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Good evening. Welcome to NorthWest Tonight with Tony Livesey and Kate
Simms. Our top story. Fighting fit. 100-year-old Dorothy thanks her
doctors as she becomes the world's oldest breast surgery patient.
think this story is inspiring. delighted doctors say they were
right to operate and say she could become an inspiration to woman of
every age. Also tonight.
Tributes to the drowned teenage girl and her boyfriend missing off
the Wirral coast. The police search for him continues.
Back home for Eid. 7-year-old Qasim who lost his parents and siblings
in a car crash in Pakistan. I was his brother, now I am his father.
And a whole new ball game. The self-promo video that may help Owen
Also tonight. Happier times at the now derelict Lido in Grange-over
Sands. It's received listed building status, but some want it
redeveloped. Well, if you've ever been there or
have fond memories of another outdoor pool in the region, we'd
like to hear from you. Get in touch via email, twitter or Facebook and
we'll read out some of your stories at the end of the programme.
$WHITE When great-great-grandmother Dorothy Affleck, from Hyde, was
told she had breast cancer, she thought she would be too old to be
offered surgery. Dorothy was 99 when she was diagnosed last summer.
But doctors at Tameside Hospital said her age was not a factor in
having an operation. They believe Dorothy, who is now 100, is the
oldest person to have breast cancer surgery. Today, she went back to
find out if it was successful and Abbie Jones went with her.
It is now a year since Dorothy Affleck had her operation at
Tameside Hospital. But the memory of being told she had cancer is
still raw. I thought it would just be months of suffering. I was
frightened. Then I met the surgeon, he was so confident he could do the
operation. People said not to have But Dorothy's consultant didn't
agree. Her cancer was aggressive. Surgery, the only option. Last
August, she had a lump removed from her breast. Because she was 99, she
had a local rather than a general anaesthetic. But apart from that,
her doctor says her age wasn't a factor. It was never on my mind. In
fact, when I presented the case in are up team meeting, I just said
that physiological issues were as good as anyone in their late
Seventies. So now, time for the moment of
truth. You do not have any sign of disease. Thank you very, very much.
You are welcome. Dorothy is in remission. She cannot
technically get the all clear for another four years. But her
consultant says she's a success story. I think the case is
inspiring. It will encourage other people to come to the hospital.
Dorothy has now become a bit of a celebrity. She says the fuss is
worth it if it encourages other patients, and doctors. Just love
life and enjoy it. Abbie Jones, BBC North West Tonight, Tameside
Hospital. Police are still searching for a
young man from Merseyside whose teenage girlfriend drowned off the
Wirral coast. Hayley Holmes's body was found at New Brighton on Monday.
Shoes belonging to the couple were found near the beach. A friend of
Hayley's says she should have been away at the weekend but someone
stole a ticket she had for a festival. Our Merseyside Reporter,
Andy Gill, is at New Brighton now. You can see behind me the floral
tributes to Hayley. It is a lovely evening here. The tides and the
current here at New Brighton can be very dangerous. That is why the
police are very concerned for the safety of Hayley's boyfriend. Ahmed
of the holidaymakers and laughing children, forensic keep a grim a
vigil for one my right honourable friend is dead and another is
missing. Hayley's body was found on the beach on Monday, she had
drowned. Shoes belonging to her and her boyfriend were found near by.
John is a close my right honourable friend and spent it hours on the
beach waiting for news. I have never felt so bad. I have never
felt so low. The couple had not been going out very long postop
they had been at a music festival on Sunday before going to the beach
of that night. A my right honourable friend of the Hayley's
had said she should have been a way at home at a music festival, but
somebody had stolen her ticket. It is horrible. She should not even
had been you. Somebody stole her ticket. I police say that the
search for Robbie is carrying on. We have a number of searches going
on. We are linking him with other agencies to assist us. Relations of
Robbie work at the scene at this afternoon but were too upset to
talk. Police say they were keeping an open mind as to whether he went
into the water as well. One line of enquiry that the police are
pursuing concerns at this hotel behind me. This was full on Monday
night, the night that the couple came down to the beach. Police are
they there might have been witnesses who saw them on the beach.
If anyone was staying in this hotel, Merseyside police are urging them
to get in touch. For the moment, the search goes on.
Merseyside Police have launched a murder investigation after a man
was shot in Liverpool last night. The 25-year-old was found dying in
the street with a single gunshot wound to the head on Brayfield Road
in Norris Green. Police believe it was a targeted attack. They are
also investigating whether his death is connected to an earlier
incident in the area. We are keeping an open mind, but the
incidents were very close by in a short space time, so I think they
are certainly related. A motorcyclist has died at the Manx
Grand Prix festival on the Isle of Man. Adam Easton, who was 71 and
from Scotland, was killed in a crash while racing today. He is the
third motorcyclist to die during the festival, which started just
over a week ago. People in Ellesmere Port have been
given the chance to look around the town's new multi-million pound
college today. The Sutton Way campus is part of West Cheshire
College and cost �65 million. It opens to students on Monday and
offers vocational courses in creative and service industries.
have a building a matches our ambition, which is that students
get a job. Students must get a job, not just any old job but the job
they want. This building will help them get those jobs. We used to
teach in classrooms but you cannot teach vocational subjects as
successfully in a classroom as in buildings like this.
A collection of Viking coins and other artefacts unearthed in
Cumbria last month has been formally declared as treasure. A
metal detectorist found the items, known as the Furness Hoard, at a
secret location on the Peninsular. Since then, the hoard has been
under the scrutiny of experts at the British Museum.
When Sabina Akhtar's husband beat her and threatened to kill her, she
reported him to the police. But he was never charged. A few months
later, he returned to her Manchester home and killed her.
Today, a coroner has decided to reopen an inquest into Sabina's
death following a legal challenge by her family. We'll hear more from
their solicitor in a few moments. But first, Rachel Foley has this
report. Sabina Akhtar lived in fear of her
husband. Two months before her death, she told police he had
assaulted her and threatened to kill her. Malik Mannan was arrested
twice but never charged, even when he breached bail conditions that
said he couldn't contact her. Then in September 2008, he forced his
way into her home in Levenshulme and stabbed her through the heart.
He's now serving a life sentence for her murder. Ms Akhtar's family
received a formal apology from the Crown Prosecution Service who say
they were wrong not to charge Malik Mannan earlier. Today, the
Manchester coroner announced an inquest into Ms Akhtar's death will
reopen. It will examine whether decisions made by the police and
the CPS in the months before her death could have breached her human
right to life. Rachel Foley, BBC North West Tonight.
Well, earlier I spoke to the Akhtar family solicitor Matthew Gold and
asked how they had reacted to the news her inquest was to be reopened.
They are really pleased because for the first time, there will be a
full investigation by the coroner into the circumstances around
Sabina's death. The Crown Prosecution Service has already
apologised to the family and, in light of that, the Independent
Police Complaints Commission has said it will not pursue an
investigation. What do you hope reopening the inquest will do?
family want to establish what happened after Sabina, in July 2008,
went to the police, a very big step for her to take, and made a full
detailed statement of the threats to kill, the violence against her
and her son by her very dangerous husband. She went to the police for
protection, the police did not provide her with the level of
protection she was entitled to. this just about blaming someone?
is not about blaming anyone really. In place at the time, the police
had a domestic violence policy. That was designed for various steps
to be put in place, for risk assessments to take place in order
that the police and other agencies could have better protected her.
gather it is quite unusual for an inquest to be reopened. It is. I
they get is unusual but a bigot has taken place before. I believe legal
action has already been taken against the police? Yes, a civil
case is being issued in London. It includes an allegation that her
right to life was breached because the police did not protect her when
they should have done from a known violent individual, her husband.
Thank you. Eight months ago, Qasim was enough
horrific accident in Pakistan. Like thousands of Muslims across the
North West, 7-year-old Qasim Akbar is celebrating Eid today. But his
relatives in Blackburn didn't think he'd make it after a bitter custody
battle. Qasim's parents died in a car crash in Pakistan and he spent
eight months there before his elder brother could bring him home. Nazia
Mogra has the story. The Eid feast marks the end of a
month of fasting. The meal is a time for families to come together.
This year, Qasim is spending it with the only close family he's got
left - his half-brother. Now I am his father. I will try my best to
be a father and a brother. We will make sure that we can give him lots
of lovely. He always talks about the good times with his family.
Qasim's parents and two sisters died on New Year's Day in a car
crash in Pakistan. Qasim was in the back of the car and the only person
to survive. He was bruised, but otherwise unhurt. His half-brother
flew out straight away to bring him home to Lancashire, but family
friends in Pakistan wanted to keep him. What followed was a bitter
custody battle. It has taken me nearly nine months. But this is
they will be person I have left as a brother or sister so I was not
going to leave him. I am happy that he is here with me. He we are all
happy. All his friends and family. He has settled down well. He is
playing. Everything is new for him. But it is really good.
In a few weeks, he will be starting school again. With his family
behind him, Qasim hopes one day he can become a cricketer.
Still to come in North West Tonight. A whole new ball game - the self-
promo video that may help Owen Hargreaves move across the City.
the end we all hope that he can get back to his best. Add open-water,
winning medals and a wedding. It is a big make your next you for Kerry
Depending on your view, the now derelict Lido at Grange over Sands
in Cumbria is either a faded art deco gem, or a blot on the
landscape. Many will have happy childhood memories of swimming
there in the open air. Well, English Heritage has decided
it should be listed as historically important. Great news for some, but
not for developers who fear the move will scupper development plans.
Peter Marshall reports. The location is wonderful, but many
people now say that this place has fallen down. It has seen better
days. Nowadays, it's a lido that's not
much to look at. Derelict since 1992, what a difference a few
decades can make. This was it in the '30s when it attracted
thousands. Even in the '70s, it was the place to be. Memories of this
place is going swimming with our brother, serving in freezing cold
to see water but loving it. There was always busy. Should it be
listed? I do not think it needs listed, it is not a thing of beauty.
And that's the big issue according to Jonathan Denby, a prominent
hotelier who featured in the recent Channel 4 documentary The Hotel.
He's part of a development partnership which wants to fill the
lido in and turn it into a garden and cafe complex. He claims any
thought of re-opening it as an open air pool are pie in the sky.
The developers fear listing the lido and its buildings will make
their plans impossible. Can you imagine that they would have the
funds to keep this enormous structure going? A you do not think
it would happen? There is no chance of that happening. This listing is
wrong. It is hard to mention it ever returning to the height of the
past, but it still encourages strong passions. It is heritage. It
is part of the cultural heritage of this area. We have always had a
swimming pool here, it will always be used. Developers say they will
challenge the listing. I know I have lots of happy
memories of soaring pools. And lots of you have been sending us your
memories of lidos. We'll be reading some of them out at the end of the
programme. Sport now and Graham Liver's here. And a long night
ahead for you. It's transfer deadline day. No fan or manager can
relax till 11 o'clock tonight. A day of rumours and gossip but at
least it looks like Manchester City are going to get Owen Hargreaves.
Still waiting for confirmation from City about the signing. The 30-
year-old was released by Manchester United this summer. He came to Old
Trafford after being England's star performer in the World Cup in
Germany, signing from Bayern Munich for �18 million. He played in
United's 2008 Champions League victory. After that, the injuries
struck. He made just four appearences in the last three
seasons, playing just 11 minutes in the last two years.
What else has been happening? I gather Joe Cole's on his way to
France. And it looks like Everton are going to completely change
their strikeforce? Liverpool never really worked for
Joe Cole. He's off to Lille on a season-long loan. At Everton, they
might be bringing a striker in. They have accepted a �4 million bid
from Leicester for striker Jermaine Beckford. And it looks like Yacubu
is leaving Goodison to join Blackburn Rovers.
Rounding up today's transfer news, here's Liam O'Donoghue.
Arguably England's best player in the 2006 World Cup, Owen Hargreaves
is so desperate to play again, he's put up a film on YouTube to prove
his fitness. After surgery on both knees and two years out injured,
Hargreaves lasted only five minutes when he finally returned to the
Manchester United line-up last November. United let him go. City
might resurrect his career. When he is fully fit, he is a great player.
We all hope he can get back to his best. There may be a little bit of
sour grapes, but all the best to them. If he does well, he deserves
it. If he is on pay as you play, you cannot lose.
How has Joe Cole gone from scoring fantastic goals like this to
becoming an Anfield reject? A Roy Hodgson signing, he too has
suffered from injuries. Kenny Dalglish is loaning him to French
side Lille for the season. Cole out, Coates in. The huge young Uruguayan
defender joins compatriot Luis Suarez at Liverpool. Only 15 months
after signing Jermaine Beckford from Leeds, Everton have sold him
to Sven's Leicester for around �4 million. Yakubu could be on his way
to Blackburn. Replacing him could be 6 foot 7 tall Denis Stracqualani
from Argentinian side Tigre. Arsenal are reported it to her bed
for Miguel Arteta. Back at Manchester City, a fee's been
agreed to seal Shaun Wright- Phillips to Queens Park Rangers
player, and Craig Bellamy could be heading there too.
Wigan have played busy today as well they have Broughton a couple
of winners including Shaun Maloney from Celtic.
One player also on the move is Bury's Ryan Lowe who has joined
Sheffield Wednesday for an undisclosed fee. Lowe scored 28
goals for the Shakers last season, nine of which came in consecutive
games, setting a club record. Boss Richie Barker hopes to bring in a
replacement before the window closes tonight.
Cricket, and Lancashire are fighting back in their crucial
county championship game against Worcestershire at New Road. They
were bowled out for 161 in their first innings. In reply, the home
Swimming now, and the first British athlete to qualify for the Olympics
was Keri Anne Payne from Heywood. She is the best open water swimmer
in the world and one of our strongest medal hopes at London
2012. But the Olympics are not the only big event in Keri Anne's life
next year, as Stuart Pollitt found out when he went to meet her.
Open-water swimming is not for the faint-hearted. You need to be very
fit, fearless and keep an eye out for the hazard. Jellyfish. Dead
animals. All that kind of stuff up. But if I did not do that, somebody
else would follow instead. You just have to grit your teeth and get on
with it. It is not glamourous are pretty, but I loved doing it. I
love it, but it was something I was steered into doing. At first I was
not so keen on it and it all like it. She has concurred that, winning
a silver in the Olympics. Your racing of the same people you have
raised against for years and years. It is huge. The whole nation as
always lifted by the crowd. It will be brilliant everyone cheering for
us. As well as planning an assault on Olympic goal next year, she is
also planning her own wing -- her own wedding. I have to make sure we
are organised. A lot of it has been organised. I have not found a do
the go so far. If you are able to some attempt, to as dodging
jellyfish, organising a table Prime it should not be so hard.
A multi-medal winning Paralympian was in the region today to meet
aspiring competitors for next year's games in London. Chris
Holmes, who is blind, represented Great Britain at the Paralympic
Games between 1988 and 2000, winning nine gold medals. He is now
the director of Paralympic Integration for London 2012. This
morning he was at Guinea Gap swimming Pool in Wirral. It is
great to see programmes like this which demonstrate how to balance
high end Paralympians performing next summer and also the next
generation coming in from 2020 and beyond. Yesterday we brought you a
preview of Steve Parry's charity relay swim across the Irish Sea.
Well, Boyzone singer Ronan Keating led the team out last night and the
latest is, they're nearly at the halfway mark despite confronting a
shoal of giant jellyfish along the way.
He should have got a wet suit to fit him!
Stephen good swim the Irish Ceri -- Irish Sea.
Now here's Di with the weather. I am still puzzling over that
I am still puzzling over that It is not going to get warmer as we
head through the next couple of days. It might go up by a degree of
soul -- a degree or so. Temperatures of 15 or 16 degrees.
We could expected to be a little warm rat than that. But is the
driver most of us today. -- but it stayed dry. There has been a
glimpse of brightness sometimes. We might get a little bit more as we
head towards the end of the night. It is getting dark very early
nowadays. Tonight, it will be predominantly cloudy but dry. Just
the chance of a tiny shower it now and again. The cloud could break
from time to time in rural areas, which means that temperatures could
go as low as eight Celsius. But most of us will be in double
figures. 11 or 12 of. For tomorrow, it might not be too bad at all,
again. Cloudy. In the morning, there might be a light shower first
thing. But hopefully, this cloud cover will start to thin and break.
Sunshine could work its way through. The wind will be light which is
favourable for us. Temperatures should be better than today. 19 or
20 degrees. If you are stuck under the cloud cover, 17 or 18 degrees.
For the next couple of days, high pressure it moves away. Weather
front after the front moving in. Friday. The weekend it looks very
Well, earlier, we talked about the future for Grange Over Sands
historic open air pool and asked for your memories of lidos across
the North West. Lots of you have taken the plunge.
Tom Gray on Facebook says, "My family and I used to swim at Grange
Over Sands. The views across Morecambe Bay were amazing. It's a
shame to see it standing derelict and if I had the money I would
rebuild and re-open it!" Peter from Prestwich where do this for them to
Bob the bomber who used to bomb into the pool. Lee Lloyd Green on
Facebook says, "I used to go to the open air lido at New Brighton. I
even remember the ladybird swarm that came and covered the pool."
Jean it says she used to have that some lessons every week.
Judith Simpson on Facebook, "I used to go regularly to the Grange pool.
Everybody used to rush to the top railings when the horn went to warn
of the tidal bore coming up the bay, and we would watch it roaring up
past the pool. Spectacular!" Paul says here is a picture of myself
and other winners take him at a swimming gala. I think it is 1972.
Also, in case you were wondering, we've had a lot of debate in the