration

    Liverpool City Council has begun legal action against the company involved in the stalled Chinatown development.

    Liverpool Chinatown plans

    The authority is demanding the Chinatown Development Company Limited forfeits two leases on the site.

    It's also issued a legal notice for an outstanding payment of £950,000 from the firm.

    The £200m project to build hundreds of new homes, shops and a hotel was promised two years ago - but work hasn't yet started.

    In the summer of 2016, the sales agent was accused of fraud, a council statement said.

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    Severe accident: M62 Greater Manchester eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M62 Greater Manchester eastbound severe accident, between J21 for A640 and J22 for A672 affecting J15 for M61.

    M62 Greater Manchester - Severe delays and queuing traffic for ten miles on M62 eastbound between J21, A640 (Milnrow) and J22, A672 (Rishworth Moor), because of an accident involving multiple vehicles earlier on. All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 90 minutes. Congestion on M60 to J15, M61 (Swinton Interchange).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Latest headlines for the North West

    • Ex-Bury Council leader Mike Connolly has been suspended by Labour amid claims officials did not follow child protection rules for political reasons
    • A young father has died after being stabbed in the neck during a street row in Sale
    • Liverpool City Council is taking legal action against the company involved in the city's stalled Chinatown development
  9. HMP Liverpool staff member arrested in corruption probe

    A member of staff at HMP Liverpool has been arrested after allegedly helping to smuggle a mobile phone into the jail for a prisoner, the BBC understands.

    HMP Liverpool

    The 25-year-old woman was held on suspicion of misconduct in a public office and intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence.

    She was questioned before being released while inquiries continue, Merseyside Police said.

  10. Funeral date set for youngest victim of Manchester attack

    The funeral of an eight-year-old girl who was the youngest victim to be killed in the Manchester Arena attack is to be held next week at Manchester Cathedral.

    Video content

    Video caption: Saffie Roussos' father Andrew gave a BBC interview recently.

    Saffie Roussos from Leyland will be the last of the 22 people killed in the blast to be laid to rest.

    In a statement, her family said anyone who had been touched by her death was invited to attend the "celebration of [Saffie's] life".

    The service will take place at the cathedral on 26 July.

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    Severe accident: M60 Greater Manchester clockwise

    BBC News Travel

    M60 Greater Manchester clockwise severe accident, between J16 for A666 and J17 for A56 Prestwich affecting J13 for A572.

    M60 Greater Manchester - One lane blocked and slow traffic on M60 clockwise between J16, A666 (Pendlebury) and J17, A56 (Prestwich), because of an accident involving a van. Congestion to J13, A572 (Worsley).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  12. Three men charged in Colne death probe

    Three men have been charged over the death of a man in Lancashire.

    Venables Avenue, Colne

    The 50-year-old was found unconscious in Venables Avenue, Colne, on Tuesday and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

    Lancashire Police said three men, aged 40, 41 and 64, have been charged with wounding.

    They are due to appear at Burnley Magistrates' Court later.

  13. Weather: Windy and rain likely

    BBC Weather

    Windy especially along the coast and over higher ground.

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    Video caption: Weather

    Heavy outbreaks of rain will continue for much of tonight. Towards dawn we will see some dry spells in the south, but with further rain in the north and east.

    Highs of 19C. More from BBC Weather.

  14. Ex-council leader Mike Connolly suspended in safeguarding row

    Ex-Bury Council leader Mike Connolly has been suspended by Labour amid claims officials did not follow child protection rules for political reasons.

    Simon Carter

    The move follows reports which found council officers failed to act quickly enough after claims were made against a councillor before elections in 2015.

    Simon Carter later admitted 16 charges of making indecent images of children.

    Mr Connolly has previously said he was wrong to have given Carter a written reference on council-headed paper ahead of his sentencing, describing the former Labour councillor as "trustworthy, honest and reliable".

    Quote Message: I have nothing to hide and want to be open and transparent. That is why I have referred myself to the standards committee. I have co-operated fully with the independent review and I will co-operate fully with this investigation from Mike Connolly Former leader, Bury Council
    Mike ConnollyFormer leader, Bury Council
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    Severe disruption: M6 Cheshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Cheshire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for A556 and J18 for A54 Middlewich affecting J20 for M56.

    M6 Cheshire - Very slow traffic on M6 southbound between J19, A556 (Knutsford) and J18, A54 (Middlewich), because of an earlier broken down vehicle. All lanes have been re-opened. Congestion to J20, M56 (Lymm Interchange).

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  16. Summer getaway M6 journey times 'could triple today'

    BBC News England

    Journeys on the M6 through Staffordshire and Cheshire could take more than three times as long as usual today as families head off on their summer holidays.

    Traffic information company Inrix said it usually takes around 50 minutes to go from junction 11 north to 20 but today it could be as long as 150 minutes.

    M6 at junction 11 heading onto motorway

    They add that going southbound over the same stretch could also take longer, from 50 minutes to around 90 minutes.

    The company said the busiest period is likely to be between 11:00 and 18:30.