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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson...
And Ranvir Singh. Our top story... Unlawfully killed. A coroner rules
on the deaths of these women in Southport. Their suspected attacker
hanged himself. The inquest heard how Barry Morrow
invented a bizarre story about a Russian spy in an attempt to escape
justice. Left for dead in an alleyway. The
alarming rise in animal cruelty cases in the region.
Find out why this plane could mean an extra 500,000 passengers a year
for Manchester Airport. Ramblers on the rampage. 80 years
on from the Kinder Scout mass trespass, which helped open-up the
countryside to walkers. And made in Manchester - training
with the British women's waterpolo The man police believe killed two
women at a house in Southport invented a bizzarre story about a
Russian spy in an attempt to escape justice. An inquest today was told
54-year-old Angela Holgate and her mother Alice Huyton, who was 75,
were found dead at Mrs Holgate's home in December last year.
When her lodger, Barry Morrow, was arrested for murder, he claimed to
have been taken hostage by the spy. Morrow was later found hanged in
his cell. Stuart Flinders has more. Exactly what happened at this house
in Southport remains a mystery. But in December, two bodies were found
together in a bed here. Angela Holgate and her mother Alice Huyton
had been murdered. Mrs Holgate lived here with her
lodger, Barry Morrow. He'd also been her lover. When she
disappeared, Morrow told her family she was ill. Her mother, Alice
Huyton went to investigate and was never seen alive again. Morrow
drove Mrs Holgate's car to France and was arrested on his return to
Dover. Alice and Angela were both very special in our lives. They
brought much happiness to us and many others who knew them. It is
still difficult for us to come to terms with these senseless killings,
knowing we will never see them again. It still hurts. Both their
lives were needlessly cut short. Morrow claimed Mrs Holgate hanged
herself here. The coroner said that wasn't feasible.
Barry Morrow told the police say strange story about a man called Mr
Bryan, who had such links to the Russian secret intelligence
services. Brian held him hostage here, he claimed, for days on end,
before forcing him to take a package to Spain. The police say he
does exist but the rest of the story is nonsense.
A police inspector told the inquest into the deaths this afternoon both
women had been strangled. I just hope that today's verdict of
unlawful killing bring some closer to some really devastating event
for the family. -- sum closer to what has been a really devastating
event. Is there any reason why a Barry Morrow went through with this
killing? It is a day for the family and I will not comment on evidence.
The women's families have been denied the chance to find out why
this happened. Morrow was found hanged in his cell before he could
be brought to trial. It's an age old problem, but one
which appears to be getting worse. Animal cruelty. The RSPCA has today
released figures which show a sharp rise in the number of people
convicted of cruelty and neglect. Indeed, the North West is one of
the worst areas in the country. The animal victims include Hope.
She was dumped in an alleyway in Accrington on Christmas Day and was
so thin that vets didn't think she'd survive. Naomi Cornwell is at
Manchester Dogs' Home now and can tell us more.
There are around 300 animals here, all looking for a new home. Most of
them are trying to get their voices on the television! We can show you
some of the dogs at the moment, but I'm not going because they're all
rather excited to be on television. These dogs have not been neglected
or treated cruelly, but many that come here have been. Like many of
those RSPCA centres around the North West, Manchester dogs home is
one of many centres that have seen a rise in those cases over the last
year. Happy and healthy, with a new owner.
She's been named Hope. It was Christmas Day just past when I got
a call about 10am to say that she had been dumped in an alleyway in
Accrington. When I got there, she was then they collapsed, extremely
initiated state. It really was touch and go as to whether she was
going to survive. It is one of the worst of I have ever seen that is
still alive. Fortunately, she made it through.
The people who dumped Hope have never been traced. But the total
number of people being caught abusing animals has increased.
The number of people convicted for cruelty and neglect to animals rose
by nearly a quarter in England and Wales last year. And here in the
North West, there were 157 successful prosecutions.
I think the financial climate probably has something to do with
that. People are taking on animals when the temperament is not
suitable to what they want - whether the dog is too aggressive
or not aggressive enough, in many cases. The animals are then dumped.
Especially if they develop the illness.
Hope now lives with Gareth and seems to be enjoying every minute
of her new life. She is brilliant. Quite, good with
her food, good with the family - what more can you ask for? She
likes having her belly robbed quite a lot, don't you?
Be a very happy and lucky ending to that story! DC Graham is the centre
manager here, and you can see she is hard at work. This dog is
convalescing with a broken pelvis at the moment - not a result of
neglect and cruelty. But she has been keeping you busy. Just tell us
- you to have seen a rise in these cases over the last year. Yes. We
have seen a lot of dogs coming in under a weight or with a lot of
ongoing medical problems. With a lot of stray dogs, the owners
cannot save or what is wrong with them. The RSPCA has come up with
these figures, quantified the rise in prosecutions and convictions,
and you actually refer cases to them, don't you? Were will refer
cases to them. If we have concerns over owners, we will put them on to
the RSPCA. A couple of years ago, we were doing two three a year.
Since Christmas, it has been almost one a month. Cannot be put down to
the state of the economy? I don't know. I think there are many
factors. The people want to hold on to their pets as much as they can
have. Many find it difficult letting go. That is possibly wear a
lot of the low grade neglect could be coming in. One problem is when
the animal becomes sick and people realise the cost of their spells.
That is the same in this case, isn't it? Her owners brought her
him voluntarily. She came to us as a stray, but we reunited with the
owner. She had cost issues and could not cope. We have offered to
take her on. Then she will be returned to the owner when she can
afford it. What message will you have for people, given that these
cases arising? People need to reach out for help before it is too late.
There is not any one message. Pets are very valuable to humans, but
reaching for help before it gets to me it would be the most important
thing. Thank you. A couple of happy
stories that there. But the message we can all learn from this is how
expensive it can be to have a Pep. Astonishing number of dogs there.
A post mortem examination has revealed a two-year-old boy, who
died in Bolton, suffered severe injuries to his abdomen. Rio
Smedley was rushed to hospital on Sunday, after claims he'd had a
heart attack. A 22-year-old man is being questioned, on suspicion of
murder. A man has been arrested in
Blackpool because of a merger in Northern Ireland over 40 years ago.
The questions over killing a 20 its old Catholic in 1973 in Belfast.
Women from North Lancashire and South Cumbria will no longer have
to travel to Lancaster for breast cancer clinics. A �250,000 centre
has opened at the Furness General, and is already providing routine
screenings. It'll start symptomatic services next month.
It has emerged that tickets for the crucial Manchester derby next week
are on sale on the internet at some rather high prices. One website is
apparently offering a pair for �2,600 - that's �1,300 each!
It might be cheaper just to nip down to the pub and watch it on the
television. The candidates hoping to become the
first elected Mayor of Salford have been setting out their plans for
the city. The election will take place on May the 3rd. We'll be
hearing from all of the candidates over the next few days. Here are
the first two. I was very honoured about four
years ago to you check out the council. I was able to see Howard
ran and saw what their problems worse. I'd joined the Green Party.
It is a modern party and there are some great ideas there. Some ideas
could help and work with Salford and generals.
This is a chance for everybody in Salford to have a fresh start. At
the moment, be have been dominated by 40 years by Labour. This year,
we can change things around and have a woman ruling the city.
The name captions did not come up there. The first voice was Joe
O'Neill from the Green Party. The second girl was Karen could we go
from the Conservative Party. There's a full list of candidates
standing for the Mayor of Salford on our website,
www.bbc.co.uk/manchester. One of the world's most luxurious
aircraft has arrived at Manchester airport for the first time. The
Boeing 7872 minor is designed to use less fuel, which means it can
go further without making its stock. It looks like any other plane, but
it is quite special. It is the way it is made. It is hoped it could
bring an extra 500,000 passengers to Manchester Airport every year.
In some ways, playmaking is a simple science. You need a unique
selling point, something that makes you stand out from your rivals.
Impressed the crowd. Often, it is about speed your size. But not this
time. What sets this playing a part is what she has made of. Not of
metal, but of a mixture of carbon- fibre and plastic. It is normally
used to make Formula 1 racing cars. It means she is far lighter and
therefore uses 20% less fuel. That means she can fly further without
stopping. Long-haul trips will bring in 500,000 more passengers to
Manchester Airport every year. They can travel to Iraq from
Manchester to the likes of Cape Town, Hong Kong, Bangkok, all
within 10 hours. Instead of 22 yards or more for travelling to
London. Financially, that means more passengers are travelling in
from Manchester rather than Heathrow.
Inside the plane, they have made a bit of effort, too. This is the
latest in a long haul luxuries. More space, bigger windows,
controllable lighting, all to reduce jet-lag and help you sleep
better. We are not designed to sleep
upright. Ideally, we should all be horizontal. But the majority of us
cannot do that when we fly. Every little thing that you can do will
be helpful. Here to have a look around his Jim
Hawkins, a former flight engineer. The dream liner is so very
different from the claims he used to five.
It is unbelievable. Would you like to fly this claim?
I only wish I could. Today was just a chance to display
her at her best. Passengers will be You can see the attraction. I am
just back from holiday and I could hardly move on the plane.
It will still be quite noisy if you live on the flight path.
Still to come on North West Tonight:
Going down to the wire. Bolton battle a growing injury list as the
fight for Premier League survival heads to Villa Park.
And it is not just the Queen in diamond celebration mode. The
husbands and wives celebrating 60 years together in this special year.
There is no secret. You just get to know each other very well.
Football now and we really are getting to the business end of the
season. The fight for survival in the Premier League affects three of
our North West Clubs. Just four points separate Wigan, Blackburn
and Bolton at the bottom of the table. Bolton have two games in
hand. So it is crucial for them they get a result at struggling
Aston Villa tonight. A short time ago, we put it to the BBC's Ian
Winter who is at Villa Park that it is a massive game for both clubs.
It is a massive game. Both sets of supporters, I am sure, very anxious.
Bolton have five games left to play themselves to get themselves out of
the bottom three. There are six points behind Aston fell off. On
Saturday, both teams picked up a point while Aston Villa were
drawing 00 against Sunderland, there was another draw against
Swansea. Bolton have a couple of games in
hand. Yes, one game in hand against Aston
Villa. Bolton supporters will be hoping to win tonight. Wigan
Athletic and Blackburn Rovers fans will be hoping that Aston Villa can
help them. The weather tonight is foul.
Try to get some dry spells. The Olympic Football tournament
fixtures have been announced. Old Trafford will play host to many of
the matches. Great Britain will play Senegal at the stadium on 26
July. The men's quarter and semi finals will also be played here as
well as the women's semi final. Organisers of this years open golf
at Royal Lytham St Annes say they expect more than 180,000 people to
attend. Ticket sales have been strong despite the event being held
just a week before the start of the Olympics. And this time around
mobile phones will be allowed on the course.
In 2006, we had a bad experience with fans using mobile phones as
cameras and distracting players. Mobile-phones will be limited to
inside the tent. I read something saying that people
are now so attached to their phones that it seemed outdated that they
had to be left at the gate. With just 94 days until the
Olympics, you may be getting ready to cheer Team GB. But when it comes
to women's water polo, you may as well be cheering on Team North West.
Three quarters of the squad play for local clubs and all of them
train at Manchester's Aquatics Centre. So ahead of the London
games, we sent our reporter to find out what you need to know about
water polo. One of the most physically
demanding sport in the world. There is nothing ladylike about water
polo. People try to pull your costume so you get scratches
everywhere. There are seven people on each team. The game is divided
into seven minute quarters. The aim is to score as many goals as you
can. All that whilst keeping your head above water. That in itself is
a skill. This is called the egg beater. It is the basic movement.
You use it to stay afloat and get higher in the water. Impressive,
isn't it? And there is even more reason to root for this part of
team GB. 15 of the 19 strong squad are from clubs in this region. So
it is more like Team North West. am personally really proud of the
north-west and we have something to show for our sporting talent that
we haven't the region. It is nice to represent them for Team GB.
coach is Hungarian. Apparently water polo is huge there. He is
aiming high. Everybody wants to score goals. And with little to
separate the top team, who knows? An Olympic medal could be on its
way to Manchester. Hopefully there are still some
tickets left. I was never good enough to play that. Some of the
things that happen in the men's game under the water would bring
tears to your eyes. I am pitch. -- ouch.
We take rambling in the great outdoors for granted today, but
back in 1932 you could easily find yourself on the wrong side of the
law for it. It was 80 years ago today that more than 400 walkers
trespassed onto private land on Kinder Scout in the Peak District.
It has led to the opening up of the countryside for future generations.
Our Environment Correspondent reports.
Listening today, this 96-year-old man. He was 16 when he joined 400
ramblers who walked to Kinder Scout 80 years ago. As they left the path,
they were confronted by the Duke of Devonshire's gamekeepers. People
who are walking up there now should remember that all of this was done
at that meeting on Kinder Scout. To give them the right to walk
whenever they wanted to. Five of the Ramblers were arrested and
jailed for unlawful assembly. Among them, any Wrotham. -- Ben. He was
not egotistical. He was part of our movement. This iconic event we are
celebrating today was part of that movement. The arrests caused a huge
amount of anger. Several weeks later, 10,000 ramblers gathered to
voice their opposition to what had happened. It was a turning point
for access to the countryside. It led to the creation of the National
Parks and more recently the right to roam legislation. It was also a
pivotal moment in what was seen by many as an end to discrimination by
class. Everyone is united by a desire to be free and exercise
their freedom on the hills. It is like folk music. You don't get many
right wing folksongs because it is the music of the people. Alongside
the event today, there are organised walks all week and a
festival across the Peak District. Beautiful. Many a childhood spent
there. Lot of people get lost there. I went with the Scout as a teenager.
Great fun. It is a rather special Royal year.
And students at the University of Central Lancashire have set
themselves a rather special challenge. They are organising a
series of 60 community events to celebrate the Queen's Diamond
Jubilee. Today was one of those events, bringing together couples
who were celebrating 60 years of marriage. Our reporter went along
to the Burnley campus to see what happened.
When these couples vowed to stay together, they meant it. They will
celebrate their diamond wedding anniversaries today. This couple
met at a local dance. You have to trust each other. Don't have any
secrets. This couple met as teenagers. They got married in the
year that Elizabeth it became our monarch, but their trays of date
had nothing to do with royal events. You wanted to get married in March
for tax reasons, not April. It has changed now. We got some things for
free. Did you ever think you would celebrate 60 years? Never. Students
brought together a dozen couples celebrating diamond anniversary is.
We have 16 volunteer projects to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
was a chance for generations to swap notes about love, marriage and
life. What is the secret? I don't think there is a secret. Does get
to know each other. We are sometimes told that marriage is an
outdated institution, but the students here have seen what can be
achieved. Has it inspired them to get married for the long-haul? Will
you still be married for 60 years. Hopefully. The students have
certainly been learning from the experts.
I love the realism of that. They I love the realism of that. They
can get a tax return. I have to admit I was getting a bit
bored of saying sunshine and showers. We have had sunshine and
showery weather for 10 days. We need a water in the reservoir has
and it is all going to change tomorrow. There is an area of low
pressure behind me. It makes its way it over us tomorrow. Wet and
windy. That will linger on Thursday to bring us light and patchy rain.
It will leave behind some cloud for Sunday. This evening is not looking
too bad. We will see the clouds melting away and the showers easing
away this evening. We start off with some clear skies. I think this
will allow the temperatures to fall away. It should be mostly dry
overnight. Maybe some spit and spot of rain over the Isle of Man. The
easterly wind will pick up towards dawn. Temperatures should hold up
well above freezing. They will be between four degrees and seven
degrees. Four tomorrow, a lot of rain in places. The winds will be
the pecker up. We hopefully start of mostly dry tomorrow. Cloudy in
the south with the best of the sunshine in the north. The win back
a really strong. By late afternoon it should clear away for the south
of the region leaving us with dry conditions. Generally quite
persistent rain and breezy. Highs of ten degrees expected tomorrow.
If you factor in the wind, it will feel much colder than that. The
rain will hang around on Thursday and we are likely to see some
funder, possibly some hail. By Friday, hopefully less rain around
and probably slightly cooler also. That summary out for it was just a
That summary out for it was just a ruse!
A reminder about the weekend's sea odyssey event in Liverpool.
Liverpool's Titanic Girl, a documentary about the giant weekend,
was due to be shown tomorrow night, but in a change of schedule the
programme has been moved to next Monday, 30th April, at 8:30om. --pm.