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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


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