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Tonight: A woman has been killed in a vintage car rally. The day before
she died she spoke to reporters about the race. I wanted to compete
and beat them but sadly they are beating me. Discharged from hospital
and dead within 24 hours - now the mother of this toddler plans to take
legal action. Taking off - lines for easyJet to
double its flights from Stansted prove boost to the airports new
owners. And behind the scenes of the region
's trauma unit - the staff at Addenbrooke's working round the
Good evening. The Northamptonshire woman has been killed in a vintage
car rally in Siberia. Emma Wilkinson was taking part in the Peking to
Paris race described as the longest and toughest challenge anyone can
drive in a classic car. She had been taking turns to drive with her
partner Peter Davies. It was the first time she had taken part in the
rally and she had previously told reporters she was doing it for the
fun of it. She was a fun loving mother with a surge of adventure and
it was during one of those advances that Emma Wilkinson lost her life.
Three weeks into the Germans rally she was killed in a head-on
collision on a Siberian highway. Just a day earlier she spoke to
reporters about her progress. wanted to compete and beat them but
sadly they are beating me. Emma Wilkinson lived in Brigg stock near
Kettering. She was joined on the rally by her partner. News of her
death has saddened the community. Emma and her partner Peter Davies
left the village last month for the race. Rally director Philip Young
described as a fun, by the unpopular. He went to # want to say
that both she and Peter proved themselves to be capable, competent
and resourceful. She was great fun to have around. A very attractive,
the vicious driver who enjoyed driving, enjoyed the company of
others and we all miss her very much. MR's partner was not seriously
hurt in the crash. Russian police are now investigating reports the
driver of the other car fell asleep at the wheel. The foreign office
says they are helping the family through this difficult time while
friends and neighbours struggle to come to terms with such devastating
news. A woman from Harlow who was attacked
in her sleep and left locked in a room by her violent partner has
spoken today about her abuse. It comes on the day a report has called
for a review into the way Essex Police deals with the most high risk
victims of domestic violence. Maria, Jeanette, Christine - all
murdered by their ex-partners after police failings. The links to
identify the risk they faced, feelings to manage those risks.
police are the last line of defence and they seem to be failing us
nationally, so that is why working with the refuge is so important. It
is about time we protected vulnerable women and children and
even men. The report says the way offices deal with domestic violence
is of significant concern. Although the initial response that the police
make to a call from a victim is the right response, what then happens is
there with lots of people that get involved in providing care and
protection for the victim and those people do not talk to one another.
One Vic Tim says the way she was treated by officers was diabolical.
After years of rapes, beatings and abuse, she called police but did not
told them she had been hit in the face and they did not ask about her
injuries. They told him I had been ringing the helpline and the things
I was saying they don't fault to him. He looked to me in a room for
two days the next day. He played music over and over again. He was
screaming in my face. There was a bucket in the room to go to toilet.
The report says Essex Police have taken important steps to improve
their work but much more needs to be done. 12 recommendations are for
Essex Police to do. The others are what they can do in partnership with
other agencies. You are saying other agencies also have to answer for
this. All agencies have to answer. Stephen Kaplan acknowledges the need
for improvements. He stresses officers will listen to victims and
help them. A couple from Beds accused of making
fake devices to detect explosives were back in court as lawyers make
their last arguments in their defence. Samuel and Joan Tree are
charged with making them in order to commit a fraud.
The prosecution says they are con artists who knew that offer six
device was a useless sham. The defence says they are honest but
misguided people who genuinely believed the handset worked. Samuel
and Joan Tree manufactured the devices here at their home. They
were sold to overseas authorities for thousands. The couple have
maintained the equipment could detect minute drugs and explosives.
But when the device was dismantled, it contained no functioning parts
and later tests proved he did not work. Today the jury at the Old
Bailey was told one of the handsets had been given to a policeman to
test. Graham Brodie QC said this was something a con artist would not do.
Giving a device to a police officer Joan Tree. He described her as a
homely grandmother. He said the fences or fraud are committed out of
greed but this does not tally with the defendant. Her life is not one
of riches and excess. The cop or along with a third defendant accused
of fraud. Tomorrow the judge will begin summing up then the jury will
retire to consider its verdict. A mother from Northamptonshire is
planning to take legal action against a hospital after the death
of her daughter. Bricklin Harold died soon after being discharged
from Northampton and. Leanne Harrold says the hospital failed her child
and had called her a paranoid mother. Leanne Harrold and her
daughter Tia are having to adjust to life without Brooklyn.
She died just a month ago. Bricklin was a fighter. After being born with
a serious heart problems she spent most of her life in and out of
hospital. In May her mother took her to Northampton General. The hospital
wrongly suspected Brooklyn of having gastroenteritis but her mother was
not convinced. I said blood tests need doing because she has to have
them every time she is admitted because she is prone to infections.
But those tests were not done. Despite having a high temperature
and no improvement she was discharged. The next morning it
became clear she was getting worse and I was later she died of
septicaemia. Now the family say they want answers. Whether they kept her
in a few days or what, they could have done the care they needed to do
for her. She might still have had that little bit of a life chance
that she would have pulled through. Northampton General Hospital say
they offered their sincere condolences to the family. A full
investigation into the circumstances is now underway and when results are
known they will discuss those with the family.
Detectives investigating the death of a woman whose car tyres had been
slashed say they have had seven or eight calls about the incident. The
death of Joanna Smith featured on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow. The
newlywed was on her way to work when she was involved in a fatal crash.
It was later discovered that her tyre had been vandalised overnight
along with several other cars parked nearby. It is an added punishment
and pain because we have to go through life that somebody cause
Joanna's death and have not been caught. Someone has -- has to have
the courage to come forward. It has robbed me of my wife.
The new managing director of first Capital Connect has announced plans
for a better rail service. David Statham says the company will
deliver cleaner trains, better passenger information and a more
reliable timetable. He will also look to help network rail to improve
power supplies and signalling. Hundreds of thousands of
caterpillars have turned an avenue of cherry trees a ghostly white.
Fine webs have been spun around the trees by ermine moth caterpillars.