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One of Britain's most senior female judges -
ruling on her final case in Manchester before retiring -
has sparked a national debate after imploring women to protect
themselves from predatory men when they get drunk on a night out.
19-year-old Ricardo Rodrigues-Gomes to six years in jail for rape
when she said while there's no excuse for such crimes,
women put themselves in danger of being raped by men who gravitate
others have accused her of victim-blaming.
It is clear to me that the judge does not mean to have done any harm.
Trying to support women. The difficulty with the comments, of
course, is that there are not enough rapes reported anyway. Lots of women
and girls do not report the break that happened to them. Any comment
which content straight on what you the woman has done and not what the
rapist date, is likely to increase that tendency to not report.
Police are appealing for information after a 22-year-old man was killed
Emergency services were called to Bramhall Moor Lane in Hazel Grove
A 29-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been arrested
on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The man was also arrested on suspicion of driving whilst under
About 60 firefighters have been tackling a huge fire at a scrap
metal recycling centre at Alexandra Dock in Bootle.
The blaze broke out about four o'clock this morning and nearby
residents were earlier advised to stay inside with doors
and windows closed, while passing motorists are urged
to close their windows and air vents.
80 years after the publication of George Orwell's book
The Road to Wigan Pier, the author's son has been
taking part in anniversary celebrations in the town.
The book depicted working class life in the North
Who wants to know how we live up here?
Works by Wigan's contemporary writers performed in front
The Road to Wigan Pier exposed the divide between North
His aim was to open the minds of the middle class to the lives
It became a metaphor for the social problems of the whole of the
country, in the industrialised part of the country. Unfortunately, poor
Wigan has been made to the scene of the downtrodden part of the country.
Much has changed since them but fans of the works say the issues are as
open today. He looked at unemployment, he looked at diet, he
looked at housing conditions. If you were to do that work again, sadly,
you would looking at a lot of similar things. Visitors to the
as the US. It is much different from as the US. It is much different from
the way he described it in the book, that is for sure. I would like to
think that he would come back and say, gosh, yes, this is a lot better
than when I came. Events to mark the anniversary will continue in a town
tomorrow. Sport, and Manchester City secured
a place in the FA Cup semifinals with a win over
Middlesborough earlier. David Silva scored three
minutes in from six yards out and a second half goal from
Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 and gave City a place
in the FA Cup last four And in the Premier League,
Morgan Schneiderlin scored his first Everton goal against the club that
tried to sign him as the Toffees cruised to victory over
West Brom at Goodison Park. Here's a check on the weather
with Jennifer Bartram. We've got rain to come through this
evening and overnight. We will see some heavy burst by Sunday morning.
Lot of cloud around. Temperatures looking -- dropping down to nine.
I'll start of Sunday morning. Wet, initially, a brief spell of dry
weather before some rain pushes in. That will clear by Sunday afternoon.
Strike, bright spells. Temperatures up to 10 degrees. Mild and the start
of next week. Sunshine on Monday. That's it for an hour. I will be
back tomorrow to time. Enjoy your weekend.
Good evening. Some of us managed to get some decent weather today, not
everybody but some of us. Lovely picture from a weather watcher in
Northern Ireland, Enniskillen, and in Northern Ireland we have the
warmest day of the year for Northern Ireland, 16 Celsius. The Southeast a
little warmer weather cloud broke