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Welcome to North West Tonight with Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson.
Six former pupils at a school for blind children in Liverpool
tell us they were abused there in the 1950s.
There's nothing worse than being hit by anyone when you cannot see where
it is coming from. The school says it's
saddened by the claims. Two men from a Lancashire
takeaway are arrested - after Megan died from
an allergic reaction. A century after he died in action -
James is remembered for his role And clubbing together -
the Morecambe manager Jim Bentley thanks fans -
who paid his ?1,000 fine. It really touched my heart. It just
shows the spirit we have at the book club.
Blind, vulnerable people from across the North West have told
the BBC they were systematically beaten and abused by the head
mistress of their specialist primary school in the late 1950s.
Some of them were just five years old when they started
at The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool.
The school - which still teaches blind children -
says it's saddened by the allegations of historical abuse.
We were borders, five or six years of age, coming from home and leaving
our families. She would line the children up and walk from one end of
the dormitory to the other, smacking or beating every of them. There's
nothing worse than being hit by anyone when you cannot see where it
is coming from. I am I agree, yes, I am angry because my childhood was
taken away from me by that horrible woman. Their stories kept secret but
60 years. But the first time, we living the abuse that took place in
this school back in the late 1950s. At the time, blind permit
schoolchildren from across the North West were sent to the boarding
school. After nearly dying last year, one victim decided she didn't
want to take the secret to her grave. Light is very precious, it is
very, very precious. You must not waste a minute of it. I said, I am
going to do this because I don't know how much time I have left, now
the doors, but this has got to be done now. Rachel was the first to
speak out. Five more people have now come forward to share their shopping
childhood memories. They also they were left out and humiliated by the
headmistress. She was hitting me that much that my left leg was
bouncing up and down. I was absolutely terrified. Pain did not
come into it, the fact it was being done to me made me absolutely
terrified. Stephen has tried to go back to the school in the past but
he suffered flashbacks and could not face it. Others have been back
though. If I tried to tell you how she behaved to bed-wetters, children
who really only deserved a cuddle, that's all they deserved, that is
what mum and dad would have given them. Not with her, rub your nose in
the sheets, make you wash in cold water. She could humiliate. The
headmistress died a few years ago but the school here is still open
and it is still run by the same charity. Its President has sent me a
statement. She said they are saddened to hear the memories of
some pupils in the 1950s but such behaviour would not be tolerated in
any school today. Joining us now is Gary Norton,
who's a lecturer in social work Can something like this happen
again? Firstly let me see that what has happened those many years ago is
very tragic and it shouldn't be happening. It happened back then and
it should happen now. -- should not happen now. I feel very much for the
people who have gone through that, it is a very brave thing for them to
do, to come forward and say what has happened to them. We are, as a
society, becoming more sophisticated in our thinking and I think the way
that we accept people coming forward and understand what they are saying
is getting better. Could it happen again? It is possible. We don't have
an infallible system, but I think that if you go back to the 1950s,
there was an acceptance that corporate punishment within schools
was unacceptable and the Labour Home Secretary at the time wanted to do
something about it and so watch you got, you started to get a growing
paradigms of change to say, actually, this is not acceptable any
more. Children should be nurtured. What legislation has changed to make
sure that children are at the forefront of thinking now? That's
right. What has happened now is that as you move forward in time to 1989,
children act, but you have there is a process now on a number of levels
which really protect children. Not only does it protect children by a
ring is to go in and investigate when children make allegations, it
places the child at the forefront of our thinking and that is called the
paramount to the principle so we place the child died in the centre
of our thinking. It still comes down to the fact that the children must
be they can speak out? That comes to the next part, the voice of the
child, and we are getting better at that. We are not there yet but if
you look at what social services are doing now and the judiciary and
proceedings and all of that now, you will find that people are more
willing and accepting that children have a voice and it is no longer
that children should be seen and not heard, it is children matter. Quite
young children as well. There is no younger age limit with which we
would want to hear what they have to say. Obviously, the old at the more
likely they would be listened to. Having said that, if you look at the
children and you mentioned legislation, the children act is
very clear. The first question is, to ascertain the wishes and billings
of the child, so the idea is that is absolutely important, but it is not
an infallible system. An inquest has heard a transgender
woman from Merseyside who was being held at a male prison
was found hanging in her cell. Jenny Swift from Sefton
was on remand at Doncaster Prison She was found unresponsive
on December 30th and The inquest into her death
was opened and adjourned to 6 June. A man has died after falling
from cliffs in the Isle of Man. Emergency services recovered
the 51-year-old's body He's not been named -
and police say the death is not A teacher who stole more
than ?40,000 which had been given to help children with mental health
needs - has been banned Sharon May who taught at Irlam
and Cadishead College used the money to for shopping
vouchers and holidays. She pleaded guilty to three counts
of fraud at Manchester Crown Court last year and was given
a suspended sentence. Two police officers from Manchester
have raised hundreds of pounds to replace a donation stolen
from the car of a cancer patient. Aman Chabra, from Ellenbrook,
was due to hand over ?300 to Manchester's Christie hospital,
where he had just finished But before he could hand over
the money, his car was broken Two men have been arrested over
the death of a 15-year-old girl - who died after suffering an allergic
reaction shortly after Megan Lee from Oswaldtwistle
in Lancashire died in The men, both staff at a local
Indian takeaway, are being held on suspicion of involuntary
manslaughter by gross negligence. Let's join our reporter Yunus Mulla
who is outside the takeaway. The Royal Spice makes
reference to allergies This Indian takeaway here is a
closed tonight. A sign in the window says it is undergoing refurbishment
but it is also at the centre of a police investigation into the death
of a popular teenager who died on New Year's Day, two days after
suffering a severe allergic reaction shortly after eating a takeaway
meal. As part of a police investigation, two men have been
arrested. A 37-year-old man from Rossendale and a 30 age old man from
Blackburn, both on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross
negligence. Both men work at this takeaway and both are in police
custody. They make reference to customers with allergies on its
website, doesn't it? If you look at the website and its online menu,
there is a reference there, as you say. It makes it quite clear that it
is aware that some customers may have specific dietary requirements
and may have allergies. English police say it is working with
trading standards officers and environmental health as part of its
investigation. Megan was an incredibly popular teenager here,
she was involved in a number of clubs and her parents themselves
have described her as their Princess, a role model and the
parents are being kept fully informed about today's div elements.
A postmortem has been carried out at the full results of which will not
be known for some time. Still to come on North West Tonight:
Cup fever in Cumbria. We're in Barrow for
the Bluebird's biggest match Picking up her award in Hollywood -
but the actress learned When Private James McLaughlin
of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment lost his life
during the First World War, there was no funeral,
no memorial service. It's not even known
where his body lies. But his grandchildren
are determined his sacrifice Today ? 100 years to
the day since his death - they met at Preston Minster
for a service of remembrance. His home in Preston
was demolished years ago. The factory he worked
at is long gone too. Killed in action on 9th January 1917
fighting the Turks in Mesopotamia The biggest problem as far as the
troops that got injured, they couldn't get them out so the river
was blocked by the Turks. They couldn't get the troops out. It was
hard to get treatment? Horrible. James left behind a baby
daughter who never knew him. Mum was a quiet lady but she always
room at him on the Runs weekend and when the poppies used to fall from
the ceiling on the Saturday night service from the Royal Albert Hall,
she always said, one of those is for your grandad.
Until now, James' story has been a private family affair,
kept alive in these items returned to them after his death.
The identity tag he would be wearing well in action, rather a poignant
item here with a silk handkerchief the grandmother said she bought him
before he left. Why was it so important for you to remember this
man that none of you actually met? Is important in the wider context at
because it is 100th, we need to focus and think about it more.
The body knows where his body is. By Colin Preston, there was no memorial
service in 1917 but now, a century on, his family is honouring his
memory. Hundreds of thousands of British
servicemen and women Today was a reminder that
each had a unique story. Richard's here now with Monday's
sport and we had 14 teams that kicked off in the third
round of the FA Cup over the weekend, how many have
we got left for tonight's More than you might have thought,
thanks to a few teams earning replays, 11 of those 14 will be
in the bag for the draw which follows us over
on BBC Two at 7:00. Accrington Stanley are our
lowest ranked survivor The non-leaguers were at home
to League One Rochdale who had The Cumbrians, who had
never reached round four, were also in form and pushing
for promotion to the football league after a 23 match
unbeaten run of their own. In the home of submarine
building, Barrow's football team has been under
the radar for four decades. Oh yes. Everybody is talking. It has
been crazy. Everyone is excited and couldn't wait for today. Everyone
The weather is next. Is to start.
Dallas based owner Paul Casson has big ambitions.
In a town this size, I don't think League 1 is totally out of the
question. That's our goal, I would like to take the club back to where
Ireland but being as a boy. The last
time barrow had a home tie They played Leicester who had
Peter Shilton in goal. The owner was part
of the crowd that day. About five yards to the right of
that goal there. It was quite an occasion. 16,000 people here. You
could not move. Brian Arrowsmith was part
of the Barrow team. Today he had a stand
named after him. What would it be like if the team
today could do what you could do and get into the fourth round?
Wonderful. I so dearly hope they do. Standing between Barrow
and history is Rochdale. What's it like to go on as they bid?
Unusual! Are you feeling confident? Definitely yes. 3-1 I think we will
win. Barrow had their chances
but Rochdale had plenty more. Two goals from Ian Henderson -
one in each half - Despite this defeat barrows
season is far from over - they still have the chance
of a dream return to Rochdale march on though,
their dream a tie with one of I was really pleased with the way we
attack today and the scoreline should have reflected that but I am
happy with the 2-0 and let's see what we get in the next round. We
got what we deserved, which was nothing today. It sounds sad but it
was a great journey and we still have half a season and so much to
play for. We want more days like this.
For both these clubs with promotion potential -
Liverpool go into tonight's draw despite a replay next
Jurgen Klopp selected the club's youngest starting eleven ever,
but even the second half additions of first teamers Sturridge,
Lallana and Firminho wasn't enough to see them break
The Reds boss says he did expect a better performance from his team
but is asking for a bit of perspective from the pundits.
The biggest challenge in football life is playing against a good
organised deep defending side. This side could have done better and
everybody could see what happened then.
Well here's the full list of our remaining teams.
You can watch the draw over on BBC Two from 7:00 and if you're
keeping a special eye on Accrington, they'll be ball number 31.
We'll bring you the results of the draw in our late
Crewe Alexandra are under new management with the club's
former defender David Artell replacing Steve Davis
51-year-old Davis, also a former Alex player,
was dismissed following Saturday's defeat at Mansfield.
He leaves the club 18th in League Two and on a run
which has seen them just two of their last 21 games.
He'd been in charge for six years and was professional football's
It's not an easy time to be a Morecambe fan.
The football club's under serious financial
pressure, and the manager - Jim Bentley - was banned
from the touchline for the weekend's win against Notts County.
He also faced paying ?1,000 in fines and costs.
But supporters decided to help him out by organising
a collection before the game, and it left him lost for words.
Well earlier today I went to speak to Jim at his home.
He renowned hard man as a player, he is not often brought to tears but
after the game on Saturday, the Morecambe manager was holding them
back. This was why. The fans today would like to pay your fine. Thank
you very much. ?1000 handed over after a whip round by supporters,
enough for him to pay his FA fine, a gesture that came completely out of
the blue. Everybody cares about you and we stand shoulder to shoulder.
Brilliant. What do you have to say to the facts? Speaking to me at his
house today, he was still emotional. You got the money there, when it was
handed over to you, it was a complete surprise, how did you feel?
Emotional, as you can see. It was a fantastic gesture. It really shows
what good people working people are and the fans of the football club,
totally unexpected but very much appreciated. It certainly isn't
surprising the Morecambe boss was touched, he has been a big part of
the club for a decade and a half as a player, coach and manager. I've
been there since 2002 as a player, as a captain at Wembley when he got
promoted. I have a lot of good friends up there, it's like my
second home. We all know the financial problems of the club,
difficulties for you in terms of bringing in players, you and the
players not knowing if he will be paid. Did that make this gesture
even more special? It did, yes, because as you say, it's been a
difficult time. You can get a little bit down and depressed with regards
to the situation but when things like this happen, it makes it all
worthwhile and gives you a boost. I've got a great relationship with
the fans at Morecambe and for them to do this for me was absolutely
brilliant. As was the team's 4-1 win over Notts County, a morale boosting
win the most difficult time in history was on the money.
Jim is handing that money over to the club secretary tomorrow and the
fine will be paid. Therefore I want a Golden Globes
last night. She trained in Liverpool and she is fast becoming Hollywood
royalty. It's a role that's won
Claire Foy global acclaim - I really, really, really wouldn't be
here if it were not for some extraordinary women. One of them is
Queen Elizabeth. She has been at the centre of the world for the past 63
The series follows the Queen's early years.
Alongside her, Prince Phillip, played by former Doctor Who actor,
I'm invested in their lives in a way I wouldn't have been before. Some of
the things we've done really make you understand the pressures they
are under and how much compassion and sympathy.
More recently she played Queen Anne Boleyn
in another BBC drama, Wolf Hall.
It was here at this university in Liverpool but her acting career
started to take shape. Rehearsals and public performances would take
place here and though she left a decade ago, it is fair to say she
has made a lasting impression. She was performing in a play by Jim
Cartwright and it was an image that is fixed in my head with 13 years.
That is an extraordinary thing because clearly in that intervening
period we have had hundreds and hundreds of students but in terms of
her performance, it was extraordinarily memorable. You and
your colleagues was be very proud? You most certainly are and she is so
young that she will obviously go on now to achieve all sorts of things
but her performance in this role is remarkable. Do you suppose I could
borrow it for a couple of days, just to practice?
She's confirmed her reign as the fictional Queen will end
She is brilliant. A big budget performance, just
The weather is next. The weather is changing and you
might not like it. I'm sure you have heard that significant changes in
the weather through the tail end of Wednesday when things will get much
closer -- Calder. This is the weather we have on Wednesday. 9
degrees and lots of cloud cover. A notable change in the wind
direction. It will drag in much colder air so it is that cold front
and that opens the door to much colder conditions. They will stick
with us through Thursday Friday and into the weekend. Today, lots of wet
weather first thing in the morning. The accident, it dry to brighten up
here and there and you can see the latest picture still shows one of
two spot of drizzly, showery Ring around and that will continue all
the way through the night. The wind has been a lot of feature and will
continue to be as we go through the night. When you have the cloud, the
wind and the rain, temperatures should not fall too far. Between
five and six for the most part. Tomorrow is not that different
today. There will be a lot of cloud cover around. There might be a break
first thing in the morning but the showers will start to build of the
morning goes on. Again, a breezy day. This line of rain works its way
in through the afternoon and it will leave us by 3pm on the afternoon and
brighter skies will try to, three but it is not a brilliant day. The
numbers are pretty good, eight or 9 degrees. That is the same story for
Wednesday. This is the transition day but we will have a Met Office
warning on it is already in place with thirsty and Friday. There could
be some snow and the winds will be strong at the tail end of the week.
It will be really, really cold. We had a tweet from a former Lancashire
cricket player who is bidding for a barrel to get back into the league.
Quite right, too! See you later.