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Heart transplant patient feels there is 'nothing' to hold onto in life, as she now needs new kidneys

A heart transplant patient, from Widnes, says there is "nothing" to hold onto in life after discovering she needs another transplant.

Jade Carr became a world-beating athlete after getting a new heart at age 3. Now, at age 21, she is on dialysis after anti-rejection drugs damaged her kidneys.

She is among 854 people, across the North West, waiting for donor organs to be found.

Rob Smith reports.

Police cleared of misconduct over abuse investigation at school in Cumbria

There's anger after police were cleared of misconduct in the way they investigated claims of sexual and physical abuse at a boarding school.

Allegations from a number of pupils were made to Cumbria Police in 1996 and 1997 about mistreatment at Underley Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Cumbria force carried out an internal investigation this year but reported back today, saying the claims had been investigated properly.

Ex-pupils say they have been let down.

Ashley Derricott reports.

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Anger after police are cleared of misconduct over abuse claims at Cumbrian school

Underley Hall Credit: ITV Granada

There's anger after police were cleared of misconduct in the way they investigated claims of sexual and physical abuse at a boarding school.

Allegations from a number of pupils were made to Cumbria Police in 1996 and 1997 about mistreatment at Underley Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Cumbria force carried out an internal investigation this year but reported back today, saying the claims had been investigated properly.

Joseph Ryan is an ex-pupil of the school he says it should not have been Cumbria Police who carried out the investigation.

Preston student's campaign for homeless man raises £28k

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen Credit: Dominique Harrison-Bentzen /Facebook

A campaign to raise money for a homeless man in Preston who offered a student his last £3 so that she could get home safely after a night out has managed to raise more than £28k.

The fundraising page Credit: GoGetFunding

The Help Robbie fund was set up by former University of Central Lancashire student Dominique Harrison-Bentzen who, although refusing to take the man's money when he offered it to her on December 4, was so touched by the gesture she set out to track him down and help him get off the streets.

Dominique Harrison-Bentzen and friends Credit: Dominique Harrison-Bentzen /Facebook

Harrison-Bentzen found Robbie with the help of Facebook and her subsequent fundraising campaign to raise money for the Preston-based homeless man to be rehoused, and helped back into work after seven months on the streets, has so far seen people donate more that £28k.

Posting on the fundraising page Harrison-Bentzen thanked everyone for their support and said: "Together our small act of kindness can change someone's life this Christmas and finally get him off the streets safe and warm."

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Thursday - Mild but wet & windy. Murky over hills

Wet and windy walk in Wallasey Credit: ALAN ROWLANDS

Windy with further rain, particularly over the north of the region (Cumbria and Lancashire) and heavy over the hills.

Rain pushing further south for the evening before clearing southeastwards by midnight. Mild daytime highs of 13°C

Clearer spells are then likely to develop across Cumbria into the night with a colder outlook Friday and Saturday but with more in the way of sunshine.

Old Trafford to host the Ashes in 2019

Emirates Old Trafford Credit: PA

The home of Lancashire Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford will host an Investec Ashes Test and five ICC World Cup matches including a semi-final in 2019.

Michael Cairns OBE, Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, said:

We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this comprehensive package of international matches, which includes a prestigious Investec Ashes Test and five ICC World Cup matches during what promises to be an incredible summer of cricket in 2019.

Following our £45 million redevelopment, Emirates Old Trafford is now rightly recognised as one of the leading venues in world cricket and we are pleased that the communities of the North West of England will be able to watch international cricket on their doorsteps.

– Michael Cairns OBE, Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club
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