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Head's Tales: A week in the life of a primary headteacher - part two

by Peter Bearne, Education Correspondent

In the second part of our special series, "Head's Tales", we find out how Mansfield Primary School Headteacher Sarah Moore tries to get the best out of her pupils.

ITV News Central cameras have been given unprecedented access to film Sarah at work in Oak Tree Primary in Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.

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Judge calls parent-murderer 'liar and a fantasist'

The judge who sentenced a couple convicted of murdering the wife's parents before burying the bodies in their garden and stealing £245,000 of their money to at least 25 years in jail has condemned their crimes as "shocking".

Police in the garden of a house near Mansfield, where the remains of William and Patricia Wycherley were discovered. Credit: PA

Mrs Justice Thirlwall told Susan Edwards, who sat staring intently from the dock wearing a patterned grey cardigan and glasses, that she was "an accomplished liar and a fantasist".

Mrs Justice Thirlwall added that she was satisfied it was Christopher Edwards "who held the gun" and who shot the pensioners in the back bedroom of their semi-detached home, and not as the couple claimed, Susan Edwards.

"I sentence you on the basis that each of you intended that both Mr and Mrs Wycherley should be shot dead."

She added their sentences had to reflect the serious nature of the double killing, telling them they had planned to shoot their two victims - one of whom was in his 80s - for financial gain.

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Couple jailed for life for murdering parents

Christopher Edwards and Susan Edwards jailed for life for murder Credit: ITV News Central

A woman and her husband have been jailed for life for murdering her parents and burying them in their own back garden in Mansfield.

The bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley lay undiscovered for 15 years and were unearthed by police last year.

Today, their daughter, Susan Edwards, and her husband, Christopher, were told they will each serve a minimum of 25 years before being eligible for parole.

READ: Mansfield couple found guilty of murdering parents

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Mansfield couple due to be sentenced for murdering parents

Christopher and Susan Edwards Credit: Police Handout

Susan and Christopher Edwards are due to be sentenced today for murdering Susan's parents.

On Friday, the pair were found guilty of murdering Patricia and William Wycherley.

They were told by judge Justice Thirlwall to expect life sentences.

The couple buried Susan's parents in their back garden Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

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REPORT: Mansfield couple found guilty of murdering parents

A woman and her husband are facing a life sentence after being convicted of murdering her parents and burying them in their own back garden in Mansfield.

The bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley lay undiscovered for 15 years and were unearthed by police last year.

Today, their daughter, Susan Edwards, and her husband, Christopher, were found guilty of their murder.

Phil Brewster reports.

Mansfield couple 'took £300,000 from Wycherley's'

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Griffin from East Midlands Major Crime Unit says Susan and Christopher Edwards had taken around £300,000 from her parents.

The couple were today convicted of murdering William and Patricia Wycherley.

They are due to be sentenced on Monday.

READ: Mansfield couple found guilty of murdering parents

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Mansfield couple swindled £245K from murders

After killing "reclusive" William and Patricia Wycherley at Nottingham Crown Court, Susan and Christopher Edwards swindled £245,000 over the next 15 years by pretending they were alive.

They continued to collect their benefits and pension payments, and sold their home with the bodies buried under the back garden, in August 2005.

The debt-ridden couple stole £245,000 from their parents, through falsely claiming benefits and selling their home.
The debt-ridden couple stole £245,000 from their parents, through falsely claiming benefits and selling their home. Credit: Press Association

The couple,who had been in "severe financial difficulties" for much of their relationship, were more than £160,000 in debt when they were arrested last October.

Despite their debts, they spent thousands on film memorabilia including signed photos and autographs of Gary Cooper and Frank Sinatra.

The couple spent thousands on film memorabilia, such as signed photographs. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

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