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Tonight: A woman has been killed in a vintage car rally. The day before

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she died she spoke to reporters about the race. I wanted to compete

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and beat them but sadly they are beating me. Discharged from hospital

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and dead within 24 hours - now the mother of this toddler plans to take

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legal action. Taking off - lines for easyJet to

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double its flights from Stansted prove boost to the airports new

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owners. And behind the scenes of the region

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's trauma unit - the staff at Addenbrooke's working round the

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Good evening. The Northamptonshire woman has been killed in a vintage

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car rally in Siberia. Emma Wilkinson was taking part in the Peking to

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Paris race described as the longest and toughest challenge anyone can

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drive in a classic car. She had been taking turns to drive with her

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partner Peter Davies. It was the first time she had taken part in the

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rally and she had previously told reporters she was doing it for the

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fun of it. She was a fun loving mother with a surge of adventure and

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it was during one of those advances that Emma Wilkinson lost her life.

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Three weeks into the Germans rally she was killed in a head-on

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collision on a Siberian highway. Just a day earlier she spoke to

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reporters about her progress. wanted to compete and beat them but

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sadly they are beating me. Emma Wilkinson lived in Brigg stock near

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Kettering. She was joined on the rally by her partner. News of her

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death has saddened the community. Emma and her partner Peter Davies

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left the village last month for the race. Rally director Philip Young

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described as a fun, by the unpopular. He went to # want to say

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that both she and Peter proved themselves to be capable, competent

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and resourceful. She was great fun to have around. A very attractive,

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the vicious driver who enjoyed driving, enjoyed the company of

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others and we all miss her very much. MR's partner was not seriously

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hurt in the crash. Russian police are now investigating reports the

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driver of the other car fell asleep at the wheel. The foreign office

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says they are helping the family through this difficult time while

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friends and neighbours struggle to come to terms with such devastating

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news. A woman from Harlow who was attacked

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in her sleep and left locked in a room by her violent partner has

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spoken today about her abuse. It comes on the day a report has called

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for a review into the way Essex Police deals with the most high risk

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victims of domestic violence. Maria, Jeanette, Christine - all

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murdered by their ex-partners after police failings. The links to

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identify the risk they faced, feelings to manage those risks.

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police are the last line of defence and they seem to be failing us

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nationally, so that is why working with the refuge is so important. It

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is about time we protected vulnerable women and children and

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even men. The report says the way offices deal with domestic violence

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is of significant concern. Although the initial response that the police

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make to a call from a victim is the right response, what then happens is

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there with lots of people that get involved in providing care and

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protection for the victim and those people do not talk to one another.

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One Vic Tim says the way she was treated by officers was diabolical.

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After years of rapes, beatings and abuse, she called police but did not

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told them she had been hit in the face and they did not ask about her

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injuries. They told him I had been ringing the helpline and the things

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I was saying they don't fault to him. He looked to me in a room for

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two days the next day. He played music over and over again. He was

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screaming in my face. There was a bucket in the room to go to toilet.

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The report says Essex Police have taken important steps to improve

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their work but much more needs to be done. 12 recommendations are for

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Essex Police to do. The others are what they can do in partnership with

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other agencies. You are saying other agencies also have to answer for

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this. All agencies have to answer. Stephen Kaplan acknowledges the need

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for improvements. He stresses officers will listen to victims and

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help them. A couple from Beds accused of making

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fake devices to detect explosives were back in court as lawyers make

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their last arguments in their defence. Samuel and Joan Tree are

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charged with making them in order to commit a fraud.

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The prosecution says they are con artists who knew that offer six

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device was a useless sham. The defence says they are honest but

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misguided people who genuinely believed the handset worked. Samuel

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and Joan Tree manufactured the devices here at their home. They

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were sold to overseas authorities for thousands. The couple have

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maintained the equipment could detect minute drugs and explosives.

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But when the device was dismantled, it contained no functioning parts

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and later tests proved he did not work. Today the jury at the Old

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Bailey was told one of the handsets had been given to a policeman to

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test. Graham Brodie QC said this was something a con artist would not do.

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Giving a device to a police officer Joan Tree. He described her as a

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homely grandmother. He said the fences or fraud are committed out of

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greed but this does not tally with the defendant. Her life is not one

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of riches and excess. The cop or along with a third defendant accused

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of fraud. Tomorrow the judge will begin summing up then the jury will

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retire to consider its verdict. A mother from Northamptonshire is

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planning to take legal action against a hospital after the death

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of her daughter. Bricklin Harold died soon after being discharged

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from Northampton and. Leanne Harrold says the hospital failed her child

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and had called her a paranoid mother. Leanne Harrold and her

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daughter Tia are having to adjust to life without Brooklyn.

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She died just a month ago. Bricklin was a fighter. After being born with

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a serious heart problems she spent most of her life in and out of

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hospital. In May her mother took her to Northampton General. The hospital

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wrongly suspected Brooklyn of having gastroenteritis but her mother was

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not convinced. I said blood tests need doing because she has to have

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them every time she is admitted because she is prone to infections.

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But those tests were not done. Despite having a high temperature

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and no improvement she was discharged. The next morning it

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became clear she was getting worse and I was later she died of

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septicaemia. Now the family say they want answers. Whether they kept her

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in a few days or what, they could have done the care they needed to do

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for her. She might still have had that little bit of a life chance

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that she would have pulled through. Northampton General Hospital say

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they offered their sincere condolences to the family. A full

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investigation into the circumstances is now underway and when results are

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known they will discuss those with the family.

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Detectives investigating the death of a woman whose car tyres had been

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slashed say they have had seven or eight calls about the incident. The

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death of Joanna Smith featured on the BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow. The

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newlywed was on her way to work when she was involved in a fatal crash.

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It was later discovered that her tyre had been vandalised overnight

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along with several other cars parked nearby. It is an added punishment

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and pain because we have to go through life that somebody cause

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Joanna's death and have not been caught. Someone has -- has to have

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the courage to come forward. It has robbed me of my wife.

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The new managing director of first Capital Connect has announced plans

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for a better rail service. David Statham says the company will

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deliver cleaner trains, better passenger information and a more

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reliable timetable. He will also look to help network rail to improve

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power supplies and signalling. Hundreds of thousands of

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caterpillars have turned an avenue of cherry trees a ghostly white.

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Fine webs have been spun around the trees by ermine moth caterpillars.

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