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Welcome to North West Tonight with Graham Liver and Annabel Tiffin.

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Accused of illegally dumping tonnes of rubbish,

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two people are arrested after an investigation

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Also tonight, mental health campaigners in Manchester say

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cost-cutting is leaving them without vital support.

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Political musical chairs - Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson wants

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Steve Rotherham's Parliamentary seat.

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The stench was horrendous. to

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The swarms of flies almost unbearable.

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Hundreds of tonnes of rubbish were dumped in parts of Liverpool,

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making life a misery for many people last summer.

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Today, after an undercover investigation,scores of police

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and environmental protection officers carried out

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raids across the country and arrested two people.

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Here's our Merseyside reporter Andy Gill.

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Police and environment agency staff raided businesses and homes in three

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A covert operation was set up after alleged illegal

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dumping at 17 sites, including Liverpool and Warrington.

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Nearly 500 tonnes were left at this site in Everton last year.

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Another 2,000 tonnes were dumped nearby.

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In Liverpool, the council welcomed today's arrests.

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a significant waste crime. Organised criminals involved in this and we

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The dumping here last summer caused plagues of flies and other vermin.

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And the cabinet member for neighbourhoods says

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people who live near areas like this of toxic waste is on your doorstep.

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It Collecting rubbish is the relatively

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Taking it to landfill or for recycling is expensive.

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And by just dumping it, unscrupulous operators can

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the clean-up cost Liverpool close to half

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of organising

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the illegal dumping of waste in Liverpool and elsewhere.

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One man was arrested in Hertfordshire, and the other

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I've been speaking to Lee Rawlinson from the Environment Agency.

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I asked him how big a problem the dumping of waste by criminal

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Waste dumping across the whole country is a massive problem.

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It diverts about a billion pounds from the Treasury and

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legitimate business across the whole of England.

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Here in the north-west, the Environment Agency has managed to

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It's a huge problem, because waste is

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something that we all generate and will be ongoing,

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but there's a big criminal fraternity out there

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Yes, I take it they do it because there is a lot of money

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that's right, you know, the waste industry, 97%

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of the industries that are legal and legitimate anbd we need those

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because we do produce a lot of waste is a country, but then there is a

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criminal fraternity that does get involved with this and will try to

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illegal activities such as drugs and other crimes.

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that you said how much money there is

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Well, much if the cost of cleaning comes from the public purse,

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of this waste is dumped in fields or industrial

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And if we catch the perpetrators, we can take them to court and get

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them to try and clear the case, but if they don't,

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So we ask people to remain vigilant and if they are

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because the criminal fraternity is looking for places that

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People can report it on the Environment Agency hotline and we do

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with it 24 hours a day. Six robbers who blew up cash

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machines to steal huge amounts of money have been jailed

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for a total of 92 years by a judge He said the gang were ruthless,

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brazen and breathtakingly arrogant. They travelled the country attacking

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ATMs, pumping gas into the machines Police investigating the murder

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of a former restaurant manager in Salford say he died

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after his neck was compressed, either by strangling

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or being stamped on. The body of 61-year-old

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Giuseppe Roncari was found at his Detectives are appealing

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for information. CCTV pictures have been released

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of a man police want to speak They show a man getting into a car

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from which shots had just been fired on Lane End Road

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in Burnage on Sunday. A cat has lost one of its legs

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after being shot six times at close Despite his injuries

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Jasper managed to limp The RSPCA said the two-year-old

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was shot by an air gun and had Mental health campaigners

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in Manchester claim they're being left without vital support

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because of cost cutting. They say the health trust

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providing their care is wrongly marking them down as improved,

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leaving them vulnerable. The trust denies that, and says it's

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working with the patients. This report from our

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Health Correspondent Gill Dummigan. This brother and sister have lived

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with his paranoid schitzophrenia In the past it's

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left him in hospital. These days, it simply

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leaves him terrified. I hear voices saying they are going

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to kill me. How does it make you feel? Really scared.

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Until late January, he had the support of a He has a support

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worker and until late January, access to a psychiatric

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nurse who he could turn to for advice and support.

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But then, they say, the mental health trust decided he was well

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It has a massive effect on our life because when he does have the

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support, that means we can step back a little bit. We worry about him all

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the time. Mental health services are often categorised by a step method.

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Zero is the support of friends and family. Step five is inpatient

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services and as individuals change, they can step up or step down to

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different levels. Campaigners in Manchester say too many people are

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being stepped down before they are ready, leaving them unsupported and

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vulnerable. One group which represents people

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with mental health needs say they've heard from dozens

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who because they've been judged recovered have lost not only medical

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but also financial support. Many of them have lost most of their

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benefits. They used that for personal needs. When they can't do

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that, they can't look after themselves. It's a vicious circles.

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They go back into hospital or something drastic happens to them.

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No ifs, no buts, no mental health cuts.

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This isn't the first time Manchester's mental health services

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This time last year they were forced to drop ?1.5 million pounds worth

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of planned cuts after campaigners applied for a judicial review.

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In January that trust, which covered the city of Manchester,

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was taken over by the current trust, which covers the whole

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that they were producing a "robust two-year transformation plan

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to further improve mental health services" and that a "targeted

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review" on step down had led to " some recommendations for change".

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The two sides will be meeting next week to try to find a solution.

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As the general election looms ever larger, it looks like we could be

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about to see some political musical chairs in Liverpool.

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The city's mayor Joe Anderson has declared that he wants to be an MP

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and would like to stand for Labour in Liverpool Walton,

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the seat currently held by Steve Rotherham.

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Mr Rotherham is one of the candidates

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hoping to become Merseyside's first metro mayor.

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Our correspondent Clare Fallon is live for us tonight in Liverpool.

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Clare, we've just heard that Steve Rotherham...

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There are a lot of ifs and buts and maybes. I will try to make it

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simple. Joe Anderson is politically a big figure in Liverpool and today

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he said he would like to run to be the MP in the constituency of

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Liverpool, Walton. Joe Anderson wanted to do a job swap. He is

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currently the mayor of Liverpool. He wanted to become the newly created

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metro Mayor of murdered side. When Labour picked its candidate for that

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selection, Joe Anderson missed out and instead Labour picked Steve

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Rotheram, who is currently the MP for Liverpool, Walton. Mr Rotherham

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had until 6pm today to tell the Labour Party what he was going to do

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with his current job as an MP. We are waiting to hear that decision.

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What Joe Anderson has said today is that if Labour needs a new candidate

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in that constituency, Joe Anderson would very much like that gig and

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he's not the only person who would want that. Jeremy Corbyn's son would

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also like to throw his hat into the ring, according to rumours. That

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rumours was quickly quashed, Labour sources telling the BBC it was

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nonsense. What is not nonsense is the timing of the Manchester, Gorton

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by-election. We have confirmation. It was due to happen in two weeks,

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but once the general election was called, that timing became

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practically impossible. We now know the Manchester, Gorton by-election

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will be held on the same day as the general election. They will go to

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the polls on June the 8th. You explained that very well! We may

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find out later on whether Steve Rotheram will stand. Again. As an

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MP. It will all become clear.

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The Conservative candidate in the election for the mayor

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of the Liverpool City Region says he could be the link

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between Merseyside and central Government.

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Tony Caldeira launched his manifesto today.

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He says if he became Metro Mayor, he would be prepared to work closely

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Our city region is such a fantastic place. We have so many natural

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advantages, we just need to sell ourselves and sell ourselves better.

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If I'm the metro Mayor, I will be banging heads together and looking

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to promote our fantastic region locally, nationally and

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internationally. You can find a full list of all those standing on the

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website. Still to come on North

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West Tonight - why Old Trafford's United

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in a desire to stay in Europe. An oasis of calm and fun in

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Blackpool as we go behind the scenes of the refurbished dollars dream

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house. And you'll see my interview later.

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Five months ago - a few former footballers stepped forward

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to say they were sexually abused as children.

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Since then around 560 victims and more than 250 potential suspects

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have been identified, and the numbers are still going up.

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Steve Walters and Jason Dunford, who were among the first to speak

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out, have set up a charity called the Offside Trust.

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Their website went live today, and I began by asking them

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whether they thought there was still a problem today?

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The standard of safeguarding now is 1 million miles better. There are

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still ways and means of these predators beating the system. The

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Premiership have got the wealth to provide these services, but further

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down the league and grassroots football, there's still a

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significant shortfall of safeguarding. Which is worrying.

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What can be done? Going forward, the offside trust has to work alongside

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the football clubs. Football clubs are part of the gym unity, they do a

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lot of work within the community. Mainly football with boys and girls.

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Going forward, the offside trust needs recognition from the football

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clubs to make sure the safeguard framework is in place to stop these

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predatory people. Since you spoke out, people must have been coming to

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you with their own stories. Yes, I've had over 70 people. We've been

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through that. They feel safe that they will be believed. You're going

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to be there to support them, you will listen. Even if it's a 30

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minute phone call, we are there to listen and then we guide them to the

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right channels. It's the bravest thing I've ever done, along with the

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rest of the lads. At the same time, we've had fantastic support, not

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only from our families, but from the general public. The general public

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have been very supportive. When you think they are going to mimic you or

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you think you're going to be the butt of jokes... They've appreciated

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that this isn't easy for us to have done and this is why going forward

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we are pleading with lads that are survivors to come and speak to us.

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There is a way through this. As difficult as it is, it's better to

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come to someone like yourselves and talk about it. You have to talk

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about it. The worst thing you can do is keep it in your head. It's the

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worst thing you can never do. The best thing to do is talk. The

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support is there for you. Thank you both for coming in. Steve Walters

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and Jason Dunford speaking earlier about the offside trust, which they

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have set up. The website has gone live today.

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The Dee marshes in Cheshire are home to a host of wildlife but wardens

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are urgently appealing tor volunteer fire watchers after another

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suspected arson attack on the reedbeds.

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The marshes, a site of international importance, have suffered a number

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of fires in recent years, killing birds and mammals

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Thousands of birds visit this nature reserve. Many nest in the reeds and

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rushes. It's here that volunteered Tim discovered the blaze. Turned

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around and saw a plume of smoke so I came to investigate. I hoped it

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hadn't spread to the main reed bed. Four years ago a large fire did

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spread on the marshes. The RSPB want people to be aware of how important

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the area is. It destroys the habitat and it's not just for these birds,

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its species like harvest mice. A lot of harvest mice will have died

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during the fire. It then destroys the habitat where the birds nest for

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the breeding season. This is an internationally recognised site of

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special interest and local people want it protected. It attracts a lot

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of visitors. It attracts bird-watchers from far and wide.

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It's clearly an important local resource. Education for the young

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people is really, really important. You have to get them interested at a

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young age and caring about the environment more. The RSPB are

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asking the people to volunteer to deep a watch over the reed beds

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during the mating season. It's really important to have volunteers,

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to keep an eye on the site, to make sure this doesn't happen again.

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We were yesterday at Esher Marsh and there were fires there.

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Mindless. Football now and Manchester United

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aim to book their place in the semi-finals of

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the Europa League tonight. After a 1-1 draw in last week's

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first leg in Belgium, the Reds host Anderlecht

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at Old Trafford. It's a competition that has taken

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on extra significance for Jose Mourinho's men,

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with the winners guaranteed a spot Richard is outside

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the ground for us. Can we expect Jose Mourinho

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to pick his strongest team then? I think so. He does have a congested

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fixture list to deal with. United go to Burnley on Sunday in the Premier

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League and then the little matter of the magister derby a week today.

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Because the winners of this competition get a spot in next

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seasons Champions League you would think it would go to the top of his

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priorities. United have an away goal from the first leg. But after that

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match, Jose Mourinho was pretty critical of his strikers.

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Fascinating to see who he opts for tonight. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came

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late against Chelsea. He'll be chomping at the bit. Marcus Rashford

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scored and starred in that match. Wayne Rooney is back tonight. Plenty

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of options for Mourinho, who says this is whether you believe it gets

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extremely serious. A big club like Manchester United, probably when you

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start the Europa League, you don't have that high motivation. That's in

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September, October the group phase. When you get to this level, I think

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the motivation has to be very high. The draw for the last four is on

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Friday. Assuming United get through, anyone they should fear? If we look

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through the other ties taking place, the sick Tass, the Turkish champions

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come against Lyon. -- Besiktas. Lyon are strong, but not exactly tearing

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it up in France. Schalke, same in the Bundesliga, only mid-table.

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Perhaps the interesting one Celta Vigo. Mid-table in La Liga, but they

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have beaten Real Madrid and Barcelona this season. I think

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United fans will be confident of beating all those teams and

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confident of beating and elect a night. They have never won at Old

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Trafford or in England. Kick-off is at 8:05pm. We'll bring you the

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result tonight in the late bulletin. Can you imagine as a child being

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told you're getting your own ice Well, that's what's

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happened to seriously ill youngsters at a holiday

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home in Blackpool thanks to the generosity of a Lancashire

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lad turned millionaire. Ken Townsley,a former baggage

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handler at Blackpool Airport, made a surpise donation

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to Donna's Dream House. Today, amid lots of smiling faces,

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the centre officially re-opened In the shadows of Blackpool Tower,

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the dream that became a reality. critical it at a hospice, making and

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over the dollars It offers respite for children who

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are seriously ill. It even has its own sweet shop. Can I have an ice

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cream? Thank you. From themed rooms to a special place for mum and dad.

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Strangely enough, I was a very good friend of Donna. My son was involved

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in an accident six years ago and they came to help very quickly and

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helped us immensely in various ways. I stayed for quite awhile because

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our house under construction and I had just had a serious operation on

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my leg. We stayed here and we really enjoyed it. The refurbishment

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doesn't come cheap. It's thanks to fundraisers and a generous donation

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from Ken Townsley, who made his fortune after setting up a travel

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agency. Blackpool is all about children and families. Anything I

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can do to resurrect the childhood I knew in Blackpool in the 50s, I will

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do everything possible. The revamped house will continue to give those

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who need the most help precious memories. We are very fortunate and

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I hope that continues because it's desperately needed. We don't get any

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government funding. Not a single penny.

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Lovely. So lovely. You can imagine them going in and seeing all those

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sweet! I would love it.

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Will we love the weather? I don't think so. It's very average. Nothing

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wrong with average! Are you aspiring to average? I think

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you've achieved it! It is very average over the next

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couple of days. Lots of cloud cover today and as we head through the

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next couple of days. You might catch some sunshine on Saturday, but as we

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start next week, April is traditionally very showery. It has

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been quite dry this week, but next week it looks like the showers will

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return and we'll get a drop in temperatures. A drop in temperatures

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this weekend as well. Some parts of the country reached 18 Celsius

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today. A front coming through will bring a drop in ten majors and it

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could feel quite chilly. Our weather watchers did capture one or two

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spells of sunshine. This evening and overnight, plenty of cloud cover.

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Every now and then it will thin and break. A very settled picture. The

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breeze is relatively light, not much going on. Last night the rain was

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heavier than anticipated. In terms of the numbers, the air is still

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relatively mild. Eight or nine, maybe even 10 Celsius. Mild in the

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morning. A great picture and very much like today. A lot of cloud

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cover. Relatively light breeze coming from the Irish Saint. About

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five miles per hour. We will see more drizzle tomorrow. They will not

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turn up everywhere. Some places won't see any. There's a slightly

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greater risk as you head into the afternoon of more organised rain. We

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are not seeing the sunshine and that makes all the difference.

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Temperatures realistically the same as today. 13 if you're lucky.

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He is still pulling the dagger out of his heart! He knows I don't mean

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it. We should point out. Lynn has pointed out that she thinks the

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clock on the live the building was wrong because it said 6:55pm when we

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were live. It might be average, but it's live!

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Simulator. -- see you later.

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