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That is all from the BBC's news at six, so it is goodbye from me,


A Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Peter Marshall and


Annabel Tiffin. Our top story. A Liverpool hospital was right to


withhold treatment from this patient. Piece it has stressed the


real value of human life, the Supreme Court, and that is what we


wanted. One solicitor describes the Supreme Court's ruling as


potentially the most significant right to life one for decades. Also


tonight: the funeral flower thieves: the CCTV that caught out two sisters


stealing wreaths to sell. The bone marrow donor and the man whose life


he saved ` we're there as they meet for the first time. And Homer's


odyssey ` the pigeon that returned to its owner two years after it set


out. Ever turned up a party feeling of a bit under dress? Imagine what I


am fuming. We are in Liverpool for the launch of the lesbian, gay,


bisexual and transgender festival. `` imagine what I am


A hospital was right to withhold treatment from a dying patient. That


was the ruling of the Supreme Court today in the latest stage of a long


legal battle fought by Liverpool musician David James' wife. But his


family say the detail of the ruling is a moral victory for families who


want a say in how seriously ill patients should be treated. One


solicitor has described it as potentially the most significant


right to life ruling for decades. Our Merseyside Reporter, Andy Gill,


was at the Supreme Court judgement and joins us from London now. This


is a complicated but emotional area of medical law. It is about the gap


between what doctors think is right for someone who is seriously ill,


and what families think is best for someone they love. The family of


David James lost their appeal at the Supreme Court. They are so that they


have achieved a moral victory. # they are certain. David James's


widow and daughter arrive at the Supreme Court. They say they


expected its decision to reject their appeal. But believe it's


supported them in important ways. The court of appeal was invited to


grab them with the dead, technically, the appeal was


dismissed but the family have won the argument in principle. David


James became seriously ill after going into Aintree Hospital in May


last year. Doctors said he couldn't take his own decisions. And that


treatment to keep him alive would be futile and burdensome. His family


wanted everything done to keep him alive. At first, the Court of


Protection agreed with them. But Aintree went to the Appeal Court and


won a ruling that it was justified in withholding treatment. The


Supreme Court said the appeal court made the right decision for the


wrong reasons. The right decision because, by the time of the appeal


court judgement, David James was so ill that it would've been futile,


but for the wrong reasons that the appeal did not listen up emphasis on


his knees as an individual and, for that reason, David Jamess' family


see this judgement as a moral victory. For example the Appeal


Court was wrong to say life prolonging treatment would be futile


if it didn't cure a life threatening disease, because such treatment may


still bring some benefit to the patient. And it was wrong to


attribute the wishes of a "reasonable patient" to Mr James,


instead of considering his own wishes. I just hope other families


feel justified, who have experienced similar things to us. I hope that


they feel justified, because we do. People must fight for their loved


ones, in what they think is right for them. Aintree Hospital said it


was pleased that the Appeal Court decision has been upheld. It is


clear that decisions surrounding best interests in some complex cases


remain "a difficult balancing exercise". The family say it should


ensure doctors do not make hasty decisions which are not in a


patient's best interests. What other reaction has there been from the


medical and legal professions? We have been speaking to Professor Mark


Bellamy from the intensive care Society. He told us that this ruling


shows how doctors must approach each case on an individual basis. One of


the things this judgement emphasises is the need for a human approach,


the deal with each case on its own backs. But, it does give us greater


clarity, it clarifies the legal position and it does give a


framework to help patients, doctors and the families of patients in


these very difficult times. We have been speaking to lawyer who says


this could be the most significant right to live ruling for decades. He


says that because doctors now must take a wider view of what the


patient's best interests are. For example, do they have a loving,


close family surrounding them, like David James did? Before, the idea of


medical intervention was that you would make a full recovery of the


doctors gave you treat them, but now, this ruling suggests that


medical intervention might be so that the patient might achieve some


polity of life that is acceptable to the patient, and that is the


important thing, and that is why, in their statement, Aintree Hospital


talked about this still being a difficult balancing exercise. Two


sisters who stole funeral flowers to recycle and sell on were branded


"shameful" by a judge today. Marion Hill and Lynsey Millett were caught


on CCTV stealing wreaths from a crematorium in Liverpool. They tried


to say they'd planned to put the stolen flowers on their own mum s


grave. But police found evidence they were actually running a


commercial venture. Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest has the


details. This is Marion Hill and Lynsey Millett committing what a


district judged described as a disgraceful crime ` stealing flowers


from a crematorium. They were, in fact involved in a business. They


were making commercial gains out of this. Staff at Liverpool's


Springwood Crematorium had received a number of complaints from grieving


families that floral tributes had vanished. They set up this CCTV


camera ` and then caught the culprits. Having been caught


red`handed the woman admitted theft but then tried to claim they had


placed the flowers on the grave of their mother in the neighbouring


cemetery but when police searched their home they can condolence


cards, and what others describe as wreath making paraphernalia, and


seven reads in a house including one bearing the word "dad". The


prosecution said it was clear that they had embarked on a commercial


venture. The sisters arrived at Liverpool Magistrates Court with


their faces covered and with nothing to say. But Chris Jannet had plenty


to say. It was his late mother's flowers the pair were seen stealing


on this CCTV footage. They ask am, aren't they? They are scum in my


eyes. It is unacceptable. District Judge Richard Clancy said the pair


had committed a shameful act ` a most disgraceful form of offence. He


jailed Hill for five weeks with a further five weeks suspended ` she


had previous for dishonesty. Millett's eight`week sentence was


suspended for 12 months. What do you think about the sentence? I was


disappointed. They should have got a minimum of six months in jail.


Millett left, as she arrived, with her face covered. Other news from


around the North West now. A man who stabbed his partner and their son to


death in North Lancashire has been sectioned under the Mental Health


Act. Paul Chadwick killed Lisa Clay and six`year`old Joseph Clay at


their home in Bolton`le`Sands in April. He admitted manslaughter on


the grounds of diminished responsibility at an earlier


hearing. A man has been sent to prison for 12 years for trying to


smuggle almost ?4 million worth of heroin through Manchester Airport in


a chapati oven. 43`year`old Muhammad Khalid claimed the substance inside


was mud. Border officials say the seizure, in June, was one of the


biggest single finds of Class A drugs at the airport. And all


primary schools on the Isle of Man are to get potentially life saving


defibrillators. It follows a ?6 ,000 donation from "Craig's Heartstrong


Foundation". The charity was set up by the family of Craig Lunt, who


died from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2005. Next tonight an


inquest into the death of an Indian student whose body was found in a


Greater Manchester canal has heard that he'd smuggled ecstasy into a


nightclub last New Year's eve before becoming separated from his friends.


Souvik Pal's body was found in the Bridgewater Canal in Old Trafford


nearly three weeks later. Today his parents thanked their son's friends


and police for the efforts they d made to find him. Naomi Cornwell


reports. Souvik Pal was 19 years old. He had come to the UK from


India to study at Manchester Metropolitan University, appearing


in a video encouraging others to roll as international students. This


is the best place, that is why I have come here. Today, his parents


heard him described as a very popular young man. He had drunk


alcohol and taken ecstasy before coming to the warehouse Project in


traffic to celebrate New Year's Eve. One described how Souvik Pal


had researched in advance how to conceal drugs from the club's


sniffer dogs, hiding them in his clothing. A member of the security


staff told the court that a student had charged at her to get past the


security system. This CCTV footage showed the last confirmed sighting


of him outside. Another camera recorded footage of two people going


down the canal embankment shortly after, with one of them believed to


be Souvik Pal, trying to climb a fence to the water, but no witnesses


have been found to confirm that it was. Despite extensive police


searchers, whose body was not found until three weeks later, and how and


when he went into the water is still a mystery. A postmortem showed he


had no injuries. The cause of his death was drowning. Would you like


to appeal to that other person in particular to come forward?


Absolutely. I would like to appeal to them, and that there was anyone


else known, to come forward, and that information that they know


about it. The coroner said it was testament to the man that their son


was that so many friends were in court to give evidence. Merseyside


actor and director Graham Stark has died at the the age of 91. During


his career, he starred in almost 100 films, including Alfie and Casino


Royale. He died last night after recently suffering a stroke. A


20`year ban on scallop dredging in a bay in the south of the Isle of Man


has been announced. It's part of continuing efforts to protect the


sea bed. Baie ny Carrickey, in Port St Mary, will become the sixth


stretch around the Manx coast to be given protected status. And 30, 00


knitted mice have entered the record books at Altrincham Football Club


this afternoon. Set out end to end ` they measured a mile long and have


been sent from around the world The event's raised thousands of pounds


for the Alzheimer's Society. When Andy Howie read about bone marrow


donation in his local newspaper in Sale, he signed up to the register


and thought nothing more about it. But five years later a letter


arrived, telling him he was a close match to someone who desperately


needed his help. He went ahead with the procedure and ` a few months


later ` received a card from two grateful parents whose son had been


saved. Because of official rules about anonymity, he didn't know who


the young man was. But now, after ten years, the two have finally been


able to contact each other and meet for the first time. Mark Edwardson


reports. Andy Howie and his wife are awaiting visitors. Until recently


only knew about the man he had helped was that he lived in


Scotland. Three of four weeks from being slightly tender around the hip


and back area, and will I hear anything again? I don't know. Then I


received a card from my recipient, on the first anniversary, I am doing


well, thank you for everything you have done. This year was the 10th


anniversary and another card landed on the doorstep and when I phoned


the donor centre. They said, after two years, if you both agree to


making contact, you can do. You re still two strangers with a very


strong connection. Nearby, Ian and his father are waiting. Nervous


with fear, everything. It developed into leukaemia. And a bone marrow


transplant is the only answer that you have got. For them to tell me


that they had found someone that was pretty much a perfect match was


massively reassuring. Until, they have only exchanged e`mails and had


never even spoken on the phone. Pleased to meet you. Ten years, a?


This is Rhys and Aaron. That is my family. None of that would have


happened, if it was not for Andy. Andy Howie is planning a trip to


Glasgow to meet the rest of Ian s family. They hope that it is the


start of a new friendship. We have an attachment. Yes, quite literally.


Andy did that not wanting the recognition. There are people out


there wanting to do these things. If you want to find out more about


signing up to the British Bone Marrow Registry by going to:


And we'd like to hear your stories of kindness ` not just related to


donations. Is there someone you d nominate for going above and beyond


the call of duty, and trying to help others? If so, let us know their


story, and we'll bring you some of those heart`warming tales in the run


up to Christmas. Still to come on North West Tonight. I'll have the


latest on UEFA's action against CSKA Moscow for racist chanting directed


at Manchester City's Yaya Toure And from culture club to culture


vulture. Boy joked `` boy George turns artist for the Liverpool


Homotopia Festival. It was a case of Return to Sender ` two years late.


Pigeon fancier Alan Barnett sent one of his birds off on a race back in


2011 and Lily never returned. Missing in action, presumed dead.


But then a few days ago, a bedraggled looking bird landed back


in Alan's loft in Stockport. Yunus Mulla takes up the story. Their


shears, there was my baby,, look. When Lily returned, Alan Mercer


thinking she was a stray. Imagine his surprise when he checked the


lead number with the Royal pigeon Association and was told that it was


the very baby pigeon he had lost two years ago. It came back with it


belongs to A Barnett. Our battle, that is me. They do is, it is


unbelievable. Alan has been flying pigeons for more than half a century


but lost a pigeon during a training event in Stafford. Before you


realise it was Lily, he took her to hold, she returned back a second


time. `` Hull. From Hull, that is about 100 miles. On its own. The


pigeon fancier believes that the bird might have been locked in a


pigeon loft for the past two and a half years. It must have felt


something here for the short time it was here. It is attached to me now.


It thinks I am her husband. My God, I don't know. You're a good girl,


are you? Somebody told me that they take


homing pigeons to New York and they fly all the way home. Perhaps that


is where she has been all that time. It has taken her long enough. Sport


now and UEFA has punished CSKA Moscow after racist chanting


directed towards Manchester City's Yaya Toure. Yes they have ordered


the partial closure of CSKA's stadium for their next Champions


League tie. You'll remember that Yaya complained about the chanting


during City's 2`1 win a week ago. A single`tiered section of the Arena


Khimki stadium will be shut when Bayern Munich are the visitors on


the 27th November. This is in line with UEFA procedure. A second


offence could lead to their whole stadium being closed. Have City or


the player made any comment? No I have spoken to the club and they say


they aren't making any comment. I think CSKA's visit to the Etihad


Stadium on Tuesday is no doubt at the forefront of their minds. Yaya


Toure was furious about the chanting but with the team in action at


Newcastle tonight I wouldn't expect any comment from him at this stage.


Staying with Manchester City ` they face Newcastle tonight for a place


in the quarter finals of the League Cup. You can hear full match


commentary on BBC Radio Manchester. Manchester United are already


through to the quarter finals. They beat Norwich 4`0 at Carrow Road last


night. The win included two goals for Javier Hernandez, and a volley


from Phil Jones ` his first goal in nearly two years. But Burnley have


been knocked out by West Ham, who were awarded two late penalties at


Turf Moor. Wigan Athletic have signed the Aston Villa winger Marc


Albrighton on loan for a month. The 23`year`old could make his debut in


tonight's match against QPR at the DW Stadium. The Isle of Man cyclist


Mark Cavendish has been invited to train with the Great Britain track


team overview to competing at the 2016 Olympic Games. The 29`year`old


has said that he would be keen to return to the track for Rio. Sir


Alex Ferguson's autobiography has become the fastest`selling


nonfiction book since they started logging it 15 years ago. More than


115,000 copies were sold in its first week. It beats the record set


by Delia Smith 14 years ago. Delia's saying, that's quite a lot of


books, Fergie, but there was only one of us who can boil the perfect


egg! Unicorns, sprites and fauns will be mingling with police


officers, councillors and the Lord Mayor this evening to launch


Liverpool's 10th Homotopia Festival. It's the annual celebration of


Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender culture and heritage and


this year to help them celebrate their birthday they've got a very


special guest. Non other than Boy George. And Ian Haslam is there for


us now. Suffice to say I am not that special guest, but you join us in


Liverpool with hundreds of people, uniform is like unicorns, Abbot of


glitter there, it has been going for ten years. It is a huge festival.


The organiser is this man, Gary Ten years. It is incredible. It is great


that Liverpool has embraced it. We have had support from the arts


Council and Liverpool city council. I have got unicorns on my right and


Boy George on my left, so it is all a bit surreal. I am proud that this


is happening in Liverpool. A very friendly unicorn. Tell us what else


is going on. We haven't art exhibition by Boy George. We have a


big exhibition at the open eye. So, the wrist for everybody and quite a


big programme. `` there is stuff for everybody.


You are here not for music reasons but for artistic reasons. You're


launching your first ever art exhibition. My work is photography,


that is my medium although I have done some screen prints and some


pencil drawing. I have worked with another artist called Trademark We


have done a few things together There is talk of doing a bigger show


up here. It is quite exciting. Liverpool seems to be into


interesting, cultural, lest the centre things. `` left of centre


things. And this is the 10th year anniversary, so obviously it is


popular. That is a good thing. I am very excited about this. Plenty of


events going on throughout November. I am going to get back chatting to


my unicorn reindeer. `` friend here. We might never see in again. I think


that they are going to have some party. Do you like natty hats? Maybe


not in this weather. It does not work with my


I will have to apologise, we are of a wardrobe malfunction. My poppy has


dropped off. We started with plenty of sunshine this morning. We saw


plenty of rain at times. That will ease away. It has not been


particularly warm. As we head into the weekend, temperatures continuing


to fall. On Friday, parts of Lancashire will seek temperatures no


higher than nine Celsius. If you live here, wrap up warm. That rain


is going to ease, leaving some showers sneaking through from the


West. We start off with clear skies initially. Clouds beginning to ease


back in. Temperatures will drop as low as five Celsius in Chester, so


we could see some grass frost tomorrow morning. Tomorrow, starting


off OK, then we will see plenty of scattered showers. Then the wind


begins to pick up and the shallows begin to pile in, a rash of shallows


on and off through most of tomorrow. `` a rash of shallows. `` showers.


If you are out trick or treating tomorrow night we're going to see


some more rain. As we head into Friday and into the weekend, it will


be fairly unsettled. Before we go ` some lovely pictures


to show you. Chester Zoo has been giving its animals an early


Halloween treat. They've been serving up pumpkins this week. The


zoo says it encourages the animals to think about and work for their


food. Meanwhile we'd love to see your pumpkin pictures if you're


doing anything special for Halloween. E`mail them to us at


[email protected] I have got my poppy on. That's all from the team for


now. Goodbye. Everyday normal things that everybody


does is where I use my energy. I haven't got an extravagant


lifestyle, I've not got a hot tub outside or


something like that. In essence, it is


a choice between heating or eating. We will still eat


and we will still have heating


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