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Good Samaritan murderer had killed twice before

Ian McLoughlin, who today admitted to the murder of pensioner Graham Buck, had killed twice before.

Ian McLoughlin admitted to killing the pensioner. Credit: ITV Anglia

In 1984, he hit Len Delgatty, 49, over the head with a hammer several times after a row, and left his body in a cupboard. He was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter at the Old Bailey, reduced to eight years on appeal.

After his release, he went to live in Brighton, where barman Peter Halls, 55, offered him work. McLoughlin said he assumed Mr Halls was gay, and thought that he may be expected to sleep with him.

McLoughlin stabbed Mr Halls several times, and in 1992 was jailed for 25 years for murder, serving a total of 21 years behind bars.

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Killer 'sorry' for murder of good Samaritan

Ian McLoughlin, who today admitted to the murder of a pensioner, said in a police interview he was "sorry" for the killing but did not regret the initial robbery.

Ian McLoughlin admitted to killing the pensioner. Credit: ITV Anglia

McLoughlin, 55, who will be sentenced this afternoon, had met convicted paedophile Francis Cory-Wright in prison and turned up to his house claiming to need help setting up a charity supporting elderly ex-offenders.

But the 55-year-old, already a convicted killer, grabbed Mr Cory-Wright and demanded to know where he kept his "gold and silver".

The convicted paedophile, who was jailed for 30 months in 2011 for indecently assaulting a 10-year old boy in the 1970s, was tied to his bed and McLoughlin put silver family heirlooms into a pillowcase and demanded his bank cards and pin numbers.

Father-of-three Graham Buck, who lived two doors away from Mr Cory-Wright, went to help him after hearing shouting in his front garden.

McLoughlin said he was confronted by Mr Buck as he tried to flee the house and stabbed him.

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Good Samaritan helped neighbour during robbery

A 55-year-old man has admitted to the murder of a pensioner who was stabbed after going to the aid of his neighbour - a convicted paedophile - during a robbery.

Graham Buck was killed after going to the aid of his neighbour. Credit: ITV Anglia

Ian McLoughlin appeared at the Old Bailey today where he admitted killing Graham Buck in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, in July.

Ian McLoughlin admitted to killing the pensioner. Credit: ITV Anglia

Mr Buck, 66, suffered fatal stab wounds when he responded to cries from the home of 86-year-old Francis Cory-Wright in the village near Berkhamsted.

Family remembers 'true star' killed after her car hit a deer

The family of an 18-year-old dancer who died after her car hit a deer have paid tribute to a "true star". Daniela Ruggiero, from Hoddesdon, and a 17-year-old girl, who has not yet been named, were travelling on the A10 between Ware and Puckeridge yesterday when the crash happened.

Daniela Ruggiero
Daniela Ruggiero Credit: PA Wire

Daniela Ruggiero's family said: "Daniela was a very special and much loved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. She will be greatly missed by everyone who was touched by her greatness. She was born to dance, and is now dancing with the angels. A true star in our lives."

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Police name teen killed as car collides with deer

In relation to the fatal collision on the A10 this morning we are now in a position to name the driver as 18-year-old Daniela Ruggiero from Hoddesdon.

At this stage we do not have a photo or tribute but the family have asked that no members of the media contact them directly.

We will not be releasing the name of the second girl who died today.

– Hertfordshire police
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'74,000' deer involved in UK vehicle collisions annually

Motoring, wildlife and safety groups repeatedly warn road users of the dangers of deer on highways.

  • The toll of deer involved annually in vehicle collisions in the UK is estimated to be as high as 74,000
  • Road accidents involving deer also result in more than 450 human injuries a year as well as several deaths

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Two teenage girls die after car hits deer

Two teenage girls have died in a road crash after their vehicle hit a deer.

The Citroen C1 car in which the girls, who were 17 and 18, were travelling hit a deer and then a Volvo V40 collided with the vehicle, which caught fire.

The incident happened on the northbound carriageway of the A10 between Ware and the A120 Puckeridge exit at around 7.45am, Hertfordshire Police said.

The girls died at the scene while the driver of the Volvo, who is believed to be in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment for what are thought to be leg injuries.

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