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Blind, vulnerable people from across the North West have told
the BBC they were systematically beaten and abused by
the headmistress of their specialist primary school in the late 1950s.
Some of them were just five years old when they started
at The Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool.
The school - which still teaches blind children -
says it's saddened by the allegations of historical abuse.
We were borders, five or six years of age, coming from home
She would line the children up and walk from one end
of the dormitory to the other, smacking or beating
There's nothing worse than being hit by anyone when you can't see
I am angry, yes, I am angry because my childhood was taken away
Their stories kept secret for 60 years, for the first time revealing
the physical and emotional abuse that took place at this school
At the time, blind primary school children from across the North West
After nearly dying last year, one of the victims decided
she didn't want to take the secret to her grave.
Life is very precious, it is very, very precious.
And I said, look, I am going to do this because I don't know how
much time I've got left, nobody does, but this
But five more people have now come forward to share their shocking
They all say they were left hurt and humiliated
by the headmistress, Margaret McLenan.
She was hitting me that much that my left leg
Pain did not come into it, the fact it was being done to me
Stephen has tried to go back to the school in the past,
but he suffered flashbacks and could not face it.
If I tried to tell you how she behaved to bed-wetters,
children who really only deserved a cuddle, that's all they deserved,
that is what their mum and dad would have given them...
Not with her - rub your nose in the sheets, make you wash them
Now, Miss McLenan died a few years ago, but the school here behind me
is still open and it is still run by the same charity.
Its president has sent me a statement.
She said they are saddened to hear of the memories of some pupils back
in the 1950s but such behaviour would not be tolerated
Kate West, BBC North West Tonight, Liverpool.
Two men have been arrested over the death of a 15-year-old girl
who died after suffering an allergic reaction shortly after
Megan Lee from Lancashire died in hospital on New Year's Day.
The men, both staff at a local Indian takeaway, are being held
on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence.
This Indian takeaway here in Oswaldtwistle
A sign in the window says it is undergoing refurbishment,
but it is also at the centre of a police investigation into
the death of a popular teenager - 15-year-old Megan Lee -
who died on New Year's Day, two days after suffering a severe
allergic reaction shortly after eating a takeaway meal.
Now, as part of that investigation, Lancashire Police
have arrested two men - a 37-year-old man from
Rossendale and a 38-year-old man from Blackburn -
both on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter by gross negligence.
Both men work at this takeaway and both are in police custody.
Now, if you look at the website of the Royal Spice, there's
a mention about allergies, it makes it clear that it is aware
that some customers may have specific dietary requirements.
Now, police say they are working with Trading Standards officers
and also environmental health as part of its investigations.
Megan was a popular teenager, a member of a number of clubs
here and her parents have described her as a role
They are being kept fully informed about today's developments.
A postmortem has been carried out but the results of which will not be
An inquest has heard a transgender woman from Merseyside,
who was being held at a male prison, was found hanging in her cell.
Jenny Swift from Sefton was on remand at Doncaster Prison
She was found unresponsive on December 30th and
The inquest into her death was opened and adjourned to June 6th.
Passenger numbers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport have grown
to their highest level in five years.
Latest figures show more than 4.8 million people used
the airport in 2016, with a busier than expected December
seeing over 340,000 people pass through the airport.
When Private James McLaughlin of the Loyal North Lancashire
Regiment lost his life during the First World War,
there was no funeral, no memorial service.
It's not even known where his body lies.
But his grandchildren are determined his sacrifice
Today - 100 years to the day since his death -
they met at Preston Minster for a service of remembrance.
His home in Preston was demolished years ago.
The factory he worked at is long gone too.
Killed in action on 9th January, 1917, fighting the Turks
in Mesopotamia, in what's now known as Iraq.
The biggest problem as far as the troops that got injured is,
The Turks had blocked the river, so they could not
James left behind a baby daughter who never knew him.
Mum was a really quiet lady but she always remembered him,
especially on Remembrance Weekend, and when the poppies used
to fall from the ceiling on the Saturday night service
from the Royal Albert Hall, she always said, one of those
Until now, James' story has been a private family affair,
kept alive in these items returned to them after his death.
And for a decade and a biscuit tin. -- they were kept for decades in a
biscuit tin. The identity tag he would be
wearing well in action, rather a poignant item
here with a silk handkerchief the grandmother said
she bought him before he left. Why was it so important
for you to remember this man that Is important in the wider context
but because it is 100 years, we need to focus and think
about it more. There was no memorial
service in 1917 but now, a century on, his family
is honouring his memory. Hundreds of thousands of British
servicemen and women Today was a reminder that
each had a unique story. James McLaughlin's story
hasn't been forgotten. The draw for the fourth
round of the FA Cup has Manchester United will face
Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford. The region's lowest-ranked team
left in the competition, Accrington Stanley, will face
Premier League opposition with a tie There are potentially two more
all-North West games. Burnley will play Fleetwood if they
both get through their replays and Bolton will host Manchester City
if they can overcome Crystal Palace. Elsewhere, Rochdale's reward
for beating Barrow is a home game against Huddersfield,
and Liverpool will face Wolves at Anfield, providing
they win their replay. Looking at some small, is that
correct? Yes, some big changes are coming.
For Thursday and Friday some strong winds are possibility. It is about
the changing wind direction. At the moment it is coming from the
Atlantic giving us mild conditions. By Wednesday, it comes from the
North and really will be very cold and as it moves across the North
West of England, there is room for snow in places. Showers are still
around in many places and that is the story as we head through the
night, dull, damp and drizzly, just as it was through the day. This
gives the temperatures and the wind is gusty. For most places we are
talking about five or six towards the early hours. Tomorrow is not
that different to the day. Again, quite windy first thing, and you can
see there is a lot of cloud cover and from late morning onwards the
showers will merge for longer spells of rain in the afternoon. By the
clock for clock in the afternoon that should have cleared and there
could be some bright spells the end the afternoon. The numbers are not
too bad, eight or nine in most places, possibly ten for the Isle of
Man. More in the mix of sunny spells on Wednesday. This transition comes
in towards the tail end of the day as they cold air moves on. Any
showers over higher ground could turn wintry. The numbers will be
seven or eight but that is around lunchtime, as you head through the
afternoon the temperatures will drop. For Thursday and Friday, two
separate Met Office warnings, strong winds and wintry showers affecting
many parts of the North West, there could be up to five centimetres of
snow falling. Always difficult this far-away to get the detail correct.
A similar story for Friday. Your national forecast is next but I will
leave with the outlook for the weekend and the picture changes
again, less cold but still someone precipitation we get will be of a
wintry nation and Thursday is one we have to watch out for. The weekend
outlook, it stays chilly with a northerly wind and possibly frosty
nights. The national weather forecast now.
Wet and windy weather across the western side of Scotland.
Blood-pressure is in charge of the weather, lots of isobars and it
remains windy overnight across northern and western parts of
Scotland. It will blow a gale here. That is the north-west quadrant of
the UK, that is where we expect most of the overnight rain. Within
north-westerly breeze it is chilly and by the end of the night it is
three or 4 degrees in major towns and cities, rural spots lower than
that, and a risk of icy patches in some places. Across the eastern side
of Scotland not much rain, more on the west, still breezy but not as
windy as it is now. Northern Ireland will be fairly cloudy with some rain
in the morning, not much in northern England but some in the Pennines,
but for the it will be