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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

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.


Essex: Traffic builds on the M11 following early morning collisions

There are major problems on the M11 in Essex this morning.

There are currently long delays southbound between between J7 A414 / B1393 (Harlow) and J6 M25 with queues of traffic stretching to J8 A120 (Bishops Stortford).

The carriageway was closed for a time, but has now reopened.

That was as a result of an accident which occurred at around 6:30 am.

There's also disruption on the northbound carriageway.

Another accident means the road is partially blocked between J8 A120 (Bishops Stortford) and J9 A11 (Saffron Walden).

Research shows people who cycle or walk to work are happier

Researchers at the University of East Anglia studied 18,000 commuters. Credit: PA Images

How do you choose to commute to work every day? Well according to a new report, if you cycle or walk, then you are a happier person.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia studied 18,000 commuters dating back over two decades.

They found that people who swapped their cars for bikes or walking, were under less strain and able to concentrate more while in the office, while using public transport also improved their well-being.

Commuters who switch from driving to walking are happier

Data from the 2011 Census shows more than six in 10 commuters use cars or vans to get to work.

Commuters who switch from driving to walking or using public transport are happier, according to scientists.

Researchers from the University of East Anglia in Norwich and the University of Cambridge studied 18 years of data, on almost 18,000, 18-65 year old commuters in Britain.

They found people were less stressed and better-able to concentrate when they ditched their cars.

Data from the 2011 Census shows more than six in 10 commuters use cars or vans to get to work.


Public meetings set to discuss Northern Distributor Road concerns

The £150m route would link the A47 at Postwick with the A1067.

Public meetings will take place from today for people concerned about the impact of the proposed Northern Distributor Road north of Norwich.

The £150m route would link the A47 at Postwick with the A1067. Opponents have said the project would amount to environmental destruction.

They take place all this week from 10am at Assembly House in Norwich.

  • Tuesday 16 September 10am - 6pm - Need, traffic forecasts and value for money.
  • Wednesday 17 September 10am-6pm - Alternatives and impacts.
  • Thursday 18 September 10am-4pm - Western end and minor changes.

The agendas are available on the Planning Inspectorates website.

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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