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Good afternoon.

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The children of a couple from Wirral who both died of terminal cancer

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within days of each other have shared a photo of the heart-breaking

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moment their parents said goodbye to each other.

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The picture of Julie and Mike Bennet was taken at St John's Hospice.

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Their children are being comforted by relatives and friends who have

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launched a fundraising campaign to help them face the

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devastating double loss.

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Here's Mark Edwardson with the details.

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A devoted couple hand in hand as they had been many times before,

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sharing their last moments together.

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It's a photo of Julie and Mike Bennet from Irby.

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Both terminally ill with cancer, both passed away within a week.

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They were so down-to-earth.

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Nothing was ever too much trouble.

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Very open-minded, always encouraging their children.

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Mike died last Monday, Julie last night.

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They leave three children - Luke, who's 21, 18-year-old Hannah

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and Oliver, who's just 13.

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Bravely, they decided it was appropriate to pay tribute

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to their beloved parents by posting the picture on social media.

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To release that photograph of their mum and dad

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in hospital shows an incredible strength in character.

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Yeah, it captured who their parents are, holding hands to the end.

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It wasn't attention seeking, it was to share

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the news of their parents, and it was a beautiful moment,

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that they were there for each other.

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57-year-old Mike Bennet had been fighting cancer for three years.

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Julie was 50 and was diagnosed last April.

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They're well known locally for their generosity.

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And now that kindness is being repaid - a JustGiving

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website set up just last week to help their children has

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already raised far more than its ?50,000 target.

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It struck a chord with an awful lot of people.

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People feel it and they've been touched by it and so they understand

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it, and I think they understand what life holds in the future

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for the kids and want to support them through that.

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Julie and Mike's children, naturally too upset to be interviewed today,

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say they're overwhelmed by the response.

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Detectives in Lancashire are appealing for witnesses

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to what they've described as the shocking robbery

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of a 92-year-old man at his home in Preston.

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It happened on Lytham Road yesterday afternoon.

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The victim was left with serious leg injuries after being attacked

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by an intruder who claimed he was owed money for work

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he'd done on the house.

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Merseyrail services between Liverpool and Birkenhead

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will resume tomorrow morning.

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Wirral line services will now start and end their journeys

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at James Street, although there's only one platform

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available there this week.

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For the past six weeks passengers have had to use replacement

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buses to cross the river because of an ongoing

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track renewal programme.

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Now, light pollution means that many of us have never seen the night

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sky in all its glory.

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Well, tomorrow's Inside Out will feature the Isle of Man

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which has the largest concentration of dark sky sites in the British

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Isles making it the perfect destination for stargazing.

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It's a place from where you can even see the Milky Way.

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The best thing we can see in the winter months,

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there's a feature to our side here called the winter hexagon,

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which gives you about nine or ten, what we call first magnitude,

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the very bright stars, which are only seen during winter

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months from the Isle of Man and places in Northern Europe.

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We don't see that in towns or cities and that is one of the criteria

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for being a dark sky site, the ability to see the Milky Way.

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And you can see the programme tomorrow evening at 7:30 on BBC One.

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In the Premier League, Burnley held league leaders Chelsea

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to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

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The visitors scored first, but the Clarets record signing

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Robbie Brady made his full debut following a January move

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from Norwich and equalised with a stunning free kick.

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Now running one marathon is an achievement in itself.

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But a 29-year-old man from Stockport has just finished running eight

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marathons in eight days.

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Carl Beresford is raising money for the Christie Hospital and ran

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from Denton in Manchester to Ravensglass in the

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Lake District and back.

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He says it was to say thanks for treating his girlfriend

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Vikki Parr who was diagnosed with cervical cancer

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and is now recovering.

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Now, it's been an extremely cold day with temperatures barely getting

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above a couple of degrees, but will it get better?

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Here's Rebecca Wood with the latest weather forecast.

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Good evening.

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It has been a dull, cold and grey day today.

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We've had plenty of grey skies out and about, even some snow,

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particularly over the tops of the Pennines.

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The showers continue to work their way north and westwards

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as we head through tonight.

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Again, we could see some snow showers here and there over

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the tops of the hills.

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Elsewhere, we are starting to see the cloud thinning a little bit,

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but it's a cold night again, the easterly breeze and cloud

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keeping us largely frost-free with temperatures holding at two

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and four Celsius.

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A chilly start tomorrow, but the wind direction is changing

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to something that brings in something a little bit drier

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and a little bit clearer, but it is going to take its time

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so it will be a cloudy start tomorrow.

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There will be mist and fog lingering over the tops of the Pennines

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and we start to see some breaks in the cloud, but it will be windy,

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especially along the coast, where there could be gale-force

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winds at times and it is going to be chilly, temperatures at six Celsius.

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It won'feel that way, but at least the sun is coming out

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and it's getting a little brighter.

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That's all for now.

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I'll be back at 11:22 with another update.

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Bye.

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Good

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Good evening,

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Good evening, dull,

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Good evening, dull, grey,

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Good evening, dull, grey, cold,

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Good evening, dull, grey, cold, miserable.

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Good evening, dull, grey, cold, miserable. And

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