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Good evening. Welcome to NorthWest Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Roger
Johnson. Our top story... Taken by a single punch - why
Adam's father decided to come face to face with his son's killer.
I wanted him to know exactly the damage he had done and the
consequences of his behaviour that night.
Can restorative justice work? Also tonight...
Can Lord Heseltine do it for Liverpool again? The former
Minister for Merseyside outlines his blueprint for the future. We
will be speaking to him. Why the North West Ambulance
Service has spent �10 million on taxi trips for patients over the
past three years. Join me with that the urban apples
that have been turned into cider. Well,, welcome, welcome!
And standing up for stand up - the comedy festival having the last
The former Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Heseltine, published his
latest vision to reinvigorate Liverpool today. He has worked with
the former boss of Tesco, Sir Terry Leahy, to make recommendations to
the Government. Among the plans, a call for
thousands of new civil service jobs on Merseyside, and a directly
elected Mayor to champion the city. In a moment we will be asking him
her that as possible at a time of Government cuts. First, Angelina
Socci reports. He was once the minister for
Merseyside. It was 1981 when Lord Heseltine came to Liverpool
following the Toxteth riots. His aim - to highlight deprivation and
persuade others to finance the regeneration of the city. 30 years
on and with his knowledge of the area, Lord Heseltine is hoping he
can now help shape its future. And this is the report that has
been presented to the Prime Minister. The 50 page document has
been drawn up after meetings with politicians and business leaders on
how to encourage economic growth. It includes moving thousands of
It includes moving thousands of It includes moving thousands of
civil service jobs to Liverpool. A Government commitment to have a
directly elected mayor with powers. Benefit claimants to carry out
community work to receive their money. And to change high speed
rail proposals so they connect rail proposals so they connect
Manchester and Liverpool directly. Liverpool desperately need more
employment opportunities for residents. But we need more
businesses here in the city. But again, they are all good ideas, and
we're hoping the Government will work with us to produce some of
those ideas, bring them to realisation.
Because of the benefits we have seen in Liverpool over the last six
years, we do not have the high levels of national aplomb that we
were used to in the 1970s and 1980s. It is still clear of the economy
needs all the support it can get. But it seems that the people of
Liverpool have their own ideas on how the city could be improved.
Added really like to see more jobs and the area, but I think Liverpool
is to wink at a good job. There is plenty of empty factory
space and things like that. It needs cash in the City to give
people jobs. They're putting buildings up and
taking beautiful buildings Darren. They are just destroying the city.
The council needs to get a grip. -- taking beautiful buildings Darren.
While there are many obstacles to overcome, business leaders hope
this new vision will help Liverpool's economy grow.
A little earlier, I spoke to the report's co-author Lord Heseltine.
I began by asking how confident he is that the Government will take
any notice of his recommendations. Well, the reaction from the Prime
Minister has been encouraging, but it is up to the Government to
decide. You have talked about relocating a
lot of civil service jobs to Merseyside. Is that a realistic at
a time of public sector cuts? We referred particularly to the
Green Investment Bank, which is up for decision-making. Much of the
import of this recommendation is that we need directly elected
mayors so that Manchester and Liverpool have a voice, like London
has with Boris Johnson and Scotland has with Alex Salmond.
He is that about weakening the south-east's economic grip?
Yes. The south-east has a monopoly of power, and that is a mistake. It
has happened over a long period of time, and at Terry Leahy and I
agree that we need to disperse that power to recreate the strength and
independence of the great English cities. We need to focus attention,
concentrate resources and create a system of proper, effective,
accountable leadership to lead localities.
You have talked about re-routing that the high-speed rail links to
like Manchester and lovable. That is presumably key to enabling that
economic prosperity. It is very important. One
recognises that Merseyside was built on the Mersey. The great
river works, and we want to see a renaissance in all of that, with a
more thriving port, cleaning it to make it one of the most attractive
rivers in the urban world, creating jobs and expertise that goes with
that. You look at each city in its context and you see what its
strengths are. The fact is, over the last 30 years English cities
have seen a renaissance on a scale not seen since Victoria ruled the
country. If your child was killed, would you
be willing to come face to face with the person who took their
life? Dave Rogers from Blackburn has just faced that agonising
decision. His son Adam was killed by a single punch two and half
years ago. This week the man convicted was released from prison.
Under the terms of restorative justice, Dave was given the option
of meeting his son's killer. He did, and says, while it was upsetting,
it was definitely worthwhile. Nazia Dave and Pat Rogers today with the
baby who will never meet his uncle. Adam Rogers was on a night out with
university friends two years ago when he was attacked in the centre
of Blackburn by 16-year-old Billy Upton. A single punch knocked the
24-year-old to the ground and he received serious head injuries from
which he never recovered. Today his father Dave came face to face with
his son's killer. I wanted to let him build exactly
the damage he had done, the consequences of his behaviour that
night, and how it had affected so many people. I wanted to be able to
tell him that face-to-face. Dave and Pat faced the agonising
decision to turn their son's life support machine off when tests
showed there was no brain activity. Meeting Billy Upton, who has been
released on probation, is part of a restorative justice process.
We had lost our son and did not want to have a life ruined because
of what had happened. It would have given us no satisfaction at all.
Adam carried an organ donor card. We filmed his parents when they met
Mark, one of five people to receive organs following Adam's death.
Meeting his killer was a difficult decision for Dave.
We feel, on the other hand, it would be a tribute to Adam's memory
if he was able to succeed in this. Pat was also offered the chance to
meet Billy Upton today. She said The BBC has discovered that the
North West Ambulance Service has spent almost �10 million ferrying
patients to hospital appointments in taxis. Union leaders say they
are shocked by the revelation. But managers insist it is the most
efficient way of transporting patients when there are no non-
emergency ambulances available. Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest, has the
When it is a matter of life and death, of course this is the best
way to get to hospital. For more routine visits, though, many
patients rely on these non- emergency ambulances to get them
there. The north-west Ambulance Service has 500 of these non-
emergency ambulances. But, with more than 2 million patients
requiring non-emergency, but essential, transport to and from
hospital each year, there are not enough of these to go around. So,
when one of these is not available, the Ambulance Service books a taxi.
In fact, it has booked the brother of lot of taxes over the past three
years. -- it has boot rather a lot. Since April 2008, NWAS has spent
just short of �10 million on taxis. The everyone in the service was
aware that a certain amount was being spent on taxis, but this
figure of �10 million in three years has taken everyone a bat.
That accounts for a third of the total spent by all ambulance trusts
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A -- taken everyone by surprise. We spent �42 million per year on
our patient transport service. But you are still spending a lot
more on other and -- than others ambulance services in the country.
That is correct, but we are the largest Ambulance Service in the
country. We did not be cheaper to buy more
non-emergency ambulances? If they are expensive piece of
equipment, so it would not work out more cost-effective.
The latest figures from the Home Office say crime is falling across
the region. There were reductions in Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria
and Lancashire. In Greater Manchester, it is at its lowest
level for 11 years. The force says despite budget cuts it is finding
new ways to cut crime. Our workforce is shrinking and will
fall further, but a our opportunity is to use it to modernise. In
Greater Matt -- Greater Manchester we have to 0.5 million eyes and
ears. We urge people to keep supporting police teams, because if
we have no money we have to use it smarter.
The police are asking holidaymakers for help to trace six fugitives
from the North West who are believed to be on the run in Spain.
The men include Kevin Parle from Liverpool, who is wanted in
connection with two murders. The Government says it wants to ensure
that Spain is no longer a safe haven for criminals.
More than 40 MPs are calling on The Sun newspaper to release all its
records connected with its coverage of the Hillsborough football
disaster. It comes after the Government agreed to disclose all
Cabinet papers and related documents about the tragedy in 1989
in which 96 Liverpool supporters died.
And today the Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has criticised a
retired judge who suggested families of the victims should move
on. Sir Oliver Popplewell chaired the inquiry into another football
tragedy - the Bradford City fire. He says people in that city did not
harbour conspiracy theories and behaved with quiet dignity. But
Dalglish - who was also in charge at Anfield in 1989 - says the
implication is totally unfair. He added that the families have
been fantastically dignified in their approach. The parents of an
aid worker killed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan have
accepted a posthumous award for their daughter from Manchester
University. Linda Norgrove was taken hostage last September, but
died when a grenade was thrown by soldiers trying to rescue her. She
studied for her PHD in Manchester and has received the University's
Outstanding Alumna Award. I think it is to celebrate the life
she had, of which was her aid work coupled with the fact she had
travelled all over the world and led an extremely full life. It is
an honoured to pick up this award. We understand there are about four
per year, one in every 10,000 graduates, so that is quite an
Allcott -- quite an accolade. When the banks were in trouble, we,
the tax payer, bailed them out. But tonight, a businessman from
Warrington - whose company has just folded with the loss of 80 jobs -
claims the banks aren't doing the same to help businesses.
John Ascroft says his firm had just reported its biggest profits and
landed its best contract when his bank pulled the plug on funding.
Today he accused Lloyds TSB of corporate vandalism. They insist
they did all they could to help. Here is our Economics Correspondent,
Jayne Barrett. One bank.
One decision. And a chain reaction felt in this Warrington company,
and more than 100 others. I met John Ascoft outside his old offices,
Broker Assistance Ltd. Until last week he had handled motor insurance
claims here. Today it is in the hands of administrators.
We had a thriving business that had just secured and was implementing
its largest ever contract win. Everything was looking good.
But when that contract was delayed by two months, he had a funding gap.
His bank, Lloyds, decided to cover part of that, but not all. The
company collapsed. Just an act of corporate vandalism.
It is bad enough to think any supplier of funding would do this,
but for a bank majority-owned by the taxpayers, I find it absolutely
appalling. Today I went to another company in
Worsley. They had relied on work from Broker Assistance managing car
repairs. Up until Monday of this week, this
was full of staff... Owed �130,000, Steve Vare laid off
half his staff on Monday. By Tuesday the company had to fold.
The impact it has had on my business and the supply chain, the
suppliers we work with, it is catastrophic.
The collapse of Broker Assistance will effect IVM, 120 repair firms
and many other businesses. Lloyds and many other businesses. Lloyds
October last year it went to great lengths to find a solution.
Administration is always a last resort, but it became clear that
that this would not meet its forecast. We were left with no
forecast. We were left with no option but to appoint an
administrator. So is this a case of a bad business, or bad banking?
John Ascroft claims Lloyds's patience ran out at the wrong time
and with devastating effect. If it had not, he and others would still
be in business, employees would still be in work.
The two parties seem to disagree over what has happened, but more
broadly speaking there has been a ongoing concern about banks not
spilling what they are supposed to be doing with businesses.
There has come and 12 months ago the British Bankers Association set
up the finance forecast forum. Today, a Private Business said they
spoken -- said they had surveyed at their members and they believe that
has not gone far enough, the relationship has broken. A couple
of problems are the lack of alternative funding and that the
increased caution in the banking system. A significant problem is a
risk management. In the past, local managers were delegated that
responsibility. It was their decision to build a relationship
with clients, have a deep relationship and understanding of
their businesses and assess whether the risk was worth it. Now this
climate means the bank is less inclined to have that intimate
relationship and take that level of risk. Also, there are sectors they
do not want to touch with a barge pole. But there are still many
problems in this and all that has been backed up by the Bank of
England, who agree this is a problem that needs looking into.
Lots of businesses have said at the personal relationship has gone.
Absolutely, we would love to hear from any businesses. Please e-mail
Still to come in North West Tonight...
Cider from city - the scrumpers turning urban apples into a new
brew. And the teenager who has become an
internet sensation thousands of miles away - can she crack the
charts here, too? Millions of people have seen my
stuff, as so why cannot didn't get my head around the numbers. -- I
cannot get my head around the Reports have been filtering through
all day about the death of Libya's former leader, Colonel Gadaffi.
These were the scenes today after officials from the transitional
authority said he was killed in an assault on his home town of Sirte.
Over the last few months we have followed the Libyan community in
Manchester - the largest in the country. Sarah Mulkerrins is with
some of them now in Rusholme in Manchester.
I am here on the streets of Rusholme where residents are coming
out in force to celebrate the death of Colonel Gaddafi. We may be 1,600
miles away, but the feelings and emotions are just as strong.
Joining me is a man who fled from Libya 33 years ago. How has today
been? Today was not the celebration of
the death of a man of a human or a person Frostrup today we celebrate
the death of a tyrant, and evil, who killed many thousands of people
across the world, not just in Libya. We are celebrating the death of
Gaddafi, and we should be joined by the world to celebrate the death of
this evil who celebrated people all over the world.
How did you get the news today? at this afternoon we heard from
various sources. The main one was Al Jazeera. We
heard that they captured Gaddafi. We didn't believe that, because we
had heard that so many times, the court his sons and they run away
and so forth. We did not celebrate yet. About 4pm the confirmation
came and we were really... I don't even know how basically to describe
how I felt. You two daughters are here. It must
be a big day for the family and the future of Libya?
We brought the flag that we came out in front of the BBC with the
first week. Thank you, and best of luck with
the rest of the celebrations. As you can see, hundreds of people
from the Libyan community have taken to the streets here in
Rusholme this evening to celebrate what they believe is the death of
Colonel Gadaffi. Well, the celebrations look set to continue
here in Rusholme well into the Now, you'd probably think of it as
a rural industry, but a group of cider makers have found there are
rich pickings to be had - from the back streets of Manchester.
I quite like the occasional sip of cider. They have collected
thousands of apples from people's gardens, parks and roadside trees.
Most of them would have gone to waste, but now they are being
turned into a new brew called Moss Cider. Our Environment
Correspondent, Colin Sykes, reports. In the last days of the apple
picking season, there are Bramley apples we came to be harvested.
He is a perfect, any apple is perfect for us, we will just pretty
much anything. -- juice. Volunteer pickers move in to wash
and drip the apples. Finally pressing them into apple juice.
The people with apple trees, you have always got apples at the end
of the season, so we have a lot of people saying we have spare apples
and what better way to not let it go to waste than to turn it into
cider. A single tree will never deliver
enough through to for a commercial cider maker, but collections have
been going on throughout Manchester. This estate was built on the site
of an old apple orchard and many of the trees are still here. There
apples all over our towns and cities if you know where to look.
My cider is at fermented in that Moss Side, where the project's
creator lives. I have even had calls from Skegness
offering apples, but we are trying to keep the apples do with another
giggle that Arabia's, if we can. This season they are hoping to make
1,000 litres of cider ready for next year. Any profits will go back
into planting more apple trees. There is something really nostalgic
about what they are giving their. Very enterprising, as well. --
about what they are doing there. about what they are doing there.
A bit of football news, and Preston North End slipped out of the League
One play-off places, suffering a 4- 2 defeat last night.
They twice came from behind against fellow promotion hopefuls Sheffield
United at Deepdale, the first time through Clarke Carlisle and then
striker Ian Hume. But North End's joy was not to last, as Lee
Williamson scored twice for the visitors in the last quarter of an
Losing the funding for your town's comedy festival is no laughing
matter, but that is what happened in Southport when council cuts
threatened its future. But now 16 small business owners
have clubbed together to stand up for stand up - and are sponsoring
the event themselves. Did you read that yourself, that
No, but whoever did was very witty. Nina Warhurst reports.
What does a local stand-up do when his town's, V Festival looks like
it is for the chop? Heated to shore on itself -- himself with public
support. Give me some noise? Two of you, brilliant. In fact, all of
Southport is behind the festival, builders, dentists, jewellers, have
put in the money needed to sponsor the V Festival themselves.
I think we're fed up with all the cutbacks. Instead of moaning about
it we decided to say, right, let's make it happen, stick together as a
team and make the first will happen. And it has worked? To let hopes or!
It has. Ian Florin all the way from Manchester the Sunday, Jason
Manford. I've thing to Brendan Reilly is a
saint. He has taken this on and some
people say it is just to give work with -- for himself, but I don't
agree with that. There are still tickets available.
Will I be the funniest? I do not know. I let people decide. It is
not about the funniest, it is about how much money we raise for help
their heroes. I will be the From entertainment of that kind to
another kind. A 16-year-old from the Isle of Man
who is a superstar in Japan is now hoping to have the same success
here. Rebecca Flint is one of the most downloaded artists of all time
in Japan. It all started with her posting videos of herself on
YouTube. She looks a bit like Lady GaGa. Now
she is trying to launch her music career back home. She releases her
first UK single on Monday. Kelly Foran has been finding out more.
Rebecca Flint posted a video on YouTube that changed her life.
At just 14 years old she became an overnight internet sensation. In
the past two years, her videos have been watched online net -- millions
of times. I am at about 19 million viewers
now, considering how many people live here, of which is around
80,000. But millions of people have seen my stuff, I cannot get my head
around the numbers. An international songwriter who has
worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue has come on board to lunch
Beckii Cruel into the UK charts. It all started here, boasting videos
in her bedroom. Although she is studying for A-levels she practises
every day. I still enjoy a school, I have not
got that long left, and I can be both at once, why should I not?
Beckii Cruel has a huge fan base in Japan, but wants to be recognised
closer to home. Here and the Isle of Man she would
fit in any day of the week, but in Japan it is a completely different
story. There she is classed as a superstar.
Can she have the same success in the UK?
We will have to see. I am hopeful and positive, so, hopefully, my
dream will come true. Good luck to her. She is not the
only gorgeous women to be an internet sensation, our own Diane
is also an internet sensation. I am troubled about the thought of
being an intimate sensation. I had no idea what was going on
Would take a look at what is going to happen and the weather. It will
be cloudy and at times fairly windy, but not a bad weekend, to be honest.
We have gone strange on the graphics. Ignore the boxes. Through
the night tonight we have a lot of cloud cover and it will be thick
enough from time to time to offer some rain here and there. It will
not be pouring through the night tonight but it will be damp at
times. Last night it was very chilly, tonight we are back up with
temperatures. Five or six Celsius in rural areas, 89 Celsius in the
cities and on the coast ten Celsius. In the south-west the winds will
start to taking, fairly brisk from County Down, the cloud cover will
still be around. The rain is moving north through the morning, so will
disappear late morning. The clade bike cover will dry and thin and
break. -- the cloud cover. The south-westerly drift helps
temperatures douched. 14 Celsius. - - helps temperatures rise.
Over the weekend, temperatures up What is this a boat you being
worried about on the internet? I have no idea what you're talking