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VIDEO: Child death hoax calls 'ill-conceived prank'

A series of hoax calls in which eight families were told their child had died was a "very, very ill-conceived prank."

Detective Inspector Neil Harrison told ITV News that Ashley Dodd's crimes "started off as an intention to ring local food outlets" but soon led to him "going through the telephone directory, selecting names randomly... to put those devastating calls in."

Dodd was today sentenced to 16 weeks in jail.

VIDEO: Mother who was told child was dead in hoax

A mother who was the victim of a hoax call in which she was told her son had died has spoken to ITV News of her ordeal.

Ashley Dodd, 28, was today sentenced to 16 weeks in jail after he admitted making hoax phone calls to eight families telling them their child had died. He pretended to be a doctor at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Leamington Magistrates' Court heard.

Patricia Bee told our reporter Rajiv Popat she "100 per cent believed" the call was true - and started planning her son's funeral on route to the hospital.

Man who made hoax calls telling families their child had died sentenced to 16 weeks

Ashley Dodd Credit: ITV News Central

A man who admitted making hoax phone calls to eight families telling them their child had died has been sentenced to 16 weeks.

Ashley Dodd, 28, rang his victims claiming to be a doctor at the George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Leamington Magistrates' Court heard.

Dodd, of Hayes Lane, Exhall, Warwickshire chose his victims at random after he had been binge-drinking on 6 and 7 June, the court was told.

He admitted eight offences under the Malicious Communications Act.

Runaway driver caused two crashes in one night

Police are hunting a runaway driver who caused two Leamington road accidents on Friday night Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police are hunting a runaway driver who caused two Leamington road accidents in one night.

The first crash happened at 10.30pm on Friday, when the black Peugeot 307 left the Shakespeare Inn and then smashed into a parked black Honda on Mill Street in Harbury.

The collision forced the Honda into the wall of a residential home on the street, significantly damaging the car and the building.

The car left in the direction of Southam before crashing into a ditch on the Bascote crossroads on the A425. The driver, a man, was seen leaving the scene on foot.

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Local sportsmen nominated at Asian Cricket Awards

Moeen Ali has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards.

Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra, Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid and Essex man Ravi Bopara join Ali in the list for the award, which will be presented at Lord's next month.

Ali, who is of Pakistani heritage and was born in Birmingham, made a major contribution towards England's recent series win against India in the Investec Test series.

Chopra led Birmingham Bears to the T20 Blast title, and was recently appointed full-time captain ahead of their Royal London One-Day Cup final against Durham on Saturday.

Birmingham Bears skipper Varun Chopra is also nominated for the award Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Man trapped by collapsed dashboard in crash on M6

A workman was left trapped by his legs for more than an hour after a crash between a flatbed van and an HGV on the M6 this morning.

The man, aged 52, was the front seat passenger in the van and was trapped when the front of the vehicle crumpled in the smash, with the dashboard pinning his legs down.

Long delays on the M6 northbound Credit: MotorwayCameras.co.uk

Emergency crews were called to the northbound carriageway at junction two for Coventry shortly before 5am.

Paramedics and firefighters worked for around 75 minutes to free the man. He was then taken to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire suffering injuries to his leg and head.

Traffic was at a standstill due to the closure of the carriageway Credit: MotorwayCameras.co.uk

The middle seat rear passenger in the van, a man in his early 20s, was taken to the same hospital with minor neck pain.

Two other passengers and the driver, along with the lorry driver, were discharged at the scene.

The motorway was initially completely closed, but has since been reopened.

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