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Good evening and welcome to the programme. Our top stories,


harassed to death by it feral youth. The damning verdict on the death of


David Askew. We will ask why the agencies involved failed to protect


a vulnerable man. Empty supermarket shelves on the Isle of Man after


gale force winds meant supplies were abandoned. Not world class. A


setback for Alder Hey hospital. A united city. Both Manchester clubs


face a make-or-break night in the Champions' League. Going mad for


Marcus. The X-Factor fine mist comes home to Liverpool. --


Also tonight, Tony's out at the Etihad Stadium on what could be a


Champions League choker for BOTH Manchester clubs. Now we're


determined to stay positive but is this the night City AND United go


outat the Group stage? With players worth �800m between them it's


almost unthinkable. Almost. Join me later.


Bring your fingernails! And Gill David Askew died after facing 30


years of torment from peril use. Mr Askew was or unlawfully killed. The


coroner said that he was not protected by authorities. Despite


the 100 calls to police and the council, the coroner described the


there was a staggering degree of inertia and complacency. Lessons


have been learned from the tragedy. David Askew was 64, but had a


mental age of 10. For an element of feral use, this was enough to


terrorise him for a decade. His windows were repeatedly broken by


My life is not the same without David. He was always with me, he


was always doing things for me. He would go shopping with me. I really


miss him. David's rather than -- mother, Rose, is 90. She has


logbooks going back to the 1980s. But the askew family did not appear


on the role as being especially vulnerable. The coroner called this


Mr Pollard said that he would be writing down -- writing to Tameside


council. He said that there was an awful lot of talking and no action.


I begin to wonder what job Department does, quite frankly.


CCTV evidence was so blurred it was useless. No one tried to get an as


Bowe against this man, the main perpetrator. -- anti-social


behaviour order. Instead, the The man being sought by police


investigating a double murder has apparently been speaking to


journalists via the internet. The police say they're keen to speak to


Barry Morrow following the deaths of his landlady and her mother in


Southport. Now it seems Mr Morrow has been speaking to newspaper


journalists through Facebook. And a solicitor this evening confirmed he


too has been in contact with the missing man. Our Chief Reporter,


Dave Guest joins us from the newsroom.


Tell us about this Facebook contact. What seems to have happened is that


journalists have tried to use Facebook contact Barry Morrow. He


has asked that he should be left alone. And he is innocent until


proved -- proven guilty. The police are keen to speak to him because he


is the last person to see them alive. He says he has been


contacted by Merseyside police, but the police have refused to confirm


or deny this. The fact they he has been in touch with a lawyer would


suggest that they know where he is? They are not telling us. One of the


solicitors said that Mr Morrow has been in touch, but also instructed


to say no more than that. They would not confirm or deny whether


they would be in touch with the Burnley. He was taken to the Royal


Blackburn Hospital early yesterday morning with serious head injuries,


then transferred to Manchester Children's Hospital where he died


this morning. A 24-year-old woman from Burnley and a 40-year-old man


from West Yorkshire have been arrested on suspicion of child


neglect and released on bail. An e-petition has been started - to


urge the government to grant a pardon for Alan Turing - the Second


World War codebreaker from Cheshire - who was convicted for being


homosexual in the 1950s. Twenty- four hours after it was launched,


the petition has gathered more than 9,000 signatures.


Gale-force winds have blown down trees across the region and caused


power cuts today. In Greater Manchester a 50-foot tree crashed


onto a house on Woodheys Drive in Sale. Another fallen tree caused a


power cut in Altrincham this morning, and this tree blocked the


road after it was blown down in Runcorn. Meanwhile, bad weather and


a faulty ferry have led to empty shelves in some shops on the Isle


Ten ferry sailings have been cancelled in the past two weeks.


And that's disrupted supplies to This theory in Douglas harbour. Not


an unusual sight on the Isle of Man. -- this dairy. But there are empty


shelves and the island. The shops are suffering at the moment. I have


never seen the shops with empty shelves before. The Isle of Man is


gripped in a consumer crisis. could be stormy waters ahead for


the only wholesale bakery on the island. They rely on tons of used -


- in port. No ferry, no yeast. have been cancellations every day


We have been speaking to the hospital on the Isle of Man, who


say that medicine supplies have not yet been affected by the


translations, but it may cause a problem for people who need to


travel over to England for treatment. We have managed it by


giving overnight accommodation and getting them on the next possible


ferry crossing. That would have affected 12 people last week.


the meantime, islanders and community -- commuters will have to


And the very latest on that story is that the ferry will sail from


Heysham tonight with around 50 container trucks on board, so some


freight getting through now. A report by the Royal College of


Surgeons says the surgical department at Alder Hey Children's


Hospital does not provide "world class" care. The college reviewed


the department after whistleblowers raised concerns about twenty cases


at the Liverpool Hospital. Alder Hey management say surgery there is


safe. And it's already carrying out chnages recommended by the Royal


It's a children's hospital known around the world. But it's not


world class in everything. That's according to the Royal College of


By us the medical director how much a blow that was. It related to a


few processes in one part of the hospital, so does not mean that the


hospital as a whole has not world class. It investigated after


consultant staff here raised concerns about clinical matters in


general surgery. Alder Hey invited the Royal College to investigate


twenty matters in total, including fourteen individual cases. It found


five cases where care was "sub optimal", not as good as it should


have been. The Royal College report also makes it clear the


relationship between some staff had broken down. Order Haigh also


points out that this is about general surgery and neurology. It


does not include heart and brain surgery. -- Alder Hey hospital. The


department had 27,000 cases in the six years covered by the review.


And the college says patients shouldn't be worried. We did not


have concerns for clinical safety in the order Hey hospital. In the


Alder Hey says it's already acting on recommendations to improve staff


It's taken ten years but a �30 million scheme to transform the


heart of Blackburn looks set to finally get the go-ahead. The plans


for the Cathedral Quarter of the town include a new hotel, houses,


apartments and offices. It's hoped the project, based around the


town's cathedral, will create 350 new jobs. Peter Marshall reports.


Where better to launch the cathedral quarter regeneration -


than Blackburn cathedral itself. have been Bishop of Blackburn


nearly eight years, and we have had several faults -- false starts, and


at long last, it does look like we are starting, and this is a real


answer to prayer. The plans have been scaled back over those years


because of tough economic times. At its heart - a so called clergy


court - with apartments and houses and cathedral offices. There'll be


a new hotel, bus interchange, offices and a public square.


have always talked about brain the hobby back to Blackburn, and we


hope that is what will happen. been funded with various grants and


money from the council, the cathedral and a private developer.


So how has it survived when many other regeneration projects


haven't? It has been tense -- 10 years in the making. 10 years when


you could walk away and have enough. But you recycle your ideas, you get


other partners involved. everything goes smoothly, work will


begin late next year, with a Lord Heseltine has said that


Liverpool should say yes to an elected mayor. They will vote


whether they can have a mayor in the next referendum. What would a


meant to, and would he be bothered as to whether the system changes?


You are familiar with mayors doing things like this. How about one


more like this? Maybe not like Boris, but a real person taking


real responsibilities. The exact role has not been decided, but is


expected to include things like Council budget, policing and


housing, including pushing your City's interests elsewhere.


have Boris Johnson and Alex Salmond, and you do not hear a voice of


Liverpool or Manchester. It is all part of Government's plans to give


more power back to you. Instead of wandering what is going on up there,


you might have a better idea of who is spending your money and how they


are spending it. At the moment, we do not have a mayor, and it would


be good to have an individual but is out there. I think the cost is


the concern, and whether that can be justified in the actual savings


and decisions that they make. not bothered one way or another.


Visible mayors in other cities have not always what help. Hartlepool


elected a monkey as mayor. In Stoke, a BNP there was elected. There's


also a question as to whether a city mayor goes a long enough --


goes far enough. We want it for Greater Manchester, and if they are


working, while they... Whether Manchester gets his own Boris, that


will be up to. -- liveable gets its Next, we continue our series on


dementia, which has got a terrific response this week. Every year,


thousands of people in the north west are diagnosed with dementia.


Experts say that, by the time they are, most people already know what


is coming. And yet for every 10 people who have dementia, just four


have an actual diagnosis. In a few minutes we will be speaking to the


medical director of NHS North West but first our health correspondent


Laura Yates reports from inside the memory clinic at Wythenshawe


Hospital. I would like you to spell world. It was inside this clinic


that Ronnie was told he had dementia. Every year hundreds of


people are referred here. Within weeks, almost two thirds of them


are given a diagnosis. I don't think it comes as a big shock to


most people. I must have told hundreds of people now and very


rarely is there an emotional reaction. I suspect most people


know already what is happening to them, and we are simply confirming


that. Doctors here take a medical history, carry out a number of


memory tests and a CT scan. First they diagnose dementia. Then they


work out its cause - Alzheimer's disease the most common, vascular


dementia the next. This is the CT scan of someone with Alzehimer's


disease. There are dark areas, and that is fluid. That is when, in


Alzheimer's disease, the brain cells die, the brain shrinks, and


the fluid takes over. Speak to any expert and they are all say this -


diagnosing dementia early is crucial and that's because getting


the right treatment, the right medication and the right support


are key to slowing down its progression. And yet still just


four in every 10 people who have dementia know that they do. Ronnie


is here this morning for a regular memory test. He has one every six


months to see how fast his vascular dementia is progressing. He's been


asked to remember three easy words. Specialist Sean then tries to


distract him. A few minutes later he asks if he can remember the


words. He can't. The recall, when you are put on the spot so to speak,


it gets harder. You get blanker and blanker as you try to force it.


Ronnie is getting worse but slowly. So for now his medication stays the


same. He'll have another test here or at home in six months' time.


A little earlier I spoke to Dr Mike Cheshire, the Medical Director of


NHS North West. I asked him why only four in ten dementia sufferers


get diagnosed. My mother died of dementia, and it took us two years


to understand she had a problem so that she needed to see a doctor


about it. And geriatric medicine is one of your specialities. Yes, and


I still had a problem. Do you think listening to families of sufferers


is key to this? They are the first people to spot this, and if they


are worried, it is important for their relative to see a doctor and


attempt to get a diagnosis. Are we doing enough? Is there enough money


put into it for a start? They raise enough money but we are not raising


awareness sufficiently. Dementia is a bit like cancer maybe 20 years


ago, where we don't talk about it. People are terrified of the


diagnosis, and where they think there might be a problem they don't


go to the appropriate place to start of that question. From the


many e-mails we have had, and number of people have been


comparing it with cancer saying the money that goes into it is


negligible compared with cancer. Surely we need to throw more cash


into it? Were certainly do, but the first thing is to get the diagnosis


right. Once we have the diagnosis, we can start to understand what is


happening to these people, and then put cash in the appropriate places.


There is a move to try to get care in the home and out of the


community. Surely you need to keep people close, it is distressing


enough without having to travel. Closing beds and moving people are


almost different things. Care closer to home for dementia is very


important. Most patients with dementia are looked after at home


now, we need to make sure they are supported. High quality services


jointly between the care. Thanks. And if you're worried that a member


of your family may be showing early signs of dementia, Mike's advice is


go first to your own GP who can make a referral to one of the


memory clinics. Huge night in the Champions League


tonight for both Manchester clubs, and quite a nervy night ahead too.


Tony's out at the Etihaad Stadium where Manchester City face an


unusual prospect. The first thing to say, Dyer -- Diane says don't


worry it is a passing shower. the squad that was put together for


�600m, the side that's five points clear at the top of the Premier


League, the side that's unbeaten this season could lose out tonight.


City play Bayern Munich who have already won the group and they must


win to stand any chance of going through. If Napoli win against


Villareal though - and Villareal have lost every game so far - City


will go out whatever result they get tonight. The game has extra


spice after Bayern Chief Executive Officer Karl Heinz Rumminiger


predicted City will face difficulties with next season's


financial fair play rules. Manager Roberto Mancini says he's not happy.


I don't understand his behaviour begins Manchester City. It is six


months and he talks every time, continues to say he hoped Naples


goes through. I don't know what has happened with us. It's not plain


sailing for Manchester United tonight either. Benfica should win


their group so United must get a point in Basel tonight to probably


finish second. Which could mean a next round tie against the likes of


Barcelona, Real Madrid, Inter or Bayern. A defeat for United tonight


and they would go out at this stage for the first time since 2005, the


only time it's happened before. Almost unthinkable. Sir Alex


remains upbeat. Every year for the last few years, these players have


been involved in semi-finals, quarter-finals and beat games in


the Premier League. It is a big game, another one. The new chairman


at Preston North End has been defending his appointment just 24


hours after getting the job. He was in charge at Leeds when they had


big debts. He says he has got the track record and he will get


Preston back into the championship as a minimum requirement. On the


pitch, Preston lost out in the Johnson paint Trophy northern semi-


final last night. Better news for Oldham Athletic, who beat Bradford


2-0. Breaking news tonight, soirees from Liverpool has been charged


with improper conduct. That is after the defeat to Fulham on


Monday. It is a big deal for both clubs here, the city is holding its


breath. They have all the money in the world at Manchester City, and


tonight they will need good luck as well. If Diana is still there, I


will empty my head on to her lap. It is freezing, hailstones, I am


out of here. The rain did stop, she was right! Northwest Tonight's got


the X Factor, again! Last night we had Manchester's Misha B in the


studio talking about her controversial exit from the show.


Tonight we're with someone who did get through to the final,


Liverpool's Marcus Collins. Today he was back on Merseyside,


literally going back to his roots... A hair salon in Crosby. Eno went


along to meet him. It is the stuff dreams are made of,


returning to your old school practically as a superstar. X-


factor finalist Marcus Collins flew into a school in Liverpool today to


hundreds of screaming fans. He is basically a pupil that is proven,


that is a role model who has proved you can work really hard and


achieve what you want to achieve. It is a cold and windy day here,


but a huge crowd had gathered to see Marcus returning to the place


he used to work. Hello! All right? It is amazing to be home. He used


to sing all the time, such a fun- loving guy. We were open until 10pm


on Thursday, he would come straight from school. Such a live wire.


is making locals very proud. The best thing in Waterloo, because


nothing happens here. It is a sleepy place so this is mega.


will put us on the map. We have shown they have talent. Crosby cake


Company have baked him a special cake, and his partner David is very


supportive. It would mean everything to him. He and his mum


have struggled so much through their lives and it would give them


a boost, it would mean everything to them.


The wind has been incredibly strong today, 50-60 mph and I tell you


this because you can expect to experience the same again tomorrow


but we are adding a band of rain. When it moves away, the wind will


get even stronger and the wintry weather comes in behind that.


Through the day today, we have had a lot of showers, but not as many


as we saw over the last two days. It has been a bit better on that


score. This is the latest picture, but over the next few hours some


could drive away and become clear. Towards midnight, you're


temperatures could be potentially as low as one degree Celsius. There


is a risk of ice forming. After midnight, this rain putsches in as


we head towards the early hours of the morning. The Met Office have


issued an amber warning for Cumbria, meaning the wind could be costing


up to 60 mph. This band of rain will be with us all the way through


the morning, perhaps until lunchtime. Temperatures will be


peaking at lunchtime in double figures, very warm for the time of


year, but as the day goes on they will fall away. The cold air get


introduced, so by the time we get a tea time temperatures will be at


about five degrees. As the rain pulls away, the wind could get even


stronger, blowing up to 80 mph for a time. After that, colder air and


we are still talking about snow in the forecast for Friday and


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