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Good evening, welcome to North West Tonight. Our top story: Granted the


right to a public hearing, Moors murderer Ian Ian Brady will argue


he should be transferred to prison. His victims' families will get the


chance to face him for the first time. I'd just like to see him and


ask him face-to-face why has he murdered him and kept it to


himself? We will report live from the Liverpool hospital where Brady


has spent the last 25 years. Also tonight: Unlawfully killed, the


Lancashire soldier who had been laughing with a comrade seconds


before his death in Afghanistan. That story came from a Liverpool


news agency and Liverpool journalist. Now Kelvin McKebsy --


McKenzie apologises for suggesting the stories came from a Merseyside


press agency. Your stories of dementia. We will


hear some of the heart-rending tales you have told us in response


to our series this week. I feel helpless because I can't give her


anything to make her better. the birthday boy Stateside, Amir


Khan celebrates his 25th birthday on the eve of his title fight in


A judge has granted a request made by the Moors murderer Ian Brady to


have a mental health tribunal hearing held in public. It would be


the first time that Brady has been seen by outsiders in 25 years. At


the hearing Brady will argue he should be transferred to prison so


he isn't force fed in the high security Ashworth Hospital. He


wants to kill himself by going on hunger strike. He isn't allowed to


do that while he is classified as a patient.


What will happen at this tribunal, Nina? As you said, for the past 25


years Ian Brady has been kept as a psychiatric patient here. What


happens is every three years his mental health is assessed and a


decision is taken as to whether he will be released from medical care


and back into prison. Now usually that assessment takes place behind


closed doors, but we found out today the next assessment will be


in public. Now as you might know, Ian Brady has been on hunger strike


for the past 11 years and in a statement from his solicitor gives


a clear insight into why he wants to be transferred from here and


What that doesn't explain is why it is that Brady wants this to be in


public, do we know? We don't know. Only Ian Brady himself knows why he


has been so insist ent on this being a public hearing, perhaps he


feels he will have greater sympathy with a public platform. It's worth


noting this is the second time that his psychiatric patient has been


granted a public hearing. Today the judge stipulated that he won't


release details of why exactly he has decided to grant Brady that


privilege. And Winnie Johnson, the mother of one of his victims, she


has reacted today, too, hasn't she? Yeah, some people have reacted


badly saying why should he be given this opportunity to speak in public.


But Winnie Johnson's reacted by welcoming the news. She said she


will welcome this opportunity to come face-to-face with her son's


killer. I'd just like to see him and ask him face-to-face why has he


murdered him and kept it to himself? Not just Keith, but anyone.


I mean, he got away with the other ones. They found the others but


they didn't find Keith and that's the main asset for me, I want him


found and before anything. Earlier I spoke with the Ministry of


Justice and asked when will this hearing be. They stressed this is


such an unusual case the details are still being worked out.


Thank you. Lancashire soldier Loren Marlton-


Thomas was in an incredibly dangerous environment, doing one of


the highest risk jobs in the British Army - hunting out


improvised explosive devices. Yet seconds before he died in a lethal


explosion in Afghanistan, he was laughing with a comrade about the


situation he was in. He'd got stuck in thick mud and the


explosion was triggered when one of his colleagues went to help pull


him free. Today, an inquest in Blackpool decided he'd been


unlawfully killed while on active service. Peter Marshall reports. He


was, say colleagues, part of a unique breed, 28-year-old corps


Loren -- Corporal Loren Loren Marlton Thomas job was to search


out roadside bombs and save other soldiers' lives. From the way he


was with his mum and as a husband, who commanded the guys in his team.


In November, 2009, his team worked along a narrow path in Helmand


Province. They found one IED and made it safe. They Stotted another,


and -- spotted another and pulled back to make a safe zone when a


device went off. The force was so violent it blew Corporal Marlton


Thomas several metres into the waters of the nearby canal. His


comrades searched until nightfall tpwu wasn't until the following


morning his body was eventually recovered. Sergeant Major Ken


Bellringer lost his legs in the explosion. He had gone to help his


colleague. But as he moved forward to help it's believed he triggered


a device. He was doing the job he loved and he didn't know anything


about it. So, I think that's the most important thing to take from


today. The sad irony is that the authorisation for what turned out


to be this fatal mission was resinneded earlier, but the inquest


heard in the fog of war that message was never relayed to the


team. A teenager has been charged with


the murder of a Sri Lankan shop worker on Merseyside. 30-year-old


Mahesh Wikramasingha was found dead at Stanley News on Kingsway in


Huyton last week. 19-year-old Sam Harrison of Salerno Drive in Huyton


will appear at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday.


People living on a chalet site on Walney Island near Barrow say they


will lose their homes unless a flood barrier is built. Coastal


erosion means the sea has almost reached the edge of the site which


has more than 300 homes. So far the Government, council and site owner


have refused to pay for the barrier which could cost as much as


�680,000. It is getting vital that we have


something done before it's too late. Everybody knows it needs doing, but


it's just getting somebody to pay for it to have it done. Who do you


want to pay for it? Well, we don't really mind who pays for it, as


long as somebody does. The Politics Show has interviews


with the site owner and the council asking if they're going to take


responsibility for it, that's on BBC1 on Sunday.


When William Lever set up a new soap factory on Merseyside more


than a century ago, he also built a new village for his workers. It was


called Port Sunlight and Mr Lever reckoned if he treated his workers


well they'd work harder. His soap factory is now part of the


multi-national consumer goods firm, Unilever. And today, for the first


time in its long history, workers there went on strike. It's over


changes to their pensions. Here's our Merseyside reporter, Andy Gill.


You're watching industrial history in the making. The first national


strike in Unillever's 127-year history. It wants to stop its final


salary pension scheme for existing workers and replace it with a


career average scheme. Lord Lever knew if you look after your


employees they'll look after you and loss of pensions is a huge


change in the way that the organisation has gone. It's going


to hit us financially really, really significantly. Cath and Mark


are research scientists, with 27 years Unilever service between them.


They're first-time strikers but feel they had to act. It's a


struggle to say yeah, I am going on strike, but with what the company


is doing it's a step too far. Something had to be done. William


Lever built Port Sunlight so his staff wouldn't have to shreuf in --


live in slums. Would he have raised an eyebrow at today's news? This


was something dear to his heart. I guess he would have had a bit to


say about it. But, unfortunately, these days he might not necessarily


have had the money to do anything with it, either. In a statement


Unilever said a final pension scheme is no longer viable if tots


stay competitive. The company has also withdrawn Christmas hampers


and gift vouchers from striking workers and is giving them to


charity sentenced. -- instead. Workers also walked out in


Warrington and Trafford. There could be more strikes in the new


year. The truth - It's a headline that's


haunted Merseyside for decades. The Sun's story about Liverpool fans


stealing from the dead at Hillsborough was, of course,


totally untrue. The paper's been boycotted by many in the city ever


since. Now, the editor responsible for that headline has caused


outrage once again. Kelvin MacKenzie claimed on TV that


the story had been generated by a Liverpool-based news agency. They


threatened to sue. And now he says he was wrong, the story came from


elsewhere. Our chief reporter, Dave Guest, reports.


It was the front page that caused insult and outrage, even more so


when it was proved to be totally untrue. For years there's been


speculation about where it originated. Yesterday, the Sun's


former editor, Kelvin McKenzie said this. That story came from a


Liverpool news agency and Liverpool journalist. He later told the BBC


he was referring to the Mercury Press Agency in Liverpool. It's a


long-established agency that supplies stories to a range of news


organisations across the country. can absolutely categorically 100%,


on my life, tell you that we did not have any part in it. Mercury


Press relies on this city for its bread and butter and many here


still boycott the Sun newspaper more than 20 years after the


infamous article was published. So, it's no wonder that Mercury's boss


aim out fighting. Why on earth he's done it, tkoeu not understand. I


think the man is an idiot. But even as we recorded this interview word


came through to me that McKenzie had called our newsroom to say he


was wrong. The story had not originated at Mercury press.


found astonishing he is now prepared to say that he launched


into this awful defamation of my company, without thinking, without


checking any facts. More than 20 years on from the disaster, the


ferore caused by this front page continues. Still to come tonight:


Talking Preston. Peter Reudzdeal tells us why he foresees a bright


future at north end. Caring for the dearly departed they


didn't know. We sort of almost see her as a


member of the family now. We are looking after Jane.


To something that's struck a chord with you, this week we have been


looking at demania, the illness and some of the many issues which


surround it. We have spoken to people with the condition, their


carers and doctors. We have also been asking for your stories and we


have had a huge response. Our health correspondent is here now.


Many of you have written to us because you are worried about a


relative who's become forgetful. If that's so, you should make an


appointment with their GP. But others are telling us that even


when do you that the doctor isn't listening and tells you nothing's


wrong when you know it is, while some say it's simply taking too


long to get the appointment you know know someone needs. Almost all


of you who have got in touch are caring or have cared for someone


with dementia. Here are three of your stories.


Can you remember that time we went... Mike wrote to us about his


wife, Margaret. A hospital nurse for many years she was diagnosed


with Alzheimer's last year. While looking at her she doesn't look any


different, I do everything for her now. Help her to get dressed, do


the washing, cleaning, everything that needs doing. I do it in one


form or another. But I feel helpless because I can't give her


anything to make her better. Linda contacted us because she doesn't


believe there is enough support for carers. She looked after her


husband, Peter, who had frontal lobe dementia until he died. I feel


like really once the diagnosis somebody should tell you exactly


what is going to happen to them and happen to you. You are not told


that. You are just left with a guessing game. You don't know


anything until it's actually all happened to you. This is our very,


very special photograph... Ellen's husband John has been in a nursing


home for almost a year. This will be their first Christmas living


apart in almost 40 years after she made that most difficult decision.


It's the most awful thing, not only have you lost them to Alzheimer's,


you have lost them from your home. People ask me why do you see John


every day, because I want to, because I love him, he is my


husband. We do the same things there as we would have done here.


What upsets you the most? She's not the same person that she was before.


If you are negative and you sit back, just nothing happens. You


have got to get up and get out. You get that inner strength from


somewhere and you don't know where it's come from, but it does come


and you get that and you amaze yourself how strong can you be with


Many people in their e-mails talking about diagnosis. Sum up the


advice for people if they are concerned. If you are worried, you


think somebody is losing their memory, make an appointment with


your GP. Some people have said to us, the GPs are not listening. You


know your family member best, insist, insist that something is


wrong and ask for tests. Everybody taking part has been so brave,


baring their souls. Many viewers have really appreciated that.


many e-mails from people saying they are in awe, because it is what


they are going through to. Peter Dunlop the hospital consultant to


spoke, one of his patience said that he treated me from 10 years


ago and was one of the most treating and compassionate members


of the medical profession I have encountered. Discussing his illness


like that is exemplary. He wishes him and his wife the best. It goes


without saying that we would like to add our thanks to those of you


who have taken part. People have spoken very bravely and movingly


about a difficult and troubling disease. Moving on to sport now,


Kicking off with Amir Khan, in Washington to defend his world


titles. He is determined eventually to become the best pound-for-pound


fighter on the planets, something that his friends from Great Britain


could never do. But he must get past perhaps his most extraordinary


Amir Khan is a hard man with an even harder mission and he is not


letting anybody stand in his way. need to win this to go on to bigger


and better fights, the Super fights, the bigger names. To reach those


Super fights he must dispatch Lamont's Peterson, one of 12


abandoned at six by a drug dealing dad and forced to sleep in bus


shelters. He is a man of few words. Talking for two months now, I am


tired of talking I want to fight. don't see it going the distance, it


is going to be his toughest test. To win it, Amir Khan must fight the


fighter and his crowd. He has only lost once in his career, he will


have lots of support. But I think we will have much more support.


birthday boy who was 25 yesterday had much to say and think about


when making his wish. They might just have to match this up on


Manchester United will try to put their failure in the Champions'


League behind them when they play Wolves at Old Trafford tomorrow.


Their attempt to catch up with Manchester City suffered a blow


with the news that Nemanja Vidic is out for the season. He injured


cruciate ligaments in Switzerland. The battle to avoid relegation sees


Bolton take on Aston Villa and Bolton away to Sunderland. Everton


who are six points above the drop zone face a tough match against


Arsenal in London tomorrow. Protests have been held at Goodison


Park over financing the club. Phil Jagielka says he understands their


frustration. Unfortunately there is nothing much we can do about it. We


haven't got any money and we cannot buy any players to move the squad


up. We have to try and be a good a team as we have been in the last


few years. Preston North End's new chairman Peter Ridsdale says he is


confident the club was soon be back in the championship. Best known for


big spending during his time at Leeds United, he says he was


unfairly treated for the clubs collapse. So with Preston North End


losing hundreds of thousands of pounds every month, can they expect


the same fate. My excitement about taking on the job is clear. I want


to see a winning football team and a business which is not


haemorrhaging cash. So Porter should not be worried that you are


here to sell the club. I hope they can no be the same as me, I don't


like losing football matches. I hope we can look to what we need to


do to get back into the How do you square the circle, of


trying to cut costs, and limit the amount of money the owner must put


in. He has already put in a lot of money, whilst trying to put the


team up towards promotion places? There is a misapprehension about


football, thinking you have to put in a lot of money and pay big


transfer fees and that is the only way to get success. In five years


in Cardiff we brought in 30 million in transfer fees, spent less than


seven and did better every year than the year before. A I am a bit


down about it at the moment. could be his way of getting rid of


the club. Where do you see this club in the next few years? I am


not a clairvoyant but we will do everything we can to improve things.


Do you think you will still be here and will the club have the same


owner? I have already said I am not a clairvoyant, the top start here


and I'll do the best I can. Preston North End are at home to Stevenage


tomorrow, coverage from 3pm. Southampton against black pork


happening from troll 40 5:00pm. -- The ground will initially hauled a


capacity of 12,000, later this month fans will walk there from the


Willows. The first match in the new stadium is against the centurions


on 28th January. A big night on BBC Radio Manchester, more than 50


supporters have come into the studios to question managers in the


Football League Fans Forum. It all starts at 7:30pm. It might be quite


distraction if you are driving across the bridge and there is a


match on. You could just break down Getting to know your neighbours can


be a bit tricky, especially if they haven't got a great deal to save.


That is what has happened in Buxton where the town's historic graveyard


is getting a much needed makeshift. Volunteers are being advised to


adopt a grave. It is not easy when many of the headstones date from


the 1800 to know them. Choosing a new friend in the


graveyard and -- at some johns. This adopted Graves saw the owner


died in 1860. Almost see them as a member of the family, we say we are


going off to see Jayne. A nice distance from the house, doing a


bit of planting and taking care of her. The lady was called Bridget


Deacon and she died when she was 67, in 1836. The graveyard is 200 years


old and at one time this would have been the place where the wealthy


people of Buxton were buried. Now there is only one grave with a


living relative left to look after it. The last burial here was in


1930. A lot of charity work, to stay nice thing to do in your spare


time. The grant will help with structural work, volunteers are


concentrating on TLC. A crazy notion but it seems to have taken


off. I did not know if it would take off, I hoped it would. It is


bizarre. The people down here have been quite excited about it. I have


gone home feeling very warm and very happy. There is a lot to do


here, but for the occupants at At least something is keeping how


warm. The weather certainly isn't. A dedicated bunch in the sleet. I'm


going shopping tomorrow, I will be indoors for much of it. Very wise I


After a wild week things do change through the weekend. Quieter in the


next couple of days but really cold. That digs in through the night


tonight. If the ground was already damp then the met Office has issued


a yellow eyes warning. That will be in place to around 11am tomorrow


morning. The first part of tonight shells, showers will die away, that


is because the temperatures could go as low as-two. Along the coast,


in the early hours of tomorrow morning, the showers will come in.


Over the higher areas there will be sleet and snow, even at lower areas


you could get sleet at times. If it is sitting on the ground when you


get up it will not linger all, but I am afraid the picture through


tomorrow is a bit of a mixed bag. There is an ice risk when you get


up, the showers continuing to pile in, there will be some sleet and


snow. For most of us just some spots of rain through the morning


and by nine or 10 o'clock it should be dry for most of us. Further


south the more sunshine you will see, you might catch an hour or so


but as we head through the afternoon to around two or 3:00pm


you will see the cloud building again towards tomorrow night.


Daytime temperatures a bit better than the last couple of days, you


might get a seven there. Tomorrow night we have got a total lunar


eclipse, it rises at about 3:50pm, chances of seeing it up pretty slim.


Once it clears, this rain, it will We had an e-mail asking us where


our Christmas tree is. You can sit over there. It is under


construction. We have got a big bag of tinsel. Tinsel is a bit old-


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