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Thursday - Mild but wet & windy. Murky over hills

Wet and windy walk in Wallasey Credit: ALAN ROWLANDS

Windy with further rain, particularly over the north of the region (Cumbria and Lancashire) and heavy over the hills.

Rain pushing further south for the evening before clearing southeastwards by midnight. Mild daytime highs of 13°C

Clearer spells are then likely to develop across Cumbria into the night with a colder outlook Friday and Saturday but with more in the way of sunshine.


Campaign to scrap joint enterprise law

The Justice Committee is calling for an urgent review of a law which allows gang members present at the scene of a murder to be jailed. It follows a campaign from the mother of one of one teenager who was jailed over the death of Gary Newlove in Warrington, 7 years ago. Janet Cunliffe, the mother of Jordan Cunliffe wants the notion of "joint enterprise" scrapped. Her son was convicted because he failed to prevent other members of the group committing the crime. Alan Beith is the Chairman of the Justice Committee.

  1. Elaine Willcox, ITV News

Exclusive: Police say they're 'just a CCTV frame away' from identifying the Parklife festival killer of Robert Hart

Robert Hart.

Detectives say they are just one frame away from indentifying Robert Hart's killer at the Parklife music festival.

It's six months since the 26-year-old from Macclesfield was punched to the ground near the main stage.

Granada Reports has been given exclusive access to the police incident room.

Officers say film footage from the phone of a Granada Reports viewer has helped pin point where the attack took place.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox with the latest on this unsolved murder:


Weather Update: Rain from the west - latest radar

Radar image at 5.15pm 16th Dec 2014

Rain is pushing into the Isle of Man now. This will become heavy, persistent and widespread through the evening and first part of the night, spreading eastwards into the early hours along a strengthening westerly wind.

Milder air arrives with this rain into the early hours, but it will remain a cloudy, damp and windy day on Wednesday. Patchy rain and drizzle for the morning will turn heavy again later in the afternoon.

  1. Sarah Rogers, ITV News

The harsh reality faced by the region's 'hidden homeless' young people

New figures seen by Granada Reports claim 1 in 6 young people in the region have sofa surfed in the past year to avoid ending up on the streets.

Many more will wake up on Chritsmas day in an emergency night shelter or a hostel.

Sarah Rogers has this report:

Young Cheshire star gets Hollywood break in The BFG

Ruby Barnhill.

A ten-year-old actress from Cheshire has been cast in Steven Spielberg's forthcoming movie, The BFG.

Ruby Barnhill will play Sophie, the orphan befriended by the giant, in a new Hollywood adaptation of Roald Dahl's book.

The youngster, who will star alongside Mark Rylance in the title role, said: "I feel incredibly lucky and I’m so happy."

Industry newspaper Variety reported that Spielberg said that they had discovered "a wonderful Sophie" in the young actress.

“After a lengthy search, I feel Roald Dahl himself would have found Ruby every bit as marvellous as we do,” he said. “We have discovered a wonderful Sophie in Ruby Barnhill.”

Dreamworks Studios said the film will begin shooting next year and is due for release in 2016 - the 100th anniversary of Dahl's birth.

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