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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Tony
Livesey. Our top story: Changes at the top - new board
members are imposed on the region's most beleaguered heath Trusts - but
the man who runs it stays. We'll be asking what today's
announcements means for the staff and patients of the Morecambe Bay
NHS Trust. Also tonight:
All change to proposed cuts in special needs - the Salford leader
orders a review of plans to reduce support for deaf children and the
elderly disabled in the city. No sign of Lord Sugar - but
apprentices are making a comeback and giving hope to the longterm
unemployed. Boardwalk Empire - we meet the
family who loved Blackpool's North Pier so much they bought it.
And the Diamond Queen - we remember when the newly crowned Elizabeth
visited the North West and we hear And of course we've got all the
sport with Richard. Yes we'll hear from Steven Gerrard
on Luis Suarez who could be back for Liverpool tonight, Wayne Rooney
on David de Gea and after all the games that bit the dust because of
the bad weather, are artificial pitches the future?
And we've had loads of emails on your memories of the Queen, which
we'll read at the end of the programme.
They've been given warning after warning, chance after chance to
turn things around but tonight the people who run the troubled trust
with hospitals in Lancaster and South Cumbria have been told they
alone cannot be trusted to make things better. Monitor - one of the
NHS regulators - has announced that they are appointing new people to
the trust's board - the chief executive though keeps his job.
Tonight the hospital trust has apologised to anyone who has
suffered as a result of their recent failings. Our health
correspondent Laura Yates is here now.
Make no mistake, this is the latest in a long line of stories about
this trust and is hugely significant. It is effectively
saying, we do not trust you to run this hospital alone. You need help
and now. They are putting in place an interim chair to oversee the
board. This is Sir David Henshall, former chair of NHS north-west. He
will join the trust along with a number of others to work alongside
cheap Dat -- chief executive Tony Halsall, who has refused to step
down. This now looks at the trust is in special measures. It is a
welcome and extreme over what -- intervention. For months now, this
trust has been under close scrutiny. First, its maternity services were
investigated and told to improve by many different bodies following an
inquest into the death of an infant. Then it's an -- its appointments
system. 19,000 appointments Mr because of a faulty computer. Most
recently, accident and emergency services, too few nurses on duty.
Now it says monitor, at the trust board must be strengthened. Here is
what patients we have spoken to think. I had my head down here are
a little while ago. I had a pacemaker and I have no complaints.
I have no complaints with the appointment system. In December, my
husband came to accident and emergency and she was treated OK,
shall I say, but I was not totally happy how you were sent home.
hospital trust has told us to night that they welcomed the appointments.
They say they have been working hard to improve over the last few
months that have to night apologised to anyone who has
suffered as a result of their recent failings.
Salford Council is to postpone controversial plans to reduce
support services for deaf children and close day centres for the
elderly. The council leader says its because he's been listening to
those who criticised the changes. His political opponents insist he
had more selfish motive for backtracking. Our Chief Reporter,
Dave Guest has the story. Cutting support for deaf children
and closing day centres for elderly people, proposals that were never
likely to be crowd-pleasers. A suggestion to reduce the number of
support teachers were youngsters that he AMOS From to 3,000 people
to sign up protest petition. They would struggle with work at school
because they did not have that back-up support. Plans to close
three day centres for the elder because an outcry. -- it was
somewhere be met friends and it is hard to make friends. Now the
leader of Salford Council has announced a rethink. In regard to
these issues, I think it would be a nice idea to bring parents and as
well as members to go through the issue at to see if we can move
forward with a series of recommendations as to how to move
the money most effectively. In respect of day centres, and have
asked officers to Galway and have a look at how we can best use those
buildings. For now, there will be no change for the teaching
provision for deaf children and the day centres that was that at --
that where sentenced have won a reprieve. The leader says he has
listened to people, but his opponents have think -- think he
has another motive. The Lib Dems say it is because he is running for
mayor this spring. It will not be for the well-being of people
concerned, it will be to protect his own back. In the run-up to May,
I have the responsibility of still continuing to help run the city.
Are they going to say this about every single decision I make from
now until May? Meanwhile, service users at the centre of all this
will have to wait to see what the long-term future holds.
And we will be looking at this issue over the next couple of
weeks.We'd like to hear from you if you have a child with a disability
whose support is under threat or has been reduced because of budget
cuts. Send your details to us here at [email protected]
Police say they hunting a gang of teenagers who attacked a bus in
Salford, smashing a window and terrifying passengers. A missile
was thrown through the window and the bus was left stranded as one of
the youths pressed the bus's emergency stop button.
The publishers of the Farmers' Guardian - which is produced in
Preston - have sold the title as part of a �10 million deal. 57
people are employed at the paper and its sister title the Dairy
Farmer. The new owners - Briefing Media - say they intend to invest
in the titles. A witness in the Rhys Jones murder
inquiry has been given �80,000 in compensation after his identity was
revealed by Merseyside Police. The man gave information to the police
following the 11-year-old's murder in August 2007, on the basis he
would not be identified. But his name was passed to solicitors
acting for the gang who stood trial over the killing.
Ten workers have been taken to hospital after a chemical spillage
at the Royal Seaforth Container Base on Merseyside. Three
ambulances were called to the docks at about twenty past two this
afternoon when people began feeling ill after inhaling chemical fumes.
None of the casualties is thought to be seriously affected.
With youth unemployment at record levels, it was hoped the
Apprenticeship scheme would provide real job opportunities to those who
need it most. But is it failing 16 to 24 year olds? The majority of
placements end up with over 25s. So is public money well spent? Or
should it be directed elsewhere? Here's our economics correspondent
Jayne Barrett. Darren is used to driving something
else. But for today, it is something a little bigger. After
two years out of work he finally got an apprenticeship here at this
training academy. How is it going? Great. I would like to progress
into other things, not just driving. Apprenticeships are not new, but
there is a renewed interest in them. 25% of employers offer
apprenticeships here, the national average is 17%. Two-thirds of
apprenticeships I filled by the over 20 fives. Stop arts get full
funding for Darren's training because he is under 25, but that
drops significantly for the over 20 fives. Even with the cash incentive,
they still prefer older trainees. The work ethic is not quite there.
That is something that we need to train them to get them to
understand. Here at this, they took on apprenticeships it --
apprenticeships into their sixties. Why should Government money be
spent on this age group? shouldn't it? I have had a very
successful career. Jaguar to contact more than 1000 last year,
the Cork and Manchester 11 under. The Government can only hope that
the scheme will start to have more of an impact on those who need it
most. At a time when pubs are closing
hand over fist, when the economy is showing precious few signs of any
serious growth, you might conclude the last few years have been a bad
time to run a brewery. Well, think again. The Lancaster Brewery
started life as a tiny micro brewery just seven years ago. Today
it's officially opened a brand new, expanded operation. And its beers
are being enjoyed by drinkers around the world. Peter Marshall
reports. Theirs is a different view on what
most would say have been tough economic times. Is there no
recession? We have not really seen it. Three friends launched at the
Manchester -- Lancaster a brewery in 2005. It was then cast as a
micro-brewery. Now, in a new custom-built premises, they will
rue 35,000 pints of Castile every week. How has it thrive to when the
pub and drink sector has suffered? * up blaming other people. Stop
blaming the Government. Stop blaming the smoking ban. Found the
Lord that we have one, can you imagine going back to that? There
are too many excuses. The plan now is to kick -- is not to kickback
and dressed, what they are hoping to do is double the amount they are
currently producing. They have just signed a deal to export have a
million bottles of beer for to the United States. The cast brand is
already drunk in 42 United States, as well as Fen Road -- Finland,
Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania. is one thing to go into a pub down
the road and see a beer, to think it is several miles -- several
thousand miles away and people are enjoying it, it is a great credit
to the team. From Mike origins, it is now classed as a regional brewer.
Six s in it strained economic times. Still to come: 23 G or not three g,
will be looked at the question of artificial pictures.
And the romantic tale behind the restoration of one of Blackpool's
main attractions. One couple's love story turns full circle.
Sport now. A huge match tonight. There are a lot of column inches
about the match tonight. Yes. The Uruguayan is up for
selection after his two-match ban. You would expect him to feature,
even though manager Kenny Dalglish has refused to say one way or
another. If and when he does, Steven Gerrard says it will be a
big boost. He has been missed, so the lads are looking forward to
welcoming him back. Hopefully he can help us put on to achieve the
things that we set out to achieve. I'm sure you will.
It is very foggy and Anfield tonight. There is no word weather
of the kick-off will be in doubt. Definitely worth checking the
latest news. We will have full commentary if it goes ahead.
Liverpool fans can start looking forward to Manchester to knighted
at the weekend. United fans will still be talking about the game
last night. What a game it was. Three all. On a
sour note, of Rio Ferdinand was booed by its sections of the home
crowd. John Terry is being tried for allegedly abusing his brother.
Those two dropped points now mean that Manchester City and a couple
clear at the top. 10 minutes after half-time, United looked dead and
buried. It was a sense of, let us get out of here. At full-time, the
men looked back on and never-say- die come back, which keeps their
title challenge very much alive and kicking. You need character to win
leagues. Most players in their it deserve everything beget. After
having one penalty shout waved away, they were then awarded to. Both
were converted by Wayne Rainey. The rest then it made it that pressure
tell. A. They hung on to, thanks to a couple be excellent saves. I have
seen him training. I think you would be one of the best. With
Leeds United to chasing city at the top after a good loser breezed past
Fulham in snowstorm conditions. They scored three without reply. A
comprehensive win and the only real Holloway rejected the offer for
Matt Phillips before he scored twice against Cardiff on Saturday.
Kevin Phillips scored an equaliser. The Seasiders are now in fourth
place. Burnley are still in touch with the play-off places after a
brilliant goal from Jay Rodriguez made it 1-1 against Peterborough.
There was not a single lead one or two game that beat the bad weather.
The reduced fixtures or let -- fixture list has added weight to
calls for artificial pitches. Widnes Vikings have become one of
the first team so to install a synthetic pitch. Stuart has gone to
weight up the arguments. -- to weigh up the arguments.
Some clubs experimented with plastic pitches before they were
banned. Now artificial pitches are back on the agenda.
Friday was Widnes' big night but it only went ahead because a big
investment in a new 3G i-pitch. It cost �500,000. We feel's Richie
Mathers said it cost him the skin on his knees. He tweeted his
picture and called the picture atrocious. There were a couple of
grazed knees and elbows. The conditions were not ideally suited
to playing the sport that we play. Not only was Friday paused --
Friday's match able to go ahead, but two further games and training
sessions took place on the pitch at the weekend. It will be in use
every day this week. That is attractive to a club like a kitten
-- Accrington Stanley, who are keen to install an artificial pitch.
have to look at the commercial benefits. If it helps Accrington
stay in the Football League and progress it has to be worth looking
at. We consider ourselves pioneers it, in that sense. -- pioneers, in
that sense. This is the best grass pitch on the day, every day of the
year. Traditionalists say that rugby
league should be played on real grass. But more may take a look at
artificial pitches if the weather continues this way.
You can see an in-depth report on efforts to cope with the winter
weather and artificial pitches on Late Kick Off tonight. Immediately
after that is the Superleague Show. It features action from all five
north-west clubs, including the return of Widnes to Super League
and Salford's first game in their new stadium. He was on to his agent
straight away. Why is the show not Salford and Widnes both lost at the
weekend, as did... Saints fought back against the London Broncos to
come out on top by 34-24. Last season's Grand Final runners-up ran
in five tries to overpower the Broncos.
Thank you, Richard. Peter Sedgwick loves the North Pier
at Blackpool. It has so many happy memories for him and his family
that, when it came up for sale, what did he do? He bought it.
Now his family is promising to restore the Victorian pier to its
original splendour. She is the grand old lady of
Blackpool - the town's oldest and longest pier, built three decades
before the tower and stretching elegantly a third of a mile into
the Irish Sea. In the early years, hundreds of thousands strolled the
decks. It was seen as an upper- class then you where ladies and
gentlemen could walk on water without getting seasick. -- and
upper class venue. Now there are new owners on the block. Meet the
Sedgwicks - a family committed to restoring the pier to its former
glory. For Father Peter, the purchase was a simple fulfilment of
a promise made 40 years ago. proposed to my wife on this pier.
We always used to come on the pier, and we love it, you know, it has
been something special to us. I said, I will buy you this pier
wounded. So the opportunity came along and, fate, I don't know.
The family will now have to pump millions of pounds into the pier
for it to survive into the 21st century. That includes a facelift
for the theatre and a brand new tram. We want to make North Pier
the place to come and the place to be, and we need to do a lot of
engineering work on her. We have the experts to do it. I would
always like to think that, in time, people will turn round and say,
when the Sedgwicks got hold of the pier, the really turned it round.
That would be a nice thing, maybe put it on my grave. What are you on
about, grave? You're going off the end of the pier! That is what they
It is such a romantic story, isn't it? There is more on those plans on
tonight's Inside Out at 7:30pm. I do not know whether the cranky as
well make an appearance. They were good. Bucks fizz were there as well.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and in Lancaster's -- Lancashire as
part of a to have -- a two-day visit to celebrate the Queen's
Diamond Jubilee. To mark the occasion, British Pathe have made
pictures available of royal visits to the north-west. Kate Simms
reports on royal tours past and present.
A fitting a cape -- location for today's royal visit. The Earl of
Wessex was in blackbirds are officially open the time's new you
saw, much to the delight of these youngsters. It is great to have
been come to Blackburn. Having someone like that opening it for us,
that is pretty exciting. The Prince looked relaxed despite the
attention, but he is following the well-trodden path laid by his
mother. Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh leave Bolton
Town Hall. 1954 and the Queen visits Bolton and Bury. Her Majesty
then acknowledges the crowd's greeting. Before taking a tour of
the lilac cotton mill at Shaw. In 1957, it was the turn of Wallasey
and Chester. The Queen presented a military colours and went on to
open the County Hall. She was given a silver cigarette box, a gift from
the council. She returned with the Duke of Edinburgh and Earl Louis
Mountbatten to launch the Oriana or at Barrow ship run. In 1961 the
crowds turned out in Manchester as the Queen opened the new law courts
at Crown Square in Manchester. Down the road in modern-day
Chadderton, they were celebrating the Queen again today on this, her
accession Day. She has carried out her high sense of duty with great
big name -- dignity, stead fast resolve... And back in Blackburn,
it seems the royal visit has generated new royal fervour. It was
an honour. It is warming up to be a diamond
gear. Almost as good as your Brian Cox
impression! Whatever you feel about the snow,
it doesn't half make the region look absolutely beautiful. Look at
this shot. The Hall of the north- west looks absolutely stunning. I
am showing you these images to but are you up because we keep the same
theme this week. It will be mostly dry, fairly cloudy, but it will be
very, very cold. The temperatures rose nicely today with a bit of
sunshine. Most places are dry overnight. Snow could freeze
overnight tonight, so why is could be a problem over the tops of the
Pennines. For most of us, it is another dry night. The temperatures
are the big story again. The best place to be is the Isle of Man,
surrounded by all that water, staying a little less cold than
everyone else. Even along the coast it will be down below zero. You
will notice a little fog and mist. I think that will be around through
the rush-hour tomorrow but I do not think it will linger through the
day. The best of the sunshine will be in parts of Cumbria and
Lancashire. By late morning, the cloud has started to roll back in.
The afternoon looks fairly grey. If you have had the time -- a
temperature of minus seven-over night it will take some time to
recover. The best you can expect is four or five Celsius.
Let's talk about the Queen, we asked for your memories. Rita says,
when I was eight years old I was in hospital and my classmates wrote
letters telling me that the King had died. I still have them and the
contents are now a bit of history. Karen says, my daughter and I saw
the Queen. We saw all of the police motorbikes. She waved to my
daughter. Mike says that when he was given an
MBE, the Queen asked if it was a difficult job. She said, town-
planning and Liverpool must be a difficult task. I bit my tongue and
gave a glib response. I really wanted to say, to something right,
madam. We must just mentioned something