17/01/2017 North West Tonight


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Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.

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A public inquiry into the death of a man who was shot by police has

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heard there were serious failings in the police operation.

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Anthony Grainger - a father of two - was shot by a firearms officer from

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Clare Fallon has been following today's proceedings.

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In a Cheshire village, a car park is locked

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down by investigators. Police had shot and killed

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an unarmed man as he sat at the wheel of this red Audi.

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Arriving for the start of the enquiry, Anthony Grainger's family.

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For years, they have lobbied for this and on the first day,

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they heard about failings in the police operation.

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John Beer QC told the enquiry almost all the officers in charge did not

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The hearing was also told about serious criticisms

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the IPCC - which found that out-of-date intelligence was used

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and officers were briefed with inaccurate information.

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But even though this is a public enquiry,

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Anthony Grainger's family won't hear everything.

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15 witnesses will be allowed to give their evidence

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It's a natural feeling that it is quite frustrating that

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I'm not going to get to hear the evidence.

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My legal team will not get to hear all the evidence.

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And if it is part of the public enquiry, we just

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When Anthony Grainger was shot dead, he was the subject

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Police thought he was plotting armed robberies, although his supposed

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accomplices were later cleared in court.

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Today, a statement released on behalf of the officer who fired

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Later in the enquiry, the police officer will give

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evidence in person about why he opened fire.

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The elected Mayors of Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City

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region will be invited to have their say on the

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That was the promise from the Government today.

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The announcement came after the Prime Minister's speech

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where Theresa May confirmed we will be leaving

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Our reporter Naomi Cornwell is here, leaving the single market

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doesn't come as a surprise, what does it mean

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One MP described it today as we have been sitting on a train knowing we

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are going to leave the single market and finally that train has started

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to move. There has been a very mixed reaction. David Nuttall has said

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this is hugely significant, the clarity means we can move forward

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and Nigel Evans described it as simply brilliant, saying we are open

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for business and the north-west will be at the forefront of change. Other

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MPs have been more sceptical, many saying they would like to see more

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detail about what kind of trading deal will replace the single market.

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I am much more worried about future prosperity as a result

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of the decisions that have been announced today than I was before.

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Parliament has to hold this Government's feet to the fire.

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They need to get the best deal for Britain in these very

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There have been concerns that voices in the north west will be

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Andy Burnham called on the government to promise a Brexit

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committee for the regions and this is what happened.

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I see in the Prime Minister's speech that she makes specific mention

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of protecting the interests of Cardiff, of Edinburgh, of

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Belfast, of the City of London, but there is no mention

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at all of the north west of England, of Greater Manchester,

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I am acutely conscious of the needs of the north.

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What I am intending to do, I had not intended to announce

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today, but I will now because he's asked.

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After the mayoral elections, I will get all of the mayors

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of the north to come together in York

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It is two years before we even start talking about a transitional period

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and Paul Nuttall, the leader of Ukip, has said that this too long

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way. He says the government will lead is on a long and expensive game

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of snakes and ladders and we will end up exactly where we started.

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A jury has cleared a man accused of forcing a Polish couple to work

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Khuram Riaz faced two charges after the couple were discovered

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Today the judge told the court to record not guilty verdicts

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Mr Riaz's father - Mohammed Riaz - still faces the same charges,

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A man who was injured in an explosion at a house in Manchester -

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has been arrested on suspicion of causing it.

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Two terraced houses were badly damaged in the incident in Blackley

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The man arrested is in a stable condition in hospital.

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A second man is in a critical but stable condition.

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Maria Balshaw - the head of Manchester's award-winning

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Whitworth Art Gallery - has been chosen to run

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Dr Balshaw will become the first female director

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It is the biggest construction project outside London,

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Commuters have waited a long time for the Mersey Gateway Bridge,

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but it is on target to open in the autumn.

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Juliet Phillips has been to see how it is coming along.

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Through the mist, a colossal construction is taking shape.

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The Mersey Gateway Bridge will span a kilometre across the water,

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making it one of the biggest bridges in the country.

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In total, nine kilometres of bridge and connecting

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The new bridge is needed because the Silver Jubilee Bridge

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is currently taking on ten times more vehicles than it was built for.

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The project is advancing really well.

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A great amount of work has started to appear out of the river

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and on the roads that the locals will now be able to see.

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Prior to that, there was an awful lot of temporary works which had

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to be done to allow us to carry out this work.

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People can now see the bridge starting to take shape.

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Such a large-scale project hasn't come without its challenges.

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This was the moment the flammable chemical phosphorus was discovered

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when teams were when digging on the site.

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When the excavation tool was coming back to the surface,

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it threw out some of the earth, which is what you'd expect it to do,

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but much to our surprise, it also threw out material that

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immediately started combusting and lots of white smoke emerged.

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We had to bring in a civilian arm of a bomb disposal

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company and they were able to remove it safely.

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The scale of the scheme means that on any given day,

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up to 1,000 people could be working across the site.

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Over 120,000 cubic metres of concrete will be used.

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It is a long road ahead, but those working here say

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the bridge is on schedule to open this autumn.

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The cheap holiday souvenir brought home to Stockport is causing quite a

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stir in Turkey. Thelma Bishop from Stockport

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brought back a souvenir jug She really should have left it

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behind because it turned out to be a piece of history,

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thousands of years old. Turkey is a country

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proud of its history and its ancient artefacts.

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Many of these treasures are found in good condition.

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Not many are found in Stockport. The pot lived in that

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corner for 30 years. During which time Thelma Bishop had

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no idea it was 4,500 years old until she took it

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to a local auctioneer. And he said your name is being

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bandied around all over Turkey. A pot that she'd bought for just

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a few dollars while on holiday It was a bit of a surprise

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to find such an ancient Not very large monetary value -

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?200-?300 probably maximum - its value is in its archaeological

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significance as it is important In bringing the pot home,

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Thelma was unwittingly breaking a Turkish law which dates back

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to the 1880s. Yes, I admit to that but we didn't

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know at the time and it's taken Potential diplomatic issue avoided -

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Turkey has given Jason Not quite the same as the one

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she had in size or in shape It has been handed over

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to the Turkish Embassy in London where it will go in a diplomatic bag

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back to Ankara, to the museum there. Four of our teams were playing

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in the FA Cup third Bolton have lost out

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to last year's finalists Burnley have beaten Sunderland 2-0,

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but won't face Fleetwood, But Blackpool go through

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to the fourth round, where they will meet Blackburn,

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after a 2-1 win in extra Here's Dianne Oxberry

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with the weather. It won't surprise you to know

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that our Weather Watchers caught Very gloomy pictures

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across the whole of It has been very mild and it stays

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mild for the next 48 hours. As we head towards the weekend,

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we will start to see At the minute, it is

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all about visibility - it is really dull out there.

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Most places are very, very murky. We have had spots of drizzly rain

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just about at any point during the day and that story

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will continue through But it is all about

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the temperatures, really, while the south of England

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is struggling to get into low single figures,

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we have got mid single figures in the overnight period,

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so we are mild first thing tomorrow morning but once again,

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it is not the prettiest of pictures. Again, poor visibility on high-level

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routes first thing in the morning, a tiny spot of drizzle

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is a possibility but for most of us, The breeze is very, very light

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so we will not see much in the way of sunshine if anything,

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but that picture is dry, it is relatively mild

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with temperatures around 8 If I leave you with the outlook

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for the next couple of days, you can see lots of cloud but cooler

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at the weekend. from time to time. Staying settled

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still. Nick has the national forecast this evening.

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Hello. If you are watching the football earlier it turned out to be

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an evening for football fans in Lincolnshire. This is how it looked

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at the start of the day. No idea whether this weather watcher is a

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football fan, it's a fan of weather that matters here. All sorts of

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weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I

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wonder if this six in the cloud across the Midlands into northern

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England and parts of Wales felt colder, particularly in these misty

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and foggy conditions in this weather watcher view. Some drizzly rain

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around at times still from the thicker cloud into parts

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