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you might stay dry. The temperatures will still be in
A Southport woman who killed her alcoholic mother after suffering
The judge described the case as "a disaster waiting to happen".
The Liverpool company bidding for government contracts using
Manchester City Council say 20mph's plenty for thousands of roads
But will it really slow down the speeders?
And the pound`a`night poultry palace gets off to a flying start
It was, said a judge in Liverpool today,
In January, Clancy Durkin, an alcoholic,
was killed by her own daughter after years of mental cruelty.
Rebecca Durkin, who's nineteen, was today jailed for manslaughter.
The judge, at Liverpool Crown Court, told her she'd have to live with
what she'd done for the rest of her life.
Belittled and undervalued by her own mother,
She was 19, a student and part time care worker.
Her mother, Clancy Durkin, was 56, a cleaner at Southport and
Many of her relatives and friends didn't realise it,
In January, at their home in Southport, her daughter suffocated
Rebecca Durkin claimed she hadn't meant to kill her.
We only have her side of the story. The sister described Clancy as a
caring mother and she had issues but we only have the spin that Rebecca
has put Durkin was tried for murder at
Liverpool Crown Court and acquitted. But she pleaded guilty to
manslaughter The judge described it as a
difficult home environment. They had done their best for each other, he
said, but Rebecca suffered long`term mental cruelty at her mother?s
hands. The alcohol addiction clouded her judgement. He rejected
Rebecca?s claimed she had not intended to kill her mother. You had
had enough, he told her, something you must live with for the
rest of your sentenced to four years
and eight months in prison. After being held in custody
since January, she'll actually serve 'Your family life may have been
a very sad and very difficult one,' "But that family is now totally
destroyed and split The Government's being accused
of using cheap labour by paying prison inmates to do jobs
in the private and public sector. Prisoners from HMP Liverpool are
used on a number of contracts but are often being paid far less
than the minimum wage. Critics say the scheme undercuts
local businesses and threatens jobs. Its supporters say it reduces
re`offending by getting inmates Behind its walls,
HMP Liverpool is home to more than Some are in gainful employment `
in laundries and in packing jobs It's run by the Ministry of Justice
and its work has attracted praise But it's less popular with
Walton's MP. It will be difficult for any company
to compete with on a level playing field with prisoners paid far less
than people on the national minimum wage. In a statement, the ministry
told us... ISS, who're the laundry contractors
for Walton Centre Foundation Trust in Liverpool, had planned to use
inmates provided by One3One. Somehow the residual money is
propping up what needs to be done in the prison service. It is wrong. The
Prison Service tells us they want to stop the same faces coming back to
prison time and time again. They disagree on how it is done.
A man from Oldham's appeared before magistrates,
accused of punching a heavily pregnant teenager in the stomach
The 16 year old girl ` who was seven months pregnant `
was attacked in Copster Park in the town last Thursday.
18`year`old Dusan Bako ` who's charged with child destruction
It's been reported that a Liverpool takeaway owner is among a group
of British`based Kurds who've returned to Iraq, to fight
Mohammed Abudullah told Sky News that even though he has a British
passport and a good life in Liverpool,
he wanted to return to Kurdistan to fight for his people against
I have got a British passport and everything and the good life. I do
not need anything but I am here support the Kurdistan people for my
family, my dad, I do not care if I get killed or not.
The West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper says some patients have been facing
a wait of up to two hours for an ambulance.
She claims one of her constituents died less than 48 hours after being
The North West Ambulance Service says demand has risen by 7%
An investigation's underway after a bin bag containing
the severed heads of a number of cats was found on a street
The discovery was made by a council worker who'd been sent to
Road safety campaigners have for some time been repeating
the mantra that "twenty's plenty" on suburban streets.
And growing numbers of councils across the region are
Today Manchester City Council introduced 20 mile per hour zones
The authority hopes it'll cut accident rates ` but will it?
Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest, has been investigating and joins us now.
Yes, they have not roll this out to every street in Manchester but I am
not losing it. This is every street. It is one of the streets
where the council hopes by lowering the speed limit they will lower the
number of accidents. Not everyone is convinced that painting numbers on
the road will reduce accidents. This is Woodland Road in Gorton `
one of hundreds across Manchester Some within this community have
welcomed the new speed limit. We have 40 children playing in this
area alone. And we just think that we need this to protect our
children. From today, more than
a thousand streets in Manchester are Twenty's been plenty in parts
of Blackpool for some years now. This is Highfield Road where the
limit was introduced back on 2009. Do you stick to 20? I try to. It
slows us down quite a bit but in built`up areas you need it for
safety of people. Not everyone is convinced about the worth of the
signs. Too many councils are putting up signs come if the road looks like
30 and the character doesn't change, the behaviour won't change. You have
to change the character of the road and that involves more than putting
up signs. If road users do not respect the signs, what happens? We
will monitor the situation and look at enforcement action. So people can
be fined? Absolutely. The council hopes to designate more zones in the
near future. The council are looking to the police to enforce these areas
and recent guidance from ACPO says they have referred to speed
awareness courses if people are caught breaking the limit. They also
say it isn't just about science, it is changing the environment and
making sure the mindset changes as well.
This is a subject which has prompted quite a response from you today `
Alan Swan e`mailed to say they're already in Blackpool
and are ignored by everyone ` including public transport.
Alan reckons crawling in second gear creates road anger.
Ian Wallbank lives on a road in a 20 zone.
He says he's been overtaken several times ` on one occasion someone went
Proof, he says, that there are people with no regard for this law.
On Twitter, Zulu 123 wrote ` the 20 mile`an`hour zones in Cleveleys cost
250`thousand pounds ` drivers ignore it or deliberately go faster.
It's a tick in the box for the Health and Safety brigade.
Paul Emsley says on Facebook ` Nobody enforces them.
The council say it's down to the police to enforce them ` and the
While Lulu Anne Percival thinks it's a brilliant idea `
but there will be some folks who don't think it applies to them!
A weekend of anti`fracking protests culminated today in the protests
around the area. Protesters occupied the building where one of the Shell
gas companies have offices. But while they were condemning the ``
for gas, opponents pointed out the protest camps cookers and gas
heaters were gas powered! They are calling it today `` a day of direct
action and to Blackpool the main target was this office, leased by
Cuadrilla and focused much of the anger from the anti`fracking
protesters. Inside the building, a determined group of campaigners who
for several hours refused to leave. Among the group, Danny. We walked up
to the office, we walked through the door, the door was open, pushed in
and sat down, held hands, secured ourselves together and then shut the
door. Eventually, the group left voluntarily. The Chamber of Commerce
says the protesters were actually in its offices, not Cuadrilla. And
there was more direct action by anti`fracking campaigners from the
North West who travelled to London to superglued themselves to Defra,
the department responsible for energy. When ministers insist
fracking is safe and essential. Other critics of the protesters
tweeted this, a picture showing gas canisters used to power their
anti`fracking site in Blackpool. According to the organisers, the
criticism is unfair. I am a human being living in a community, some
people do choose to go into the hills and live entirely self
sufficiently and that is an option but I want to be part of society.
Having set up camp to highlight their cause, by the end of the
week, most of have gone, the debate itself will
continue. Last season's top two start the
season with Premier League wins. And, the Lancashire teenager who
hatched a plan for a hen hotel ` Last week on BBC North West tonight
we followed the fortunes of a group of allotmenteers
from Manchester determined to put on a show to help raise ?10,000
for disabled access at The Crumpsall Well, yesterday was show time after
months of preparations for Veg Fest. The weather certain wasn't kind
but did the public gave generously. The gardeners are vying for best
in show and the performers ready to put on a show but the blustery
weather is causing concern. Quite fraught, running around last
minute. We did not know what the weather would be like. I got here
this morning, it was pouring but waiting now for more of the
general public. It is one of the best local shows,
would the best I have seen for a long time.
For the gardeners, it's a tense time waiting to find out who
We have seen is a round of nature and we get opportunities to dance in
between the vegetables and fruits and flowers. I feel a part of it. We
thought it would be a complete disaster, nobody here for the first
hour and a bit but everybody came. It was fantastic. Despite the wind
and the rain, hundreds of people. Doug the allotment secretary
has had a busy few weeks. Finally he gets the chance
to enjoy the performances. The day has been a success
for the Crumpsall and Cheetham Hill Allotment Society `
over a thousand pounds and it's Sorry I missed that. What flavour
was the ice cream? ! We will move on quickly to
Now to sport and a huge night for Burnley with the return of Premier
Richard is there for us as the clarets prepare to take
And easy opener against Chelsea. Most of the Burnley fans know how
difficult it will be. Those are the Chelsea fans going into that part of
Turf Moor. Chelsea will put out a side cost ?200 million to assemble,
Burnley spent 6 million on seven new players in the summer, that would
buy you one of Diego Costa?s legs! In 2009, the first home game here
that season when Burnley win Premier League was against Man
United, we will show you what happened, a stunning volley enough
to win the game on that day for Burnley. And they might just spring
a surprise. I am sure Tony Livsey will be among
those fans behind you tonight. I have just seen him!
How confident are they? Yeah, they are realistic, Roger,
they know how difficult it will be but having said that their form
season has convinced many they might just do it, who knows? Good team
spirit and a chance as long as we keep it 0`0. We could nick it. My
hunch is a draw. I would take that and go home. A team of superstars
but it is the posh boy going to the Council of State. They will get a
cigar. They will not like it. Many regard Mourinho?s men as favourites
for the title. What does Sean make of the opening game?
Well, the fans here have nicknamed Sean the ginger Mourinho. He is
quietly confident. Let's hear from him. Home and away you play every
team. It is a relevant, for sure, tough challenge, fantastic manager
and club and team but amazing power in the market. There are no
guarantees for anyone. I want to win against Burnley. That is the first
step. And to win against Burnley will be hard. I can imagine.
Well, these teams are the last to get their Premier League campaign is
under way. The other sides were in action at the weekend.
It was Daniel's 36th goal in 50 games.
The most clinical striker. We were not at our best today.
We were nervous, it's a pity. `` pity.
Family players do need? Four or five, I would say.
Everton have done plenty of transfer business but let the lead slip at
Leicester. Super strikes from two players should have given the
winning start but this draw will feel like two points dropped.
Blackpool have decided to keep it in the family. Their new signing moves
to Bloomfield Road with his twin brother. The team is without a point
after defeat to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. A couple of goals did
damage for the men. Two `when the final score. Fleetwood town made it
two wins out of two with a win at Notts County. Preston North end hit
four goals past their opponents. Excellent wins for Morecambe and
Berry as well. Cricket now `
In the LV County championship Lancashire's match against Durham
ended in nail biting finish. Durham ended their second innings on
187 leaving Lancashire 107 to win. The fans are arriving in confidence.
We were powerful commentary of the game on BBC radio Lancashire. From
Turf Moor, back to you. A proud young man! Thank you very much.
Enjoy the game. Now to North Lancashire,
where an enterprising teenager has It might seem curious but Sam Jones
could have found a niche market. He set up his business in Carnforth
after noticing the rise in the numbers of families keeping
poultry at home. # This is a song about birds # About
birds? It's the latest resort
on the tourist trail and clients are When you go on holiday and
if you do have chickens, They had nowhere to go,
so I've taken advantage and I've Chicken check`in is pretty quick,
they don't bring much luggage. Guests are given free range
of the 5`star facilities. Fresh water, food, access to fresh
grass 24/7, whenever they want. While some choose to lounge by the
pool, others prefer room service. It costs the paltry sum
of ?1 per night for each bird. And Sam has already been surprised
by the number of bookings. It started off with posters on
the lamp posts, and from there, the public have just been in contact,
September is now fully booked. 11`year`old Zoe keeps chickens in
St Anne's, and would happily shell I love chickens so much,
they are my favourite animal. I think a chicken hotel would be
good, because it's very hard to find people who will look after chickens,
it's quite a hard thing to do. Now, Sam is planning to expand
the business. It might be that I have to get
a delivery service. People might not be able to drive to
get here, then they are stuck, so... Chicken owners can be assured
this is no "Fowl`ty" Towers. Sam is promising his guests
an "egg`cellent" stay. She did not use the chicken Song.
Probably not appropriate. Paul said he put his chickens into a boarding
kennel and it cost ?137. That would be ?49. He could have hit on
something. Good entrepreneurial skills. As long as he doubles his
rates, he was still be in business. Profit margin! It is all about the
money. It isn't getting any better. We have a unsettled week ahead, the
temperatures will be disappointing. You are talking 15 or 16 degrees.
This is not what we expect. Lines of showers throughout the day,