22/03/2014 North West Today


22/03/2014

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Good afternoon. Police are appealing for information

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after a lawfully`held shotgtn was stolen from a home in Manchdster

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last night. Four men armed with knives broke into a 79`year`old

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woman's home in Didsbury and demanded cash before searchhng the

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house and making off with the weapon and ammunition belonging to a family

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member. Officers are keen to hear from anyone who can help iddntify

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the thieves and recover the shotgun. Manchester Central Library has

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reopened to the public after a 50 million refurbishment. The hconic

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building on St Peter's Square closed in 2010 and over a million books

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were sent into storage in the Cheshire salt mines. Nishma Hindocha

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reports. Manchester's reborn Central library.

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It has been closed for four years and has cost ?48 million to rebuild.

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Today, hundreds of people c`me to have a look at the new building We

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have come to look inside. It is lovely. I have been waiting for

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three years for this. It is fantastic. I loved that it hs open

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again. I used to use it when I was a student, and it has been a long time

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it was opened. The great two listed building has

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opened new rooms like a reading room. Previously, only 30% of the

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building was opened to the public, but now they can enjoy 70% of it.

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We will have to million people visiting Manchester, so which will

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be brilliant for the economx, but also for the Manchester reshdents to

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enjoy the library. Fotball and all four of our Premier

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League teams are in action this afternoon. Both Manchester City who

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are home to Fulham, and Livdrpool, who travel to Cardiff, are `iming to

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close the gap on leaders Chdlsea. After their dramatic midweek win in

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the Champions League, can M`nchester United continue their recovdry at

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West Ham? Everton are home to Swansea. The Blues are still in the

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chase for European football. The most important thing th`t we

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have is in front of us with these tend games, which will show was how

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strong we are as a team. It will be very important, the next eight

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weeks. Sale Sharks will look to boost their

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chances of a top four finish against league leaders Northampton `t the AJ

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Bell Stadium this afternoon. Sam Tuitupou and Danny Cipriani return

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to Sale's starting line`up `fter coming off the bench in the last

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game at Wasps. Here's the weather with Kayd

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Forster. We have had a taste of wintdr today.

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It has been a cold start with some snow showers across the Lakd

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District and Peak District. That will continue this afternoon, a

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mixture of sunshine and showers But it is feeling cold this aftdrnoon,

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temperatures around seven or eight Celsius. Some of the showers will

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continue into the CV, wintrx over higher ground. `` this evenhng. But

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for most of us it will try out later tonight. If you get clear skies the

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temperatures will be down to two or three Celsius. Tomorrow will be

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brighter and drier. There whll be some showers around in the

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afternoon, but far fewer th`n today. A lot more sunshine. It will still

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feel cold, with temperatures about seven or eight Celsius.

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I will be back at 5:20pm. Goodbye. Hello. The weekend started with

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snowcapped hills and blue sky. Since then, more clout has built and the

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showers have broken out widely. Some heavy downpours and hell stones --

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he'll stones. This is all part and parcel of the colder weather

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weekend. There is a wintry flavour to the showers. It is snow we and

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there are frosty and icy nights Over recent hours, you can see the

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cloud has built up as the showers have developed. There are organised

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showers moving east across England over the next two hours, and

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