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'A sell off on a massive scale': charity's warning over public buildings and spaces

The report has prompted calls for more public buildings and spaces to be transferred to community ownership. Credit: ITV News

More than a 150 public buildings and spaces are being sold off in the region every year, according to a new report.

The Locality charity says that most are being sold for private development and will never return to public use.

The charity is calling for an increase in the number of public buildings and spaces transferred to community ownership.

It says this would ensure that they are kept for use by the whole community, to provide a hub for local people and a source of vital services and support for generations to come.

More than 450 public buildings and spaces across the North West are being sold off a year, that's more than nine times the number of Sainsbury's supermarkets in the region. This is a sell off on a massive scale.

We know that many of the buildings being lost have valuable community uses. Every one of us can think of a local public building or outside space we love and use - from libraries to lidos and town halls to youth centres. They are owned by the public and they're being sold off for short term gain to fill holes in council budgets.

Across the North West local community groups are stepping up and fighting for community ownership. But they urgently need support and help with start-up costs if they are to compete with the commercial developers. Funding to support community ownership has dried up in recent years, and government, investors and charitable funders must come together to unlock a set-up fund for community ownership.

– Tony Armstrong, Locality

Sam Cook's murderer danced on table after killing - he's now serving 28 years

The man who stabbed Sam Cook to death as he celebrated his twenty first birthday in Liverpool is beginning a prison sentence of at least 28 years.

Carl Madigan, who had previous convictions for violence, was captured on CCTV in the hours after the murder, mimicking his victim and dancing on furniture in a bar.

The judge described it as a truly wicked crime.

Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue was in court:


Council wants homeless shelter open year round

The council says it wants to reduce the number of rough sleepers Credit: Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council says that the number of rough sleepers in the city could be reduced if a temporary shelter get the go - ahead to open year round.

Labre House on Camden Street, which opened last November, provides food and a safe space for the night to street sleepers.

It is currently allowed to open between November and March.

The council has now submitted a planning application to make Labre House a permanent facility for rough sleepers for the next fifteen months.

When Labre House was opened over the winter it immediately became a lifeline for people in dire need of help. The council sent out the message that no-one needs to sleep on the streets in Liverpool and that there was room inside for anyone who wants it.

Solving this city’s rough sleeping problem is not just about providing people with a place to stay. It’s about giving them the support they need to find a route out of rough sleeping.

We don’t just want to bring people off our streets, we want to help them transform their lives. The plans for Labre House are the next step in this process.

– Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan, Liverpool City Council

Prosecutors say they were satisfied Sam Cook killing was deliberate

Sam Cook was killed while celebrating his 21st birthday Credit: Police/family

Prosecutors have said they had no doubt that the killing of a man in Liverpool was deliberate.

Sam Cook was stabbed to death while he was out celebrating his 21st birthday at the Empire nightclub in the city centre last October.

The court's heard how Carl Madigan, from Garston had earlier admitted manslaughter.

But today the jury rejected that claim and he's been jailed for life with a minimum of 28 years.

Nicky Inskip of the Crown Prosecution Service says she was in no doubt he intended to kill Mr Cook.

Inquest finds Lucas Carter's death was accidental

The inquest into an eight year-old boy who died in a house fire in Sandbach in Cheshire, has ruled it was an accident.

Lucas Carter died in October 2016.

His mother suffered severe burns and took her own life two weeks later.

Ashley Derricott has the details.


Suffragette sites in North West to be recognised

Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the founders of the movement Credit: PA/PA Wire/PA Images

Sites in Manchester linked to the Suffragette movement are to be officially recognised.

Manchester Art Gallery where Suffragettes attacked artworks in protest and the Free Trade Hall will be relisted by Historic England.

They are among forty one sites across England which are associated with the campaign to win women the vote that are being relisted.

Also listed is St George's Hall in Liverpool where a suffragette hid in an organ loft for twenty four hours so that she could disturb a speech by a local MP the next day.

The initiative is to mark the centenary of women getting the vote.

The history of suffrage can be traced through the fabric of our city streets and buildings, and even though there are few tangible markers left 41 of the listed buildings and places the suffragettes used as their public theatre of protest have had their official records updated, ensuring the part they played in the struggle for suffrage is fully recognised.

– Celia Richardson, Director of Communications at Historic England

Sister's film about Arena bomb attack survivor to be shown

'In Bloom' charts the recovery of a survivor of the Arena attack Credit: Manchester Metropolitan University

A film made by the sister of a survivor of the Manchester Arena bomb attack will be shown at a special screening at Home this evening.

The film follows the recovery of Hannah Mone from Bramhall from horrific injuries.

Her sister Jess, who is a Filmmaking student at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, recorded her treatment and rehabilitation over the last year.

They were just fifteen feet away from the explosion at an Arian Grande concert last May.

Jess worked on the film with fellow students Hannah Vigus and Angus Graham as Editor and Cinematographer respectively.

'In Bloom' is a personal portrait of my sister's recovery and also explores the close relationship between the two of us.

I am so proud of how courageous and brave she has been through such a difficult period and I believe everyone should have a chance to hear her story.

Afterwards I realised you only get one shot at life, and that’s why I made the film. When you get so close to losing it, you realise you need to get on with your life.

We do more things together now. Time is precious and we know we need to make the most of it.

The main thing I want from the film is that people don’t come away from it crying. I want them to come away thinking – look at this brave young girl. This terrible tragedy does not define who Hannah is.

Notes to Editors

– Jess Mone
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