18/01/2017 North West Tonight


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Campaigners celebrated the partial re-opening

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of Chorley Hospital's accident and emergency department today,

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But they've been continuing their protests tonight

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to try to get it re-opened round-the-clock.

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This good news came on the day the NHS announced it was closing two

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Services in different trusts and across different parts of the

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The focus today on patient care under pressure on the NHS.

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Tonight, campaigners were once again outside Chorley Hospital.

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There was a cake to thank staff for the part-time reopening of A

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after it was downgraded 9 months ago, but

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protesters say that is only a partial victory.

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It is needed 24/7. Not 12.

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Nobody is going to predict when they are going

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to have an accident or when there is going to be an accident on the

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We only got back half of what we expected.

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We've been campaigning now since April last year when it

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The service will run alongside a 24-hour urgent

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care centre, now run by a not-for-profit GP-led consortium.

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The idea, to stop everyone turning up at A

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We want to improve the experience for our patients.

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Nobody wants to have to wait too long to be attended to.

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If you're seriously unwell, then we are hoping

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by screening at the front door, we would reduce that

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In a neighbouring NHS trust, the mood was very different.

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Here, 2 walk-in centres, once seen as part of the answer

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Most of the people who attend walk-in centres,

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by the very nature of what they are, are for very minor things.

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There is a considerable proportion who can be

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managed by themselves, some do get passed on to other

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parts of the service, quite appropriately, so we

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would like to try and get them to those services first time.

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Bury Medical Commissioning Group found the number of patients

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attending the two walk-in centres had fallen by

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But of the 1,000 people who completed surveys,

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83% disagreed with the closing of the walk-in centres.

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I haven't used it personally, but I have with

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my husband, and he was directed straight to hospital.

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I don't see why they should close it.

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I work in one of the doctors surgeries upstairs, I do

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There are always times when people can't access the doctor.

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Some money saved could go to fund GP appointments or go in to A

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That is of little comfort to protesters.

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They question whether the treatment they need will be

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An eight-month-old baby has been recovered safely

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from a house in Birkenhead after a man had a six-hour

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RafflesRoad was closed while the man,

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who had a crossbow and machete in the property, barricaded himself

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Specialist negotiators persuaded him to come out and he was arrested.

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A man has tonight been charged after a body was found at a house

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It's believed to be that of Victoria Cherry,

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who's been missing since October 2015.

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Andrew Reade is accused of preventing the burial

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of a body and perverting the course of justice.

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Hundreds of people were evacuated from buildings in Liverpool

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city centre earlier following a major gas leak.

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It's thought an electrical fault damaged a gas main

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Several roads were closed, causing traffic disruption.

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The operator of London's Docklands Light Railway has won the contract

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The ten-year deal with transport infrastructure firm Keolis Amey

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The company says the new agreement will create more than 300 jobs.

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The Inquiry into the death of an unarmed man

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who was shot by police has heard the officer who fired

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Police believed Anthony Grainger was plotting armed robberies.

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Our social affairs correspondent Clare Fallon sent this

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Today was the first time we have heard what happened

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on that night in 2012, when Anthony Grainger was shot dead.

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16 firearms officers were sent out by the

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Greater Manchester force to a car park to arrest their three suspects,

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men who they believed were about to carry out an armed

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robbery, and we've been told about the accounts that

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were given by the police officer who fired the fatal bullet.

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He said, I saw the driver lower his right hand to his groin.

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I quickly realised the approaching officers were in extreme danger.

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That is the moment when police officer Q9 fired his gun, shooting

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Anthony Grainger, who we now know was not armed.

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We've also heard today about some of the concerns about the

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We've been told that in the briefing given to those firearms

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officers before they went out that night, there was some

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We've also been told that one of the weapons they had with

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them, a CS gas canister that was thrown into the car in which Anthony

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Grainger was sitting, that weapon had not been authorised

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Greater Manchester Police should not have

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Manchester United have appointed a full-time

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counterterrorist expert, thought to be the first

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The new post has been filled by a former Greater

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Manchester Police officer whose arrival follows two high

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profile security breaches at the club within a year.

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Thousands of fans are evacuated from Old Trafford after

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the discovery of a fake bomb, accidentally left by a security firm

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I'm absolutely devastated that a lapse in my working protocols has

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resulted in many people being disappointed, frightened and

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Months later, two fans spend a Friday night undetected

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Both security breaches came with Britain's terror threat

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Since then, 38 people were killed in bomb attacks following a top

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BBC North West tonight understands that,

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in the light of recent terror attacks, the Premier League

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forwarded updated security guidance to clubs, but that many of these

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clubs had already received it from the authorities.

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It is also understood that security decisions

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are in general taken by individual clubs working with their local

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If you look at Manchester United, it is more than

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just a football club in the north-west, it is not just a

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national brand, it is an international brand.

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If I was a terrorist, and I was looking at a

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sport stadium to attack, as we saw something similar in Paris, and of

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course, don't forget, in Turkey recently, it could be a prime

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target, so I understand the club taking these measures.

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Significant match-day security measures are already

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There are searches at turnstiles, while vehicles

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This afternoon, fans welcomed the club's

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It is always in the back of your mind.

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It didn't used to be, but as you say, it's a

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If the club feels that they have to do something like

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that, it is a good thing for peace of mind.

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I would rather them spend whatever they spend on a counterterrorism

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specialist than to wake up on Sunday morning and read about a

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Some of the region's other Premier League sides have told us

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that they have teams of experts dealing with all aspects of safety.

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Although there have been no specific threats to sporting events

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in the UK, ongoing precautions reflect ongoing concerns.

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Now to football matters on the pitch tonight,

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and turn off the sound and look away now if you're waiting to see

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the Liverpool game on FA Cup Match of the Day straight

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They've been playing a third round replay at Plymouth Argyle.

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The only goal came midway through the first half.

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It was Lucas Leiva's first for more than six years.

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And even though Liverpool had a second half penalty saved,

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they go through 1-0 to a home meeting with

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TV personality and speed enthusiast Guy Martin will return to the Isle

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of Man TT races this year, where he'll team up

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with the Morecambe Missile John McGuinness on the Honda team.

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They're both big stars of road racing, but Guy has

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The crowd favourite didn't take part last year,

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he was doing a 2,700 mile mountain bike race in the

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Almost ?250,000 has been raised for charity

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after model trains collected by an Oldham solicitor

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Many of the valuable items, including trains in mint condition

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and some which had never been removed from their original

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packaging, sold for almost double their estimate.

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Nothing changes weather wise as we head to next 24 to 48 hours. At

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that, we will see a change in wind direction which will open the door

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to cooler directions. High pressure, and that will hold into the start of

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next week. Subtle changes come as the wind changes direction.

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Temperatures continue to be really quite good, visibility is quite

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poor. Blanket cloud cover across the whole of the north-west. We have got

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a week when a front moving across. It falls apart over the top of us

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tomorrow. You can see the line of it working through the Isle of Man and

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Cumbria, added to part of like Asia. It is just cloudy and damp and

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miles. Temperatures are around 7 and 8 C. Tomorrow, the weather front

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moves down the region and falls apart. We hang on to the cloud cover

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which will be with us everywhere. As a weather front falls apart, many

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places will be dry, through the afternoon, it will be dry and maybe

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the cloud will not be as thick as today. The breeze very light. You

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can see the winds... Very good indeed. 8 or 9 C. John National

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forecast is next, but I will leave you with the outlook for the

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weekend. Cloud cover still lingering and temperatures falling a bit.

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next few days, no great changes over the next few days, more sunshine on

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the way. Despite high-pressure sitting across

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the country so only slow changes in the weather, we have had a variety

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of different weathers, for example this beautiful sunset in Southampton

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which was shared by a Weather Watcher, but grey and misty in Derby

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thanks to an awful lot of cloud around and very little deviation by

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day or night from the rather grey routine.

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That is because we have a weather front, albeit very weak and very

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little wind to move the cloud and the mist on. Those areas furthest

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from the weather front to the south, we will see frosty weather under

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clear skies and to the north and east, but for most of us the code

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acts like a blanket, stopping temperatures from falling down so

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relatively mild. Under the clear skies it is another harsh frost.

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There is fog around and the cold air is never too far away, it is a

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really harsh period of winter at the moment

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