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Good evening. Welcome to NorthWest Tonight with Roger Johnson and
Ranvir Singh. Our top story: Hillsborough apology - James
Murdoch tells MPs he is sorry about the Sun's coverage of the disaster.
I am aware of the concerns and a heart that it cost and it is
something that I am very sorry for. The family of one victim tell us it
is not enough. Also in the programme: Renewable
energy, but at what cost? Concern over these plans for a new biomass
plant. Could this and other north-west
sides be under threat? Ryan Giggs and David Beckham could be in
action at Old Trafford. And celebrating the great British
pie - the museum recognising this region's role in a culinary classic.
The search for new sources of energy. Across the region, plans
are being developed to build biomass fuel plants, which would
burn natural waste to create electricity. Tonight, Greater
Manchester could move a step closer to its first plant. Trafford
Council is meeting to decide whether to give the go ahead for a
site near Barton Bridge in Davyhulme.
It's a simple idea - to use waste wood to provide heat that would
generate enough electricity to fuel almost 40,000 homes a year.
Supporters say it will fuel the short and the long-term economy.
Reliable sources of energy are important for driving the economy.
Companies need energy and has plans start to close the fact we have a
good reliable source of local energy will be a good thing.
Biofuel makes up parts of government plans for sustainable
energy targets for 2020. Here in the north west, as well as the
proposed site at Barton, there are also developments in planning
stages at Roosecote in Cumbria, and at the Port of Liverpool. There is
already an existing biofuel site at Fiddlers Ferry in Warrington, and
approval has recently been granted for a site at Ince in Cheshire. If
this site is developed there are benefits to the local economy, but
with truth -- 200,000 tons of fuel being burnt every year there are
those who have major concerns about the health of local people. Around
5,000 people have signed a petition raising serious concerns about the
impact of increased air pollution. We feel it is the wrong plant in
the wrong in area using the wrong technology. We feel it will create
pollution problems and be harmful to people's health. It is not using
the best available technology. Holding, who own the site, dispute
that. They say their views are supported by the Environment Agency
and the Health Protection Agency. Tonight, it will be up to Trafford
Council to decide. In the days following the
Hillsborough disaster, the Sun caused revulsion by claiming that
Liverpool fans had been stealing from and urinating on the victims.
The story was utterly untrue. Rupert Murdoch today apologised on
behalf of the paper. The family of one Hillsborough victim says it is
not good enough. It was not the trees and the Sun
has never been forgiven by many in Liverpool. Giving evidence about
the phone hacking scandal, News International's executive chairman
James Murdoch it issued this apology. I would like to admire
fuel -- admired apology to the wrong coverage of that affair and
at that voice to successive editors of the Sun. They have apologised.
96 Liverpool fans were crushed in overs -- overcrowding. This man was
only 19 and that his first away game. His father today welcomed the
apology but once News International to go further. Where did they get
their information from? Where did the so-called editor of get has
information? What source was effect? Who said Margaret Thatcher
that information? The apology comes after the Home Secretary agreed to
hand over as many as 300,000 documents of the 1989 disaster to
an independent panel. He left here full of the joys of spring and that
was the last we saw of him. We miss him dreadfully.
Police and Border Agency officials on Merseyside raided a cash and
carry warehouse in Liverpool today. They were looking for illegal
immigrants. In the end they found just two. The media had been
invited along, but the Border Agency denied it was an attempt to
counter recent negative publicity. Police and immigration officials
make a mid morning call on a cash and carry warehouse just outside
Liverpool City Centre. They are looking for illegal immigrants
believed to be working inside. did you enter the UK? The There is
confusion at first as they try to establish who works here and who is
simply shopping here. We're going to start exporting stuff upstairs.
What happens to those found to be here illegally? They will be
interviewed and if they are found to be here illegally they will be
detained and removed back to their country of origin. The duty manager
appears to be remarkably relaxed about all this. As far as we know,
there is nobody illegal here. We ask for passports. Why are they
picking on you? No idea. They probably had a tip-off. The raid
comes during a turbulent time for the Border Agency as its former
boss argues with the Home Secretary about who sanctioned controversial
loosening of border controls. The fact that the media were invited
may lead some to conclude that the Border Agency were looking for
positive publicity, but we insist this has been many months in the
planning. -- they insist. In fact they found only two illegal
immigrants during this raid. But officials say this is just part of
a wider and continuing operation to ensure people who should not be
here are not allowed to stay here. A Merseyside man has been found
guilty of taking part in an international gun running operation.
31-year-old Steven Cardwell from Aintree acted as a middleman
between former US Marine Neil Greenoe and criminal gangs in the
UK. Liverpool Crown Court heard how 63 pistols were smuggled into the
country, some of which have been used in shootings in Liverpool and
Greater Manchester. Three people from Blackpool have
appeared before magistrates charged with sexually abusing children over
21 years. Jenny Winchcombe and Michloss Ledniczky will now appear
at Winchester Crown court on 25th They have been charged with
indecent assault and child neglect. Fishery Officers stopped a group of
alleged cockle pickers on the Southport side of the Ribble
estuary this morning. A boat, quad bike and cockle fishing tools were
recovered. The cockle beds there have been closed down due to
serious concerns for the safety of some cockle pickers. People
ignoring the rules face a fine of up to �50,000.
It is the big Christmas lights switch on in Chester and Manchester
tonight. Last night X- Factor runner up Rebecca Ferguson turned
on Liverpool's lights in front of hundreds of people.
Conservationists fear plans to protect marine habitats along the
North West coastline could be under threat. More than 100 marine
conservation zones were initially drawn-up around the UK. But the
North West Wildlife Trust says it has been told the Government will
give only 30 or so the go ahead. And the Trust believes that some of
our region's protected areas now look set to be scrapped.
The Sefton coastline. Its exposed peat and clay beds are home to
burrowing clams, crabs and mussels. Plans were submitted to protect
this as a marine conservation zone, one of six in the North West.
Others were proposed around Walney in Cumbria, the Lune and Wyre
Estuaries, the Ribble Estuary and the Fylde coast in Lancashire, and
by Hilbre Island in Merseyside. But conservationists say they are now
in jeopardy. We have a range of habitats in the north-west and that
is really important we cover and protect all of these different
types of habitats. If only a fraction of these are designated it
will not provide enough protection. For The MP for Barrow, John
Woodcock, says he has been told the Walney zone will get the go ahead.
But he is angry that others in the North West won't. It is not be daft
to say that there could only going to be 30 and name some of them and
not others. The areas that are going to lose out have to know as
soon as possible so they can make a proper case. Marine life like these
strange sea pens, and the exotic sounding burrowing brittle stars,
can be found in the proposed sites across our region. Here on the
Sefton Coast, the clay and peat beds are archaeologically important.
Human and animal footprints dating back to the Stone Age are preserved
within them. The government will announce which zones have been
successful on Monday. Conservationists say they will
fight for those north west sites that miss out.
A train is on fire at Manchester Piccadilly on platform 14. It is
thought that oil caught fire in the engine. There are no reports of any
injuries. The fire service and at the scene. We will perhaps be
speaking to a reporter at the station if there is any more news.
Probably lots of disruption for people trying to get home.
The Still to come: Could Becks be back? The British Olympic football
team will kick off its campaign in Manchester.
I am at an exhibition to find out why something as little as this pie
is such a large part of the north- west's history. When thieves stole
two bronze plaques from a war memorial in the Cheshire village of
Willaston, the crime shocked the community. Replacements are planned,
but they won't be ready for this year's remembrance commemorations.
So, children from Willaston Church of England Primary School have
stepped in to make sure the names of fallen will be displayed on the
war memorial this Sunday. The veteran who went to war for
freedom, and the children who enjoy it. They have been working hard to
make sure the fallen from both World Wars are remembered on the
village memorial. It is quite upsetting because it is quite hard
to believe that people would do that to get money. Everyone knows
each other and it means a lot to our village. We have booked amazing
efforts to do this. Year Six's work recreating the names of the
servicemen will be attached to the currently bare memorial on Sunday.
The way the buckled down to this job is amazing. It has raised
awareness of the history and the facts and I have seen it grow over
the last few weeks. There were two bronze plaques commemorating the
men who fell in two world wars. Offers of financial help are coming
in from around the world to help with the 7000 pound cost of
replacement. We have had lots of people wanting to give. Someone
from Portugal for example. With the schoolchildren coming through with
this black, it is built -- brilliant. A 52 year-old man is
expected to stand trial next month charged with assisting in the
removal or disposal of stolen property. It is hoped the
replacement plaques will be installed in time for next year's
remembrance commemorations. There is a train on fire at
Manchester Piccadilly. Our reporter is there. The first thing to say is
that there are no reports of any injuries from this incident at
Piccadilly station. However, a large part of the station is sealed
off by police and the fire service are here. The incident began around
6pm when it is reported that hydraulic oil in the engine of a
train standing at platform 14 caught fire. There are no reports
of any injuries. We do not know if any passengers were on the train at
the time. By the time the fire service got there they say there
was no-one on the train and they now have 13 firefighters, some of
them wearing breathing apparatus, tackling the blaze on the train.
There are police guarding the idea of platforms 13 and 14, which users
will no is quite a distance from their main concourse. There are
scores of people being herded into the main concourse and being told
to wait there and a platform 13 and 14 are safe to use. I think that
will be some time and there will be a lot of disruption to services.
A run down youth centre in Norris Green on Merseyside gets a �1
million makeover tonight thanks to Children In Need and TV series DIY
SOS. The team only have nine days to complete the big build with help
from locals. So how do they get on? Are there any spanners in the
works? Tonight on DIY SOS, Nick Knowles
brings his usual builder banter to Merseyside. Welcome to a very
special DIY SOS. We're about to attend a built that is 10 times
bigger than anything we have done before. We are going to have so
much today -- to do it is going to be phenomenal. We are very excited.
I am scared to go out because of the gangs. People getting shot and
that. You're frightened? Yes. building an opportunity. What is
involved in this million-pound built? We're putting into mezzanine
floors, rewiring, the plumbing and proving the whole building. They
will be a new entrance hall at the front. All this in nine days a week
in hand it back on the 10th. All for free. Nothing can go wrong!
sound to person came yesterday and he did not feel confident. He has
rang me this morning and said he cannot do it. What happens next?
You will have to wait and see. You can see how the team get along
on BBC One at 9pm tonight. It is Children In Need next Friday. Lots
of fun things happening! Are you planning a trip to the
capital for the London games next summer? Well, thanks to an
announcement today, you won't need to travel to London to see British
competitors going for gold at the Olympics in 2012. That is because
the British men's football team will play their opening match at
Old Trafford in July next year. Ticket sales have been slow for the
Olympic football tournament, so will this be the catalyst for fans
in the region to embrace the Games? It has hosted World Cups and
Champions League finals, not to mention 75,000 fans every second
weekend. But next July will be a first for Old Trafford. It will
host the British Olympic football team's first match of the games.
Football has proved the hardest to sell. Organisers will be hoping
they will drum up plenty more interest than shift some of the 1.5
million remaining tickets when they go on sale later this month. You do
not know who you're going to be buying a ticket for so it is a
difficult sale. Most of the other tickets have gone. A football
ticket is an affordable option. Four people in Manchester, it is on
the doorstep and there are a lot of people -- tickets left to be sold.
Olympic organisers revealed today that the team will play at the
Theatre of Dreams on the 26th of July. In all, Old Trafford will
host nine matches including a men's and women's semi final. It will be
wonderful to have events we can go to. Wonderful to generate money for
the local economy. I cannot wait! David Beckham wants to be a part of
it. We all do about it. If it happens, I will be honoured.
team will be coached by former Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce.
And Pearce hinted Ryan Giggs could be considered for selection. It may
be a long shot, but if those two make the team at least they will
feel at home in that opening game. That guarantees a full house!
70-year-old Dario Gradi has stepped down as Crewe's Manager to
concentrate on developing the club's youth academy. His players
were booed-off the pitch when they lost 3-0 to Torquay at the weekend.
Gradi's two spells as Manager spanned 28 years and 1,353 games.
Former Burnley player Steve Davis, who was Gradi's Assistant, has
replaced him. In television timing is everything.
But little did Manchester documentary maker Mike Todd realise
how poignant the timing of his film about Smokin' Joe Frazier would be.
The heavyweight boxing legend died on Tuesday, the very day he was
meant to bewatching the premiere of the film made about his life. Thank
you for coming in. It was tragically sad that he was not able
to attend the premiere. It was a sad and strange time. I spoke to
his manager the night before and we heard in the morning. I walk to the
news like everyone else. His manager still attended the premiere.
The news broke and it was massive and the United States. You spend a
lot of time with him. You have spent years in the making of this
documentary. Just over three years. What was he like? It is a rare
thing to get that close to a legend. We were lucky to get close to him
in that period. We were making a film about his gym in Philadelphia,
which closed, which was very sad. Did you know he was poorly? We knew
he was not well, but I only found out two weeks ago that he had
cancer. We were lucky that he came to a preview screening we had in
May. He has seen the film. Did he like it? Yes. A lot of talk this
week about him, because he had the epic fades, about him feeling
better perhaps he was in Muhammad Ali's shadow. Did you sense that he
felt like that? He was trapped in the rivalry. His life was more than
just the rivalry. He wanted to be seen outside of the legend of those
the contests. That is why we focused on the work he did in
Philadelphia. Was he as sharp? What was his conversation like? He was
quite a thought for man. He was never as articulate as Muhammad Ali.
He left a very full and fascinating life. He came to this country and
it speaking engagements at dinners and things. Do you sense that he
was well respected here? We filmed with him on a tour of the UK and
the reaction he courts, he has a global icon, it is sad. What was it
like at the Premier? When the news broke it was all over the
international press. People were queueing around the block. It was
amazing. It is being released next year. It should be out the end of
this year. We have a US distributor and it is likely to be broadcast
early next year. Thank you for coming in.
Many people would not think that the humble pie would deserve an
exhibition dedicated to its beauty. Most people do not live in this
part of the world because there is nothing humble about the Great
North and pie. They have been part of our heritage for centuries and
now you can learn about it at the Manchester Museum. There is flash
photography in this report. The prices may have changed over
the years, but the popularity of the pie in the north-west is
constant. We have got the lushest countryside ever, so we have got
the best sheep, the lushest lamb, beef, that you can get. That is
what makes a good North and pie. This exhibition at their Museum of
Science and Industry in Manchester celebrates the Six hundredth
anniversary. Look no further than Wigan for how important the prying
is. Wigan is the Paris eating capital. It started and the sheikhs
in the minds the miners went back and it was referred to as eating
humble pie. It is something we're proud of. They have been found that
the Pie eating championships at this bar. In 2000 to nine,
finalists claimed the wrong kind of pie had been used. It is not
without controversy, because in St Helens they think they can make a
better one. What makes a good pie? Dead meat. If the pastry is soft.
- good meat. Whichever type you Prevert, the pylons large as one of
the north-west? Favourite foods. You're not going to see much change
over the weather in the next 12 - 24 hours, but things start get
better towards the weekend. The temperatures are not going to drop
too much. It is looking good. Tonight will be staying mild.
Acklam soft blue sky and sunshine every now and again. For most of us,
it is the same story with a lot of cloud cover and a tiny spot of
drizzle here and there. There might be a break every now and then but
that should not amount to much. Overnight temperatures are good.
Long clear spells. Tomorrow morning, there will be a lot of cloud cover.
A tiny spot of drizzle, but through the morning we will see a break
developing. That will not last for too long because we have the next
weather system coming to us by teatime tomorrow. It will clued-up
as they go through the afternoon. The remote -- actually spread
across the region. The breeze is from the south-east.
Nothing will dampen the enthusiasm of Radio Lancashire's presenters,