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The 1989 cassette features the singer performing aged 12 in a music competition.
The 1989 cassette features the Coldplay star performing aged 12 in a school music competition.

'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.

Close up of side panel of large ambulance
NWAS

Unifinished business: £3m spent so far on emergency base

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

More than £3m has been spent on an emergency services base in Cumbria, that still stands half-built when it should should have been finished two years ago, BBC Cumbria has established.

Half-finished building
BBC

Work on the base for the police, fire and ambulance services in Ulverston, called the Blue Light Hub, was held up by a contractual dispute.

Cumbria County Council has refused to release details of any pay-out to its former contractor.

The authority says it's now got a new builder in place and hopes soon to say more about when work will re-start.