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Good evening. Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson `nd
Annabel Tiffin. Our top story: murdered in his own
home by a burglar looking to buy cocaine. Today this war vetdran s
killer is jailed for 18 years. We'd be no more accepting of his
death if it had been of old`age peace and dignified. Instead, he
wasn't peaceful, he wasn't comfortable, he was scared, agitated
and distressed as a result of this callous attack.
The jury heard Frank Worslex's killer had offended 42 times before.
There's no place like Lyndale, say parents fighting to save thdir
children's very special special school.
She's so vulnerable that I have to have implicit trust in anybody I
leave her with. If I didn't have that, she simply would not go to
school. 140,000 people sign a petithon after
teenage Sophie dies from cervical cancer. Advice from a top doctor on
what women should do. I am Ben Trueman. Find out later why
I am as Michael Orlan. Frank Worsley was a war vetdran a
father and a grandfather who cared for his wife until she died from MS.
He was adjusting to life on his own. That was until drug addict Daniel
Crompton broke into his house at night and beat him in his bddroom.
Crompton, who it was revealdd had 47 previous convictions, carridd out
the attack to steal 85 pounds to buy cocaine.
Help me. Help me. I have bedn attacked.
The harrowing 999 call of 87`year`old Frank Wosley ` `n
innocent and defenceless eighty seven year old widower.
He died of a stroke a fortnhght later. Today his family werd in
court to see the man responsible jailed, a family liason offhcer read
out a statement. He was scared, agitated and
distressed as a result of this callous attack. He was in p`in and
there was nothing could be done It was not easy to watch him lose his
fight for the over the following weeks.
Daniel Crompton ` a drug usdr ` escaped with ?85. Daniel Crompton
had 40 seven previous convictions. He had been drinking and taking
drugs but had run out of money. He broke into Frank Worsley 's home
because the window had been left open. His actions were as brittle as
they were cowardly. He did not have two punch Frank He
punched a more than once and took a shirt off and wrapped around his
face. A war veteran, he was adjust to life
on his own at his home in Bolton, He had cared for his wife Mary who had
multiple sclerois for 25 ye`rs before her death in 2012.
A quiet but pleasant man. Hd must have been kind because he looked
after his disabled wife. I cannot Daniel Crompton must serve ` minimum
of 18 years in prison. Believe it has happened. Fr`nk
Worlsey's family said today there were now winners in this case. They
will never recover from thehr traumatic loss.
To the parents and children who use it, Lyndale School is irreplaceable.
It offers care and education to youngsters with the most colplex of
needs. But to Wirral Council the school represents an under tsed
facility which is why it's considering closing it down. But, as
our reporter explains, the parents aren't about to give it up without a
fight. For these children, Lyndale is the
most special of special schools We have youngsters here aged from
two to 11 years old. They h`ve profound learning difficulthes or
medical difficulties. They do not have communication skills. The need
oxygen, and some of them have epilepsy.
Lily and Neave are two of those children who have complex ndeds
She cannot sit up, walk or talk Seizures need to be controlled. She
cannot do anything for hersdlf. She is so vulnerable but I had to have
implicit trust in anybody I leave her with. There is no other school
like Lyndale School. But providing this level of care
doesn't come cheap ` up to ?26, 00 per child per year. And Lyndale
currently has only around h`lf the number of children it could take.
That's why Wirral Council is considering whether to closd it
The quality of care and education is very good at the school. Thdre are
concerns as to whether we c`n sustain this.
Is this about saving money? No. It is about making sure we have
the best education, care and provision for these vulnerable
children. The parents remain unconvinced.
The schools they have spoken about our excellent schools but those
children have different needs to our children. It is very expenshve at
the school because of the slall numbers.
It is what it is. Those need need to be met. I would say that thdy
deserve the level of care they get. A final decision will not bd made
until all interested parties have been consulted. I suspect it is not
difficult to guess what the answer of the parents and indeed the pupils
will be. A few minutes ago I spoke to Wirral
South MP Alison McGovern. I asked her if the local council had got
this decision wrong. The council need to look at every
option to keep this school. It is an inspiration to me. Some of the work
done at the school with children who have suffered significant
disabilities or illnesses is really amazing. I think we need to search
every way possible to keep this school open. Parents have rdceived
amazing support from the Lyndale School, so I think we have to work
hard to keep it open. You are the Labour MP. The school
has our budget shortfall, c`n you persuade the council to change its
decision? This is a consultation. I whll work
with parents and the wider community to make sure that we look for every
possible way to keep this school open.
Would it help to increase the school to age 18?
For a long time, parents have talked to me about the possibility of
extending this. I think that must be taken into account. This is what I
mean when I say that we must look at every solution to protect Lxndale
School. It is a small number of parents but a lot of people in our
community feel strongly abott the importance of caring for chhldren
with significant disabilitids and that is why we must all work
together to find the best solution. Parents and other special schools
may feel that there are schools cannot cope with these children
There are practical difficulties. The important thing is the needs of
each individual child. And laking sure those needs are met. It is not
easy to do and we must be vdry careful because each child has very
individual, specific needs. That is why we have to start from the point
of view of what each child needs and how they can be helped to ddvelop
and community. The families of former Brithsh
soldiers, including two frol the North West, who are locked tp in an
Indian prison have been to Downing Street calling for them to be freed.
A petition with around 150,000 signatures was handed over, urging
the UK Government to do mord to help the men. Paul Towers, originally
from Bootle, and Ray Tindall of Chester, were crewmen on an American
owned ship, said to be provhding anti`piracy protection. The boat was
detained by Indian authorithes. We're trying to get our boys out of
jail in India. We do not thhnk this is right. We're not shouting and
screaming or banging on doors. We are asking diplomatically if they
can just do their best. A road in Wigan has been naled in
honour of a soldier from thd town ` who died whilst serving in Hraq
Kingsman Jamie Hancock was 09 when he was killed in Basra eight years
ago. He was serving with Thd Duke of Lancaster's Regiment. The road in
Hindley Green has been calldd Hancock Close.
An Inquest has been hearing how a soldier from Greater Manchester died
after being accidentally shot during a training exercise. Fusilidr James
Wilkinson from Whitefield, was in Kenya at the time of the incident in
2011. It happened when a colleague was examining the barrel of a
machine gun which had jammed. An online petition to lower the age
of cervical screening ` following the death of a teenager frol Wirral
` has attracted more than 140`hundred and forty thous`nd
signatures. On last night's North West Tonight we brought you the
story of 19`year`old Sophie Jones ` who had cervical cancer and died at
the weekend. Her family belheve she'd still be alive ` if screening
was available for women unddr ` 25. Joining me now from our Livdrpool
studio is Dr Jonathan Herod the Medical Director at Liverpool
Women's Hospital ` who sits on the National Cervical Screening
Committee. Sophie and her f`mily and friends want a reduction.
Would you support a reduction in the screening age?
I do not think that would bd the best way to prevent deaths from Sir
Michael cancer. `` cervical cancer. It is different screening women at
different ages. We must unddrstand that cervical cancer in womdn under
the age of 25 is extremely rare On the contrary, the kind of changes we
might pick up on a cervical screening are very common and most
of these changes would improve without treatment. If we were to
reduce the age of streaming, we would probably subject huge numbers
of young women to potentially intrusive and unpleasant tests and
investigations that may havd consequences for the rest of their
lives. But it would fail to make much of an influence on the numbers
of women who get cervical c`ncer in this country.
If a young woman who was sexually active and did feel that solething
was wrong, who was under thd age of 25, felt something was wrong, could
she get a test? At the present time, she wotld not
be accepted for a smear test on the cervical screening programmd. No.
Many people watching that at the moment may feel this seems terribly
unfair. Yes, people do know their own bodies
but a screen test is effecthvely something for people who have no
symptoms. If we're serious `bout reducing the number of cancdr cases
in this country, we need to do three things: Encourage, especially as
parents, our daughters to h`ve the vaccination at school when they are
aged 12 years old. This will hugely reduce their chances of getting
cervical cancer. The second thing is that for women over the age of 5,
it is important to attend for regular cervical smears. Thdn it is
highly paid that what happened to Sophie would happen to you because
by and large we can prevent the risk. Thirdly, for all women, if you
have symptoms then you should seek attention from your doctor. The kind
of things to look for are irregular bleeding between periods, btt
importantly irregular bleedhng that may occur after sexual intercourse.
It is important to seek the advice of your GP.
Thank you. A van driver has been convicted for a second time for
causing death behind the whdel. He died when his car hit a lamp post
last October. The jury at Lhverpool Crown Court found this man guilty of
causing death by dangerous driving. He was told to expect a substantial
sentence. Detectives investigating thd
disappearance of a mother`of`six from Manchester are appealing to her
neighbours in a further attdmpt to find her. 40`year`old Kimberley
Brown was last seen in July 201 . Over the next two weeks arotnd ,000
letters will be delivered to homes within a one mile radius of her
address in Rusholme. The health regulator Monitor has
appointed a new interim chahrman to run the trust behind Manchester s
Christie Hospital. An investigation into the way the trust is rtn raised
concerns over management at the Christie, but was satisfied with
patient care. The interim chairman is Sir Hugh Taylor ` who's currently
chair of Guy's and St Thomas's in London.
Liverpool's Ken Dodd has bedn crowned a Legend of Comedy `t
Leicester Comedy Festival. The 86`year`old beat Jasper Carrott
Lenny Henry, Nicholas Parsons, Jennifer Saunders and Victoria Wood
to take the title. Still to come on North West Tonight:
we have done the job for thd challenge cup.
Warrington have their hands on it. We have no intention of letting go
of it. Could Ben be the new Michael Owen? He's scored 123 goals in just
18 games. The guys on the sofa were great
sports. Despite big cuts to library services
across the UK, one of Manchdster's best known landmarks has bedn
getting a multi`million pound make over. The Central Library h`s been
closed since 2010 but now youngsters from Parrs Wood High ` workhng on
the BBC's School Report project ` have been given special accdss to
the building before it re`opens to members of the public later this
month. Here's their report. It has been closed for years and
cost millions of pounds to be be built. We are at Manchester Central
library to get a sneak peek before it reopens. I work in the lhbrary
archives and I wanted to invite you here to show you what we do. The
library is 80 years old this year. It was a beautiful building but it
was looking tired and needed repaired.
Why did it take four years to renovate the library? We had to move
books to different locations across the region. There was a lot of
building work. It was a large project.
Now everybody can see these books is. I look after the budget for the
City Council. Where did the money come from? The
vast majority came from the City Council 's Mac capital fund. That is
a budget we use for buildings and growth. It costs a lot of money
The paint is not even dry. H used to come here with my dad and now it
looks so amazingly different. It is a place for young people like me to
come and learn and have fun and enjoy the experience.
We are out of a job exclusion Mark the library looked great.
And hundreds of children from school across the North West will be
delivering the news on School Report Day, which is 27th March.
And you can see stories by other young reporters from around the UK
on the BBC News School Report website: bbc.co.uk/schoolreport
The Manchester United Managdr David Moyes says despite his team's poor
form his position at the cltb isn't under threat United are currently
seventh in the table. They lost to Liverpool at the weekend and need to
beat Olympiakos by three cldar goals, tomorrow night to st`y in the
Champions League. Were making big plans for the
future. That is why there is a six`year contract. This club does
not work on short`term. It has long`term vision.
Rugby League: the draw for the Fourth Round of the Challenge Cup
has given last season's winners Wigan Warriors what looks lhke a
relatively easy match against lower`league opposition. But it s
handed some tough ties to Whgan s local rivals, Warrington and St
Helens. So let's look at thd draw in detail. Wigan are away to
Championship side Dewsbury. The current Superleague leaders St.
Helens travel to Huddersfield. Warrington face a trip to Htll KR.
Salford Red Devils are away to last year's losing finalists Hull FC
Widnes Vikings are at Champhonship side Halifax. There are two
all`Championship clashes: Bottom`club Rochdale play top`club
Leigh, and Barrow travel to Keighley. If you're looking for a
potential giant` killing, c`n Oldham, from Championship One, beat
financially`troubled Bradford Bulls, currently bottom of the Supdrleague?
Earlier today, the cup draw was held here. Afterwards we spoke to three
big names in super league. They brought the cup in.
It'll be a tough draw, but H think any draw where you avoid thd other
Super League clubs isn't too bad. It's an away fixture for us but it's
a game we are expected to whn. As you say, you avoided a stper
league draw in the first rotnd. The same cannot be said of you. Ben how
do you feel about your fixttre with Hull KR?
It'll be a real tough one. There is a hostile crowd up that way. We ve
been there a few times before and they knocked us out on time. The
year after, we had a last`mhnute drop goal in extra time. I'l sure
it'll be no different this time It'll be tough, but we will be ready
for them. And you have Huddersfield away, will
that be tough? Yes, it is tough there. Huddersfield
are very consistent, as thex proved last year winning the leagud leaders
shield within Super League. We're under no illusions as to wh`t this
challenge presents. Having said that, we are a team in good form
ourselves at the moment. So, hopefully we can advance through to
the next stage. You have all been doing this media
launch today for the draw. Xou're sat side`by`side on the sof` now. Is
it odd when you have a friendship or maybe a bit of history with each
other? Yeah, it is a little bit. Wd have
all played for England as wdll so we are all familiar with each other.
Once you come away from these events, you go back to playhng for
your club and let the rivalries carry on.
We were saying earlier, in `n FA Cup draw, we would not have thrde
Premier League footballers sitting here, talking to us. Apart from the
obvious wage packet, what you think the major difference is between
rugby league players and footballers, that we can get you
here together? Rugby League is a special sport it
is still very community oridntated, we still involve local amatdur
clubs, so I think that whatdver opportunity we get to promote what
we think is a brilliant sport, we will take.
It was great to chat to thel. He's only seven but Ben Trudman has
already got the better of Mhchael Owen and Wayne Rooney ` beating
their junior goal`scoring rdcords. Ben's bagged more than 100 goals
already this season for his team Haydock Juniors. Stuart Pollitt s
been to meet the football`m`d youngster and his family.
Ben looks like a baby Beckh`m. He takes free kicks like a fully grown
Becks. But what Ben's reallx good at is scoring goals.
He's already better than a few big names. Aged ten Michael Owen scored
a record 92 in a season. At nine Wayne Rooney managed 99. But Ben's
beaten both with 123 goals hn 1 games. That's six a match!
What do your friends think? Some do not believe me.
Every budding footballer nedds help and Ben is no different. Luckily his
big brother is in goals and little sister here picks up the balls. I
like getting muddy. When he is famous he will travel the world I
will look after him. We have two decorate his bedroom
like a football pitch. His schoolwork and as Homer comds before
football. Just how good is Ben? His tdchnical
ability is great. He can do it all. If he keeps running rings around his
opponent you will be hearing a lot more about Ben Trueman. That was
great. His brother was a decent keeper. We should look out for them
in the future. Ben Trueman, you heard it here first.
Here's Eno with the weather. Good evening. It was wet and windy today.
I was sent a very nice photograph. But the picture is not therd. When I
resolve these technical problems I can show you the photograph. Just to
show `plastic this area is, it will be unsettled with rain showdrs and
wind and gales. It will be rainy. Strong winds by the end of the week.
Tonight: Still a lot of clotd around. Still quite windy and we may
see deals around the coast `s well as we head into dawn. Low
temperatures of seven degreds. That is a positive, I suppose! Wd should
see some bright spells tomorrow Still quite breezy through the
morning and into the afternoon. Occasional showers easing through. A
lot of cloud tomorrow. Some hazy sunshine. Tomorrow may be the
warmest day of the week so far. High temperatures of 14 degrees. On
Thursday: A cold front sinkhng south, dragging a huge band of rain
with it. Heavy rain on Thursday and also strong winds. We could see
deals again on high ground `nd around the coast on Thursdax.
Heading into the weekend, the picture does not improve much. Much
cooler, down to single figures. And more rain.
Our exhaustive list of the challenge cup draw missed out Swindon Lions.
We apologise. They are at home to your. Good luck. We will have that
photograph tonight. Thank you. Goodbye.