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Sister makes emotional appeal over missing landlady

Deborah Steel Credit: ITV Anglia

The half-sister of missing landlady Deborah Steel has made a video appeal for information into her disappearance.

Gini Secker, who's 47, from Nottingham, made the appeal after police recently reopened the investigation into the case.

Deborah, former landlady of the Royal Standard Public House, disappeared on December 28, 1997.

"Now the case has been reopened I plead to anyone who knows anything however minor it may seem to them to now come forward. We are convinced that someone knows about her fate. It has been a heavy burden to carry all these years and all we wish for is the answers so we can lay Debbie to rest at last.”

– Gini Secker, Deborah Steel's half-sister

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Police appeal for red car involved in M1 crash that killed two

Bedfordshire Police are trying to track down a red car after a pile-up on the M1 that cost the lives of two women on Monday.

Six cars and a motorbike were involved in the multiple crash on Monday,15 September 2014. A 36-year-old woman died at the scene and a 90-year-old woman died later in hospital.

The incident happened at 5.40am on the Northbound carriageway of the M1 between junctions 11 and 12 and closed the motorway for several hours.

“It appears that one vehicle moved suddenly in front of the motorcycle which caused the rider to lose control and fall from her machine. Other vehicles following behind attempted to avoid the rider and her motorbike causing several collisions between themselves.”

– PC Andy Ralph, BCH Roads Policing Unit

Bedfordshire Police are seeking the drivers of a red car and white van involved in the incident for further information which may help piece together exactly what happened. Anyone with information can contact PC Andy Ralph, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Multiple pile-up on M1 leaves woman dead and several injured

A woman has been killed in a six-vehicle crash that caused chaos on the M1 in Bedfordshire for much of the day.

Several other people were injured - some seriously - in the crash involving five cars and a motorbike.

The crash, near junction 12, closed the motorway heading north for ten hours and led to long delays stretching back to Hertfordshire and as far north as Milton Keynes.

M1 re-opens after six-vehicle crash

The M1 in Luton has re-opened ten hours after a six-vehicle crash which killed a woman and injured several other people.

The Highways Agency said: A multi-vehicle collision caused the northbound carriageway of the motorway to close at junction 11. We have worked hard to have the road open as quickly as possible, but there are still minor delays in the area."

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Serious accident on M1 in Bedfordshire

The M1 northbound near junction 11 is closed. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police has confirmed that part of the northbound M1 will be closed for most of the morning following a serious accident.

A diversion is currently in place at Junction 9 following the multi-vehicle crash earlier this morning.

A number of people are reported to have serious injuries.

Drugs charges dropped against former England footballer

Former England and Chelsea footballer Kerry Dixon pictured in 2008. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Drugs charges against ex-Chelsea and England footballer Kerry Dixon have been dropped. Mr Dixon, 52, was arrested in May 2014 and charged with possessing cocaine.

Police officers armed with a search warrant had gone to an address in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, where they had arrested Mr Dixon and a woman.

Luton Crown Court was told that the woman who had also been charged with possessing the cocaine had subsequently accepted responsibility for it.

The prosecutor said that, as a result, there would be "little prospect of a conviction" as far as Mr Dixon was concerned.

Outside the court a delighted Mr Dixon said "I always knew the charge would be dropped."

Kerry Dixon played more than 400 games for Chelsea and scored 193 goals, making him the club's third highest goal scorer. He won eight caps for England and was in the 1986 World Cup squad in Mexico.

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