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


Johnson. Our top story. A gas fitter faces prosecution 15 months


after an explosion blew this suburban street apart. We'll be


reporting live from the scene in Irlam, where 15 people were badly


injured. Also tonight: Stabbed to death sitting at his mother's home:


police search for a gang who murdered a father-of-two. How good


is your hospital? A new scorecard system is launched to check


standards on the wards. Fantasy world: how a futuristic vision of


travel Manchester never quite took off. And I have been finding out


who second-hand clothes can tell you their history, from New


smartphones app that has been launched in Manchester. 15 months


on from the blast that devastated a housing estate - a gas fitter's


been told he's to be prosecuted. He's being taken to court by the


Health and Safety Executive, accused of failing to ensure a gas


appliance was properly installed. Paul Kay will make his first court


appearance during the summer. 15 people were badly injured in the


explosion in Irlam in November 2010. Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest is


at the spot where it happened. And it's all very different from the


scene you found there after the blast, Dave. That's right, I would


not have been allowed on the sport back in November. The staff or


behind me is where the House at the centre of this explosion once stood


- back -- scaffolding. The woman who will have to have had gone to


put a pan on the hob and then there was pandemonium. Amazingly, she


survived to tell the tale although she suffered some horrific injuries.


15 people including five children were injured, that day. Dozens of


homes were damaged. One year on, some of those homes are still being


repaired. They are the only started rebuilding houses on the spot where


the explosion happened. On the day are for the last, the kitchen of


Marie Burns had been subject to some renovation work by the Housing


Trust and that was at the centre of the health and savings Executive


investigation to stop they have decided to prosecute the gas fitter,


Corky. One more do we know about porky? -- Paul Kay. Gas fittings


need to be installed in a way that means they cannot be subject to any


undue damage. The allegation here is that he failed to follow those


regulations. That is why those charges against them have been


sanctioned. And he is not likely to be in court for some time, is that


right? He will make his first court appearance at Trafford magistrates


court on 15th June. That will be the first hearing. And of course,


we will keep you updated. David Corridon was a father of two -


described by his friends in Liverpool as a "legend, who got on


with everyone". But tonight a murder investigation's under way


after he was attacked and stabbed at his mother's home in Norris


Green. It happened in broad daylight yesterday afternoon. The


street around the family home remains sealed off as police look


for clues to why he was killed. Naomi Cornwell reports. This was


where David Corridon grew up. Where he played on the streets as a boy.


And where he'd only recently returned to live with his mother.


But it was here at his mother's home that he met a violent death


yesterday. Police haven't formally identified him yet - but today


friends confirmed it was David Corridon. He was a father of two.


It happened in the middle of the afternoon. Police were called here


just after four o'clock following reports of a disturbance at the


house. They found David Corridon with multiple stab wounds. He was


pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. It is very sad. He was


a lovely lad. He got on well with everyone. He was a legend, he was.


How did you know him? I knew him, when he was a kid. I find it hard.


It is just so sad, and you do not think that it is going to happen on


your own doorstep, where you come out and you do your shopping, it is


so quiet, here. I am scared, because I have got two children and


it is frightening to think that that attack can happen here. It is


quite a residential area. Tonight police are awaiting the results of


a post mortem examination. They want to hear from anyone who saw


anything suspicious in the area. A 16-year-old youth has been charged


with the manslaughter of a man in Glossop at the weekend. Kenneth


Stott died after an argument outside the town's railway station.


A man and a woman who were arrested on suspicion of assisting an


offender, have been released on police bail. The Isle of Man could


get a second casino licence. The Government is in talks with


companies who are bidding to build a high-class casino and spa. It's


hoped the move would attract more tourists and help increase the


island's profile in the gaming industry. A major new North West


sporting event has been announced today.The Great Manchester Cycle is


aimed at cyclists of all abilities and will be held on 4th June. The


13-mile closed road circuit will include the Mancunian Way and


Salford Quays. Olympic Champion Rebecca Romero was among those at


the launch. I don't know if that new haircut of years is more


aerodynamic, because you are settling tomorrow, for Sport Relief.


And will tell you more about it tomorrow, I am on a tandem, that is


all that needs to be said. We are not holding back! The brother of


Liverpool photographer Paul Conroy - who was injured in a mortar


attack in Syria - says he's relieved and overjoyed that the


father-of-three has been rescued. Paul, who's originally from Anfield,


was smuggled into Lebanon today. He'd been trapped in the besieged


Syrian city of Homs for almost a week. Abbie Jones reports. Lying on


a stretcher in the Syrian city of Homs, the pain from Paul Conroy's


injuries was written on his face. He was hit by shrapnel in the leg


and stomach but also saw two of his colleagues killed. Last week he was


filmed speaking about what happened. There was back a couple of close


hits, a couple of direct hits, summer. And no recall than was


killed. -- Marie Colvin. This footage is all his family in


Liverpool have seen. Paul's brother says they've been desperately


worried about him, glued to the internet waiting for news. Today


they were told he was finally on his way home. When we saw the man


on the stretcher, we feared the worst, but then we heard he was out,


and we were quite happy about the fact that he was out, then we have


him on the phone, then he, when he turns up on the doorstep we will be


very happy. Paul had been trapped in the besieged city of Homs since


the attack. He was evacuated today with help from the Syrian


opposition and rebels. The news was announced in Parliament. He is


receiving full consular assistance and I pay tribute to journalists


who make sure that the world is aware of the crimes that are now


being committed in Max a rare. has covered many conflicts and his


brother says he knew the risks. just takes us camera to war zones


and egos. Alan and his parents are now looking forward to a family


reunion they feared might never happen. That should be a happy


reunion. A man is being questioned on suspicion of assault, following


an alleged attack on a Cumbria MP. John Woodcock was travelling back


to his constituency when he asked a group of men to stop shouting abuse


on board a train from Lancaster. We'll be hearing from Mr Woodcock


in a moment. But the issue of whether or not to intervene to stop


anti-social behaviour is one which is often discussed. And it provoked


some interesting responses today when we asked people if they would


step in. The safest thing would be to mind your own business because


you never know what can happen, if they have knives or anything like


that. I would like to get involved but I am fearful for my own safety,


these days. I would generally say something again, but just not to


people a lot bigger than me. I have got a family to think about. I saw


somebody smoking in the vestibule on the train and there for a pledge


saying something to them but I did not will comfortable doing it, I


did not know how he would react. You do not stand by and watch


someone not been pleasant to somebody else. You stick up for


other people, really. A little earlier this afternoon, I spoke to


John Woodcock, the MP at the centre of this story. And I asked him why


he felt he had to intervene on board the train last Thursday.


was on my normal route back from Westminster, on the train from


Lancaster, to barrel, and the were a group of young men whose comments


were unacceptable and derogatory. And I thought, enough was enough,


and I asked them to stop. They did pipe down for a while, but


unfortunately I ended up in a stand-off. I just think passengers


have the right to be able to travel, even later at night, without being


subjected to that kind of abusive language and derogatory terms. Too


often, it happens, but people should be able to speak out about


it if they will save to do that, or, if not, then certainly to report it


afterwards, so that investigations can be made and people can be


brought to book. Did you at any point back consider the potential


risk? There is always a risk. Everybody has got to make their


judgment when it happens, and that is a difficult one, it is a fine


line. I decided I could not put up with what I was hearing. It is


particularly dangerous on public transport, I can find space, unlike


on the street, where you can walk away from the situation. What


advice would you give to anybody who finds themselves in a similar


situation? Everyone has to make their own judgment. On the train,


there was a card, and I feel for people in uniform -- a guard, and I


feel for people to get this abuse from drunken passengers, who feel


that they are if our target for abuse. But I was conscious that,


although things could get out of hand, there would be others who


could step in to help. Fortunately, we were able to take the heat out


of the situation to the extent that I only walk away with having had a


bad shudder my face, and I was very glad about that. -- bag shoved in


my face. We'd be interested to hear what you think about this issue.


Visitors to our Facebook page have been commenting all day. But you


could send us an e-mail right now. Would you get involved to stop


anti-social behaviour? Have you ever done it? Let us know what you


think. Still to come on North West Tonight. The secrets of second-hand


clothes: how this device can tell you a bit about their previous


owners. And in a world of lectures, exams and parties, let there be


peace. Import unveils his latest What if you could see a scorecard


for your local hospital? Check out its marks before you go in. Well,


that is something that eight Hospital Trusts across the North


West have just signed up to. From today, each hospital will


publish a monthly update on the safety and quality of its care,


detailing things like the number of falls or the number of patients who


get pressure sores from lying still in bed for too long. It's part of a


drive to become more transparent and give the patient more


information. Think of it as a monthly report for


your hospital. Different marks for different subjects, with advice on


how to improve, made public for any patient to look at.


Patients like Pat Wilson. At 70 years old, she's in hospital for


the very first time here in Aintree. To what did you know about this


hospital before you came in? I knew it was the University Hospital. It


seems to have quite a good name of things that it has done. If there


had been more information available, would you have looked at it?


might have, yes. I was really worried about coming to the


hospital. The idea is that this makes


hospitals more accountable. Most already record information like


this but in different ways and they don't tell their patients about it.


This will change that. We looked at the number of falls for January and


reported none. They also asked staff to tell them


anonymously what they think of the hospital and its care. Staff are


honest, because one member has recommended that this would not be


a good place to work. We need to and pick this further. But is this


more about marketing than improving patient care?


It is not just a public relations exercise. It is about striving to


improve care and to give staff the impetus to improved and build on


that care. And they need those figures to be published to give


them that impetus? The impetus is there already, definitely. And


staff work very hard to do a good job. But often, we all need that


bar so we can raise it. But staff member was strongly


defending this. And I have been looking on Facebook to see some


more opinions, but a lot of people to think this is bureaucratic.


Overwhelmingly, they think that. Colin Greenwood says stop ticking


boxes and focus on treatment. Gary Williams says it is just


theoretical and we have to do shopping around. Marie says that


staff do not need any more stress or pressure on them already in a


difficult job. But those criticisms withstanding,


eight hospital trusts have now decided to do this. He were at


Aintree. How do you go about finding out how you hospital was


scored? To Caponacre Industrial Estate of


the hospital trusts have signed up. Blackhill, Bolton, East Lancashire,


Liverpool, Salford, St Helens and writing to in Wigan and Leigh. You


can find all of this information on the website. It was published this


afternoon and will be published monthly. At Google Hospital Trust


and you can find that information. It is not compulsory for a trust to


do this, but the NHS hope that more will follow suit.


10 out of 10! Imagine a city centre where you


flew to work and then were transported to your office on a


moving pavement. It's the kind of thing which inspired science


fiction writers and film makers in the middle of the 20th century. But


was it a complete fantasy? Not according to documents


discovered in the vaults of Manchester City Council.


Researchers have uncovered a vision of city living from the 1950s which


borders on science fiction. Here's our Environment Correspondent Colin


Back in the '60s, the Jetsons were a vision of how we'd get to work in


Meanwhile, in Manchester, planners were working on their own ideas.


This is a heliport to be built on top of the historic Victoria


Station, one of eight being planned for the city centre. The idea was


to try and get helicopters landing right in the centre of towns and


cities so people would upon them and fight to their next business


meeting. Other plans include moving


pavements and an underground to connect the city's main stations.


The tunnel was intended to connect Piccadilly and Victoria. You could


travel from the North to the south by one mode of transport. This is


key. This new tunnel section would connect the rest of the region. We


also have the proposed travel later, which would have been a moving


walkway to connect the roads. some of the post-war plans actually


made it to reality. The Mancunian Way was in the 1945 plan as one of


a number of urban motorways. It was not to be built until 1967. Even


then, not all that was completed. The Blue Sky thinking didn't take


much account of Manchester's historic buildings, which were seen


as being in the way of development. The Victorian City was viewed as


something that needed cleaning and was responsible for a lot of


disease. Even the very grand where houses were bitten to the same


category as the back-to-back terraces under the officials are


making these decisions. You can see the plans in an


exhibition at The Cube gallery in Manchester, where there are more


We lead quite boring lives, don't we?!


If you've ever bought anything from a charity shop, you may well have


wondered where it came from. A shop in Manchester is introducing a new


phone app which allows people to learn an item's history before


buying it. They say it will make bargain hunting even more fun,


while boosting profits for good causes. Nina Warhurst went for a


good rummage. Have you ever wondered where your


favourite charity shop bargain started its life? Or what posessed


the owner to part with such a gem? Those donating are now being asked


to share any interesting bits of history associated with each item.


The information is recorded on a sort of bar code and potential


buyers can then download an app which allows them to have a nosey


at its past. They will tap to scan and they will capture one of these


black and white codes. That will enable the story of the item to


come up. There is a picture of that! This little green dress was


donated by somebody who wore the stress on a blind date that did not


go well and they would like to forget it! So she wants to get rid


of it. Absolutely. The scheme has been developed


between five top universities. Those behind it say it's more than


a gimmick. They believe that knowing the history of an item


makes us more likely to want to buy it. What is the story behind your


phone? It says that somebody had it in their flat with their ex-


boyfriend but they're not together now and they had a clear-out. I am


hoping I can bring some happiness do it again. Not all the stories


are of angry women looking for a fresh start! This Little bear's


previous owner has got 10 GCSEs and now want to share their good luck.


Students from the University of Salford will now track the trackers


with the hope that the project will be taken on nationwide.


I do like her plain talking! She says that as it is.


Diane has a new outfit and will be here in minutes.


Shop-bought! Some may say that students aren't


known for their love of peace and quiet, but a Manchester poet is


hoping to inspire a more reflective mood in them. Let There Be Peace is


the latest mural offering in Lemn Sissay's Poems As Landmarks project.


Celebrating the virtues of tranquility, it has been painted on


a wall in Manchester University's campus building. So is it having a


Let there be peace so France fly away like Albatross and skeletons


foxtrot from cupboards. It is a call for calm. Or as Lemn


Sissay says, a press release for peace. In the midst of all of the


messages of war and doom and pain, and the poem, let there be peace.


Its new home is here in a university place - one of the


busiest building some campers. Why put a poem about peace here? I like


the idea that a student might be studying for their exam and that


this poor mite centre than somewhat. So is it having the desired effect?


Everybody is in a rush but it makes you stop and think. It makes you


chill-out and calm down. I quite like it. I would sit down and relax


and read it. It is nice. I can never understand poetry.


This is Lemns's fourth mural poem manchester, but his first inside.


The others grace a pub wall, a takeway, even a pavement. And he he


has plans for more. I would like Manchester to be the poetry city of


Great Britain and the world. I would like there to be poor and


some of the buildings. People engage with their environment in


ways which they otherwise would not have through poetry and their own


environment. Then they can go and buy their chips. It is just a way


of saying we are not machines. You never know which building could


be next. He is great - invisible kisses his


And now the weather. If it wasn't worn by an angry woman


before, it is now! Good evening! The weather did not


quite come off today. We had too much cloud cover. If you're looking


for a change over the next day, you will not get it. There is no real


change in the forecast. You can see the cloud cover everywhere through


the day today. On the other side of the Pennines, records were broken


up. Why? Because they got the sunshine and their air was slightly


drier than ours. We need a bit of sunshine and we might see a bit


tomorrow. If you are in the favourite bits! This evening and


over night, it continues to be cloudy and try for many places.


There might be one or two spots of drizzly rain from time to time and


it was a yard to the Pennines, the greater risk there is. For most of


us, predominantly dry and quiet. For the most part, but temperatures


made 11 or 12 today. They do not fall too far through the night.


Once again, you do not need your heating on. Seven and it is where


we will all be. You will get up first thing tomorrow morning and


that cloud cover will still be around. Their son is up before 7


o'clock for the first time this year! -- avec son. In the morning,


in the more southern parts, you may well see that cloud breaking from


time to time. Half an hour of sunshine will make a massive amount


of difference. We will stick to the forecast temperatures of around 13


and 14 degrees. It will be the sunshine that gets it to that. 10


to 14 is where we're heading. For tomorrow night, it is more of the


same. There will be some bricks and the cloud cover as we head to were


the early morning, but the temperatures are still quite good.


For the next couple of days, that weather front on Thursday is


relatively close to us. There could be some drizzly rain popping even


though we said that temperatures will fall towards the weekend, that


Shall I move away? Yes please!


For it is a lovely outfit! Lots of you have been getting in


touch to comment on the story involving the Barrow MP, John


Woodock. You may remember he intervened to stop some anti-social


behaviour on a train, and we asked whether you'd do the same.


Terry Burgess says, "I've intervened before on a bus one


evening when someone was hurling racist abuse at a passenger. It has


to be challenged. However, you need to weigh up the situation carefully


before doing so. Janet Hill says, "So many brave


people have been seriously injured or killed intervening. So sadly, my


answer is no". Josh Parle says, "I think Mr


Woodcock was right to get involved, but if the group was already being


rowdy then he must have expected them to react to his intervention".


Joanna Clarke says, "I hope I would intervene if a serious situation


presented itself. I don't think I could forgive myself if I did


nothing". Martin Bennett says, "I don't think


it's general apathy that makes people reluctant to intervene, but


more the fear of what may come of your actions".


Paul Doodlebug-Greenwood says, "Yes, I would intervene, and so should


others. The softly softly approach to crime and anti-social behaviour


has failed". Marie Farrar says, "We should all


challenge bad behaviour more often so that it becomes less acceptable


to look the other way. Nothing changes if we all do nothing".


Tony e-mailed us to say it is too risky to intervene in many cases.


If the law was toughened up on people committing violent crimes,


so it might stop some violence by thugs.


Gerry says she is a small woman and has intervened. She stopped the car


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