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Good evening and welcome to North West Tonight. Our top story: 91


injuries from his head to his toes. Rio Smedley's mother is accused of


not doing enough to protect her child from his killer. New calls


for Sir Norman Bettison to resign after allegations. A fine for a


former mayor from Cheshire. His tenants said they lived in deadly


conditions. Quite extraordinary, I have seen better places in India.


Top of the class - the Bolton teacher awarded an industry Oscar.


He is a very good role model. He is a unique teacher. I will always


remember him. 6,000 miles from home, the massive moth off-course in


A court has been told at two year- old boy from Bolton was murdered by


his mother's boyfriend and left of 91 separate injuries. Paramedics


were told Rio Smedley had fallen down the stairs. But Manchester


Crown Court heard today he'd probably been punched and kicked in


the abdomen. Stuart Flinders has been in court for us today. Stuart,


what more can you tell us about Rio's injuries? As you say, 91


separate injuries to his body from his head quite literally down to


his toes. When paramedics arrived at his home, in April this year,


they found him lying on a sofa, not breathing. They were called by his


mother, she told them he had fallen down the stairs head first on


trying to retrieve a toy. The prosecution said he had suffered


one or more heavy blows to the abdomen caused by kicking or


stamping. Good as the prosecution say killed him? Charge of murder is


Daniel Rigby, 23 years old. He was the boyfriend of the child's mother.


He was alone with the child in the house when he suffered those


injuries and according to the prosecution he had on previous


occasions punched and head-butted his partner when she was pregnant.


After the town's death, she told the police he had been kind and


loving with her son. What is his mother accused of? She is charged


with allowing her child's death. The prosecution said she did not


take enough care to protect him from the danger she knew that was


out there. She allowed him to spend time alone on a number of occasions


with Daniel Rigby. Today the midwife told the court she was a


good mother. She has also pleaded not guilty and the trial continues


tomorrow. For more than 30 years, Brian Silvester has been a


respected councillor in Cheshire. But today the former Mayor of Crewe


and Nantwich faced a court for allowing tenants to live in


potentially deadly conditions. He and his brother Colin had pleaded


guilty to breaking fire safety rules at a property they own and


which housed eight people. The judge described the place as an


accident waiting to happen. Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest, has


more. It looks rather quaint from the


outside. But inside it certainly wasn't, according to some who lived


It was quite extraordinary, I have seen better places in India.


place had been divided into 10 bedsits. It's owned by brothers


Brian and Colin Silvester. Brian's a well known figure in Cheshire.


He's a former Mayor of Crewe and Nantwich and now a leading light on


East Cheshire Council. But today he arrived at Chester Crown Court to


find out what his punishment would be for breaking fire safety rules


at the property just outside Shavington. Fire service inspectors


had found a lack of working smoke detectors, fire alarms and fire


extinguishers. There was no emergency lighting and no clear


evacuation routes. One tenant kept a rope in his upstairs bedsit to


lower out of the window if the worst happened. Milder option was


to have a rope tied to it. There was no other options. Inspectors


were so concerned they issued a prohibition order forbidding anyone


to live in the place because it was not safe enough, but people did


continue living here. That got the brothers into even more trouble.


They admitted a total of 12 charges. The judge said the house had been


an accident waiting to happen. He find Colin Sylvester �37,000. Brian


was fined �45,000. It must also pay �22,000 each in costs. They have


now spent �27,000 bring the fire precautions up to scratch.


The family of the second Greater Manchester Police Officer murdered


last month say hundreds of tributes, flowers and cards of support have


helped them deal with their loss. Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were


shot dead when they went to answer a suspected burglary in Mottram.


Nicola's family has thanked all the police and members of the public


for lining the streets to pay their respects at her funeral and say


Nicola would have been ''immensely proud''. Her Royal Highness the


Princess Royal has been in Lancashire today to officially open


the Fleetwood Nautical Campus. It provides training for the Merchant


Navy and offshore energy industries. The project marks the completion of


the first phase of a 10-year redevelopment strategy. A public


enquiry has started today to examine plans to build 6,000 new


homes in South Lakeland. They will look at planning in the district


over the next 15 years and how much development may be on greenfield


sites. A container full of charity donations set off for Central


America today. St Joseph's has collected around 70,000 items,


ranging from the foyers to clothes. Some of those kids have never had


new clothes, they have just tap hand-me-downs. Some of them will


get toys for Christmas and they have never had one before. Dougie


Freedman is the new Manager of Bolton Wanderers. The 38-year-old


left Crystal Palace after Wanderers were finally given permission to


speak to him late yesterday. Freedman is expected to watch the


team's Championship match at Wolves tonight before taking charge at The


Reebok Stadium. There are new calls for her the Yorkshire chief


constable to resigned. Maria Eagle told the House of Commons she has


evidence that Sir Norman Bettison was involved in "trying to concoct


a story that all the Liverpool fans were drunk". He's always denied


being part of a cover-up. Naomi Cornwell reports: At the time of


the Hillsborough disaster, Norman Betws in was a senior inspector.


After the disaster he spoke to a fellow student from an evening


class. John Barry was studying with him on a part-time business course


in Sheffield. He wrote a letter revealing that to the Hillsborough


support group. Last night, the letter was read out in the House of


Commons. He told me he had been asked to put together evidence for


the forthcoming enquiry. He said, we are trying to concoct a story


that all the Liverpool fans were drunk and we were afraid they were


going to break down the gate. We decided to open them. I didn't say


anything in response that evening, it was never mentioned again.


Norman Bettison has always denied any involvement in a cover-up. He


will retire next year. Today, one of the candidate standing for


election called on him to stand down immediately. In a statement,


But he's not the only police officer under investigation.


South Yorkshire Chief Constable wrote to me on Friday to say he has


said a list of 1444 names of certain Yorkshire officers to the


IPCC. This is of huge number of names. More than we expected.


figure includes 304 police officers who are still serving, and the Home


Secretary Theresa May has said she'll work with Labour to see if


new laws are needed to compel former officers to co-operate with


the investigation. A little earlier, I spoke to a member of the


Hillsborough Justice Campaign. She told me their focus is on more than


just one man. I don't like circling round Norman better since


specifically, because it goes way beyond Norman Paterson. However, he


stands up as a good example of what was going on, and I think that


clearly he consistently denies his involvement and nobody would wish


to deny him a fair hearing, or due process. However, I do think as a


matter of course and urgency, he should be suspended from office.


I'm sure that in his position as chief constable, if there was an


officer under him, with allegations of this magnitude level that the


officer, I'm sure he would suspend him as a matter of course, and yet


we see him clinging on, and I think his position is completely


untenable. Norman bet as an aside, do you think the net is closing on


those responsible for the cover-up? It is, I think it is closing on


them, and all the time there are further snippets of evidence which


showed just how wide the cover-up was and how limited the evidence


that was given to people tried to decide bringing about prosecutions


was. The Hillsborough Independent Panel shock many people with its


findings. There are subsequent inquiries as a result of that. Are


you confident they will be equally as Barack and exhausted? We hope so,


clearly last night, a commitment to that end was admitted. Again, we


stressed that nobody must be involved to was ever involved in


any aspect of investigating Hillsborough in the past. Still to


come, Liverpool says it cannot afford to subsidise school uniforms.


This is usually found in the Philippines so how did this moth


end up 6,000 miles away? That is amazing. They've been used


recreationally for decades, and are seen by partygoers as providing a


safe, legal high. But there's a warning tonight that sniffing


"poppers" can cause serious damage to the eyes. A study at the Royal


Bolton Hospital has found the liquid chemical can harm users'


retinas, and experts are calling for more research to be carried out.


Our Health Correspondent Nina Warhurst has this exclusive report.


Used in the clubbing community, poppers have been bought over-the-


counter since the 1970s. A report out today from the Royal Bolton


Hospital links it to deteriorating eyesight. The eye is very sensitive,


it has a very high metabolism. Operas are very strong chemicals,


and we think they cost direct toxicity to the cells. Look at this.


The white line shows a normal retina - in this case flat and


smooth - compare it to someone who's been using poppers for five


months. There's a dome forming underneath, causing blurred and


inconsistent vision. Selling the liquid that makes them is not


illegal but selling it for human consumption is. Retailers get


grounded by labelling it as something different. I was in one


shop and he offered me this. It is our room deodorant. Steve took part


in it because he was concerned about his eyesight. People could


make a more informed choice. recent report found that one in


five gay people I use the poppers. If these are available and people


do not realise, we would like more investigation. The Royal Society


for Ophthalmologists have called this a small but significant study.


It doesn't suggest that everyone who uses poppers will lose their


vision - but does suggest more work needs to be done so that users can


decide for themselves whether the high's worth it. Next, most parents


find when senior school pupils start, the cost of uniforms rocket.


In the past, councils have given families on low incomes vouchers to


help with the cost. But in Liverpool tonight councillors will


be asked if this should stop. It's a decision which will affect 24,000


children. Here's Annabel. So among our local authorities, let's have a


our local authorities, let's have a look at who gives what in uniform


grants. Well, in Liverpool at the moment �700,000 a year is set aside


for subsidising school uniforms. It costs Manchester City Council just


under �300,000 in school uniform grants - it says they are not at


risk. Cumbria County Council allocates �268,000 a year. Again


the council says they are not under threat. However In Lancashire,


Wirral and Cheshire East school uniform subsidies have already been


A new school uniform can be a big outlay. People on benefits and low-


income get �20 towards a primary uniform and �40 to words secondary


costs. You can pay �8 for a shirt. The grant is usually about �20. It


can get you the essentials that they go through quite quickly.


need to get by, you have bills to pay. I just go weekly. This shop


runs a saving club to help spread the cost. With blazers costing


between �70 and �120, trousers being �15, shirts being �10,


parents can easily spend �150 before they have bought a pair of


shoes, a cold and a full peak it. School uniform grants are really


School uniform grants are really vital. Where grants are available,


they are a lifeline for these families. With large savings to be


made, the city council says it can no longer protect the vulnerable.


We need to find �140 million in the next four years and we need to make


The cut could be approved in two The city council is meeting this


evening so we should have the result whatever they decide in the


bulletin tomorrow. A primary school teacher from Bolton has been


recognised at the Oscars of the teaching world. 32-year-old Ben


Tipton from Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Westhoughton was given a


gold award for his outstanding use In a minute we will be hearing from


Ben and his headteacher but first They're known as the Oscars of the


teaching world and Ben Tipton became one of only eight teachers


in the whole country to be honoured for his exceptional work in the


classroom at a glitzy ceremony in I absolutely love it. I am very


lucky that I work here. I work with a fantastic team. This is not just


for me but for everyone, the teachers, the support staff, the


parents and the governors. Welcome to Sacred Heart FM. Back home in


Bolton, pupils admit Mr Tipton really impresses them in lessons at


Sacred Heart RC in Westhoughton- They say the way he uses technology


makes their learning more fun. makes him special is he is always


entertaining kids, making them have fun. He helped us with my maths, I


was really struggling with that. While he's the one normally


rewarding the children for their good work, he's now the one being


praised for his efforts instead! think he is a very positive role


model who is a very unique teacher and is definitely one of the


teachers I will always remember. Ben Tipton and the Sacred Heart's


headteacher Martin Johnson are here now. You were with us at lunchtime


and you are back again. It's fantastic. The whole day has been a


celebration of not just my achievements but the whole school.


How does it feel to hear your pupils pay tribute to you? I feel


very proud and privileged to that they say such things about me. That


is the reason I go to work, to teach them and get as much of them


as I get back to them. You haven't been teaching that long, have you?


It was only six years ago that I started teaching, I was pushed into


it gently by my girlfriend, now wife. I never really thought I


could have the potential to be a teacher, but she said I needed to


go for it and I did. I never looked back. What makes him so good?


was the right teacher for the right time at our school. His use of


technology has inspired the whole community to move forward with


their learning. How does that work? The key to learning is good


communication, and we have a fantastic learning platform. The


green screen technology used on there, children pretending to be


whether reporters. The radio station enhanced communication.


Then's role is to connect learning and culture. This is not something


he does in isolation in his own platform, he does that throughout


the school. It has been a good year for the school, hasn't it? It is


fantastic, in March, we got it standing in all areas. -- expanding


in all areas. Same in peak, we got a distinction for the awards, one


teacher got an outstanding new teacher award. And one of these


Oscars is rare, isn't it? It is. is a once in a career thing isn't


it? It is because you cannot win again. The key to children being


happy learners is having a happy team and getting praised. The


teaching Awards is fantastic for that. You haven't had a chance to


going to school today, have you? What will they say to you? They


have been buzzing up until the awards, they were excited to hear


about it. When I eventually get back to work, I'm sure they will be


very proud. The reason you are not going back is? Nine days ago I


became a father for the first time. And you're lovely wife push you


into teaching and has now started the family, congratulations. You


can see the full programme tonight on -- a on BBC Two this coming


On this programme we bring you tales of weird and wonderful


wildlife. But this family were of a flutter when they found this on


their windowsill. It is normally found thousands of miles away. How


did it get here? The wings are beautifully coloured but it is the


size that sets it apart. This species is usually found in the


Philippines, so when one turned up in the gardens of this North West


Terrace, the owners were amazed. was flapping around on this when


sylph. We were quite scared. It was huge. My dad told me it was an


Atlas moth. I had never heard of it. It normally lives in south-east


Asia, 6,000 miles away from Ramsbottom. They are the loudest


marks in the world but only live for about a week. They took it to


this matter fly -- butterfly house. This is the moth that was brought


here. It is probably the first specimen found in the British Isles.


We don't know where it has come from, either a private individual


or it could have been on cargo. Although it did not survive, the


offspring did. They are very hungry caterpillars. We have about 30 of


them, they are native caterpillars. They will make a cocoon and spend a


year before hatching. It is hoped they will breed and enthral more


visitors. You know that famous book about caterpillars, imagine what


about caterpillars, imagine what they will eat? Shall we see the


weather. Had I done that story, I would have got a rolled-up


newspaper and done what you do at home, because that is the creepiest


thing I have ever seen. Good evening. Everything changes, as we


head through the next few days. It is still on the cards. By the time


we get a Thursday the weather front move through the whole of the


country and it opens the door too much colder conditions. The


temperatures of 14 today, by Saturday it will be down to six


Celsius. The weather for this evening and overnight is more of


what we have through the day, it is exactly the same as tomorrow. It is


all about the cloud cover, it never leaves us and it stays all the time.


It will support tiny spot of drizzle. Mist and fog is a


possibility as we head towards the early hours of tomorrow morning. If


you have a journey that takes you over the Pennines, that is where


you will continue to see the mist and fog. Significantly, the


temperatures are very good. 12 degrees everywhere. Tomorrow


morning, there will be more fog and mist, the cloud will be low in the


Pennines. Through the morning, the mist and fog should go, the cloud


will lift. It never really leaves us, there will be a tiny bit of


drizzle. Every now and then, there will be a break in the cloud cover.


We might get 45 minutes of sunshine as we head towards lunchtime. The


cloud cover is really the predominant feature, and again,


with those like wind, the temperature will be pretty good. --


with that wind. Tomorrow night, it will continue to be mild. It is the


last really mild one. On Thursday, this is the day when everything


starts to change. This weather front is working its way down


across the country, bringing rain, and opening the door to that chilly


and opening the door to that chilly weather. On Saturday, six Celsius.


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