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Good evening. Welcome to NorthWest Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Roger


Johnson. Our top story: The thinner blue line - Merseyside police to


lose 250 officers to balance the budget. So what's the impact on


frontline services? Also in the programme, it's highly


charged in the chamber as Liverpool Join me to find out why vitamin D


is being added to cornflakes. How Morrissey, Marr and the songs


of The Smiths inspired this science And beware of the blob - the


mystery substance baffling some of the biggest brains in the lakes.


It has left a lot of people confused, that final story. If you


have figured it out already, let us know. Also tonight, Tony's at


Edgeley Park, where the Sharks are on the march.


Yes, Sale are third in the Premiership and could go second


tonight with a win over Leicester. And it's all down to their prodigal


son who returned from Russia with a love of winning. Join me to meet


First tonight, it's been 24 hours that could shape the way Liverpool


and the rest of Merseyside are run and policed for years to come. Last


night, in a sometimes confrontational debate in the


council chamber, people told the city council where they thought


cuts should be made. Today, Merseyside police announced the


loss of more than 250 officers to balance its budget. In a moment,


our economics correspondent Jayne Barrett will report on the fallout


from last night's meeting. But first, Andy Gill looks at the


Merseyside Police tackle the summer riots. But over the next few years


there'll be more than 200 fewer frontline officers available for


this kind of police work. The force says the cuts will have an impact


on the service it provides. I do not think we will deliver a less


good police service. We try to deliver a professional service. We


will put the resources in the places we think they can deliver


the best possible service. I understand the figure. Those


officers are going and the next three years, not overnight.


Government cuts mean Merseyside must save more than �60 million


over four years. This round means 254 fewer officers. They're to be


lost through retirement, not redundancy. People we spoke to are


worried. It is just more danger on the streets. It is disgusting.


is disgraceful really. Without the police, you have got nothing.


have to minimise the administration and bureaucracy. The police have


tried to protect what the public want, more bobbies on the beat and


swift response times. The cuts will make a difference. There will be


fewer detectives in the antique gun crime unit. If you live in a quiet


area of Merseyside, you may find neighbourhood officers moving to an


area where anti-social behaviour is more of a problem. The force says


it still can tackle gun crime. No police stations will close. Inquiry


offices will. Everybody in this room... It was


noisy, it was angry. It was meant to be a discussion about a budget.


It turned into a shouting match. Everyone here represents the people


behind difficult cuts and difficult priorities. You stand in my shoes,


Joe Anderson. Audrey O'Keefe is concerned about services for her


son. Peter is autistic in a city without a day care centre


specifically for autistic people. It is not my son's problem. Mr


Anderson has defined the money to make the service for my son.


council is working towards a care plan for Peter. They say one of


their biggest priorities will remain children and vulnerable


adults. Su Stringfellow is a concerned parent facing the loss of


a much loved Surestart Centre. Their centre is one of four under


review in less deprived areas of the city. I feel like the council's


already made up it's mind. We are only 1.1 miles away from where the


riots were in July. My concern is it is not truly representing the


people using it. Su and her friends are professionals. But three of the


four here have been made redundant this year. This is a tough budget


in a tougher climate. No wonder emotions ran high. I understand


people's anger and frustration. I know people are suffering and


hurting. I cannot help that. I cannot set and a legal budget.


budget will be set in March. Tough budgets will follow each year until


at least 2015. I'm joined now by Arif Ansari. Two


separate developments in a sense. The Council cuts and the police job


cuts as a result of central Government spending cuts? Yes, that


is right. If people thought the cops are over, that is not the case.


That the Government has set out a four-year programme. There was a


lot of pain in the first year. Effectively, we have the debt


collector knocking on the door for the second time. They want less


money than the first year, but strangely it will hurt more. In the


first year, you could make efficiency savings, the so-called


waste the Government goes on about. All that is gone. Now you're


cutting into services. That is why you see Merseyside police no longer


getting rid of back office staff, but frontline police. More on


Sunday morning in the Politics Show? Yes, we will be looking at


that meeting. We also have an interview with BNP leader Nick


Griffin. Their conference is being held in the north-west this weekend.


The inquest into the death of a woman killed in a train crash at


Grayrigg in Cumbria has heard that maintenance records for the track


were "worthless". Margaret Masson died when the Virgin West Coast


Mainline train was derailed by faulty points. The inquest in


Kendal was told that on one occasion a Network Rail engineer


filled in maintenance forms for the track, even though he hadn't


The body of a man has been found on the beach at Blackpool. The


discovery was made by a dog walker at around half past seven this


morning. The police are investigating how the man died.


A young offenders' institute in the North West has the worst juvenile


re-offending rate in the country. Lancaster Farms Prison has a 90%


re-offending rate. Figures show the average number of crimes committed


per re-offender at the prison was almost five. The Ministry of


Justice say they are taking steps to reduce this figure.


Police in the North West have carried out a series of raids to


tackle the problem of metal theft in a national day of action.


Officers from Greater Manchester Police visited 20 scrapyards to try


and uncover stolen metal, while Lancashire Police carried out


checks on vehicles. The number of metal thefts have been rising


across most of the region, with churches, war memorials and care


homes all targeted. I think this type of crime has increased simply


because the price of metal and the demand, the worldwide demand, and


small communities are suffering. Secondly, some of these buildings,


they are not used every day of the week and they're quite vulnerable.


A significant hoard of Viking treasure has been found at


Carnforth in Lancashire. The 200 pieces of silver jewellery, coins


and ingots were found by a local metal enthusiast. The haul is now


being studied by experts at the British Museum.


It was a disease associated with poverty in the 1930s, but decades


later, cases of rickets among children are on the increase. A


leading Manchester child nutritionist has warned that


families need to do more to boost their Vitamin D intake. The news


comes as a major cereal maker has begun adding the vitamin to its


products. Environment Correspondent Colin Sykes reports.


Young bones damaged by a lack of Vitamin D and sunshine. But this is


no disease of the past - it's back. In the last 10 years, there's been


a 140% increase in children admitted to hospital with it. 80%


of child dieticians have reported an increase in the number of cases


they've seen. Ricketts is due to lack of vitamin D and children's


bones not forming. Some children may end up not walking properly.


There is also a large number of examples among adolescent girls who


have low vitamin D status. Later in life they will develop osteoporosis.


At the giant Kellogg's factory in Manchester, they've started adding


Vitamin D to cereals. These are the first Corn flakes to have vitamin D


added. Children tend not to like the things with vitamin D in, like


oily fish. They will not eat those, but they will eat cereal. Many


children simply don't get enough sunshine and Vitamin D is missing


from their diet. There's currently no recommended daily intake for


vitamin D. Looking at the vitamin D content. For those high risk groups


identified by the Department of Health, supplementation. But after


the latest findings, healthcare professionals say they'll be


The NHS is reassuring thousands of patients at a doctor's surgery in


Wirral that their personal records are safe, after the Sandstone


Medical Centre was closed by the landlord last weekend in a row over


rent. Earlier today, health service staff went into the surgery to


retrieve the files, as Mark Edwardson reports.


First the briefing. Then the removal of confidential documents.


The GPs claim they were facing a rent hike. The landlord says the


valuation was fair, and today he defended his decision to close the


building. I believe the action I have taken his fare. We have given


everybody ample opportunity. Nobody else is offering to pay my


commercial mortgage. Otherwise I leave the building and I go


bankrupt. I cannot let that happen. Earlier this week staff were


working out of car boots to help and advise confused patients caught


in the crossfire. The records of 4,000 patients have been locked


inside the surgery since the weekend. Some patients have


expressed concern about confidentiality. Today those


records are being removed and taken to safe keeping in Birkenhead. All


sides agree the rent increase row cannot be resolved. The building


has been stripped. The patient's medical records had been removed


today. Had the landlord not granted access, we would have sought an


emergency High Court injunction to secure access to the premises.


Patients will be able to access services elsewhere in West Kirby


from Monday. Mr Roberts says his next tenants are unlikely to be


Sector. Still to come in North West


Tonight: Bringing science out of the laboratories into the community.


And the battle to beat the drop - we look at the early season


Now if you've ever fancied being a film star, here's your chance. The


BBC is making a film of a day in the life of Britain. It will all be


filmed on 12 November, and you could help. All you need to do is


record a message, story, or just part of your daily routine that day.


The results will be put together with the help of top Hollywood


director Ridley Scott. So how will it work? Naomi Cornwell's been


finding out. Whatever you do, wherever you go,


you could be part of a unique portrait of Britain. The project is


aimed at capturing a snapshot of life on 12 November, filmed by and


starring you. It was inspired by Ridley Scott's feature film, Life


in a Day, filmed all over the world. You do not need one of these. You


can record your contribution on a camera, even on your mobile phone,


and all loaded into a YouTube site. You have got the coast, the


mountains, lakes. It is not just about scenery. It is about normal


everyday things. We want to say, this is what we are as a nation.


Anything you want, it will not be boring. The vast majority of my day


is spent at work. The bit in the morning when everybody is waiting


up. The results will be broadcast on national television just before


next year's Olympics, when the eyes of the world are on Britain.


And if you'd like to be part of the What does the iconic Manchester


band, The Smiths, and science have in common? Well, the answer is the


Manchester Science Festival. In an effort to take science from the lab


and onto the streets, and get families involved, scientists are


using music as part of their experiments. We've been for a sneak


The 5th Manchester Science festival rolls into Greater Manchester with


a bang. This year scientists are bringing show business to science.


Their experiments have been named after an iconic Manchester band.


We're doing about 12 to 15 experiments through format -- four


classic Smiths songs. We will begin with panic, which will introduce


gas. While the doctor has been well in the audience with the Smiths and


science, the audience were mesmerised. The chance to find out


what science is going on in the City and the science of every day.


We move into hand in glove, where we take laughing gas and creating a


lot of smells. Do I have to? Yes. It is like A-level chemistry all


over. Horrible! It was brilliant. Really enjoyed it. My favourite bit


was the laughing gas. It was fun. I The festival runs until Sunday.


Happy little faces. Great way to get the kids are enthusiastic about


science. Stand by, we have got the blog coming up. Now to the sport,


and Tony's out with the Sharks Yes, and it's an exciting time to


be here, with Sharks lying third in the Premiership and in with a


chance of going second tonight if they beat Leicester. There should


be about 9,000 fans here tonight. Former player Steve Diamond has


turned this place around since returning to take over earlier this


year, and in a moment we'll find out his secrets.


Now for your daily Carlos Tevez update. No comment from City, but


Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described the


rule which forced the blues to halve the striker's fine as "a bit


crazy". City had to cut it to two weeks' wages, 400 hundred grand or


thereabouts, after the Professional Footballers' Association refused to


support a four-week penalty. The PFA said because the club hadn't


shown that Tevez refused to play, fining him a fortnight's pay was


the limit. This is what Fergie had to say on the matter. I think it


was a bit strange, of course. The regulations are there. It seems a


bit crazy in that particular situation. There is nothing you can


do about it. United, who are at Everton tomorrow, will be hoping to


get their title defence back on track after last weekend's


thrashing by City. But some of our clubs at the other end of the table


have got even bigger problems. The bottom three does not look good if


you're a fan of Blackburn, Wigan or Bolton. Here's Ian Haslam.


Just nine games in and not even in November, you do not need me to


tell you the Premier League is in its infancy. The warning signs are


there for Bolton, Wigan and Blackburn. Alton propping up the


Premier League table. A hard-fought midweek Carling Cup win over


Newcastle has only slightly raised hopes of a Blackburn revival.


anybody is negative, they see the way the lads are fighting for each


other. Give him another few weeks. After that, he will have to go.


just want to survive. Otherwise it is back to square one. The owner


needs to get involved a bit more and maybe a change of manager.


Rarely has a manager been as popular with his chairman as


Roberto Martinez at Wigan. Even after six consecutive defeats.


had an incredible football story in what I consider to be the best


league in world football. It is a real achievement. If they do not


pull it together soon, they will get relegated. It is not Martinez's


fault. It is the players. As for Bolton, they ended last season


poorly. That at Ron has continued. They are struggling to score goals.


They have conceded 24 L already. was always going to be a season of


transition with the younger players we have brought in. As the season


progresses, we will pick up the points. If he does not start


picking up the points, they will be increasing frustration. We have


been like this in the past. You would think we would learn from the


mistakes. We have always come back before. We're not down and out yet.


Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan would welcome three points this weekend.


One win and two draws. Now to Sale, and he could have been fresh from


coaching Russia in the World Cup, but he couldn't resist the call to


come back and take over the club he represented almost 300 times. Steve


Diamond, Director of Sport, what a Steve is stuck in traffic. I am


joined by the chief executive. have moved out of more than 35


players and backroom staff. We have a new squad. And number of new


coaches, analysts, medical support staff. Steve has brought an no


excuse culture. From what I believe, he came in and said, the club


starts from now. He has brought the winning mentality, hasn't de?


has. The club has under delivered in three of the last four seasons.


From 2006, we found ourselves in the bottom three. That is not good


enough. If we're going to sell at this sport in a region with a lot


of Canter attractions, we have got to be successful. Can you win it?


Definitely. And if you can't get here tonight there's full match


commentary on BBC Radio Manchester where you'll also hear updates from


the New Zealand v Australia game at Warrington's Halliwell Jones


Stadium. If you're heading for the hills in the Lake District this


It's a strange sticky substance that some believe may have come


from outer space. It's been found in puddles on paths near Patterdale.


It's sparked memories of an old Steve McQueen film from the 1950s


about a sticky blob that threatens to take over the world. Ever


fearless, Stuart Flinders has been I like the idea of it being


something that fell from the sky. It looks like frogspawn. We were


walking as a family group and everybody stopped and went, what is


that? Those of a nervous disposition should look away now.


Here is the blob. A cloudy white jelly it appeared mysteriously in


footpaths near Patterdale. The people of the Lake District are a


little more level headed than the locals in the Steve McQueen film,


but it is odd. Nobody seems to know what it is. There are various


theories from a decaying frogs to something to do with stags. The one


I like best is definitely the debris from a meteor shower.


would like it to be something a little more exciting than fungus.


Evidence of an astral shower, something to do with rutting deers?


Nobody seems to know. In the old film they send the blob to the


Arctic to freeze it to death. Our blob's been sent to Edinburgh for


analysis by scientists. You can only hope they know what they're


doing. An old man finds it, touches Never to make a drama out up a


crisis! Now the weather. It is going to rain on most of us


on Saturday. The weekend will be split into two hands. Wet weather


on Saturday, milder on Sunday. Whether France on Saturday. We're


in between weather fronts on Sunday. Things will turn its fairly lively


on Monday. If you're going out this evening, it is a drive. It has been


a lovely day. As the night progresses, rain putting into parts


of the Isle of Man. -- pushing. It will clear-up as it creeps towards


us. Many places will look cloudy in the morning. The rain parking


itself out on the Irish Sea. Temperatures could be as low as


five Celsius tonight. Temperatures will be boosted. Saturday not


looking great. The rain looking -- moving in a diagonal line. Pushes


into the coast first and tries to move across the region. The best of


the weather will be in the southern Pennines. Through the afternoon it


will take hold virtually everywhere. A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain.


Temperatures same as today. The rain clears on Saturday night.


First Sunday, it should be dry and Let's find out what this block


should be. This one says, "Do not mention my name on air because it


is near hollowing. Aliens, intelligent amphibious creatures."


Sioux things they are deposited by birds. They are known as Star jelly.


Another reviewer has all the answers. It is caused by a


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