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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Annabel Tiffin and


Graham Liver. Our top story: Get off our land!


Anti`fracking protestors say they'll fight moves to evict them from


Barton Moss. The land owners have issued court papers to repossess the


site. Also tonight: we talk about plans


for a wind farm. We talk to the Warrington man


falsely branded a thief after a mix`up at work.


And if you think boxing is just for boys, think again. This young lady


is one of our rising stars. I will be talking to her later on.


Anti`fracking protestors tonight say they'll fight plans to evict them


from their camp at Barton Moss in Eccles. The land owners, Peel, have


issued court papers saying they re seeking repossession of the land.


The camp was established last November by campaigners trying to


prevent iGas from carrying out test drilling in the area. And those


there today were in no mood for moving, as Dave Guest explains.


Among the Barton Moss protestors today, a spirit of dogged


determination that their fight against fracking would continue


Storms haven't been able to get rid of us, bailiffs might try, we might


have to take some tents down but we will not stop to protesting. Their


tents and shelters stand on land that belongs to one of the country's


biggest corporate concerns, Peel, and they want it back. They're


asking the courts to order their eviction. These are the court papers


that were issued by hand yesterday. The inform protesters that Peel


investments Limited are seeking repossession of this land. They say


there is to be a court hearing in Manchester on Friday, which will


determine whether these people have to leave and if so, when. We have


come here to highlight the dangers of fracking and to peacefully


protest. I think whatever the outcome, we will continue to do


that. And what ever it takes, people are prepared to do that. Even if it


involves balance? `` balance? This has always been a peaceful mode


movement. I think non`violent protest is the best way to get our


point out in the most effective way. Suppose the day comes when you have


lost your court action and bailiffs start removing tents, what happens


then? Only time can tell what happens then. That is largely


dependent on the actions of Greater Manchester Police and whichever


bailiffs may attend. Peel declined to comment today. Dave is with me in


this did you now. So, Dave, How quickly would any eviction happen?


Relatively quickly. Peel had to give two days notice of this and on


Friday they will try to persuade the court to issue a repossession order.


It will then be up to enforcement officers and police to decide a


logistics. If the protesters wanted to delay or talents there is one of


their number would have to put their name award to the court. The risk


would be that if the action lost they could face costs. This could


happen sometime next week. Keeping with the subject of power,


and proposals have been outlined which could double the size of the


Scout Moor wind farm between Rochdale and Rossendale. The company


behind the plan want to erect dozens of new turbines on what is already


England's biggest wind farm. Plans go out for consultation in April. In


a moment we'll hear from our Lancashire reporter Peter Marshall,


but first, Annabel's been looking at the situation in the North West


At the moment there are 405 operational wind turbines in the


region. The largest wind farms are off shore. There are only five of


them, but the 187 giant turbines provide enough energy to power


approximately 429,000 homes. Onshore, ie on the land, there are


31 wind farms, with 218 turbines. They generate enough power for


around 168,000 homes. It's an expanding business. 83 more turbines


have been approved, and 14 are already under construction. But that


doesn't include projects like an extension to Scout Moor wind farm


near Rochdale, already one of England's biggest wind farms, where


developers are hoping to double its capacity. Peter Marshall has been


looking at the plans. Love them or loathe them, wind farms


are increasingly common. Scout Moor, between Edenfield and Rochdale,


opened in 2008. Through conception and birth it attracted controversy


and protest marches. So why risk more opposition by expanding it


further? This wind farm has toured enough electricity to supply the


demand of over 40% of Rochdale. The potential to double it could see


this wind farm generating the equivalent of almost all Rochdale's


domestic liquidity. `` electricity. This is the existing Scout Moor


site, which has 26 turbines. The hope is to double that to 52 ` some


in the existing area, others in the expanded zones to the north. A


separate plan by Coronation Power could see 17 turbines added to the


east on Rooley Moor. We said when that when far was developed if we


not careful, every ridgeline in the area will be covered in turbines and


we will wake up and wonder why we didn't stop it. The Rooley Moor site


would straddle part of the Pennine Bridle Way national trail, a


long`distance route loved by horse riders. At this local livery yard,


strong opposition. People come up after work, Park up there for some


peace and quiet. It won't be quiet with 17 turbines on either side We


will be saturated in turbines. We don't want that. We were born and


bred here and we don't want it becoming industrial. The Scout Moor


proposals go to public consultation in April, Coronation Power's from


next week. Both companies say they'll work closely with


communities to limit impact and bring maximum benefit to the area.


Now, while Scout Moor is planning to double in size, the region's oldest


wind farm, Coal Clough near Burnley in Lancashire, is getting smaller.


Improved technology means it will provide more electricity with fewer


turbines. A jury has retired to consider its


verdicts in the trial of the mother of Dale Cregan, who was convicted of


killing two police officers in 012. 56`year`old Anita Cregan is accused


of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office by acquiring


information on the manhunt of her son. It's alleged information was


accessed and passed on by a police call handler, 25`year`old Kathryn


Smith and her then boyfriend Sean Booth. All three deny the charges.


A seventh person has been treated in hospital in Liverpool, after


apparently taking the party drug Geebs. The 24`year`old man was found


collapsed on Sunday after it's believed he took the liquid


substance, normally used as an alloy wheel cleaner. Officers say the


incident isn't linked to two other cases, in which a total of six


people were taken to hospital. A 38`year`old man has been arrested


on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a cyclist


from Warrington died in a hit`and`run incident. 47`year`old


Terry Brown from Warrington was found by a passing motorist early


yesterday morning on Warrington Road in Bold Heath. He was taken to


hospital with a serious head injury, but died later.


Unemployment in the North West has fallen, according to the latest


figures published today. In total, 277,000 people were out of work and


claiming benefit between October and December. That's down 6000 on the


previous quarter, leaving the region with an unemployment rate of 8. %.


A man from Warrington says he'll fight to clear his name after being


wrongly branded a thief. A picture of Jordan Ross was published on the


web, which it was claimed showed him stealing a computer printer from an


off`licence in the town. In fact, it was one of two working machines


Jordan was given by mistake. He was meant to collect scrap printers


That happened in January but he only found out about it after returning


to work this week from paternity leave. This from our Cheshire


reporter, Mark Edwardson. At home with his fiancee and baby son,


Jordan Ross enjoying life as a new dad. In January he was sent to


collect two scrap printers from this off`licence and then went on leave,


but he hadn't bargained for what happened when he got back. We went


in to pick up the printers, waited for them to be collectors. The guy


brought them out and we headed back to the yard. The photo from CCTV in


the shop was published in the shop's website. Jordan was organised


by friends. I went down to the police station. That was the only


way he could clear his name. The paper issued a statement and


said... They were happy to clarify what happened. It was circuit is as


a normal channels but concerns were raised by Jordan about circulating


the image. It was removed from circulation but he remains angry.


The police said there was no case because you can tell he's innocent.


They have checked the CCTV to clear the case which they should have done


first before putting it online. No one from the shop was available for


comment today that the company said it apologised for any confusion the


misunderstanding had caused. They said following the receipt of


further information police have closed the case.


Children from deprived areas can sometimes struggle at school, but


now a charity claims it's found a way of dramatically improving the


GCSE results of pupils in parts of Manchester. ReachOut runs a


mentoring programme for young people, offering them one`to`one


academic and emotional support. It says the scheme helps teenagers who


might otherwise be overlooked. Naomi Cornwell reports. It might look like


fun and games, but this booster session at a primary school in


Rusholme is designed to help the children with their class work. Each


has a dedicated mentor who provides advice not only on schoolwork but on


what they should be aiming for in life. Keiarnya received the same


help. Now she's looking forward to university. From year seven until


nine I wasn't one of the most good children, so I tried to reach out


and it made me see there was no need to be naughty. It helped me put


myself back on track and set my goals. There are a lot of activities


in the projects could will be based around things like making the right


decisions in difficult situations or good judgement, staying power, and


also things like revision techniques, things that are more


applicable to college. Keiarnya has herself become a mentor, hoping to


show others what they can achieve. In the last school year, 53% of


pupils across Manchester received at least five GCSEs of grade C or


above. But ReachOut says the proportion of pupils on its


mentoring programme who achieved that was higher, at 79%. The


teachers have got together and identified children who would


benefit from working with the mentor is on to boot their confidence and


it is going well. It helps me with the work I am not sure whether. When


you do your work you get to do something fun after it and it is


kind of easier but had as well. If I don't understand something she will


help me with it. By targeting areas where economic prosperity and


aspirations are low, ReachOut hopes to raise the results of more young


people like Keiarnya. Now, here's an opportunity. I'm sure


there's plenty of people out there with opinions on the BBC. Maybe this


programme. I am sure. Now's your big chance to tell us about them by


joining our local audience panel. The BBC Trust is looking for people


of all ages, and all backgrounds from across the region. The panel


meets three times a year. It isn't paid but you do get expenses. The


closing date for applications is Friday seven March 2014 and the


easiest way to find out more, and to get an application pack, is to go to


the website. If you don't have internet access call 0800 092 6 30


which is free from landlines but not necessarily from mobiles. So tell us


what you think. Still to come on North West Tonight: why the fallout


from this foul could land Manchester City's manager in trouble with the


football authorities. And we meet the man carving out a


career using 200 million`year`old wood. 200 million `year`old wood. It


is petrified. Not just a little scared? Scared stiff.


It's generated enough words to fill five volumes of War and Peace and


will have a major impact on how Cheshire develops over the next 20


years. Today Cheshire East council published its long`awaited Local


Plan, which details where new homes can be built. But it's late, so


developers have pretty much been building where they like. Council


leaders have described it as being under siege. Our political editor


Arif Ansari reports on Cheshire East council's attempt to regain control


of planning. It's a blueprint to redraw the map of East Cheshire


This is a local plan. The lack of a local plan has been good for


developers, who've been winning appeals and building where they


like. They even defeated a smaller five`year housing plan in court One


site alone for one developer could bring millions of pounds, so they


can spend a lot of fighting us and we can't spend the same fighting


them, but that is business, we have been robust coming forward and we


are now in a position to protect local people. On the last day of


consultation, developers delivered 400 submissions. A deliberate


delaying tactic, suspects the council. Here in Congleton you can


see part of the problem. Behind this gate developers want to build 4 new


homes. The council challenged the developers and lost, partly because


they didn't have a Local Plan in place. I can show you how it's going


to work out. Derek White expects his back view will be concreted over. He


blames the council's lack of a plan. We have been back to them, we can ``


we have had a lot of verbal support from the council but in practice,


the supply has not been there to help residents. The Local Plan will


be voted on next week. Labour says it's welcome but late. Hopefully the


plan will be amended in line with those consultation results and a


final plan we can agree on will go to the planning Inspectorate of this


year, but it has been a long process. We should have had a plan


in place years ago. The Local Plan should soon be submitted to


government inspectors. But it is unlikely developers have given up


just yet. Let's move on to sport now, and


Richard is out and about tonight at a boxing gym in Birkenhead which has


a rising star in its ranks. Yes, this is Birkenhead venture


boxing club. Lots of talent or perhaps this young lady is one of


the most interesting, 14`year`old Chloe Watson. We will talk to her


later but first the big news from last night, Barcelona beating


Manchester City to nil in the first leg of their last 16 Champions


League tie. Things didn't work out for city and after the game, Manuel


Pellegrini said the referee was not impartial may have landed him in hot


water. This had the feeling of a landmark moment in Manchester City's


journey into the elite. I went to Wigan, Northampton and places like


that. I never expected this. Fantastic, after we've suffered all


these years. Fantastic. Really looking forward to tonight's game,


whatever the outcome. The outcome whenever you face Barcelona is to


expect to do plenty of chasing. This is why they're so difficult to play


against. 40 consecutive passes, keeping the ball for two minutes.


When City did get it back, they had the best first`half chances. 22


goals between them, but none for 52 minutes. And then the moment.


Iniesta saw a pass, Messi saw a chance, Demichelis saw danger and


the defender saw red. That's how a game of football turns on its head.


Messi made the penalty look as easy as the world's best should make a


penalty look. Then Barca should have buried City, but they didn't. There


were chances to equalise, David Silva with one of the best. In


injury time, Dani Alves put the ball through Joe Hart's legs and almost


certainly put Barcelona through They gave us no chance whatsoever.


Did you have any hope now? The referee was falling. `` he was


appalling. From the beginning I felt that the referee was not impartial


to both teams, so he decided the game with the foul that he didn t


allow. And with the penalty, that was not a penalty, it was outside


the box. Playing 40 minutes with one player less is very difficult.


Winning in Bayern Munich earlier this season shows all is not lost


for Manchester City in Barcelona, but the fact remains that the only


three clubs to have one here this season and perhaps that proves there


is still a gap between this club and Europe's very best.


It is a fantastic facility. They get 50, maybe 70 young fighters here.


That's talk about football first. Fleetwood's dreams of a Wembley


final in the Johnson's Paint Trophy ended last night despite a 1`nil win


at Chesterfield. Graham Alexander's side were 3`1 down from the home leg


so were always up against it. Jon Parkin got the goal in the dying


moments to spark a tense finale but unfortunately it wasn't enough for


Town to go through. More than 1 ,000 people have joined a Facebook


campaign for a museum at Preston North End's ground dedicated to Sir


Tommy Finney. The 91`year`old, who spent his whole career at Deepdale


and played 76 times for England died on Friday. Fans says the space


vacated by the National Football Museum after it moved to Manchester


could be turned into a lasting tribute for the great man. A civic


funeral will take place a week tomorrow. The route will run from


Deepdale into the city centre. In the women's bobsleigh at the Winter


Olympics in Sochi, Blackburn born Paula Walker and Rebekah Wilson from


Manchester have completed their fourth and final run and finished


12th overall. Well done to them Let's have a word with the lady of


the moment, Chloe Watson. How are you? Good, thanks. And this is her


coach. I have been watching you train. You look like a fantastic


fighter. How much of your life is that good to boxing? Most of it I


love it, though, so I don't mind. You have spoken about Natasha Jonas


as an Olympian and Nicola Adams How much have they inspired you? Natasha


always comes into my school but I think the Olympics inspired most


girls. There have been more girls in the gym since then. Has it ignited


that dream for you to make the Olympics? Yes, that is my goal to go


to the Olympics. You looked determined to me. Sean, how good is


she? All the other coaches noticed her talent. She is a hard worker and


never misses a session. I think she has what it takes. We are into the


attic and pleased with what she has achieved and the future is very


bright for her. There aren't that many girls at clue we's level so


she's bars against boys. I imagine at the beginning they thought that


would be easy. She is one of the best boxers in the gym, male or


female, and she has won seven of her 11 contests and we are still going


to get a match so she has to boxlike. Sean seems to think you


will do it. Do you believe that maybe not at Rio but later you will


be at the Olympics? Yes, that is my goal and what I am hoping to


achieve. Good luck. If you look in Chloe's eyes you can tell how


determined she is. Thank you. She is one to watch for the future, from


Birkenhead. Back to you. Her feet and fits look so quick


Brion. Sculptors work with a whole range of materials but not many are


carving with remains said to be millions of years old. Martin


Bednarczuk from Salmsbury has started to use fossils that date


back to the Jurassic Period. Pieces of art made of ancient


material which is claimed to be around 200 million years old. This


is petrified wood, the fossilised remains of vegetation. Martin has


been carving for almost 30 years. They are the hardest woods you can


carve with, but this is like stone but it is the end effect that makes


it so unique. It is worth the struggle. Self`taught, he has moved


from traditional pieces to stone and now petrified wood. It is formed of


dance materials and is buried under layers of ash and mud, with


materials comprising rotting wood from oxygen on the original plant


material is replaced with minerals and it turns to stone. Because of


the age of this would, it is hard to get hold of. These pieces came from


a location of the Black Sea. The idea is to get a Martin being the


MasterCard and one of only a few sculptors in the UK over to the


exhibition in the Army in December. That's back in Miami. He is already


attracting worldwide interest. Sometimes sculptors don't come into


their own until their 50s because you have to go through a period of


struggle. That is what has happened to me, really.


People pay thousands for that. It is an art. Let's get the weather now.


Do we have anything look forward to?


an art. Let's get the weather now. Do we have anything Yes, there will


be some sunshine between the rain and strong winds. It hasn't been a


bad day to date tonight and tomorrow we will see some changes, some rain,


strong winds busting to deal forced perhaps until lunchtime tomorrow.


Then we are in nature are re`routed and by Sunday all signs point to


more heavy rain and strong winds in the forecast. That will be confirmed


in the next few days. You can see to weather systems bring us tomorrow,


it is why we have rain and strong winds, then these westerly winds


bring showers but through Saturday night and into Sunday, you can see


how the isobars are squeezed and it doesn't look brilliant. We are not


expecting it to be brilliant but it wasn't bad today. We saw at


temperatures up to 11 in places and for a time tomorrow you may get them


against that by that tend you get to 10pm, this rain appears into the


Isle of Man and the coast. And it is on and off, but for most of us it


will be a wet night and as that wind picks up in the early hours of the


morning, busting to deal forced around the seacoast and the hills


will be below we as well. Temperatures really good for the


time of the, eight and nine degrees, but when you have all this cloud and


strong winds to contend with, that is something you may not notice


Tomorrow morning the remnants of the rain will be around for the first


few hours and it is a windy start, but it moves away relatively


quickly. Behind that there will be some showers in the mix away from


the showers one or two spells of sunshine, I think they will turn up


every now and then that with the wind is continuing to be blustery it


will never feel brilliant. Temperatures 10 degrees before


midday, then cooling down to around seven or eight.


Finally, from one exotic creature with a long neck to another. She's a


West African giraffe, she's been born at South Lakes Wild Animal Park


and she's said to be "one of the rarest animals on the planet". There


are just 450 in the wild in West Africa and a few in captivity. She's


been named Belle. Very appropriate the, I think despite the wobbly


knees. Watchet! Goodbye.


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