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A grief-stricken mother and father have opened up about their enduring struggle after losing all three sons in separate heartbreaking circumstances.

Arthur and Christine Mosley, both 67, from Hull, mourned the deaths of Robert, Peter and Phillip in just five years. 

Tragedy struck first in 2015 when Robert, 40, died after falling down the stairs in a mystery which continues to prey on the family to this day. 

Last year Peter, 37, drowned after jumping from a fishing boat before being quickly swept away. His body was later found 25 miles off the coast of Bridlington.

And almost exactly a year later, as the couple and their last surviving son were preparing to commemorate the anniversary of Peter’s death, Phillip, 36, was killed in a motorbike crash. 

Mr Mosley said: ‘People often ask us how we cope. We put on a brave face when out and about but at home we struggle.

‘We have our good days and bad days but we hadn’t even got over the death of Robert to be honest. 

‘Some people don’t want to talk to us because they just don’t know what to say.’

The family, from Hull, do fundraising in memory of their sons, and pay tribute to the immense support of loved-ones and the wider community

The family, from Hull, do fundraising in memory of their sons, and pay tribute to the immense support of loved-ones and the wider community 

The couple try to stay busy and enjoy spending time in their caravan in the East Yorkshire seaside down of Withernsea, where Peter and Phillip lived.

They also do fundraising in memory of their sons, and pay tribute to the immense support of loved-ones and the wider community. 

But they still agonise over the murky circumstances surrounding the death of father-of-one Robert – who may or may not have been pushed.

Recalling the events of 2015, Mrs Mosley said: ‘Robert came home for the day and then went round to a friend’s house in west Hull where they had a few drinks.

‘Later he was found dead at the bottom of the stairs. There was an inquest but no one could determine whether he had fallen or was pushed.

‘It is awful not knowing exactly what happened. He died in August that year but we didn’t get the body back until November. He left behind a daughter who was 17 years old at the time.’ 

‘He was a lovely lad and everyone adored him,’ she said. ‘He brought his daughter up in her early years which people admitted.

‘He did like a drink and had some issues. But he would do anything for me and his dad.

‘He lived in Withernsea with Peter who helped him as best as he could. He would get Robert to help out at the boat compound.’

Robert (pictured as a child) died after falling down the stairs in mysterious circumstances

Robert (pictured as a child) died after falling down the stairs in mysterious circumstances 

Tragedy struck first in 2015 when Robert, 40, (pictured) died after falling down the stairs in a mystery which continues to prey on the family to this day

Last year Peter, 37, drowned after jumping from a fishing boat before being quickly swept away

Tragedy struck first in 2015 when Robert, 40, (left) died after falling down the stairs in a mystery which continues to prey on the family to this day. Last year Peter, 37, (right) drowned after jumping from a fishing boat before being quickly swept away

Peter, a hugely popular figure in Withernsea who had been a lobster and crab fishermen for 16 years, died on July 5 last year.

While at sea off the coast of Tunstall, his Misty Blue fishing boat suffered mechanical trouble and was forced to hail for assistance.

To pass the time, Peter decided to go for a dip and jumped into the water shouting ‘Geronimo!’

But the strong swimmer was quickly pulled out of reach of the boat and disappeared from sight. His body was found three weeks later 25 miles off the coast of Bridlington.

Ms Mosley fondly remembered the ‘gentle giant’, a father-of-two to baby daughters.

She said: ‘He had a similar nature to Robert and all three were big, strong lads.

‘He had two young girls. At the time Frankie was 15 months and Peggy just three months.’ 

Mr Mosley added: ‘He had been a fisherman for 16 years, catching lobster and crab among the coast,’ he said.

‘Everyone wanted to work with him because of his attitude and experience.

‘He loved the job and knew everything about the sea. That’s what made what happened so difficult to understand and was such a shock.

‘If anyone wanted help he would be there and would make the pots for people. He was my rock and we loved him to bits.’ 

Peter, a hugely popular figure in Withernsea who had been a lobster and crab fishermen for 16 years, died on July 5 last year

Peter, a hugely popular figure in Withernsea who had been a lobster and crab fishermen for 16 years, died on July 5 last year

Ms Mosley added: ‘Everyone recognised Peter as he could always be seen walking his Jack Russell Missy. She is with us now.’  

The third tragedy to rock the Mosley family happened on July 2 this year, when Phillip was killed after a collision in Anlaby Road in the early hours.

He was riding a Lexmoto Titan 125cc motorcycle, but was thrown from it and suffered fatal injuries.

Phillip had only recently passed his test after buying the bike to ease the load from his parents from having to take him to work.

Mr Mosely said: ‘Phillip had just got a job at King George Dock. He was living with us and we were giving him a lift in but he wanted to buy the bike and relieve the burden on us.

‘He only passed his test a couple of weeks before he died. He was off to his partner’s at the time.

‘I was lying on the settee when we got a visit from the police. I thought Phillip was in bed at the time but the police told me he had died.

‘Phillip had never got over Peter’s death. We were doing events around Peter’s death at the time as it was a year since he passed away.

‘After Phillip died we have just been trying to keep ourselves going.’

Peter (left) and Phillip Mosley as schoolboys. They died just one year apart aged 37 and 36 in tragic circumstances

Peter (left) and Phillip Mosley as schoolboys. They died just one year apart aged 37 and 36 in tragic circumstances 

He added: ‘Phillip sailed all over the world to fish. He spent 15 months in New Zealand and also fished round Africa.

‘He was really nice and popular and everyone knew him, although he could be a bit of a nuisance when he had a drink.

‘He was a very good rugby player when he was younger and played for Humberside and Yorkshire.

‘Phillip didn’t go back to sea after Peter died. He just couldn’t do it anymore.’

On Friday night the family, including their sister, held an event at Brownies Bar in Anlaby Road during which cheques for £1,115.50 were each presented to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the Fishermen’s Mission.

The money was raised by Mr Mosley’s sister-in-law and nephew who embarked on a sponsored cycle ride to Withernsea.

A further £195 was raised for the auction of rugby shirts which will go towards a bench which will be installed outside the boat compound in Withernsea in memory of Robert, Peter and Phillip.

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Emergency services launch huge search for woman seen falling from bridge into River Ouse

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Emergency services launched a huge search for a woman that was feeling falling from a bridge into the River Ouse in York. 

Lendal Bridge on Station Road was closed in both directions by North Yorkshire Police after the woman was seen entering the water at around 12.10pm today but it has since been reopened.   

Emergency services and the independent lifeboat and search and rescue team from York Rescue Boat are searching the water.

Emergency services launched a huge search for a woman that was feeling falling from a bridge into the River Ouse in York

Emergency services launched a huge search for a woman that was feeling falling from a bridge into the River Ouse in York

Lendal Bridge on Station Road was closed in both directions by North Yorkshire Police after the woman was seen entering the water at around 12.10pm today but it has since been reopened

Lendal Bridge on Station Road was closed in both directions by North Yorkshire Police after the woman was seen entering the water at around 12.10pm today but it has since been reopened

Emergency services and the independent lifeboat and search and rescue team from York Rescue Boat are searching the water

Emergency services and the independent lifeboat and search and rescue team from York Rescue Boat are searching the water

The woman hasn’t been found yet.  

North Yorkshire Police said: ‘Motorists are being urged to avoid Lendal Bridge after a woman entered the River Ouse from the bridge at around 12.10pm.

‘Emergency services are currently at the scene searching the river for the woman. York Rescue boat are also assisting the search.’

An air ambulance has landed near the scene in Museum Gardens. 

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Stalker banned from going near BBC DJ Gilles Peterson told police ‘I was just on the wrong road’

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A stalker banned from going near BBC DJ Giles Peterson told police she was ‘just on the wrong road’ when she was spotted staring at his house. 

Sarah Jayne Rook, 43, was given a restraining order against Mr Peterson in June but less than a month later she was spotted ‘loitering’ outside his Stoke Newington home. 

She allegedly called his wife Atsuko a ‘Hiroshima b****’ when she refused to open the door at the couple’s north London home on February 18.   

Rook screamed ‘You will die’ at Mr Peterson, 55, as he left BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, central London on March 21.

Sarah Jayne Rook (pictured), 43, was given a restraining order against Mr Peterson in June but less than a month later she was spotted 'loitering' outside his Stoke Newington home

Sarah Jayne Rook (pictured), 43, was given a restraining order against Mr Peterson in June but less than a month later she was spotted ‘loitering’ outside his Stoke Newington home

Two days later Rook stood outside the record label owner’s north London home shouting ‘c***’, ‘rapist,’ and ‘paedophile,’ it was said.

She attended the home Mr Peterson shared with his wife in Stoke Newington, posing as a charity worker and attacked his car with a meter-long brown pole.

Rook pinned a torn up photograph of the DJ’s face to his car windscreen before leaving a Joker playing card followed by an Ace of Clubs.

The traumatised DJ watched as Rook clambered onto scaffolding and began climbing up the outside of his house, the court heard.

She remained there until police arrived and told her to leave.

Rook screamed 'You will die' at Mr Peterson (pictured outside Stratford Magistrates' Court), 55, as he left BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, central London on March 21

Rook screamed ‘You will die’ at Mr Peterson (pictured outside Stratford Magistrates’ Court), 55, as he left BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place, central London on March 21

Rook was charged with stalking Mr Peterson, real name Gilles Moerhl, in a month-long hate campaign and was sentenced on June 25, Stratford Magistrates’ Court heard.

She was made subject to an indefinite restraining order but was caught ‘loitering’ outside the Frenchman’s recording studio at Brownswood Road, north London on July 29.

Matthew Groves, prosecuting said: ‘On 25 June when the order was read out Ms Rook said that she was well and that she had nothing more to add, she acknowledged it by nodding when the order was made.

‘She is accused of a breach of a restraining order imposed by Thames Magistrates’ Court.’ 

The DJ told the court: ‘I was in my place of work on Brownswood Road, I was actually standing in the kitchen which is open planned.

Gilles Peterson performs at 'The Common Good And NTS Presents: In Aid Of Syria Relief UK' at Styx on October 23, 2015 in London, England

Gilles Peterson performs at ‘The Common Good And NTS Presents: In Aid Of Syria Relief UK’ at Styx on October 23, 2015 in London, England

‘I noticed through the front windows that I could see a person looking in from across the road. She would have been on the other side of the road probably about 20 metres away.

‘The person was Sarah Rook.

‘She was just loitering standing erratically moving about drinking from a bottle and was just transfixed looking at the house.

‘I was with a friend of mine Andrew Crossley.’

Mr Crossley took a picture of Rook from behind the blinds before she ran off towards Finsbury Park as Mr Peterson quickly called the police, the court heard.

Rook was found by police perched on a metal railing dressed in all black with a white bandage on her right forearm, it was said.

She was subsequently arrested by officers on suspicion of breaching the restraining order.

Rook insisted ‘I was just on the wrong road, I’ve got no malice here’, police body worn footage played in court showed.

Defending Rook, Nicola Grindey said Rook denied breaching the restraining order on the basis that she did not know it was in place, but accepted being around the DJ’s studio.

Ms Grindey said: ‘Despite the conduct, she accepts that she was in the place and she wants that communicated to the court.’

Defending Rook, Nicola Grindey said Rook denied breaching the restraining order on the basis that she did not know it was in place, but accepted being around the DJ's studio

Defending Rook, Nicola Grindey said Rook denied breaching the restraining order on the basis that she did not know it was in place, but accepted being around the DJ’s studio 

Rook’s solicitor told the court she had been excused from today’s hearing by District Judge Jonson – who sentenced her client – and had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

District Judge Jane McIvor said: ‘I am satisfied the order was made, it was in the presence of the defendant and at the time she acknowledged the order was made.

‘I am satisfied there is no issue of identification. She was looking straight at the house.

‘I’ve seen body worn footage of the arrest of Ms Rook.

‘Ms Rook said she was not aware of the order, I can discount that.

‘I am sure the prosecution have produced sufficient evidence that Ms Rook committed the act of being in Brownswood Road on 29 July.’

The judge ordered psychiatric reports to be produced before Thames Magistrates’ Court on 20 November.

Rook, of Surbiton, Surrey, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced for breach of a restraining order on conviction at a date yet to be set.

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Tommy Cannon pays tearful tribute to Bobby Ball on This Morning

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Bobby Ball’s comedy partner of six decades Tommy Cannon teared up today as he paid tribute to his late friend whose death has ripped a ‘big chunk’ out of his life.

Cannon described feeling ’empty’ since learning that Ball had passed away in hospital on Wednesday aged 76 after testing positive for Covid-19.

The duo together made up comedy double act Cannon and Ball which shot to fame in the 1970s and 80s, landing their own TV show. 

Choking on his words, he told ITV’s This Morning: ‘It’s a very sad time… and this moment and time, I don’t know where I am. 

‘I can’t believe he’s passed away. I can’t make any sense of it yet, I really can’t. I miss him terribly, I loved him to bits. 

‘We had a great career. With great memories to look back on… and I know one day I’ll meet him again. Oh rest in peace, lad.’

Tommy Cannon (left) and Bobby Ball (right) pose for an ITV publicity photo in May 2001

Tommy Cannon (left) and Bobby Ball (right) pose for an ITV publicity photo in May 2001

Bobby Ball's comedy partner of six decades Tommy Cannon (pictured today) teared up today as he paid a heartfelt tribute to his late friend whose death he said he'll 'never get over

Bobby Ball’s comedy partner of six decades Tommy Cannon (pictured today) teared up today as he paid a heartfelt tribute to his late friend whose death he said he’ll ‘never get over

Asked by hosts Eammon Holmes and Ruth Langsford if Ball’s death had left him feeling he had a hole in his life, Cannon agreed.

He said: ‘Oh yeah, a big chunk… I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. I don’t. It’s an empty feeling that after nearly 58 years working together starting in the pubs and working men’s clubs…it took fifteen years before we got on to TV.   

Cannon explained he had last worked with Ball on October 9 and he had ‘seemed OK… I didn’t know there was anything wrong.’ 

But on Saturday Ball went to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with breathing problems which has family believed was a chest infection before he was later found to have contracted coronavirus. 

Cannon recalled the moment he was delivered the crushing news by Ball’s wife of 46 years, Yvonne. 

‘We were told he’s stable, or he’s getting a little better, and I don’t know, suddenly he just passed away. I got a phone call from his lovely wife and that was it. It was so quick, but like I say, now he’s at rest.’

Ball’s sons today described how their father’s health unexpectedly spiralled while in hospital.

Bobby Ball (left) and Tommy Cannon (right) at the British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK Salford in May 2013

Bobby Ball (left) and Tommy Cannon (right) at the British Soap Awards at MediaCityUK Salford in May 2013

Cannon and Ball sing together at the London Palladium in the West End on ITV in June 1987

Cannon and Ball sing together at the London Palladium in the West End on ITV in June 1987

Rob Harper, who is part of the double act The Harper Brothers with his brother Darren, told GMB: ‘You never expect one of your family to get it and then it’s shell-shock really.

‘I was FaceTiming him every day, three times a day while he was in hospital, before he took a decline, he was laughing and joking with the nurses, he was his usual self, getting the nurses and saying ‘Have you met your new mother?’ and that is what he was doing.

‘And then unfortunately he declined, he went in the wrong direction.’

He continued: ‘Three weeks ago we did our last gig with Cannon & Ball at a place in Blackpool called Viva and he was up to his old tricks again.

‘We are in a double act and we went on stage hoping to get a laugh and then Cannon & Ball went after, got the bigger laughs, turned around to us backstage and said ‘That’s how you get laughs, lads’.’

Darren added: ‘To work with them both, absolute legends, we can never fill his shoes.’

He said he will remember his father just as how he seemed on TV, saying he was ‘like a cartoon’, while Rob said he was ‘completely full of mischief’. 

Ball played Frank in Not Going Out, the father of Lee (played by Lee Mack), and Mack paid tribute to him yesterday

Ball played Frank in Not Going Out, the father of Lee (played by Lee Mack), and Mack paid tribute to him yesterday

Ball, born Robert Harper on January 28, 1944 in Oldham, Lancashire, recently won over new fans playing Mack’s troublesome father Frank in the BBC One sitcom Not Going Out from 2009. 

Mack paid tribute to his co-actor’s death yesterday: ‘I’m utterly shocked and devastated to lose my mate Bobby like this. I filmed with him just a few weeks ago and he was his usual funny and cheeky self. My thoughts are with Yvonne and his family and of course Tommy.

‘To get to work with one of my childhood comedy heroes was great. But to call him a friend was even better. Rest In Peace Bobby x’. Ball’s wife Yvonne added: ‘I will always miss him, he was so joyful, full of fun and mischievous.’

Meanwhile BBC comedy controller Shane Allen said: ‘We are devastated to hear the sad news of Bobby Ball passing away. He was a powder keg of comedy who entertained audiences of all ages for decades.

‘He was funny to the end, having just completed his work on the forthcoming Not Going Out series and we all feel immensely privileged to have enjoyed the benefit of his talents. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time.’ 

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