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Fears over rise in 'mate crime'

A mother is speaking out about the disturbing crime that targets some of our most vulnerable people.

It's being called Mate Crime, where someone pretends to make friends with a victim and then steals from them or subjects them to other forms of abuse.

Our reporter Adam McClean found a disturbing rise in mate crime in Merseyside.

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Investigations into North West hospitals widened after some patients wait too long in A&E

Two investigations into the finances at hospitals in the North West of England are being widened because some patients are waiting too long in A&E.

Monitor, the health sector regulator, will now look into how well the trusts are run as well as scrutinising their finances. The trusts involved are:

· Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust · Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The trusts, which serve patients in Warrington, Halton and Wirral have both repeatedly failed to meet national targets for seeing 95% of Accident and Emergency patients within four hours.

The regulator says it believes that local partners, such as commissioners and other NHS organisations, have a significant role to play in improving urgent care across the region and that the trusts may not be able to solve the problems outlined alone.

Paul Chandler, Regional Director at Monitor, said: “We have decided to widen our investigations because some patients are waiting too long in A&E."

“We now need to understand what the trusts have done, and are planning, to improve A&E performance and how they will work with local partners to achieve this.”

Monitor also says it will announce the outcome of each investigation in due course but that no decisions have yet been taken.

Ellesmere Port and Neston - Labour Hold

  • Justin Madders (Lab) 22,316 (47.76%, +3.11%)
  • Katherine Fletcher (C) 16,041 (34.33%, -0.53%)
  • Jonathan Starkey (UKIP) 5,594 (11.97%, +8.31%)
  • Trish Derraugh (LD) 1,563 (3.34%, -11.72%)
  • Michelle Palmer (Green) 990 (2.12%)
  • Felicity Dowling (TUSC) 192 (0.41%)
  • John Dyer (ND) 31 (0.07%)
  • Lab maj 6,275 (13.43%)
  • 1.82% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 68,134; Turnout 46,727 (68.58%, -1.52%)

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Wirral South - Labour Hold for Alison McGovern

  • Alison McGovern (Lab) 20,165 (48.20%, +7.41%)
  • John Bell (C) 15,566 (37.21%, -2.25%)
  • David Scott (UKIP) 3,737 (8.93%, +5.74%)
  • Elizabeth Jewkes (LD) 1,474 (3.52%, -13.04%)
  • Paul Cartlidge (Green) 895 (2.14%)
  • Lab maj 4,599 (10.99%)
  • 4.83% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 56,956; Turnout 41,837 (73.45%, +2.32%)

Birkenhead - Frank Field holds the seat for Labour

  • Frank Field (Lab) 26,468 (70.24%, +7.73%)
  • Clark Vasey (C) 5,816 (15.44%, -3.50%)
  • Wayne Harling (UKIP) 3,838 (10.19%)
  • Allan Brame (LD) 1,396 (3.70%, -14.85%)
  • Kenny Peers (Green) 162 (0.43%)
  • Lab maj 20,652 (54.81%)
  • 5.61% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 62,438; Turnout 37,680 (60.35%, +4.08%)
  • 2010: Lab maj 15,395 (43.58%) - Turnout 35,323 (56.27%)

Wallasey: Labour Hold for Angela Eagle

  • Angela Eagle (Lab) 26,176 (60.36%, +8.56%)
  • Chris Clarkson (C) 9,828 (22.66%, -8.72%)
  • Geoff Caton (UKIP) 5,063 (11.68%, +8.78%)
  • Julian Pratt (Green) 1,288 (2.97%)
  • Kris Brown (LD) 1,011 (2.33%, -11.34%)
  • Lab maj 16,348 (37.70%)
  • 8.64% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 65,495; Turnout 43,366 (66.21%, +3.02%)
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