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The headlines this Thursday lunchtime:

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The identity of a man whose death on Saddleworth Moor

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sparked a world-wide appeal is finally revealed.

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Cumbria Police is told to improve its protection

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And the curious incident of Stockport's Olivier-winning

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playwright inspiring pupils at his former school.

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It's a mystery that sparked an international inquiry -

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the discovery of an unidentified man's body on Saddleworth Moor.

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Police have spent more than a year trying to find out who he was and,

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after a painstaking investigation, they now believe they know.

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The BBC's Jon Manel has been following the story.

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Yes, this all goes back to the 12th of December, 2015 -

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I was totting it up before - 411 days ago, when Greater

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Manchester Police received what seemed like a routine call.

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A body had been discovered on Saddleworth Moor near beauty spot

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A cyclist had found the body that morning in awful

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But they had no idea who this person was.

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It was a man, he was believed to be between about 65 and 75,

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but all that was found on him were train tickets,

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a medicine container, with some traces of poison in it,

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There has been then an extraordinary bit of detective work

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For a start, there was Urdu writing on that medicine container

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but when they carried out the postmortem, they found a metal

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plate in his left leg, and that metal plate can only be

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fitted, was only used, in hospitals in Pakistan.

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He had obviously had a serious accident at some stage.

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So they knew about that connection and what we found out today,

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there was a Coroner's hearing near Rochdale, and we were told

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that the police studied all the flight manifests

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from Pakistan to London in the few days before he was discovered,

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looking for that profile, a white man between 65 and 75,

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And today at the Coroner's Court, they finally revealed

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Yes, so the name was searched on the passport agency database.

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They saw the photograph, it seemed to be a match,

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they then looked at CCTV images from Lahore, where he had

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It looks like it was him and they managed to contact this

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man's family, there was a DNA match with a relative, and so now finally

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He was 67 years old and after all of this time his family has now been

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You consume more about the story on the Radio 4 website. -- you can hear

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more about the story. Cumbria Police has been told it

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needs to improve how it protects Inspectors found a lack

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of understanding of the extent of child sexual exploitation

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and an inconsistent response It's the same police force that was

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criticised for its handling of the death of Poppy Worthington.

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According to the MP, there is some cause for concern.

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It's good that the commitment to protecting children is fully

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The examples of feel you are just not good enough. The Chief Constable

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and Commissioner and everybody else now have to take what is being said

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with the utmost seriousness and turn it around as possible. Cumbria

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police said that it will continue to review its dealings with children.

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We are joined by... Can you understand by people in, we are that

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they are shocked that the force, criticised for the way that it dealt

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with the death of Poppy Worthington, is still being criticised over its

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child protection? The first thing to do is to divorce the two issues.

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They are not related. Both involve child protection issues. Well, they

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don't. The TRANSLATION: Criticism was about the investigation after

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the tragic death of Poppy Worthington.

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This report looks into the wider sphere of child protection. It's

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important we get it right. This report also criticises the force by

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the way that they deal with child protection issues. Yes, they go on

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to talk about the quirky nation after the immediate protection of

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children. -- about the coordination. I absolutely accept the criticism as

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does the force. What is being done to change things? It is being

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criticised for not grasping the criticised for not grasping the

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seriousness of this? It would be unreasonable to suggest that they do

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not grasp the seriousness. It's important to remember that this

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report was written in July of last year, several of the recommendations

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have ready been completed. We have put additional resource into child

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protection and safeguarding. Additional training into domestic

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abuse and child sexual exploitation has of ready gone into force.

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Already we have increased by some amount. Ultimately the IT support

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has already been remedied. Many of these things have already been put

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in place. That is what to say that there are still some things to be

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done. Thank you for your time. A playwright from Stockport says

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giving children a proper education in the arts will make Britain

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a better country. Simon Stephens wrote the stage

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version of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time,

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currently showing at Last night current students from his

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old school went to see the play. Our reporter Andy Gill

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was there too. I'm going to find out

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who really killed the dog. The play is based

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on Mark Haddon's book. It's the story of Christopher,

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a teenager with behavoiral difficulties who sets out

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to discover who killed a neighbour's dog and who uncovers truths

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about his own family on the way. Simon Stephens has won awards

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for his stage script. He went to Stockport School,

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or Mile End as its known. He wants pupils from state schools

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to believe they're as entitled to a career in the arts

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as anyone else. I think an education in the arts

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dignifies and empowers everybody with a spirit

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of empathy and communication. I think that makes

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the whole country better. It's not just about winning artists,

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it's about making this country Last night 200 current

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Stockport School pupils went He's already been back

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to his old school to fire The talk was inspiring

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because he came from, like, Stockport, it wasn't in London or LA

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or America, it's Stockport, you know, it's so humble

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and close to heart. There's no limits to how small

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or big you can be in the theatre. I've always kind of known I wanted

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to do something like that but people are always,

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like, suggesting different things and after the talk I just felt

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like it was definitely a good option and I should follow

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what I want to do. The Curious Incident Of The Dog

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In The Night-Time runs at the Lowry Andy Gill, BBC North

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West Today, Salford. Now the weather forecast

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with Charlie Slater. Plenty of cloud around

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over the next few hours. Where that cloud is thick enough,

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you can get the odd spot of drizzle. It's cold enough for that drizzle

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to fall as sleet and maybe Factor in the wind-chill, though,

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and you're talking more like -4, -5, That's what it actually feels

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like rather than its actual But cold no matter what way

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you try to look at it. Overnight tonight, into the early

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hours of Friday morning, temperatures will fall away down

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to around -1, maybe even -2. Friday daytime is generally dull

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and cloudy, maybe a bit overcast, potential for a little bit

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of drizzle here and there, but all in all a slightly

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less cold day tomorrow Thankfully a little bit milder once

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we're through to the weekend. North West Today will be

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back with at teatime. TV: He's not your father.

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WOMAN GASPS

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