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Coventry bus crash victims named by their families

A message reads: 'To Mum, RIP You did not deserve to die like this' Credit: ITV News

Two people killed in a bus crash in Coventry at the weekend have been named by their families.

Rowan Fitzgerald, 7, of Leamington Spa and Dora Hancox, in her 70s, of Nuneaton, both died when a double decker bus collided with a supermarket.

Rowan’s cousin, an eight-year-old girl, was also injured and she remains in a stable condition in hospital.

The children were travelling with their grandparents on the bus when the accident happened.

Inspector Paul Bennett, from West Midlands Police, said:

The families of Rowan and Dora have suffered a devastating loss. Like people the length and breadth of Britain, we extend our deepest sympathies to them during this time.

As they struggle to come to terms with their loss, they have chosen at this time not to release any images of their loved ones or to provide any words of tribute.

They have also asked for the media to respect their privacy as they grieve.

– Inspector Paul Bennett, West Mids Police.

'We have lost a respected and truly exceptional officer'

Chair of Merseyside Police Federation Peter Singleton. Credit: ITV News

The chair of Merseyside Police Federation said the force has lost a "respected and truly exceptional officer" after the death of PC David Phillips.

Peter Singleton said it was a "desolate" day when any officer is killed but in PC Phillips' case "possibly more so".

He told a press conference: "His young children have been robbed of a father, his wife Jen deprived of a husband and his parents their son.

"He colleagues and friends have lost a truly exceptional officer. He was one of the best and will always be missed."

PC Phillips was killed by a stolen car which was trying to flee police following a burglary.


Osborne thanks 'friend' Cameron for support

George Osborne thanked David Cameron for his support in a conference speech viewed by many as a pitch to be his successor.

The Chancellor gave a special thank you to the Prime Minister during his address in Manchester, thanking him for his support when some had doubted his abilities during the coalition government's five-year term.

"Let's face it, there were moments when lots of people had doubts about whether our plans would work - moments, as I was well aware, that people had doubts about me."

He added that "my friend" Mr Cameron had supported him both privately and publicly during that period.

Crime commissioner: 'Today is a day of mourning'

Merseyside police and crime commissioner Jane Kennedy. Credit: ITV News

Merseyside police and crime commissioner said "today is a day of mourning for the entire police family" as she spoke about the death of PC David Phillips.

Addressing a press conference Jane Kennedy's voice broke with emotion as she said: "It's a dark day when you lose one of our own.

"And it's a painful reminder of the risks police officers face to keep us all safe.

"I know I speak for people across Merseyside when I say my thoughts and deepest sympathies are with PC Phillips family, his friends and their colleagues during this time."


Chief constable: 'Give yourself up or we will find you'

The chief constable of Merseyside Police has appealed for those responsible for the death of PC David Phillips to "give yourself up".

Sir Jon Murphy urged the culprits to "do the right thing", adding: "Or we will find you."

Speaking at a press conference, he said PC Phillips death was the first of an on-duty police officer for 34 years.

In 1981 PC Raymond Davenport was also killed trying to stop a stolen car in Liverpool city centre.

Sir Jon added: "David's death serves as a reminder of the risks that the men and women of this police force, and other police forces of the UK, face every day.

"Their wives, husbands and other family expect them to come home at he end of their watch, and sadly, David did not and his daughters will have to grow up without their father."

Police officer killed in Merseyside 'didn't stand a chance'

A police officer knocked down and killed by a stolen pick-up truck "didn't stand a chance", his chief constable Sir Jon Murphy said today.

PC David Phillips was standing on a central reservation when a stolen Mitsubishi, being pursued by police following a burglary, mounted the kerb and hit him at speed before driving off.

His colleagues tried to save him but he was pronounced dead later in hospital.

Business rates plans 'could have saved Redcar plant'

New plans for councils to raise their own business rates may have saved the jobs of hundreds of workers at SSI's steel plant in Redcar if brought in earlier, ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand reports.

The measures, announced by the Chancellor today, will see councils given the power to raise or lower their own business rates - something which could have allowed the local authority to act to help the plant.

Around 2,200 staff will lose their jobs after SSI went into liquidation, while the local economy is also likely to take a hit as a result of the plant's closure.

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