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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight. Our top story:


Trial and retribution, but a week after the riots we ask if justice


is really being done. We will be talking to the head of


the Crown Prosecution Service in the North West about how the


rioters have been dealt with. 4,000 jobs at risk. MBNA announce


they want to sell their credit card division, but at what cost?


Relief at last. The teenager who suffers the agony of arthritis is


given a trial drug which has changed her life. It took six weeks


until I noticed a proper deference when I could get out of the


wheelchair and walk. And how one couple have been


reunited with an old friend, thanks to the local council.


And that story about the couple who have been reunited with the bench


they did their courting on is our e-mail subject tonight. Let us know


what reminds you of your courting and why. E-mail, Facebook or Tweet


us now. But first, the sentencing of those


convicted of taking part in the rioting and looting has been the


subject of some controversy with claims that the magistrates had


been told to dish out tough sentences. Today in Manchester the


first Crown Court cases were heard and the Judge, Andrew Gilbart QC,


explained exactly why he believed those who had taken part in mob


violence should be dealt with more severely than if the offences had


been committed in isolation. If the magistrates court had wanted


it to be seen to be tough on the rioters, this charge was not in any


mood for going soft on them. He said that the acts they had


admitted committed -- committing could not be judged in isolation.


There were four defendant in the dock today. He said, those who take


part in these activities must No doubt, his words will come as


some comfort to the victims for lost property, businesses and homes


in those disturbances. I have been to meet one of those victims today.


This is what's left of the internet cafe Raaz Sathwilkar spent years


building up. But the mob didn't stop at ruining his business. They


rampaged upstairs they set fire to the flat where Raaz, his wife and


five children lived. This is the living room. Everything has gone.


What was over here? My children's computer. Everything has gone.


Having completely ransack your business, they have come up here


and set fire to your home? Yes. What you think about people who


could do something like that? Animal People. A human life cannot


do that. What sort of punishment should they get? They should go to


jail and not come out. His sense of anger at all this and his desire


for justice is understandable. The police and the courts have been


keen to ensure people such as Raaz get justice. Hundreds of arrests


have been made. Dozens have already been processed by the courts. Today,


the first four to face a Crown Court judge appeared in Manchester


Crown Court for sentence. This woman's 14-year-old son is


currently locked up waiting to learn of his punishment for


burglary during the disturbances in Manchester. She has no doubt he


must be punished. I fully support the fact that he is on remand at


the moment because he has done something wrong and he has accepted


that. I have tried everything to keep him on the straight and narrow.


He is very vulnerable to suggestions from other people.


feels she and the rest of the family are also being punished for


events that were outside of their control. I could be affected. I


have a one-year-old son and it is scary. But with memories of all


this still raw, the need form justice to be done, and be seen to


be done, will be paramount. Let me tell you more about the four


people who appeared here at Manchester Crown Court today.


Stephen Carter is 26. He admitted picking up bags of clothes which


had been stolen from the city centre store. David Essex --


another man admitted collecting a TV screen which had been stolen.


118 year-old -- and 18-year-old man was given two years in a young


offenders' institution. A heroin addict got 10 months, suspended for


two years, for picking up a bag of look. In Chester, two men have


appeared in court today, charged with inciting riots through the


internet. They got for your sentences each. -- they got four


year sentences each. So, seven days on from the riots,


what has the impact been on businesses? Are shoppers staying


away from the worst hit areas or defying the criminals and


reclaiming their streets? Dozens of stores at Salford's Shopping City


were attacked by looters. Five are still too badly damaged to reopen.


Our reporter has been back to speak to some of those affected.


No stock means no income for Wayne and Stephen. They spent six years


building this business up. It took rioters a matter of minutes to


destroy it. It will take �60,000 and four weeks of hard work before


they can reopen. We don't know how much business we will lose from


this. That is the scary thing. are not frightened of it happening


again. The big fear is trying to get the public backing to the shop.


-- back into the shop. That is not a problem for Nasser Iqbal.


Business is booming because on the other side of the precinct one of


his competitors had his shop destroyed. It is sad to see it


happen this way. My heart goes out to the other gentleman whose


business was affected. The man in charge of the centre says visitor


numbers were on the rise for. the first couple of days, the


figures were lower. As of yesterday, it seems to be back to normal.


Slowly but surely, we are getting back to normality. Has this pitch


you off? No, why should it? atmosphere is awful. One week after


we saw the worst elements of this community, here is the best. These


Army Cadet are giving up their time to improve the look of this


shopping centre. We're not all that bad. It is a small minority of


teenagers that are for. Near enough of this has been done. I am proud.


Despite their best efforts, it will take more than a lick of playing --


lead of paint to erase what happened here. Bosses say the


fightback has started and the fortunes of this centre will


improve. Joining me now is Nazir Afsal who


is head of the Crown Prosecution Service in the North West. Let me


ask you whether you are comfortable with the speed in which these cases


are being rushed through the courts and whether there can be proper


preparation and assessment of these cases? They were not rushed. These


are unprecedented times. What we saw last week is unprecedented,


solar response must match that. I have been making sure that all my


prosecutors apply the code and bring the cases to court that need


to be kept -- need to be brought to court. This is about swift justice,


not rushed. Last week, people were shocked. The need to see their


confidence in justice has been restored. We want to help, by


bringing these cases into court. Some of those accused are saying it


is too fast and too bewildering and they're not getting a chance to


prepare themselves, which has the right. That is not true. They will


undoubtedly have legal representation in court. We had


overnight courts running. They have been given legal advice and the


evidence against them. They have then entered a guilty pleas. The


people who were seen today accepted their guilt on the basis of


evidence. The judge had all the information about them before the


court and sentenced them accordingly. The lot should be calm


and considered and free of emotion. Are you convinced that it is or has


there been an knee-jerk reaction here to issue a big deterrent to


other people? With tougher sentences than normal? Deterrence


has always been allowed in terms of sentencing. Context is important.


Last week, we had the worst disturbances we have encountered in


decades. It was important for us to be able to demonstrate that we


recognise what happened last week and those were response will have


to pay the consequences for their actions. Sentencing is a matter for


the judge, but I don't think any decision made by the judge today


could be criticised. He made it very clear that the context was


import and. There was a young mother who slept through the riots


but received one pair of shorts the next day from friends. She was


jailed for five months for that. That sentence would not have been


anything like that, had it been a week before the riots. Is it right


that it should be so much harsher because of what happened?


Absolutely. Without Handlers, there are no thieves. Whoever has


properties that was stolen on the night, whoever was involved in the


damage that happened, they have to be aware that the sentence they


will be given will fit the crime because of the impact it had on our


local communities. Thank you. 4,000 jobs are in the balance in


Chester as the biggest private- sector employer plans to leave the


city. Bank of America runs it's UK credit card division from MBNA


offices in Chester. But the company's announced it's closing


that arm of its business. Our Economics Correspondent joins us


from Chester Business Park now. That is a bit of a finance hub in


the North West, isn't it? It certainly has. Almost every


single building you can see behind three is a finance house of some


kind. By far the biggest player is Bank of America. Lloyds Banking


Group, Marks and Spencers money and some others are also here. Between


them, they employ 8,200 people. Over the past couple of years,


there have been losses in the sector of 270 jobs. That is about


20% of the sector. The last thing they want her anymore job losses


here at Bank of America. Tell me more about the recent


announcement. Yesterday, employees were told that


the company wants to exit from this division. That could mean that the


pull-out and lose all of the jobs or it could mean that they sell the


company as a going concern. Yesterday, they did that in Canada.


That is the hope for here. Why are the ditching this part of


their business and will they find a light we buyer? -- a likely buyer?


They say they are going to move into more profitable commercial


business. The financial press and America is highlighting the bad


mortgages that were sold at the start of the housing crisis. Are


they likely to find a buyer for this business? Let me just tell you


that at the start of this year, Barclaycard what one credit card


company as a going concern. At the end of this year, they will close


out -- closed down that head office with the loss of 600 jobs. The hope


is that history will not repeat A man who died after a crane


collapsed in Lancashire has been named as Lindsey Easton. He was


from Halifax and he died at the Scout Moor Quarry at Ramsbottom


yesterday. They held their executive -- Health and Safety


Executive and the police are investigating.


No further action will be taken after Liverpool Community College


after a government report found it had taken money for students that


should not have been on courses. It was said that the Skills Funding


Agency had already dealt with the matter and the college has been


ordered to pay back �80,000. Coming up: Where did you meet the


love of your life? For this couple, it was that bench. Let us know your


story. And the Manchester City new boy


impressed us all, but despite this Cracker, his boss expects more.


Adding he needs to improve with the 18th. -- I think he needs to


improve with the team. A driver fatigue was the likely


cause of a train rolling backwards at 50 mph in the north-west. It was


close to derailment when the driver finally put the brakes on. The


incident has led to calls for changes in the way that night


shifts are managed. The thousands of tons of freight


moving along the railways without incident every year. But in the


early hours of August 17th last year, on this stretch of the West


Coast main line on Cumbria, there was near disaster. The train was


travelling uphill between T Bay and chapeau on routes to Glasgow, but


it claimed to a halt and started rolling backwards. -- it came to a


halt. It weighed 715 tons and was 500 metres long. It rolled


backwards for four-and-a-half minutes and cover 2.2 miles at a


reach of 50 mph. Signals blocked the line to prevent any collision


and luckily there were no trains in the area at the time. Nobody was


hurt and the train was stopped by the driver before heading the side.


-- hitting. Rail accident report said that it happened because the


driver was suffering from fatigue. It warned that the matter of the


mathematical model would need to be adopted for people working night


shifts. This stretch of line has seen tragedy before. In 2004, four


workers were killed by a runaway train her. The report recommends


that companies look closely at shift patterns. They should limit


the duties of drivers when they worked the first in a series of


night shifts. The company is working on the recommendation and


the Office of Rail Regulation is reviewing guidance on the way that


companies manage driver fatigue. For years, 16-year-old Dannii


Rowley lived in almost constant pain. She spent much of her time in


a wheelchair unable to do the simplest things like walking,


swimming and playing. She has a type of juvenile arthritis that


affects one in 10,000 people. Then, she was offered the chance to


take part in the trial of a new drug by doctors at Alder Hey


Children's Hospital. She says the drug, Tocilizumab, has changed her


life and hopes that one day it will help people like her.


Two-and-a-half years ago, this, the simplest of tasks, would have been


impossible for Dannii Rowley. The pain was routine, often constant


and always debilitating. What was the pain like? It was like somebody


was stabbing me over and over again. She was diagnosed with systemic


juvenile arthritis at five years old. I could not walk for a far


distance. It was painful to walk. I was in a wheelchair. I could not go


to school and I could not spend time with my friends. They stopped


asking me to come out eventually because they knew would that I


could not. A lot of the time, she didn't even know when she was in so


much pain because it was so severe that we would have to go to the


hospital or are we would have to go because the pain was just a way of


life and she would not tell us until the last minute. The doctors


tried drug after drug. The pain was temporarily reduced but then came


back with a full force. A couple of doses and a sick child can be a


wild child. Then she was given this, and you drug on trial called


Tocilizumab. It has made a dramatic difference for some patients.


Within one or two doses of the treatment, their condition can be


switched off, even. We are able to virtually stop all other treatment.


Within one day, she had noticed an improvement. After a month, she was


back on her feet. He took about six weeks until we noticed a proper


defence where I could get up out of the wheelchair and walk. What was


it like? Amazing because I could join in with everyone. NICE that


makes recommendations to the NHS is studying the trial information. She


now wants to start college and wants to become a research next. --


research nurse. A remarkable change.


Hundreds of screaming girls had been out since 5am this morning to


catch a glimpse of X-factor finalists, One Direction, at


Salford Quays. The band have been promoting their new single which is


out next month. Manchester United's owners are


considering selling shares on the Singapore stock market to help


reduce debt. It is one of the number of refinancing options being


examined by the Glazer family. Their only considering selling a


minority stake, but if successful, it could raise �400 million.


Manchester City's sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways is to be


investigated by UEFA. The ten-year deal reportedly worth �400 million


is an attempt to get around European football stripped finance


rules according to critics. The club as that responded to claims.


Meanwhile, the Blues got off to a flying start last night in a 4-0


win over Swansea. Swansea did well to hold off


Manchester City in the first half, but the second half showed why they


could be early title contenders with Edin Dzeko adding to the


scoresheet. All eyes were on the new signing. The Argentinian


striker, Sergio Aguero scored after 10 minutes. He helped David sell-by


get a third. Then he showed off with this 25 yard strike. Value for


money for Manchester City but for the manager, Roberto Mancini, the


end of Match report read, will do better. He will need to play with


his team-mates and play better. But he is an incredible player. He is


like David Selbourne. They speak the same language. He needs to


improve, I think, with the team. 4-0 win ties them with Bolton at


the top of the table, a team they face on Wednesday.


At terrific player. I think Roberto Mancini could be a


BBC manager, no matter what you do, they want more!


He can be my line manager and the day!


The weather went exactly as planned, cloudy, one or two showers. The


shares have been moving through the region. Moving in from the Irish


Sea in land. In the last couple of hours, sprinkles of rain. The


latest picture, at the showers moving away up over the Pennines.


Some spells of sunshine. Tonight, one or two clear spells already in


evidence. They were spread out through the night. Tonight, a bit


cooler than the last few nights. In theory, one or two places as low as


eight or nine degrees. Along the coast, 11 or 12 degrees. Could be


chilly and the morning first thing. The breeze, that has been strong


all day today, that will ease down, so we touch of mist in places in


the morning. When that goes, it is a nice day. One of the better days


of the week. Quiet. He won it is much more sunshine than today. --


you will notice much more sunshine. A nice that day, one in the


afternoon. -- warm in the afternoon. 16 or 17 degrees. Could reach 20


degrees in land. For Thursday, this area of weather is far too close


for comfort. It looks like if it goes to plan, it will be wet


through Thursday afternoon. After that, settling down a bit with more


rain on the forecast for Saturday. There is there, too close to call.


-- Thursday, to close to call. We will have more details on that


tomorrow, but at the moment, Where did you do your courting? At


the cinema? In the pub? For Marjorie and David from Chester, it


was by the river. In their 58 years they have spent countless hours


chatting and cuddling at the City's groves area.


The redevelopment of the area means they would use an old friend until


the council came off the bend to have them. -- they would lose an


old friend. In February 1953, I was sitting


here and we were chatting and getting to know one another.


blossomed from that. We could not go out much so we used to just come


and sit here and have a cuddle and a case. And always on the same


bench. They married after seven years. They brought their children


and grandchildren here and always sat in the same place. But time


marches on and the Groves began to show its age. Work has begun to


rework the airy and there was no place for the old bench. -- rework


the area. It be said that the old seeds would be scrapped and that is


when I said we have been courting here for 58 years. The cancer were


contacted. As a council where did it recycling. We happen to recycle


this and a slightly different way and the result that came out of it


is fantastic. Last week, they were finally reunited with their bench


in their own back garden. It is fantastic. Later in years' time we


have passed on, hopefully one of the family will take it and keep it


in their memories of us where we He's the! It's teatime!


We have had lots of e-mails about where you have met your loved ones.


Natalie met her fiance through Facebook three years ago. He has


been living around the corner and they had been together ever since.


Mary said that she would meet her future husband at Victoria station


in Manchester and go to Old Trafford. They did their courting


watching Manchester United. Even when they were on their honeymoon,


they travelled back to watch the match. Victoria Station is very


popular, Elisabet said that her husband proposed to her on Black --


on platform 14 at Victoria. Dave said he went to school in


Didsbury in 1964. He said he fancied a girl called Linda but


lost touch after leaving. 30 years later, she got into his taxi in


Manchester and they eventually got married in Memphis in 1999.


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