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Good evening. Welcome to NorthWest Tonight with Gordon Burns and
Ranvir Singh. Our top story: Relatives wait anxiously as
Southern Cross looks to offload a hundred care homes across the North
West. Should Dahomey broken up and the staff disbursed, the
alternative available is almost non-existent. Who will take over
the care of thousands of elderly people across the region? Also
tonight: While Liverpool Erika said -- are considering building a new
stadium even though that is more expensive than refurbishing the
current one. Fighting back - the pioneering
brain surgery that saved the life of a budding boxer. And the
controversial superstar from the NBA who could soon be whipping up a
Thousands of residents and staff are facing an uncertain future
following the news that the UK's largest care home provider is
closing down. Southern Cross looks after more
than 30,000 people across the country. It has a hundred homes in
this region. It says residents will be OK - but it's still a worrying
time for them and their relatives as our chief reporter, Dave Guest,
explains. Victor's wife Allana is cared for at a Southern Cross home
in Southport. Allana has Alziemers and Victor says the care she's
received at the home has been first class. That's why news of the
demise of Southern Cross is such a worry to him. Should the Home be
broken up in any way and the staff disbursed, the alternative
available is almost non-existent. - - dispersed.
Southern Cross was the biggest name in care homes. Today it announced
it was a name destined to join others that have fallen victim to
tough economic times. The company had struggled to pay the landlords
who own its 750 homes across the UK. The Warrington North MP Helen Jones
has a couple of Southern Cross homes on her patch, and she's
concerned. My counsel, like all councils, has to find out which of
these homes is likely to be taking over and run by other landlords and
which will not. They also have to ensure that the quality of care is
maintained. Hopefully news will come out in the next few weeks and
months as homes find new providers. In the interim, those homes will
stay open and running? That is our understanding. We are not aware of
any closures in the north-west the fact remains that these... Well a
short while ago I spoke to Lizzie Feltoe from Age UK and I asked her
if the people affected should now feel reassured.
There is still many residents must feel distressed and upset.
Many of them are from were born frail. Can you assure us that their
concerns will be put first here? That is what we are calling on
local authorities to do. The primary responsibility must be to
make sure that those care homes that need to close have the
residents moved with a minimum of fuss and stress. We know these are
very vulnerable older people and that moving can be stressful for
them. Do they have any legal rights in this situation? We have been
campaigning to raise aware of the fact that people in care homes have
no security of tenure. The legal case is that people who are funded
by the local authority are the responsibility of the local
authority and it is for the social services department to ensure that
those people are moved into good alternative accommodation or better
accommodation. The people who are funded by their own money, they
have very few legal rights in this case. If they are fortunate enough
to have family and friends to help them find another home, they are in
a better position than most. Monitor is the new regulator for
health and social care. Have they got the powers that are necessary
to ensure the financial valid but - - viability of care homes? Not yet,
but we are calling for them to take on that responsibility. We think it
is shocking that a chain of care homes as large as Southern Cross
can be allowed to fail in this way. It must not happen in the future.
Thank you. The man who runs Liverpool Football Club has told
the BBC he's as frustrated as fans and other locals over the future of
Anfield. Ian Ayre was speaking after the
club said refurbishing the stadium was increasingly unlikely. Building
a new ground appears the only remaining option, even though it's
more expensive. In a moment, I'll look at the long history of
Liverpool's expansion plans and why the club needs a bigger stadium.
First let's join our Merseyside Reporter, Andy Gill, who's at
Anfield. Andy, why have Liverpool spoken out now? A couple of reasons,
I think. Firstly, last week the council gave the club an extension
on the part of Stanley Park they would need if they build a new
stadium. The new American owners have been in place for nine months.
I think they want to be seen as different from the old American
honours. They want to try to keep the fans as up-to-date as possible
about what is happening. The problem for fans and people who
live round here is that the clubber saying that they have found it hard
to move forward and there is still no firm date on when the
redevelopment or, more likely, the new stadium is going to be built.
Liverpool want to redevelop their old home but difficulties in
getting ownership of houses it'd need to demolish and possible
environmental concerns over the height of new stands mean that
option's now unlikely. Back to Plan A - building a brand new stadium in
neighbouring Stanley Park. The boss says he shares fans' and residents'
frustration at the delay. frustration is only going to go
away with the right solution. We could promise all kinds of things.
The Football Club, unfortunately, did that in the past and then let
people down. It would be foolish and wrong for anyone to promise
something until we get absolute clarity on being able to deliver it.
But building a new stadium costs a lot more than revamping your old
one. And Liverpool are already talking to leading brands about
naming rights. One fans' group say losing the Anfield name is OK so
long as they get the right partner. We accept that the current economic
climate and the cost of building new stadia means that we may not be
able to fund future The club already puts millions of pounds
into local projects, but now many in Anfield want a quick decision to
regenerate the surrounding area which is visibly withering.
club says it won't be forced into making a decision not in its long-
term interests. If these guys do it, good. They're all going mad over it.
It is sad, isn't it? The clock is still ticking and
these latest developments suggested could be clicking -- taking for
some time yet. -- Discussions over where Liverpool play their football
have lasted almost a decade. Back in 2002, the idea of
relocating just a few hundred yards over to Stanley Park was first
floated. But these plans fell through four years later. In 2007,
George Gillett and Tom Hicks took over. The Americans were quick to
get a new �400million plan for Stanley Park approved. But then
came the credit crunch and the money failed to materialise. In
April 2010, they put the club up for sale. Last year new owner John
Henry was given 6 months by the City Council to make a decision.
And today the strongest hint yet that a new stadium away from
Anfield is the future. And it's all about adding room for corporate
hospitality, and here's why it is so important. They are important
simply because they generate a maximum amount of revenue. For a
round about 10% of the capacity, you are generating somewhere in the
region of 50% of the revenue. They do that by utilising premium-end
boxes to generate much more than they can from people like you and I
sitting on our seats. So more room for big companies means more long-
term revenue. Last year, 23 percent of Liverpool's income came from
ticket revenue and corporate hospitality - �42.9 million.
Compare this with rivals Manchester United and Old Trafford, which can
hold around 30,000 more spectators than Anfield. Their match=day
revenue last year was just over �100 million pounds, 35% of their
total income. And, with Liverpool now trailing United's 19 league
titles, every penny counts. A baby has drowned in the swimming
pool of a private gym in Salford Quays. The 20-month-old little girl
was with her parents at Esporta at the Lowry Outlet mall. The child
was taken to hospital but died a short time later yesterday
afternoon. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances
but police are investigating. On the Isle of Man, parts of
Douglas town centre remain closed after a serious incident this
morning. A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted
murder after a man was found with serious injuries on Athol Street.
There is no access to buildings on Athol Street or Barrack Street,
meaning many office workers were unable to get into work.
Families are finally moving back into their homes two years after a
200-tonne crane smashed into an apartment block in Liverpool. The
incident in 2009 left crane driver Iain Gillham paralysed and dozens
of people homeless. Last week, two construction companies appeared in
court charged with health and safety failures.
The News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has pulled
out of a planned appearance at a Lancashire school this week. Brooks
- who's on the board of governors at Fulwood academy in Preston - was
due to attend a prize-giving. She said the media interest in her
appearance might spoil the evening for the students.
17-year-old Luke Molnar thought he was going on the trip of a
lifetime: a conservation holiday in the Pacific paradise of Fiji. But
it ended in tragedy when he was electrocuted on a metal washing
line in 2006. Luke's parents, from Stretford in Manchester, have spent
the past five years gathering evidence about their son's death.
Today two men went on trial in Fiji. Rachel Foley reports. From
paragliding in Turkey to scuba diving in the Pacific, Luke Molnar
lived life to the full. It's an approach he summarised in a short
piece of writing which his mother always keeps close by. "I doubt we
will last forever. We were never meant to. That is why there is
evolution. But I pray that I did the best I can with the time I have
been given." This is one of the last photos of Luke, taken during a
conservation trip to Fiji. A few weeks later, he was dead,
electrocuted on a metal washing line placed near power cables.
year, you advance his age accordingly, but he is still stuck
at 17. Luke had been staying at a camp run by Coral Cay Expeditions
on the Fijian island of Tokoriki. An inquest in the UK has already
found he was unlawfully killed. Today the two men who wired up the
camp - Kitione Rokosuka and Suren Chand - were in court in Fiji,
facing manslaughter charges. have not seen any pictures of them,
we have just heard about them. One was an electrician who was
basically qualified. He was a qualified electrician. The other
was his supervisor. All we know is that he has admitted to setting up
the line. Luke's parents have spent the five years since his death
trying to piece together what happened... Because they are in a
different time zone, you are not the best part of the night. You
have two or three-hour sleep if you're lucky. The trial's scheduled
to last all week. Rachel Foley, BBC North West Tonight, Stretford.
Surgeons at Alder Hey Children's Hospital have carried out the
second operation of its kind to save the life of a 13-year-old boy.
When Lee McMillan - a school boxing champion - was taken to hospital
with the brain infection encephalitis he didn't respond to
treatment. Doctors feared he was going to die. They told his family
the only way to save him was to operate, but that the procedure was
very rare and risky. Our health correspondent, Laura Yates, reports.
Looking at Lee now, it's hard to imagine how dangerously ill he was
just weeks ago. Doctors feared he would die. At best, they said he
was unlikely to walk or talk again. I could not believe it was
happening from a boy who came home from school on Friday with a
headache to a coma on the Wednesday to being faced with nearly dying.
Doctors diagnosed Lee - a schools boxing champion - with encephalitis,
a swelling of the brain. It's rare but usually treatable with
aggressive antiviral drugs. This is the worst case I have ever seen.
Despite all the right treatments, he was getting worse and we thought
he was going to die.. So Dr Kneen asked her husband for help. He
researches brain infections. They decided the only option was to
operate. But the surgery, as far as they knew, had only been done once
before. It was rare and extremely risky. To be put in that position
and looking at him lying on that bed and deciding what to do with
him was the hardest thing any parent could ever do. Lee, though,
has amazed his doctors and his family with his recovery. I haven't
had a headache in ages now. I used to get them all the time, painful
ones on there. He should be able to go home at the end of the week,
desperate to get back into the boxing ring as soon as he can.
That is an amazing story. What a fighter! Still to come in North
West Tonight: From the Lakes to the links - the Cumbrian golfer hitting
his finest form at 40 and heading to the Open.
And find out why the American sports star who could be wearing
this vest will be moving from Los Angeles to Cheshire.
Now, it's not everyone's cup of tea, but live performance art is often a
crowd-puller because it's a bit 'different'. And now there's an
exhibition of live installations as part of the Manchester
International Festival. 11 Rooms' at Manchester Art Gallery is a
display by 11 different artists, each in its own space. Eno Eruotor
has been for a look round. 11 amazing rooms designed by Ian turn
-- 11 internationally renowned artists. You get very diverse work
from five continents. Each of them has created a set of instructions
for performers so that when you, as a visitor, into the room, something
happens - an exchange of an encounter. You can encounter are
real war veterans stood in a corner, a lot of nudity, and a man reading
in bed. Each piece asks you to do something, to look at something or
to hear something or to move around the space quite quickly. I am now
going to be part of the revolving door. Let's see what happens.
by prior to the can and American artists. It is a revolving door
made up of eight people. You either get out of the way or you get
trapped in the corner. You become part of the art work. This is hard
work. Another room, another performance, another performer,
defying gravity. As you can see, there is just space underneath her.
Your favourite run? We enjoyed the revolving door because it was fun
and we got to run round being chased by people. You have to duck
down to get to it. It is very claustrophobic. The guy is lying in
bed and reading what appears to be a history book. It feels very
intimate and awkward. If you want to be part of a human
sculpture -- if you want to see the human sculpture you can do so until
17th July. And you can catch all the latest news and reviews live
from Festival Village in Albert Square with Sam Walker and Chris
Holliday tonight at 10pm. Well, we have some huge sporting
names in this region but we might be about to get another one...
Possibly the biggest ever. Well he's six foot seven so it's a
good bet he'll be one of the biggest ever. Ron Artest is one of
the most famous sportsmen across the pond even if a lot of people
watching here have never heard of him. He plays basketball for the
Los Angeles Lakers and he's possibly coming to play here.
I have just looked him up on the Internet and he is a wraparound a
comedian as well. Yes, he might soon be playing for Cheshire Jets-
a bit like Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard playing for a village team.
Exactly. The reason Artest might be able to make it to play in the
British Basketball League is that owners and players in America are
at loggerheads and they may not even start the season. So what
hoops are the Jets going through to get their man? Here's Richard Askam.
If you do not know much about Ron yet, you probably soon will. It is
akin to David Beckham going to Los Angeles. He is very much a huge
personality. A personality who is one of the top players and earners
in the NBA. His last contract was worth $33 million. He is also a
television star and singer. Often controversial, this was an infamous
brawl early in his career, he is used to making headlines in the
biggest arenas. So why consider the Cheshire Jets? It all started with
that wheat. We picked up at wheat to say he was interested in coming
to the UK. We engaged with him in the last week, he confirmed that he
is looking to come to the Jets. We have had several phone calls and e-
mails with him over the weekend. due initially think it might be a
wind-up? Yes, I think we did. well as having friends who have
played for them, Ron wants to get into television over here and the
Jets have promised to help him. This is assured that the Jets have
had made. What is beyond question is his talent. He is one of the
greatest players already. The fans will see up close what it is like
to see an absolute superstar. superstar that they say could be
signed up as early as next week. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish
says he expects both Steven Gerrard and Pepe Reina to be fit for the
start of the season. Both players are missing the club's tour of
China as they recover from groin and hernia operations respectively.
Adrian Morley has come up -- and from that he will not retire. He
has last -- missed the last two my games after concussion. He could be
back for next week's trip to Harlequins.
The Open begins on Thursday and among the world's greatest golfers
at Royal St George will be a player from one of the game's more
tranquil backwaters. When Simon Edwards steps up to the first tee
at precisely 10.37, it won't just be Rory McIlroy and the rest he's
worried about. There's the little matter of stage fright too.
One big hitter is swapping the Lakes for blinks. -- for the links.
The Open circus will not be entirely unknown to this man. He
has qualified this year and is pitching for a better result than
last year. St Andrews is the home of golf. You do not understand the
scale of it, how big an event it is with the media coverage and the
greatest players in the world. This year I will be a little better
prepared. Simon has won over 200 events. With
the jump to Royal St Georges and sandwich, he admits he has a
mountain to climb. It is like stepping out at Goodison Park at
Old Trafford. When these guys play golf week-in week-out they are the
best players in the world. With the best will in the world, I am a club
professional from Windermere. does have a secret weapon in his
back. He will be the only player of this weekend doing the rounds with
his kids. Their names are etched on his golf balls. It is one of the
things I have done ever since they have been born. Oliver is mad for
golf, he really enjoys it. That is something that I like to do and it
reminds me of my priorities in life, because my family is the number one
priority. It definitely helps. My son has all his -- has his name
on all of my balls. His name is Dunlop! I think we should move on.
It is time for the weather. We have Good evening. The stargazers
amongst you will be pleased to hear that we have officially a first
birthday. It is the first birthday of the planet Neptune. By the end
of today, Neptune will have travelled exactly once around the
Sun since it was discovered 165 years ago. It is a bit of a
slowcoach, really. It is a good night for star-gazing tonight
because we have the clear skies at the morning. -- at the moment. It
will be a dry night with clear spells. Perhaps a little more cloud
reaching the coast later in the night. Tomorrow morning, lots of
sunshine to get us going. The clouds will be bubbling up and we
will see a few showers developing as the day wears on. If you do
catch one of the showers, particularly towards the evening,
they could be a little heavier. Temperatures will be up to around
21 Celsius. It will be mostly dry this week. We are in between
weather systems, as all lot of dry and bright weather to come. I will
not mention the weekend! Now, if you came home and
discovered an attempted break-in, you'd usually be a little worried.
But, when Sally Arnold got back to her place in Cumbria and did just
that, she didn't get in a flap at all. That's because her first
reaction to finding this huge imprint on her bedroom window,
complete with eyes, beak and feathers, was one of concern for
the welfare of the owl. Yes, she looked around but couldn't find it
so assumed it must have flown off with a terrible headache. The RSPB
says the silhouette was left by the tawny owl's "powder down" - a
substance protecting growing feathers. The RSPB says birds often