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Funeral of Alvin Stardust to take place in Swansea

The funeral of Mansfield singer Alvin Stardust will be held in Swansea today.

Alvin Stardust will be given his send off in Swansea today Credit: PA

The 72-year-old, who is best remembered for his hit song 'My Coo-Ca-Choo', lost his battle to prostate cancer on 23 October.

His funeral will be held at St Thomas Church, where he married his third wife Julie Paton.

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CCTV: Police look for man after Mansfield assault

Police want to speak to a man in connection with an assault outside a pub in Market Square in Mansfield last month.

Officers have released an image of the person they are looking for, who is described as a 5ft 10in stocky man with short brown hair.

He is believed to be between 25 and 30 years old.

A CCTV image of the man officers are looking for in connection with an assault in Mansfield Credit: Nottinghamshire Police
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Couple made more than £280,000 from parents' murders

A woman and her husband who murdered her elderly parents and buried them in a back garden in Mansfield made £286,285 from their deaths.

Susan and Christopher Edwards shot her parents in the back Credit: ITV Calendar

Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher are serving life sentences after being convicted in June this year of murdering William and Patricia Wycherley in May 1998.

For the next 15 years the Edwards’ misled authorities and relatives into thinking they were still alive.

Wycherley couple were killed and buried in their garden in 1998 Credit: ITV Calendar

The pair had also pleaded guilty to obstructing the Coroner by burying the Wycherleys, as well as the theft of a credit balance.

At a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday, the pair were ordered to pay back as much as they could of their accumulated profits.

Following a subsequent financial investigation by Nottinghamshire Police the Edwards’ were found to have stolen £40,579.87 from the Wycherley’s two bank accounts, just days after the murder. They redirected benefit payments, as well as state pensions and private pensions, to a new account in Susan and Patricia’s names and continued to collect over the next 14 years.

Evidence was also obtained to show that credit cards and loan agreements had been taken out in the name of Patricia. They also made nearly £67,000 from the sale of the Wycherleys’ home in 2005.

On arrest Christopher had just £17.16 in his bank accounts. The joint account set up in the name of Susan and Patricia contained £8,797.62. The pair also had £2,939-worth of memorabilia, mostly relating to Frank Sinatra and Gary Cooper in their suitcases when they were arrested off a train from Lille in France.

They will be expected to pay the remaining £274,531.26 as and when they can.


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

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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