15/03/2014 North West Today


15/03/2014

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England, who step onto the pitch in about half hour's time, could

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overtake them with a large Good afternoon.

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Investigations are continuing today after a helicopter being flown by

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two men from the north west crashed in Norfolk this week. Four people

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died in the incident on Thursday, including pilot Carl Dickerson from

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Thorton`Cleveleys in Lancashire and co`pilot Lee Hoyle from Manchester.

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It's also emerged that safety concerns about the aircraft were

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raised with the manufacturer last September.

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A man died this morning aftdr being hit by a car in Manchester city

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centre. The collision took place on Essex Street just after 4:30 this

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morning and the man was takdn to hospital with a serious head injury

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and later died. A 23`year`old man was breathalysed and has bedn

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arrested on suspicion of drhnk driving and dangerous driving. He

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remains in police custody for questioning.

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Merseyside Police has arrested a man after the armed robbery of two banks

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this week. The 51`year`old lan from Toxteth was arrested on suspicion of

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the robbery of the Barclays bank on Mill Lane in West Derby on Thursday

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and the robbery of Lloyds TSB on West Derby Road in Tuebrook

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yesterday. The man will now be questioned at a police stathon in

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Merseyside. It's been an epic trek to r`ise

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money for charity, with somd unexpected results for ex`sdrviceman

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Christian Nock. This lunchthme Christian finishes an 8000 lile

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coastal walk around Britain, sleeping rough every night of the 18

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month journey. The former infantryman set out from his local

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pub in Blackpool in 2012 hoping to raise ?10,000 for Help for Heroes

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and increase awareness of homelessness amongst former military

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servicemen and women. And as he heads back, he's raised almost

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?200,000. He met his girlfrhend Kelly along the route. She brought a

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flask of coffee out to him hn Folkestone. Our reporter Suzanne

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Hailey will have more on his journey on the evening news after 7pm.

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Sport now and Manchester City kick off at Hull in the next half hour

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after a week which has seen the Blues crash out of the FA Ctp and

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Champions League. Manager M`nuel Pellegrini says his team must now

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have the character and ment`lity to recover and focus on the Prdmier

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League title chase. We have no less than 72 hours to recover. Wd are in

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a very difficult week... After we were eliminated from the

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competition. But it is a molent to recover and it is a moment to see

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our mentality and I hope th`t we are going to do everything to h`ve a

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good game against Hull and `dd a few more points.

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Everton take on relegation strugglers Cardiff at Goodison Park

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with Roberto Martinez's men looking to kick start their European hopes

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after four defeats in their last eight games.

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Now time for the weather with Sara Blizzard.

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Good afternoon. Well, it is certainly a very breezy day today.

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There is a brisk north`westdrly wind out there. And there is a lot of

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cloud as well, which has bedn with us throughout the morning. Ht is

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thick enough at times to produce a small amount of drizzle and is doing

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that first thing this morning. There is the chance, across part of

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Cheshire and Merseyside, of seeing the skies brightening in thd late

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afternoon. The wind continuds overnight. We will also see the

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skies clearing for a time btt it will keep the temperatures `bove

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freezing. There is a lot of cloud starting to come back in. It is

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starting to produce a small amount of rain across Lancashire into the

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early hours. Sunday is going to be another cloudy day. It will also be

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quite breezy. There will be further outbreaks of patchy rain around on

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Sunday. The best of any brightness is further south, if you ard

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planning on travelling. We sadly start to lose the high pressure for

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the early part of next week and it will be more unsettled.

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We're back with another bulletin just before 7pm.

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Following on from what has been largely dry and settled week with

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