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In the North West - is it the great train robbery.

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Why can a journey to London cost three times more

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And the two sides of this dog - police says he's dangerous -

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but today he was saved from being put down

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It is signalling interest from around the world. One man's model

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train collection on track to raise thousands of pounds for charity. And

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do you want to know the secret of a long marriage? This couple have been

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together for more than 70 years. If he had a night out, she couldn't

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have won, she looked after the children. What is your secret?

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LAUGHTER. An MP has accused Virgin Trains

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of milking the system - by charging passengers more

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to travel a shorter A ticket to London from Preston can

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cost three times more than it does from Lancaster -

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which is 20 miles further north. The firm says that's because more

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commuters use that line. But the Fylde MP Mark

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Menzies says the system Here's our Transport

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Correspondent Judy Hobson. Many passengers here

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in Preston say they're angry Overcrowded trains and price

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are a common problem For example, Last thursday

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a ticket on the 07.58 from Preston to London Euston cost

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?145 if they'd boarded at Lancaster - 20 miles further away -

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it would have cost just ?46.60. It's

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the same train so what's going on? It seems you're being charged

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depending on what sort of passenger you are: In a statement the rail

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company said: " Virgin Trains has for many years relaxed peak

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restrictions on some of its longer distance routes where we have

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more leisure travellers. That's not the case at Preston

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where there are a lot of business travellers who need to travel

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to and from London at peak times." One passenger told his MP he had

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bought his tickets from Lancaster but boarded one stop LATER

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at Preston - and was told to pay an extra ?100

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or face being posecuted. The whole thing is just mad, and

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they need to look at the pricing structure and stop ripping people

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off because this is what this is about. It is not about managing

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leisure travel or business travel, these are the same people getting on

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the same train at the same time. There are times I can travel cheaper

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from Glasgow to Euston than from Preston to Euston. You can be next

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to someone who has paid ?20 lest for the same journey. It is very unfair.

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It is totally wrong. I live in Macclesfield and the fares are

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higher than just down the line in Stoke-on-Trent. The journey should

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be by the distance -- judged by the distance travelled.

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Virgin Trains says passengers can get cheaper tickets from Preston

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Earlier I spoke to the railway expert Tony Miles -

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I asked him how common this type of charging is?

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This is what they call yield management is, the fares are to do

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with how many people want to travel at what times of day. When British

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rail first discovered it could use computers to price individual

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journeys, I remembered this happening, so it is been something

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that has been done for some time. Given that travellers feel like they

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are being ripped off, why is nothing being done to address it? Because

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some people are getting good value out of it, it just depends when you

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are travelling and from where. If you look even further ahead, the

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situation reverses. It is dependent on booking and picking the right

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moment to get the best value. People travelling further get very good

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value for money. If you leave London tomorrow at almost five o'clock

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heading for Lancaster, it will cost you almost ?100 less than in

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Preston, but you're not allowed to get off in Preston because the train

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company says that is fraud. That is correct if they are advance purchase

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tickets, there are specific regulations on them. Again, those

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have been around for more than 30 years. It is just the way the train

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companies work, selling capacity and appreciating that some people with

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longer journeys perhaps are more reluctant to choose the train

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sometimes, Scotland may look at airlines as an option. That is just

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the way selling tickets has gone, it is the same with the airlines. I'm

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going to Ireland for ?10 next week, but a I booked the ticket a day

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before I would be over 100. Some people have split a journey into

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separate segments and by different tickets to build up the journey to

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make it cheaper. Is that legal? Yes, it is legal, there are some rules

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like the train has to stop at the station where the check tickets go

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from one to another. There are various websites will help you find

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that. You can tap into a journey that is not selling well, and this

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is completely legal, and if you can find a way to do it, that is how to

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get value for money. Thank you very much. A few of you talking about

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this on the Facebook page. He was a highwayman. I get the

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point. Peter Elliott has said cheers, my next ticket will be from

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Lancaster! So he has cottoned on. A dog dubbed dangerous and sentenced

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to death has been given a reprieve. Campaigners fighting

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to save Butch, a ten-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier,

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have won a judicial Butch had been trapped with his dead

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owner inside their home By the time police found them

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there were bite marks on the body. A court ordered his destruction -

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but now a judge says Here's our Chief

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Reporter, Dave Guest. different sides to the nature

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of of the same dog. different sides to the

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nature of the same dog. This one was filmed

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by Merseyside Police. And this persuaded them that Butch,

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the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was This one was made by the charity

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Senior Staffy Club - the expert featured in it concluded

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Butch posed no threat He is a friendly dog, we knew we

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could find him a home, and that is what we were in the process of

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doing. Last year a judge sitting

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at Liverpool Magistrates' Court decided the police were right

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and Butch should be put down. He'd been seized after being

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recovered from a property His owner had died -

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the precise cause of his death remains unknown -

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and Butch remained trapped When he was found, there

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were bite marks on his body. His owner, who'd been ill for some

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time, had been in the process of signing him over to the charity

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when he died. On the day we went affection to get

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his vaccination so he could come here was the day we could not get a

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reply from his owner, and then it was four days later unfortunately

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that the sad facts were unknown. -- then and now.

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Butch has remained in police

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Today, at a court in Manchester, the charity asked a judge to allow

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The judge said there were merits in both arguments. Merseyside Police

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said the Chief Constable has noted the court's decision.

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A bagpipe-playing busker has been jailed for four months -

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after duping people in Liverpool into thinking he was collecting

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The court heard Angus Carpenter played with a Hillsborough Justice

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Campaign banner on his bagpipes the day before the 26th

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The 62-year-old claimed it had been a tribute,

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but the judge said he'd committed a mean-spirited crime.

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A man's been arrested after a drone was seen

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dropping a banned item into Walton Prison in Liverpool.

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Police say it was spotted above the jail on Friday.

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It's alleged the drone had an object attached -

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A 44-year-old man has been released on bail.

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Police investigating the death of 15-year-old Megan Lee -

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who had an allergic reaction after eating a takeway meal -

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have released two men they were questioning

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Megan - from Oswaldtwistle in Lancashire - died on New Year's Day.

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The two men, who were arrested on suspicion of involuntary

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manslaughter by gross negligence, were bailed.

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A father and son forced a couple to work for ?4 a day and made them

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live in dirty and squalid conditions in outbuildings -

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Mohammed Riaz and Khuram Riaz from Nelson are charged

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with an offence under the modern slavery act.

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Burnley Crown Court was told the complainants were threatened

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with abuse and violence if they didn't work long hours.

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Our reporter Yunus Mulla was in court.

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Concerns were raised in April 2015 when police arrived in a house in

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Nelson, finding a couple sweeping the floor, chopping wood. They were

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living in an outbuilding described as a shack in court, it was filthy,

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damp and mouldy. There was a makeshift bathroom in a nearby shed,

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whether toilet bowl in it, which was also foul smelling. As a result,

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Mohammed Riaz, 63, and from Nelson, faces two counts of requiring the

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couple to perform compulsory labour. His son, 27, faces the same two

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counts. The dates vary but it is over a period between December 2014

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and April 2015. The prosecution opened its case today. What did they

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say? The prosecution say that the couple who are unemployed had

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nowhere to live, and their personal circumstances effectively put them

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into the clutches of the defendants. They had to carry out paid work,

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which earned them around ?4 a day, at the property and the family

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business. They were paid very little, they were given little food,

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and in return were given this promise inhumane conditions. Today,

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the prosecution said, you may wonder why they didn't escape from the

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clutches of the two defendants. Bearing in mind the psychological

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trap, the invisible handcuffs, if you like. Have the defendants

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offered an explanation? The defendants say they did not know

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each other. The defendants say these were acts of goodwill they were

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giving the couple, somewhere to live, some food at times, but they

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denied forcing them to do everything, they deny the charges.

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Thank you very much indeed. The northbound carriageway -

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between junctions 20 and 21 near Lymm -

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had to be closed during this Work to repair the damaged

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carriageway took place this afternoon - and it reopened fully

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at around four o'clock. The Liverpool musician

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Rebecca Ferguson has said She will not perform at the

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inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump -

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because she wasn't comfortable with the song choice

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made on her behalf. She had previously said she'd only

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accept the invitation if she could sing a protest song

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about racism in America. A film about The Beatles has been

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nominated for a BAFTA. Eight Days A Week -

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The Touring Years uses previously unseen footage to chart the band's

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rise from playing at the Cavern Club, to sell

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out tours of America. It's received a BAFTA nomination

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for Best Documentary. Anti-fracking campaigners

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say they plan to delay for as long as possible deliveries

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from construction lorries arriving at a site in Lancashire

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which is being prepared for drilling Protestors say they're planning

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daily protests in Little Plumpton. The energy company Cuadrilla says

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it's working with the police - to keep the area safe and ensure

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the main road isn't blocked. Day five at the construction site

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at Preston New Road in Fylde... Just another day for protestors

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who say they want to delay fracking We have a human right to object to

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this but we do not want to disrupt traffic or the areas, and this is a

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borough fear for ambulances between major hospitals. There is a work

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whenever they are, and we have ascertained that we may slow walk

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the trucks for the distance here, which is 15 minutes per truck, which

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does not sound a lot, but to an investor that sounds like people are

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not going away and they will not allow this to happen and challenged.

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-- unchallenged. Yesterday, protestors

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claimed they were put Cuadrilla say they were

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in the works area. They have got to build a roadway in,

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so there is a considerable time. Also a lot of protests are happening

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in Bolton, so rather haven't got so many here, other groups will try to

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stop them leaving their sites. Protestors say they'll be

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at the site for as long as it takes. Will Wayne Rooney surpass Bobby

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Charlton to become the highest goal-scorer? And this couple tell us

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their secret to manage. A collection auctioneers have

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described as one of the rarest - and most incredible -

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they've ever seen. It's being sold off over

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the next two days in Beeston For a model train enthusiast this is

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paradise. Rare pieces from around the world -

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America, Italy, Switzerland. It's a collection 35

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years in the making. The work of this man -

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Oldham solicitor and auctioneers couldn't

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believe their eyes. It was the quantity of games that

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there were. There were rooms with boxes and boxes of trains, and it

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was mind blowing. It is the most amazing collection I have seen by a

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long way. Virtually all of them were in original boxes and have never

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been used, so they are in pristine condition. Anthony Adler was

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inspired to start collecting while sheltering from the rain outside a

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model train shop. What began as a hobby became an obsession.

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So great was Mr Adler's collection, he had a separate house for it.

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Latrines were all at Fleetwood, and he was at Oldham. I have never seen

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anything like it. -- the trains. It is on track to raise around ?150,000

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for charity. I came to see this today, it is fantastic. I would have

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loved to have met him. This is just mind blowing. When I was younger and

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as a train spotter, this was the bees knees to see. When I saw

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this I was guided. As I could afford one, that would be what I would buy.

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I'm from London, and the wife won't be watching this, at least she won't

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know how much I will send! I was wondering if that was large train,

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but I'm not sure? I didn't want to say in case I wrong!

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There'll be a big crowd at Old Trafford this evening

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as Manchester United play Hull City in the first leg of their

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Jose Mourinho's acknowledged his team's got an important

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Premier League game against Liverpool at the weekend -

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but he says he's taking the EFL Cup seriously.

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Mark Edwardson's at Old Trafford for us.

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So, he's likely to play a strong side is he?

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Yes, he is. He's putting out a strong side because ahead he has

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another tantalising tie, the possibility of a tantalising game

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against Liverpool possibly in the football league final next month at

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Wembley because Liverpool are in the other semifinal against Southampton.

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If they get to it could be a Manchester United and Liverpool

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final at Wembley. What a tantalising thought for anyone, including Jose

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Mourinho. Tonight he has promised to put out a very strong team. This is

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in the EFL semifinal cup against Hull. United have been on something

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of a winning streak. Their last defeat was against thin Apache in

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the Europa League, back in the beginning of November. I have asked

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Manchester United fans what they think of the Portuguese progress. I

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think he has been a great manager but I think they will do really well

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here. They have won six games in a row, so hopefully they will wind

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tonight. I think he is performing well after putting grounders. It

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could be a big night for Wayne Rooney. Yes, it could indeed because

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all eyes will be on him if he plays tonight because at the weekend when

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and that he equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 249 goals for

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Manchester United, cheered on by the great man himself. It is simply a

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matter of when, not if he breaks his record. Could it be tonight? I am

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sure both of them are hoping it will. If you cannot get here for the

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match tonight, is commentary on BBC radio five live, with kick-off at

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eight o'clock. Do you think Sir Bobby is secretly thinking, do not

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do it. It is going to happen. And

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apparently it was, the Mallard trained.

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What's the secret of a long and successful marriage?

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If anybody should know, it's Trudy and Barclay Patoir from Manchester.

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They've been together for more than seventy years.

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They met when they worked together making Lancaster Bombers in

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Merseyside during the Second World War.

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But, as Stuart Flinders reports, it's not all been plain sailing.

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Barclay was an apprentice engineer in British Guyana.

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He's there on the bottom right joining a Carribean contingent

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heading to England at the height of World War Two.

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Here he is on the left, ready to join the war effort.

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In 1942, he found himself in Liverpool.

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What did you think of Liverpool when you first came here? It was freezing

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cold. And the snow was an eye-opener. Had you ever seen it

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before? Only in pictures. Barclay was put to work

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making Lancaster Bombers Many people worked night and day to

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produce these planes for Bomber Command.

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His assistant on the production line was Trudy.

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Barclay and Trudy took a shine to each other.

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And a visit to the Empire Theatre to see star singer

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Even now, Trudy is almost tearful when she remembers their song.

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Turning much colder over the next couple of days this could kick in

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from midnight tonight, we have a net office warning that the wind will be

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very strong. The weather itself, patchy cloud, rain here and there,

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not too much in the way of rain, some breaks in the cloud cover, but

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the wind will be picking up and it could be touching even 60 mph by the

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morning. Many down the Pennines, the top of the macro 62. This means that

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damages will not be too low. But remember through the morning, and

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again while the triangles are mainly around Pennine areas, not

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exclusively so, it will be windy absolutely everywhere. In between

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the showers there will be spelt of decent sunshine around, but the

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breeze is the main feature all the way through the day. As we go

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through the day, the number on the chart will say 7 degrees, but

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temperatures will fall through the afternoon. Wintry showers will

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continue through tomorrow night as the cold weather starts to bite. A

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Met Office warning for snow on Thursday. There is a line of whether

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just to the south of us which could cause all sorts of problems, so you

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do has to watch the forecast over the next 12 hours.

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We have a computer here which is going to kick, Tech. We were close.

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And you were in good happening. Have a lovely evening. Goodbye.

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It's back... Let's get ready to grumble. ..with more belligerence...

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Can you imagine anything more diabolical? ..moaning...

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..and nonsensical items... Don't send me a curve-ball, Nigel.

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Every choice you've ever made, every path you've ever taken,

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the man you are today is your memory of Eurus.

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