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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

Yorkshire Ripper victim's mother welcomes his possible move to 'regular' prison

Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe could be moving to a regular prison Credit: ITV News

The Northamptonshire mother of Barbara Leach, one of the victims of the Yorkshire Ripper, has welcomed news that her daughter's killer could be moved to a prison.

Psychiatrists have decided that Peter Sutcliffe is no longer mentally ill and should be moved out of the high security Broadmoor Hospital where he has been held for over 30 years.

Sixty nine year old Sutcliffe was given 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attacking others.

He killed student Barbara Leach, whose mother lives in Kettering, in 1979.

Student Barbara Leech who was murdered by Peter Sutcliffe Credit: ITV News


Drivers warned of A14 overnight closures

Drivers are being warned that part of the A14 Kettering bypass will be closed for five nights as part of its £42million scheme to improve safety and relieve congestion.

The westbound carriageway will shut between junctions 9 and 7 from 8pm until 6am from Monday 17 to Friday 21 of February.

The work involves vegetation removal and installation of temporary safety barriers on the slip roads at junction 8. At the same time the opportunity will be taken to carry out some carriageway repairs.

We endeavour to avoid overnight working as far as possible, however we cannot do these works during the day as we need to close the carriageway.

There may be some disturbance to local residents, as removing vegetation and installing new barriers can be noisy, but we will of course do our best to minimise this by doing the noisiest work as early as possible during the closure period."

– Project manager Mike Hall

Family raise funds for daughter to get new leg

Milly-Anne Hemely who lost part of her leg after a dog attack Credit: ITV Anglia

The family of an 11-year-old girl from Northamptonshire who lost a leg in a dog attack are raising funds to buy her a prosthetic replacement.

Milly-Anne Hemely, from Long Buckby, had to have part of her right leg amputated when the family's Staffordshire bull terrier bit her last year. They need to raise six thousand pounds to pay for a prosthetic leg.


Wellingborough Prison to close

Wellingborough Prison will shut by the end of this year, with a loss of nearly 600 prison places as a result.

The plans have been announced by Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke.

The Prison Service say closing Wellingborough will save over £10m each year and avoid significant capital costs of up to £50m - a sum they say is needed to maintain the prison in the future.

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