A new report into the work of the region's police forces shows that overall they are doing a good job. The survey from the Inspector of Constabulary examines how effective they are in combating and preventing crime, and managing resources. It shows that in general they are coping well with the challenges they face. And as Mike Cunningham from the HMIC explains Lancashire is doing particularly well.
Derelict buildings in Manchester and Liverpool are to be handed over to artists and entrepreneurs, under a Government scheme to revitalise run-down areas of northern cities.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced the move on a visit to Berlin, where a similar project has turned unused land and buildings into work space.
He wants pop-up shops, start-up businesses and charities to takeover vacant buildings temporarily. Councils and land-owners will be asked to match sites with potential users.
"Leaving useful land in the north to languish is not only bad for business, it can hamper the success of an area in so many ways. Which is why I want to see empty buildings brought back to life and back in business.”
The north of England has nearly twice as many hectares of previously developed vacant land and buildings as the south. Mr Clegg is setting up a working group of councils, businesses and charities, to report back in January.
"We need to understand what stands in the way of some of the most incredible space in the country being used and make things more flexible so that we can fill these buildings with artists, start-ups, and other entrepreneurs to restore the buildings' purpose and appeal."
Some areas and buildings have already been identified in Manchester, including plots on King Street, Cross Street, Deansgate and Piccadilly Place.
In Liverpool, the ABC Cinema, Lyceum Post Office and The Oratory are among the sites being considered.
Ahead of their big game against Ludogorets in the Champions League tonight, Mike Hall joined Liverpool star Jose Enrique at a training session with members of the club's academy.
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Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit are urging everyone to be extra vigilant to help combat the threat of a terrorist attack on public transport.
North West forces say the threat is severe and they are focusing on key themes in the UK’s counter-terrorism strategy - Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare.
Det Chief Supt Tony Mole, Head of North West Counter Terrorism, says everyone has a role to play.
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As we head into the busiest shopping period of the year, a warning that towns and cities here in the North West are at their most vulnerable to a terrorist attack. The current terror threat level in this country is said to be ''severe'', which is the second highest. It means a major incident is, the Government's words, ''highly likely.'' Experts at a conference in Manchester called on everyone to do their bit to stop terrorists in their tracks.
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