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Here on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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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

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the headmistress 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

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She would line the children up and walk from one end

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of the dormitory to the other, smacking or beating

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There's nothing worse than being hit by anyone when you can't see

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I am angry, yes, I am angry because my childhood was taken away

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Their stories kept secret for 60 years, for the first time revealing

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the physical and emotional abuse that took place at this school

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At the time, blind primary school children from across the North West

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After nearly dying last year, one of the victims decided

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she didn't want to take the secret to her grave.

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Life is very precious, it is very, very precious.

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And I said, look, I am going to do this because I don't know how

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much time I've got left, nobody does, but this

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But five more people have now come forward to share their shocking

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They all say they were left hurt and humiliated

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by the headmistress, Margaret McLenan.

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She was hitting me that much that my left leg

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Pain did not come into it, the fact it was being done to me

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Stephen has tried to go back to the school in the past,

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but he suffered flashbacks and could not face it.

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

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

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that is what their mum and dad would have given them...

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Not with her - rub your nose in the sheets, make you wash them

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Now, Miss McLenan died a few years ago, but the school here behind me

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is still open and it is still run by the same charity.

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Its president has sent me a statement.

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She said they are saddened to hear of the memories of some pupils back

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in the 1950s but such behaviour would not be tolerated

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Kate West, BBC North West Tonight, Liverpool.

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Two men have been arrested over the death of a 15-year-old girl

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who died after suffering an allergic reaction shortly after

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Megan Lee from Lancashire died in hospital on New Year's Day.

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The men, both staff at a local Indian takeaway, are being held

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on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence.

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This Indian takeaway here in Oswaldtwistle

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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

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the death of a popular teenager - 15-year-old Megan Lee -

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who died on New Year's Day, two days after suffering a severe

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allergic reaction shortly after eating a takeaway meal.

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Now, as part of that investigation, Lancashire Police

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have arrested two men - a 37-year-old man from

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Rossendale and a 38-year-old man from Blackburn -

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both on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence.

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

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Now, if you look at the website of the Royal Spice, there's

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a mention about allergies, it makes it clear that it is aware

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that some customers may have specific dietary requirements.

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Now, police say they are working with Trading Standards officers

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and also environmental health as part of its investigations.

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Megan was a popular teenager, a member of a number of clubs

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here and her parents have described her as a role

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They are being kept fully informed about today's developments.

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A postmortem has been carried out but the results of which will not be

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An inquest has heard a transgender woman from Merseyside,

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who was being held at a male prison, was found hanging in her cell.

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Jenny Swift from Sefton was on remand at Doncaster Prison

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She was found unresponsive on December 30th and

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The inquest into her death was opened and adjourned to June 6th.

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Passenger numbers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport have grown

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to their highest level in five years.

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Latest figures show more than 4.8 million people used

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the airport in 2016, with a busier than expected December

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seeing over 340,000 people pass through the airport.

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When Private James McLaughlin of the Loyal North Lancashire

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Regiment lost his life during the First World War,

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there was no funeral, no memorial service.

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It's not even known where his body lies.

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But his grandchildren are determined his sacrifice

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Today - 100 years to the day since his death -

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they met at Preston Minster for a service of remembrance.

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His home in Preston was demolished years ago.

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The factory he worked at is long gone too.

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Killed in action on 9th January, 1917, fighting the Turks

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in Mesopotamia, in what's now known as Iraq.

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The biggest problem as far as the troops that got injured is,

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The Turks had blocked the river, so they could not

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James left behind a baby daughter who never knew him.

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Mum was a really quiet lady but she always remembered him,

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especially on Remembrance Weekend, and when the poppies used

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to fall from the ceiling on the Saturday night service

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from the Royal Albert Hall, she always said, one of those

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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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And for a decade and a biscuit tin. -- they were kept for decades in a

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biscuit tin. The identity tag he would be

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wearing well in action, rather a poignant item

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here with a silk handkerchief the grandmother said

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she bought him before he left. Why was it so important

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for you to remember this man that Is important in the wider context

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but because it is 100 years, we need to focus and think

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about it more. There was no memorial

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

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is honouring his 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. James McLaughlin's story

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hasn't been forgotten. The draw for the fourth

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round of the FA Cup has Manchester United will face

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Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. The region's lowest-ranked team

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left in the competition, Accrington Stanley, will face

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Premier League opposition with a tie There are potentially two more

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all-North West games. Burnley will play Fleetwood if they

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both get through their replays and Bolton will host Manchester City

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if they can overcome Crystal Palace. Elsewhere, Rochdale's reward

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for beating Barrow is a home game against Huddersfield,

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and Liverpool will face Wolves at Anfield, providing

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they win their replay. Looking at some small, is that

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correct? Yes, some big changes are coming.

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For Thursday and Friday some strong winds are possibility. It is about

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the changing wind direction. At the moment it is coming from the

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Atlantic giving us mild conditions. By Wednesday, it comes from the

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North and really will be very cold and as it moves across the North

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West of England, there is room for snow in places. Showers are still

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around in many places and that is the story as we head through the

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night, dull, damp and drizzly, just as it was through the day. This

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gives the temperatures and the wind is gusty. For most places we are

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talking about five or six towards the early hours. Tomorrow is not

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that different to the day. Again, quite windy first thing, and you can

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see there is a lot of cloud cover and from late morning onwards the

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showers will merge for longer spells of rain in the afternoon. By the

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clock for clock in the afternoon that should have cleared and there

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could be some bright spells the end the afternoon. The numbers are not

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too bad, eight or nine in most places, possibly ten for the Isle of

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Man. More in the mix of sunny spells on Wednesday. This transition comes

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in towards the tail end of the day as they cold air moves on. Any

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showers over higher ground could turn wintry. The numbers will be

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seven or eight but that is around lunchtime, as you head through the

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afternoon the temperatures will drop. For Thursday and Friday, two

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separate Met Office warnings, strong winds and wintry showers affecting

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many parts of the North West, there could be up to five centimetres of

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snow falling. Always difficult this far-away to get the detail correct.

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A similar story for Friday. Your national forecast is next but I will

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leave with the outlook for the weekend and the picture changes

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again, less cold but still someone precipitation we get will be of a

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wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend

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outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty

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nights. The national weather forecast now.

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Wet and windy weather across the western side of Scotland.

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Blood-pressure is in charge of the weather, lots of isobars and it

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remains windy overnight across northern and western parts of

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Scotland. It will blow a gale here. That is the north-west quadrant of

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the UK, that is where we expect most of the overnight rain. Within

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north-westerly breeze it is chilly and by the end of the night it is

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three or 4 degrees in major towns and cities, rural spots lower than

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that, and a risk of icy patches in some places. Across the eastern side

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of Scotland not much rain, more on the west, still breezy but not as

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windy as it is now. Northern Ireland will be fairly cloudy with some rain

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in the morning, not much in northern England but some in the Pennines,

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but for the it will be

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