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North West Tonight's Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51

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BBC North West Tonight favourite Dianne Oxberry has died at the age of 51. The family of the weather presenter and host say she died following a brief illness.

The Award-winning television and radio presenter died at the Christie hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning.

Andy Mitchell looks back:

Oxberry became well-known nationally 30 years ago on BBC's Radio 1, working alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright.

After studying meteorology she became the North West's weather presenter in 1994 and also fronted the Inside Out North West current affairs programme.

Fellow BBC North West Tonight presenters Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin said they were heartbroken and it was hard to imagine the programme without her.

Originally from Sunderland, Oxberry landed in Greater Manchester in 1993 after working in London.

She leaves behind with her cameraman husband, Ian Hindle, and two young children

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