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Parents of brain damaged girl face £500,000 bill

The parents of a 13-year-old girl left brain damaged by a speeding motorist are facing a £500,000 care bill after an insurance giant argued she was partly to blame.

Churchill said Bethany Probert shared some responsibility because she should have been wearing a high-visibility jacket as she walked down a dark lane.

They successfully challenged a High Court ruling that motorist Paul Moore was 100 per cent liable after he mowed down the girl in December 2009.

Bethany, a keen rider, was walking home along on a grass verge after tending her horse Troy in stables near Silverstone, Northants.

Churchill believes that Bethany's care bill does not come to £500,000.

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Vandals destroy 80 Jubilee trees

Vandals have destroyed around 80 trees planted in Northamptonshire to mark the Queen's Jubilee year, just two weeks after they were planted.

The trees were planted in Brixworth by children and parents after being donated by the Woodland Trust.

Around 85 young people, including pupils from Brixworth primary school and their parents and other villagers worked together to plant the trees in the green spaces.

"Someone has systematically destroyed the trees and it is such a disappointment. It is hurtful, but we won't let them win. We will re-plant more trees in the new year."

– Brixworth Parish councillor Ian Barratt, scheme coordinator