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Five drivers punished for taking crash photos

Five male drivers who took photographs as they drove past an accident on a Northamptonshire road have been punished by the courts Credit: Niall Carson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Five male drivers who took photographs as they drove past an accident on a Northamptonshire road have been punished by the courts.

The motorists all passed a van which had left the road on the eastbound carriageway of the A45 near Great Doddington on May 12.

As they travelled they other way, the five male drivers all took pictures of the scene on the opposite side.

At Northampton Magistrates Court last month, all five pleaded guilty to not being in control of their vehicles.

“I don’t want drivers just to think about the consequences of being fined for their actions, I also want them to understand the majority of people see their behaviour as dangerous, illegal and disrespectful to victims and their families.

“We have prosecuted people for this kind of behaviour before and we are more than willing to do it again until this risky, voyeuristic fad passes.”

– Inspector Jen Helm from Northamptonshire Police

The five drivers were aged between 30 and 57 years-old and included two from Northampton, one from Wellingborough, one from Rugby and one from West Yorkshire.

All of the drivers were caught in a five minute period by officers at the scene who took pictures of their behaviour.

Taking into account court costs and fines, the five men were all fined between £205 and £285 by magistrates. All of the drivers also had three points added to their licences.

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Funeral of Dowager Duchess of Devonshire today

Mourners will gather in Derbyshire today to pay their respects at the funeral of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah Mitford.

The Duchess - the last of the famous Mitford sisters - died last month at the age of 94.

The Duchess - the last of the famous Mitford sisters - died last month at the age of 94. Credit: PA

She and her aristocratic sisters became famous for their writing careers, love lives and controversial political opinions - and she worked hard to open her home, Chatsworth House, to the public.

The funeral will be held at St Peter's Church, Edensor, at noon.

Family demand answers over Moazzam Begg detention

The family of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg are demanding answers after he was remanded in custody for seven months on terror-related charges - before being released today as the charges were dropped.

His father, Azmat Begg, said he could not understand "how or why" police had arrested his son if they did not have sufficient evidence.

Charlotte Cross has the full story.

Statement from Moazamm Begg solicitors on release

The solicitors for Moazamm Begg have released a statement following his release.

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The 45-year-old from Birmingham, who has previously been held in Guantanamo Bay, had been in custody for seven months awaiting a trial which was due to start on Monday.

He was released earlier today after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him.

Moazzam Begg is a good and brave man. He is a rare individual who will talk to everyone and listen to everyone, even those with whom he profoundly disagrees. He has spent the near decade since he was released from the torture of Bagram and Guantanamo in attempting to wake the world up to injustice and to comprehend its causes and effects. His intelligent voice, of reason and tolerance, is desperately needed now. We are relieved he is free again to contribute to our understanding of each other. There is nothing new that can have been discovered now that was not always crystal clear - that this is an innocent man.

– Moazzam Begg's solicitors

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Terror charges against Moazzam Begg dropped

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg will walk free from prison after prosecutors dropped seven terror charges against him linked to the civil war in Syria.

Moazzam Begg Credit: PA

The 45-year-old from Birmingham has been in custody for seven months awaiting a trial which was due to start on Monday.

At an earlier hearing he had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

But at a pre-trial review today lasting just five minutes the prosecution dramatically dropped the case.

When Mr Begg was charged with a number of offences earlier this year the Crown Prosecution Service were satisfied there was sufficient evidence to afford prosecution. In the months that have followed the prosecution have kept under review the sufficiency of the evidence in this case. The prosecution have recently become aware of relevant material and in light of which, after careful and anxious consideration, have reached the conclusion that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction in this case. The prosecution therefore offer no evidence."

– Prosecutor Christopher Hehir

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