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HFEA will not appeal court decision in Beth Warren case

Beth Warren Credit: ITV News Anglia

A widow from Milton Keynes who won a High Court battle to prevent her late husband's sperm being destroyed, has heard that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority or HFEA will not appeal the judgement.

Warren Brewer died from cancer two years ago and had placed his sperm in storage to give his wife the chance to have their child.

Last week 28-year old Beth Warren successfully challenged a storage time limit to give herself more time to make her decision.

Now the HFEA has said it will not appeal the judgement.


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Widow fights for right to have late husband's baby

A widow who is fighting the destruction of her late husband's sperm says she is too "heartbroken" to have his child right now, but wants to have the option when she is more settled.

Beth Warren, 26, spoke to Daybreak about how she was told she had "six weeks to become pregnant" after losing her husband and brother in quick succession, if she was to stay within a legal timeframe.

"Right now I am still feel heartbroken and it's not the time to have a child because I feel lonely and want that little part of him back - I need to do it at a time that is right."

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Widow: 'I'm exhausted but it's not a fight I can give up'

Widow Beth Warren has said coping with the personal trauma of her loss of her late husband made it impossible for her to make any decisions about her future within the timescale, and wants it extended so she can make a choice in her own time.

However the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has said it has "no discretion to extend the storage period beyond that to which her husband gave written consent".

I'm exhausted but it's not a fight I can give up - Warren said he wanted to give me this chance. I need to do this.

– Beth Warren

The issue will now be determined by family division judge Mrs Justice Hogg. Although the case is to be heard today, Ms Warren's solicitor, James Lawford Davies, said it was "unlikely" a ruling would immediately follow due to the case's complexity.

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Widow fights destruction of her late husband's sperm

A widow who is trying to stop her late husband's sperm being destroyed is taking her case to the High Court today. Legal representatives of Beth Warren, 26, will ask a judge to rule on her challenge to a time limit imposed by the UK fertility regulator.

Beth Warren at her home in Birmingham Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It means she has until April 2015 to conceive using the sample her husband placed in storage before dying. Warren Brewer, a ski instructor, was 32 when he lost a long battle with cancer in February 2012.

In a double tragedy, his death from a brain tumour happened just weeks after Ms Warren's brother died in a car crash.

Mr Brewer had signed consent forms allowing the storage of his sperm so Ms Warren could conceive after his death, known as post-mortem conception, but on a time-limited basis after which the samples are set to be destroyed.

Court lifts child murderer gagging order

The High Court has lifted an order giving anonymity to a killer who committed "exceptionally horrific crimes".

The murderer known as "M" can now be publicly revealed as triple child killer David McGreavy, who impaled the corpses of his victims on railings.

McGreavy, now 62, was jailed for life in 1973 for killing the children he was babysitting at a house in Gillam Street, Worcester, and is one of the nation's most notorious and longest-serving inmates.

The gagging order was made because of fears that the killer's own life was in jeopardy.

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and media organisations said it was legally flawed and wrongly prevented the public from knowing all the facts of the case.

"The full facts are exceptionally horrific by even the standard of murders," said their counsel, Guy Vassall-Adams.


Graduate can appeal High Court decision over job scheme.

A jobless graduate who lost her High Court fight over a government job scheme which she claimed breached human rights laws, has been granted permission to appeal against the decision.

Cait Reilly been given right to appeal decision Credit: ITV Central

Cait Reilly says she was forced to take an unpaid job at Poundland in order to keep her benefits. A High Court judge yesterday rejected her claim. Miss Reilly will now be able to take her fight to the Court of Appeal.