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Good evening. Welcome to North-West Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Tony
Livesey. Our top story: Freed from a living
hell, now Stepping Hill nurse Rebecca Leighton says she wants to
clear her name professionally. And why Greater Manchester's police
chief is backing calls for those accused of crimes not to be named.
Also tonight: The politically incorrect job advert which
suggested equal opportunities are a load of rubbish!
Climb every mountain - a 10-year- old scales 283 of Scotland's
highest peaks and enjoys almost every minute of it.
Can cure a member? That was when I didn't want to see a mountain again.
The show must go on - the theatre that has hosted Stan Laurel,
Charlie Chaplin, and Ken Dodd celebrates its centenary. We will
have more on those centenary celebrations later, but we want to
know the best act you've ever seen live on stage. Contact us by email,
Facebook and Twitter and we'll read The nurse who was arrested during
the investigation into the deaths of patients at Stepping Hill
Hospital in Stockport says she now wants to clear her name
professionally. Rebecca Leighton was released from custody on Friday
after charges against her were dropped. Meanwhile, the Chief
Constable of Greater Manchester Police has backed a call for
anonymity for people accused of crimes. Our health correspondent,
Laura Yates, is at Stepping Hill hospital for us now. Laura, what
more do we know about Rebecca Leighton's plans? It has been a
three-day since Rebecca Leighton was released. She is considering
what to do next. We know that there has been no decision yet from her
solicitor whether she will sue the police for wrongful arrest. She is
now wanting to cure herself professionally. At the moment she
is still suspended from nursing. There has been a lot of talk about
whether suspects should remain anonymous... There has been a lot
of talk in the wake of this case about whether suspects should
remain anonymous, and today the Chief Constable of Greater
Manchester Police has backed these calls, hasn't he? there has been a
lot of debate on that issue. Should a suspect's been named and they are
arrested, charged or if there case goes to trial? It that it happen,
we would never have known the name of Rebecca Leighton. It is really
difficult when you see senior detectives agonising over to make -
- over whether to make an arrest or not and they have to think about
this, about whether somebody's name could be completely ruined. If you
think about the case in Bristol, then it landlord got horribly
treated so because his name come out to the press. I don't think any
name should be released until they are charged. The police
investigation continues here. They are looking at 40 cases of
contaminated saline and they have a list of 700 people took see and
they are not even have quit through that list.
More from the North-West now and a mother from Manchester has become
the first to be successfully prosecuted for fraud for claiming
child maintenance for her son who wasn't living with her. Victoria
Hitchen, from Irlam, told the Child Support Agency she was the boy's
main carer when she was living in Spain. She passed the payments to
her parents, who the child lived with, but the judge said she had
brought the prosecution on herself by not being honest.
A legal challenge to plans by Lancashire County Council to reduce
its care budget has failed in the High Court. The challenge was
backed by various disability organisations but a judge ruled
that the authority had not acted improperly in making savings.
A man who was murdered in Bury yesterday has been named as Brian
Gavigan. The 48-year-old was found at his home on Merton Road in
Prestwich with multiple injuries to his head and body. A 27-year-old
man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A hospital in Merseyside has had to hurriedly remove a job advert from
its website. The posting referred to what it called, the usual
rubbish about equal opportunities. The hospital trust immediately
replaced it with a politically correct version. But a local MEP,
who discovered the mistake, says they should have stuck with the
original, describing equal opportunities legislation as a
waste of time and money. Stuart Flinders reports. Town halls,
hospitals and other public bodies go to great lengths to make sure
they don't discriminate on the grounds of race, creed or religion.
So how did this happen? Instead of declaring itself an equal
opportunities employer, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals
Trust referred to "the usual rubbish about equal opportunities"
when advertising for an anaesthetist. A new advert replaced
the offending words with,"We are committed to promoting equality and
diversity". The mistake was discovered by Paul Nuttal,
Merseysidee MEP for the UK Independence Party. It has been an
oversight by the hospital, but I think they're right in many ways
because this equality legislation, much of which are driven from the
European Union, is absolute nonsense. It is about insuring that
you have a certain number of people of certain types in various roles.
It is wrong. The hospital has given us a statement saying that the
advert in no way reflects the views of the trust on equal-opportunities,
to which we are fully committed. Paual Keaveney, a lecturer in PR
and leader of Liverpool council's Lib Dems, says the mistake could
damage the Trust's reputation. is an institution where we expect
precision. If you're going to have an operation you want things to
cope properly, don't you? Not good for an organisation like that to
show a level of carelessness. an embarrassment for the Trust,
which has won an award as a diversity champion.
Liverpool's busiest train station will shut for four months next year
as part of a �40 million overhaul of the city's underground stops.
Merseyrail has announced �20 million will be spent on Central
Station, adding another lift, fitting new escalators, and
improving the platforms and toilets. A further �20 million will be
invested in four other stations. Work will begin next month and
passengers say they are looking forward to seeing the improvements.
A rare church organ has been silenced after thieves stripped
lead from the roof above it. Water poured through the ceiling at St
Thomas' Church in Leigh causing around �200,000-worth of damage.
It's the latest in a wave of attacks on historic buildings in
the North West as the price of metal continues to attract thieves.
The church says the organ is irreplaceable. Our environment
correspondent, Colin Sykes, reports. It has been described as the Rolls-
Royce of church organs, and probably worth about three-quarters
of a million pounds. But, this organ is silent today because
thieves have stolen the lead from up there. There was heavy rain
which poured straight down here into the pipe chamber. It has
caused terrible damage and will cost up to �200,000 to put rice.
Dashed to put right. Water has seeped into the wood and electrics
of the handmade organ which has been played by nearly every
cathedral organist in the country. It will have to be rebuilt from
scratch, if the church can raise the money. It is heartbreaking to
think that idiots can steal a bit of lead that they will not get much
for it, maybe 80 or �90, but for the community it is devastating.
While the organ is out of action the congregation are having to rely
on recordings of it for services. Ecclesiatical insurance will only
cover a fraction of the repairs. This is just heartbreaking to think
that we have got such a massive amount of money to try and find.
Historic buildings are offering rich pickings for lead thieves.
Elizabeth Gaskell's home in Manchester was the latest to be
stripped. St Thomas' roof is being recovered with mineralised felt,
which doesn't have the same value as lead. The church is calling for
new rules to make it harder for thieves to dispose of stolen metal.
Still to come in North West Tonight: Ben the Conquerer - the
10-year-old who has climbed over 283 of Scotland's highest peaks.
100 years of theatre greats - Crewe Lyceum raises the curtain on its
centenary celebrations. It was a place for people to meet, make
friends, and there is no were left for young actors to learn their
craft. Now, all this week we are looking
at autism. It is a lifelong developmental disability which
effects how a person communicates and relates to the world around
them. 70,000 people here in the North West live with the condition.
But, as Kate Simms has been finding out, getting a diagnosis can be
much harder than you would think. Eight this is Callum on a good day.
The meticulous order of this football cards is a classic example
of his disorder. This is Callum on a bad day. His mum says he can get
much worse. A living with him can be quite difficult. It is like
living with Jekyll and Hyde sometimes. He can be quite violent
acts one minutes, and then what you would class as a normal child, I
suppose. He gets quite violent. Sometimes it is like having a top
dollar. Three years ago as Callum's family was told that he could have
Asperger's syndrome. They say they are still waiting for any support.
We're on the waiting list, which is at three or four year waiting-list.
Trying to get access to things if he doesn't have the statement or
proper diagnosis can be very difficult as well. Without a
diagnosis or a statement his family said that accessing any support at
home or at school is a struggle. But his case is far from isolated.
Dylan's family had a five-year wait for a diagnosis for Asperger's
syndrome. You fight to get on to the waiting list for, then you wait
on the waiting list. While all that is going on you have of people
perceive to be a really naughty child. Once he got a diagnosis,
Dylan's family say like begin very different. We once you get the
diagnosis, I would like to say it opens a whole level of support, but
this support is very limited. But because you can do what you're
dealing with, you can start doing your research into how you deal
with that. Callum's family are still waiting. A spokesperson for
Despite that reassurance, Callum's family say that the future without
as statement or diagnosis is very daunting. Without a statement or a
fully - - a full diagnosis, we are very scared about what high school
would be for him. I probably wouldn't send him.
Mari Saeki is from the National Autistic Society. Family say they
can access help about the statements or a diagnosis, yet they
help the did he say you don't need it. Who is right? Interior should
be based on need, not the diagnosis, but in actual fact that diagnosis
is very necessary partly because, as the families were saying, they
need to know what the issues are and they need to have something
they can tell family and friends. As the child grows up, he needs to
understand what his condition is. They have been waiting for years to
get this diagnosis. Is there a reluctance for doctors to put that
label on a child or are there not enough experts? It is a number of
things. Sometimes it can be to delay in parents being believes in
the first place. They may be going to doctors, talking to health
visitors, but at that particular moment they may not be seeing does
very difficult behaviours. What can families do, practically? To get a
diagnosis, one of the things you would advise is to get some
thoughts down on paper about why they might feel that the child has
some difficulties in that area. That is a helpful place to start.
And then request strongly that you want to be referred on to the
diagnostic pathways locally. just society is there are also.
That's right, we are there. There is lots of information on our
website. Tomorrow, Kate will be talking to
parents who say there is not enough education provision for children
with autism. A 10-year-old boy from Cumbria has
become the youngest person to climb every one of the 283 peaks in
Scotland higher than 3,000 feet. With the help of his dad, Ben
Fleetwood from Kendal took just over three years to conquer the
Munro mountains. Peter Marshall went to meet him.
She is a boy who set a blistering pace. At the age of 10 men
Fleetwood has worn out more walking boots than many get three in a
lifetime. The sense of challenge that you get from doing it. I like
climbing on to rocks. It is nights - - nice to get away from the towns.
The Kurdistan hard on his heels, he has just conquered all 283 Munroe
Mountains in little over three years. Was there any time he
regretted what he was doing? Once. We end was that? When I nearly fell
off. That was when I didn't want to see a mountain again. We first met
him when he was just six, shortly after he made came to be the
youngest person to conquer all 214 Lakeland fells in the Wainwright
guides. But his wanderlust begun - - began much earlier. This is in
the age just three. Home video shows that he has always been a
determined walker. What keeps him going? Basically the fact that it
is a mountain and you have to climate. We don't have any choice,
do we? Not really. Also there is a chocolate and sweets every now and
again! It is a bit sad that we have done all of them, because it was
really fun doing them all. There are always more mountainside there,
though. Next stop, the Alps! That kid is Judy six bid to, he has
just won his legs away! - - warned - - warned. -- worn.
Sport now and Graham Liver is here. Let's start with Rugby League and
Warrington completed a Super League double over Wigan to take top spot.
The Wolves brought the Challenge Cup winners down to earth with a
39-12 victory. Wigan fans will be hoping it was just a hangover from
their Wembley final last weekend. The Wolves are now so close to
lifting the League Leader's Shield and finish top of the table for the
first time since 1973. What will this mean for the play-offs? Well,
assuming Warrington finish top and beat Hull this Friday, it leaves
Wigan almost certainly going to play St Helens in a play-off semi-
final. Stuart Pollit has been to
Warrington today. For a game between Super League's top two
sides, this was a very one sided encounter. Wigan's Tomkins brothers
may have been grabbing the headlines, but they were
overshadowed by Warrington's siblings, Joel and Michael Monaghan,
scoring half the Wolves' six tries. The win puts Warrington on the
brink of a first League Winner's Shield. It is a massive goal of
ours and to win it this week. away at Hull would be the first
time Wire have topped the table since the club's glory years in the
1950s. And it would continue a remarkable 2011 for the region's
rugby league teams. Warrington, Wigan and St Helens occupy the top
three spots in Super League and the Warriors have already bagged the
Challenge Cup. On this evidence, few would bet against an all North
West showdown in October's Grand Final.
There are a lot of kids in the area who are loving rugby league at the
moment because they don't have to travel far to watch a successful
team. It is really good for the area. One man desperate for Grand
Final glory is Eddie, the club photographer. It would be nice to
go all out on a high note. So if they win the Grand Final you will
retire? I will retire from active duty, I will say that. Old
photographers don't retire, they just go out of focus. In Rugby
Union, a new look Sale Sharks side let an early lead slip as they lost
their opening match of the Premiership season at promoted
In Rugby Union, a new look Sale Sharks side let an early lead slip
as they lost their opening match of the Premiership season at promoted
Worcester. A penalty and drop-goal from Nick Macleod had given a
Sharks side, featuring seven new faces, a 6-0 advantage, but the
home side hit back and scored two tries in their 17-12 win.
Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook is at the centre of a
row after it's claimed an email was sent from his account to the mother
of City player Nedum Onooha making light of her battle with cancer. Dr
Antonia Onooha, seen here at the North West Sports Awards, says she
is humiliated and devastated about the email, sent from Cook's account,
but meant for City's football administrator, Brian Marwood. The
club have not commented on the claims.
Well, the international fixtures meant an early season break for the
Premier League and Championship, meaning the weekend's focus was on
Leagues One and Two. Rounding up a rather disappointing weekend for
North West teams, here's Howard Booth. Oldham were only a head in
their their game for 10 minutes. Tranmere remain in the early play-
off places despite a low key draw with Yeovil. Ash Taylor with Rovers
best chance. A day to forget for Bury, a 4-0 thrashing at Sheffield
United. The Shakers afternoon summed up by the Blades second goal,
courtesy of Bury keeper Cam Belford. Rochdale also struggled on Saturday.
Gary Jones scored this quality goal to draw them level at Stevenage.
But the home side ran away with things after the break, Dale's day
hitting a low point with this mix up between Jake Kean and Neil
Morecambe top of League Two and they were well placed after Izak
Reid put them ahead. But an equaliser deep into injury time
kept Jim Bentley's boys off top spot. Accrington also earned a
point but will be happier with theirs from Barnet after they ended
the game with nine men - Charlie Barnett and Kevin Long both seeing
red. It was more a case of the blues for Macclesfield who went
down 3-0 at Torquay. Keeper Jose Veiga was their star man, which
kinds of tells the story. And, saving the best until last, a first
home win for Crewe. Shaun Miller got two of their goals as they
Finally from the sports desk, teams from all over the world have been
arriving on the Isle of Man ahead of the Commonwealth Youth Games. 60
athletes making up the team from Canada arrived today to be for the
Games, which start on Thursday. They were met by the event mascot,
Good evening. We are in autumn, and that is what the weather feels.
This week will - - will be cool and windy. This morning we had lines of
showers heading triggers morning. They had thunder in them, as well.
But there has been a glimpse of some sunshine for some. This is our
most recent radar picture. For many places it is raining already. As
this band of rain moves in over the next couple of hours it slows right
down, and never really manages to get over the Pennines until the
early hours of the morning. At very wet night sunlight. The saving
grace for tonight will be get the temperatures are very mild. By
breakfast-time tomorrow there will still be some very heavy rain. It
will linger, but it should manage to move away over the other side of
the Pennines, but behind that their showers will start to form. They
will be fairly heavy from time to time. Through the afternoon, sunny
spells will return, but it is a late improvement and a top
temperature will only be 18 degrees Some of the greatest names in
showbiz have treaded the boards of the Crewe Lyceum. Charlie Chaplin,
Stan Laurel and Ken Dodd to name a few. But now the theatre itself is
taking centre stage. It has raised the curtain on its centenary
celebrations and Eno was invited to join the party.
Rehearsing for a very special a very birthday, the Crewe Lyceum
turns 100 this week. Charlie Chaplin and Stanley Laurel appeared
on stage her in the early 1900s and many other famous faces have graced
the stage since And we've been What the Lyceum meant for me, is
that it was a community. It was a place to meet, make friends, and,
more importantly, there was no were left for young actors to learn
their craft. In 1969 when I was invited to join the company with
Lynda Bellingham. I could not help but get on stage myself. The rake
of this stage is one in 18, which is reckoned to be one of the
steepest in the country. Community drama groups have been strutting
their stuff all we can this fine stage. The children love coming
here. I learnt everything that has to be learnt, as you only can three
being in the company of actors. party continues here all week. And
we've been asking for your favourite live act ever. John Nokes
on Facebook said Roy Chubby Brown was the best. I know a bit rude,
but, God, he's funny live. That's if you're not too easily offended!
Ian Sawyer says Nobody quite like Ken Dodd for value for money and
innuendos, though he does not use a swear word in his act. He is a
legend. Why he has not been knighted? Sir Kenneth Dodd has a
ring to it, eh? And Eric Leach says Freddie Mercury. He would've been