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A Merseyside police officer whose wife won a legal battle to allow him

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to die has passed away peacefully at a hospice in Wirral.

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PC Paul Briggs had suffered severe brain injuries in a motorbike

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crash on his way to work, leaving him in a minimally

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PC Paul Briggs worked in Merseyside's Roads Policing Unit.

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The crash in 2015 left him unable to move or speak.

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He was kept alive by food and hydration given at the Walton

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Paul's wife Lindsey had told the Court of Protection he wouldn't

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Doctors disagreed, saying there was potential

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for his condition to improve slightly.

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At the time, a solicitor gave her reaction outside court.

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This court case is the hardest thing we have ever had to do.

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We did it for Paul to honour his wishes.

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We are grateful that Mr Justice Charles has shown

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compasion towards Paul, has respected his

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understood what Paul would have wanted.

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Paul Briggs was later moved to a hospice to receive

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only palliative care - making him as comfortable

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His family said they were relieved he would finally be at peace

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This weekend, Lindsey Briggs posted a message on Twitter saying Paul had

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died as a result of his road traffic collision, adding "we're

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to terms with all he's been put through."

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Merseyside Chief Constable Andy Cook has said PC Briggs's

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colleagues and friends here are all thinking

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He paid tribute to the way Paul dedicated his

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career to protecting the

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public and the way that Lindsey and his family bravely fought

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Paul's family told us they've been overwhelmed by the kind

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messages of understanding, compassion and support

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from the public and hope their journey may somehow

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The mother of Lee Rigby says she was threatened with arrest

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if she didn't attend a court where she was forced to look

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at a distressing image of her son's killer.

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Lyn Rigby has told a Sunday newspaper she was forced to go

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to a legal appeal brought by an internet troll who'd

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As Liam O'Donoghue reports, campaigners are now

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calling for a new law to protect grieving relatives.

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Lyn Rigby will never get over the death of her son Lee,

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the Royal Fusilier who was hacked to death in 2013.

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This week she says she was threatened with arrest if she did

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not attend a legal appeal by Christopher Spivey,

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convicted of harassing the Rigby family with grossly

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During the case, Lyn broke down when asked how she felt

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about an image much more graphic than this one showing Lee's

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The National Victims' Association says Lyn should never

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have been summoned and grieving families need to be protected.

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I believe Mrs Rigby was threatened with arrest, which is outrageous.

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These things should not happen to a victim who has

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suffered great loss and been through an ordeal already.

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Mr Hines wants a victims' law to stop murder victims

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in court where a written statement would suffice.

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Protestors calling for a pet store which sells pedigree puppies to be

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closed down staged a small demonstration outside

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They claim a number of puppies have died of illnesses shortly

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The company strongly denies the claims, saying it only buys

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puppies from licensed, regulated breeders and is the only

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But a campaign group is asking the authorities to take action.

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We've set up a petition as well that has had over 2000 signatures

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just overnight to get this place closed down.

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If not closed down, then stop the sale of pet shop puppies.

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It's been going on for years and years and years.

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Football, and Burnley lost to a very late and very controversial penalty

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Six minutes into injury time, an Arsenal player appeared to be

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in an offside position when he was fouled

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Alexis Sanchez scored from the spot to make it two-one to the Gunners.

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Just minutes earlier the Clarets had equalised with a penalty

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Southport golfer Tommy Fleetwood came from behind to win

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He carded a final round of 67 to finish 17 under par,

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one shot ahead of US Open champion Dustin Johnson.

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It's his first European Tour title in more than three years.

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Here's Lucy Martin with a look ahead to the weather forecast.

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High pressure in charge of our weather as

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That means we are looking at settled weather but also the chance of

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Plenty of cloud around during the night and some breaks.

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Where we see those breaks, there could be a chance of fog

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Temperatures close to freezing in towns and cities.

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Just below if you're out in the countryside.

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Some fog first thing and that could be

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slow to clear during the morning but once it does, some patchy cloud

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It is going to feel cold, despite seeing some wintry sunshine.

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I will leave you with the outlook, Tuesday is looking pretty similar,

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It does look like the wind will pick up as we get to midweek.

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That does it from me. I will be back just after 20 past ten more news and

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weather. Until then, goodbye. of freezing fog. Already warnings in

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place from the Met office. I will

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