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Welcome to NorthWest Tonight with Annabel Tiffin

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Could their deaths have been prevented?

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We reveal two cases where people died after long ambulance delays.

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I think it is an absolute disgrace and they should be held accountable

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for that. We don't think this should ever happen again to anybody.

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North West Ambulance Service admits in both cases paramedics

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were waiting to hand over patients at A

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Also tonight - 10,000 pheasants are being culled in Lancashire

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after bird flu is detected at a farm near Preston.

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Jennifer finally accepts a marriage proposal

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And strong as steel but thinner than hair.

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Could graphene now revolutionise the world of high fashion?

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Pensioners Jack Skelly and Richard Hansbury

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Tonight it's emerged that in their separate cases,

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the fact that paramedics were waiting to hand over patients

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at nearby hospitals may've contributed to their deaths.

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Richard Hansbury, who was bleeding from a head wound,

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waited more than an hour for an ambulance.

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But first our Health Correspondent Gill Dummigan reports on the case

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of 71-year-old Jack Skelly who died waiting

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Jack Skelly was a man who loved life.

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He appeared to be in good health but on December 19, he

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collapsed in the family bathroom banging his head as he fell.

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When it hadn't arrived in approximately

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15 minutes, my husband decided to ring me.

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She immediately began to assess her uncle's condition

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while his family rang the Ambulance Service again.

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I just kept talking to him, reassuring

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By now, Jo said it was coming up to 50 minutes since the first call.

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At the very most, it should've been there within 20.

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Finally you could see that the colour was changing.

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He was becoming more and more deteriorated,

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sorry, in front of our eyes, basically.

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Five minutes later, the ambulance crew arrived.

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She said the family will never know whether he

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might have lived if they had got there sooner.

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Whenever somebody has a trauma, for example, they talk

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about the golden hour and uncle Jack's golden hour was waiting for

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I think it's an absolute disgrace and they should be

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We don't think this should ever happen again

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Two people had died waiting for ambulances. Steve is here for us

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now. This case concerns

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65-year-old Richard Hansbury. He lived alone in a sheltered

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accommodation flat in Wigan. He'd collapsed in October

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and was bleeding heavily The alarm was raised and the call

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was flagged as red - Paramedics should have been

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there within eight minutes. His family claim it was more

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than hour before crews arrived. Mr Hansbury weighed 19 stone

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and ambulance staff needed another None were available meaning

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it was over two and a half hours after the first 999 call before

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he got to hospital And Steve, so what have

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the North West Ambulance said about the two deaths,

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and the problems they're facing? As with Mr Skelly we featured

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in Gill Dummigans report and in Mr Hansbury's case,

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the Ambulance Service apologise They say there was high

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demand and a number of resources were waiting

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with patients at hospitals. They say the operating environment

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over recent weeks has been amongst Demand for general 999 calls

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is up 7% year to date. The amount of time

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an ambulance waits at hospital Unions say their members

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are feeling the pressure, and that they should be freed up

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once they get to hospital. We think once the ambulance reaches

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the hospital, the patient is then in a safe environment. The patient in

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the community are the ones at risk because they can't get emergency

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ambulances. They say that long waits for urgent

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cases are unacceptable and are extremely frustrating

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for our staff. They say they're working

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with NHS colleagues Thousands of pheasants

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are going to have to be culled at a farm in Lancashire

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because of bird flu. The farm at the centre

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of the outbreak in Preesall is worried it could go bankrupt

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after Government officials confirmed the virus had infected some

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of its birds. It's the first bird flu case

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in Lancashire since 2015 - and comes amid restrictions

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on the movement of poultry following outbreaks in other

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parts of Britain. It was confirmed last night that

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bird fly had -- bird flu had been found here. They are looking at the

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source of the outbreak in 10,000 breeding pfennigs. I have done it

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now 54 years and potentially it could everything out. -- breeding

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pheasants. It could bankrupt us. Protection zone is around the

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protected area along with the ten kilometre surveillance zone to stop

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it from spreading. Animal health officers are at the farm and a

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number of pheasants have died and the remaining birds are due to be

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humanely culled. There will be a primary and secondary disinfect

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which aims to bridge the form of any traces of the disease. The former

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will get paid for the birds that are healthy and have to be destroyed

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because of this disease. That is quite a good rate but what is the

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huge cost? It is the cleansing disinfectant. He will have to clean

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that form out to a stricter standard. Bill Davison runs a farm

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close to the outbreak. I have a lot of sympathy for him. I have known

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him all my life. You tend to feel it as well. As a farmer, I am not too

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worried about this disease spreading, provided we do what we

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have to do, which is keep the birds indoors. A precautionary measure

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announced last month. It is that -- it is believed the strain has been

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spread by migratory birds. It has been found in Wales, north Yorkshire

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and Lincolnshire. It can be found on birds themselves if they are

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undetected and infected. People's feet, materials taken out of the

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farm, which is why we are strict on movement of off farms. Public Health

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England says the riskiest oh low and the Food Standards Agency says the

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risk is also low. -- says the risk is low.

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Police have made an arrest after a 63-year-old was killed

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in an alleged hit and run as he went for a walk with his

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The man who died has been named as Michael Meekins.

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The incident happened last night on Princes Way, Fleetwood.

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A 23-year-old man is being questioned by police.

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Detectives found a woman with stab wounds and man's body at two

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separate homes on Merseyside, in incidents, which

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The injured woman was found at a flat in Litherland yesterday

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Police later found the dead man at another flat on the same road.

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A jury has failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a man accused

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of modern slavery charges Mohammed Riaz who's

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63 and from Nelson denied forcing or compelling

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a polish couple to work for him at his home in Nelson.

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The jury at Burnley Crown Court was unable to reach a majority

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The prosecution is yet to decide whether to go ahead

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Thousands of pounds worth of damage has been caused

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to Trafford Town Hall after a man smashed windows and

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It happened early on Saturday morning.

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The main entrance to the building won't be available

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Police are investigating the attack.

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There was some angry reaction from Brexit supporters on social

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media last night when we revealed that Merseyside MP Louise Ellman

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is going to vote against triggering Article 50.

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The Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside is set to defy her

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Although the nation as a whole voted to leave, most people

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Louise Ellman joins us from our studio in Westminster.

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Isn't it true that the majority winds the day and we toe the line.

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--? I am going to do the best thing for my constituents. Liverpool's

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success, our transformation has come about because of billions of pounds

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of European funding invested in jobs. Big Ukip leader made the point

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many times in the whole Brexit referendum campaign that it is no

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such thing as European money, it is money we have given to Europe in the

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first place. That money was not come to Liverpool before and it came in a

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way that was innovative. Much of the research funding at Liverpool

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University comes from Europe, students have exchanges, many of the

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stuff come from Europe. Our whole economy is on working with Europe. I

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have heard nothing from what the government have had to say to

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suggest Liverpool will be able to progress if we don't carry on

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getting the support. I'm not going to vote to let my constituents down.

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Do you not see the point that people quite understandably will make

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people -- even people who have voted remaining macro, saying they have

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lost the argument, we have voted to leave and we should get on with it.

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-- Remain. I am elected as a member of Parliament the Liverpool was

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aside -- Riverside. Some of those who voted to remain were not

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concerned about the future. Some of those that have voted to leave said

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they didn't realise what impact it would have on jobs and the city. Are

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you worried that Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour MPs who don't toe the

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party line could face punishment? I have always done what I believed in.

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I've voted against the Labour whip on a number of occasions. There was

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the health service and the education and schools. Now I am looking at the

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future of the city from Liverpool and up to now, I haven't had any

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argument from the government about the negotiation may want to enter

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into which will look after the people of Liverpool Riverside. You

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were not trying to overturn Brexit, yes or no? I am not going to vote to

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trickle -- trigger Article 50. Still to come, good grapheme

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revolutionised the world of high fashion. And a life-size model of

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the terracotta Army light up the night sky.

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When Jennifer Ginley's boyfriend proposed, she said "No",

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not because she didn't want to marry him, but because,

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she says she didn't want to be a fat bride.

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Jennifer, from Kirkby, was 19 stone, but within a year she had lost

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nearly ten and is now looking forward to walking down the aisle.

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Jennifer is here and looking great - you are literally half the woman

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you were, Presumably boyfriend didn't care about your

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He idolised me throughout the whole 11 years together and it was about

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me wanting to feel great about myself and looking forward to being

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a writer and planning a wedding when I was excited to try on bridal

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gowns. How does it feel to look at those pictures? Proud. Proud I made

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those changes and I can't say I hated myself and I was miserable all

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the time, I had a great life and stop it was the wait was the top of

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my to-do list. I wanted to be happier, healthier. Lots of people

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will be watching who want to lose a lot of weight all little bit. How

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did you do it? I followed the Slimming World plan. I had the

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healthy eating plan and didn't exercise. I exercised once I lost

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weight. I stuck to the healthy eating plan and changed my ways. I

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committed to change and a healthy lifestyle. I was a serial failed and

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had been on lots of diets. Every doubt you could think of, I have

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done it. What is about -- what is your message to people who are in

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the position you are in? The main thing is to believe in yourself. I

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really had such confidence, even after so many years of failing. You

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have to truly committed to changing yourself and developing your

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willpower one day at a time. What would you say is the best thing feel

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about the weight loss? What have you found that is different or better?

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The physical is great. I feel more confident about myself but I am

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proud of my mentality. I am a mob positive person. I am not negative

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any more. If I say I'm going to do something, I can do it because I am

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proud of yourself. Because you were so young, lot of that axis skin

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shrugged back down. -- excess skin. I drink a lot of water. You have an

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amazing run on your finger. When is your wedding? 2019. Have you been

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dress shopping? No, not yet. Onto sport now and it's make

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or break for Liverpool tonight as their EFL Cup campaign goes

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on the line. Nothing short of a comprehensive win

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over Southampton will do if they're to make the final and Richard

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is at Anfield to look Hoping for a good night there. It is

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a lovely, crisp and cold evening. It is make or break the Liverpool. A

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Wembley final on offer. In terms of rediscovering the momentum, the

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tempo that has made them so exciting this season, you can expect to

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Liverpool to go for the jugular tonight. It won't be easy.

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Southampton go into this game after a confidence boosting victory and

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Jurgen Klopp knows he has a tough task on his hands. They are in a

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good run at the moment and we know about this. We want to go to the

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final also, so that's what we have to show. It is not sufficient to say

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we want to go up. It would be important to score away. Whatever

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happens tonight, there has already been some good news out of Anfield

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today. Liverpool need it. 1-0 down from the first leg against

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Southampton. The key man is the playmaker. The Brazilian, the

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creative heartbeat has signed a new five year compact worth ?150,000 a

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week. Several clubs have been sniffing around the Brazilian.

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Excellent news for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp ahead of what is a huge

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game here at Anfield. Full match commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside.

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Liverpool could face Manchester United. They play tomorrow against

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Hull City. Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary manager and has played --

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paid tribute to Jose Mourinho and his growing influence at Old

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Trafford. Speaking exclusively come he said the current team now matches

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the winning mentality of Jose Mourinho.

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Playing with great energy, determination will to win.

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One piece of transfer news tonight, Burnley have agreed a ?10 million

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fee with Hull City for midfielder Robert Snodgrass, but terms haven't

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Onto last night's action now and Fleetwood Town are up to fourth

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in League One after a 2-0 win away to top of the table

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Conor McLaughlin and Devante Cole scored as Uwe Rosler's side

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stretched their unbeaten League run to 11 games, moving them

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to within six points of the automatic promotion places.

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And Oldham's gesture of letting all fans in free to Boundary Park

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meant a crowd of over 7000 saw Paul Green and Ryan McLaughlin

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secure a much needed 2-0 win over Peterborough

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for the relegation-threatened Latics.

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Finally from me, some sad news in cricket with Lancashire

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all-rounder Tom Smith forced to retire with immediate effect

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31-year-old Tom, was a key member of the 2011 title winning team

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and was named captain in 2015 before his season was

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It could be Manchester United and Liverpool in the final. Liverpool

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have to do the business here. Back to you.

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They are calling it the most technically advanced dress.

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Well today fashion met the world of science has a dress

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which incorporates graphene, a material first discovered

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in Manchester, was put on display in one of the city's most

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Deena Campbell went to find out more.

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Could this little black dress become a wardrobe staple for women

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But can you tell what is different about it?

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Designers from wearable tech company Cute Circuit have previously made

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dresses for worn by celebrities like Nicole Sherzinger

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It's the world's most technically advanced dress which sees a material

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called graphene which was discovered right here in Manchester - used

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We have this magical area here in the shape of the garment. We have an

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LED suspended and it looks like it's exploding. The light has been

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changing colour. We have a sensor hiding in the lining of the dress

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Rand the chest that is stretchable material and hands with grapheme

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also. In 2004 two scientists

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from Manchester University discovered graphene and they later

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went on to win the Nobel prize The idea of using it in fashion is

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not a new concept but what is new is we have been able to incorporate

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different types of grapheme onto this classic black dress.

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The so called miracle material is lighter than paper

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But were shoppers at the Intu Trafford Centre

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in Manchester impressed by this marriage of science

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It looks like something you can see at a party. Considering what it is

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made of, it is great. It is unusual, nice and eye-catching. Probably too

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much to me -- for me. Though this dress is just

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a prototype and could set you back a few quid -

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it's hoped more affordable versions of this type of wearable tech

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will be available on the high street And everyday little number. China's

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terracotta warriors are coming to Liverpool next year in what the city

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says is a cultural 's coup for the city. Manchester is showcasing

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life-size stone models of the warriors and they light up at night.

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Joining them is our weather warrior who always lights up the night sky.

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It is the Chinese New Year on Saturday and it is always a fun

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spectacle. Standing on duty dancing all over the place, we have 40

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illuminated Chinese terracotta Warriors and their horses. Louis

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joins me and he has been on a world tour with these guys. They are so

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spectacular. They are lighting and very charming. You have taken them

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all over the world. Where have they been too? We have been in

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Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh. Czech Republic, Finland, Australia,

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Colombia and next up is Brazil. They started in Beijing. Of course. 2008.

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During the games in Beijing. After that we started our cultural

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promotion. How they received? Are they always a popular spectacle?

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Really popular and many TV stations report them. We have so many

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newspapers who report them. You are moving on to Brazil next meeting all

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kind of weather conditions. What are they made off so they can work all

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around the world? They are made by fabrics and we make them by way of

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fire resistant and water resistant. Wherever you go, they will be fine.

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We wish you luck. They are only here for four days so people need to see

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them quickly. They are here until Sunday. Good luck on your trip to

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Brazil. Our weather that night, they will feel rather cold in the city

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centre tonight. Our temperatures will fall away.

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Tonight, temperatures are on the way down and temperatures would be

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around to Celsius. It could fall down 2-3 C rurally. The cloud is

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starting to build as we had through the early hours of the morning. We

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have a much cloudy affair. There will be some spells of sunshine but

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it will be rather gloomy. The wind will be strong and raw. Daytime

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temperatures around to Celsius. If you are out and about with the

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strength of the wind, it will feel colder than that. It will feel quite

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chilly and raw. Wrap up warm. The warriors are in town for four days.

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The real terracotta warriors come to Liverpool to the world museum next

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year. That will be a fantastic occasion.

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Diane will be back with a weather forecast at 10:30pm. Thanks for

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watching. RADIO: 'The UK has voted to leave

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the European Union by 52% to 48. 'Ukip leader Nigel Farage celebrated

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the result, declaring that 'dawn was breaking on an

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independent nation.' Ugh! 'is expected to resign

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later this morning.'

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