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The children of a couple from Wirral who both died of terminal cancer
within days of each other have shared a photo of the heart-breaking
moment their parents said goodbye to each other.
The picture of Julie and Mike Bennet was taken at St John's Hospice.
Their children are being comforted by relatives and friends who have
launched a fundraising campaign to help them face the
devastating double loss.
Here's Mark Edwardson with the details.
A devoted couple hand in hand as they had been many times before,
sharing their last moments together.
It's a photo of Julie and Mike Bennet from Irby.
Both terminally ill with cancer, both passed away within a week.
They were so down-to-earth.
Nothing was ever too much trouble.
Very open-minded, always encouraging their children.
Mike died last Monday, Julie last night.
They leave three children - Luke, who's 21, 18-year-old Hannah
and Oliver, who's just 13.
Bravely, they decided it was appropriate to pay tribute
to their beloved parents by posting the picture on social media.
To release that photograph of their mum and dad
in hospital shows an incredible strength in character.
Yeah, it captured who their parents are, holding hands to the end.
It wasn't attention seeking, it was to share
the news of their parents, and it was a beautiful moment,
that they were there for each other.
57-year-old Mike Bennet had been fighting cancer for three years.
Julie was 50 and was diagnosed last April.
They're well known locally for their generosity.
And now that kindness is being repaid - a JustGiving
website set up just last week to help their children has
already raised far more than its ?50,000 target.
It struck a chord with an awful lot of people.
People feel it and they've been touched by it and so they understand
it, and I think they understand what life holds in the future
for the kids and want to support them through that.
Julie and Mike's children, naturally too upset to be interviewed today,
say they're overwhelmed by the response.
Detectives in Lancashire are appealing for witnesses
to what they've described as the shocking robbery
of a 92-year-old man at his home in Preston.
It happened on Lytham Road yesterday afternoon.
The victim was left with serious leg injuries after being attacked
by an intruder who claimed he was owed money for work
he'd done on the house.
Merseyrail services between Liverpool and Birkenhead
will resume tomorrow morning.
Wirral line services will now start and end their journeys
at James Street, although there's only one platform
available there this week.
For the past six weeks passengers have had to use replacement
buses to cross the river because of an ongoing
track renewal programme.
Now, light pollution means that many of us have never seen the night
sky in all its glory.
Well, tomorrow's Inside Out will feature the Isle of Man
which has the largest concentration of dark sky sites in the British
Isles making it the perfect destination for stargazing.
It's a place from where you can even see the Milky Way.
The best thing we can see in the winter months,
there's a feature to our side here called the winter hexagon,
which gives you about nine or ten, what we call first magnitude,
the very bright stars, which are only seen during winter
months from the Isle of Man and places in Northern Europe.
We don't see that in towns or cities and that is one of the criteria
for being a dark sky site, the ability to see the Milky Way.
And you can see the programme tomorrow evening at 7:30 on BBC One.
In the Premier League, Burnley held league leaders Chelsea
to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.
The visitors scored first, but the Clarets record signing
Robbie Brady made his full debut following a January move
from Norwich and equalised with a stunning free kick.
Now running one marathon is an achievement in itself.
But a 29-year-old man from Stockport has just finished running eight
marathons in eight days.
Carl Beresford is raising money for the Christie Hospital and ran
from Denton in Manchester to Ravensglass in the
Lake District and back.
He says it was to say thanks for treating his girlfriend
Vikki Parr who was diagnosed with cervical cancer
and is now recovering.
Now, it's been an extremely cold day with temperatures barely getting
above a couple of degrees, but will it get better?
Here's Rebecca Wood with the latest weather forecast.
It has been a dull, cold and grey day today.
We've had plenty of grey skies out and about, even some snow,
particularly over the tops of the Pennines.
The showers continue to work their way north and westwards
as we head through tonight.
Again, we could see some snow showers here and there over
the tops of the hills.
Elsewhere, we are starting to see the cloud thinning a little bit,
but it's a cold night again, the easterly breeze and cloud
keeping us largely frost-free with temperatures holding at two
and four Celsius.
A chilly start tomorrow, but the wind direction is changing
to something that brings in something a little bit drier
and a little bit clearer, but it is going to take its time
so it will be a cloudy start tomorrow.
There will be mist and fog lingering over the tops of the Pennines
and we start to see some breaks in the cloud, but it will be windy,
especially along the coast, where there could be gale-force
winds at times and it is going to be chilly, temperatures at six Celsius.
It won'feel that way, but at least the sun is coming out
and it's getting a little brighter.
That's all for now.
I'll be back at 11:22 with another update.
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Good evening, dull, grey, cold,
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