29/01/2017 North West Tonight


29/01/2017

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Police investigating the murder of a man,

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who was shot dead in Liverpool, are appealing for witnesses to find

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44-year-old Tommy Baker was attacked after he left a gym on Friday.

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Tommy Baker was from Everton and a father of two.

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On Friday morning, he was working out at the Phoenix Fitness Centre

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He left the gym soon after eight o'clock

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that's where he was shot twice in the head and the chest.

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He was taken to hospital, where he died.

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A postmortem examination confirmed it was a result of gunshot wounds.

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Police believe the killer arrived at the scene in

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a small, grey or silver hatchback, parked it next to Mr Baker's

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The killer then sped away towards Liverpool city centre.

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Officers say motorists may have had to take action to avoid the vehicle.

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Tommy Baker was known to the police, and they believe this

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was a targeted attack, but they're stressing that,

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at this stage, they don't know the motive.

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The gym is in part of the Stanley meat and fish market,

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Detectives have stepped up patrols in the area,

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They say it would have been busy at the time of the murder,

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Shabnam Younus-Jewell, BBC North West Tonight.

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Two activists have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage

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after entering the BAE Systems site in Warton, in an apparent

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attempt to disarm warplanes bound for Saudi Arabia.

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In a statement, the two men said they were trying disarm fighter jets

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to prevent them from being delivered to the Saudi government.

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The Cumbrian MP and Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, has called

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Theresa May's initial refusal to criticise President Trump's

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temporary ban on people from seven mainly Muslim countries entering

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Speaking on the Andrew Marr programme, Mr Farron said

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the Prime Minister needed to put what was right over diplomacy.

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It's not insulting to stand up to somebody who is behaving

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in a way which is appalling - arguing for the reintroduction

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of torture, being misogynistic, and this appalling ban on people

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entering the United States from Muslim countries.

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We would have expected her to go over to the United States

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Celebrations have been taking place across the north-west today

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Manchester has long had strong connections with China,

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and today thousands of people crowded the streets to take

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part in the festivities, as Juliet Phillips reports.

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A 175-foot dragon has been snaking its way

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It's in a parade to celebrate this Chinese New Year,

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People born in this year are said to be hard-working,

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It's a year to, sort of, get down to business.

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So, as long as you are prepared to work hard,

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then the way will be paved for accomplishment and success.

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New Year is a really special time for everybody,

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really, for families and young people, and it is just a great

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Festivities had been happening in Liverpool, as well,

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home to Europe's oldest Chinese community.

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Schoolchildren this week were treated to a lion dance performance.

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Back in Manchester, the streets were crowded.

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Around 90,000 people came to the Chinese New Year celebrations

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The city has the largest population of Chinese people outside of London.

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Of course, it's the weather, you know, the England weather,

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it always pours down, but this year it's really great.

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All of the Chinese people are getting together today

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in Chinatown and Albert Square to celebrate the New Year together,

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The dragon itself is fantastic, and the lions doing the lion dance

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Just all of the colours and all of the vibes here,

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everyone is just having a great time.

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It is much more better than I have in Hong Kong.

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Juliet Phillips, BBC North West Tonight, Manchester.

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Sport, and Manchester United go through to the fifth round of the FA

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Cup after beating Championship side Wigan today.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger marked his first Manchester United

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start for a year with this goal and an assist in the 4-0 victory.

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Wigan, 22nd in the Championship, had given a good account

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of themselves in the first half, before conceding three

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Sport, and Manchester United go through to the fifth round of

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Now let's take a look at the weather.

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Well, we've had a real mixed bag of weather today -

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some sunshine, some showers, and we started off

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But as we went through the day, those showers started to work in,

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and we've got some more wet weather on the way.

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If we have a look at the charts, we've got this rather messy

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collection of fronts slowly moving out of the way,

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so we are expecting slightly drier weather for a time tomorrow.

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As we have a look at the detail overnight tonight, there

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with those showers slowly clearing away to the east.

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Quite cloudy conditions as well, with lows of around 0 Celsius.

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Then, as we have a look at the details for tomorrow morning,

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we will start on quite a cloudy note, but then there

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will be some brightness, particularly to the north

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of the region, before we get yet more rain starting to work in.

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Now, that will be quite showery in nature, with highs

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we've got quite a showery week ahead,

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still some brighter spells in there as well,

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but turning noticeably milder over the course of the next few days.

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There was some sunny and cheerful weather across the UK today.

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Scotland and the far north of England, but further south, a rainy,

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ugly picture, and it's still pouring with rain in some places. The week

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ahead, more spells of rain and some wind towards the end of the week.

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There is a lot happening here. There's a lot of weather fronts

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lining up in the Atlantic, a lot of isobars and lots of wind heading in

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our direction. From tonight and into tomorrow, this unsettled spell of

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weather continues. Get rid of one area of rain in the

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