12/02/2017 North West Tonight


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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 heartbreaking

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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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Donations have now exceeded ?100,000.

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

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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, nothing was ever too much trouble.

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Very open-minded, always very encouraging of their children.

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Mike died last Monday, Julie just last night.

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

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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 in hospital

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shows an incredible strength of character, doesn t it?

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

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It wasn t attention-seeking, it was purely to share

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the news of their parents, and actually it was a really

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beautiful moment, 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 diagnosed last April.

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They're both known locally for their generosity,

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and now that kindness is being repaid.

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A Just Giving website, set up just last week

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to help their children has already raised far more than

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It's something that struck a chord with an awful lot of people

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and people feel it and have been touched by it and so

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I think they understand what life actually holds in the future

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for the kids and will 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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Mark Edwardson, BBC North West Tonight.

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Police in Lancashire are appealing for witnesses to what they've

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described as the shocking robbery of a 92-year-old man

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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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Now take a look at this dramatic footage.

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A passenger ferry called the Ben MaChree has crashed

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into the King Edward Pier at Douglas in the Isle of Man as it tried

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It led to the cancellation of crossings this evening.

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Luckily there were no injuries reported but engineers

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will work through the night to assess any damage.

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

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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 is a feature just to our side here, called the winter hexagon,

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

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the very bright stars, which are only seen in the winter

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

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We don't see that from cities or towns or anytwhere else like that.

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That's one of the criteria for being a dark sky site,

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And you can see the programme tomorrow evening at 7.30 on BBC1.

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Here's Rebecca Wood with the latest weather forecast.

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Well, it has certainly been a cold and grey day today.

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We've had some wintry showers over the tops the Pennines.

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As we head through tonight we continue to see the showers

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working their way north and westwards.

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We will be left with plenty of cloud and could get mist and fog

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Temperatures holding up underneath that cloud and with that

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breeze so we are looking of lows of between 2-4 Celsius.

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To start the day tomorrow we have that easterly breeze starting

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to work its way northwards, clearing away the cloud and finally we're

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starting to get some breaks but strong gusts of wind

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particularly along the coast where we could see some gale force

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gusts, but temperatures getting up to 6 or seven Celsius nevertheless.

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With that biting easterly wind it is not going to feel that way,

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it will fuel much colder but at least the sun is coming out.

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That's all from me for now, goodnight.

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I'm sure most of us are glad to see the back of this weekend. It's been

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cold, bleak and at times wintry. It provided some beautiful weather

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Watchers photos, like Sheffield earlier today. I suspect some of the

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lying snow will be blown around by strong winds starting to develop.

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The odd spot of drizzle into the far north-east. The wind strengthening

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here. Already signs of something a little bit miles, temperatures

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climbing up. However it's not going to feel that warm straightaway.

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Because of the strength of the wind. The wind however will break up the

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cloud, so some sunshine into

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