20/04/2017 North West Tonight


20/04/2017

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Firefighters have been tackling a huge blaze at a warehouse

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15 fire engines were sent to the building on Tan House Lane,

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where a large amount of plastic and cardboard was ablaze -

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causing a huge plume of black smoke which could be seen for miles.

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People living nearby have been advised to stay away and keep

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Crews are expected to be there for a while.

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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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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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Organised criminals involved in this activity.

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That is why we work very closely with the police to take the

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strongest action, and also look at recovering any proceeds of those

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In Liverpool, the council welcomed today's arrests.

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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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When something happens in an area like this,

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panic unsurprisingly spreads to the community.

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To realise that tonnes, hundreds of tonnes of

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toxic waste is on your doorstep creates an atmosphere of fear.

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Collecting rubbish is the relatively cheap

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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 save hundreds

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of thousands of pounds. Leaving others with a big bill.

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If waste is illegally dumped on private

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land, it is usually the band owner who pays for the clean-up.

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On two sites here in Liverpool last summer,

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the council, already facing big budget cuts,

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The clean-up cost Liverpool close to ?500,000.

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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,

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Andy Gill, BBC North West Tonight, Liverpool.

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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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Treasury and legitimate business across the whole of England.

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Here in the north-west, the Environment

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Agency, we have shut down around 50 illegal waste site in these last

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It is a huge problem, because waste is something that we

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But there is a big criminal fraternity out there making a lot of

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I take it they do it's because there is money to be made?

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The waste industry, 97% of industry that operates are legal

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We do produce a lot of waste as a country.

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But then there is a criminal fraternity that get

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involved with this and will try to undermine and undercut.

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The waste industry is often then used to find

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other illegal activities such as drugs and other crimes.

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Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Salford say he died

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The body of 61-year-old Giuseppe Roncari was found at his

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Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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Six robbers who blew up cash machines to steal huge amounts

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of money have been jailed for a total of 92 years by a judge

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He said the gang were ruthless, brazen and breathtakingly arrogant.

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They travelled the country attacking cash machines,

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pumping gas into them, causing explosions.

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A group of mental health campaigners in Manchester say they're being left

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without vital support because of cost cutting.

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They say the health trust which provides their care is wrongly

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marking them down as recovered, leaving them vulnerable.

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The trust rejects the claims and says it's working with them.

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Our Health Correspondent Gill Dummigan has this report.

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This brother and sister have lived with his paranoid

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In the past, it's left him in hospital.

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These days, it simply leaves him terrified.

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I hear voices saying they are going to kill me.

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How does it make you feel? Really scared.

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Until late January, he had the support of 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

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have the support that means we can step back a little bit.

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Mental health services are often categorised by a step method.

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Zero is the support of friends and family, the lowest.

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Step five is inpatient services, the highest,

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

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Campaigners in Manchester say too many people are being stepped down

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before they are ready, leaving them unsupported

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One group which represents people with mental health needs say they've

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heard from dozens who, because they've been judged

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recovered, have lost not only medical but also financial support.

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Many of them have lost most of their benefits.

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When they can't do that, they can't look after themselves.

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

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

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Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has confirmed he wants

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to become an MP in Liverpool, if the Walton MP Steve Rotheram

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wins the vote to become the region's metro mayor.

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Mr Anderson has said he'll put his name forward if the seat

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He'd need to be selected by the Labour Party as a candidate

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first, before he could stand in June's general election.

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A cat has lost one of its legs after being shot six times at close

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Despite his injuries Jasper managed to limp

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The RSPCA said the two-year-old, was shot by an air gun and had

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Yesterday, we were at the Heysham Moss in Lancashire,

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today we are at The Dee marshes in Cheshire are home to a host

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of wildlife but wardens are urgently appealing tor volunteer fire

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watchers after another suspected arson attack on the reed beds.

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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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and destroying valuable habitat. Lindsey Prosser reports.

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Thousands of birds visit this nature reserve.

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It's here that volunteer Tim Jepson discovered the blaze.

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Turned around and saw a plume of smoke, so I came to investigate.

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It was important it didn't spread to the main reed bed.

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That's why it was important to get it put out quickly.

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Four years ago a large fire did spread on the marshes.

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The RSPB want people to be aware of how important the area is.

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

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A lot of harvest mice will have died during the fire.

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It then destroys the habitat where the birds nest

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This is an internationally-recognised site

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of special interest and local people want it protected.

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It attracts bird-watchers from far and wide.

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It's clearly an important local resource.

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Education for the young people is really, really important.

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You have to get them interested at a young age and caring

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The RSPB are asking for people to volunteer to deep

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-- keep a watch over the reed beds during the mating season.

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It's really important to have volunteers,

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to keep an eye on the site, to make sure this

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Football, and in the Europa League quarterfinal second leg with

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Anderlecht, Manchester United were taken to extra time.

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It finished 1-1 after normal time, 2-2 on aggregate,

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and Marcus Rashford scored the winner that puts United into

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For the latest on the fire, tune in to the radio and Tony Snell.

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We have had cloud over the last couple of days and the high-pressure

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means that it stays. It is being jacked towards us from the Irish

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Sea. With the high pressure asserting itself, the weather front

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of the week. The significant story is, towards the start of next week,

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if you watch the arrows, they come from the north. Temperatures will be

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lower than they should be for this time of year. In some places, there

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could be snow, believe it or not, perhaps not us. Temperatures 12 or

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13 for the next couple of days. Tomorrow, still mild air. Cloud

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cover, a juice spots of drizzle, but generally temperatures pretty good.

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Nine or ten. Tomorrow, an awful lot of cloud cover. If anything, some

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more light and patchy drizzle. Not amounting to much and most places

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not any. Quietening, brightest guy is trying to come through, but

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temperatures around 12 or 13. He is the outlook.

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week for much of the UK and for more about that and the UK outlook, Helen

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Willetts. The sunshine make such a difference

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this time of year, only 12 or so degrees under the cloud today but 19

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in eastern Scotland not far away from St Andrews. Also in north-east

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England, where we had the majority of the decent sunshine. Even under

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cloud it was dry for the most part. We have this week whether forgiving

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showers in the south. This weather front starting to pep up in the

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North, it'll change the feel of the weather for all of us in the coming

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36 hours. Through the night very little changes, cloud comes and

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goes, there will be missed a shallow fog south of the M4. Possibly the

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odd pocket of ground frost here and there. You can see the rain

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gathering further north and already by the time we get to morning we

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have colder air in across Orkney and Shetland with a

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