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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Roger

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Johnson. Our top story. A gas fitter faces prosecution 15 months

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after an explosion blew this suburban street apart. We'll be

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reporting live from the scene in Irlam, where 15 people were badly

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injured. Also tonight: Stabbed to death sitting at his mother's home:

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police search for a gang who murdered a father-of-two. How good

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is your hospital? A new scorecard system is launched to check

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standards on the wards. Fantasy world: how a futuristic vision of

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travel Manchester never quite took off. And I have been finding out

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who second-hand clothes can tell you their history, from New

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smartphones app that has been launched in Manchester. 15 months

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on from the blast that devastated a housing estate - a gas fitter's

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been told he's to be prosecuted. He's being taken to court by the

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Health and Safety Executive, accused of failing to ensure a gas

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appliance was properly installed. Paul Kay will make his first court

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appearance during the summer. 15 people were badly injured in the

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explosion in Irlam in November 2010. Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest is

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at the spot where it happened. And it's all very different from the

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scene you found there after the blast, Dave. That's right, I would

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not have been allowed on the sport back in November. The staff or

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behind me is where the House at the centre of this explosion once stood

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- back -- scaffolding. The woman who will have to have had gone to

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put a pan on the hob and then there was pandemonium. Amazingly, she

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survived to tell the tale although she suffered some horrific injuries.

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15 people including five children were injured, that day. Dozens of

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homes were damaged. One year on, some of those homes are still being

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repaired. They are the only started rebuilding houses on the spot where

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the explosion happened. On the day are for the last, the kitchen of

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Marie Burns had been subject to some renovation work by the Housing

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Trust and that was at the centre of the health and savings Executive

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investigation to stop they have decided to prosecute the gas fitter,

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Corky. One more do we know about porky? -- Paul Kay. Gas fittings

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need to be installed in a way that means they cannot be subject to any

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undue damage. The allegation here is that he failed to follow those

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regulations. That is why those charges against them have been

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sanctioned. And he is not likely to be in court for some time, is that

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right? He will make his first court appearance at Trafford magistrates

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court on 15th June. That will be the first hearing. And of course,

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we will keep you updated. David Corridon was a father of two -

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described by his friends in Liverpool as a "legend, who got on

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with everyone". But tonight a murder investigation's under way

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after he was attacked and stabbed at his mother's home in Norris

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Green. It happened in broad daylight yesterday afternoon. The

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street around the family home remains sealed off as police look

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for clues to why he was killed. Naomi Cornwell reports. This was

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where David Corridon grew up. Where he played on the streets as a boy.

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And where he'd only recently returned to live with his mother.

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But it was here at his mother's home that he met a violent death

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yesterday. Police haven't formally identified him yet - but today

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friends confirmed it was David Corridon. He was a father of two.

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It happened in the middle of the afternoon. Police were called here

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just after four o'clock following reports of a disturbance at the

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house. They found David Corridon with multiple stab wounds. He was

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pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. It is very sad. He was

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a lovely lad. He got on well with everyone. He was a legend, he was.

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How did you know him? I knew him, when he was a kid. I find it hard.

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It is just so sad, and you do not think that it is going to happen on

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your own doorstep, where you come out and you do your shopping, it is

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so quiet, here. I am scared, because I have got two children and

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it is frightening to think that that attack can happen here. It is

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quite a residential area. Tonight police are awaiting the results of

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a post mortem examination. They want to hear from anyone who saw

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anything suspicious in the area. A 16-year-old youth has been charged

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with the manslaughter of a man in Glossop at the weekend. Kenneth

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Stott died after an argument outside the town's railway station.

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A man and a woman who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an

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offender, have been released on police bail. The Isle of Man could

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get a second casino licence. The Government is in talks with

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companies who are bidding to build a high-class casino and spa. It's

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hoped the move would attract more tourists and help increase the

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island's profile in the gaming industry. A major new North West

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sporting event has been announced today.The Great Manchester Cycle is

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aimed at cyclists of all abilities and will be held on 4th June. The

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13-mile closed road circuit will include the Mancunian Way and

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Salford Quays. Olympic Champion Rebecca Romero was among those at

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the launch. I don't know if that new haircut of years is more

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aerodynamic, because you are settling tomorrow, for Sport Relief.

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And will tell you more about it tomorrow, I am on a tandem, that is

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all that needs to be said. We are not holding back! The brother of

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Liverpool photographer Paul Conroy - who was injured in a mortar

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attack in Syria - says he's relieved and overjoyed that the

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father-of-three has been rescued. Paul, who's originally from Anfield,

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was smuggled into Lebanon today. He'd been trapped in the besieged

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Syrian city of Homs for almost a week. Abbie Jones reports. Lying on

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a stretcher in the Syrian city of Homs, the pain from Paul Conroy's

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injuries was written on his face. He was hit by shrapnel in the leg

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and stomach but also saw two of his colleagues killed. Last week he was

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filmed speaking about what happened. There was back a couple of close

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hits, a couple of direct hits, summer. And no recall than was

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killed. -- Marie Colvin. This footage is all his family in

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Liverpool have seen. Paul's brother says they've been desperately

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worried about him, glued to the internet waiting for news. Today

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they were told he was finally on his way home. When we saw the man

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on the stretcher, we feared the worst, but then we heard he was out,

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and we were quite happy about the fact that he was out, then we have

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him on the phone, then he, when he turns up on the doorstep we will be

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very happy. Paul had been trapped in the besieged city of Homs since

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the attack. He was evacuated today with help from the Syrian

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opposition and rebels. The news was announced in Parliament. He is

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receiving full consular assistance and I pay tribute to journalists

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who make sure that the world is aware of the crimes that are now

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being committed in Max a rare. has covered many conflicts and his

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brother says he knew the risks. just takes us camera to war zones

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and egos. Alan and his parents are now looking forward to a family

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reunion they feared might never happen. That should be a happy

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reunion. A man is being questioned on suspicion of assault, following

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an alleged attack on a Cumbria MP. John Woodcock was travelling back

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to his constituency when he asked a group of men to stop shouting abuse

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on board a train from Lancaster. We'll be hearing from Mr Woodcock

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in a moment. But the issue of whether or not to intervene to stop

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anti-social behaviour is one which is often discussed. And it provoked

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some interesting responses today when we asked people if they would

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step in. The safest thing would be to mind your own business because

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you never know what can happen, if they have knives or anything like

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that. I would like to get involved but I am fearful for my own safety,

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these days. I would generally say something again, but just not to

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people a lot bigger than me. I have got a family to think about. I saw

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somebody smoking in the vestibule on the train and there for a pledge

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saying something to them but I did not will comfortable doing it, I

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did not know how he would react. You do not stand by and watch

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someone not been pleasant to somebody else. You stick up for

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other people, really. A little earlier this afternoon, I spoke to

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John Woodcock, the MP at the centre of this story. And I asked him why

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he felt he had to intervene on board the train last Thursday.

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was on my normal route back from Westminster, on the train from

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Lancaster, to barrel, and the were a group of young men whose comments

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were unacceptable and derogatory. And I thought, enough was enough,

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and I asked them to stop. They did pipe down for a while, but

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unfortunately I ended up in a stand-off. I just think passengers

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have the right to be able to travel, even later at night, without being

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subjected to that kind of abusive language and derogatory terms. Too

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often, it happens, but people should be able to speak out about

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it if they will save to do that, or, if not, then certainly to report it

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afterwards, so that investigations can be made and people can be

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brought to book. Did you at any point back consider the potential

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risk? There is always a risk. Everybody has got to make their

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judgment when it happens, and that is a difficult one, it is a fine

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line. I decided I could not put up with what I was hearing. It is

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particularly dangerous on public transport, I can find space, unlike

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on the street, where you can walk away from the situation. What

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advice would you give to anybody who finds themselves in a similar

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situation? Everyone has to make their own judgment. On the train,

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there was a card, and I feel for people in uniform -- a guard, and I

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feel for people to get this abuse from drunken passengers, who feel

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that they are if our target for abuse. But I was conscious that,

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although things could get out of hand, there would be others who

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could step in to help. Fortunately, we were able to take the heat out

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of the situation to the extent that I only walk away with having had a

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bad shudder my face, and I was very glad about that. -- bag shoved in

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my face. We'd be interested to hear what you think about this issue.

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Visitors to our Facebook page have been commenting all day. But you

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could send us an e-mail right now. Would you get involved to stop

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anti-social behaviour? Have you ever done it? Let us know what you

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think. Still to come on North West Tonight. The secrets of second-hand

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clothes: how this device can tell you a bit about their previous

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owners. And in a world of lectures, exams and parties, let there be

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peace. Import unveils his latest What if you could see a scorecard

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for your local hospital? Check out its marks before you go in. Well,

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that is something that eight Hospital Trusts across the North

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West have just signed up to. From today, each hospital will

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publish a monthly update on the safety and quality of its care,

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detailing things like the number of falls or the number of patients who

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get pressure sores from lying still in bed for too long. It's part of a

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drive to become more transparent and give the patient more

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information. Think of it as a monthly report for

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your hospital. Different marks for different subjects, with advice on

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how to improve, made public for any patient to look at.

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Patients like Pat Wilson. At 70 years old, she's in hospital for

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the very first time here in Aintree. To what did you know about this

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hospital before you came in? I knew it was the University Hospital. It

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seems to have quite a good name of things that it has done. If there

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had been more information available, would you have looked at it?

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might have, yes. I was really worried about coming to the

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hospital. The idea is that this makes

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hospitals more accountable. Most already record information like

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this but in different ways and they don't tell their patients about it.

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This will change that. We looked at the number of falls for January and

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reported none. They also asked staff to tell them

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anonymously what they think of the hospital and its care. Staff are

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honest, because one member has recommended that this would not be

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a good place to work. We need to and pick this further. But is this

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more about marketing than improving patient care?

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It is not just a public relations exercise. It is about striving to

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improve care and to give staff the impetus to improved and build on

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that care. And they need those figures to be published to give

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them that impetus? The impetus is there already, definitely. And

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staff work very hard to do a good job. But often, we all need that

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bar so we can raise it. But staff member was strongly

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defending this. And I have been looking on Facebook to see some

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more opinions, but a lot of people to think this is bureaucratic.

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Overwhelmingly, they think that. Colin Greenwood says stop ticking

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boxes and focus on treatment. Gary Williams says it is just

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theoretical and we have to do shopping around. Marie says that

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staff do not need any more stress or pressure on them already in a

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difficult job. But those criticisms withstanding,

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eight hospital trusts have now decided to do this. He were at

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Aintree. How do you go about finding out how you hospital was

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scored? To Caponacre Industrial Estate of

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the hospital trusts have signed up. Blackhill, Bolton, East Lancashire,

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Liverpool, Salford, St Helens and writing to in Wigan and Leigh. You

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can find all of this information on the website. It was published this

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afternoon and will be published monthly. At Google Hospital Trust

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and you can find that information. It is not compulsory for a trust to

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do this, but the NHS hope that more will follow suit.

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10 out of 10! Imagine a city centre where you

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flew to work and then were transported to your office on a

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moving pavement. It's the kind of thing which inspired science

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fiction writers and film makers in the middle of the 20th century. But

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was it a complete fantasy? Not according to documents

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discovered in the vaults of Manchester City Council.

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Researchers have uncovered a vision of city living from the 1950s which

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borders on science fiction. Here's our Environment Correspondent Colin

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Back in the '60s, the Jetsons were a vision of how we'd get to work in

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Meanwhile, in Manchester, planners were working on their own ideas.

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This is a heliport to be built on top of the historic Victoria

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Station, one of eight being planned for the city centre. The idea was

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to try and get helicopters landing right in the centre of towns and

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cities so people would upon them and fight to their next business

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meeting. Other plans include moving

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pavements and an underground to connect the city's main stations.

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The tunnel was intended to connect Piccadilly and Victoria. You could

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travel from the North to the south by one mode of transport. This is

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key. This new tunnel section would connect the rest of the region. We

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also have the proposed travel later, which would have been a moving

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walkway to connect the roads. some of the post-war plans actually

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made it to reality. The Mancunian Way was in the 1945 plan as one of

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a number of urban motorways. It was not to be built until 1967. Even

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then, not all that was completed. The Blue Sky thinking didn't take

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much account of Manchester's historic buildings, which were seen

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as being in the way of development. The Victorian City was viewed as

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something that needed cleaning and was responsible for a lot of

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disease. Even the very grand where houses were bitten to the same

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category as the back-to-back terraces under the officials are

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making these decisions. You can see the plans in an

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exhibition at The Cube gallery in Manchester, where there are more

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We lead quite boring lives, don't we?!

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If you've ever bought anything from a charity shop, you may well have

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wondered where it came from. A shop in Manchester is introducing a new

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phone app which allows people to learn an item's history before

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buying it. They say it will make bargain hunting even more fun,

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while boosting profits for good causes. Nina Warhurst went for a

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good rummage. Have you ever wondered where your

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favourite charity shop bargain started its life? Or what posessed

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the owner to part with such a gem? Those donating are now being asked

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to share any interesting bits of history associated with each item.

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The information is recorded on a sort of bar code and potential

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buyers can then download an app which allows them to have a nosey

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at its past. They will tap to scan and they will capture one of these

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black and white codes. That will enable the story of the item to

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come up. There is a picture of that! This little green dress was

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donated by somebody who wore the stress on a blind date that did not

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go well and they would like to forget it! So she wants to get rid

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of it. Absolutely. The scheme has been developed

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between five top universities. Those behind it say it's more than

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a gimmick. They believe that knowing the history of an item

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makes us more likely to want to buy it. What is the story behind your

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phone? It says that somebody had it in their flat with their ex-

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boyfriend but they're not together now and they had a clear-out. I am

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hoping I can bring some happiness do it again. Not all the stories

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are of angry women looking for a fresh start! This Little bear's

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previous owner has got 10 GCSEs and now want to share their good luck.

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Students from the University of Salford will now track the trackers

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with the hope that the project will be taken on nationwide.

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I do like her plain talking! She says that as it is.

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Diane has a new outfit and will be here in minutes.

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Shop-bought! Some may say that students aren't

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known for their love of peace and quiet, but a Manchester poet is

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hoping to inspire a more reflective mood in them. Let There Be Peace is

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the latest mural offering in Lemn Sissay's Poems As Landmarks project.

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Celebrating the virtues of tranquility, it has been painted on

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a wall in Manchester University's campus building. So is it having a

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Let there be peace so France fly away like Albatross and skeletons

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foxtrot from cupboards. It is a call for calm. Or as Lemn

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Sissay says, a press release for peace. In the midst of all of the

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messages of war and doom and pain, and the poem, let there be peace.

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Its new home is here in a university place - one of the

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busiest building some campers. Why put a poem about peace here? I like

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the idea that a student might be studying for their exam and that

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this poor mite centre than somewhat. So is it having the desired effect?

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Everybody is in a rush but it makes you stop and think. It makes you

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chill-out and calm down. I quite like it. I would sit down and relax

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and read it. It is nice. I can never understand poetry.

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This is Lemns's fourth mural poem manchester, but his first inside.

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The others grace a pub wall, a takeway, even a pavement. And he he

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has plans for more. I would like Manchester to be the poetry city of

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Great Britain and the world. I would like there to be poor and

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some of the buildings. People engage with their environment in

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ways which they otherwise would not have through poetry and their own

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environment. Then they can go and buy their chips. It is just a way

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of saying we are not machines. You never know which building could

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be next. He is great - invisible kisses his

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And now the weather. If it wasn't worn by an angry woman

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before, it is now! Good evening! The weather did not

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quite come off today. We had too much cloud cover. If you're looking

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for a change over the next day, you will not get it. There is no real

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change in the forecast. You can see the cloud cover everywhere through

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the day today. On the other side of the Pennines, records were broken

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up. Why? Because they got the sunshine and their air was slightly

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drier than ours. We need a bit of sunshine and we might see a bit

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tomorrow. If you are in the favourite bits! This evening and

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over night, it continues to be cloudy and try for many places.

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There might be one or two spots of drizzly rain from time to time and

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it was a yard to the Pennines, the greater risk there is. For most of

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us, predominantly dry and quiet. For the most part, but temperatures

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made 11 or 12 today. They do not fall too far through the night.

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Once again, you do not need your heating on. Seven and it is where

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we will all be. You will get up first thing tomorrow morning and

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that cloud cover will still be around. Their son is up before 7

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o'clock for the first time this year! -- avec son. In the morning,

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in the more southern parts, you may well see that cloud breaking from

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time to time. Half an hour of sunshine will make a massive amount

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of difference. We will stick to the forecast temperatures of around 13

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and 14 degrees. It will be the sunshine that gets it to that. 10

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to 14 is where we're heading. For tomorrow night, it is more of the

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same. There will be some bricks and the cloud cover as we head to were

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the early morning, but the temperatures are still quite good.

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For the next couple of days, that weather front on Thursday is

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relatively close to us. There could be some drizzly rain popping even

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though we said that temperatures will fall towards the weekend, that

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Shall I move away? Yes please!

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For it is a lovely outfit! Lots of you have been getting in

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touch to comment on the story involving the Barrow MP, John

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Woodock. You may remember he intervened to stop some anti-social

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behaviour on a train, and we asked whether you'd do the same.

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Terry Burgess says, "I've intervened before on a bus one

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evening when someone was hurling racist abuse at a passenger. It has

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to be challenged. However, you need to weigh up the situation carefully

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before doing so. Janet Hill says, "So many brave

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people have been seriously injured or killed intervening. So sadly, my

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answer is no". Josh Parle says, "I think Mr

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Woodcock was right to get involved, but if the group was already being

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rowdy then he must have expected them to react to his intervention".

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Joanna Clarke says, "I hope I would intervene if a serious situation

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presented itself. I don't think I could forgive myself if I did

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nothing". Martin Bennett says, "I don't think

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it's general apathy that makes people reluctant to intervene, but

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more the fear of what may come of your actions".

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Paul Doodlebug-Greenwood says, "Yes, I would intervene, and so should

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others. The softly softly approach to crime and anti-social behaviour

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has failed". Marie Farrar says, "We should all

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challenge bad behaviour more often so that it becomes less acceptable

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to look the other way. Nothing changes if we all do nothing".

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Tony e-mailed us to say it is too risky to intervene in many cases.

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If the law was toughened up on people committing violent crimes,

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so it might stop some violence by thugs.

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Gerry says she is a small woman and has intervened. She stopped the car

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