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


Simms. Our top story: Police use emergency powers to close a


nightclub after a man had his ears and part of his nose and lips


bitten off. We look at the issue of all-night


licences in the centre of Liverpool. Also tonight: Misery for commuters


as hundreds of trains are cancelled across the North West.


A new row over cockling after fishermen say red tape is putting


their livelihoods at risk. And reunited with her frantic owner


- the Yorkshire terrier stolen by burglars in Lancashire and then


abandoned more than 50 miles away. Somebody pinched my little dog. I


was not worried about the jewellery, I wanted my little dog back because


he is my show dog. A man has had his nose, ears and


lip bitten off in an attack outside a club in Liverpool city centre. A


police officer who viewed CCTV footage of the incident said it was


the worst he had seen in 27 years with the force. Today the club has


had its licence suspended. It follows concerns that all-night


licences may be turning an area of the city centre into a crime hot


spot. Here's Jayne Barrett. This clip from YouTube shows a


night out in Funky box. Posters outside boast how it's open all


night, every night, seven days a week. But, just after 6am on


Saturday, an attack happened outside here in which a man


literally lost parts of his face, an attack which could cost this


club its licence. CCTV images filmed here showed two men fighting,


images described by a police officer at a licensing committee.


There are nine consecutive punches, then the assailant can be seen to


place his head down by the victim. He starts eating away at his face


and head. Funky Box is on the edge of Liverpool's main pub and club


district. Police stats show this area has by far the highest


concentration of crime in the city centre. We work hard with the bars


to make them work responsibly. If we have an issue with a bar we will


go and speak to them and raise the issues that we have. While we


filmed today, a licensee told us he believed the council was too slow


to use the powers it had, a point I put to the councillor with


responsibility for licensing. have had several reports this year


and there are more pending. I would rather work with licensed premises


to improve things. A final decision about whether to reopen the club


will be made on September 19th. Rail passengers are facing more


delays and cancellations this evening as train drivers at First


Transpennine Express continue their strike over pay. The company is


running just 58 out of 290 services, causing disruption right across the


North West. Our reporter, Nina Warhurst, is at Manchester


Piccadilly now. How bad is it? Considering it is rush-hour, it is


not too congested. First Transpennine Express has said they


have done everything to minimise disruption. First Transpennine


Express says it hopes to add an extra 30 services by the end of the


day and it has added extra carriages and brought in managers.


But there has still been disruption right across the region, as Abbie


Jones has been finding out. Barrow station was unusually quiet


this morning. Some trains were cancelled. At Manchester Piccadilly,


some found their travel plans in disarray. Not happy. It is the


first time I have travelled by train for about two years. I was


quite looking forward to the journey. There were about three


trains within the hour, but now we have to wait for one. There are all


these people waiting as well. We have loads of stuff. The Brittain


family, back from Florida, found themselves stranded at Manchester


Airport. We are shattered. None of us had any sleep last night and


they're just not helping. After we interviewed them, First


Transpennine Express agreed to pay for a hire car to get them home.


Trains to Liverpool, Leeds, York, South Yorkshire and the Lake


District from Manchester and out again are affected. Over 200


services. Some services are just sitting in the station. They are


hoping that this one will get going soon. Passengers are being told


that their tickets are valid for seven days after the strike. As


refunds are being given, too. Our drivers have chosen to go on


strike and lose hundreds of pounds. They do not want to do that. We


have said to the company that we are willing to discuss again.


Managers were drafted in today and extra seats were provided. We're


doing everything we can to get customers to where they need to go.


It is a very busy week. Both sides say they want to talk. If the deal


is not thrashed out, another striker set for Friday. -- another


strike is set for Friday. They are working hard to make sure


that Friday's strike does not go ahead. If it does, it will coincide


with the bank holiday. There is Manchester Pride and a Leeds


festival going on. If you are planning to travel to those events,


the advice is to think about another form of transport in


advance. If you have already bought your ticket, you can change it 48


hours in advance and it is valid for seven days after Friday.


More news from around the region now, and an investigation's started


into the death of a man who was tasered by police in Bolton last


night. The 53-year-old barricaded himself inside a house and began


stabbing himself. Police arrived and used a taser to overpower him


before he was taken to hospital, where he died.


128,000 people have now added their names to an e-petition calling for


the release of all Cabinet documents about Hillsborough. It


follows the coalition's decision to appeal against a ruling from the


Information Commissioner that Cabinet papers from 1989 should be


made public. When thieves broke into Barbara


Whitham's home they were not content with stealing her jewellery.


I knew cockle bed has been discovered in the Ribble estuary.


There are fears that it could attract poachers and that could put


lives at risk. Even in this poor-quality club, you


get an extent -- an idea of the extent of the newly discovered


cockle bed. The north-west Inshore Fisheries and conservation


authority has placed a 30 day temporary closure on it, to the


dismay of fishermen. They say it is 24 years since they had a cockle


bed of this sort and this size in the estuary. They believe it could


keep up to 400 fishermen employed during the winter months. When


times are hard, they say, that is worth fighting for. This fish a man


with over 30 years' experience fears the core -- the closure could


be hazardous. It will cause a poaching problem. The danger is


they will going at night and not realise what is happening and we


could have or tragedy on our hands. It is much better to open the bed


and have the people going in during daylight.


Fisher's also fear that dredgers to be allowed into the site, with


local fishermen losing out. would be good to go back on the


cockle bed. We have the right to picket and we should be allowed to.


To close the bed and take money out of people's mouths is just


ridiculous. The fisheries authorities is


temporary closure is the best way forward. The use of small boats for


transporting many fissures poses health and safety risks which the


committee has no powers to control or manage. A decision will be made


at the end of September. When thieves broke into Barbara


Whitham's home they were not content with stealing her jewellery.


They also made off with her beloved dog. Naturally, she was devastated


by the loss of her Yorkshire terrier, Honey. But she was


delighted when Honey turned up more than 50 miles from home. The pair


were reunited because Honey had been microchipped. Dave guest takes


up the story. Barbara and Honey are inseparable.


But feed separated them when they broke into Barbara's,. They took


all of my jewellery. But more importantly... They took my little


dog. What did you think when you realised you had been burgled?


did not care about the jewellery, I wanted my little dog back.


The trail to find Honey stretched far further than anyone would have


imagined. This is Hobart Street, over 50 miles from On the's home.


She was found in the street here and picked up by the local dog


warden. Because she had been microchipped it was a fairly


straightforward process to track down her owner. Honey and Barbara


were reunited. This has given us the opportunity to review your


night -- reunite the victim with her owner. What did you do when you


found out she had been discovered? I cried and cried. Obviously, it is


down to the fact that she was microchipped. I am very grateful


for that. I'd do stress that everybody must get their dog


microchipped. Barbara's jewellery is still missing, but she says she


is just glad to have Honey home. The police say that the fact she


was found in Bolton has provided them with useful clues in the


search for the thieves. Still to come in North West


Tonight: It's up and away for a nine-year-old with a passion for


helicopters. And back to his roots - Russell Watson returns to the


Blackpool clubs where it all began. This is, I suppose, what you could


describe as a compact dressing room. A woman whose legs wouldn't stop


growing will feature in a TV documentary tonight. Mandy Sellars


from Accrington suffers from a rare medical condition and has had one


of her legs amputated to save her life. She's been speaking to us


about the programme and how she's been coping. Eleanor Moritz reports.


Mandy is an extraordinary person with an extraordinary condition.


She was born with a rare syndrome, even now one diagnosed, which meant


her legs would not stop growing. understand why people look because


it is so unusual. You will not bump into someone like me in the street


every day. We last met her for Mark years ago. -- four years ago. She


has had one of her legs amputated. The positive side is the fact that


I do not have any infections at all. In myself, I feel really healthy. I


have not felt this good in 20 years. The flipside of the coin is the


fact that I am not as independent as I was. I cannot see it. I am


worried about missing it. Her time in hospital and her


recovery feature in a documentary tonight. You're doing amazingly.


She has also been to Cambridge to see if experts there can finally


find out what has caused her condition and whether that could


lead to some treatment. It is kind of exciting to me. If nothing comes


of it, that little grip -- glimmer of hope is fantastic. Doing this


latest documentary, I have really in due -- enjoy doing it and


meeting the people that I have along the way. In the future I will


be walking with a false leg and I will look back at how difficult it


was. I am alive and kicking, so I am going to make the most of the


second chance I have been given. And you can see Mandy's story in


the documentary, Extraordinary People, on Channel 5 tonight at 9


o'clock. He's played some of the biggest


venues in the country but Salford's Russell Watson began his career in


more humble surroundings. The tenor got his first bookings in the


working men's clubs of Blackpool where he found himself competing


with the rival attractions of bingo and hot meat pies. Now as some of


those clubs struggle to attract new customers, Russell has been back to


his roots to take a look at how times have changed.


The Blackpool Philharmonic club - it has been 15 years since I


performed here. What immediately strikes me is that it has not


changed a bit. The clubs were set up as an


alternative to pubs, focusing on more wholesome sports and games.


Within a decade, drinking joined these activities and the mould was


cast for clubs for the next 150 years. Follow me.


This was my, what I suppose you could describe as a Compaq dressing


room. You had a fan heater for the cold


winter months in Blackpool. And, of course, every singer's very own


personal ashtray. Since their heyday, the number of clubs has


nosedived to just over 2,000, and that when that -- attendances


dwindling. To me, it is a disaster. It is not just Blackpool, it is


everywhere in the country. If the club world dies out, what do you


think we will lose as a society? meeting place. In a club, you do


not know the person next to but, within five minutes, you are


talking to them. The orders have their work cut out to make sure


that this tradition continues. To survive, they are going have --


going to have to move with the times.


You can see more of Russell's report straight after this


programme. Sport now and, Tony, another big


star, Samir Nasri, arrives at Manchester City as their spending


spree continues. Yes, there he is. Manchester City's summer spending


has now reached a staggering �85 million after the French midfielder


today signed for the club for a reported fee of �25 million. Samir


Nasri was regarded as Arsenal's best player for much of last season.


He scored against City, and impressed the Blues' manager,


Roberto Mancini. Arsene Wenger was reluctant to let him go, but today


Nasri put pen to paper on a four- year deal at City after passing a


medical. He's expected to be in the squad for the game at Spurs on


Sunday. League One Rochdale have reached


the third round of the Carling Cup for the first time in 49 years. And


they did it the hard way, beating Premier League side Queens Park


Rangers away last night. Last time they got this far was in 1962. So


let the giant killing, in full colour this time, commence. Neil


Warnock said this defeat did not matter to him. By the time Garri


Jones made it two, Rochdale were making their slice of history and


Neil Warnock had no choice in whether he was in or out. It was


our priority to win the game and we took it seriously. I know he is sat


behind us, but what did the boss city before the game? He told us to


enjoy it and express ourselves. We were playing against good players


but we knew we had a good side and that we had a good chance if we got


our passing game going. Burnley scraped into the next round.


It was left to Christmas can to see what in extra-time. -- Chris McCann


to seal it in extra-time. There is more Carling Cup action


tonight with Everton and Blackburn both hoping for their first win of


the season. Neither has a point in the Premier League so far. You can


see highlights in the League Cup short tonight at 11:30pm.


Now, what do most footballers do on their summer holidays? Probably


beer and beaches feature rather than taking bags of balls and boots


thousands of miles to give to impoverished youngsters. But that's


exactly what Bury's bandanna- wearing defender Efe Sodje gets up


to every summer. He and his brothers, four of whom play


professional football, have been helping children in Nigeria for


more than a decade. Stuart Pollet has this special report. It's not


unusual to find a footballer in Alderley Edge. But it is unusual to


find one like Efe Sodje. He grew up here in the Warri district of


Nigeria.. And every summer, while his fellow players flock to bars


and beaches, teetotal Efe and his brothers returned with their hands


full. We had about 20 big bags that we took, literally, with a own


hands. We put everything in them and take them down to Nigeria.


the last 15 years the Sodjes have spent around �200,000 in Warri.


May they know we're coming. The kids are always waiting outside


appearance' house. There are six teams that will have our kits. --


outside our parents' house. Now the family's set up the Sodje


Foundation with their aim of raising more than �500,000 to build


a community centre. People can come and learn, whether it is about


football or dedication, anything they want to know when their lives,


we can teach them. We wanted teach them everything - education,


awareness of HIV. The first time I wore boots I was about 20 years old.


Thanks to you, those kids are getting a better start than you had.


Yes. And if the Sodjes manage to build their centre, the children of


Warri will be thankful to the family for more than just football


boots. Stuart Pollitt, BBC North West Tonight, Alderley Edge.


And the Sodje Foundation is holding a fund-raising dinner in Manchester


on 21st September. Finally, the village cricketers


from Hightown on Merseyside have had a day to remember. They won a


competition to train with Lancashire's stars at Old Trafford.


I'm told the Red Rose batsmen and bowlers were gentle with the


amateurs! Temperatures in the sunshine were


21 Celsius today. If you were stuck under the cloud, you temperature


fell away to around 16 Celsius. That is quite a drop. The showers


moved in after lunchtime. That is the state of play at the moment. It


should stay dry for the next couple of hours. Yesterday we were talking


about a band of rain that would be on the eastern side of England. We


have exactly the same story in the early hours of the morning. The


Pennines do a good job of keeping it at bay. The overnight


temperature could be as low as nine Celsius. Early tomorrow they have -


- the rain could be around. It will move around quickly and head to the


east. It will be very much like today. There will be lots of


sunshine in the morning but there could be one or two showers in the


afternoon. There will be one or two hefty downpours. If you hang on to


the sunshine, the temperature could be up to 20 Celsius.


Now, while most nine-year-olds have spent the summer holidays playing


out in the garden or gaining on their computers, one young boy from


Manchester has found a novel new hobby - building a website about


his favourite helicopter. Kevin Dutton is so fascinated by the Bell


Huey UH-1H model that he set up his own website about the aircraft


which has featured in many of the Vietnam war films. He is now in


touch with Vietnam veterans in the US and his hard work earned him a


flight on one of the helicopters. He is here with his dad to tell us


all about it. Kevin, where there is an obsession like that begin? How


I got a chance with my school to go and look at it. I got inside of it.


It to cop a bit later on. Dad, you think it was the sound, don't you?


Kevin was born in Thailand and there was a military base nearby.


Those helicopters used to fly past every day. You could hear them for


miles. You have built up this website. How many people are


logging on to that. Yesterday it was 572 people, I think. It is very


successful, then. Even better, you had a chance to get a go on one of


these. Tell us how that came about. What was it like? They asked if I


wanted to help with getting the helicopter out. When it landed


Simon said, come round here, and he let us going it. What was it like


when it took off? We didn't really know that it took off. You just


suddenly looked out and there you were up above the ground? That must


have been exciting. Yes. Dad, this is really an obsession with the


helicopter and the website. It is an obsession but it is keeping him


out of mischief. He is reading books, asking questions and


enjoying it. He says he is going to work harder at school so that he


can learn to fly. That is great. Diane is going to


join us. I know you desperately want to be a helicopter pilot.


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