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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson.
And Annabel Tiffin. Our top story: Great Manchester Police answer.
Never would we expect in our worst nightmares PC Ian Terry would be
killed by one of his colleagues. The force will be fined.
Also tonight: Have the jab. Liverpool parents are
urged to get their children vaccinated as a measles outbreak
spreads. Victims of the recession - why more and more horses and ponys
are being abandoned because their owners can't afford to keep them.
And winning hearts, minds and medals - Dame Kelly Holmes visits
Lancashire to inspire youngsters about the Olympics. Everyone is
going to think this is the biggest showcase of sport in the world ever,
and it's come to our country. Who Greater Manchester Police is to be
prosecuted over the death of one of its officers. PC Ian Terry was shot
dead by a fellow officer during a training exercise in 2008. An
inquest ruled he'd been unlawfully killed.
Yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service said it wouldn't be
bringing charges. But today the Health and Safety Executive said it
would be taking the force to court. Our Chief Reporter Dave Guest is
here in the studio with more. Ian Terry knew his job was
potentially dangerous. He was, after all, expected to catch
criminal, but it was a fellow officer, not a felon, who killed
him. It was June 2008, and PC Ian Terry was playing the part of an
armed suspect during a training exercise. A colleague shot him with
one of these - it's called a rip round, and it's intended to
puncture tyres or shoot through wood.
Fired at close range, it killed him. In 2010, a jury decided he had been
unlawfully killed. They had been told he was not wearing body armour.
They deemed GMP's practisings to be inappropriate. Twice the Crown
Prosecution Service has considered whether to press criminal charges
and twice has decided not to, recently yesterday. Today, though,
the Health and Safety Executive announced it would be taking GMP to
court. In June this year it will be nearly four years since Ian
tragically died, four years that his family and his colleagues have
had to wait for this protected decision to be made., and today I
would like again to extend our deepest apologies for the tragic
loss of a much-loved father, son, brother and husband. His family's
frustration was clear this afternoon. Although we welcomed
today's decision by the HSE to prosecute Greater Manchester Police
and two of the officers involved, we feel bitterly disappointed that
the Crown Prosecution Service have decide not to prosecute anyone,
including the individual who killed Ian. The real tragedy here is not
only that we as a family have lost a wonderful husband, father, son
and brother, but that Greater Manchester Police have lost a young,
dedicated police officer who wanted to serve and protect others.
Meanwhile, eight other officers have misconduct proceedings hanging
over them. Four years on from his death, the Terry case is still far
from resolved. Thank you very much.
Meanwhile, a mother has been speaking for the first time about
the death of her son - who was shot dead by Greater Manchester Police.
An Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation is
underway into the death of Anthony Grainger during a Police operation
in the Cheshire village of Culcheth last weekend. No weapons have been
found. Ian Haslam reports. Anthony Grainger was shot dead by a
Police Officer, but it's not known why the officer opened fire. That,
is what an Independent Police Complaints Commision investigation
will now try to determine. It was in this car that he was killed, as
officers from Greater Manchester Police investigated an alleged
robbery plot. I expect to get that the police have murdered my son.
And if it comes to that conclusion, I want the officer charged with
murder and the other officers charged with conspiracy to murder.
That's what I want at the end of the day. If it comes out that this
is an unlawful killing, that's what I hope and pray for.
It was in this car he was killed as officers from Greater Manchester
Police investigated a robbery plot. His mother is unsure why he was in
the car. I don't know why. I mean, he was a grown man. He was 36 years
old, so you don't know, do you? I just know he was my son, a loving
son. He was good to his brothers, and he adored his two children.
That's - that's all. Three men have since been remanded in custody
charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. No mother should have to
hear a child's died, especially in the circumstances in which he died.
He was murdered on my birthday. From that day forward, I will never,
ever celebrate my birthday again. How could I?
Hundreds of disabled people in the north-west could be at risk of
losing their jobs as Remploy plans to close seven factories, including
Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Wigan, Barrow, Birkenhead and Preston.
The new Dean of Liverpool Cathedral is to be Canon Dr Pete Wilcox.
Canon Wilcox is currently based at Lichfield Cathedral - but will
start in Liverpool in September. The father of two - who's married
to the novelist Catherine Fox - will be the seventh holder of the
post. Next, one of the six UK soldiers
thought to be killed in Afghanistan is from the 1st Battalion the Duke
of Lancaster's Regiment - which recruits mainly in the North West.
The soldier and five others from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire
Regiment were travelling in a Warrior armoured vehicle when it
caught in an explosion. Peter Marshal is at Fulwood Barracks. We
don't know the identity of the soldier or where he was based but
it still must be a sombre day there at the barracks. They're actually
based at Catterick barracks. These feelings are felt by everyone at
headquarters and indeed in the local area. The regiment has been
given the freedom of 25 cities and towns in the north-west. That gives
you an idea of the esteem they're held with in this area. It's
looking more and more likely this vehicle was hit by an IED laid by
the Taliban, and the loss of six soldiers is the biggest loss of
life in a single incident in Afghanistan since 2006 since 14
personnel were killed when a nimrod crashed. One local MP around here,
films a former soldier, has had this to say. Indeed, one of the
soldiers was a member of the Duke of Lancashire's Regiment. My
thoughts are with his family and all of those who have given the
ultimate sacrifice in fighting in Afghanistan. The soldiers were in a
Warrior. These have been the subject of controversy in the past,
haven't they? Yes, four soldiers were killed in Iraq in April 2007
in one of these. Among them was 19- year-old Kingsman Adam Smith, just
19 from Liverpool serving with the 2nd Battalion Duke of Lancaster
Regiment. At the inquest into their deaths, the coroner said soldiers
needed better equipment. The Government responded saying there
would be a �1 billion upgrade. It's not known whether the latest
vehicle involved in the incident had been involved in the upgrade
process. Thank you very much. The RSPCA says it's struggling to
cope with a record number of dead or dying horses being dumped in the
north-west. It says imagines which could be rehomed are being
abandoned because their owners can't or won't pay for treatment.
One pony was found stumbling around in an industrial estate, another
was dumped in Bolton. You may find this report upsetting.
This is Delilah. She was found in Rochdale around three weeks ago in
a terrible state full of lice, worms and very, very thin.
I called the vet out, and the vet said another 24 hours, she would
have probably had to be put to sleep. The vet certified she needed
removing. Otherwise that would have happened.
The horses taken in by the charity are making good progress with food
and proper care, but it's expensive. Throughout the country, the RSPCA
is looking after about 500 horses and ponies like this. Around half
of those are in the north. One of the main reasons is the cost of
keeping an animal, around �15 a day to keep a pony like this in good
condition. With some ponies only fetching �25 at sales, the number
of abandoned animals has soared. This dead two-year-old was
discovered on a street in Bolton. Another pony was found in Foal
wandering around an industrial estate in Stockport. She could give
birth at any time. She has a leg injury. We called the vet out to
have a look, and that leg injury is a chronic one. It has been there
for over 12 months untreated. It's an injury that could have been
treated very easily at the beginning. The RSPCA blames
overbreeding and the economic climate, but says owners should
call for help rather than leave an animal to suffer.
Still to come: The practicalities of bereavement -
our series on partners who have been widowed young examines the
realities of everyday life. Apparently, there's a benefit for
widows with children. And I have been widowed for 18 months. I only
found out yesterday. And no reprieve - wind mere's Canada geese
The great operas are full of jealousy, murder and revenge, and
Mozart even sends one of his characterers to hell, but we wonder
what audiences will make of a new opera being performed for the first
time in Liverpool tonight. Yes,Anya 17 traffics the grim subject of
people trafficking. It tells the story of young woman tricked into
coming to the UK into the sex trade. SINGING
Anya is about to enter a seedy world of sexual exploitation.
characters is representative of many young girls in - particularly
Eastern Europe, but many places across the world.
# I don't know # She's a young, innocent girl who
falls in love, but it turns out to be a trick for her to fall into sex
slavery in the West. Instead of digging into a romantic
past, the opera focuses on a real problem of our times. We're talking
about women that have been deceived, been told that they may have a job
here. They're brought over by traffickers from other countries
and then forced into the sex industry in brothels. I think as
communities, we need to know what we're looking for and to raise
awareness of that. It's a scaled- down concert performance. With
backing, it could become a major production. Just two performances -
one here tonight at the Philharmonic Hall here in Liverpool,
another at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, but
is there an audience for an opera about people trafficking? At the
moment, there is an opera on in London, The Death of Klinghoffer
about terrorism. I think opera can do that. If you go back to subjects
like Kharmen and others, they were quite close to the bone, and they
Parents on Merseyside are being urged to get their children
vaccinated following an outbreak of measles.
Health professionals say the majority of cases are in children
under five who haven't had the MMR vaccine and among babies and
toddler whros are too young to be vaccinated.
Three children got measles and so did her granddaughter because she
never got them vaccinated after the scare over autism a few years ago.
A link to MMR has since been shown to be unfounded, and her advice to
parents is to get the vaccine. Definitely get it because I
wouldn't like any other parent to go through what I have gone through
this last month. It has been quite bad. In Merseyside and Cheshire
there are 48 confirmed cases. There could be many more. 7,300 children
could be at risk. Here at the Health and Safety Executive in
Liverpool, a team is working full- time on measles cases and is being
treated in thea same way as the swine flu pandemic three years ago.
We will hopefully limit the transmission, and also by
identifying vulnerable contacts of cases and offer them some
protection, we can minimise transmission. The outbreak has
spread from Liverpool to Halton and St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral
and Warrington. At this lab in Manchester, the samples are being
tested and monitored daily. Normally, we don't see measles
except for particular times of the year. Now we're seeing two to three,
five cases - it varies day to day, but we're seeing that number
regularly on a daily basis. Measles is serious, and in some cases can
be fatal. People who have not yet responded are being urged to
contact their GPs to bring this For the next part in our series
looking at the experiences of people who have lost their partners
at a young age. We have been talking to Peter, who lost his wife
Sophie, and Clare, whose husband John died when they were both in
their 30s. It's a day they have been telling
Stuart Polit what it's like to deal with the practicalities in the
midst of losing a loved one. When she went, that was massive
hole in the practical finance end of things, which you don't really
want to think about, but at the end of the day, you need to pay the
mortgage. Obviously, you have to let everybody know - all the banks
and the building societies. I had to go to Chester to go to the bank
and sat there heavily pregnant saying, "My husband has just died.
What do I do about these accounts?" I had to sort out a headstone. I
had to go to the stone mason's and look at the lettering. I was 33. I
didn't expect I was going to have to deal with that. Luckily, less
than a week before we'd both taken out life insurance which I would
advise to everyone. I know times are hard, but if we hadn't had it,
I don't know what we would have done. Thank goodness he was in
Kimberly Clark's pension scheme. We received financial help from them,
without whom we wouldn't have been able to survive. Is there enough
help for people like you to deal with that side of it? I don't think
there is any help. I know sometimes the Government does say that there
is this and there is that, but I only found out yesterday that
apparently there is a benefit for widows with children. That is one
of the great things about the Wave Foundation. We're all in the same
boat. You put something on either the message board or the WAY page
on Facebook, and you can guarantee somebody else would have had the
same issue. Everything was straight forward.. I know a lot of people in
Way who had a lot of problems. Neither of us had a will. It was
hard work. It took ages and ages to sort out. It would be good if you
could make one call or just stopping junk mail, which can be
upsetting to the kids when they see mummy's name every day. From that
point of view, it does take a lot of sorting out, then probably at
the point of life when you're least likely to want to do any paperwork.
Peter and Clare have spoken very candidly and emotionally about
their situation. It struck a chord with everybody. Please do get in
touch if you have something to say. We may revisit some of your stories
later in the week. Stuart's piece continues tomorrow.
Now, the proposed cull of Canada geese on wind mere is to go ahead.
The authorities in the Lake District ruled today there are too
many of them, and some will have to But the campaign to save them is
hotting up, as Mark Edwardson explains.
For almost one in five of these birds, their goose is already
cooked. The Lake District National Park Authority and its partners are
going to cull between 15 and 20% of wind mere's Canada geese because
it's felt they're an unpleasant nuisance and big polluters.
Canada goose will go to the toilet 26 times a day. They can deposit as
much as two pounds of droppings. If you multiply that with a large
number of birds, particularly when they're flocking together, that has
a big impact on the ground and people's enjoyment. 200 geese will
be shot this year. That might be followed by another cull.
A lot of visitors are going to be put off. It might be short term,
but nevertheless, it's not good. It's not good for the Lake District.
This is a beautiful area. It's one I am passionate about and its
wildlife, and I can see no reason whatsoever for the way in which the
National Park Authority have gone about this matter.
Visitors, often blamed for encouraging large numbers of the
geese because of they feed them, had mixed views. It's a great
impact on what they're doing to the virplt - I can't see it. It's a
good idea, yeah. They are very messy. I don't agree. Leave nature
to itself. As far as the National Park authority is concerned the
cull of Canada geese like these is going to start as soon as spring
arrives that could be as early as next month. The campaigners say
they're going to keep up their protests starting Saturday in
On to sport. Tony is here. More revelations today about the amount
of money Blackpool Football Club has paid to companies run by Owen
Oyston. On Monday we told you that Owen
Oyston's company, Zabaxe, had received eleven million pounds from
Blackpool Football Club. That was more than the wages paid to all the
players and the manager put together. Some fans were so angry
they called on Mr. Oyston to pay some of that money back. What was
the money for? Some for the stadium complex.
The club has bought the freehold of the hotel back from him. The other
repayment of the item was money lent to the club. Some fans are
angry, but others are more relaxed. They say he saved them from
extinction, helped build a new stadium and got them into the
Premiere League. The team was relegated last season but the club
have made a healthy profit, �20 million. The argument goes on. Well
today it's been revealed that in total Mr. Suffered a set-back with
defeat at Derby. Tom Ince the seasiders ahead with just over a
minute gone. But the home side responded with two of their own. In
League One Rochdale's manager John Coleman has apologised to the
club's fans after his side's 2-1 defeat at Carlisle. Dale are now
bottom. Tranmere Rovers got a point in Ronnie Moore's first game in
charge with a 1-1 draw against Notts County. And in League Two
Kevin Ellison scored twice as Morecambe came from behind to beat
Cheltenham 3-1. One of Britain's greatest ever Olympians was in the
region today just 142 days before the London Games open. So Andy
Johnson went along to meet Dame Kelly Holmes, a double Gold medal
winner in Athens, to get her opinion on some of our 2012
hopefuls. Dame Kelly Holmes bringing it home -
Eight years on, and it's still one of the great sporting moments -
gold in the 850 metres in Athens means Dame Kelly Holmes will always
be regarded as an Olympic great. Your theme of going for gold of
course resonates with me. Today she was inspiring students and staff by
opening the West Lancashire College. So we took the chance to get her to
run the rule over three of our London hopefuls.
A fantastic athlete, very determined to do well and to
perfect her ability in that 800 metres. She's already shown that
she's up there with the best of the world.
She was in the team when I used to run. We were very close. I think
she's incredible how she's moved up in diss the answer, but her
standard hasn't waivered. She's getting better and better. If
anyone was going to put a bet on a potential medallist, it's someone
like that she has the advantage that she knows she can compete
against the best in the world. lucky student who will help carry
the torch when it comes to the north-west even got to hold those
famous gold medals. I remember watching her on the telly when I
was 11 and being amazed - I couldn't believe she won both of
them. I can't believe I am holding It would be great if some of our
athletes could replicate that. If you're a Manchester City fan or
even a music fan, don't miss the show tomorrow. We've got news of a
very special meeting of minds - Noel Gallagher has interviewed one
of Manchester City's more flamboyant star, shall we say. I am
not allowed to say who it is, but if they're on there, will be
fireworks. I think you may have just given it away. A sneaky clue.
It was a lively day today with bouncey showers in parts. Tomorrow
looks like it's going to be a fairly quiet day with quite a bit
of cloud cover. Temperatures around 10 Celsius. Through the day today,
the showers, the band of rain first thing in the morning - I am
desperately trying to get the charts to move on so you'll have to
stick with what I am saying - here we go. In Blackpool this afternoon,
as they turned up, your temperatures went from 8 Celsius to
5 Celsius in the space of about ten minutes as they move their way
through. This is our latest picture. They're still around in parts, but
I think the story really should be for them to die away as you head
towards midnight. Before midnight, one or two will still continue, and
on those winds, they will be fairly lively. After midnight, many will
die away. We'll see a bit of clear weather before midnight. Cloud
afterwards. Temperatures will be cold in parting. Those showers rise
over the high ground and meet the cold air - there could be wintry
weather. 2-3 Celsius is your minimum. We go into tomorrow, and
the best of any winter weather will be first thing. As the morning
progresses, cloud cover breaking for places, so there should be some
spells of sunshine coming through. But after lunch the cloud cover
rolls on back all over again. It's quiet because the wind has changed
direction - it's more a south- westerly and not strong at all. In
theory, your temperatures could get to 9-10 Celsius. It's worth noting
there could be more sightings of the northern lights over the next
couple of nights. Tomorrow night could be a favoured sighting time,
We were just wondering whether you're promise of a quiet day