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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight. Our stop story: Time


running out on the sands? The lucrative cockle beds of Lancashire


could be closed in days. What are they going to do - are they going


to pay us our wages? We're live in Lytham, where fishermen are angry


they will suffer because of the illegal activities of others. A 35-


year-old mystery reopened - police search farmland in New Mills after


they receive new information about a missing man. John Lewis pull out


of Preston's dream �700 million shopping development. And an old


lady gets ready for retirement - we pay our last visit to HMS Liverpool


as she finally heads home. When I see it, I get a bit emotional. I


Over the last three nights we have brought you news from the cockle


beds of Lancashire. Tonight the picture there looks as confusing as


ever - despite a meeting of the regulators and the Fisheries


Minister in London this afternoon. One of the options discussed at the


meeting was the early closure of the beds. That would mean the loss


of thousands of pounds for some of the men who go out and dig for


cockles. Dave Guest went out with some of them this morning - and


he's still in Lytham for us tonight. Tonight they are talking about


closing the beds. Last night at the raised the spectre of bringing in a


dredgers. -- they raised. That suggestion brought protest from


fishermen. They say they are sick and tired of being criticised for


the actions of the legal cocklers. I spent the day with them. I went


out with them to see what they do and to hear some of their concerns.


Another morning and the start of another day for these fishermen.


Proposals to use dredgers to harvest the remaining cockles met


with anger. It is terrible, basically. It has been brought


about by the incompetence of the fish Rhys. They introduced a


Parrett scheme and have not tried to enforce it. The fisheries


authority has been under pressure to do something to stop the


stampede for cockles. Among the old hands, there is a feeling there


should have been tighter regulation from the start. You pay �1,000 for


a permit in other parts of the country. That helps to stop the


illegal people. It has worked in South Wales and Scotland. Also


Miller has spent years fish in these waters. He is annoyed the


majority are being punished. It is a complete over-reaction. Using a


hammer to crack and not. I followed him and some of his colleagues


about to witness them at work today, and to hear more about their


concerns. We are on the edge of the date today. Most of the bed is


still in the water. We have not got long today. And maybe a couple of


hours. The catches will be fairly low. It is very physical work. It


is like a full workout in the gymnasium. Dredging would


effectively put an end to this. The dredgers would scoop of the top


layer of sand. Vacuums would sulk up the shellfish. But as well as


wiping out the remaining reserves of cockles, they could also have a


wider effect on the environment, say fishermen. I am concerned it


will affect the shrimping. It will damage all of the animals that live


in the sand. Food for the birds. It is not a very environmentally


friendly way of taking shellfish at all. The fisheries authority say


they have no choice. My advice that it then would be to think again.


Everybody agrees the industry should be made safer. Nobody can


agree on what should be done. Back to Dave in Lytham later. But


earlier this afternoon, representatives of the agencies


involved in regulating and policing the cockle beds - including the


Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority - discussed the situation


with Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon. I asked him what they had


decided to do. I think the key issues the


authority and are looking at is firstly at closure of the fishery,


which would be a great shame. A lot of people have invested time and


money in equipment and training, and our fishing safely. We should


be supporting them. It is the reckless behaviour of some, and the


illegal behaviour of others, that has put the closure of this fishery


as a real prospect. That is likely to happen and now, is it? What


about the Dredge and? It is a possibility. The other things they


are looking at is the change to the arrangement which may make it


easier to police. The decision on that will be announced within days.


The issue around dredging is not a simple one. It is not attractive.


It removes a lucrative fishery from a large number of people and put it


in the hands of just a few. It would be safer. There are


complications, both legal and environmental. It is not something


they can bring forward overnight. It may be at medium-term solution.


One of the issues that fishermen had been telling us is that


although the Parrett system is in place, it has not been policed. --


Parrett system. A big operation has taken place in recent days. It has


seen a lot of people turned away, or in some cases, more draconian


measures. It would not matter if you had all the resources in the


world. You cannot please these sort of fish Rhys through the night and


you cannot police are stupid actions of some people. How do you


stop them? You can close the fishery in the Sirte term. That


causes risks. -- short term. We cannot avoid the fact that the


actions of a few people are putting in jeopardy be lucrative fishery


for the north-west. I totally support the commission. If they


make the decision to close at or reduce the number of people who go


there. Richard Benyon, the Fisheries


Minister, speaking to me earlier this afternoon. Let's go back to


Dave Guest in Lytham again. What's the latest there this evening?


should imagine the cocklers will be equally disappointed if the beds


closed early. This afternoon we are told an emergency bylaw has been


drawn up. The detail will be passed to members of the Fisheries


Committee. It looks like Fisher men here will be disappointed. Police


are tonight searching a Derbyshire farm after receiving new


information about a man who went missing 35 years ago. Fred Handford


disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1976 and was never


seen again. For the latest we can join Laura Yates at Ballbeard Farm


in New Mills. Tell us more about Fred hand Ford


and how he disappeared? -- Fred Handford. It is more than three


decades since he disappeared. His friends and family have no idea


what happened to him. He was a very hard-working man. This farm had


been in this family for generations. He was last seen in 1976, 18th


March. Police launched a huge search. Mountain rescue and the


fire brigade were involved. A number of people mine shaft were


searched. Fred had not left a suicide note. There was no obvious


disappearance gapped -- Rhys and for his disappearance. It has


remained a mystery. What is the new police investigation --


Information? We know Derbyshire Police are looking into a number of


lines of inquiry, including a search of some of the land behind


me. We have seen a number of police vans and police men going in. We do


not know what they're doing. The case has never been closed. Police


say as soon as new information comes to light, they will look at


it. This is what has happened here. They are taking the information


seriously. Perhaps 35 years on, we may find out what happened to Fred


Handford. The jury at the inquest into death


of a woman in the Grayrigg train crash has been sent out to consider


their verdict. 84-year-old Margaret Masson died in the crash four years


ago. 88 other people were injured when a Virgin Pendolino train


derailed in February 2007. An inquest has opened into the


death of a 16-year-old girl from Warrington who was killed in a hang


glider crash. Lois Preston was taking part in a training flight at


Ashbourne in Derbyshire when her aircraft crashed on Friday.


New information about the discovery of the body of a baby which was


found in a stream in Lancashire, will be revealed on the BBC's


Crimewatch programme later. The child was found near Spen Brook at


Kirkham last month. Police trying to trace the baby's mother will


appear on the BBC One programme at 9pm tonight.


A new food bank for people in extreme financial need, opened on


Merseyside today. It will provide boxes of groceries for needy


families in North Liverpool. It's the sixth food bank to open in the


North West in the last two years. Eleven years after it was announced,


the �700 million revamp of Preston city centre should have been


completed by now. But the work to transform 40 acres of land hasn't


even started. Today the city council finally announced that the


Tithebarn scheme will not be going ahead after all, after the


project's flagship store, John Lewis, pulled out. Naomi Cornwell's


been to find out why. It was supposed to rejuvenate


Preston, a �700 million project to reshape 40 acres of the city centre,


with 500 homes, a cinema, a new bus station and shopping centre. For 11


years Preston waited, as the plans were hit by delays and legal


challenges. Now finally they've pulled the plug. We are still


looking for opportunities to develop at Preston city-centre, but


not a massive shopping scheme. That will not happen in the prevailing


economic conditions. John Lewis, they hoped, would attract other


businesses to Preston. But today the company issued a statement, one


line, confirming it had withdrawn from the scheme, with no further


explanation. There are so many people unemployed, that would have


been a fantastic development. not think it will affect Preston.


There are a lot of shops empty. It needed a boost. It's a further blow


to a city already reeling from job losses. With local authorities and


businesses in the area making cuts, people here don't have as much


money to spend in the shops. There have been redundancies in the


public sector. There have been redundancies at BAE Systems. I


think those have been considered by John Lewis as a reason not to come


to Preston. The scheme had been controversial from the start, and


neighbouring Blackburn even took a legal challenge as far as the High


Court, fearing the project would draw shoppers away from its town


centre. You cannot go in for a development which has so grandiose,


it will gratuitously harm your neighbours. It seems the city will


have to make do with smaller changes to its appearance, rather


than the radical facelift it had been waiting for. Still to come:


How do you stop the pirates in the Gulf of Aden? We are in Fleetwood.


This is not the Irish Sea. And Mancini works his magic in Europe


Pirates are back on the high seas - and they're nowhere near as


friendly or charming as Johnny Depp or Errol Flynn. As we speak, it's


estimated that nine ships and nearly 250 people are being held


hostage by pirates. The Gulf of Aden has become particularly


dangerous. But could a college on the Lancashire coast be making the


shipping world a safer place? Stuart Flinders reports.


A rocket-propelled grenade has been fired at a cargo ship in the Gulf


of Aden. Time to call for the Royal Navy. This is an exercise at the


Blackpool and Fyled College. But it's not a game. Lea Balmforth has


actually been on board a cargo vessel when the vessels launched an


attack. The cargo was explosives. On that particular occasion we had


a helicopter above the vessel within 18 minutes. It frightened


them. The simulator shows the pirates closing in. The timing of


the course could not be better. The Prime Minister has announced that


vessels flying the British flag are to be allowed to have armed


security on board for the first time. This is how the Dutch navy


rescued one ship hijacked by pirates. Nearly 500 ships were


targeted last year, with Somali pirates off the Gulf of Aden a


particular concern. This course will help protect crews from all


over the world. The intention is to make sure that the people and


they're doing the job of C Marshall, her fundic -- are aware of their


own safety. A helicopter from a nearby warship has come to the


rescue and the pirates are in retreat. This Lancashire college


hopes to provide happy endings in Sport, and after a mixed run of


results lately, Blackpool last night pulled off the result of the


week in the Championship. Meanwhile, after making slow starts to their


Champions League campaigns, Manchester City and Manchester


United look well on course to qualify for the knockout stages.


However, City boss Roberto Mancini left Villareal with a headache, as


Ian Haslam explains. There was pain in Spain, and


possibly a sore head on the plane for City manager Roberto Mancini,


after he hit his head on the dugout. An ice pack and an easy win over


Villareal was just what he needed. It might be City's first Champions


League campaign, but Yaya Toure's been there before in his Barcelona


days and the stage suits him. As is the case with Mario Balotelli,


who's simply getting better by the week. He got his seventh of the


season, before Toure stylishly rounded off the win with his second


and City's third. It leaves City second in Group A. Meanwhile, a


back injury to David Silva isn't thought to be serious. It's


expected he'll be fit to face QPR at the weekend. At Old Trafford


Manchester United were in action for the first time since the Derby


defeat against Manchester City. They have gone some way to put in


that behind them. It is played three, won 3. United took an early


lead through Antonio Valencia, the downside being that Michael Owen


picked up a thigh injury in the build up to the goal. Wayne Rooney,


playing in an unfamiliar midfield role, sealed the win late on,


helped by a big deflection. There has been a lot of criticism


of the team's defending this season. That is three games without a goal.


That is a step forward. In the Championship Blackpool pulled off a


stunning win at former manager Simon Grayson's Leeds. Loan signing


from Liverpool Jonjo Shelvey played a huge part in the 5-0 rout,


scoring a hat-trick. Blackpool are now up to eighth, two points off


the play off places. Cracking result by Blackpool. Did


you not like my Spanish accent? Very Continental. I am a from


Preston! Sean Long, one of the greatest rugby league players of


his generation, has been speaking for the first time about his move


to rugby union. The scrum half won everything in the game with St


Helen's, but has now decided to put his boots on for Preston


Grasshoppers, who play in one of union's lower leagues. It's a real


coup for Hoppers, who now have a world star on their books. Richard


Askam has been speaking to Sean and a few minutes ago sent us this


report. Welcome to the home of Preston


Grasshoppers. It is my local club. When somebody told me the rugby


league legend, Sean Long, was going to play here, I was not too sure.


But he is. He is going to take part in his first training session


tonight. Sean, how are you? I am good, thank you. Glad to get down


here. Why have you decided to come here? I came down pre-season to do


some coaching. Car Fitzpatrick is a good friend. He is assistant coach.


I came to help him out. I was talking to him about going back


playing. I want to get my boots back on. He asked me if I fancied


again. Next minute, Bill, the chairman, brought me here. It's


nobbled pretty quickly. You played at a very elite level in Rugby


League for the Saints and Great Britain. People did not -- people


will expect you to run through everybody? That was not really my


game when I played. I am more of a ball player. The Grasshoppers have


been a springboard for many players to have gone on to play for England.


I am coming towards the end of my career. I have just finished with


rugby league. I am not that ambitious to play for England. I


want to do my best here and enjoy myself. I would not mind betting


that when he makes his first appearance on 19th November we will


see a record crowd. We might be in the front seat for that. Richard


missed himself off the list of great players who played for the


club. Great for Grasshoppers. A bit like Freddie Flintoff going to


Pemberton. Now for our final report from HMS Liverpool. We've been


filming as the Merseyside-built warship returns from her final


operational mission in Libya, before she's decommissioned next


year. Tonight Nina Warhurst takes a look back on almost 30 years of


history of the ship, and her links with the city she was named after.


It is almost time to say goodbye to HMS Liverpool. In the coming months,


her flight will be lowered for the last time and she will cease to be


a Royal Navy ship. Those who sailed on her, are likely to forget her.


She is a beautiful ship. She is built in Liverpool. She has a real


heart which generations of sailors coming through and are developing a


special bond with the city, with each other, and with the nation.


When HMS Liverpool was ordered... Commissioned in 1982, HMS Liverpool


was built in Birkenhead and finished a year ahead of schedule.


In 2000, she escorted the Invincible, supporting the campaign


in Kosovo, and in 2003, supported Ark Royal. There have been


diplomatic and humanitarian missions. In 1996, the BBC covered


her journey to Bordeaux as a naval agreement was signed with the


French. A year later, she was called to the Caribbean to help


evacuees. This year, she played a major role in the summer's conflict


of the cost of Libya. This is the smallest landing deck and the


entire Royal Navy. I am about to go up in that helicopter. Patrolling


from air and sea, she helped to enforce the no-fly zone. She used


flares to help NATO aircraft. She was fired on by pro-Gaddafi forces.


These sailors have witnessed the fall of Tripoli. At they are ready


for home. I love the city of Liverpool. It has always been my


home. When I see the Liverbird, I get added emotional. Especially


when I see my mother. It get emotional. She may have been sent


across the world and back, but a HMS Liverpool has never forgotten


the City that shares a name, or the river she first sailed from.


It will be very emotional when they return. Nunez and there on Monday.


It is great for the crew. They were at the siege a very -- Misrata and


the full of Tripoli. They are incredible people who choose to be


away from their families for all Good evening. We are heading


towards the weekend. It will be just a few degrees cooler. Cooler


air passing and on Saturday. It is pushed back out on Sunday. You will


know it as a dropper the temperatures. -- he dropping the


temperatures. Tonight it stays very mild. We had a showers today. They


were piling in this afternoon. Some of them have been really quite


heavy. In the last couple of hours they have died away. This is how it


looks. You will be unlucky to see more showers. For many places, and


largely dry picture. The cloud cover will stay fairly constant. As


we head towards the early hours of the morning, showers of the central


part of the country. It looks as if it will hangover to the south and


eastern parts of the region. The Pennines will see more than


anywhere else. The closer you were to the coast, you will avoid them.


Overnight temperatures, milder. 12- 13 degrees. Watch these showers.


Some of them may drift a little further inland. You can see they


really want to stay concentrated. Away from them, at cloudy start.


Some of them will be really very heavy for a time. They are


trundling north. Just about everywhere will see an improvement


through the day. Many places will become drier. At limbs of sunshine.


You will still see some showers and the afternoon. And mixed up, lively


picture. The breeze comes from the south-west. Temperatures really


quite good. 14 and 15 degrees. The outlook for the next couple of days,


look at that. Most of Saturday is dry. We are Paris the close to a


line of whether that comes in late run that day. -- perilously close.


Fingers crossed that will be largely drive. That weather front


is creeping a little bit too close for comfort. That is how the


computer wants to see it during daylight hours. Saturday night


could see some rain from time to time. Temperatures cooling off a


Now you two look very cosy on that sofa over there - but not sure how


comfy we'd find this one. It's an ice lounge, it will weigh 2.5


tonnes and will be created from nine giant blocks of ice. It will


be installed at Manchester Piccadilly Station next Wednesday


as part of a public information campaign. Does your bottom get wet?


Your bottom goes Phnom! -- norm. I do not know if I would sit on it.


You know how you get stuck to ice lollies? There is an ice hotel. Who


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