14/01/2017 North West Tonight


14/01/2017

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Police are appealing for the driver of a car that killed

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an elderly man in Cheadle Hulme last night to hand themselves in.

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Ian Whitworth, who was 80 years old, was killed after he was hit by a car

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shortly after 10pm near the Ryecroft Arms on Turves Road.

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Witnesses describe seeing a small black car,

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possibly a coupe or hatchback, driving at speed towards the A34.

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The vehicle is believed to have damage to its front windscreen.

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Meanwhile the family of a man found dead in an alleyway in Heywood

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on Thursday night today said they will miss him forever.

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A postmortem examination showed 33-year-old Matthew McKenzie died

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after suffering a stab wound to the chest.

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A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains

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Fire fighters have this afternoon been battling a blaze in Harpurhey

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after an explosion at a cafe on Rochdale Road

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Emergency services were called just after 3pm and people

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There's free on-street parking in parts of Manchester city centre

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this weekend after 18 months of roadworks.

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The City Council says it's to thank the public for their patience

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but as Kevin Fitzpatrick reports, the disruption isn't over yet.

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If you've driven through Manchester in the past 18 months,

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you'll have had more than your fair share.

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I use public transport and it's been absolutely horrendous

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You couldn't get down Oxford Road and I don't drive into town

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because of the roadworks and the parking's poor.

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For businesses in the thick of it around the Oxford road area,

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When the roads were closed, that was a big issue

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for us because there was lots of fencing and a lot of noise as well

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and we didn't have access to the shop, so that wasn't good for

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delivering all the flowers and everything, but once that was

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cleared, it actually became a bit easier.

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The ongoing works are part of the council's

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?1 billion Project Grow, which it says is necessary

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to improve access to the city for all forms of transport.

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This new tramline known as the second city crossing is

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due to be open in early spring, but its construction has caused huge

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disruption and the fact that it coincided with other roadworks and a

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sinkhole on the Mancunian Way that took ten months to fix means the

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misery for motorists has gone on and on.

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A lot of people is not going to do anything about it by saying

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anything, it's just a case of just putting up with it, really.

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If you're going to the Northern College of Music

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or the Bridgwater then it has been a nuisance, you know.

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Now the council is allowing the public a weekend's

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free street parking to compensate for the hassle they've endured.

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We realise there's been some short-term disruption

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while we grow the city's infrastructure, creating bus gates

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and putting a tram right across the city and this is just

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a way to say thank you to residents for bearing with us

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But the end is still months away with work on the Oxford Road

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bus corridor expected to continue until April.

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And tonight marks the start of a year of events

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and concerts to mark the period in the town's musical history.

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It was a year that saw performances in Blackburn by not only Bowie,

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but also The Sweet, Slade Status Quo and Queen.

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"1973: The Year Bowie Came to Blackburn" gets underway

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at St George's Hall this evening with music from local bands

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Sport and in darts Bolton's Lisa Ashton has won the BDO

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World Darts Championships for the third time.

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The player known as The Lancashire Rose recorded

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a straight sets victory over the Australian eighth seed

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In football, substitute Joey Barton scored the second-half winner

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on his league return for Burnley, who saw off Southampton 1-0

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Well, it has been a fine and dry day for the most part.

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In fact, we had some stunning scenes out there with some lovely blue

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skies but as we head through tonight, a change is on the way.

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It's all in the form of a weather system

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It's bringing with it much milder air so we're going to get a little

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bit of mist and murk in there and plenty of rain.

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We'll see the cloud thickening up first.

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Where we see that cold air meeting the rain, we could

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see some wintry flurries over Cumbria and Lancashire.

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Temperatures overnight though, doing a little better.

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We're holding up just above freezing.

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Now, as we head into tomorrow, we're going to continue to

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see that rain right at the way through the day.

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Plenty of mist and murk as well, but temperatures

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finally starting to do a little better.

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Pushing up to around about nine, possibly 10 Celsius on the

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Isle of Man and as we head into the new working week,

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Hope you have a good evening. Bye-bye.

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Getting the detail of this cold snap is proving to be challenging and

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will continue to be so over the next 24 hours. Ice around across eastern

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parts after the earlier showers then rain pushing in from Northern

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Ireland across Scotland and a period of snow across eastern Scotland

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temporarily. It will extend into northern Wales and England too. A

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chilly night across

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