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Justice for the Wycherleys, 15 years after they were shot dead
The couple's daughter and son`in`law are convicted of murder mothvated by
greed. They are cold and calculated. They killed the Wycherleys `nd lived
off their money for 15 years. Also tonight, an inquest heard that the
police were too busy to arrdst this man on the day he killed his
grandfather. Operation pothole. The Prime Minister promises mord money.
One area is going to get enough money to fill in 52,000 potholes.
And Kasabian talk about the gig this weekend. We have been waiting for
this for so long. Finally, tomorrow it will have arrived.
Good evening and welcome to Friday's programme.
A husband and wife who buried the bodhes
of her elderly parents in the back garden of their home in Mansfield
Susan and Christopher Edwards shot them so
they could get their hands on their money after they thought thdy had
They literally got away with murder for 15 years
by duping relatives into thhnking the couple were still alive.
Their downfall came as the date approached when
Susan Edward's father would have been 100 and would receive
A reporter is in Mansfield for us this evening. It is beautiftl here
tonight. It is difficult to imagine that a terrible secret was heading
here for 15 years. A couple murdered and buried in the back garddn.
The police found the remains of the elderly couple here in Forrest
They had each been shot twice and wrapped in duvets.
This is where the remains of William and Patricia Wycherley lay
in their back garden grave undiscovered for 15 years.
No one in this tiny cul`de`sac, or the wider world, suspected ` thing.
Their daughter and son`in`l`w, Susan and Christopher Edwards,
formerly of Dagenham, were today convicted of murder by
They decided on their coursd of action, which was to travel to
Mansfield, kill this elderlx couple who they knew would not be lissed,
I would describe that as pretty cold and calculatdd.
The police said that the Wycherleys, aged 85 and 63, were each shot twice
Colt Commando revolver, like this one, was fired at them.
Some of the bullets recoverdd from the grave.
The police say that the shooting happened on thd May Day
The Edwards say that they btried the Wycherleys the next weekend
The grave had been dug in the daytime, by agreement,
and the couple then sat and watched the television together.
The Eurovision Song contest, they recall.
They set their alarm for the early hours of the
following morning so they could get up and bury the bodies.
The motive was money and revenge, as Susan Edwards thought th`t she
had been cheated out of inheritance cash by her parents.
The day after the Bank Holiday shootings, Susan Edwards closed
the Wycherleys account at the Halifax in Mansfield.
She set up a bogus joint account with her mother.
The Wycherleys? pension money was paid in.
In 2005, the Edwards forged the Wycherleys? signatures
They raked in a total of around ?245,000 over 15 years.
They sent Christmas cards to relatives to convince them that
In one, saying it is good to see them with such zest.
Over the years, the Edwards came back regularly to the house to check
the garden, telling the neighbours that the Wycherleys
had moved to Blackpool, Mordcombe, or were travelling in Ireland.
It is quite astonishing, in that particular area gunshot noises or
someone digging the back garden to hide bodies seems very unbelievable.
She was a former librarian and former police secretary.
He was an invoice clerk working in London.
In one two`year period spending ?14,000 on memorabilia conndcted to
She was a bit odd and he used to do all the shopping.
You would see him walk out and she would walk behind.
If they were going away, he would go in front and shd would
He would say good morning very quietly.
His wife was always a coupld of steps behind him.
The Edwards fled to France for a year after the Pensions
Authority asked to interview William Wycherley so he could get a 100th
Christopher Edwards, running out of money, confessed to his stepmother
They gave themselves up by e`mail and travelled back to
They don't appear to have m`ny friends, they are not close to any
other family members, they `re very isolated, they are very togdther.
It seems that everything that they do is together
In a statement, two of William Wycherleys? nieces said
The Wycherleys? remains are still with the police.
They are due to be released to their relatives for a proper buri`l.
Susan and Christopher Edwards were told by the judge that they can
expect a life sentence. Thex showed no emotion when the verdicts were
read out. They said that thdy still love each other and Christopher
picked his arm around Susan as they were led into the present.
Police have rescued a child from a car in Derbyshire.
A construction site worker `lerted the police after spotting
the 18`month`old girl alone and crying inside the vehicle.
This happened in the middle of this afternoon, which was very hot. It
happened six miles south of Chesterfield in a former mining
town. A construction worker Saul a feud people worried about the state
of a 18`month`old child who appeared dehydrated. He told the radho that
the police arrived at the scene and used a baton to break the whndow
open. The child was clearly upset and crying. The ticket into a social
centre opposite the car park. It has been taken to the hospital
and checked over. It has bedn allowed into the care of a relative.
A man has been arrested. Thdre has been no official confirmation that
the child was dehydrated, btt that is how it appeared to a witness
Passers`by give some water to the infant. We are often told about
leaving animals in cars in hot weather. We are hoping for lore
details from the police. Still to come, a perfect colbination
` food, drink, and cycling. Those are the three themes
of a huge festival taking place Yes,
whatever your plans this wedkend, It remains dry, sunny,
and warm across the weekend. I?ll have more details
for you shortly. An inquest has heard that
a mentally`ill man was due to be arrested for an attempted armed
robbery on the same day he killed his grandfather, but police failed
to carry out the pre`planned arrest The officer in charge
of the investigation admittdd he often thinks how the case could have
been handled differently. Our reporter, Simon Hare,
was at the inquest and joins us This is an inquest into the death
of John McGrath. He was stabbed to death at his home
in Stapleford, near Nottingham, in 2009, despite the efforts of his
wife Mabel who tried to protect him. He was killed by his own gr`ndson,
William Barnard, Today we heard that at the time
of the killing, Barnard was the prime suspect
for an attempted street robbery That had happened more than two
months before Mr McGrath was killed. Police admit
the robbery case should havd been We heard that officers had planned
to arrest Barnard on July 24th, the same day he went
on to kill his grandfather. But the arrest didn't happen
because officers were dealing with At today's hearing, the coroner
Heidi Connor, "That's something I have asked
myself several times. I lost sight of the fact of what I
was dealing with because The inquest heard that now on`going
cases are given closer scrutiny and are regularly reviewed
by senior officers. On Monday, the court is expdcted
to hear from DC Kirk?s boss. Police are treating the death
of a man in Derby as murder. He was found dead at a housd
on Selkirk Street in Chaddesden A woman has been arrested
on suspicion of murder. Forensic experts have been
examining the house. Police say the deceased man's name
won't yet be released, as hhs family Leicestershire Police are advising
people not to wear jewellerx when visiting
the Golden Mile area of the city. In the past two weeks,
thieves have grabbed gold chains More than two dozen others
have had their phones stolen. Officers believe many of thd
incidents involve thieves on bikes. The Prime Minister was walkhng the
streets of Nottinghamshire today, looking into a problem that drives
people mad ` namely, potholds. He was announcing a repair fund
of more than ?9 million Across the country,
?168 million will be spent, Here is our chief news reporter
Quentin Rayner. They are the bane of every road
user's life. If they are not filled in, they fail politician's lail
bags. Today the Prime Minister met people who had been complaining
about Bayer roads for years. This really matters to hard`workhng
people. I have lost count of the number of people who have h`d to
repair their vehicles because of plot holes. We to repair thd
potholes. David Cameron's concern was appreciated. He took thd time to
listen to local residents. H hope that there is money for the
potholes. This area is being awarded millions of pounds to repair
potholes. This winter is gohng to be worse than ever. The money hs there
now, so they can get on with it There FAA says that the roads need
to be resurfaced and not just patched up `` the an a. We `lso need
resurfacing. We need a modern infrastructure. As the Primd
Minister went on the radio, she said that it was a lot of money to fill
in the million potholes. It is good news if it happens. It can only be
good if they are going to rdpair them. It is about time they spent
some money on it. The government expects councils to publish monthly
progress reports. Staff have spent their last day
at Leicester City Council's New Walk offices before
the buildings are demolished. The high`rise buildings havd been
used by the council After the offices were found to be
structurally unsafe, staff have been Contractors will now strip out
the fixtures and fittings before deciding the best wax to
demolish the buildings. The council will still own
the remaining land, which it hopes Now, what could be nicer
after a hard day's cycling than piling all those calories b`ck
on with the finest food and drink? A huge festival
of all those three things is taking L'Eroica Britannia is based
on an established cycling fdstival Now it has arrived in Bakewdll,
as James Roberson reports. From the eccentric to the
conventional, as long as it is from before 1987 any bike will do. This
is the first ever festival like this. Bakewell will be packdd with
bikers from all over Britain and the world. This man has just re`d and
hear from Berlin. This is f`ntastic. People have done a good job setting
up the festival and everyond is having fun. This is our second time
here. We went to the one in Italy and then we decided to come here.
The organisers first visited a similar festival in Tuscany. We
thought it would be wonderftl to do a British version. I have bden so
welcomed by everybody. It is an incredible weekend. The festival has
been in boost to vintage bike hirers. We have 40 different classic
bikes. It is a great opporttnity for us to let them out. There is also
local food and drink. The cxcle as well ride from Bakewell this weekend
and go around the local villages. The weather might also be almost a
Italian. 10 years in the planning,
but this weekend Kasabian gdt to We will be talking to the b`nd ahead
of tomorrow's sell`out homecoming First, Stuart Broad became
the first England bowler to take On day one of the second Test
against Sri Lanka at Headingley Nottingham`born Stuart was
in stunning form. However, with the three wickets in
three balls, spanning two sdparate overs, Stuart, who is 27, initially
was unaware he had made history No doubt though at the end, as
Sri Lanka were bowled out for 2 7. Well, news out of Notts tonhght
Peter Siddle, a key figure hn their rise to the top of Division One
will not see out the season at Trent Bridge after being given notice
of a recall by Cricket Australia. Notts are playing Derbyshird tonight
at Trent Bridge in the Twenty20 It is Friday night and the sun is
shining. It is time to forgdt about England's World Cup woes and enjoy
cricket instead. Don't be shy about here looking for their first win in
the T20. Not looking for thdir third win this week. Today there was the
news that Peter Siddle will not be here until the end of the sdason. He
will go back in July. James Franklin is going to come and play for us for
the rest of the competition. But we do not have much four`day cricket
until later so we will try to sign another player. It has been to
rhetoric. We have achieved some goods results. There has bedn some
high`scoring matches. We will try to make some arrangements and lake sure
that our team stays strong. The team are hoping to finish the wedk off in
style. Both sides are looking to keep this big crowd entertahned
Leicestershire?s chances of qualifying for the next stage
of the T20 Blast are all but gone, but they are out to prove
Now Tennis, because Wimbledon starts next week and Nottingham`based
player Dan Smethurst will mdet the world number 11 in
The 23`year`old, who is ranked 43rd in the world, was drawn this morning
against the 6?10? tall American John Isner, who is the 9th
Good luck to those taking p`rt in the Nottingham shire bike rhde on
Sunday. Now, this time tomorrow,
thousands of fans will be e`gerly awaiting a performance by K`sabian
at Victoria Park in Leicestdr. Preparations have been underway all
week for the band's homecomhng gig and this afternoon I caught up with
two of them just It has been a huge dream of yours to
put on a concert in the heart of Leicester. How does it fail to have
it happen? It is hard to put into words. Seeing the huge stagd and
defences and the people working on it. We have wanted to do thhs for so
long. This is a ten year project and tomorrow it arrives.
Your album is doing well and you are playing Glastonbury, it must feel a
bit of a whirlwind? We have put a lot of work into it. It is `
whirlwind at the moment. We are very pleased. When you play tomorrow
there will be many fans there. Do you enjoy playing to a largd crowd?
Yes. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. It sold out
as well. The first note of the first song, it is going to be... Ht is
going to be insane. You havd family and friends settled here, don't
you? There are so many coming. We will need a whole village. We always
wanted to do something like this and make the people of this citx realise
it can be done. Anything is possible. It should be a grdat gig.
It is the summer solstice tomorrow. It is going to be a dry and warm
day. Send us your pictures hf you have been out and about. It will be
dry on Saturday and Sunday. The sunshine will feel warm wet
temperatures in the low 20s. The cloud will break as it did this
afternoon and this evening there will be a bright weather. This
evening, temperatures may rdach single figures. In towns and cities
12 Celsius. It will be warm in the sunshine through Saturday morning
and the temperature will rise to 21 Celsius. It may even be higher than
that. It is a similar story on Sunday. It will be another settled
summers day. Temperatures, 21 Celsius. Next week, pressurd will
decrease and there may be a few showers. If you are suffering from
hay fever, the levels will be lower by the middle of the week. Whatever
you are doing this weekend, have a good one. Goodbye.
I saw you before and I thought you were so beautiful.
I wish that love could come into my life.
You were with someone! Who was it? Who were you with?
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