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Television writer Carla Lane, who created shows including 1980s Liverpool sitcom Bread, has died aged 87.

The tv comedy writer from Liverpool died at Stapely Care Home today.

Lane, famous for writing Bread, the Liver Birds and Butterflies, was once one of the UK’s most successful and highly paid tv scriptwriters and became a household name through her hit series.

In 2002, Ms Lane, who was also known for her animal rights activism, famously returned an OBE she had been awarded in 1989 after Brian Cass, the managing director of an animal testing laboratory was also given the honour.

In 2013, a sanctuary for abandoned and mistreated animals adopted her name in the village of Melling in Merseyside adopted her name in honour of her work and became known as the Carla Lane Animals in Need Sanctuary.

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