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Couple found out about lottery win while manning a car boot sale stall

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy celebrate their win. Credit: Camelot.

A couple from Hertfordshire are set to bring their wedding plans forward after winning nearly £800,000 on the lottery.

Insurance manager, Lesley Blackman, 40, from Ware, found out about the win while manning a car boot stall with fiancé Matthew McCarthy.

The pair experienced a surge of generosity and sold everything for £1 an item to make £150 on top of the £799,255 jackpot share.

Lesley said: “I really couldn't concentrate for the rest of the day and just kept telling everyone that everything was a pound so I think some bargains were had.

“We have been planning to get married for a while now with a small gathering of family and friends in Lake Como, Italy, but we weren’t able to afford it. With this win we’ll still have exactly the same wedding but we can now set a date sooner rather than later.

"I’m so happy, I can’t wait to organise it."

Lesley is also hoping to buy a horse to rekindle her love of the animals and start riding again.

Her winning numbers were 5, 10, 16, 23, 31 and 44 and she won a share of the £4.79 million jackpot.

Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy with their massive cheque. Credit: Camelot.
Lesley Blackman and Matthew McCarthy hope to buy a horse with some of their winnings. Credit: Camelot.

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Boat owners targeted in safety campaign

The fire service in Hertfordshire is targeting boat owners in a new safety campaign.

It is working in partnership with the Boat Safety Scheme and will teach boat owners about the dangers of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Nationally, in the past 20 years, 30 boaters have been killed in boat fires and 30 lost their lives to the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide.

Leaflets are being handed out at boatyards and marinas across Hertfordshire, urging boat owners to deal with the threats posed to their boats and passengers.

There will also be a couple of special awareness events this month. Fire crews will be talking to boat owners at the Ware Boat Festival on 6 July, and they will be hosting a boat safety event at the Lea Valley Marina, Stanstead Abbotts, on 13 July.

“We are keen to raise awareness of the actions that boat users can take to help prevent fire, and the sources of potential risk, so that people can continue to enjoy their boating and avoid a potential tragedy.”

– Roy Wilsher, Hertfordshire’s Chief Fire Officer

Arson attack causes £50,000 damage on Herts farm

Police are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack destroyed 2,000 bales of hay in Hertfordshire.

The blaze took place at Warren Farm Upp Hall, near Ware, on Monday. It caused around £50,000 worth of damage.

A 17-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is on police bail until May 31.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Lesley O’Connell via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number A5/13/186.

Appeal for missing Hertfordshire girl

Hertfordshire Police has launched an appeal to find a 14-year-old girl.

Emily Irvine has not been seen in public since Wednesday afternoon when she was spotted at Ware train station.

She is white, 5ft 5in and slim. She was wearing a grey tracksuit top, grey jogging bottoms and white trainers when she was last seen.

Anyone who has seen her since Wednesday afternoon is asked to contact Hertfordshire Police.

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