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Tonight with Stuart Flinders and Annabel Tiffin. Our top story: A gas
goldmine - claims of major new discoveries in the Liverpool
Manchester corridor. Yes, it is said there could be
enough gas beneath my feet to keep rates on going for years.
But opponents say we can't rely on fracking to meet our energy needs in
the long term. Also tonight: On trial for abusing a
teenage boy. A court's told Coronation Street actor Andrew
Lancel used his status to gain his trust.
Keira the breakthrough baby - the first born in the world using new
IVF technology. The stress off IVF is difficult for a man and a burly
difficult for a woman. Probably I am the luckiest man on the planet right
now. Keeping it in the family. The young
TT rider living up to the famous Dunlop name.
And scaling new heights - the injured soldiers taking on
Blackpool's Big One. I've never actually been on the right, to be
honest. You just set yourself a goal, if you work hard you can
First tonight, claims that there could be enough shale gas under
parts of Cheshire to mean the UK would not need to import gas for a
decade. That's according to energy firm I-Gas which has been given
permission to explore parts of the county. It says there could be far
more down there than previously thought. Our chief reporter, Dave
Guest, is in Cheshire for us now. Yes, somewhat better place to be on
a glorious evening and this. This place is not only about Roland
Rowell lands date, there is also a lot of industry. The petrol refinery
is just across mayor. However, it is what is under the ground, not under
the ground that is interesting. Tests carried out here and other
parts of Cheshire show there could be enough shale gas to keep Britain
going for a decade. I guess say they have survey the
vast area of 300 square miles. The company believes that patch could
contain up to 170 trillion cubic feet of shale gas. Enough to keep
Britain in gas for a decade or more. If Britain can be self-sufficient,
that is good for the country, local business, it gives people security,
con density in bed and will help a lot of energy intensive farms.
Another company hopes to extract more gas. The process of extracting
it is known as fracking is highly controversial. Initial operations
were halted when they were linked to earth tremors. Government has now
given the go-ahead for operations to resume, but opponents of remain
unconvinced. His time as into building more gas power stations
which will be around more years longer than the gas resources could
cover so we are then back to buy in from abroad. They also point out
that estimates vary widely. One geology insists that this region is
rich in the stuff. That is a significant amount of shale gas that
they have calculated and stand by the figures. Clearly there is
certainly enough of them to make the investment decision to drill and
Tess. The company says they want to carry out further work to fully
assess the Chew level of shale gas in Cheshire.
Towards the end of the year. How do they intend to do that?
Sorry about that, basically, what they want to do is think more test
running towards the end of this year to establish exactly what they
believe the reserves are shale gas. As I said, currently the estimates
vary widely. However, they say they are still in the early stages of
this project and fracking would not happen for some way down the line
and not until the planning consents have been sought and local people
consulted. Thanks very much.
A court has heard that the former Coronation Street star, Andrew
Lancel, used his status as an actor to gain the trust of a teenage boy
before sexually assaulting him 20 years ago. The 42-year-old, whose
real name is Andrew Watkinson, denies six counts of indecent
assault. Naomi Cornwell reports from Liverpool Crown Court.
Andrew Lancel is now best known for his role as Frank Foster in
Coronation Street. The offence is he went on trial or today were alleged
to have happened in the early 1990s. He was about to appear on television
in his first major role and, having filmed it, returned to his hometown
where he visited local theatre groups. It is there he is alleged to
have met the victim who was 14 years old at the time. The court heard
that over the next year, at least four times they met for coffee
before the actor invited the boy to his home where it is alleged he in
these of assaulted him. The prosecution barrister told the court
the defendant used his status as an actor to flatter and gain the trust
of the victim. The jury was shown a video of the victim telling police,
in a joking way he would say I could get in trouble for this but I would
deny it. When asked why he waited 18 years to report the assault, the
victim replied no, not at all. The prosecution claimed sexual
encounters continued into adulthood, but the court heard Andrew Lancel
told police there was never sexual activity between them. He denies all
charges against him and the trial continues.
Other news from around the North West now and the Prime Minister has
described the attack on the Middleton soldier, Drummer Lee
Rigby, as a betrayal of Islam. Two men, accused of his murder, have
made separate appearances in court today and have been remanded in
custody. Merseyside Police have insisted they
didn't break any rules, after it emerged a taser stun gun was used on
British soldier who studied for our country and our way of life. It was
a betrayal of Islam and the Muslim communities who give so much to our
country. Merseyside police say they did not break any rules using a stun
gun on a 12-year-old girl. It happened in St Helens in 2011, but
the details have only just been released. The girl, who was armed
with two knives, wasn't injured. Five men who stole thousands of
pounds worth of copper wiring in the Ribble Valley and left hundreds of
homes without power have been jailed. The men, who are from
Birmingham, were arrested in July. More than a tonne of copper was
found in their van. The Government's launched a campaign
at Knowsley Safari Park to try to help save the elephant from
extinction. With huge demand for ivory, it's estimated up to 30,000
are poached each year. Four of Knowsley's seven elephants arrived
from Africa, but the chances of future generations coming over now
look increasingly unlikely. This is down to violent criminals
earning significant sums of money, often for terrorism and we have
simply got to raise public awareness and reduced demand, otherwise there
will be a shocking indictment of our generation if we let these animals
And JLS, Little Mix and Neil Young will be among the performers at the
Liverpool International Music Festival. The event replaces the
Mathew Street Festival and will run between mid August and mid
September. There'll be a mix of classical, rock, pop, soul and
blues. A nurse cleared of poisoning
patients at Stockport's Stepping Hill Hospital is planning to sue
Greater Manchester Police. Rebecca Leighton spent six weeks in prison
after being arrested in 2011 and says Greater Manchester Police
leaked her name to the press and changed her Facebook settings so the
media would have access to private photos. Elaine Dunkley reports.
In 2011, Nurse Rebecca Leighton was at the centre of a murder
investigation following the deaths of five elderly patients at Stepping
Hill Hospital. Saline solution used in drips had
been contaminated. Rebecca Leighton was arrested. She was named and
images from her Facebook account were shown all over the media. Some
newspapers called her "angel of death".
Days later she was charged with poisoning patients. She spent six
weeks in prison before charges against her were dropped because of
insufficient evidence. Now, two years later, Rebecca Leighton is
suing Greater Manchester Police, claiming they leaked her name to the
media and gave the public access to her Facebook account so private
photos and messages could be viewed. She is now suing the force over a
breach of confidence and misuse of private information.
If it is correct that police leaked the information when they should not
and change face of settings, then of course that may give rise to a
breach of confidence and a massive infringement of her privacy because
all of these people, who she is specifically excluded from access,
have been able to do so and use that in many media articles.
If successful, Rebecca Leighton could claim up to �100,000 in
damages. Greater Manchester Police confirmed it had received a claim,
but would not comment any further on the case.
Elaine is here now. Elaine, it's almost two years now since the
deaths at Stepping Hill, where is the investigation up to now?
In the past few minutes, solicitors have sent these documents. They
claim she was kept in custody for her own safety as a result of the
negative public opinion against her. And she received abuse on Facebook.
One posting said, I hope you rot in hell. Rebecca's solicitors claim she
has been unable to find a job because of all of this and has had
to move in with her parents for a crime she did not commit.
It is almost two years since the incident, where is the investigation
up to now? We must remember that this was and
still is a major investigation. There have been many twists and
turns and due to things like medical records and underlying health
problems of patients. Another nurse who worked on the same ward,
Victorina Chua, has been arrested on suspicion of causing the deaths of
Tracey Arden, Arnold Lancaster and Derek Weaver and he remains on
Police Bail. He is due to answer that bail next month This lovely
family snapshot shows Ruth Carter and John Traverse, and their new
baby daughter Keira. She was born in Liverpool just a
couple of days ago, conceived using IVF - nothing particularly unusual
about that. But Keira is the first test tube baby of her kind in the
world because of pioneering treatment at the Liverpool Women's
Hospital. Scientists hope the technique will now give other
couples a better chance of starting a family. Andy Gill reports.
Meet Keira Traverse, born on Friday and out of her incubator today. Her
parents found it hard to conceive naturally and already have a son
born through IVF. But Keira's different because doctors knew her
embryo had a greater chance of developing properly than others.
I am smitten. I have completely had it. I will never have any money
again, she will be able to twist me completely around her little finger.
And here is the embryo that became Keira. In IVF labs there's no UV
light so it all looks yellow. Here scientists develop a number of
embryos outside the womb and then decide which one to implant back
into the mother. The method pioneered here in Liverpool gives
scientists more information about which embryo has the best chance of
growing normally. They looked very, very similar at
early cell stages, but we know, genetically, they are probably very
different. We need to identify which one of these embryos is going to
give us a successful pregnancy and hopefully a successful live birth.
The new machine takes hundreds of pictures of the embryo as it
divides. These make a video which allows doctors to see when cell
division happens. And knowing that means they can tell which embryos
are the healthiest. The new system not only tells scientists which
embryos are more likely to develop, it is also healthier because the
embryos are taken out less often. Keira'It's early days, but the
women's hospital are so convinced it'll improve IVF success rates that
they're going to offer it on the NHS to all couples. Andy Gill BBC North
West Tonight Liverpool. And he still manages to look sophisticated in
that blue hat. Still to come on North West Tonight:
Keeping it in the family. The young TT rider living up to the famous
Dunlop name. And they're used to a challenge -
but this is a particularly "Big One". We'll meet the soldiers
scaling new heights for charity. Every six minutes, someone is raped
in Britain. Recovering from the emotional trauma can take years, and
victims need specialist support. In Manchester, that's provided by a
pioneering centre which has given the BBC unprecedented access to film
its work. St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral
Centre was the first in the UK. There are now 45 other centres like
it. Our reporter, Abbie Jones, has been talking to victims and staff
and joins us now. If you report you've been raped to
Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Police, you'll be referred
to St Mary's. But victims can also refer themselves. More than 1,200
people used the service last year. Just under half were children. The
youngest was just three weeks old, the oldest 96. Rape knows no
barriers - as Juliet found out. She was raped in Manchester and waved
her anonymity to talk to us and the documentary makers to show how
important St Mary's was in helping In this city centre alleyway one new
year's eve, Juliet was raped by a stranger as she left a nightclub.
It is filthy and awful and as vile as I remember it. Confronting what
happened, back at the scene and emotionally, was almost too hard to
do. I can't go down there. But Juliet says she found the
strength because of the support from staff at St Mary's. I would not be
the woman I am now sitting in front of you if I had not had the support
of Saint Mary's. He both in the easiest thing to do is bury it, but
it is the worst thing you can do. It eats you up inside and choose you
up. If you deal with it head on, that is part of the healing process.
When victims arrive they are listened to, medically examined and
forensics are taken. Samples can be stored in these freezers for up to
seven years. It is quite sad to open it up
because it is all these stories in the freezer.
Juliet, who was a teaching assistant, went to court and saw her
rapist sent to jail. But not everyone feels able to speak to the
police. Psychological support is just as important. Not only for the
victim, but for their significant other. You may have an incident
where it is a child that has been raped whether parents need a lot of
support helping them to cope with what happened. Both Juliet and the
centre say they wanted to speak out to dispel myths about sexual
violence. And for Juliet, talking about what happened to her has given
her back some control. There is still a huge amount of shame
attached to rape. I have nothing to be ashamed of, what happened to me
was not my fault. I don't want to be defined as a rape and Tim, I won't
let this bury me. This has helped me to make sense of it and have her
purse. And you can see that programme on BBC One tomorrow night
at 10:35pm. Sport now. Richard is here and there's a crucial match for
St Helens tonight in Super League? Yes, Saints are unusually way off
the pace at the moment after five defeats in the last six matches in
all competitions. Head coach Nathan Brown is coming under a bit of
pressure and takes his team to his former side, Huddersfield Giants. A
big boost for Saints is the return of influential hooker James Robie
from injury. But there's no doubt it'll be difficult against a Giants
team who remain second in the table. Wigan stretched their lead at the
There's no stopping Wigan at the moment. But Wakefield almost managed
a shock upset leading until late on. Josh Charnley's hat-trick and late
scores from Lee Mossop and Darrell Goulding made it 12 wins on the spin
against Salford. Ben Westwood scored his 100th career try as the hosts.
After last week's win, Brian Noble said humpty dumpty had fallen off
the wall in this one. Widnes' game with Catalan went right to the wire.
Two late tries pulled the Vikings within two points of their French
opponents. Jack Owens had this kick to secure a draw. He held his nerve
the weekend games on the super league show on BBC One at 11:20pm.
And there's full coverage of Saints' match against Huddersfield Giants on
BBC radio Merseyside on 95.8 FM, 1485 megawatts and DAB. Kick off is
at quarter to eight. Now to the Isle of Man TT where the famous Dunlop
name has once again been setting the pace. The late Joey Dunlop won more
TT races than anyone else in history and now his nephew is showing the
same habit of crossing the finishing line first with a hat-trick of wins
so far. Morecambe's John McGuinness, chasing his 20th career victory on
the course has taken part in three races himself, but is still
searching for that elusive victory. Kelly Foran reports. It's hard to
imagine doing just one lap at this speed - but 14 laps and three races
later Michael Dunlop has been unbeatable so far. Yesterday he
raced to victory in the superbike event and 24 hours later victorious
in two more. Coming here and winning the big
race, I'm excited and looking forward to the rest of the week.
Sometimes you can lose concentration after a few laps. It was good and I
enjoyed it. Yesterdays win an emotional one - it came 30 years
after his Uncle Joey Dunlop's first TT win on a Honda. The late Joey
Dunlop holds the record for the most ever TT wins - the man closest to
his tally of 26 is Morcambes John McGuinness. These cameras on the
bikes show the extraordinary speeds they travel - with an average of
131.671mph - McGuinness set a new outright lap record, but he's still
yet to win one. I said that the beginning, it would
be really competitive and hard to win. Proving there that it is really
hard, but I can only keep trying. I enjoyed that race. Nothing more to
prove, I just want to be safe and write strong. Never writes John
McGuinness offer. He is still the man. Nephew of the greatest ever TT
rider, he's got some way to go to catch Joey's record, but at the
moment he's climbing up the all time leaderboard by the day.
As Manchester City edge closer to appointing Malaga's Manuel
Pellegrini to replace sacked manager Roberto Mancini - the club's former
chief executive has told the BBC that Blues owner Sheikh Mansour
won't accept mediocrity and expects to win the Champions League.
I don't like the thought of mediocrity. I don't think the owners
of Manchester city do, but I would hope that every sport entity that is
trying to win would not have mediocrity as acceptable. They want
to win the champions league and every football club should.
Rio Ferdinand has been granted a testimonial by Manchester United.
United will play Sevilla on August the 9th for Rio who moved to Old
Trafford in 2002. He is a winner, but Manchester
city's new man will be under pressure, went to?
Yes, they are expecting naturally feed each season. It is going to be
a battle. I hope they get paid. They get a few quid. Now it's 235
feet of pure terror - and that's when you're safely strapped in to a
carriage on Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Big One roller coaster. So
imagine how scary it must be to go to the top - climb over the rail and
abseil down. Well forty volunteers, including
soldiers who've lost limbs, did just that today. All to raise money for
charity. Peter Marshall was there. If you have ever wondered what it is
like to abseil down the UK's tallest roller-coaster, you are about to
find out. This footage was filmed by Andy
Reid, a soldier from Saint Helens who lost three limbs when hit by a
bomb in Afghanistan. I have never been on the ride, to be honest, so
never dreams about abseiling off it. He faced a challenge that would
cower many to raise money for the soldiers charity. I was scared when
I first went over, I won't lie, but then it was a surreal feeling of
peacefulness and being quite free. It is hard to achieve that feeling
with this ability so it was fantastic. And he wasn't alone.
Coriander Taylor is the wife of a serving soldier from lung cancer. --
Lancashire. The climb is hard on the legs and the descent is nerve
shredding. Great. I can't wait to tell my husband and he can brag
about me to all of the lads in Afghanistan. Also on dangling duty,
88-year-old veteran from Manchester. The big one holds few fears when you
have landed on the Normandy beach. It is a good feeling once you set
off. It is great coming down the road and looking at the view. It is
a marvellous feeling. Today's plummeting will raise thousands for
serving and retiring soldiers. That really does look terrifying,
doesn't it? I don't fancy that, not at all. It
looked beautiful though, didn't it? It did, pretty beautiful day. Well
it's been a lovely sunny day so we've sent Eno outside.
we've sent Eno outside. It is still beautifully warm. A bit
of cloud around, but conditions are looking really good. Plenty of
sunshine in Blackpool today, but we had plenty of sunshine lit chilli
everywhere across the region. A beautiful, gorgeous start to the
first week of June with all of that sunshine around. The temperatures
definitely something to write home about. We saw temperatures very
close to 21 Celsius in greater Manchester and Cheshire today.
Elsewhere, we kept temperatures in the high teens and the warm air
continues to flow in from across the conflict -- continent across the
week. We will hang onto the warm air. By Thursday, we could see
temperatures as high as 21 Celsius. This evening, a lot of bright spells
to enjoy. Patchy cloud in Salford, but as we head into dawn, the cloud
will melt away. We may see mist and fog pockets forming in some places.
Temperatures may fall into single figures in some areas, but towns and
cities will have a mild night. The headlines for tomorrow is more of
the same. Plenty of sunshine from the word go. A dry, bright out
tomorrow morning. We will see lots of sunshine and feel really warm.
Very light wind around and the temperature may be disappointing in
the Isle of Man, but inland entity or 20 Celsius could be yours.
Wednesday is dry and rights. High pressure continues to build so have
a look at these temperatures, by Friday we cling onto 21, maybe 20 to