Browse content similar to 29/03/2012. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
Good evening. Welcome to NorthWest Tonight with Ranvir Singh and Roger
Johnson. Our top story. An investigation into hospital
security in Tameside after medical fluids for patients were left
unattended in the grounds. We'll be examining what safeguards
should be in place. Also tonight.
Police release a lorry driver without charge after a badly
injured woman's body is found in the middle of a Manchester road.
A new neighbourhood watch. The Cheshire plan to help protect our
historic buildings. People power. Renewable energy
based on Ancient Greek engineering, paid for by the locals.
And dilemmas at the deep end. The problems of juggling Olympic dreams
with a busy family life. You end up being quite selfish and I found it
hard to dedicate my time to other An investigation is underway at
Tameside Hospital, after it emerged Part of a major thoroughfare in
Manchester was brought to a standstill today after the body of
a woman with very serious injuries was found lying in the road. Soon
afterwards, a lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of murder.
But within the past hour, he's been released without charge. Our Chief
Reporter Dave Guest is at the scene of where the woman was found. This
sexual of opera at Brook Street remains sealed off. This has been a
story of twists and turns regret the day. But the police are no
nearer to knowing who the dead woman was.
It was around 10 this morning that police received reports of a body
lying in the middle of Upper Brook Street. They arrived to find the
badly damaged body of a woman. It made a distressing scene for
passersby. It is scary. Especially when you do not know the
circumstances. It is mad the way the world is. That is just the way
things are now days. This road is normally a busy thoroughfare, but
it has remained closed off arrive the day. Even as officers began the
task of trying to identify this woman, and establish how she came
to be in the road, there was another twist in the story when a
47-year-old lorry driver was arrested some of miles from here.
His lorry became another potential crime scene that he was arrested on
suspicion of murder. Then at least this after them, the police
announced that the man had been released without charge. They were
keen to stress that the investigation is still in its
infancy. We have a team of detectives investigating this
matter. We have placed additional patrols in the area. This is a
distressing incident, we are getting information constantly.
priority for the investigation is to establish who the woman was the
circumstances leading up to her death. Tonight, the police have
issued a description of the dead woman. She was Asian, had black
hair, was wearing gold bangles, had a nose piercing and a toll ring.
She was wearing saffron coloured clothing. If someone is missing a
relative, if they may know who this person is, please get in touch with
the police. An investigation is underway at
Tameside Hospital, after it emerged that boxes of a medical solution
due to be used on patients were left unattended in a loading bay
that was accessible to the public. The news comes as police continue
to investigate the deaths of six patients at Stepping Hill in
Stockport, who were allegedly poisoned. Tameside General has now
apologised to patients and says security has now been stepped up.
Here's our health correspondent Nina Warhurst. If filtration
solutions from these boxes were due to be put inside your body, how
comfortable would you feel? A manager at Tameside General was
so concerned that the fluids were being left here, unattended, before
being used on patients that she contacted her local newspaper and
this reporter says he was able to go right up to the boxes. Nobody
challenged me at all. There were no patrols, no CCTV in their area. It
is just shocking that the sort of The Royal Liverpool University
Hospitals have a dedicated medicinal safety nurse whose job it
is to make sure storage and handling produceres are always
followed. The lorry drivers drop them off and the porters and lock
them away. When the wards order the medicine, the porter takes them up.
Should they ever be left unattended? Absolutely not.
Medicines and fluids should not be treated like that. Practices have
now been improved. Liquids are received into a safe and secure
area. The risk to any patient is extremely small. The trust has
initiated a full investigation into this. I the results of the
investigation are expected in the coming months.
More of the day's news now. The body of a soldier from East
Lancashire, who was killed in Afghanistan, has arrived back in
the UK. Lance Corporal Michael Foley from
Nelson was shot dead with two other servicemen by a rogue Afghan
soldier. Their bodies arrived at RAF Brize Norton this afternoon.
There's been a mixed picture at petrol stations across the region
with continuing fears of a strike by tanker drivers. Some service
stations have seen long queues, others appear to be operating
normally. The AA is urging motorists to buy fuel as usual,
avoiding stockpiling. 60 firefighters tackled a blaze in
Preston city centre today. It started in the kitchen of the
McDonalds restaurant on Market Street. A number of other shops and
businesses had to be evacuated. And a large fire led to part of Chorley
town centre being closed for part of the day. It badly damaged a
number of shops and restaurants. Candidates are starting to
officially launch campaigns in the race to become the first directly
elected Mayor of Liverpool. For the first time, voters will choose who
they want to lead the city council. Labour's candidate is the current
leader of the council, Joe Anderson, who originally decided to create
the new post. People will look at my record over the last 18 months
to see what I have done. The cruise liner terminal, the apprenticeships
we have created, the jobs we have created they will see a man of
action, a man who gets things done. And the former BBC journalist Liam
Fogarty who has campaigned for years for an elected mayor in
Liverpool is standing as an independent. I have been
professionally a reporting on Liverpool politics for 30 years and
I know how the City works. I can see under the bonnet, if you like,
of Liverpool and the way it is governed. I think we can do a whole
lot better with some new thinking, new faces and a new person at the
top. For a list of prospective
candidates standing for mayor, go to the website at
bbc.co.uk/liverpool. The route has been announced for
Liverpool's Sea Odyssey - a three day street theatre event to mark
the centenary of the Titanic sinking. A giant puppet of a little
girl who lost her father on the ship will walk a 23 mile route
around the city next month. Up to a quarter of a million visitors are
expected on the streets to watch. For more details on the route visit
www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool. It is going to be spectacular. I
thought at first that they look quite weird, but now they look
really good. The country's first heritage watch
scheme has been launched in Cheshire today. It's modelled on
Neighbourhood Watch, but the idea is that local people can help
protect our historic buildings and sites from vandalism.
Cheshire has more than 5,000 sites of historic interest. Our reporter
Andy Gill is at one them - St John's Church in Chester. Andy.
This is a magnificent churches dating back to the 7th century,
next to the Roman amphitheatre in Chester. Some people think it is
among the finest parish churches in England. But it is a building that
has CCTV because of vandalism and anti-social behaviour. Today it was
-- launch of heritage watch. A Grade 2 listed building converted
without planning permission, a building covered in graffiti. This
is heritage crime. At this parish church, lead has been taken from
the roof, windows broken. Depressed, annoyed, very upset. Half at the
time they do not realise that they are damaging their own heritage.
This is a medieval quarter of arms carved into a huge slab of stone.
It used to do have a partner. But two years ago somebody came and
took another one away. It was a planned crime. Now comes Heritage
to watch. Volunteers are being encouraged to give an eye on
Cheshire's historic buildings. hits people where it hurts. In the
sort of buildings about commemorate these important to people's lives.
That is a mean thing to do. first volunteer group has already
been set up. We have to play our part by taking care of it, by being
nosey and boarding up when you have that suspicions. One of the worst
Heritage crimes that Cheshire faces is people urinating on historic
buildings. Disgusting, and something which lots of the wood.
Farmland is sometimes dug up by a illegal metal detectors. If you
want to set up your own heritage watch scheme, get in touch with the
police or your local council. Being nosey seems to be one of the
key skills, I might a sign up! 2,000-year-old technology is being
brought back to life to generate renewable energy on a river in
Stockport. The River Goyt already has one Archimedes Screw producing
electricity from water power. Now it is to get two more costing half
a million pounds. They are being paid for by local people, but with
future Government support for green energy schemes uncertain, are they
investing wisely? Our Environment Correspondent Colin
Sykes reports. Ancient Greek engineering bought by lorry to
Stockport. The huge Archimedes screws are
being fixed into the existing Otterspool Weir on the River Goyt.
The screws turn at variable rates allowing us to go with the ebb and
flow of the river. The survey says there is plenty of water in here to
allow them to turn for most of the time. We can control them and
manage them if we need to. screws will generate enough power
for 60 homes. This is not the first time the River Goyt has been used
for Hydro-Electric power. Just a few miles upriver another scheme is
already successfully generating power. The smaller community scheme
at New Mills is already up and running. Grants and attractive
tariffs for the power have given the scheme widespread appeal but
there is a warning that reduced Government support could leave
investors high and dry. If the Government is serious about the big
society, helping to address climate change, I think it will have to
radically rethink how it supports communities to do this kind of
thing. But for its supporters, it is not all about the money. Most of
my adult life, I have been sounding off about this kind of thing and
the need for alternative sources of power. It is a chance to put my
money where my mouth is. It is small but enough small things will
add up to something that has a significant effect in the long run.
With the screws in place, the scheme should be generating
electricity by next month. Starting your own business is
always a big decision but especially so when you consider the
latest figures. For every two businesses started in the North
West, another three go bust. But Phil Littler from Crewe has done it
- he has just taken over a furniture business.
And he's one of the people who will be helping us track our economy in
the Cheshire town over this next Taking the plunge and taking a
chance in the toughest of times. Are you mad? Probably. Mad or brave.
But you're confident. I know what I am doing. Confidence is good. Sales
even better. Latest figures show that for every two businesses being
started here in the north-west, another three are going bust. What
makes you think you can buck the trend? It is attention to detail,
looking at costs, overheads, do not be flash with anything. Prices have
got to be in line with people shopping on the internet. We want
them to come into town and shop here. So far, so good. He has only
been in business for two weeks, but his is a cautious optimism. I have
a minimum that I have to have, and another where I would also like to
be ideally as well. Target wise, two weeks in, I have doubled it.
But you cannot judge it on two weeks. With a website about to be
launched, plenty of ideas in the pipeline and a long-term plan, it
looks good. In one year, I would like to still be here, having
survived the first year. The second year should be easier. That is when
you start to make some profit. Can he do it? We will check in with him
again soon. Most of us cannot even remember
learning how to read. It's just a natural part of growing up. But not
having that skill can make everyday things like reading a letter or
filling out a form feel daunting. And the statistics are quite
surprising. One in every six adults has the
reading age of an 11 year old or Let me introduce Jeff Pearce. A one
time market trader from Liverpool, now a multi-millionaire who
couldn't write his own name until he was 53 years old. As go, you
were bill of pride -- you were vilified by the teacher. They
thought I did not want to learn, but I did not. -- but I did. I had
dyslexia. How did that make you feel? I wanted to learn, but they
felt I was not learning quickly enough. With dyslexic people, you
have to be taught one it took one. Dyslexia is quite well handled in
schools, I imagine, generally speaking now. But you ended up with
no qualifications and he became a market trader with your mother.
left school at 14 and I could not read and write. But you became a
multi-millionaire, how did you manage? It was very difficult. I
lived at two lives. The life of entrepreneur businessman, but also
the life of a man in fear of being found out. Your wife help you?
wife it was my writing hand. We were in business as a team. I could
not even spell my first name which is James. I found it impossible.
You have learned to read it four years ago. How has it changed to
your life? Amazing. The first thing is to admit that you cannot read.
What I spent 54 years of blatant of anybody knowing that I could not
read. As soon as I told somebody that I could not read and write, it
changed and I was able to start learning. It is a fascinating story.
Inspirational. I am sure that people watching will take
inspiration from it. Well, all this week, the BBC has
commissioned a series of special daytime dramas on the subject and
help is available. If you want to improve your skills, call 0800 0150
950 to talk to someone about what to do next. Or text WORDS to 81010.
Further information can also be found at bbc.co.uk/secretsandwords.
Calls are free from most landlines but some mobile operators may
charge for the call. Texts cost 12- 15 pence.
Now to our Olympic hopefuls and a man preparing for his third Olympic
Games in the pool. Stockport's James Goddard, who specialises in
the backstroke, has won Commonwealth gold medals but has
just missed out when it's come to the big one.
But he hasn't given up hope of winning a medal at his home Games
in London and has been training harder than ever. Our own Olympian
Steve Parry went to find out how That is a brilliant swim up from
James Goddard. Not many people can cope with being a father and a
sports person? It is toff. As a sports person, you lived your life
of focusing on yourself. You end up quite selfish and I found it hard
to dedicate my time to other people. Would you prefer that James had a
more ordinary job? It has always been like this, so that would be
weird. I am looking forward to going out and hearing 70,000 people
going crazy. I bet your not taking her to school? Yes, I trained early
in the morning so I do not usually get to take her. James has won
Commonwealth and European golds. This time it is going to be tough
as he is up against the two greatest ever swimmers. I am very
privileged to be going to my home Olympic Games. And I am going to be
competing against of the greater swimmers of all time. What would be
a good result for you? I think this will be my last chance, added is my
best chance to try pick up a medal. I want to swim a race that I can
look back on in 40 years and think that was a race of my life. We wish
We promised you want final nice day and we have had it. Temperatures
have struggled a little bit. That north-westerly wind is bringing the
air him from the Irish Sea. These are the temperatures that we can
expect now. But it is getting a little bit hazy. It will be a quiet
night, but the cloud is returning. This cloud cover does make a
difference. I do not they may was see any frost, temperatures will be
around to five degrees tomorrow morning. Just a little bit better.
But that cloud will still be around first thing tomorrow morning. A
very different start to the day. The cloud cover tries to thin a bit.
We could see bright weather coming through after lunch time. But the
cloud is still there. It is not going to be the same as it has been
for the last couple of days. Still, the temperature so I will arise to
about 15 along the coast, and that is it for tomorrow.
That's about it for tonight. Just time for the penultimate part in
our series looking at life in one northern town through the eyes of
the people who live there. Songs from Hattersley has generated a
fair bit of feedback from you this week.
Tonight it's Jane and Bill's story and it's a lovely story - one which
sums up the power of friendship. We met at the church and Hattersley.
Bill was partially sighted and play the piano. I was a gospel singer
and he used to accompany me while I sang. He subsequently went
completely blind. In 2005, Jean's husband died. Five weeks later, my
wife Brenda died. I began to look after him. He is almost out
completely deaf as well as blind. # Me gran bought me my first piano.
# I played by ear just for fun. # But it's been my life # I'll play
for as long as I can. # We keep shuffling on. # Inching forward,
smiling. # He never lets us go. # I suppose You could say I relied
on him. # It's only fair that I do my bit.
# Offer him a helping hand. # To thank him for the music and
the friendship. # Let him know that I think the