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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Tony


Livesey. Our top story: Heavy rain, strong winds and floods.


Buildings are damaged and roads closed as bad weather hits the


region. There was an 8 ft wide river running next to the house,


which we have never had before. We'll have the latest on what


damage the weather has caused. Also tonight:


Faking it in the Festive season - we're with trading standards as


they track down counterfeit goods in Manchester.


The private company helping deliver babies in the Wirral, but what are


the benefits for parents? Hitting the right note - the people


with dementia finding support through singing.


And a simple pet or something more sinister? A gruesome discovery in


the hills of Pendle. It is an intriguing story, the sort of story


that if Steven Spielberg got his teeth into he would have a


Heavy rain and strong winds have been battering the region. Homes


have been flooded, roads closed and ferries and flights cancelled. The


worst hit part of the north-west was the Lake District. Several


homes were flooded, drivers had to be rescued from stranded cars and a


number of major routes were shut. Eight flood warnings remain in


place across the region this evening. Stuart Pollitt reports


from one village which has born the High in the hills above Windermere


flash flooding has left its mark on the village of Troutbeck. This is


what it's done to Cathy's home. 6am we came into the kitchen and


there was about an inch of water on the floor. I was trying to sweep it


up and drive it off while my partner was outside, trying to dig


out the Culbert, because there was an 8 ft wide river running next to


the house, which we have never had before. The council came to give us


eight sandbags, but I am wary about going to sleep tonight.


Cathy's wasn't the only house damaged here. A mile up the road


from Troutbeck we found Natyi. He'd tried to drive through this puddle.


The car stopped and we tried to push it. We are soaking wet now. It


was here. It was on my thigh when I was standing in the water. Word has


it been like? Horrendous, everywhere, not good at all. We


have been up and down the back of the lake, trying to get to hear.


Water just running off the side, mud on the roads, everything.


Horrible. This road was one of those shot this morning due to the


heavy rain. It has now reopened and people are keen to stress that


while the weather is pretty spectacular, it is nothing like on


the scale that it was when there was widespread flooding two years


ago. Elsewhere in the region the ferry


to Heysham has been cancelled and planes from the Isle of Man have


been cancelled. But the problems we reported yesterday with food


shortages have eased. The wind ripped the roof off this rugby


clubhouse in Oldham. And this was the scene in Morecambe. The


Environment Agency warned of the dangers of promenades around high


tide this evening, due at 10pm. The Agency says eight flood warnings


and 13 alerts remain across the north-west. In this village,


they'll be hoping the worst of this storm has passed.


So what's ahead of us weather-wise We had wins over 65 mph today.


Still a yellow warning in force. Fire winds. As the winds ease, they


are replaced with another problem. Shower moving in, so ice on


untreated surfaces first thing tomorrow morning. Full details at


With Christmas just around the corner, we're all keen to bag a


bargain. But when a bargain seems too good to be true, it almost


certainly is. Police and Trading Standards officers are warning us


all to resist the temptation of buying fake goods this festive


season. They've been touring warehouses and lock-ups across


Manchester seeking out counterfeit merchandise. And they've had quite


a bit of success, as our chief reporter, Dave Guest, can tell you.


Where are you Dave? I'm afraid I can't tell you. The


location of this place is a secret because it's packed full of dodgy


goods and in the wrong hands they could be worth a fortune. This is


just a small sample of the �1.5 million of counterfeit gear that's


Police and Trading Standards officers investigate a clothing


warehouse down a back street in Manchester. Something about the


place has aroused their suspicions. We just want to see why the


shutters were half down and whether they were trying to hide something.


This is a very busy area and with the shutters half down, we may be


thinking they are trying to hide something from us.


They become even more suspicious when the man in charge says the


only way to the storeroom is up this conveyor belt. Police are


looking through the stock, to determine whether it is innocent,


or something they are going to show more interest in.


As it happens, there was no counterfeit stock here.


Elsewhere this week, however, investigators have found plenty.


The names are all familiar, but everything here is fake, part of a


haul worth �1.5 million and counting. We found a massive amount


of items. It has surprised us. people will say that when you buy


these goods, you know they are fake and they will not last long, so


what is the problem? The money that goes to the traders for these goods


is being used for other criminal purposes. It might be funding


future smuggling up drug smuggling operations. It can be linked to all


sorts of criminality. But is that message getting through


to consumers? Have you ever been tempted to buy something you are


suspicious of? No, because the quality is no good. You would buy


it if the price was right? Yes. Would you not be concerned about


where the money was going? Probably not.


Trading Standards say their operation is still far from over.


They will be hanging on to this to see if there are any prosecutions.


After that, the clothing will be passed on to needy people in this


country and abroad. More of the day's news from around


the region. Police have arrested a 51-year-old


man on suspicion of the murder of a mother and daughter in Southport.


The bodies of Angela Holgate and her 75-year-old mother Alice Huyton,


pictured here with her husband, Jim, were found at a house in Churchtown


on Saturday. A postmortem revealed they'd died of asphyxiation.


A teenager's being questioned by police about the death of a Sri


Lankan shop assistant in Huyton on Merseyside. Mahesh Wickramasingha


was stabbed in the neck last Wednesday at Stanley News on


Kingsway. A 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of his murder


last night. A Wirral woman has taken her


campaign to Westminster for better access at cinemas for disabled


people, after she became fed up with what she calls "second class


service". Catherine Alexander was one of 400 disabled film lovers who


were in London today along with the Muscular Dystrophy Society as they


handed over a petition. The main issue is the inconsistency between


cinemas, even within the same chain. One person in one place will have a


really good experience and someone else goes to the same chain in a


different place and they get a completely different standard of


service. A disabled grandmother say she's


prepared to go to prison after refusing to fill out her census


form on moral grounds. She is believed to be the first person in


the North West to come to court over this issue.


Sarah has never been in trouble with the law in her life, until now.


She found herself summoned to court today. If found guilty, she faces a


�1,000 fine, or in the worst case, prison. I have got nothing to fear.


If they charge me a fine, I have told them I will not pay any fine,


of course. I am quite prepared to go to prison. I know in my heart I


am not guilty. It is a legal obligation to fill in the census.


Sarah refused because of involvement of this company,


Lockheed Martin UK, part of Lockheed Martin US, America's


largest arms manufacturer. Others who came out to support her have


taken the same action. It is very courageous, very brave. You have to


have principles. It is symptomatic of this society that people with


principles and morals are being taken to court. The Office for


It says it follows EU directives, under which any company from any


sector or company can bid for the work. Sarah says the decision to


prosecute her is an over-reaction. There has nobody been harmed, for a


start. There is no crime being committed, it is just words on a


paper at the end of the day. pleaded not guilty and will now


appear at Crown Court for a trial An NHS trust in the region has


become the first in the country to sign a contract with a private


company to provide maternity care. It means women can choose to be


looked after by an individual, named midwife throughout their


pregnancy and after the birth of their child. The idea has been


trialled succesfully in Wirral. Now other health trusts around the


country may follow suit. Eleanor Mortiz reports. This baby was born


14 days ago. Her mum is one of a growing number who have opted to be


cared for by midwives employed by a private company on behalf of the


local NHS Trust. I felt relaxed, and I felt that help with the whole


pregnancy and the Labour and the birth. Her midwife care for her all


through her pregnancy. She has a case load of 35 women and she can


be contacted at any time of day. got a phone call the other day


asking if someone could get their ears pierced when they are pregnant.


Anything. Text, e-mail, phone calls in the night - this is going on, I


don't know what to do - anything, and we are there. It is important


for a mother to get to know the midwife, to feel she can trust her


and build up a relationship with her. On trial over the last 18


months, nearly 400 women have given birth in Wirral under this scheme.


Now the company has won a three- year contract. They get paid no


more than an acute trust would be paid by the NHS. In the two weeks


since the contract was signed, around 10 babies have been born


using these midwives. Most of them, like Isabelle here, home births.


is trying to put the patient at the centre of what we are doing, to


have both options. We are not saying the other option is a bad


option. We are saying there is room for different sorts of services for


different sorts of people. The idea has the support of the Government,


but not Labour's health spokesman, who was in the region today. I am


opposed to taking the score, crucial services in the NHS, such


as maternity and accident and emergency, and going headlong


towards a full competitive commercial market. The company has


now secured insurance so it can provide De Vries in hospital, as


well as antenatal and post-natal care, and it is in talks with other


Still to come on North West Tonight: from kick-boxing to torch


cunning, the 20 road from Oldham given an Olympic corner.


And a simple cottage or host to a witches coven? The strange


discovery in the Pendle countryside. One of the things you need most


when living with dementia is support. It is a slow and painful


illness, which robs people of their memories, their personalities and


their independence. Today, in the latest of our series


on dementia, we look at just some of the help out there both for


those with the illness and their carers. Our health correspondent


It is a simple singalong, run by And yet for everyone who comes here


once a fortnight, this could not matter more.


It is one of the highlights of my husband's life. He is a dead ball -


Many of those here today struggle with their memory. But these old


songs are deeply ingrained. And almost everyone knows not just the


tune, but the words as well. Sometimes, finding the right song


can access so many memories and things that people did not even


realise they had in them. Sometimes that will spark off other memories


in people. For Brenda and George, this is particularly important.


After years of caring for her at home, George finally decided that


Brenda needed more care and she now lives in a home. I get her out


sometimes that he or four days a week and I feel as if I have


abandoned or if I leave her in there. Harold too needed more


support. Living alone with dementia after his wife died, he struggled.


I often found him wandering around in his slippers, trying to buy


things from the garage. His medication was the biggest concern


as well. He had taken five over those in the last 12 months, by


accident. Now he lives here in the Shore Green community in


Wythenshawe. It is specifically for people with dementia. There is 24-


hour help and support from carers like Chris, but those who live here


have their own homes and some independence, while it also means


couples like Alf and Doris can stay together.


Tomorrow night, the Singing for the Brain Group will perform in BBC


Radio Merseyside's carol service, with all proceeds going to the


Alzheimer's Society. Well, those were just two schemes


really to offer support. We have had lots of emails praising the


work of the Alzheimer's Society. Also, one from a lady called June


Smith to say that she and a friend of hers, who both cared for someone


with dementia, have also set up a similar singing group in Salford.


Lyn Jones had lots of praise for the Open Doors project in Salford.


It employs someone with dementia to work with people newly diagnosed


and their families, offering them support and advice. Tomorrow night,


we will be looking in more detail at some of your stories that you


have kindly been sending in. That's the final part of our series on


dementia. Football, and Wayne Rooney will be


available for England's last group match in the Euro Championships now


that UEFA have reduced his ban to two matches. In October, he was


banned for three matches after being sent off in Montenegro for


kicking a defender. An appeal panel today suspended the third match of


the ban for four years. Rooney has also agreed to do a day's community


service with a football project. A chauffeur-driven limousine took


Rooney to that appeal in Switzerland last night, after


Manchester United's shock exit from the Champions League. Their 2-1


defeat in Basle has been described as "embarrassing" by defender


Patrice Evra. He says failing to qualify is a "catastrophe" for


United. Manchester City were also knocked


out, despite beating Bayern Munich last night. Richard Askam now


reports on the cost to both clubs. Similar fields of -- feelings of


disappointment, but different implications. City's first year in


the Champions' League but only the third time in seven years that man


United have gone out at this stage. It is disappointing. I have never


been out in the first-round. It is a catastrophe. With debts of around


�450 million and hefty interest payments to service, the reds look


to miss out on millions of Champions League money. It think it


will affect the club financially. very disappointing. Most fans


expected decide to get the point they needed it. A late goal was


little consolation for the manager. That is a penalty for not


qualifying. For Manchester City, step one was beating Bayern Munich.


Step two, Napoli it slipping up that not happen. It is


disappointing, because we have the capability. Even though mantissa


City do not have debt, their exit comes at a cost. It will not help


him fit in with your way for's fair-play rules. In simple terms,


clubs will not be able to spend much more than the urn. Would


wrecker losses, up to �20 million of revenue would have helped


restore the balance. Many of that fans in the city would have felt


that the Premier was to Italy did - - win the Premier League title and


after tonight that focuses even cleaver. Premier League. I am not


too bothered about tonight. disappointed, but it to the steep


curve. Do -- it is a steep curve. I know it is difficult in this cold


weather, but we're going to think ahead now to next spring when


hundreds of people across the North West will have the honour of


carrying the Olympic torch as it travels around the country. All the


torch bearers have been chosen because of what they give back to


local communities and this morning they got the news that they had


been picked. I'm delighted to say one of them joins us now, Andrew


Lofthouse from Oldham, and the man who nominated him, Kevin Lloyd.


Congratulations. Thank you very much. He does it feel? It is an


outstanding opportunity to be involved. To get involved in any


way is fantastic. Kevin, what did you say to nominate Andrew? I think


it came through the street games project. There are a lot of things


involved in it. From a local community. A view, he is heavily


involved, the chairman of the Youth Council, he is also on the


community group network panel. One of the main things was the KD


nature of his looking after his mother who was quite ill and his


and the who suffers from epilepsy. There is quite a lot of stuff on


the agenda there. Where do you get all this from? You are really


involved in shaping your local community. I had been brought up


with it, so it is second nature. will you prepare for this? -- How


It Will you prepare for this? You have changed a class to be here


tonight. They will all be watching. It will just be like fighting.


the told you what you have to do? Know. Or he headed his? I have no


idea. -- or how heavy it is? You must be so proud of him.


only me, but the club and everyone that is involved. It is a very


family-oriented club. From within the the as well, once it starts


going out and being general knowledge, it will be different


again. We hope the weather will not be like this!


If you've been chosen to carry the torch we would like to hear your


story too so let us know by e-mail. The people of Pendle in Lancashire


are used to spooky happenings. It is, after all, Britain's best known


witching county, where around a dozen of them were said to have


gathered in the 17th century, many later executed. But even for locals,


Pendle's latest discovery is a bit scary.


Engineers were working on reinforcing a dam at the bottom of


Pendle Hill when they began to uncover a cottage. As they explored


further, things got stranger and stranger. Nina Warhurst proved she


is not afraid of Pendle's witches Don't you just hate it when you're


trying to reinforce a dam and you come across a possible 17th century


witches' meeting house? What did you think when it started to be


stripped back in use all it was that house two be contacted the


county archaeologist and that that surveys. Once we started seen the


walls, it was interesting. And when the archaeologists arrived things


went from interesting to plain creepy. A very unusual thing at the


end of a project was an be on block doorway into this room and we found


this cat. What had happened to it? They felt the need to be enacted


luck charm in the wall. It was not lucky for the cat, but it was hoped


were lucky for the occupants. This room has been deliberately sealed


off for some purpose. Why? We will never know. It is a bit of a


mystery. Though perhaps not for local


historian's who for decades have been searching for Malcin Tower,


where the witches met almost 400 years ago. When the building has


been unearthed, I was bowled over, because it is only one of the few


buildings that is still around today that it is related to the


witches. So this could be that our? It could be. It is amazingly, this


building almost wanted to be found. If you too live in the shadow of


Pendle Hill, it might be an idea to revisit that mound in the back yard.


You might also want to keep a close eye on your cat.


Good reading. -- good evening. Here is a shot of up trampling that was


anchored down but is now sitting on the patio. -- a trampoline. The Met


Office still have I Yellow wind warning, which means that parts of


Cumbria in particular could see wind continuing to blow at 60 mph.


Once that problem ends, the next one comes in it, in the shape of


clear skies and scattered showers across the region. That combination


will lead us into a icy patches in untreated services. -- surfaces. At


some point, you will have got sold. This is her latest picture showing


us the showers that will come in a letter on tonight. It looks like


there will be some snow was over the top of the Pennines. Everyone


else will see showers from time to time, but they will just be rain or


he'll at the very worst. -- hail. First thing tomorrow morning, the


Met Office have issued a warning for ace. The showers will just keep


on coming as you head into the morning. -- ice. The westerly wind


is no lenient -- nowhere near as strong as it was today. There will


be some snow falling from time to time, but for most of us just rain.


We could all see perhaps an hour of sunshine, which is better than


nothing. You will notice that the Blues are continuing to return to


the chart. The 10 temperatures of We were just talking about a cat in


the Tupperware box. It is hardly a thing of methodological history.


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