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<b>Tuesday Oct 27:</b> Action on homophobic hate crime; council jobs go in planning dept; John Barnes gets solvent and triplane says grounded

Published on October 27th 2009.

LIVERPOOL'S Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community are planning a march and a meeting to discuss how to stop homophobic hate crime in the wake of the horrific attack on a gay police office in Stanley Street at the weekend.

James Parkes, 22, was attacked by a group of up to 20 youths at around 10pm on Sunday, following a night out with friends. He is currently in hospital with life threatening head injuries.

Four Kirkdale teenagers, aged 14, 17 and two aged 15, were yesterday arrested on suspicion of assault, but released on bail last night. Two more youths, aged 15, are being questioned by detectives.

FORMER LIVERPOOL FC STAR John Barnes, has had a bankruptcy order against him lifted. Barnes must settle an unpaid tax bill by November 9, when

his case is heard by the High Court in London.

A FALL IN PLANNING APPLICATIONS has led to job cuts at Liverpool City Council. Income from planning and building control applications has fallen by 50% in the last two years, and the council warns that the lack of “major developments” has been a key factor. It is seeking 17 voluntary redundancies from a 112-strong planning workforce.

A PLANE THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING has failed to take off. Built by volunteers at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, the replica of the fragile triplane, failed to reach the heady heights of the original version – 20ft off the ground – at the test site at RAF Woodvale near Formby. One volunteer said the problems were “not entirely unexpected”.

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StreetwiseOctober 27th 2009.

The Council can't allow planners to escape with a cash handout now! They are needed to put right the mess they have made of Liverpool city centre in recent years, narrowing arterial roads, diverting major traffic streams including buses into choked bottlenecks and narrow back streets belching fumes everywhere.

PanderOctober 27th 2009.

How can they stop homophobic hate crime? Feral children with feral parents. What we have lacked is a good conscription war to cull these idle hands for whom the devil has made work.

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