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Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson and Beccy Meehan.
Hundreds of anti`fracking activists head
towards a protest camp in Lancashire as a farmer tries to evict them.
Group of solidarity. The air and water in Lancashire is at risk.
We'll hear from a business leader who fears the camp will damage
Residents' terror as arsonists run rampage, torching
A Merseyside MP demands government action to protect
the unemployed from bogus job ads on an official website.
And Strictly Southport ` lift`off for one lucky lady as Anton Du Beke
Attempts to set up an anti`fracking protest camp near Blackpool have run
into trouble tonight, with a farmer starting legal action
Over the next few days, up to 1,000 campaigners from all over
the country are expected to arrive at the Cuadrilla site near
Critics fear the activists ` some of them veterans of direct action
at Balcombe in Sussex ` will damage the area's image and economy.
Protest is starting to gather behind you, not many yet, but already
something of a stand`off. Yes. This field would normally be full of
cows, but tonight it's full of anti`Freckingham protest is. The
farmer who owns the field says he beginning legal action to evict
them. They've even brought
the kitchen sink. Protesters began to arrive
from around the country today, joining a group
of local mothers and grandmothers We asked them to come to Blackpool
to support our movement, The air and water
in Lancashire is at risk. This field is next to where
Cuadrilla would No work has been done yet,
but it's applied for planning permission and expects a decision
from the council by November. We expect about 1,000 people to come
over the weekend, people locally and from around the country because
this issue affects all of us. I've come from London, I wanted
to be part of it because I've seen the damage
fracking has been doing for the and it's where the struggle against
fracking is the most emblematic. Today, residents nearby
had mixed views. I'm delighted that they are
there making a protest. As long as they don't do anything
illegal, I'm more than happy. I'm very happy
for them to do what they think is right, but I don't feel sufficiently
concerned about it because I think It's a quiet area, we don't
want people in the streets. Obviously they think they
are doing the right thing. The unfortunate part is it won't
make a scrap of difference because they will just do
the fracking anyway. The farmer who owns this field
didn't want to appear on camera, but told us he's very unhappy
at the protesters' actions He's been supported by the National
Farmers Union, who told us the camp had potential to cause
serious harm to land and livestock. The farmer has begun legal
proceedings to evict You can see behind me they've
started to a wrecked on marquee. On Sunday they planned to march down
Blackpool promenade and on Monday they are threatening direct action
against local businesses linked to Cuadrilla. When I asked them who
they would target and what they would do, they wouldn't be drawn.
Thank you very much. Let's pick up on that final point with Rob Green.
You represent a group of local businesses committed to making the
most of any economic benefits from fracking. Are you worried? We are
because we welcome tourists and visitors, but we don't welcome
people who come along to disrupt or commit acts that will interfere with
people enjoying themselves in the area, or with businesses. Do you
welcome people exercising their democratic right to protest?
Absolutely, people have every right to make a peaceful protest and
engage in constructive dialogue. There's a lot of information people
need to understand about the shale gas industry. Some ill informed
direct action is not the way to go about this. Given that many people
came from the Sussex protests year, are you concerned that some
kind of direct action could be violent? Or disruptive? I wouldn't
anticipate there would be violence. Any disruptive action is not really
welcome. We would rather have constructive dialogue with groups
who are concerned and want to find out more about shale gas. We've had
a number of polls this week, one backed by the industry saying people
are in favour, one put out by the government saying
against fracking. A report that was heavily redacted. You are trying to
make a positive spin, but mightily confused. It can be a
confusing situation, of information, there are a lot of
myths. Fractions of information. It is a complex industry, people need
to understand and have to make an effort to understand. Have you had
any communication with the police on behalf of the businesses you
represent? Not personally, but the police and local authorities are
keeping an eye on things to make sure there isn't disruption, which
potentially harms the town or interferes with the right for
individuals to go about and enjoy themselves in Blackpool. Thank you.
Lancashire police have launched a murder inquiry after a 26`year`old
woman and 22`month`old boy were found dead at a house in Euxton.
It's believed they were mother and son.
Police discovered the bodies at an address on Princess Way
They've described it as a "tragic case" and say they aren't
They were alerted after a neighbour became concerned.
We hadn't seen her for a couple of days and I usually see her go out
They went round to see if they could see anything
She had her father's phone number so she rang him
The family of a man who died after an assault in Liverpool this
morning say he was well known for his heart of gold and that
64`year`old Richie Williams was found unconscious in west Derby.
A 38`year`old man is being questioned on suspicion
Widnes Vikings have published images on their website of people they say
invaded the pitch and caused trouble after the team's defeat in
Spectators from the Widnes section were involved in
Residents in a quiet street in Stockport got a rude awakening
Vandals were on the rampage in Hazel Grove, firebombing vehicles
and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage.
One resident described the thick smoke and the flames shooting into
Just this front, I don't think there's anything inside.
The front of Rosie Jones' car simply melted them when vandals
We said it was like something out of a horror film.
Don't know why anybody would want to do it.
At around 2am, residents in streets off the A6 in Hazel Grove looked out
to see flames and thick smoke, an apocalyptic sight one of them said.
Four vehicles were targeted by the vandals.
The estimated damage, around ?60,000.
Who they were or why they did it remains unknown.
This is what's left of a Volkswagen Jetta.
Calum Pickstone needs this van for work.
It's hard to believe, but it could have been worse.
Really, it's very good I didn't have any on the van last night.
Police officers have been knocking on doors,
Somebody used an accelerant on the front of the vehicles.
Either a fuel`based substance, we're speaking with
The victims are now turning to their insurers.
The police say they are determined to find out who did this and why.
The parents of a Liverpool man killed in Thailand say they're
angry and distressed that his alleged attacker has been granted
Darren Taylor's family are worried they could come face to
face with James Durnan, the man charged with Darren's murder.
He's accused of pushing Darren from a sixth`floor balcony after the
When their son Darren died in Bangkok, the last thing
his parents expected to be worried about was meeting his alleged killer
If we go into town, we don't know whether we're walking past him.
The only thing we know is he's got red hair.
Every 23, 24`year`old male who passes us with
Darren had lived in Thailand for three years.
His partner was four months pregnant when, in June 2013, Darren died
after allegedly being pushed from his sixth floor balcony.
James Durnan, also from Liverpool, was charged with murder
Gary and Linda have just returned from their first trip to Bangkok to
see their grandson Anfield, named in memory
When they arrived, they discovered Durnan had been allowed back to
I don't know what could justify that.
We've tried to contact the defendant's Thai legal team without
success, but according to a separate legal team based in Warrington, a
Thai court can grant bail depending on the nature of the offence, the
threat to society, the risk of absconding
There's also an extradition treaty between Thailand and the UK to
We'll continue to make noise until what should be done is done.
And for Darren's parents, that means the trial taking place, as
It's hard enough being out of work, but for 11 jobseekers in Birkenhead,
it became a nightmare when they were conned out of money by bogus
vacancies posted on the government's own job search website.
Their MP called for an inquiry, which found thousands
of fake jobs had been advertised on the Jobmatch site.
Frank Field says the government has been too slow to
put things right, and people are still at risk of fraud.
This is the government's website. Monster is paid ?4 million a year to
run it, but it's been described as having monster problems.
Fraudsters still seem free to advertise and rip off money
One of the worst cases happened here in Birkenhead.
11 job`seekers were interviewed by a man offering jobs to councillors,
jobs to help sexually abused children, but successful candidates
Tom and Lisa paid ` there was no job.
They asked for a criminal records check.
In the back of my mind it was my thinking that it was done through
As police investigated the bogus employer, Frank Field pushed
It found non`jobs, bogus jobs, duplicate jobs.
12,000 bogus jobs have had to be removed.
A further 250,000 jobs have had to be removed
You apply for them, the jobs have gone but it's up there
You get passed along with interviews and you get nothing.
The NAO report concluded there was a higher risk of bogus jobs here
And it found job seekers are still at risk.
Today, the Department for Work and Pensions said it was working
continuously to make the system as effective as possible.
Can the Blues rise again to defend their Premier League title?
And digging deep ` the Manchester allotments preparing
for a food festival to raise money for disabled gardeners.
Last month, the Ummah Welfare Trust was told by HSBC its bank accounts
The Bolton`based Islamic charity put the decision down to
HSBC, though, says stringent government rules designed to crack
down on the funding of criminal and terrorist activity have
prompted them to severe links with many organisations,
Now, Yasmin Qureshi, the MP for Bolton South East,
I spoke to her earlier and started by asking her why she thinks HSBC
They say that this is a procedure they are going through, procedure.
Ummah say they are really disappointed and upset because
they've been given no reason as to why they were withdrawing banking
facilities. They say all our records are transparent, we know where the
money comes from, where it's going, the countries we operate in and the
money is being spent well. We make sure it's not spent in any
inappropriate way and we know where the money is coming from. They are
extremely upset about it and very reputable charity in my
constituency. HSBC are head hearing to these regulations set out by the
government. Surely as an MP you need to go straight to the ministers
involved rather than boycotting HSBC? I have. I've contacted George
Osborne's office, as well as Vince Cable. There need to be rules in
place. Those rules are designed for cartels and big business, corrupt
dealings and all sorts of things. Those same rules are being applied
to small charities. For some reason because HSBC, because of what's been
said to them, are pulling credit away from the small organisations.
The rules are wrong. I'm campaigning for the government to
rules so we have a much more sensible system.
commission could have a kitemark saying these charities have no
problem. Then the banks can say these have kitemark is so that
hopefully these small organisations don't get caught when they are
designed for much bigger culprits and people seriously involved in
money`laundering. Thanks very much. Football now, and former Liverpool
striker Luis Suarez's four`month biting ban has been upheld
by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but the Uruguay striker can
now train with new club Barcelona. Suarez's lawyers argued
the world governing body FIFA's decision to suspend him
from all "football`related activity" for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini
at the World Cup was excessive. Suarez's old team were pipped to the
title last season by Manchester City City and many see the Blues
as the team to beat once again. The Premier League returns this
weekend and today we're looking Richard Askam has been assessing
their chances with a terrace icon. Feed the goat and he will score was
his child and Shaun Goater often did. He netted more than 100 goals
for the blues and like City fans everywhere, can't wait for the new
season. I think we are very strong. A few players have come back from
the World Cup. Some need to get to full fitness, but the new signings
look very good. Good pace and the understand he is a good reader of
the game. I think it will make us stronger defensively because we know
how good we are. How important alongside the new signings that
David Silva and Vincent Kompany have signed longer contracts? It's
brilliant. The timing of it is great before the start of the season. What
do you make of Manuel Pellegrini saying he has two number one
goalkeeper 's? He's asking Joe Hart to prove himself. Joe Hart has been
great at proving people wrong and this is another occasion where he
will look and say, I'll show you I'm number one. It's impossible to gauge
absolutely what Manuel Pellegrini is thinking in terms of priorities.
Would you say probably the for this season is the Champions
League? Well, for me as a fan, I would like to retain the league
because that shows a dominance in the league in England. But I'd look
for an improvement on what we did last season in the Champions League.
Shaun Goater talking to Richard. We'll look ahead to the start of the
Premier League for the rest of the region's Premier League
In this part of the world, we?re not short of major gardening events.
There's RHS Tatton and the Southport Flower Show, which we'll
But a group of gardeners from Manchester are hoping to do
Vegfest is taking place this Sunday at the Crumpsall and
They're hoping to raise ?10,000 to make the site wheelchair friendly.
Elaine Dunkley has been to see how they're getting on.
# Take me outside, sit in the green garden.
It's been a bumper year so far for the growers at the Crumpsall
and Cheetham Hill Allotment, but this year will also see them
There are just days to go until Vegfest.
The allotment team are hoping to raise thousands to
There are a lot of people that I know are wheelchair`bound who would
love the opportunity to be able to come out here.
We intend to turn this into a raised bed area
for people with disabilities, for different groups to use.
It won't just be prized veg on show this year.
Matt Nixon, a gramophone enthusiast and gardener, is hoping to pull
We're trying to create a kind of village fete, I suppose.
It's where the community comes together.
We'd love people to come and see our allotments, people support the
Gardeners young and old have been getting their hands dirty here
since the allotment's Royal opening by Prince Philip in 1972.
This year's show will also celebrate the role of allotments
The allotment started for the First World War and it became really
We wouldn't have survived without them because of the blockades
We wouldn't have been able to feed the country.
Meanwhile, on the ground, Doug is rallying the troops to make sure
He's been secretary for over 20 years.
Performers and a stage are still needed.
No doubt the gardeners will have to get moving to pull
Has there ever been a better name for an allotment secretary van Doug?
Strictly Come Dancing's Anton Du Beke wowed the crowds
at the Southport Flower Show this afternoon.
Over the next four days, 11,000 ice creams, 6,000 slices of cake and
And in honour of this summer's World Cup, the theme is Brazil.
Nazia Mogra has been sampling the samba and sunflowers.
From sunflowers to sunshine to Samba, this year's Southport flower
show, months in the making, and today had some visitors. I love
everything about it. You can spend lot of money. We've come from
Morecambe. More on several thing is great. It's lovely to
event where you can potter around and get some nice plants and gifts.
And the chance to do a look at all these lovely people,
isn't it amazing? I think I'd like to move here,
perhaps. It's good, we've got the son and a wonderful garden. It's
such a great show. If strip did come dancing isn't your kind of thing,
with 350 exhibitors, there's something for everything. ` Strictly
Come Dancing. This garden is so peaceful and it has people talking
because it's won the best garden. Serious two weeks work. We brought
in 25 tonnes of Devon rustic slate, wagons rolling, machines rolling and
once we had the rock imposition, it was back to the spades and shovels
digging out the stream and starting to build the waterfalls. Alfie has
designed this garden and he won one of the top prizes for his school. I
was really excited when I won, I was over the moon. I've won ?500 for
school and ?50 for myself. The show is on until Sunday so if you want to
pop along, it's not too late. Reminded me of Bruce Forsyth, Anton
Du Beke! I got drenched a couple of times today, it's been sunshine and
showers. It's not all about you, Roger!
There were some pretty good spells of sunshine. We start with good news
because it does Taylor off quite quickly. Tomorrow you shouldn't get
soaked because it should be fine and dry. It will be pretty decent. But
after that, this is a chart you will not like. Look at the
descending across the UK. Through the weekend we could see daytime
temperatures of around 16 degrees. This is how it looks outside our
window right now. We are close to the Pennines and you can see the
towering cloud. The Isle of Man had some fantastic weather
coastal areas have seen the best of it.
Showers will be around for the next couple of hours.
down, they should start to fade away and the night will end up
cover, and there will be some prolonged
Real relief temperatures of eight Celsius. That
figures, but there's a chill in the air. You will
The sun will work its way through and not a
around the Pennines, but most of Scotland takes a lot of the showers.
sunshine, but where the showers turn up, because
not bad. Not brilliant temperatures, but you could have