27/01/2017 North West Today


27/01/2017

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Welcome to North West Today. The headlines this Friday lunchtime.

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Merseyside Police begin a murder investigation, after a man

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Ten years after Sophie's murder, the charity in her name

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receives government support, to raise awareness of hate crime.

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And we catch up with Newton-le-Willows band Slydigs,

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back home after jet-setting with The Who.

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Police have launched a murder investigation,

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after a man was shot and killed in Merseyside.

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Officers were called to the Stanley Meat Market

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in Old Swan this morning, where the man was given first aid

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and then taken to hospital. He died a short time later.

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Andy Gill is at the scene for us this lunchtime.

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What more can you tell us about this incident? The police were called

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here just after eight o'clock this morning. Officers gave first aid to

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the victim, Thomas Baker, before he was taken to hospital, but he died

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later. He was shot in the head and chest. He was 43 years old and from

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the Everton area. The police describe it as a targeted shooting.

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This is the Stanley Meat Market in Old Swan. We were told the shooting

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itself happened in a premises called the Phoenix fitness centre. That is

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part of the building but a separate business from the meat market. It

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has been a gymnasium for a couple of years. Police say they are looking

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at CCTV footage. They are also appealing for witnesses and carrying

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out house-to-house enquiries. One neighbour told those that just after

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815, she had a very distinctive bang. The officers are here at the

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moment. You can see the seagulls behind me. Police are going to speak

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to journalists at police headquarters this afternoon, giving

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me be more detail about what happened and why it happened. Thank

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you very much. Greater Manchester Police say

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they are looking into the issues around the case of a violent

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paedophile who made a secret room in his home to conceal

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a girl he was abusing. Michael Dunn, from Redcar,

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raped and abused four girls over several years,

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including at a house in Mottram, where he created

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a compartment behind his fridge. He will be sentenced

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at a later date. There are more problems

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for financially-troubled Morecambe Football Club,

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with the players and staff not the second time that has

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happened since October. A board meeting is taking place

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at their home ground, the Globe Arena today,

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where it is understood Italian-American businessman Joseph

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Cala has provided a cash injection. A plan to turn Liverpool's Municipal

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Buildings into a four-star hotel The city council's former

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headquarters was put on the market, as the authority tries to find

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?90 million of savings over The proposal will be discussed

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by councillors next week. It is ten years since Sophie

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Lancaster was murdered in Bacup, when she was targeted

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by youths simply because Now, the foundation set up

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in her name has received government funding, to support

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its work in raising awareness about hate crime.

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Sophie's mum, Sylvia Lancaster, is the driving force behind

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the foundation and is here now. What will this funding

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allow you to achieve? There was the background to this.

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What happened with Sophie. She had gone out on a Friday evening

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and we met another group. He went into the park with were attacked by

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five boys. She died 13 days later. You have taken this horrendous

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experience and Tom it into a very positive legacy. Know you have

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funding. What is the clocks of the work the foundation is doing? We are

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seen as an anti-bullying charity as well as working on heat claim. That

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is about raising awareness about prejudice and intolerance.

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What will this funding allow you to achieve?

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We have been able to produce the film, which won me a couple of

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awards. We wanted to develop an educational resource rooms. We

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wanted develop drama and English, so we can take it into schools and use

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it in that way. We are also looking at working with the local councils

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and continue with the work we are already doing.

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In the ten years since Sophie's death, how have

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Obviously, there have been issues over since we voted to leave the

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European Union. There seems to be a lot of hatred towards Eastern

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Europeans, in particular, in certain parts of the country. Also,

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homophobia is a big issue. Thank you very much for coming and good luck

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in the future. An up-and-coming band from

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Newton-le-Willows have been tipped for the top by none other

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than the world's loudest Slydigs have returned

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from an American and European tour with Pete Townsend

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and Roger Daltrey. Mark Edwardson has been

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catching up with them. Let me introduce the band. They are

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just back from a huge tour in North America with none other than The

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Who. How was it? Travelling around on the tour bus in America, it was

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the sort of dream that you held when you start a band.

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I am guessing there are a lot of stories you could tell was quite a

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few that you probably cannot! There was a lot of fun. There are some

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bits we not remember. It was this opportunity to go round America with

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The Who, it is something that we could only dream about. Of course,

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The Who had one of the most famous drummers in the world of rock music.

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Did you feel his presence? Yes, it was very special. You have got a

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very big year coming up. We want to take on the world. We have got some

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big things coming up. It will all be announced soon. Look forward to

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hearing about it. Good luck with gigs and there

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will be more on the band Here is the weather forecast,

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with Alex Hamilton. Good afternoon.

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It is quite a grey afternoon ahead. Looking at the chart,

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we can see this cold front So, we are expecting

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wet weather tonight, As for the rest of this afternoon,

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quite grey, lots of cloud around. A few hints of brightness,

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here and there. Still feeling chilly, with highs

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of just around 5-6 Celsius. As we go through the

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course of tonight, we begin to see this

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rain creeping in. Do take care, as there could be some

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spray on the roads and, possibly, also some wintry elements to that

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rain over higher ground. As we look towards tomorrow,

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that rain will clear out of the way. We are expecting a mixture

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of some brighter spells, variable amounts of cloud

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and some showers. I will leave you with the outlook.

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Milder temperatures on the way. We are back at 6.30pm.

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Goodbye for now.

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