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Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson
After a year, and a worldwide appeal, his identity
You always think back, could I have asked more questions? With
hindsight, everything is easy, isn't it? At least we have some conclusion
now and we can all put it to rest. David Lytton's suspected suicide has
puzzled detectives for months. The family of a Blackpool couple
killed by a terrorist in Tunisia say their lives have
been torn apart. I did not want to touch, I did not
want to do anything for hard because I was so scared of hurting hard
because she was so small and fragile. I live at 36 Randall St, I
like maths, outer space, looking after Toby... And from Page to
stage, we will need to be Stockport playwright who adapted the curious
incident of the dog in the night-time.
A man's body, which was found on Saddleworth Moor in December 2015,
has finally been identified following an international
Detectives pieced together CCTV footage, medical records
and travel information - to solve the mystery
And today he was finally named as David Lytton.
The 67-year-old flew in from Pakistan -
and travelled directly to the North West.
He then walked up onto the moors and police believe
For more than one year, his identity was a mystery. Now we can finally
put a name to a face. The body of David Litton was found on the mirror
into those in and 16. He had no wallet, not ID and was untraceable
until now. We were so pleased. We could not believe we had potentially
found out. It was the first the family knew. David had been living
in Pakistan since 2006. He left Pakistan in 2015 and arrived at
London Heathrow the following day. He took the train from the capital
to Manchester and was captured on CCTV. Later, he arrived at the
Clarence pub where he asked the landlords directions to the top of
the mountain. It played on my mind, the fact we have not found him for
two years and you are listening, could I have asked more questions?
With hindsight, everything is easy, isn't it? At least we got some
conclusion now and I think we can put it to rest. From the pub, he
headed the short distance to the local beauty spot. This is Doug
Stone reservoir that he trekked through on his way up the hill to
the moors. Why he travelled such a distance and why he came to this
location remains a mystery. Among the theories investigated and later
discounted by detectives were whether he had a personal connection
to the 1940s plane crash. There are so many unanswered questions, a man
the police believed to kids an life in December 2015 and it is
compounded by the fact they did not know who he was for so long. --
believe took his life. They have now been able to speak to his family. He
has been dubbed dog story because of where he was found. --
Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of a soldier
from Greater Manchester who died in a shooting accident in Iraq.
Lance Corporal Scott Hetherington was 22 and had only
Today crowds gathered in Middleton as his funeral
Hundreds of people gathered to pay their respects to a young
soldier described by his commanding officer as a "big character"
this community, our streets, our schools and these people were all
special to him. Lance Corporal Scott
Hetherington was 22 years old. Scott was taken from us suddenly and
it has been hard for any of us to get our heads around what has
happened. He was one of 150 members
of the 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment
who set off on a six month They'd been training Iraqi
and Kurdish security forces The Ministry of Defence is carrying
out a full investigation into what happened on the 2nd
of January, but it's understood Lance Corporal Hetherington died
in a shooting accident. Today the regiment's chaplain paid
tribute to "Snowball" to "Snowball" as he was known
by his fellow soldiers. He would do this wonderful salute
and I would wind to be window down and do a hi-fi. He was buried with
full military honours. Inspectors are found a lack of
understanding of the extent of child sexual exploitation. The force says
it will continue to review its services to children.
The cost of a police investigation into alleged financial
irregularities at companies which provided services
for Lancashire County Council and Liverpool City Council has
22 staff are working on the three year investigation
into One Connect Limited and Liverpool Direct -
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation has been awarded a ?50,000
Government grant to help their work challenging prejudices
The funding comes in the 10th anniversary year of the Lancashire
student's death after being attacked in a park in Bacup.
The daily catch limit on King Scallops has been
It was introduced in November when there was a bumper crop
of scallops and boats raced to land as many as they could.
The government says the restrictions worked well but are no longer needed
We had to takes action and the only way to do that was a limit which we
could police on a daily basis, rather than a weekly basis, that
some people wanted. That has worked quite well and enabled fishermen to
make enough money over a period of time.
The family of a Blackpool couple who were killed
while on holiday in Tunisia, told an inquest that an "evil
and twisted" ideology has torn apart their lives.
Dennis and Elaine Thwaites were sunbathing on the beach
at Sousse in June 2015, when they were shot dead
Emily Unia has been following the inquests
which have been taking place at the Royal Courts
She joins us now. Good evening. Bring us up-to-date with the
evidence today. Lindsay, the daughter, was in court this morning
and read out a statement that Lindsay had written. She sat by his
side as he read it. Of her mother Elaine, Lindsay had written, my
heart is smashed into pieces. She was my world. Of her father Dennis,
Lindsay had written, I idolised my dad, lived up to him and loved him.
I loved unconditionally. He was my shining light, my style. -- my
starter. He played football in the 1960s and there was an anecdote of
playing George Best on the beach in Minorca. There was sadness because
they were planning a surprise birthday in the Dominican Republic.
Sadly, that was a holiday that was never going to happen. A very
difficult day for the family, Emily, what did other witnesses say about
it? Be described as seeing them on the beach into those and in 15 and
setting themselves up on sun lounges and then the chaos and panic that
ensued once they realise the gunman had opened fire. He was firing
indiscriminately at people who were sunbathing on the beach and enjoying
the holiday. They panicked, they ran and tried to hide and were fearing
for their lives. One witness described he saw bodies that he
believed to be Dennis and Helene. It wasn't until he returned to the UK
that he was sure they had died. -- Ealing. How long are the inquests
going to last? There will be more inquests next week and then we are
looking at a further four weeks before the coroner is going to be
reaching his conclusion. Thank you very much for your time. Emily, who
has been following the inquests. It recorded the hit makers
we celebrate the success Honoured for her charity work
Denise Fergus is rewarded The new Mersey Gateway Bridge could
be just months away from opening - but the governmnet's
already being accused When he was the Chancellor, George
Osborne promised he would look at allowing local people to cross it
for free. The Government have now confirmed the charges will not be
waved at all. It's meant to be a 62 million pound
a year boost to the local economy. But when it's built it'll mean
a ?1000 a year cost at least to those who'll have to pay to cross
the river and get back every day. And that will definitely include
drivers who live in Frodsham. They're just five miles away
from it, but unlike residents in the borough of Halton
which contains the bridge, People go to work every day, while
should they have to pay to cross a river to go to work? -- why? It is
?2 each way. Is that what it is going to be? I have no idea. There
is no point in that. As long as the other bridges still operating and
free... It is not. You will have to pay for that as well? For both? That
is appalling. The former Chancellor George Osborne promised a review to
see that if the local people could cross for free. This local decision
has dashed those hopes. Can we have a debate so that the Government can
explain why they have broken their promises to my constituents? The
Government has been accused of smoke and mirrors. I am disappointed with
the U-turn. It is going to cost thousands a year to reach over. That
is because there will be tall is on the old bridge, too. The Government
says the cost of extending the travel could have reached up to ?600
million and that is because of authorities on the other side of the
water could have demanded free travel for their residents, too. But
are now calls for a compromise so that people can cross through free
if they are going to work or a medical appointment. Others want a
U-turn on the current U-turn. Some locals are facing the prospect of
having to pay to get across the new bridge. Lots of you have been in
touch on social media this afternoon.
Fiona Goodier says the bridge tolls mean "it will cost a fortune"
for people in Runcorn and Halton to access hospitals in Liverpool.
"Toll charge + parking + fuel - at least ?10 a time.
But Richard Cunliffe says "I won't have to sit
I don't think he minds whether he has to pay an art, he is just happy.
We're going to talk about Denise Fergus.
The mother of murdered toddler James Bulger has been honoured today
Denise Fergus set up the James Bulger Memorial Trust
to support young people and reward those making a positive
Today in a special ceremony in the House of Lords she was given
Shortly after the ceremony she told me what it meant
to her to have her work recognised in this way.
I set up the charity because I did not want
James to be remembered as
the child who was murdered, I wanted his name to be remembered
With the charity, I think we have achieved that.
Not only are we remembering James, we are also
Remind us what you do for other children.
At the moment, we have a static caravan near Blackpool where we get
--give children respite holiday whenever they want in the caravan.
Children who've been through bereavement,
victim of crime, having to care for parents or siblings.
You understand at firt hand to be a victim of crime and for the
relatives of victims of crime, it is so hard and sometimes those
In my experience when I lost James, my
mum lived in a four-bedroom house and I went to
There are only so many rooms in the caravan.
You have to talk and you know what the
I wanted families to come together because I felt the
rest of the family were going through what I was going through as
It is not burdening them. It is people coming together through
difficult times. I know you would never have wished to be in this
position. You are in this position because you lost your son. How proud
you think James would have been? I think James would have said, go on
and do what you need to do. He is not here to speak to himself so I
have two be his voice. I think he would be proud of what I am doing
and everyone that is involved in the charity. We all work so hard, it is
not just me. The whole charity works so hard to get where we are and we
are going to make it bigger. Denise, thank you so much and
congratulations again. She is so proud of all the work she has done.
Do you know what she liked the best of today? She met Bradley Walsh. She
said that was the best bit. He does a very good game show, I believe.
A playwright from Stockport says giving children a proper education
in the arts will make Britain a better country.
Simon Stephens wrote the stage version of "The Curious Incident
of the Dog in the Night-time", which is showing at the Lowry
He also wants pupils at state schools to believe
that they are entitled to pursue careers in the arts.
Last night, current students from his old school
Our reporter, Andy Gill, was there too.
I'm going to find out who really killed the dog.
The play is based on Mark Haddon's book.
It is the story of Christopher, a teenager with
behavioural difficulties whos sets out who killed
the neighbour's dog and
finds out truths about his family on the way.
Simon Stephens has won awards for his script.
He went to Stockport School, or Mile End as it's known.
He wants pupils from state schools to believe they are
as entitled to a career in
I think education and the arts it dignifies
and empowers everybody with a spirit of empathy and communication.
It is not just about training artists, it is about making this
Last night 200 Stockport School pupils
He has already been back to his old school to fire
It was inspiring because it came from
There is no limits to how small or big you can be in the
I have always known I've wanted to do something like that but
people are all suggesting different things.
After the talk, I felt it was a good option and I should
The school's head of drama says Simon's
It is a direct link to the outside world
and that world, for a lot of our students, it feels distant.
They might just have access to this through books, TV and does not
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime runs in the Lowry
Football now and the Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says
the team must not let their chance to make it to the EFL
United take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their
semi-final against Hull City at Old Trafford tonight.
Hull are in a relegation battle in the Premier League,
but Mourinho says improved performances in recent matches make
They played at home, the matches they won very well, too.
They played against Chelsea very well, too.
So I think they are in a good situation.
I think Manchester United are playing at Hull tonight.
Successful, United will meet Southampton at Wembley
after their 2-0 aggregate win over Liverpool in the other semi final
The Reds had plenty of chances to get back in the tie last
night as well as a couple of strong penalty claims.
A late Saints goal ended Liverpool hopes, but the boss still had
For me, it is very important the way we
As ever, Roger is right. They are playing at Hull but I am leaning the
sports team. As ever, Roger is right...
Now you might wonder why I'm holding up a penny -
it looks tiny in my hands but incredibly this was the size
of baby Francesca Bradley-Curran's little feet when she was born
You can see the picture on the screen. Such a graphic illustration,
that. Despite having no heartbeat, doctors
at Liverpool Women's Hospital Her parents are now sharing
their story to show that very Are you standing up? It is hard to
believe now that Francesca was ever fighting for her very existence.
This was heart last April, coverings covered in tubes and... It was just
the top of the head that I had seen because she was that small. We did
not know if she was a boy or a girl. She was so small, her tiny feet and
hands were barely bigger than a penny. I did not want to touch her,
do anything for her because I was so scared of hurting her because she
was so small and fragile. Francesca was born at 24 weeks and two days.
Before a 24 weeks, the chance of survival is much less but doctors
will look at each case and take into account is appearing's wishes. It
proved premature babies can survive. Looking at her now, how well she has
done. The nurses became like friends to us. They are like friends now,
I'd be? That is tiny. They had to tape it on. Francesca's parents have
made a memory box to remember how far she has come. She also battled
sepsis, meningitis and two collapsed lungs. She is now happy and healthy
and the apple of her period's eyes. -- parent's eyes. She is just
wonderful. Amazing work by the medical team who got her fit. We
were talking about Manchester United and the game at Hull tonight. We get
it. Sir Paul McCartney, The Stone Roses,
Manchester United, children What could that lot
possibly have in common? They all recorded at the once-famous
Strawberry Studios in Stockport. Some of the biggest hits
of the seventies and eighties Stockport Museum is celebrating
its story with a special exhibition. This was one of the biggest
hits of the '70s. Not just in Britain,
but in America and around the world. It was recorded, not in London
or Los Angeles, but in Stockport. This is where 10CC recorded I am not
in love in 1974 and 75. Strawberry Studios closed down
nearly a quarter of a century ago but, as you can see,
it has not been forgotten. This is Eric Stewart's guitar
that was used on all the first 10CC albums that were
recorded in Stockport. It was one of the members of 10CC,
Eric Stewart, who helped set up Strawberry Studios
in the late 60s. If you look at the music
press of the time, a lot of the journalists coming up saying,
Oh, no, we're going to Once inside, it was
the complete opposite. These studios overcame
prejudice towards Stockport and began attracting performers
from around the world. Neil Sedaka crossed
the Atlantic to be here. # There is no one
quite like grandma. The children of Saint Winifred's
only had to travel around Then came Joy Division,
the Smiths, the Buzzcocks. United and City
recorded here as well. In the days before
digital, this was perhaps Strawberry's finest hour. I am very
proud of being a part of Strawberry Studios. The studio was not there,
the band would not have existed. It is as simple as that.
The sign is still there but they stop making music
Strawberry Studios now houses offices.
A place of history, isn't it? What a shame they do not record there.
Perhaps the blossoms are watching. Shall we have a look at the weather?
It has been really cold. It is January, as you keep telling us.
Most places have had a very poor day today. The sun was trying to get
out. A glimpse of it through the cloud but it has been a grey and
windy and temperatures very low, one or two from most places. The good
news is, the temperatures are gradually starting to rise again. It
is a bit of a mess. Some weather from time to time. Wet weather at
any point through the day. We have got this mild a starting to retiring
as the wind comes back from the Atlantic. At the minute, it is cold
out and about. Colder than it was last night in most places. A lot of
cloud around but in the early hours of the morning, clear skies. Already
it feels chilly and the numbers on the map will not impress you. We are
going to be talking around -1 or minus two Celsius. That the towns or
cities. In the rule areas, -4 or minus five. A hard frost first thing
tomorrow morning. It uses down a little bit as we go through the
night, the breeze. The visibility will be a problem. So far, not
whether warnings. Weather warning free right now. The late bulletin
might have different details. First things in the morning, Bright 's
Wells. As we walks watch the weather, the cloud will come in
quickly through the morning. By late morning, many places will be up to
blanket cloud again. It could look quite gloomy for many of us. The
picture like this afternoon. The temperatures will be better than
today. We are talking about three or four Celsius. That is not that much
better at all, is it? No, it is not. We were talking about Strawberry
Studios. He is very excited because the Bay City rollers recorded there.
Do you remember that one? Of course I remember them. Thank you for
watching. Kian and I will be back at half past ten. -- Kian. How old do
you think I am? Einstein replaced Newton's theory
of universal gravitation with a more accurate theory -
general relativity. So, why's my apple falling?
Well, it's not. It is the ground that accelerates up
to meet the apple. So that's why the chair
that I'm sitting on now that actually feels
as if it's accelerating up It's really changed my relationship
with this chair. Mm-hm.