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Huge hole opens up near Rochdale homes

Storm Ciara causes huge hole near Rochdale homes

Amanda Webster filmed the fast-flowing water behind houses in Woodlands View in Belfield on Sunday.

A retired teacher is set to compete in an international battle rap after taking up poetry.
A retired teacher who took up poetry is about to compete in an international battle rap.

'No increase' in crimes against Chinese people - Merseyside Police

In response to isolated reports of discrimination, and people of Chinese heritage being targetted, we spoke to police.

Merseyside Police says it has seen no increase in reports of hate crime against people with Chinese heritage since the outbreak of coronavirus began.

A spokesman said it had seen no rise in the number of incidents reported in January, when the coronavirus quickly became global news.

Greater Manchester Police were unable to provide any data on the reporting of hate crime in the last month.

8% of urgent ambulance calls in the North West take more than an hour

A BBC investigation has found that thousands of patients who've had strokes, heart attacks and fits are being made to wait over an hour for an ambulance.

Across the North West, 84,548 out of 1,044,119 calls led to waits of more than an hour. That's a higher proportion than in many other English regions that responded to a request for their data. Only the East Midlands and South West were higher.

BBC News obtained the data under the Freedom of Information Act covering the period from the start of 2018 to September 2019.

The North West Ambulance Service has been invited to respond.

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