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Welcome to North West Tonight with Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin.
Ian Brady's lawyer says the serial killer's ashes will definitely NOT
Brady's body will be released tomorrow afternoon.
Fury as a woman who conned a special needs charity out of ?25,000 is told
the world's biggest wind turbines come on-line
My brave dad's struggle with dementia -
actor Christopher Eccleston calls for more awareness of the illness.
And we saw this wonderful personality stripped away.
The lawyer who represented Ian Brady today said that
suggestions his ashes might be scattered on Saddleworth
The confirmation came today as the inquest into his death resumed. His
lawyer complained about speculation that was started by the coroner
yesterday. Yunus, has Brady's
body been released? Can you can clear up the confusion
about the stories over what will happen to Brady's remains? What we
have is a coroner by his own admission, he did not have the legal
authority, but he felt he had a moral duty to ask for assurances
over the ashes of Ian Brady and particularly they would not be
scattered on the moor. But by doing that is what he did was lead to
speculation that somehow this was his last wish. Brady's solicitor and
the executor of his well has written to the coroner to say that he was
deeply unhappy about those comments come. He says there is no likelihood
that those ashes will be spread across the moor and he wanted to
make that clear. He also said today that as far as he was concerned the
contents of the will will remain private because it is private
document. And we've heard that Brady's buddy is still under police
guard. -- body. Let me take you back to what happened to my red Hendley.
When she died the pill the service at real problem is finding someone
to take her body. So the coroner wanted assurances that somebody
would take Brady's body. We hurt from the police today who said that
as far as they were aware that those assurances had not been made and the
coroner has now agreed that the release of the body will be delayed.
Yunus, we know Brady died of natural causes,
so does there need to be a full inquest?
The lawyer wanted the interest to conclude today but the coroner said
that because Brady had spent 50 years in custody he wanted a full,
Frank and fearless enquiry into his death. He also said that people may
wonder about his human rights because when he was alive he did not
care about the human rights of other people, so the inquest would in fact
happen, there will be a full inquest, at the end of June. Thank
you very much. A public inquiry has heard claims
the Greater Manchester Police force is 'rotten to the core' and tried
to cover up its failings after an unarmed man was shot dead
by a firearms officer. The fierce criticism came
from the barrister representing Anthony Grainger was at
the wheel of a stolen car - parked up in the village
of Culcheth near Warrington - At the inquiry for us is our social
affairs correspondent, Clare Fallon, and we're now in the final stages
of these public hearings. Some controversial allegations today
as the barristers in this enquiry made their closing rock remarks.
That is right. Those scathing criticisms came as this enquiry
reaches the final stages of the public hearings, with the lawyers
representing the various parties making their closing statements. The
aim of this public enquiry is to establish exactly what happened when
Anthony Grainger, and on armed man was shot Dowell dead. At the time
the police said they thought he was part of a plan to carry out an armed
robbery, but of course no weapon was found. So today the fierce
criticisms came from the lawyer who is representing the victim's family.
Of the police operation itself he said this was more like a kamikaze
cavalry than a restrained and professional approach that should
After today's hearing I spoke to the victim's partner and asked her with
the enquiry reaching its final station, what she hoping for?
A 62-year-old man, from North Wales and a 55-year-old from Wirral
are being questioned on suspicion of conspiring to commit arson
An inquest has concluded that a man who was crushed to death by a bale
of carpet that fell on him at a Widnes recycling plant,
The jury said though that the storage of the bales
at Fresco Environmental Ltd "contributed" to
A man was rescued from the sea off the Fylde coast this morning
after being spotted up to his neck in the waves.
An RNLI inshore lifeboat was launched to pull the man out
He was treated for the effects of the cold.
Unemployment in the North West fell by 24,000 in the last quarter.
The number of jobless in the region now stands at 154,000,
Visitors to the Isle of Man TT races are being told not
to treat the island's roads like a race track.
Thousands of bikers travel to Manx motorsport events and each year
people die in crashes that aren't connected to the racing.
22-year-old Lewis Clerk was killed when he was hit by another biker
who was riding on the wrong side of the road - his image
is being used in a new safety campaign which launched today.
People, when they are out and about, need to be sharp
They need to stay within their own limits and their
And they simply just need to treat the place
A fraudster who stole almost ?25,000 from a Preston charity has been told
The ruling has outraged staff at Space Centre which caters
for people with complex special needs.
Fund raiser Fiona Barnes was jailed after admitting she stole cash
But a proceeds of crime hearing was told she now has no assets.
Our Chief Reporter, Dave Guest, has the story.
The Space Centre in Preston is a sanctuary for people
She was opposed to raising funds to keep it going. In reality she was
pocketing cash which should have gone to the charity. She stole
almost ?25,000 in all. It was devastating. We really thought we
would going to close. It was only through the good nature of the
building contractors that we didn't. What did you think of her? When I
knew her I thought she was marvellous, a friend, a great
colleague. But she was so calculating, she came in new exactly
what she was going to do. She knew it would probably ruin us. She
admitted stealing the money in court. She was changed jailed for 15
months for what she did. Yesterday a hearing was held to decide how much
of her ill gotten gains she would have to pay back. But the judge was
told financial assets now amount to zero and so ordered she should just
pay back ?1 and that could be paid over seven days. The here is
outraged. To think she admitted she had taken nearly ?25,000 only to
have to pay ?1 back. I find it absolutely disgraceful. Of course it
is common practice for the authority to seize assets from convicted
Reynolds. Police killer, had his home sold. A career criminal amassed
a ?2 million fortune, he died in 2012 but last year his family were
forced to surrender the money. But assets to be seized they have two B
assets in the first place. When a court finds that someone has no
assets, they may make a nominal order of ?1 like they have in this
case to be paid immediately or initial time. After this the Crown
Prosecution Service can make a further application should the
defendant come into money. So there is still just a chance the centre
may still get back what it lost. Lancashire Police say they've
arrested over 130 anti-fracking protesters at a shale gas
exploration site near Little Plumpton since January -
and are also it's investigating over 30 complaints about it's
officers by protesters. It comes as a silent vigil
by campaigners against so called "aggressive policing"
at the Preston New Road site, decended into
confrontation with officers. This, say anti-fracking groups,
is proof that Lancashire Police are using increasingly aggressive
tactics to crackdown on protesters. Today the response from campaigners
was a vigil outside Kirkham police station - no confrontation,
no shouting, just near silence. I'm disappointed that
the police can't cope with emotion without resorting
to shoving people. Are you disappointed
with the way it's panned out? I am a little bit
because obviously we wanted it to be a silent protest
but unfortunately feelings run high. Scenes like this have become
a regular sight at Preston New Road since energy firm Quadrilla began
to prepare the site for Shell gas Last month one of its
suppliers pulled out amid claims of bullying and
intimidation by protesters. There is a real concern,
genuine concern, about the You say that, but there
have been people here today who are maybe slightly
aggressive towards police. People were shouting,
people were shouting They were going right
up into the police That is true but the point
being is that this is not something that has happened
completely from isolation. Lancashire Police
say around a hundred officers are needed
at the site each day, which is costing
close to half ?1 million a month. But have they been overly
aggressive towards protesters? We took the footage
to a senior officer. Do these videos show
police wrongdoing? Well, clearly, I can't comment
on specific incidents. A number of complaints
have been made about police behaviour and they will be
properly investigated. There's approximately 30 complaints
been made about police behaviour. On the flip side I would say that
134 arrests have been made in direct connection
with the development of the quick, And those arrests, I feel,
have all been appropriate, Following today's
exchange, protest groups handed police a letter
signed by over 300 people. They're asking the incoming
Chief Constable of Lancashire Police to join them
in an open meeting where they'll ask him to hear their concerns
about the way police are handling the situation
at the site and Preston New Road. In the meantime anti-fracking groups
say their protests will continue. My Brave dad's struggle with
dementia, the actors Christopher Ecclestone calls for more awareness
of the illness. And boxing clever, Natasha Jonas and balancing her
ambitions with motherhood. A new wind farm off the Merseyside
coast boasting the world's biggest wind turbines
was officially launched today. Each of the 32 binds -- turbines is
taller than the Blackpool Tower. It is hoped they would generate enough
electricity to power a medium-sized town.
Our Merseyside Reporter, Andy Gill, has been taking
This morning, we took a helicopter over Liverpool Bay
with the Danish energy firm, Dong, who run the new wind farm.
Each of the turbines is nearly 200 metres tall,
that's more than 600 feet in old money.
Each of the blades are as long as nine double-decker buses.
The innovative technology embedded in these machines mean that
we can harness more electricity at low wind speeds,
and therefore generate higher electricity as well
for the homes around the north-west Merseyside region.
Overall, the Burbo Bank extension can produce enough
electricity to power 230,000 homes a year.
The power which the turbines generate
It then goes down 25km of undersea cables
to an onshore station in north Wales.
When you get close up to these turbines,
you realise just how colossal they are.
One turn of the blades on just one of the turbines produces enough
electricity to power the average home for more than a day.
The facility inaugurated today is an extension of one
built ten years ago, though the original only has a
Further up the coast five sites near Barrow of producing enough
They had a posh do at Anfield to launch
So will the world's tallest turbines be
Whenever we saw a new type of turbine arising we always kind of
looked at each other and said, "Well, it can't
And the only lesson learned from that is
it always got bigger and it got massively bigger.
So I don't think the journey will stop.
And among the investors in Liverpool Bay, the
The idea is that it generates as much renewable
energy as it uses in its factories and shops.
Everything we use in our factories, in our offices, in our
shops, locally as well - we have a Lego shop
here in Liverpool - everything is balanced by our
The new wind farm has an expected life
Andy Gill, BBC North West Tonight, Liverpool.
That was a posh do! Volleyball 's and everything.
He's famous for playing Doctor Who and starring in many
other TV dramas and films, but the actor Christopher Eccleston
says he has another role - to raise awareness of dementia.
His Dad - Ronnie - lived with dementia for 12
Today Christopher returned to his home city of Salford to open
a new centre aimed at helping others live WELL with dementia.
The idea that you have coloured the bookcase, because my father was a
reader, you would have gone here. And it's all about their dignity, so
my dad would approve. Close to home, and
close to his heart. Christopher Eccleston has a personal
interest in the new hub My dad was and is my hero. He was a
lovely man. He could be a swine as my mum would say, as I can be, as we
all can be. And sadly, for the last 12, 14 years of his life, you lived
with dementia. And we saw this wonderful personality stripped away.
The aim of this centre is to be somewhere where people with dementia
can come and share their experiences - not just with each other,
but somewhere where they can pass on their advice to academics
Dementia affects two in three people.
So one in three of us are likely to have dementia,
and one in three of us will be supporting someone with dementia.
So actually, yes, dementia now touches more people than it
The priority is how we support people who have
dementia now to live well in the community,
as independently as possible for as long as possible.
It's been designed in consultation with people
I was 49, and I was nursing, I was looking after people with dementia.
And I found myself being very clumsy, I would put things down on a
surface too heavy and they would break. Or I would be tripping over
things, and then I was not recognising people. Later on in the
journey, things can get tough, and directed lies that. But until such
time we can help people live well, whether they are in a nursing home,
or their own home, thereof things that each of us can do. I can prompt
this because I know what I am talking about, not as much as my mum
does... Christopher Eccleston's mum,
Elsie cared for his Dad Today she joined him as the new hub
was officially opened. It's hoped this will be
a valuable resource, not just for academic research,
but for those with dementia Naomi Cornwell, BBC
North West Tonight, Salford. What an emotional day for
Christopher Ecclestone. And we know joy. And her dementia dog. It's a
pioneering new thing. She really works hard.
Manchester United's David de Gea hasn't travelled
for the club's Premier League game at Southampton tonight.
Jose Mourinho is continuing to rest his squad ahead of next
week's Europa League final in Stockholm.
Does that mean he might play in the final then?
Meanwhile Manchester City virtually sealed their Champions League
place last night With a convincing victory at home to West Brom.
Yaya Toure scoring City's third in at three one win.
It was also the final home game for Pablo Zabaleta.
Zabaleta, who made 322 appearances for City,
winning two league titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups.
One city fan said to me today it was a really emotional night, he was a
real legend. The Liverpool boxer Natasha Jonas
says she can't wait to get Natasha fought at both the Olympic
and Commonwealth Games as an amateur and after coming out of retirement
now has her sights set on trying Like any other fighter Natasha
has to make sacrifices And as the mother of a young
daughter she's got to juggle a busy life at home with a punishing
schedule in the gym. Richard Askam met up with her today
to see how she's getting on. Natasha Jonas has the single minded
determination of any fighter. As a single Mum to
17th month old Mela. Boxing to me is just another job. It
is a job, maybe it's a bit different to everybody else is job but I am a
single working mum. There are millions of us. I'm here to break
down barriers and make sure we can do it.
And since coming out of retirement has been training in her current gym
She is doing fantastic. If there's one thing I've learned about her she
is a perfectionist. Does two sessions, then goes home and picks
up her baby. Natasha first came to prominence
as one of the stars of Britain's Where she lost out to the eventual
gold medal winner Katie Taylor. And she's now determined to prove
herself in the professional game. As well as I did as an amateur I
feel like I underachieved a bit. I want to make sure I walk away with
no regrets. Her mind is totally set on being a world champion and giving
it her best shot. Do you think she can do that? 100%.
Making sure her daughter is cared for - this was the two
And of course honing her skills in the gym.
But with a big supportive family behind her she says it works well.
Boxing is a dangerous profession. Having such a young daughter, is
that on your mind? You never want to think about not coming home. But
that could be the same for a race car driver or any dangerous sport.
She is my motivation to do anything. I want her to see success. I
strongly believe that success breeds success.
Her mum is very much on track to make her professional debut,
She's going to be fit, running around after a toddler and going to
the gym. Shall we look at the weather? It
rained. Even when the rain turned up it was
later than we anticipated, but it hasn't been as bad. This picture
shows just a little tins of sunshine every now and then. Some nice
pictures coming in. This is a lovely one. As we head to the next couple
of days we are cooling down a little, the air will become cooler
and fresher. There is low-pressure close to us, forcing whether France
towards us, so I think we will see some showers and outbreaks of rain
in the next few days. This is how it is panning out. Some sunshine every
now and then and the temperatures are neither one nor cold. Today here
is the rain. Parts of Merseyside and Cheshire haven't seen the rain. As
we speak it is pulling away, you can see it moving over the other side of
the Pennines, and will clear to the North Sea in the next couple of
hours. From here onwards it improves. It gets dry and clear and
as the weather front pulls through we will start to feel the benefit of
the cooler air coming in. The overnight temperatures have been in
double figures and mid-teens earlier this week. I think tonight will be
more realistic. Some places will fall to around eight degrees.
Remember, on the chart are minimum temperatures. Some places will still
be around nine or ten. Tomorrow is a bit hit and miss. There will be some
showers but also some sunshine. The showers are not that widespread but
where they turn up they could be fairly heavy and there could be some
thunder. That is the exception rather than the rule but you can see
them working through Cumbria, down the Pennines, that is where they
could be at their liveliest. Elsewhere, good, long spells of
sunshine, a light breeze. It will be cooler and fresher, at maybe 15, 16,
17 if you are lucky. Someone picking me up and the lack
of football knowledge! Just before we go -
we ran a story last night about the auction for the legendary
Hilda Ogden's even more legendary pinny, curlers and headscarf .Well
the auction was held this afternoon in Southport and the items
were snapped up for ?4,200. They were bought by advertising
executive Trevor Beattie. I don't know what he's going to do
with them. Thanks for watching. Have a lovely evening.
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