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Calls for Tenerife tragedy inquiry - Politicians from across Merseyside last night called for an inquiry into why an elderly couple who felt abandoned by the NHS flew to Tenerife to kill themselves. Leading health campaigners said "people need to be brought to account" following the suicide pact between Bill and Wendy Ainscow, from Prenton, Wirral. The couple wrote a desperate suicide note and sent it to the Daily Post hours before swallowing a cocktail of drugs and walking into the sea. They said they were unable to cope with caring for their 33-year-old mentally ill daughter Lisa and that doctors were unwilling to accept how severe her condition was by Mark Hookham

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Couple in apparent suicide pact over daughter - British retiree William Ainscow took anti-depressant drugs, then drowned in the sea at Tenerife after in an apparent suicide pact with his wife. Wendy Ainscow was pulled from the ocean by fisherman and resuscitated at the La Candelaria Hospital in Santa Cruz, reported the Times of London Friday. It's believed the couple was in despair over their daughter's mental illness and her huge shopping bills by Big News Network.org

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Couple's daughter refused suicide - A woman with Asperger's syndrome whose parents made a suicide pact because they could not cope with her says they asked her to kill herself too.  Bill and Wendy Ainscow, formerly of Wirral, took a mixture of drugs before walking into the sea off Tenerife. Mr Ainscow, 75, died, and his 64-year-old wife is in hospital.  Their daughter, Lisa, aged 33, told the BBC her mother said she would be "on the streets" if she did not join their pact, as no-one would look after her.

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Daughter's Heartbreak at Parents' Suicide Pact - The autistic daughter of an elderly couple who made a suicide pact after failing to cope with her condition spoke today of her “heartbreak”.  Bill and Wendy Ainscow took a cocktail of drugs before walking into the sea off Tenerife last week. Mr Ainscow, 75, died, but his 64-year-old wife survived and is in a stable condition in hospital.  The couple’s 33-year-old daughter Lisa suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and other mental problems, which cause her to make constant demands for money and rack up huge debts on shopping sprees. She told the Liverpool Echo: “I am heartbroken. It is hard to.orge to terms with what has happened. “I wish somebody would help. I just want someone to give me a chance in life,” by Emma Gunby

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DRIVEN TO SUICIDE BY SHOPAHOLIC DAUGHTER / Depair over debts -  A Pensioner  died and his wife is seriously ill after being driven to a suicide pact over their autistic daughter's shopping obsession.  Bill and Wendy Ainscow battled for years with 32-year-old Lisa's Asperger Syndrome, which can cause severe behavioural problems. She constantly demanded money for designer clothes and expensive restaurant meals and threatened to harm herself if she did not get it. Bill even went to jail for fiddling cash to fund her spending sprees by Rod Chaytor

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Father dies in couple's Tenerife suicide pact - A Father drowned himself in a suicide pact he made with his wife after being driven to despair by the wild spending of his mentally ill daughter. Bill Ainscow, 75, and wife Wendy, 65, from Prenton, Wirral, swallowed dozens of anti-depressants and other drugs before walking out into the sea together on the holiday island of Tenerife by Mark Hookham And Sam Lister

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Hols pair's death pact - Police were today continuing to probe the death of a Birmingham man who died in Tenerife after he and his wife made a bizarre suicide pact.  William and Wendy Ainscow are believed to have made the pact as their shopaholic daughter's debts mounted by Mark Cowan

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How parents driven to suicide pact felt they failed daughter - No one could accuse Bill and Wendy Ainscow of failing to highlight the difficulties of raising a child with profound autistic problems. Mr Ainscow, a sub-postmaster from Wirral, Merseyside, received a 15-month jail sentence in January 2003 after admitting to stealing £50,000 of benefits books to pay for the wild spending sprees that were a characteristic of his daughter's Asperger's syndrome by Ian Herbert

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I wish I was dead too - The woman who survived a suicide pact in which her husband died today talked for the first time about her despair at being alive by Helen Clark

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Pensioner dies after suicide pact with wife  - Mr Ainscow was jailed for 18 months last January for stealing £50,000 while working as a postmaster, but was freed three months later after an appeal judge heard he was driven to take the money because of the demands of his daughter, Lisa, who has Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, by Gerad Couzens and Ian Johnston 

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Suicide note of couple 'abandoned' by NHS - "...Their daughter, Lisa, 33, had been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome and had an addiction to spending which led to her father being jailed for theft as he tried to pay her bills,"  by ic Liverpool - Southport,England,UK

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'Suicide pact' couple left note - "... The letter reads: "We realise now that this is an impossible task which we have had to abandon as she (Lisa) is proving to be too much for us to cope with.  Daughter sectioned  "There is still no attempt to provide any form of help, therefore we have chosen that the only way out is to end our lives. "...We came to Tenerife on a cheap one-way flight and have been sleeping on the beach for the last three nights while we pondered the situation, but we realise that we will have to end our lives as there is no help whatsoever," by BBC News

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Suicide pair's girl 'heartbroken' / An autistic women says she is heartbroken by her parents' decision to make a suicide pact because they could not cope with her condition by BBC News

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Woman asked daughter to kill herself - A woman who survived a suicide pact with her husband last night admitted asking her daughter to kill herself as well. Wendy and Bill Ainscow, who were living in a Birmingham city centre flat, took an overdose of anti-depressants before wading into the sea off Tenerife earlier this month. The couple, aged 64 and 75, claimed they had been driven to despair trying to care for their daughter Lisa, who suffers from a form of autism.  Miss Ainscow, aged 33, suffers from Asperger's syndrome, which caused her to spend her parents' cash wildly on expensive shoes, clothes and meals. - UK

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Mother of girl with Asperger's confirms: 'I asked her to join our suicide pact' / A woman who survived a suicide pact with her husband has confirmed for the first time that she asked her daughter Lisa, who has Asperger's syndrome, to kill herself with them.   Bill and Wendy Ainscow, formerly of Wirral, wrote a note saying their daughter had not had enough care. They then took drugs and walked into the sea in Tenerife. The pair were rescued by a fishing boat, but Mr Ainscow, 75, died.  Sources:  The Guardian; BBC News Online

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I'm totally innocent, insists suicide pact woman - A woman who survived a suicide pact in which her husband died has insisted she was "totally innocent". Wendy Ainscow took an overdose of anti-depressants with her husband Bill before wading into the sea off Tenerife earlier this month.  Mrs Ainscow, aged 64, was pulled from the sea by fishermen and survived, but her 75-year-old husband died by the Birmingham Post

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Cops to quiz suicide wife - A woman who survived a suicide pact in which her husband died is to be quizzed by police.  Wendy Ainscow, 64, took an overdose of anti-depressants with her husband Bill before wading into the sea off the holiday isle of Tenerife earlier this month.  She was pulled from the sea by a fisherman and survived but her 75-year-old husband died by the Sun Online Reporter

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