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Couple sent cards on behalf of murdered parents

The cards said the couple were travelling in Ireland, in a card in 2011. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Susan Edwards sent Christmas cards to relatives of her parents in order to convince people they were still alive.

Read: Daughter 'sent Christmas cards' from dead parents

The cards described how the couple were enjoying travelling around Ireland, when in fact they have been shot dead and buried under the garden of their home.

The Christmas card sent to William Wycherley's niece in 2011. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Susan Edwards, 56, and her husband Christopher, 56, were found guilty of murdering Patricia and William Wycherley at Nottingham Crown Court.

The bodies of the Wycherleys were unearthed from the back garden of their home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, last October.

Read: Mansfield couple told they will receive a life sentence

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Mansfield couple told they will receive a life sentence

Susan and Christopher Edwards have been told they will each receive a life sentence for the murder of Susan's parents.

Read: Couple found guilty of murdering parents in Mansfield

ITV News Reporter Ben Chapman is in court.

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Judge tells Susan & Christopher Edwards they each receive a life sentence. Their minimum term will be decided on Monday pm. @itvnews

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In all Susan & Christopher Edwards stole nearly £250,000 from their dead victims to pay off their debts and fund their lifestyle. @itvnews

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Susan & Christopher Edwards both guilty of murdering her parents and burying their bodies in the garden. @itvnews

Mansfield couple found guilty of murdering parents

Susan and Christopher Edwards have been convicted of murdering her parents. The bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley were discovered in the back garden of a house on Blenheim Close at Forest Town in Mansfield last October.

They were murdered 15 years before, in May 1998. Susan Edwards had admitted manslaughter but denied murder. More to follow.

Read: Susan Edwards describes moment she shot her mother

Couple on trial over parents' death

Susan and Christopher Edwards are charged with killing her parents William and Patricia Wycherley between the 1st and 5th May 1998.

Last October their remains were found buried in the back garden of their home on Blenheim Close at Forest Town in Mansfield.

A post-mortem revealed they had been shot.

Susan Edwards has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Patricia Wycherley. But both she and her husband Christopher Edwards deny murder.

The couple previously admitted to burying the Wycherley's in the back garden and obstructing the coroner in the execution of his duty.

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Big Lunch to encourage people to save food

A Big Lunch is being held at King George V Park in Mansfield today. The organisers of the event are trying to show how much food the average family wastes a year.

People cooking at last year's Big Lunch Credit: ITV News Central

The feed the 1,000 challenge will aim to feed most people visiting the park on the average amount of money a family wastes a year - £700. Across the UK the average amount of money spent on food that ends up in landfill is around £12 billion.

Crackdown on illegal tattooists in Mansfield

Legitimate tattooists are all registered with the Council
Legitimate tattooists are all registered with the Council Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mansfield District Council are asking people to be on the look out for illegal tattooists, known as Scratchers.

There have been numerous complaints from licensed tattooists who have reported they have noticed an increase in the number of scratchers working illegally.

Illegal tattooists do not conform to the high safety standards required, with one unlicensed tattooist wrongly believing that printer ink was safe to use. Printer ink contains high levels of metals and could lead to blood poisoning and infection.

Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council, Cllr Mick Barton said:

We are stepping up our efforts to track down illegal operators. Under the Tattoo of Minors Act, it is illegal to tattoo someone under the age of 18.

Young people are particularly at risk and we would like both schools and individuals to come forward if they are aware of any illegal practices, so we can investigate.

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