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Police have charged a man with the murder of a former

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Liverpool student on a backpacking holiday in Goa.

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Danielle McLaughlin's body was discovered

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It's feared the 28-year-old was sexually assaulted.

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Danielle studied at Liverpool John Moores University and worked

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in a pub at the Albert Dock before going travelling.

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Our Merseyside reporter, Andy Gill, joins us from Liverpool now.

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Andy, what more do we know tonight about the police investigation?

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Abbie more details are emerging tonight.

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A local police chief has said that a man named Vikas Bhagat had been

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arrested and charged in connection with the murder.

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Her body was found in a remote area near a beach yesterday morning.

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Police in Goa also say a post mortem has been carried

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out on Danielle's body, though they've not

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We also know a little more tonight about Danielle.

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She was the eldest of five daughters.

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She travelled in Australia after working here in Liverpool.

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And returned home to Ireland before travelling again to India.

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Tonight, her family and friends are grieving on both

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Friends say Danielle McLaughlin, who was originally from

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John Moores University have confirmed that she was a student

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here, though it hasn't said what she studied or when.

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After university she worked at the Pumphouse Pub

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A former colleague and friend says staff and customers loved her.

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Just the most fun girl you could imagine.

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When you heard, from your personal point of view, what did you think?

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Well, it actually brought a tear to my eye and I'm not one to do

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I was sitting on the bus, like, this isn't real.

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And then I saw the stories and I was like, "Oh, my God, it is."

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Danielle grew up in County Donegal in Ireland.

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Community leaders there say the family is overwhelmed by their loss.

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It's always unnatural for a mother to lose a child even if

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She was popular, outgoing and lively.

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She would take part in musicals, she was

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Recently, Danielle's grandfather died.

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And, in recent years, her mother lost her husband.

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In a statement tonight, Danielle's mother said:

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Police in India say Danielle may have been sexually assaulted

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A teenager who killed a Merseyside police officer in a stolen car has

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been told his 20-year prison sentence is "thoroughly deserved."

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Lawyers for Clayton Williams failed to get his jail term reduced

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He ran over 34-year-old PC Dave Phillips in October 2015

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as he was deploying a "stinger" device to stop the car thief.

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The number of people unemployed in the north-west

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The figures for November to January show 173,000

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people are out of work - that's 4.9% of the workforce.

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A group of residents, living near Preston New Road in Lancashire,

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are challenging the government's decision to allow fracking there.

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They told a judge at the high court in Manchester that proper planning

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Local people have been overridden and democracy has been overturned

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by the Secretary of State so we're here to make a statement it's not

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We are here supporting local democracy and the feelings of people

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in Lancashire who definitely don't want fracking.

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The government's lawyers will give evidence tomorrow.

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A final ruling is expected next month.

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Thousands of lives could be saved if a Manchester scheme to detect

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lung cancer was introduced across the country.

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That's according to NHS researchers who carried out a pilot scheme

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Recently, I went for a lung check and I've been diagnosed with cancer.

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Michael found out about his condition thanks to a pilot scheme

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Instead of waiting for people to go to the doctor's with a problem,

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the project targeted poorer areas where lifestyle and smoking make

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lung cancer the most common cause of premature death.

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They wrote to everyone aged between 55 and 74,

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Around half then went on to have CT scans.

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I went for a lung health check, and was given an appointment

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So I think the timescale is absolutely terrific.

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Most people who are diagnosed with lung cancer don't find out

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until stage four of the disease, by which time it's

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We did about 1,400 scans, and of those,

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And importantly, 80% of those are early stage.

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We were diagnosing one cancer for every scanning

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The team behind the scheme believes it could save many more lives.

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We did manage to target the poorest, the most deprived sections

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of the community, which is said to be hardest to reach.

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I could've gone two or three years and it could have spread everywhere.

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It's now hoped funding will be approved to extend the scheme

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to other areas of Greater Manchester and eventually, across the country.

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The former Manchester United star Gary Neville has been responding

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to criticism of his plans to build tower blocks up to 31 storeys high

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He was speaking at an investment fair on the French Riviera,

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and said he was willing to make changes to the design.

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The event in Cannes also heard about massive plans to redevelop

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parts of Merseyside, as Phil McCann now reports.

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The carpets at this time of year in Cannes are blue not red.

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It is Europe's biggest investment exhibition.

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It's been a very busy day for the north-west here,

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First one today has been in Birkenhead, where a plan's been

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announced for m hundreds of apartments, a hotel

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and conference centre at the Woodside Waterfront area.

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In town, there'd be a new market and a heritage district

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Wirral Council's here to try and raise a billion pounds for it.

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There is a buzz about Wirral and Birkenhead.

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People think that Wirral is going places and the region is going

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The council hopes that Birkenhead's market can eventually

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North West councils come to this annual investment show every year to

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But in Manchester, this famous face is

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behind one which is causing concerns.

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs want to build two skyscrapers

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in the centre of Manchester, but they are willing to act on those

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From our point of view there is no doubt that some of the

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suggestions that have been made to us during the consultation process

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and planning process we need to listen to.

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We need to refine certain aspects of it, change certain

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We still fundamentally believe in scale and in the

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buildings being tall in that zone and that's

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You mentioned Historic England there and they do seem to be

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objecting to the fundamentals and not just the design.

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You will be aware they're saying it would damage

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the city's historic heart, dwarfing and aggressively jarring with nearby

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I fundamentally disagree with their...

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I suppose the language that they've used.

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Elsewhere, in Liverpool, funding has been secured for a ?35

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million Cancer Centre in the Paddington

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the city centre, one of a new wave of facilities providing proton beam

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At the Cheshire stand in Cannes, plans to redevelop Chester

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and redevelop land around Crewe when HS2 comes have been outlined.

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Back in Manchester, some very long-term

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The City Council's Chief Executive has told an audience that

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within the next few years, the city region will have to look at

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installing an underground railway because the trams will be too full.

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Manchester City have been knocked out of the Champions League,

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After falling two goals behind, they managed to pull one

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But it wasn't enough after Monaco scored again.

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In the end, the match drew 6-6 on aggregate,

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but the away goals rule means City are eliminated.

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Liverpool boxer, Tony Bellew may need surgery on his right hand

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and could be out of action for several months.

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He broke his hand during his heavyweight win over

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That's it from me tonight, but here's Eno with the weather.

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A beautiful day today, but it looks set to change?

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We saw beautiful blue skies across the region and temperatures as high

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as 16 degrees in Cheshire. Temperatures are down tomorrow and

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getting colder as we head towards the end of the week. Tonight is not

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the king too bad. Dry with fog patches on high ground in Cumbria.

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Maybe some rain as well here. Temperatures are fairly mild.

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Tomorrow will be cooler and more cloudy from the word go. The cloud

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will continue to spill in from across the Irish Sea with showers.

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Quite breezy in the afternoon. The showers could merge to bring longer

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spells of rain in the afternoon and disappointing temperatures. Through

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the evening the rain will push away so maybe some sunshine to end the

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day. Clear skies tomorrow night so possibly cold with rain pushing in.

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The rain will stick with us through the recount. -- the weekend.

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been. The outlook, rain around, if it stays dry I will be surprised.

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Here is Nick with the national headlines.

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