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Hate crime soars to record levels after Brexit vote

Record levels of hate crime were reported by most police forces in England and Wales in the aftermath of last year's EU referendum according to new analysis. Greater Manchester was one of three forces that recorded more than a thousand incidents in the three months up to September 2016. Provisional figures on hate crimes published by the Home Office in October 2016 suggested that offences in July 2016 were 41% higher than in the previous year.

GMP recorded more than a thousand hate crime incidents in the 3 months after the Brexit vote Credit: pa

A human rights organisation has said the country should prepare for the possibility of further spikes in offences once the Brexit process has begun.

It is clear a small minority of people used the Brexit vote to legitimise inexcusable racism and prejudice. We cannot allow such intolerable acts of hate to be condoned or repeated.

– David Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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Maya's lifesaving advice

Maya Turner's quick thinking saved her mum's life Credit: Help for Heroes

Maya Turner, who saved her mum's life when she collapsed at home, is hoping every child in the country will know what to do in an emergency.

The little girl from Lancashire dialled 999.

She's helped produce an information card.

It'll be given out in schools... so others will know exactly how to react in similar circumstances.

Squash stars prepare for national championships

England's finest squash players are in Manchester for the National Championships. Lancashire's own Laura Massaro - current England No.1 and World No.5 - is the favourite to retain her title and win the tournament for a fourth time.

Laura Massaro is looking to retain her title Credit: pa

The tournament is taking place at the National Squash Centre in Etihad Campus . The main draw takes place later with semi-finals to be played on Saturday before finals day on Sunday 12 February.

Hospital goes from "Special Measures" to "Good"

A hospital trust put into Special Measures in 2014 after the death of a number of babies has now been rated "Good" by the health watchdog.

Inspectors have found that the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has made significant progress across most services.

They include Maternity, Gynaecology and End of Life services. Amanda Stanford is from the Care Quality Commission.

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