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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson. And
Annabel Tiffin. Our top story: The supersize school uniforms. Why
doctors are concerned about the expanding waistlines of our
children. Last year we introduced new shirts into the range that from
stock go up to 19 inch collar for boys and think 48 inch chest in
girls' blouses. We'll talk to one of the region's top health
officials. Also tonight: Police crack down on lorry drivers who
seek distractions during long hours in the cab.
Pain for Keri-Anne - as the Stockport swimmer misses out on an
Olympic medal. Not quite what I wanted for all the crowd and for
all the people that have worked so hard to get me here, but, yeah...
And the sweet sound of Stradivarius. The lucky orchestra which has
borrowed one for a series of concerts. The school summer
holidays are well under way but unlike in days gone by many
children aren't spending their days running outside and playing with
their friends. As kids spend more time watching TV or playing
computer games, we all know childhood obesity is growing.
Now one school uniform company in Lancashire says it's having to make
more supersize clothes than in the past.
Trutex says the problem is worse here in the North West, and that
it's further evidence of a rise in childhood obesity. Here's Ian
Haslam. Based in Clitheroe, this clothing company has been supplying
uniforms for over a century. Never, they say, has there been such big
demand for large clothing. It's definitely a trend we have noticed
in the North West, our retailers are asking for these bigger sizes
that have created this demand. Last year we introduced new shirts from
stock that go up to 19 inch collar for boys. I think we go up to 48
inch chest in girls' blouses so these are large sizes. If that
sounds big, take a look at the blazers and trousers. This 50 inch
sturdy fit trouser is the biggest they have. As you can see there is
an internal waist adjuster there. The next most popular style is this
with an elasticated waste and this is a 48 inch chest jacket. Three
years ago the biggest was a 50 inch chest.
According to a recent report by NHS North West, around a third of
children in the region or half a million, are overweight or obese.
Of that 9.9% were 4-5-year-old which is slightly above the
national average. The percentage of obese children aged ten to 11 was
19.3%, again higher than the national national average. An
alarming statistic possibly, but not one that surprises this bicken
head shop owner -- Birkenhead shop owner. People are getting bigger.
Years ago we had two ranges of trousers, slim fit and regular fit.
Now we have regular fit and sturdy fit trousers. So, the slim fit
trouser has vanished. With the elasticated they're ideal for
children. Makes them feel better about themselves. It's the diet and
stuff like that. It seems despite schemes to counterit, childhood
obesity is a tkproeing problem. -- growing problem.
So why are children getting bigger? Well, that was a question we put to
Dr Paula Grey, who is Director of Public health in liverpool. I think
it's a complex mixture of things really. It's not just one issue,
it's a whole environment, culture, and the difficulty I think some
people have in accessing good physical activity facilities and
also the difficulties in eating a healthy diet. Our reporter spoke to
a clothes manufacturer who provides school uniforms for schools across
the country but he says the North West is particularly bad. He is
having to provide bigger uniforms in the North West. Why is that?
Well, our information shows that probably where the children in
Liverpool particularly are properly just about the same kind of size as
people nationally, so something like 12% of children in reception
class are obese, and something like 22% of children in year six, sort
of ten-year-olds are obese and that's pretty much in line with the
national average but that's far too much really, and I think it's a
mixture really of not enough physical activity and the
propensity to eat a lot of very dense calorie foods and fast food
and the sraeupblt of those -- availability of those kind of
things. Is that parents' fault, are they feeding kids the wrong thing?
I don't think we should blame anybody. It's a mix of the
environment we live in. Obviously, parents have a role, as do schools,
our transport system has a role. The local authorities have a role,
in terms of the facilities they offer in terms of parks and open
spaces. So, it's a mixture really. But it's certainly not something
that children can tackle on their own and certainly the kind of
things we do are trying aimed at families so parents and children
together, not just focusing on children because often it can be an
issue for the whole family and not just the child. Thank you very much.
We would love to hear your comments on that, if you have any send them
to us and if we have time we will read them at the end of the
programme. Pathology staff at Salford Royal
Hospital and Wigan Infirmary will be balloted for strike action after
talks to resolve a dispute over pay failed today. Around 60 workers
could lose up to �6,000 a year. Union leaders say it comes on the
back of a three-year pay freeze. A man in his sixties is being
treated for severe burns at Whiston Hospital after he suffered an
electric shock on Merseyside. It happened as he worked on a street
lamp cable in Kirkby this morning. Parents of children at mosques and
other kinds of schools in Lancashire are being urged to come
forward if they suspect their youngsters are being abused.
Yesterday Kurram Hussain from Blackburn was found guilty of
beating two boys - aged ten and eleven - while teaching them to
read the Koran. The police say people need to speak up. A burglar
whose accomplice died in a raid on a house in Stockport has been
jailed for ten years. 34-year-old Michael Anthony Thorpe from Heald
Green admitted one count of aggravated burglary. The home-owner
was arrested on suspicion of murder, but no further action was taken.
The bells on Kendal's town hall clock are to be silenced overnight
because council officials say they're breaking sound regulations.
They found the bells were four times the recommended limit
following complaints from a nearby tavern. The clock has chimed since
the days of Queen Victoria. You may remember some years ago a
lorry driver was caught watching a TV show on his laptop as he drove
up the M6 in Cumbria. His vehicle veered from lane to lane for 25
miles before he was pulled over by the police.
It seems it wasn't an isolated incident. Now Merseyside Police
have a secret weapon - their own undercover truck. Stuart Flinders
has been finding out more. This lorry driver doesn't know it yet
but the truck pulling up alongside him is in fact a police vehicle.
Constable Hemans films the driver as he uses his phone and relays the
information to an unmarked vehicle behind. This vehicle up ahead, the
driver's been sighted by the truck texting on his phone. As you can
see on the back of the vehicle, there is an orange board display
underneath the phone number, that means the vehicle is carrying
dangerous goods. The lorry is pulled over. Have you any points on
your licence, you are going to get three for this... This is operation
Truck-cam, the target is drivers behaving badly. Just advise you
stkoepbt be on your -- don't be on your phone again. It's common to
see them on mobile phones. Large numbers don't wear seat belts. We
have them eating food while driving. Having drinks. You have seen them
watching videos? Watching videos. It's not uncommon to see all those
things. Back on the road, a driver's not
wearing a shirt. He gets a �60 fine for not wearing a seat belt either.
The lorry isn't just cover for the police, it allows them to see
inside a driver's cab. Normal patrol cars are just too low.
he is rolling a cigarette, hold the position there, please. They've
caught drivers eating a salad, even pouring tea with no hands on the
wheel. Bit, more, please. Driver is not wearing seat belt and neither
is either of the other two passengers. These are relatively
minor offences, but if a driver were to kill somebody while using
the mobile phone or eating a sandwich, then they could be
looking at a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and a
prison sentence of 14 years. A man's been sentenced to four
years in prison for rape after his victim said a storyline in
Coronation Street gave him the courage to come forward. Daniel
Bird was today sent to prison for attacking the boy four times when
he was just eight. His victim, now in his teens, said the ordeal of
the character Carla in the ITV soap prompted him to give evidence. Mark
Hannaby reports. I was around eight years old. He
took me to my bedroom every time my mum and dad went out and just raped
me. This This 17-year-old boy was afraid to tell anyone of the
torment he suffered on being repeatedly raped by Daniel Bird. He
found courage to report the crimes after watching a rape storyline
featuring the characters car la Connor and frank Foster in
Coronation Street. Daniel Bird was found guilty of raping his victim,
an eight-year-old boy, on four separate occasions whilst
babysitting him. The rapes took place in 2004 when Bird was either
15 or 16. After each attack, Bird told his young victim he wasn't
allowed to tell anyone what had happened. He's taken away my
childhood, taken away a big part of my life which I should have enjoyed.
He's ruined it. He turned me into a horrible person. He didn't want to
cuddle, he didn't want to kiss as a young boy, there was no affection.
There was nothing. Just nothing there at all. I can't believe that
someone's done that to my child. Detective Constable Halls says
Bird's conviction should give other victims of rape the courage to
report the crime even after several years. It's important to come
forward, without victims and reports we can't do anything to
investigate it. Daniel Bird, 24, was found guilty of four counts of
rape at Manchester Crown Court. He was sentenced to four years in
prison and ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life.
Still to come on North West tonight: Under wraps for thousands
of years. But now a rare insight into how the ancient Egyptians
might have really locked. -- looked. There's a chance of a medal for us
in the taekwondo, but Liverpool fighter Martin Stamper can only win
Olympics, and Keri-Anne Payne struggled to hold back the tears
this afternoon after narrowly missing out on a medal. During a
very tough 10 column at a race she was cheered on by thousands of
people who lined the banks of the Serpentine.
Sadly she came 4th, just failing to gain a bronze medal. The margins
between success and failure are so slim.
Yes, four hundredths of a second was how much there was between
Keri-Anne Payne and a bronze medal today. I am here in Hyde Park, full
of families enjoying themselves. You can see the Serpentine behind
me looking lovely on this summer's evening. A few hours ago it was
packed, a sea of red, rock -- White and blue, plenty from the North
West who had hoped to see Keri-Anne Payne go one better than in Beijing,
when she missed out on a gold medal by just 1.15 seconds. This is how
the story of a very dramatic race unfold at.
The shirt said it all. Among the flags and banners, some family
support. Excited! She is going to win. There is a bit of pressure on,
because we have not done very well in the swimming. Yes, but I think
she will get there. I think she will use all her rounds and then a
burst of speed. Conditions were perfect. An English summer's day,
six laps of the Serpentine between Keri-Anne and a medal. It is a
dangerous job. In Hong Kong she was swimming alongside of shark nets,
in China she had dead dogs floating pastor and in Melbourne she was
stung by jellyfish the size of dinner plates. She should be OK in
London, where the worst she might fate is -- face is a curious cooked.
Keri-Anne, who want -- who won silver in Beijing, likes to lead
from the front. 10 kilometres is about 8,000 strokes. Anybody
tempted to cheat will be watched by the referees on a boat, with red
and yellow cards. Come on, Keri- Anne! Not far from home and,
despite her family urging her on, she was in 5th place. As they raced
for the line, she moved to 4th but just missed out on a medal. Keri-
Anne just behind in 4th position. think she did really well. I think
she did brilliant. A little bit disappointed we didn't
get a medal but still proud of her and she has done her best and we
have all had a really good day. Putting on a brave face on at. But
she is not the only swimmer who has had his appointment at this the
Games. -- disappointment. No man, it is the only area where we seem
to have failed. -- no. Rebecca Adlington got two bronze medals but
funding for swimming might be cut now. And they will have a post
games review to see if it is worth funding. Keri-Anne might not go to
the next the Games in Rio. After the race, an obviously
disappointed Keri-Anne spoke to the BBC's Clare Balding.
It did not really go my way from the start. I tried to get back up
to leading but it shows that I need to do my own game. The top 25
swimmers in the world are here today so to come out 4th is not too
bad and it was really, really close as well. Not quite what I wanted
for all of the crowd and for everybody who has worked so hard to
get me here. It was a terrific effort. How much were you hurting,
particularly on the last lap? hurting most of this when. I have
always said that open-water is about making the right decision at
the right time. I missed a chance and from there I struggled to get
back in. I think I was working too hard for how would normally like to
take the race. I got back into position but it didn't happen at
the end. Is that it for you for swimming? I don't know, really. I
don't know how things will go yet. I think I need a bit of a break
from doing 10Ks but we will see. Liverpool's Martin Stamper will
fight for bronze tonight in taekwondo in the men's 68 kg
division. He made it to the semi- final but was narrowly beaten.
He made his way into the quarter- final after his victory over the
Mexican contender this morning. Then standing in his way it was the
18-year-old Serbian. He won and set up his toughest bout yet against a
bronze-medallist from Beijing. A certain absurd but his art next.
-- a certain Serbian his next. you have to be the best to beat the
best. From the first round the Turk
proved a formidable a kit -- opponent. He took a 5-0 lead. With
seconds left to Martin Stamp had tried to do something but the world
champion held on to win 9-6. He still has a chance of a bronze
medal tonight. Fingers crossed for Martin. Stuart
Bithell has to wait until tomorrow to raise the gold at the Olympic
regard to endorse it. Today's race in the 470 class was postponed from
lack of wind. If the conditions are favourable tomorrow he and his
counterpart -- his partner are guaranteed at least a silver.
Competing tomorrow will be BMX champion Shanaze Reade. She is
desperate to get a medal in these Olympics after crashing out in
Beijing, when she was hot favourite. She goes into the semi-final this
afternoon, hoping to make the final later on.
It showed me the rules of how to be an Olympic champion. I think in
that event, if I did win, I wasn't a true champion because I didn't
have all the big -- the ingredients it needs. I have assured -- matured
a lot more since then. Away from sport now, and think of a
range at -- ancient Egypt - you think of mummies and perhaps
Tutankhamun's funeral mask. A collection in Manchester is
shedding light on the ancient world with a collection of rare artefacts
found inside Egyptian tombs. They are being shown at the John
Rylands Library in Manchester. Elaine Dunkley has been along to
find out more. Ancient Egypt is full of mystery.
The identity of the mummies has long been under wraps and to --
until now. You can see the wrapping is stitched into the portrait.
These paintings are 2000 years old and were found in tombs in 1888.
These pieces were astonishing. Everybody in Europe was amazed by
the quality of these pieces. We are so lucky here in Manchester to have
this combination of artifacts but very few institutions and cities to
have. Paintings of the wealthy, soldiers and other celebrities of
the time, discovered by this archaeologist. His exhibitions were
financed by a wealthy Manchester cotton merchant.
I am blown away. It is incredible. I had seen pictures from the 15th
and 16th century and these are so much older. You are looking at
pictures over 2000 years old and in good condition. And rare documents
found near the tombs are giving us a chance to peer into the past.
After becoming a Roman province in 29 BC, Egypt was subjected to a
waiver of bureaucracy. They are pieces of writing from everyday
life, letters and contracts. I am always struck by how much
bureaucracy was going on. This is undoubtedly one of the greatest
collections of its time. The exhibition runs until November.
Fascinating. Moving on to something musical.
They are considered to be the finest violins ever made. They can
fetch millions of pounds at auction and some say the sound of a
Stradivarius can't be equalled. We were debating how to pronounce
it. There are only about 600 of the violins remaining force. One has
been borrowed for a series of The unique sound of a Stradivarius
violin. It is in the hands of the Manchester Camerata.
And Giovanni, what is it like playing a Stradivarius? This is one
of the greatest honours you can have. A piece of art 300 years old,
like a Da Vinci painting. Hand- crafted centuries ago, Stradivarius
violins are regarded as the finest ever made. It is like playing with
an old man's voice and you hear the history of the instrument.
orchestra has it on loan from the benefactor. It is very unusual.
Only a handful of orchestras in the world can say that their leader
plays on such a fine instrument. was made in 1709, during the
Italian's golden period. Only about 600 remain and last year a
Stradivarius sold for a record �9.8 million.
Are you quite careful with it?! am. But it becomes like an
extension of your arm. I will not be dropping at!
This comes at an interesting time for the Manchester Camerata as it
prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Audiences will be able
to take up their seats and enjoy the instrument for themselves when
the concert season starts in September.
Beautiful sound. It doesn't matter how you say it,
it makes a beautiful sound. They say there are various ways to
Beautiful day today, wall-to-wall sunshine after we got rid of the
mist and low cloud. Temperatures again have varied but they have
been in a High Sixties and the low Seventies. They continue like that
over the next few days. A very pleasant evening, the sunshine is
right across the North West. The picture does not change too much as
the sun goes down. Clear whether at first. I have stopped the chart at
around 10pm because if you are out and about and you want to look up,
it is a good night to see the International Space Station. It is
best to see it at 10:52pm. After midnight you will start to see a
bit more cloud drifting in. You can see it darken in the chart a bit. -
- darkening. The temperatures are 11-14 degrees tonight. Tomorrow
morning, a bit of low cloud and mist. It will be gone earlier than
today. By 8am most places will have seen it gone. Then it is just
sunshine, dry and fine. A bit of patchy cloud now and then, which
gives you a rest from the strength of the sun, but it is very strong.
A top temperature potentially of 23 A lot of you have been getting in
touch about the school uniforms. On face Burke -- Facebook, Sarah Lee
says, I know for some children there are medical reasons but
surely having to build such large uniforms should ring alarm bells. -
- to buy. This woman says, the playing fields
nearby at just empty. Cathy says, I am current --
constantly surprised by kids who are fussy eaters.
Cassie says, we worry about kids playing outdoors but if you go with