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"No greater punishment than loss of my precious granddaughter" says gran jailed over baby death

Susan Arcott who was jailed today after a dog attack that killed her six month old granddaughter Credit: Press Association

A grandmother jailed following the death of her granddaughter who died after a dog attack in 2014 has issued a statement on the tragedy

Along with Claire Riley the mother of six-month old Molly-Mae Wotherspoon Susan Aucott, was today given a two year jail sentence.

Before sentencing Aucott said

Whatever the sentence of the Court today, there can be no greater punishment than the loss of my precious, beautiful granddaughter and watching, and experiencing first hand, the deep impact her loss has had on my daughter and all of our family.

There is no doubt in my mind that things could and should have been done differently and lessons have been learnt the hard way. But it is important for the memory of Molly-Mae that these lessons do not stop here. These lessons need to be learned far and wide. Every parent, every dog owner needs to take notice.

Please do not let Molly-Mae’s death be in vain. Her death cannot be undone but let her beautiful face and her memory live on by serving as a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice that could be suffered if these lessons are not learned now.

– Susan Arcott


Death of baby mauled by dangerous dog described as 'entirely avoidable tragedy'

Claire Riley who has been jailed for two years after her baby daughter was killed by a dangerous dog Credit: ITV News

The Crown Prosecution Service have described the death of a baby mauled to death by a dog as a tragedy for all concerned.

Mollie May Weatherspoon died after the attack in Daventry in 2014. Today her mother Claire Riley and her grandmother Susan Arcott was jailed for two years for keeping a dangerously out of control dog.

James Allen, Head of the Complex Casework Unit for the CPS East Midlands said:

“Molly Mae’s death was a tragedy for all concerned. Sadly, the simple truth is that her death in October 2014 was entirely avoidable.

Molly Mae’s death would not have happened if two of the people closest to her had acted, as any reasonable person would have done, and never allowed such an aggressive and dangerous dog to be in the same small house as a young and vulnerable child.

Any type of dog that is dangerously out of control, whether a breed of dog banned under the Dangerous Dogs legislation or not, can cause injury. The larger and more powerful the breed of dog, the more serious those injuries can be.

As this case tragically illustrates, young and vulnerable children can be killed by dogs regarded as family pets. The onus is on owners and people responsible for dogs to ensure that dogs are kept under contro

– James Allen, CPS

BREAKING: Mother and grandmother jailed after fatal dog attack on baby in Northamptonshire

The mother and grandmother of a six-month-old baby who was mauled to death by a dog in Northamptonshire have been given two year jail sentences.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pit bill at a house in Daventry in October 2014 . Mother Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott both admitted being in charged of a dangerously out of control dog.

Claire Riley pictured with a different dog has been jailed for two years after a fatal dog attack on her baby daughter. Credit: Agency

Mum due to be sentenced after baby killed by dog

Claire Riley is due to be sentenced. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mother whose dangerous dog mauled her six-month old baby to death in Northamptonshire is due to be sentenced.

Molly-Mae Wotherspoon was attacked by an American pit bill at a house in Daventry in October 2014.

Mother Claire Riley and grandmother Susan Aucott both admitted being in charge of a dangerously out of control dog.

The initial sentencing was adjourned because Riley was taken to hospital after collapsing outside court.

Homeless charity sees surge in people seeking help

Video report from ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper

A homeless charity in Northampton say it has seen a sharp rise in people seeking help.

More than 30,000 people used the Hope Centre last year - 8,000 more than 2012. That's a rise of a quarter in four years.

"Everybody knows that you have to spend a large and larger parcentage of your income on housing and, as a result, you have less money to spend on other things.

People are often very poor, because so much goes on housing and, therefore, the risk, if you lose your job, that you'll be made homeless, or you can't afford to pay your rent and you have to go and live with somebody.

Wages have stagnated, although rents and obviously house prices have not."

– Robin Burgess, General Manager, Hope Centre
The number of people using the Hope Centre has risen by a quarter since 2012. Credit: ITV Anglia

Northampton Borough Council says there are now fewer people sleeping on the streets since the launch of a new strategy earlier this year.

However, councillors admit there's still work to do. There are plans to open a new night shelter in November.


Britain's hottest September day for more than 100 years

Britain has had its hottest September day since 1911.

The temperature at Gravesend in Kent reached 34.4°C also making it the hottest day of 2016.

The highest temperature reached in the Anglia region was 32.1°C recorded in Thurleigh in Bedfordshire and Writtle in Essex.

Temperatures around the Anglia region at 3pm on Tuesday 13 September 2016. Credit: Met Office

The highest September temperature ever recorded in the Anglia region was 34.6°C at Raunds in Northamptonshire on 8 September 1911.

Hottest September day since 1949

Britain has seen its hottest day in September since 1949.

As the temperature at Heathrow airport passed 32.2°C, the Met Office announced that it was the first time that 32°C has been exceeded in September for nearly 70 years.

In the Anglia region the temperature had reached 30°C at a number of locations by 1pm including Cambridge, Woburn in Bedfordshire and Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

The highest September temperature ever recorded in the Anglia region was 34.6°C at Raunds in Northamptonshire on 8 September 1911.

Temperatures recorded at 1pm on Tuesday 13 September in the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Temperatures soar on one of the hottest September days

Health warnings have been issued on what could be the hottest September day in more than 50 years.

Britain's Indian summer will sizzle with temperatures on Tuesday potentially reaching 31°C (88°F).

The hot weather will hit the East of England, the South East, the capital and the East Midlands, which have been on "heatwave Level 2 status".

Temperatures at 10am has already reached 25°C in the Anglia region. Credit: Met Office

Temperatures have already started to climb in the Anglia region.

It had reached 25°C (77°F) in Weybourne on the north Norfolk coast by 10am on Tuesday.

The last time temperatures soared above 30°C (86°F) in September was in 2006 in Kew Gardens, which hit 30.5C (87°F) on 11 September. <

If the mercury rises above 31.6°C (88.9°F), which was reached at Gatwick on 2 September 1961, then it will be the hottest day for 55 years.

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