22/01/2017 North West Tonight


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22/01/2017

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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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has 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 to 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 case where a distressing image of one

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

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an appeal brought by an internet troll who'd caused her

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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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Sport and Match of the day follows this bulletin

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I wont spoil the results for you now...

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Southport's 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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Let's get a quick check on what the weather has in store for us.

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High pressure in charge of our weather as we move

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Overnight, there is the chance of seeing some dense

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Plenty of cloud around and where we see some

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breaks in that cloud, that's

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where we could see a touch of frost developing and one or two

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Temperatures falling to just about freezing in towns and cities.

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Quite a cold start to the day tomorrow.

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One or two patches of fog to look out for.

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Once that lifts, we are looking at some sunny spells and patchy cloud.

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Temperatures reaching a maximum of six Celsius.

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It is going to be quite cold tomorrow, despite all

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Tuesday is looking pretty similar to Monday.

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That was all from me for now. Ellie will be here in the morning for the

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news and updates. At the peaceful evening. Goodbye.

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