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Mum's anger over failure of rail crossing safety feature

Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson Credit: ITV News Anglia

The mother of one of two teenage girls killed at Elsenham level crossing in Essex says she's angry a safety feature installed after the tragedy has not been working.

Charlotte Thompson and Olivia Bazlinton were hit by a train in 2005.

This week marks the 10 year anniversary of the accident.

Olivia's mum recently visited the site and found the automatic locking system was broken. Although it has since been fixed she says it's "critical" it doesn't fail again.

Flowers left at the scene in 2005 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Let us learn from the death of Olivia and Charlie because that's the only legacy that they can leave. They didn't achieve what they could have done in their lives, but through their deaths hopefully we can make some changes."

– Tina Hughes MBE, Olivia's mother
Elsenham, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Network Rail has closed 987 crossings since 2010 and has recruited staff who carry out risk assessments and inspections at each crossing.

There are currently 870 level crossings in East Anglia with more than 100 level crossing managers employed at Network Rail.

Each has responsibility for the safety and management of crossings in a geographical patch.



Lane still closed after M1 lorry smash

Work continues to fix the barrier. Credit: Highways England.

A part of the M1 remains partially closed this evening after a lorry collided with the central barrier.

One northbound lane is shut between junction 11 for Luton and junction 12. There are delays back to junction 9 at Flamstead and current advice is for drivers to avoid that part of the motorway.

Police attended the accident just before 7am, but work to fix the barrier has continued throughout the day.

Officers have said they intend to prosecute 43 people who were seen taking photographs as they drove past.

Police seek witnesses after Sunday morning stabbing

The stabbing happened in the early hours. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Police are asking witnesses to come forward after a stabbing in Wellingborough.

Officers were called to Market Street at 4am on Sunday morning where they found a 35-year-old with a stab wound to his stomach.

He was taken to Northampton General Hospital for treatment.

They have arrested a 49-year-old man in connection with the attack but are asking anyone who might have seen it to call Northamptonshire Police on 101.

Police seek couple after assault at Sports Direct

Police hope the couple can assist with their enquiries. Credit: Norfolk Police.

Police are appealing for help to identify a man and woman following an assault at Sports Direct in Norwich.

It happened in Chapelfield shopping centre just after 5pm on Thursday, October 1.

The victim was a woman in her 30s.

Anyone who may recognise the man in the image should contact PC Adam Knights at Bethel Street Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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