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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight, with Gordon Burns and


Ranvir Singh. Our top story: Hearing the case for High Speed


Rail - business leaders tell the Transport Secretary 200mph trains


are a must for the future. But would the �32 billion cost


cutting journey times to London be better spent elsewhere?


Also, one year on, the family of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend


while on bail asks what lessons have been learned? I don't think


there's been one single change in the system to stop the same thing


happening again. The parents of children at faith


schools say they face discrimination over plans to scrap


subsidised bus fares. Celebrating a weekend of sporting


success. Mark Cavendish and Amir Khan lead our parade of champions.


5th and the first people who lived at this quiet address in Liverpool


have to put up with a siege and they found a body under one of the


patios. The latest residents tell me they will settle for a quieter


life. Imagine hopping onto a train in


Manchester and arriving in London less than one-and-a-quarter hours


later. It could happen if a proposed high-speed rail link is


eventually built. The Transport Secretary, Philip Hammond, was here


today to meet business leaders who support his plans. But opponents


say it's too costly and won't bring enough benefits to this part of the


country. Our chief reporter, Dave Guest, joins us now from


Manchester's Piccadilly station. Dave. Yes, and each day thousands


of folk set off from here to the capital or arrive here from there.


It's a journey which currently takes a little over two hours if


everything's working to plan. But according to supporters of the


high-speed rail link proposals, that travelling time could be


slashed, bringing huge benefits to the region as a whole.


This could be the shape of things to come in rail travel. High-speed


trains whizzing up and down the country at speeds of more than 200


miles-per-hour. It's a prospect which excites some within the North


West's business community. The rail network between the North West and


London winner who is reaching full capacity and will be out of space


in the next 12 years. It is needed to keep us connected to London,


Birmingham and Scotland. The high- speed link would be built in two


stages. The first joining London to Birmingham. The second connecting


branches to Manchester and Leeds. If we don't start planning now, it


will be too late and Manchester will be left in a European


backwater. Today, the Transport Secretary arrived in Manchester to


sell the concept to business leaders from across the North. It


would cost �32 billion to build. But it's claimed it could generate


far more in benefits. Building the first stage alone would apparently


create 40,000 jobs. But not everyone's convinced of its merits


for this region. Most of the journeys will be to London rather


than the other way around, so this will be a drain on the north-west


and a slight benefit to London. Among travellers on local services,


there's also a feeling that money could be better spent. I think


you'll be fantastic. Sounds good to me. I think the money should be


spent more locally. The Transport Secretary arrive today in


Manchester to sell the concept of business leaders. But unlike the


trains, the process of decision- making is far from high-speed. Even


if the link ultimately gets a green light, it'll be the 2020s before


it's up and running. After his meeting, I spoke to the


Transport Secretary and asked him if the proposed link is really


worth the money. I think two things. But first of all, we cannot afford


not to invest in Britain's future. Too often in the past we have made


the mistake of not investing and cutting capital spending and then


regretting it. We had then seen our competitors benefiting from the


have a structure they have built in the next economic cycle. During


this Parliament, we are also going to be planning and obtaining


planning consent to build this railway. We are not going to be


spending serious money on building it until after 2016. You talk about


the importance of arresting in the country's future and she will know


doubt be aware of the Institute -- the Institute of economic Affairs


saying it is not commercially viable. Yes, it will cost a lot of


money, but it will be spread over 17 years. The amount of money spent


each year on this big, national strategic infrastructure project


will be about the same we spend on the CrossRail project in London


every year at the moment. Before this colossal amount of money, it


is only going to mean the trip from London to Manchester will be 40


minutes less than it already is. Is that worth it? It is not just about


speed. It is about capacity. Anybody rows tried to get on a


service from London to Manchester on a Friday evening will know we


are running out of capacity. -- anybody who tries to get on to a


service. We will be finding there are services throughout the day at


peak times with no capacity at all on them if we don't do anything. Of


what about people's land who will be seeing their land taken by


compulsory purchase order? An awful lot of scare stories are flying


around. Real spending large amounts of money to mitigate the impact on


parts of the country that the line goes through and I am sure that


when it is built and is up and running, many of the people making


so much noise today will turn around and say, this was not quite


as bad as we were told it was going to be. Thank you.


And we'd like to know what you think. Should the Government be


spending �32 billion cutting journey times to London? Or would


that money be better spent elsewhere. Get in touch via email,


Twitter or Facebook. A year ago, the lives of John and


Penny Clough changed forever when they received the worst news a


parent could have - that their daughter had been murdered. Nurse


Jane Clough was stabbed to death by her former partner Jonathan Vass


outside Blackpool's Victoria Hospital. At the time he was on


bail, accused of raping Jane. Since their daughter's death, John and


Penny have been campaigning to improve victims' rights and change


the bail laws. Here they tell us what the past 12 months have been


like. Just a normal day... And suddenly a


knock on the door before you go to bed. It turned our lives around.


The police officer came... Saying that he thought... Our daughter had


been murdered. I think the impact on us has been very tough. We used


to be a very fun-loving couple and now we don't really have fun.


is my games room. We've not used it... I can't remember the last


time we use it. There never seems to be an appropriate time for a


celebration. We think about it every day. You drive to work, you


drive past the cemetery. You drive past her house. You cannot go past


the part without thinking where she is now. We spend more or less every


evening thinking about what we want to do for the next stage. I have


written to David Cameron, the Prime Minister, on at least three


occasions. We have yet to have a response from him. We have had


three replies from Mrs Adams, who I believe is a fictitious person.


latest thing we're doing at the moment is designing a petition so


we can get signatures from people out there to support the bail


Amendment Bill proposal. I think we're doing this because it is our


way of dealing with the murder of Jane. We are a year on now. And I


don't think there's been a single change in the system that would


prevent the same thing from happening again. We have just got


to carry on fighting. I hope people will understand why we feel we have


to do this. It is our way of coping. I think we would feel worse if we


didn't. We thank them for being so brave. Just heartbreaking.


A man's been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a woman


in St Helens at the weekend. Heather Dyer was 22. She died from


stab wounds after an incident on Chapel Street on Saturday. Paul


Lyon, who's 44, is also accused of attempting to murder a 25-year-old


man. He'll appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Wednesday.


A doctor who failed to identify breast cancer in 61 women in


Lancashire has quit his job. Dr Glenn Anthony Kelly, a consultant


radiologist at Accrington Victoria Hospital, was suspended on full pay


for two years ago. He's still facing disciplinary action.


Another satellite centre run by the famous Christie Hospital opened


today in Salford. It's a radiotherapy unit for treating


cancer patients based at Salford Royal Infirmary. It cost �18


million. Doctors say it can accommodate patients with a range


of cancers, including those affecting the brain. It is a 20


minute session as an out-patient and it is painless. Incredible,


cutting-edge treatment and they can have that from today in Salford


rather than having to go much further afield as they previously


had to, to Sheffield and London and perhaps further.


A Georgian manor house in Lancashire is to be restored with


�2.5 million of lottery money. Lytham Hall has fallen into


disrepair. The money will be used to help refurbish the Grade I


listed building and replace its heating and electrical systems.


Two companies are facing big fines following an explosion and chemical


fire which sent aerosols rocketing into the air above Crewe. The case


involves Greenway Environmental Limited, which is based in the town,


and Pakawaste Limited, which operates from Preston. Both


companies admit breaking health and safety laws. Our reporter Andy Gill


has been at Chester Crown Court for the hearing.


It happened after an explosion in a machine which shreds aerosols full


of flammable liquid. It took place at the gateway industrial estate in


Crewe. Hundreds of cans were sent shooting into the air, landing on


the roofs of nearby buildings. The fire destroyed more than 20


vehicles and cover an area of 20,000 square metres. 100


firefighters were needed to tackle it and some of the blasts were so


powerful that they were knocked off their feet. Fay Greenway


Environmental Limited has admitted to breaking safety laws and


Pakawaste Limited has also admitted to breaking safety laws in relation


to members of the public. The shredder was designed in a way that


allowed flammable vapours to build up. Greenway knew about the


ventilation problem but did not take the risks seriously enough and


carried on using the machine. The prosecution says it was only good


fortune nobody was killed or injured. The two companies are


facing hefty fines in the hefty cost of six figures. This could


jeopardise their futures and they will be sentenced later.


Still to come in North West Tonight:


We're at the cycling club that spawned a Tour de France champion,


as fellow riders pay tribute to Mark Cavendish. The UK needs to


start understanding that we have one of the greatest amongst us.


And don't look under the patio. The real-life newcomers to a close with


a few skeletons in the closet, or Councillors in West Cheshire will


tonight vote on whether to end transport subsidies for faith


schools, a move which would double the amount hundreds of families


have to pay in bus fares. Cheshire West and Chester Council says


abolishing the subsidy would save �1 million. That is out of a needed


saving of �25 million. But opponents say it's unfair


discrimination. Kate Simms reports. Like most families, mornings in the


Bytheway-Jackson family are finely tuned to run as smoothly as


possible. But that routine may be about to become unstuck, because


getting Ella to her faith school in Chester could be getting expensive.


My cost for getting her to school is going to rise from �300 to about


�800, which is nearly a 200% increase, which, quite honestly, I


haven't got the ability to fund. the moment, the council contributes


to school travel if you live three or more miles away from your school.


For state schools that transport is free. For faith schools, it's


subsidised. But from September 2012, the council wants to remove that


subsidy for faith schools. It also wants to end subsidised transport


for the over 16s. We believe that targeting families who use this


transport is discrimination. On top of this, targeting young people in


post 16 education a top of them losing their Education Maintenance


Allowance is a double whammy. Cheshire and Chester Council is not


the only council considering this. Cumbria is considering a similar


move, and in Lancashire the cost of travel to faith schools has already


been increased. It, says the council leader here, is only fair.


Any person who chooses their local school, they get that free of


charge as a statutory right. This is not discriminatory, it is very


clear. The decision will be baited here in Chester this evening. --


will be debated. It can either recommend a review or scrap the


decision. If the decision is taken, it will be a cost too hide for


Vegard Groslie-Wennesland and her family. It is an education I have


worked really hard for and it will be messed up.


It's time for the sport now, and, Tony, those people who think all


the excitement disappears with the football season have had plenty to


think about over the past 48 hours. What a weekend in cycling and


boxing! Where do I start? No less than three of our boxers all won


crucial fights on Saturday night, and then yesterday the Isle of


Man's Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the Tour De France to


claim the green jersey and the 20th stage win of his career. Cavendish


is already being described as the greatest sprinter in cycling


history. He's become the first Briton to win that green jersey and


is being tipped to beat Eddy Merckx's 34 career stage wins, but


more of him in a moment. Let's start tonight with a ringside seat


for a fight-night the North West will never forget.


We called it Saturday showdown and it ended in celebration on Sunday.


A triple whammy for Amir Khan, Tyson fury and Scott Quigg. Look at


that position! Amir Khan is now the undisputed welterweight champion


after his victory in Vegas. I took the shot and it was a very hard


shot. We were working on that all the way through. It just naturally


happened when he went down. I just shot that uppercut to the body.


Manchester's ties and fury now has his undisputed title as British and


Commonwealth heavyweight champ. Next up for him could be the


Wladimir Klitschko, but he says he can't wait while he chases the


Irish and European titles. Scott Quigg now has 22 wins of. The 22-


year-old from Bury Town has gone into the super-bantamweight belt.


He was managed perfectly, the guy who went through before. Now with


the backing, he knows how it was done and it worked. And they're


doing a good job with me bringing me on, nice and steady. So, three


titles, three champions, three cheers. A knockout weekend.


If you think all that was hard work, spare a thought for Mark Cavendish.


After three gruelling weeks in the saddle, the Manx cyclist made


history with a champagne performance on the Champs Elysees.


As we've been saying, he finished the Tour De France for the first


time as the top sprinter. Stuart Pollitt reports.


The country's best sportsman? the green jersey is going to Great


Britain. From the hills of the Isle of Man to first man across the line


on the Champs Elysees, and a first green jersey. I have been trying


the last few years. Finally it has worked out. It has not been easy.


At the moment, I think he is the UK's greatest athlete. Probably the


greatest ever sprinter in cycling, said to be called in any sport "the


greatest"... But, yes, we have amongst us the greatest of all time.


We must understand that. Here, at least, he's as big as Beckham. The


cycling club where he started. came along at the age of about nine


and he was just like all the other children, but they are not


obviously as good. His talent shone out. He was very special. That


potential's been translated into a place among cycling's greats. At 26,


Cavendish already has 20 stage wins on the Tour de France. That's 6th


on the all-time list, just two behind American Lance Armstrong and


14 short of the record held by the legendary Eddy Merckx. The


Manxman's next move could be to join the British Team Sky. As for


what he can achieve, the sky's the limit.


There we are. Another legend for us to celebrate.


Wigan Athletic are on the verge of losing Charles N'Zogbia after they


agreed a �9.5 million fee with Aston Villa. The French


international winger, who has just a year left on his Wigan deal, is


expected to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical within the


next 24 hours. Manchester City manager Roberto


Mancini says he hopes striker Mario Balotelli will learn from being


substituted for showboating during last night's friendly in Los


Angeles. Balotelli attempted an elaborate turn and back heel when


one-on-one with the LA Galaxy keeper. He was hauled straight off


by his manager, despite having scored City's goal in the 1-1 draw


just minutes earlier. What on earth was he playing at?


Finally, the details for the Wigan- St Helens Challenge Cup semi-final


have been confirmed by the Rugby Football League. The great rivals


will meet on Saturday 6th August at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in


Warrington. Kick-off will be 4.30pm and the game will be live on the


BBC. Wigan booked their place, winning 44-24 win at Warrington,


while Saints beat Hull KR 54-6 yesterday. That will be some game.


But that was some back heal, wasn't it? On the commentary, the American


commentator says, are you kidding? And the crowd started booing.


Let's take a look at the weather. We had a glorious weekend so let's


Shock, horror, the kids are off school and we have good weather! We


have had this little weather front trying to ruin things. It has been


trying to edge its way in from the West and it has formed a bit of


cloud and a few splashes of rain across the Isle of Man. But it will


fizzle out as we go through tomorrow. A lot of dry weather


coming tomorrow. Dry for the next couple of days, but with


temperatures, we are very dependent on whether we get the sunshine or


the cloud. Quite a lot of cloud around at times. Temperatures


happily creeping up into the 20s, but when the cloud comes along, the


best we can hope for is 17, 18 degrees. So I would not describe it


as a scorcher. We have had an East- West Split today, so that has


bought some cloud and some showers over the Isle of Man. We will see


this weather front trying to creep in from the West. So some splashes


of rain across the Western post for tonight. Some temperatures could


fall down to single figures later. Tomorrow morning, the rain will be


moving away quickly. So, dry with decent spells of sunshine, and the


cloud will increase as we go through the afternoon. It will


start to swing around to the north- easterly direction. The Isle of Man


has a beautiful afternoon, but elsewhere, a bit more in the way of


cloud with highs of 20 to 21 degrees. This weather front could


bring patchy outbreaks of rain on Thursday, but later on this week,


If you found out that the neighbourhood you were planning to


move into had, let's say, a colourful past, what would you do?


In this case, we're talking murder, an armed siege and a firebomb


attack. And that's just for starters. The neighbourhood is in


Liverpool, and Stuart Flinders is there for us now. You had better be


careful! It is clearly not very safe. What she didn't even mention,


the body under the patio! That house there. -- what you didn't


even mention. Some terrible things have happened here... In Brookside


Close. The characters of the TV soap are long gone, but now real


people have started moving in. Brookside Close has never been so


quiet. For more than 20 years, there was drug addiction, domestic


abuse, petrol bombs and an armed siege. TV's Brookside ended in 2003.


But Brookside Close really does exist, in the Croxteth area of


Liverpool. And over the past few months, the houses have been


renovated and real families have moved in. This is where Bobby and


Sheila Grant lived. She seems nice enough. She's OK. It's not her


fault she's married to an idiot. And the bungalow was over there. Oh,


that. The family kill the ex- husband, I believe, and buried him


under the patio. But it is not the patio? No, because people took the


patio stones away as a souvenir. You didn't find anything underneath


The Close has become a tourist attraction. Harry Cross' old


bunglaow is now home to Carole. Brookside's fictional folk lumbered


from one catastrophe to another. The real-life residents are hoping


for a quieter time of it. Now we'll end with some of your


comments on the value of a high- speed rail link to London, which


was our top story. Susie says: "It is completely un-


needed. What a monumental waste of money".


David Lawson says: "Why does Manchester always get the big


public investment? Surely it would make sense to extend the line to


Preston to benefit the whole Lancashire area?"


Loads of reaction on Twitter, too. Someone calling themselves


VampireLover says: "Worth every penny as the rewards to local


economies will be substantial". But SpiderFlat says: "Money should


be spent on high-speed broadband for all the North West, to enable


people to work from home". Milton Grimshaw, apparently seeing


the upside, says: "Anything which allows you to leave the South East


fast is worth the money!" another says, the money could be spent on


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