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and on BBC One we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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Welcome to North West Tonight with Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson.

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Six former pupils at a school for blind children in Liverpool

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tell us they were abused there in the 1950s.

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There's nothing worse than being hit by anyone when you cannot see where

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it is coming from. The school says it's

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saddened by the claims. Two men from a Lancashire

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takeaway are arrested - after Megan died from

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an allergic reaction. A century after he died in action -

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James is remembered for his role And clubbing together -

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the Morecambe manager Jim Bentley thanks fans -

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who paid his ?1,000 fine. It really touched my heart. It just

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shows the spirit we have at the book club.

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Blind, vulnerable people from across the North West have told

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the BBC they were systematically beaten and abused by the head

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mistress of their specialist primary school in the late 1950s.

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Some of them were just five years old when they started

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at The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool.

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The school - which still teaches blind children -

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says it's saddened by the allegations of historical abuse.

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We were borders, five or six years of age, coming from home and leaving

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our families. She would line the children up and walk from one end of

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the dormitory to the other, smacking or beating every of them. There's

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nothing worse than being hit by anyone when you cannot see where it

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is coming from. I am I agree, yes, I am angry because my childhood was

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taken away from me by that horrible woman. Their stories kept secret but

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60 years. But the first time, we living the abuse that took place in

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this school back in the late 1950s. At the time, blind permit

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schoolchildren from across the North West were sent to the boarding

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school. After nearly dying last year, one victim decided she didn't

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want to take the secret to her grave. Light is very precious, it is

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very, very precious. You must not waste a minute of it. I said, I am

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going to do this because I don't know how much time I have left, now

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the doors, but this has got to be done now. Rachel was the first to

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speak out. Five more people have now come forward to share their shopping

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childhood memories. They also they were left out and humiliated by the

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headmistress. She was hitting me that much that my left leg was

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bouncing up and down. I was absolutely terrified. Pain did not

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come into it, the fact it was being done to me made me absolutely

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terrified. Stephen has tried to go back to the school in the past but

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he suffered flashbacks and could not face it. Others have been back

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though. If I tried to tell you how she behaved to bed-wetters, children

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who really only deserved a cuddle, that's all they deserved, that is

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what mum and dad would have given them. Not with her, rub your nose in

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the sheets, make you wash in cold water. She could humiliate. The

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headmistress died a few years ago but the school here is still open

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and it is still run by the same charity. Its President has sent me a

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statement. She said they are saddened to hear the memories of

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some pupils in the 1950s but such behaviour would not be tolerated in

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any school today. Joining us now is Gary Norton,

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who's a lecturer in social work Can something like this happen

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again? Firstly let me see that what has happened those many years ago is

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very tragic and it shouldn't be happening. It happened back then and

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it should happen now. -- should not happen now. I feel very much for the

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people who have gone through that, it is a very brave thing for them to

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do, to come forward and say what has happened to them. We are, as a

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society, becoming more sophisticated in our thinking and I think the way

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that we accept people coming forward and understand what they are saying

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is getting better. Could it happen again? It is possible. We don't have

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an infallible system, but I think that if you go back to the 1950s,

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there was an acceptance that corporate punishment within schools

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was unacceptable and the Labour Home Secretary at the time wanted to do

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something about it and so watch you got, you started to get a growing

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paradigms of change to say, actually, this is not acceptable any

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more. Children should be nurtured. What legislation has changed to make

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sure that children are at the forefront of thinking now? That's

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right. What has happened now is that as you move forward in time to 1989,

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children act, but you have there is a process now on a number of levels

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which really protect children. Not only does it protect children by a

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ring is to go in and investigate when children make allegations, it

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places the child at the forefront of our thinking and that is called the

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paramount to the principle so we place the child died in the centre

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of our thinking. It still comes down to the fact that the children must

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be they can speak out? That comes to the next part, the voice of the

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child, and we are getting better at that. We are not there yet but if

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you look at what social services are doing now and the judiciary and

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proceedings and all of that now, you will find that people are more

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willing and accepting that children have a voice and it is no longer

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that children should be seen and not heard, it is children matter. Quite

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young children as well. There is no younger age limit with which we

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would want to hear what they have to say. Obviously, the old at the more

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likely they would be listened to. Having said that, if you look at the

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children and you mentioned legislation, the children act is

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very clear. The first question is, to ascertain the wishes and billings

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of the child, so the idea is that is absolutely important, but it is not

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an infallible system. An inquest has heard a transgender

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woman from Merseyside who was being held at a male prison

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was found hanging in her cell. Jenny Swift from Sefton

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was on remand at Doncaster Prison She was found unresponsive

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on December 30th and The inquest into her death

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was opened and adjourned to 6 June. A man has died after falling

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from cliffs in the Isle of Man. Emergency services recovered

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the 51-year-old's body He's not been named -

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and police say the death is not A teacher who stole more

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than ?40,000 which had been given to help children with mental health

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needs - has been banned Sharon May who taught at Irlam

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and Cadishead College used the money to for shopping

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vouchers and holidays. She pleaded guilty to three counts

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of fraud at Manchester Crown Court last year and was given

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a suspended sentence. Two police officers from Manchester

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have raised hundreds of pounds to replace a donation stolen

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from the car of a cancer patient. Aman Chabra, from Ellenbrook,

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was due to hand over ?300 to Manchester's Christie hospital,

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where he had just finished But before he could hand over

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the money, his car was broken Two men have been arrested over

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the death of a 15-year-old girl - who died after suffering an allergic

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reaction shortly after Megan Lee from Oswaldtwistle

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in Lancashire died in The men, both staff at a local

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Indian takeaway, are being held on suspicion of involuntary

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manslaughter by gross negligence. Let's join our reporter Yunus Mulla

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who is outside the takeaway. The Royal Spice makes

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reference to allergies This Indian takeaway here is a

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closed tonight. A sign in the window says it is undergoing refurbishment

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but it is also at the centre of a police investigation into the death

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of a popular teenager who died on New Year's Day, two days after

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suffering a severe allergic reaction shortly after eating a takeaway

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meal. As part of a police investigation, two men have been

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arrested. A 37-year-old man from Rossendale and a 30 age old man from

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Blackburn, both on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross

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negligence. Both men work at this takeaway and both are in police

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custody. They make reference to customers with allergies on its

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website, doesn't it? If you look at the website and its online menu,

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there is a reference there, as you say. It makes it quite clear that it

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is aware that some customers may have specific dietary requirements

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and may have allergies. English police say it is working with

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trading standards officers and environmental health as part of its

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investigation. Megan was an incredibly popular teenager here,

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she was involved in a number of clubs and her parents themselves

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have described her as their Princess, a role model and the

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parents are being kept fully informed about today's div elements.

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A postmortem has been carried out at the full results of which will not

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be known for some time. Still to come on North West Tonight:

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Cup fever in Cumbria. We're in Barrow for

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the Bluebird's biggest match Picking up her award in Hollywood -

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but the actress learned When Private James McLaughlin

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of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment lost his life

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during the First World War, there was no funeral,

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no memorial service. It's not even known

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where his body lies. But his grandchildren

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are determined his sacrifice Today ? 100 years to

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the day since his death - they met at Preston Minster

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for a service of remembrance. His home in Preston

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was demolished years ago. The factory he worked

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at is long gone too. Killed in action on 9th January 1917

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fighting the Turks in Mesopotamia The biggest problem as far as the

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troops that got injured, they couldn't get them out so the river

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was blocked by the Turks. They couldn't get the troops out. It was

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hard to get treatment? Horrible. James left behind a baby

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daughter who never knew him. Mum was a quiet lady but she always

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room at him on the Runs weekend and when the poppies used to fall from

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the ceiling on the Saturday night service from the Royal Albert Hall,

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she always said, one of those is for your grandad.

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Until now, James' story has been a private family affair,

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kept alive in these items returned to them after his death.

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The identity tag he would be wearing well in action, rather a poignant

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item here with a silk handkerchief the grandmother said she bought him

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before he left. Why was it so important for you to remember this

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man that none of you actually met? Is important in the wider context at

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because it is 100th, we need to focus and think about it more.

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The body knows where his body is. By Colin Preston, there was no memorial

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service in 1917 but now, a century on, his family is honouring his

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memory. Hundreds of thousands of British

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servicemen and women Today was a reminder that

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each had a unique story. Richard's here now with Monday's

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sport and we had 14 teams that kicked off in the third

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round of the FA Cup over the weekend, how many have

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we got left for tonight's More than you might have thought,

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thanks to a few teams earning replays, 11 of those 14 will be

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in the bag for the draw which follows us over

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on BBC Two at 7:00. Accrington Stanley are our

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lowest ranked survivor The non-leaguers were at home

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to League One Rochdale who had The Cumbrians, who had

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never reached round four, were also in form and pushing

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for promotion to the football league after a 23 match

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unbeaten run of their own. In the home of submarine

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building, Barrow's football team has been under

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the radar for four decades. Oh yes. Everybody is talking. It has

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been crazy. Everyone is excited and couldn't wait for today. Everyone

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The weather is next. Is to start.

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Dallas based owner Paul Casson has big ambitions.

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In a town this size, I don't think League 1 is totally out of the

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question. That's our goal, I would like to take the club back to where

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Ireland but being as a boy. The last

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time barrow had a home tie They played Leicester who had

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Peter Shilton in goal. The owner was part

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of the crowd that day. About five yards to the right of

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that goal there. It was quite an occasion. 16,000 people here. You

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could not move. Brian Arrowsmith was part

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of the Barrow team. Today he had a stand

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named after him. What would it be like if the team

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today could do what you could do and get into the fourth round?

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Wonderful. I so dearly hope they do. Standing between Barrow

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and history is Rochdale. What's it like to go on as they bid?

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Unusual! Are you feeling confident? Definitely yes. 3-1 I think we will

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win. Barrow had their chances

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but Rochdale had plenty more. Two goals from Ian Henderson -

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one in each half - Despite this defeat barrows

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season is far from over - they still have the chance

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of a dream return to Rochdale march on though,

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their dream a tie with one of I was really pleased with the way we

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attack today and the scoreline should have reflected that but I am

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happy with the 2-0 and let's see what we get in the next round. We

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got what we deserved, which was nothing today. It sounds sad but it

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was a great journey and we still have half a season and so much to

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play for. We want more days like this.

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For both these clubs with promotion potential -

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Liverpool go into tonight's draw despite a replay next

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Jurgen Klopp selected the club's youngest starting eleven ever,

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but even the second half additions of first teamers Sturridge,

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Lallana and Firminho wasn't enough to see them break

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The Reds boss says he did expect a better performance from his team

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but is asking for a bit of perspective from the pundits.

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The biggest challenge in football life is playing against a good

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organised deep defending side. This side could have done better and

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everybody could see what happened then.

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Well here's the full list of our remaining teams.

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You can watch the draw over on BBC Two from 7:00 and if you're

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keeping a special eye on Accrington, they'll be ball number 31.

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We'll bring you the results of the draw in our late

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Crewe Alexandra are under new management with the club's

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former defender David Artell replacing Steve Davis

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51-year-old Davis, also a former Alex player,

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was dismissed following Saturday's defeat at Mansfield.

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He leaves the club 18th in League Two and on a run

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which has seen them just two of their last 21 games.

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He'd been in charge for six years and was professional football's

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It's not an easy time to be a Morecambe fan.

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The football club's under serious financial

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pressure, and the manager - Jim Bentley - was banned

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from the touchline for the weekend's win against Notts County.

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He also faced paying ?1,000 in fines and costs.

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But supporters decided to help him out by organising

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a collection before the game, and it left him lost for words.

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Well earlier today I went to speak to Jim at his home.

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He renowned hard man as a player, he is not often brought to tears but

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after the game on Saturday, the Morecambe manager was holding them

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back. This was why. The fans today would like to pay your fine. Thank

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you very much. ?1000 handed over after a whip round by supporters,

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enough for him to pay his FA fine, a gesture that came completely out of

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the blue. Everybody cares about you and we stand shoulder to shoulder.

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Brilliant. What do you have to say to the facts? Speaking to me at his

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house today, he was still emotional. You got the money there, when it was

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handed over to you, it was a complete surprise, how did you feel?

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Emotional, as you can see. It was a fantastic gesture. It really shows

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what good people working people are and the fans of the football club,

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totally unexpected but very much appreciated. It certainly isn't

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surprising the Morecambe boss was touched, he has been a big part of

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the club for a decade and a half as a player, coach and manager. I've

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been there since 2002 as a player, as a captain at Wembley when he got

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promoted. I have a lot of good friends up there, it's like my

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second home. We all know the financial problems of the club,

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difficulties for you in terms of bringing in players, you and the

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players not knowing if he will be paid. Did that make this gesture

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even more special? It did, yes, because as you say, it's been a

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difficult time. You can get a little bit down and depressed with regards

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to the situation but when things like this happen, it makes it all

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worthwhile and gives you a boost. I've got a great relationship with

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the fans at Morecambe and for them to do this for me was absolutely

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brilliant. As was the team's 4-1 win over Notts County, a morale boosting

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win the most difficult time in history was on the money.

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Jim is handing that money over to the club secretary tomorrow and the

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fine will be paid. Therefore I want a Golden Globes

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last night. She trained in Liverpool and she is fast becoming Hollywood

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royalty. It's a role that's won

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Claire Foy global acclaim - I really, really, really wouldn't be

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here if it were not for some extraordinary women. One of them is

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Queen Elizabeth. She has been at the centre of the world for the past 63

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The series follows the Queen's early years.

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Alongside her, Prince Phillip, played by former Doctor Who actor,

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I'm invested in their lives in a way I wouldn't have been before. Some of

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the things we've done really make you understand the pressures they

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are under and how much compassion and sympathy.

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More recently she played Queen Anne Boleyn

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in another BBC drama, Wolf Hall.

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It was here at this university in Liverpool but her acting career

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started to take shape. Rehearsals and public performances would take

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place here and though she left a decade ago, it is fair to say she

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has made a lasting impression. She was performing in a play by Jim

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Cartwright and it was an image that is fixed in my head with 13 years.

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That is an extraordinary thing because clearly in that intervening

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period we have had hundreds and hundreds of students but in terms of

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her performance, it was extraordinarily memorable. You and

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your colleagues was be very proud? You most certainly are and she is so

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young that she will obviously go on now to achieve all sorts of things

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but her performance in this role is remarkable. Do you suppose I could

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borrow it for a couple of days, just to practice?

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She's confirmed her reign as the fictional Queen will end

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She is brilliant. A big budget performance, just

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The weather is next. The weather is changing and you

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might not like it. I'm sure you have heard that significant changes in

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the weather through the tail end of Wednesday when things will get much

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closer -- Calder. This is the weather we have on Wednesday. 9

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degrees and lots of cloud cover. A notable change in the wind

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direction. It will drag in much colder air so it is that cold front

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and that opens the door to much colder conditions. They will stick

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with us through Thursday Friday and into the weekend. Today, lots of wet

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weather first thing in the morning. The accident, it dry to brighten up

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here and there and you can see the latest picture still shows one of

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two spot of drizzly, showery Ring around and that will continue all

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the way through the night. The wind has been a lot of feature and will

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continue to be as we go through the night. When you have the cloud, the

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wind and the rain, temperatures should not fall too far. Between

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five and six for the most part. Tomorrow is not that different

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today. There will be a lot of cloud cover around. There might be a break

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first thing in the morning but the showers will start to build of the

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morning goes on. Again, a breezy day. This line of rain works its way

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in through the afternoon and it will leave us by 3pm on the afternoon and

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brighter skies will try to, three but it is not a brilliant day. The

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numbers are pretty good, eight or 9 degrees. That is the same story for

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Wednesday. This is the transition day but we will have a Met Office

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warning on it is already in place with thirsty and Friday. There could

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be some snow and the winds will be strong at the tail end of the week.

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It will be really, really cold. We had a tweet from a former Lancashire

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cricket player who is bidding for a barrel to get back into the league.

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Quite right, too! See you later.

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