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weather on the way. That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye


from me, and on BBC Good evening. Welcome to North West


Tonight with Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson. Our top story:


"Sticking to his script" ` the prosecution says William Roache lied


when he denied sexually abusing five young girls. We'll be live at the


court on the day the prosecution summed up its case. Also tonight:


Liverpool's Mayor calls for an urgent safety review after Everton


fans complain of a crush before the Merseyside Derby. I will be finding


out how this site in East Cheshire could be used to produce green


energy for thousands of homes and businesses.


Preparing for a 3,000 mile row through Atlantic storms ` the man


who's never set foot in a boat before. It is a challenge I have


wanted to do since I was 16. I have never been out at sea so I don't


know if I will get seasick. Coming home in style, the RAF pilot


dropping by for a hug from his mum. Jurors in the William Roache trial


have been urged to set emotions to one side and use common sense when


considering their verdicts. The plea came from the prosecution as they


summed up their case against the actor.


The Coronation Street star denies allegations of sexually assaulting


five teenage girls in the 1960s Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest, joins us


from Preston Crown Court. He has been following this case in its


entirety. Dave, this case is clearly entering its final stages now.


That's right. We have heard from all of the witnesses we are going to


hear from, now it is time for the defence and prosecution to summarise


this case as they see it. The prosecutor and White QC was blunt


and to the point when she opened her closing speech this morning. She


said someone was lying. Five women say Bill Roache sexually assaulted


them when they were teenagers in the 1960s. William Roache said they made


it up. It never happened. Miss White told the jury Mr Roache's


fame had prevented his accusers from coming forward earlier because they


feared no`one believed them. For years his fame had sheltered him,


she said. In 2014, it was time to set no store by fame, to set store


by the facts. Yesterday, Coronation Street co`stars had turned out to


speak up for their colleagues. Anne Kirkbride and Chris Gascoigne, alias


Deirdre and Peter, his screen wife and son, described him as a lovely


man and an inspiration. But in court today, Miss White said no`one in


their right mind would expect Mr Roache to sexually abuse teenage


girls in front of his colleagues. Well intentioned as their evidence


was, she said, the jury must consider just how helpful it had


been. She also pointed out that those giving evidence yesterday had


only known him since the 1970s. Miss White claimed William Roache was a


different person in the 1960s, adding, "The adulation he received


daily massage his sexual ego." Miss White urged the jury to use common


sense during their deliberations and, she said, they must put


emotions aside. But, she said, the jury must


approach their task with the same courage as had been shown by the


five complainants. That is the prosecution's take on


things. Tomorrow the defence will paint a very different picture for


the jury when the present their closing speech. Mr Roache denies


four charges of indecent assault and two of rape. Thank you very much


indeed. They will have more tomorrow.


Fans involved say it was a crush. Police say it wasn't. But on Tuesday


night, before the Merseyside Derby in Liverpool, around 1,000 fans were


struggling to get into Anfield as the game kicked off.


Today, the Mayor of Liverpool asked for a safety review. Everton


Football Club is also writing to Liverpool asking them to explain


what went wrong. Jayne McCubbin has been following the story and joins


us now live from Anfield. Yes, some people I have spoken to did they


described what happened as a bottleneck. No significant injuries.


No formal complaints to the police. But other people we have heard from


him involved in this incident on the other side of the stadium on Tuesday


said that what happened was frightening. It was scary, they are


surprised that it happened and how it has been dealt with and they want


answers. These images were filmed on Tuesday


night. Police say they haven't received any formal complaints. But


some of those in the crowd made clear their thoughts on social


media. The footage was filmed by this man.


I go to the match, I know. This is wrong. It felt wrong. That's why I


started filming. Just in case. I tried to film again ten minutes


later and I couldn't even get my arms up. That is how constricted it


was. It was insane. Merseyside Police say this morning they spoke


to the father of a 13`year`old boy who was injured in the crowd, by a


police horse. But no formal complaint has been made. Today they


said too many fans hadn't followed advice to arrive early. Flares had


caused problems at previous games. So Derby fans were to be searched on


the way in. On Tuesday, ten minutes before the start of the game,


Liverpool Football Club said 25 of away fans arrived at once. 800


people. That caused congestion. David says it wasn't congestion ` it


was a crush. And it wasn't the fault of fans. It was chaos. There were


police on horses pushing people into the side. There is a wall there It


was honestly chaos. Today, Joe Anderson waded into the row with


this tweet. Neither the club not the force has confirmed if this is to


happen. Tonight I spoke again to the police


and they wanted to make one thing clear and it is this. Fans arrive


late but they do not blame the fans. For anything that happened. So who


is to blame? What went wrong? If there may gets his way and the


review happens, the answers should be in there and Everton football


club have also written or are in the process of writing to Liverpool who


are responsible for policing the event and perhaps we will get


answers there. Thank you.


A man's died in a house fire in Bolton. Three fire crews fought the


blaze on Bradshawgate just before seven o'clock last night. They


rescued a 43`year`old man but he died later in hospital from serious


injuries. Manchester United footballer Ashley


Young has been banned from driving for six months. The 28`year`old


pleaded guilty to speeding on the M6. He was going 71mph in a 50 zone.


Cumbria Council met today to decide how to save ?24 million from the


council budget over the next year. The council decided to go ahead with


plans to introduce street parking charges but have reconsidered plans


to down grade Fire Services across the county. The council says it


needs to save ?89 million by 20 7. In a fortnight's time, voters in


Wythenshawe and Sale East will choose a new MP. The by`election


follows the death of the former Labour MP Paul Goggins.


It's considered to be a safe Labour seat. But some wonder how well the


UK Independence Party will do. Our Political Editor, Arif Ansari, has


been surveying the political battle ground.


People here have had just two MPs in 60 years. But now they need to


choose the constituency's political direction. Labour's Deputy Leader


Harriet Harman told me she was hoping for a strike. The Labour


candidates are hoping to win. You seem to have a gentler touch than


Harriet. I used to do bowling as a child. Outside, opponents are


circling. What brings you here? You seem to be at the wrong launch. This


is for the Labour Party. Publicly, the Labour Party does not want to


focus on UKIP but take a look at this campaign letter. How UKIP are


even worse than David Cameron's Tories. One Labour's scale, that is


pretty bad. I think people are talking about the cost of living


crisis. They are not talking about issues that UKIP has no answers for.


That is not all that voters are concerned about. There is not enough


money to go around. Too much immigration? Yes. I don't like


people coming into our country and taking over the national system


Immigration worries could benefit UKIP. The mat if UKIP can leapfrog


into second place. That will validate their argument. They can be


the opposition in the North. UKIP's candidate is a proud outsider. I did


not do well at school. But I had to win through another way. I am here


to win this constituency. UKIP need conservative defectors as well. It


would take a miracle for the Tories to win here. They are praying for


second place. No wonder they have turned to the church and selected a


bitter. I have a young family. Money matters are very important to me.


The thing which the Conservatives are strong on is a strong economy.


The Lib Dems are defending their votes and policies. We need more


opportunity to make it a safer place to live. So you are not exactly


packing your bags for Westminster? It is packed already. Absolutely!


There is no shortage of ambition, but only one ticket to Parliament.


Arif Ansari, BBC North West Tonight. There are seven candidates


contesting the by`election in Wythenshawe and Sale East ` the list


is on the screen now. Polling is on Thursday, 13th February.


The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, has been examining


plans for a new relief road at Manchester Airport. It would link


the Airport with the A6 at Hazel Grove. ?165 million of Government


funding has already been secured for the first phase of the project.


People in Cumbria are waiting too long for ambulances ` that's


according to a health scrutiny committee. Guidelines say ambulances


should reach patients in serious need within eight minutes, 75% of


the time. But in Cumbria ambulances only meet the target in two`thirds


of cases. Plans are being considered to tackle the worsening problem of


coastal erosion in the Isle of Man. The main area of concern is on the


North West coast near Kirk Michael. The first meeting will take place in


February and will include a local commissioner representative.


Still to come on North West Tonight: We get a preview of a UK first `


Benjamin Britten's only commissioned ballet is performed at The Lowry in


Salford. The landlubber who's swapping his


rowing machine for a more daunting watery challenge.


Huge regeneration plans for north Liverpool moved a step closer today


` with details published of a 260`million pound investment in


Anfield. The scheme includes new housing, green spaces and a hotel `


and could provide 700 jobs. There's also going to be a street


named in honour of the Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough


Disaster. Mark Edwardson reports. Instantly recognisable to any


football fan, Anfield is also one of Liverpool's most deprived districts.


There aren't many Premier League footballers here. It is all right.


It is not bad. It is a bit rough sometimes. It has got a bad


reputation. But it is good. Anfield's regeneration has been


blighted by years of uncertainty. We are trying to create accommodation


and properties that people want to live in. It is to try to keep the


committee together so a lot of the properties will be for the existing


community and for people to have been in this community for a long


time, helping them to stay here The scheme is ambitious. It includes 150


refurbished houses, 250 new ones on derelict land. There'll be a new


High Street, shops and gardens. Commercial premises will include a


"training hotel". There will be 50 jobs created there, at any given


time there will be ten apprenticeships. There will be other


people placed with other establishments in the city, but that


will be the heart of what we are doing in terms of training young


people so they can have a career in hospitality. Significantly there'll


be a new, wide street built to the west of Anfield stadium. Liverpool


FC and the city councillors are staying tight`lipped about what will


happen to the stadium in the generation, but with ?260 million on


offer, some people who live in Anfield remain sceptical about the


regeneration scheme. I have mixed feelings. It has broken a lot of the


community up. There is perfectly good houses being flattened. It


really needs it. It would benefit the community hugely. They would be


left in the doldrums here without real progress being made, and it


is, I hope, a signal to them that this means business. If all goes to


plan, the scheme could be given the go`ahead in April. Mark Edwardson,


BBC North West Tonight, Liverpool. We talk a lot about energy bills on


this programme, and today Cheshire East Council claimed it could have


the answer to lower fuel bills for thousands of people ` and it's green


energy. The council has just received a


grant for almost ?200,000 to explore geothermal energy ` by using the hot


water which lies several kilometres underground. Here's our Environment


Correspondent, Judy Hobson. Cheshire East Council hopes this


piece of land, or rather what is under it, could be the answer to


lower energy bills. The Cheshire basin is one of the hottest parts of


the UK. And they plan to drill two boreholes here, 3000 metres down.


The pipelines will be the width of a Telegraph poll and will be sunk into


a limestone reservoir. The water there could be 100 degrees. The hot


water would be pumped up to heat homes and businesses. The cooled


water will return back into the ground. If it also is too good to be


true, maybe it is. It could cost ?10 million to drill the holes. The


order you go down, the more expensive because you have to get


the drill bit back out. That is the hard part. If we are going to go


down to five kilometres, that is where the expense comes in and that


is where it has to be looked at what are we going to get out, what is it


worth? This is a district heating centre in Southampton using mainly


geothermal energy. It powers flats and businesses in the area and saves


over 12000 tonnes of CO2 a year Why haven't we explored the idea more in


the Northwest? We could have been doing this for 20 years. We have had


other cheap energies. North Sea gas has been a wonderful thing but it


has displaced a requirement to look for other energies. For some, the


cost is the main stumbling block. Geothermal energy will make a


contribution, we need lots of other things to solve the worlds problems.


We need nuclear, shale gas, fracking, lots of things. Cheshire


council will begin exploratory drilling here in the next few weeks.


Manchester City are playing the best football in the world, according to


Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood. City went to the top of the Premier


League after thrashing Spurs 5` at White Hart Lane. Sergio Aguero


scored the first here but later limped`off with a hamstring injury.


Stevan Jovetic got his first goal for the club. Kompany, Dzeko and


Toure got the others. They are certainly scoring lots of


goals. John McGuinness from work has been inducted into the motor sport


Hall of Fame. The 20 time Isle of Man TT winner joined the likes of


Michael Schumacher in the Hall of Fame. Ross Brawn was also inducted


at last night's event in Covent Garden.


He was hailed as one of the all time great opera composers. But Benjamin


Britten had only one commissioned ballet. And tonight it will be


performed at The Lowry in Salford for the first time in the UK.


The Prince of The Pagodas is a Japanese fairy tale. Its director


has spent 30 years developing the story. And our reporter Abbie Jones


was given a special preview. It's a tale of magic, a wicked


stepmother and a Princess searching for her missing brother. Oh, and a


scaly salamander. This is a rare ballet. It is only the third version


of The Prince of The Pagodas to be performed worldwide ` and the first


in the UK. Past ballet stars to take the lead include Strictly judge


Darcy Bussell. Today's cast features dancers Yvette Knight from Carnforth


and James Barton from Wirral. It is always a big thing being part of a


premiere. Because there is that nice feeling of the company coming


together to make it work in such a short space of time. People can


expect something visually really exciting that they haven't probably


seen before, it is quite different to any of the other classics that we


bring out, Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty. I think there is something


in there for everybody. Composer Benjamin Britten made his name


producing something for everybody ` works for the world's virtuoso


performers and for schoolchildren. But the storyline of his only ballet


wasn't quite so hot. Director David Bintley has spent three decades


honing it. It took me 30 years to arrive at this version and the


Japanese influence was a key in that process. But it is an absolutely


fantastic score and hopefully we will finally do it justice. This is


the skin and the hands of the salamander. The 200 plus costumes `


and sets ` have been designed by Rae Smith, who was also the designer for


War Horse. As well as the classical Japanese stuff, you have got


fantastical stuff like, this is part of the Chinese king, who has this


amazing. This amazing, glittery dragon and here you see all of these


little fire things, which look quite flat now but when he is moving, they


move like fire. As opening night draws closer, pirouettes are


perfected, routines rehearsed, The ballet opens tonight and ends on


Saturday. Abbie Jones, North West Tonight, Salford Quays.


So graceful, isn't it? Brilliant stuff. We will get the weather in a


moment. I suspect there will be more rain on the way. But spare a thought


for a rower from St Helen's who will be battling huge waves and storms in


the Atlantic Ocean. Matt Inglesby and seven fellow


rowers are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for charity and smash a


world record by sailing from Gran Canaria to Barbados in 32 days. Not


bad considering Matt has never been in a boat before. Elaine Dunkley has


been to meet him. Matt Inglesby is taking on a


challenge which would strike fear into the saltiest of sea dogs `


conquering the Awe of the Atlantic. Only there's a slight hitch. I have


never been in a boat before. In fact, he's never ventured into the


sea. But he's not letting this small matter get in the way of a 3000 mile


nautical adventure. It is a challenge I have wanted to do since


I was 16 and I have never been out at sea so I don't know if I will get


seasick but I am sure I will on such a small boat, but just being out


there, seeing what it is like, in the middle of the ocean, with maybe


40 foot waves. Matt and his rowers will endure seasickness and storms


with strength and stamina and very little in the way of home comforts.


Over 30 days is a long time for any sort of communication with family


and home, I am going to miss seeing the Everton scorers. Matt's


confident about his adventure at sea but it's a nervous wait for his mum


on dry land. There won't be many people who can tell that story, I


guess, the world over. What is the next adventure? God knows. But there


will be another one. He has got his sights on an Everest Marathon on. He


will have to get his sea legs pretty quickly, but this is one adventure


he's taking in his stride. Elaine Dunkley, BBC North West Tonight


That is a challenge. Matt, if you are watching, don't be worried. We


saw lots of pictures of enormous 40 foot waves in that report. You have


never been in this eBay for! Don't be put off. `` never been in the sea


before. Nearly 25 years after he left his


primary school in Lancashire, Royal Navy helicopter pilot Chris


Southworth paid a flying visit back to The Willows primary school in


Kirkham earlier. His mum ` who's also assistant head teacher there `


hasn't seen him since he was home for Christmas. Today, they were


re`united on the school field. Coming in to land and making quite


an entrance. The excitement a struggle to contain, for none more


so that Chris's mum, who also happens to be the assistant head


teacher. Oh, mother. It is great to be here today to see the kids, to


get them to have a look around the aircraft, to show them what it is


like to be in the air crew in the Royal Navy and to let them actually


enjoy it, enjoy the experience. Where Lieutenant Chris Southworth


once spent playtimes as a school boy today became the spot to land his


Royal Navy Lynx helicopter as a pilot. I haven't been back here in a


long time so it is nice to come back, see the building, see the area


and have a look around. Just remember what it was like. In the


area on a training exercise, Chris and his colleagues brought a little


more than usual to the classroom. It was so exciting because the children


did not know about it. And they only found out when he landed, they knew


something special was going on but they did not know what. Even the


longstanding lollypop lady remembers him! You used to be my lollipop


lady. I am. 30 years now! It's hardly the most conventional of


teaching methods, but for children here at The Willows primary school,


lessons are about to get a little bit more interesting. When it comes


to show and tell, this is the clear winner. It was really awesome


because it was so windy and all the leaves went everywhere. When he came


down, the grass went all flat and it was very cold. Some people were


feeling jumpy and some people were waving. I was jumping and waving.


But no`one wanted to wave goodbye to today's special guests. Especially


not Mrs Wilson. Suzanne Hailey, BBC North West Tonight, in Kirkham.


It is a bit better than the average bring your dad to work school day.


That would be very good. The groundsman had put all the


leaves in neat piles as well. Let's move on to the weather. There was a


touch of Frost this morning. That is the least of our problems.


We have got plenty of rain on the way and high winds. Hello. Plenty of


weather to talk about in the next 48 hours at the very least. It up to


the weekend. I will show you what is going to happen. Tomorrow, a huge


band of rain sweeps in, followed by some strong winds, and on Saturday


severe gales around the coast and on high ground. Quite windy on Sunday


and more rain is on the way for Monday, so I think we can safely say


that we are going to see some localised flooding in some places


over the next two or three days Tonight, it is a quiet night


initially, the calm before the storm, lots of clear skies. Mostly


dry. Occasional bits of rain here and there, a touch of frost in


places where we see some clear skies and temperatures dropping below


freezing in Cumbria. I suspect it will be cold everywhere. This is the


first of the weather warnings. It is for snow. We will not see snow


everywhere tomorrow but we will see some on high ground, but the main


problem for tomorrow will be rain. We start off mostly dry. Cloudy but


the clouds continue to build and the band of rain wets in from the iris


E, headed through the afternoon and when it bumps into the cold there we


have had from the east that is where we are likely to seize no. It will


not settle. In the Isle of Man, they have amber warnings at the moment


for flooding and many roads will be closed tomorrow and Saturday. You


might want to check the Manx government website to see which


roads will be closed. They are expecting coastal flooding. Inland,


lots of rain, occasional snow, and very cold, five or six else's


tomorrow and we are not out of the woods yet because for the weekend,


another weather warning, this is for winds. We will see gales on


Saturday, may be severe gales, particularly around the Irish Sea


coast and actually the strongest winds are likely to be read about


lunchtime where we have got the high tide. These are the high tide. It is


around midday that we could see some very big waves and possibly some


coastal flooding on Saturday. Thank you very much. Winter is back


and we had those big coastal surges, didn't we? But not quite as bad for


fully? Hopefully, but you never know. `` not quite as bad


hopefully? We will keep pupils did. Thanks for watching. Good night ``


we will keep you posted.


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