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Good evening welcome to North West Tonight, with Annabel Tiffin and
Roger Johnson. Our top story: A double murder inquiry is under way
in Southport after two elderly women are killed. Police say there
may be more bodies. I spoke to a couple of neighbours of mine, you
know, they are very upset. We will be live from the scene as police
continue to question a 43-year-old man. Also tonight: Voluntary groups
brace themselves for more cuts as councils start to set their beens.
They're not welcome here. Residents in Crewe force a council debate
over plans for a travellers site. Find out how this man, giving a
kidney to a stranger, meant his Also tonight, Tony's at Manchester
City where they are aiming to reach the last 16 of the Europa League.
We will have the sound from Tony in a moment. The game is well and
truly under way, which is what he was trying to tell you. A double
murder investigation is under way tonight after the bodies of two
elderly women were found at separate addresss in Southport.
Police say they can't rule out finding more bodies. A 43-year-old
man has been arrested and is being questioned by detectives. The first
woman, believed to be in her 80s, was discovered at a house on Andrew
Lansley last night. The second suspected victim was found a short
distance away in another home. Nina Warhurst has been following
developments all day in Southport. She joins us live now from there.
What is the latest you can bring us? Good evening, Annabel and Roger.
It's fair to say this very quiet community in Southport is shell
shocked tonight after a most dramatic 4-hours. On Monday night,
at about... A local man walked into a police station and as a result of
a conversation they had with police they came to this address almost
24-hours later. That was at around 5.25pm. They found the body of a
woman believed to be in her 0s. They continued their questioning of
the man and around six or seven hours later, in the early hours of
this morning, police moved on to a second address, less than a
kilometer from here, where the body of a second elderly lady, also
believed to be had in her 0s was found. She has been named locally
as Annie Leyland. Police say there are extra police officers on patrol
tonight. An upsetting time for people on this street. It's a
surprise. Certainly a surprise. It's usually very quiet around here.
It's unbelievable. I feel so sorry for them. I can't believe it.
honest, the area has been OK, as far as I know. It's one of those
things. I have spoken to a couple of neighbours of mine, they're very
upset. What do we know about the man who remains in custody tonight?
The 43-year-old in custody tonight has been named locally as Andy
Flood. He is believed to be a freelance taxi driver in the area.
I was around earlier in the area where he lives. Neighbours saying
he comes and goes throughout the day and all night. She a busy man
of the police are stressing tonight that he hasn't at this stage been
charged. Their investigations remain ongoing. They will have
details of the post-mortem examination tomorrow morning.
you very much, Nina Warhurst there in Southport for us. Across the
north west, councillors are facing a difficult question, how can we
save more money? Especially, after a year of deep cuts? Budgets are
being finalised by three councils tonight with others to follow. They
chopped hundreds of millions last year and shed thousands of jobs.
What will the coming financial year bring? Like it or not, councils
have to save money, and lots of. It the really big cuts came last year,
at the start of their long and miserable mission to slash spending.
Take manage Manchester, 2,000 jobs lost, as �170 million was chopped
from the budget for 2011/12. The pain's still not over. Manchester
must save �250 million over the next four years. In Lancashire,
1,500 jobs went during that first year of cuts. During the coming
year there should be no more job losses, but the council still needs
to find � 19 million worth of savings. Liverpool council has
1,200 fewer employs and have to find another �50 million this year.
In Bolton the council is meeting right now to consider how it will
find �18 million worth of savings for the coming financial years. --
year. Those who rely on council cash are worried. These children
are experiencing life in the saddle thanks to a Bolton charity called,
Bolton Kids Together, which helps autistic youngsters. Autistic find
it difficult to socialise. We started Bolton Kids Together to
help parents and families to come into small gatherings and get used
to each other and the parents can talk to each other as well. Ride
something one of various activities which the charity organises. This
is the first time he has been horse riding. When it came up as an
opportunity we thought we would give it a go. He seems to be loving
it. It has made a huge difference in our lives and Sam's life and
calmed him down and making him able to face social situations. Bolton
Council have been supportive of us. Every penny they cut, we then get
cut. That is more we have to spend filling in forms and fundraising
rather than with the children and families that need us. It's not
just jobs, it's the essential services that our members deliver,
in terms of working with vulnerable children and vulnerable adults.
This is the real concern that such huge job losses and such pressures
on budgets are going to affect thoses services. Bolton's one of
three councils finalising budgets tonight. What has been the effect
of the first round of council job losses in the region? Well, the
news is mixed according to the Centre for Cities, an organisation
that has been studying the impact of public spending cuts.
headline statistics for the north west is around 40,000 public sector
jobs were lost between June 2010 and June 2011. The second largest
loss out of all the nations and regions in the UK. There hasn't
been an associated increase in unemployment within the region
because of that. It suggests that, to date, the north west is managing
to, sort of, offset the impact that the public sector job losses have
been having. Now, a tale of two councils with different approaches.
Preston could become one to raise council tax this year. It says
charging the average household an extra �9 will help to protect
services. Even with that extra cash, Preston has to save more than �2
million over the coming four years. Wirral, however, plans to cut
council tax by 3%. It's identified �16 million worth of potential
savings. It is using some of its reserves and government grants to
make the council tax possible. It is shedding what it describes as "a
small number" of jobs. That plan goes before the full council on
March 1st. Thank you very much. A photographer from Liverpool has
been injured in an attack in Syria in which two fellow journalists
were killed. The Sunday Times photographer, Paul Conroy, who is
from Anfield, was injured in the city of Homs. His colleague, Marie
Colvin and a French photographer died when the house they were
staying in was shelled. Police say Vinny Derrick, whose bones were
found by the side of the M60, could have been demild a hit-and-run
accident. The father of one went missing after a night out in
Manchester back in August 2003. His remains were found by a workmen by
junk 3 last week. A Manx politician has resigned over cuts to pre-
school education. Dudley Butt has quit his role in the Department of
Education and Children after it was announced that all of the island's
government funded nurseries will close. The Attorney-General is
considering call force a new inquest into the death of a teenage
victim of the Hillsborough disaster. The original inquest into the death
of Mr Williams concluded that, like all the other 95 victims, he died
accidentally. His mother has campaigned to have that verdict
overturned. Today, after 100,000 people signed an online petition,
her fight for justice was debated at the Houses of Parliament. Andy
Gill is at Westminster, where he listened to the debate. Why is Anne
Williams determined to get this inquest hope? All the Hillsborough
deaths were recorded as accidental. It infuriated the families for
years. In Kevin Williams' case the coroner decided not to hear
evidence after 3.15pm. He ruled everybody who died would have been
dead by then. His mum said she had strong evidence to say that he was
alive after that. A young Constable said that he died in her arms just
before 4.00pm that afternoon. they say there is a cut off at
3.15pm where everyone died, some had died, others were badly injured.
I know Kevin was still alive. happened at the debate today?
debate was held in a small room in Westminster Hall. It doesn't have
the same impact as a debate in the full Commons chamber. Anne Williams
will be pleased that members from both sides of the House spoke up
supporting her. Her home MP said it was remarkable she hadn't had a new
inquest granted yet. A Labour MP stressed the importance of that
3.15pm cutoff for the Hillsborough families. It has been their get out
of jail... Free card. They pointed 3.15pm cutoff and claim there was
nothing that they could do. How wrong they are. They could and
should have saefd Kevin Williams. What did Anne Williams think of
what was said today? It has been a fight she has been carrying on for
20 years. She had three requests for inquests turned down already.
They thinks things could be moving her way. We are not going to go
away. It's strong in Liverpool now. People are realising something is
wrong with Hillsborough. Do you think we would waste our lives for
23 years if it wasn't to uncover the coverup and give us all peace.
It's up to the Attorney-General whether she gets her inquest or not.
He has strict legal perimeters on whether he will do that. He said he
will approach it with an "open The location of travellers' sites
is often an emotive issue, and those in crew have taken issue with
a potential site for travellers. The travellers say they desperately
need one and without it they will have to make homes on unauthorised
sites. Joe and his family have lived in Cheshire for decades. A
traveller by birth, he runs a traveller advocacy group in the
county because he says many in his community are struggling.
problem with Cheshire is not enough sides. Sides they don't want to be
on to, one or two taps between them, housing which they don't want,
really. Jo thinks this field could help, but the signs make it clear
how residents feel. The issue is that the site itself doesn't even
cater to the needs of the travellers. It is too crowded,
there have been numerous accidents, the local school is overcrowded, it
is unsuitable. Traveller sites are often caused friction within
society, but pictures now need to be supplied by law. This is the
only site in Cheshire East at the moment, of the 146 pitches in the
county, most are privately owned. The council needs to create 46 new
pitches by 2016. So far they have only created 11. The council says
this is the most suitable place for a new site. We want to create
something near local facilities, not in the middle of nowhere. This
achieves the balance. Joseph says he has travellers ready to move in.
We have a list of people, it is unofficial, we are just making a
list of people because they are asking us to. Residents have hired
a planet to help them pick holes in the scheme, and they will take
their concerns to be meeting tomorrow, with a decision expected
in March. Still to come tonight, selling the silverware, Liverpool
football legend Tommy Smith on why he cashed in on his medals. And
given a new lease of life, we will speak to the couple involved in a
three-way kidney swap. On to sport, and in a rare move, Manchester City
kicked-off their midweek home match against Porto in the Europa League
at five o' clock. So you'll not be surprised to learn that Tony's at
the Etihad Stadium tonight monitoring developments where the
match must nearly have finished. The first few fans are coming out.
If they are leaving early I think they have made a mistake.
Manchester City were 2-1 up, Sergio Aguero scored after just 21 seconds,
put through by Nigel De Jong, intercepting a Porto clearance.
Sergio Aguero scored the first, there was a second and then a third
for Manchester City. Did you hear that? They have just scored again.
A goal a rout, no idea who scored but I will try to let you know. In
the meantime, before the game, Manchester City fans were all
talking about the striker who they are wondering whether to forgive.
At this time of the season I would have him back, he could score and
win us the league. We need him, and his abilities. I would have him
back, simply because of his talent. I would say "do one." we don't need
him when we have Sergio Aguero. manager is expected to have his say
after the match in the press conference, but one thing has
become clear, he could be on the bench shortly. He has been named in
the squad for the rest of the season, it is 4-0 at the moment,
now time for some proper legends. Bill Shankly once said that Tommy
Smith was not born, he was quarried. It will not surprise you to know
that when he sold his medals at auction he did not shed a tear.
What might surprise you is that he did not get his most for the
European Cup medal, but for the 1965 FA Cup medal which raised
�15,000. He was awarded by Liverpool fans when he left the
cell in Cheshire, our reporter managed to speak to him and Tommy
said he understood the sentence and would be a bit upset, but he was
doing it for his family. I have got my family and they are far more
important than some medals. I have got memories, things that people
have not done but I have done. I scored in the European Cup. Which
means the most to you? The B19 65 Cup final. My mum said to Bill
Shankly, Liverpool have not won the FA Cup, and she said, "when my son
does you will win it." I said "mum, you will embarrassing -- you are
embarrassingly". I was only 15. won the Cup, who was waiting, Bill
Shankly. I was captain of Liverpool which I am very proud of, in 1973
we won the league and the FA Cup. Bob Paisley said "the last time we
were here was in a tank!" that was in a Rome. Everybody burst out
laughing. A policeman came over and said "what did he say?". Sometimes
it was a great laugh. A good man, Tommy Smith, some other football
action tonight, a setback for Blackpool when they played West Ham
at home and were beaten 4-1. West Ham were already 2-0 up when the
goalkeeper, Robert Green was sent off, but they went on to score two
more goals. Kevin Phillips got the consolation for Blackpool. A good
night for Manchester City, they are up 4-0. They can either play Lisbon
or Warsaw, I hope it is Lisbon. It will not be any better in Poland. I
hope it is Portugal. More and more fans are coming past, we will let
you get away. For six years a woman had been waiting for the kidney
transplant she said badly-needed. Her husband was tested but he
wasn't a match and he feared there was little he could do to help his
wife. But then the couple were told of a scheme they could sign up to,
which matches are willing donors in pairs or groups of three. And so in
a rare three-way organ swap Forgan he gave his kidney to a stranger
and in return his wife got one too. Since the scheme began there have
been just 20 of these kinds of exchanges, but doctors hope it
could boost the number of organs available. The transplant was six
months ago. You look great, how do you feel? Marvellous. I can't
explain how fantastic it has been to get the kidney. You waited a
long time. You must feel amazing, not withstanding the fact you gave
up a kidney to see her look so well. It was instantaneous. Better
straight away. A simple process, you just have to find like-minded
couples who are happy to enter a transaction. On the face of it it
looks like you are short cutting the waiting list but not the case.
It is just another option given to you. It is a very good option, I
think. You could wait for years and years otherwise. Was it something
the doctors suggested to you? He it was five years ago. But, this
has only happened 20 times, why not more? It is such a precise
procedure. Everything has to be done so politically, you are kept
informed all the way through, the consultants and Courtenay does a
very good. Did you get the call straight away or did you have to
wait? My court later rang us, and said we have got a possible match.
Lots of procedures then go on. had some false starts along the way,
didn't you? Three of four, yes. When you think you have a match and
then don't, how does it feel? feel very down. Down. You just hope
and pray there will be a match, they do it every three months.
said it felt like winning the lottery. Yes, money is not
everything and it has given me my life back. You could not help your
wife directly but indirectly you did, that must have made you feel
better. The yes, much better. Watching her every day on dialysis
was devastating, or fall. Is it an anonymous process or are you in
touch with the people who helped you? It is anonymous but we wrote
to two couples and one of them wrote back and they appreciated it
as well. Brilliant. Six people have gained from this. You would
encourage more people to do this wouldn't you? Without a doubt.
yes. You both look so well. As a footnote to this, if you want to do
it, talk to a donor co-ordinator at your local hospital. If you want to
give a kidney talk to your GP or Good evening. Tony confirmed what I
did not think, Tony said the weather was not getting better, but
it is. Much better. Tomorrow, 17 degrees could be within our
forecast. That puts us at 63 Fahrenheit. Not everywhere will get
that but it is a possibility across the more southern parts of the
north-west. It has been about the rain today which kept on coming.
This is our latest picture, the 6:00pm picture, still some rain
around. It will move away for the next couple of hours and then is
confined to the Pennine areas. As the rain eases down the rivers
continue to rise, and will be at a peak over the next few hours. If
you are concerned, in Cumbria and Lancashire, ask the Environment
Agency for guidance, this is the phone number. Rain in the Pennines
tonight, but just about everywhere else should be dry. Many places.
But there is missed and Merck around, the rain, it keeps
generating over the higher levels so the totals will continue to
mount. Temperatures through the day-to-day work at 11 Celsius.
Through the night they will be 11 Celsius. Incredibly mild. Then look
at it tomorrow, cloud and drizzle hangs around over the tops of the
Pennines, the more southern parts of the region, Greater Manchester,
starting murky, but then the sun starts to work its way through. Not
a huge amount but enough to make a big difference. If you get a bit of
sunshine it will allow temperatures to rise. Widely at 13 degrees, 15
across the more southern parts, No 16 degrees on the maps but there
Can you remember the infamous and filled cat? We did a story about
him after a dull football match a few weeks ago. He was taken to the
animal rescue centre. Guess what he has gone and done? He has escaped