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Athletes get ready for the Commonwealth Games

A number of athletes taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which starts today, are from the Meridian region.

They include:

  • Amber Hill, Shooting, Binfield in Berkshire
  • Adam Gemili, 100m, Dartford
  • Louise Damen, Marathon, Winchester
  • Steven Way, Marathon, Poole
  • Freya Jones, Javelin, Eastleigh
  • Grace Clements, Heptathlon, Dartford
  • Heather Oliver, Badminton, Eastbourne
  • Dani King, Cycling, Southampton
  • Chris Mears, Diving, Reading
  • Kelly Simm, Gymnastics, Fareham
  • England Hockey - includes men who play for East Grinstead and women from the Reading club
  • Caroline Kinnane, Judo, Aylesbury
  • Andrew Knapper, Lawn Bowls, Reading

Investigation continues into who supplied Peaches with heroin that killer her

The inquest into Peaches Geldof's death has found that she died after taking high purity heroin at her home in Wrotham.

There is an ongoing investigation into who supplied Ms Geldof with the heroin.

The last known movements by Peaches on Sunday 6th April saw Peaches post a picture with her mother onto 'Instagram’.

Peaches Geldof was found dead at her home in Wrotham Credit: PA

The last known contact Peaches had is at 7:45pm when she had a telephone conversation with a friend she had recently sent a message to.

Various people, including Thomas Cohen made attempts to contact Peaches as the evening progressed; Thomas made a call to Peaches that night but got no response.

On Monday 7th April, Thomas Cohen made repeated efforts to contact his wife but had no success.

He arrived at the home address with his mother where he went upstairs thinking that Peaches was asleep.

Thomas then located Peaches in a spare bedroom - where it became obvious to him that she was dead.

Peaches was located on the edge of a bed and was slumped forward onto the bed.


Peaches inquest: Drug equipment found next to body

The initial assessment of the scene found that Peaches had taken heroin and collapsed and died on the bed.

Detailed searches of the whole premises took place and located heroin and various items used for the preparation and consumption of heroin.

Next to the bed was a box containing a capped syringe with a small amount of a brown fluid left in the main chamber and some residue/fluid inside the cap - which forensics have found to contain traces of heroin.

Persons taking heroin on a regular basis develop a tolerance to the drug, and such individuals can use doses that would be toxic, or fatal, to people with no tolerance. However, tolerance to heroin (and other opiate drugs) appears to be lost fairly rapidly when users cease to use the drug, and deaths commonly occur in people who have previously been tolerant and have returned to using heroin”

– Dr Harris

Evidence suggests high purity heroin killed Peaches

Peaches Geldof died after taking high purity heroin when her body had lost its tolerance to the drug, an inquest has heard.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports from the hearing:


Evidence Peaches body had lost tolerance of heroin after she successfully came off so high purity stuff she took killed her


Drugs paraphernalia found in box near where Peaches body was in spare bedroom, post mortem found puncture marks on her,


Peaches hid drugs in loft of family home, husband says

Peaches Geldof hid her drug use from her husband, hiding heroin in the loft of their family, her husband Thomas Cohen told an inquest.

Mr Cohen told the hearing his wife had started taking heroin again in February and he had witnessed her flushing drugs down the toilet at their home in Wrotham, Kent.

Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen pictured together in February last year.
Peaches Geldof and Thomas Cohen pictured together in February last year. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The musician confirmed that he had gone to stay with his parents in southeast London with the couple's two sons, Astala, two, and one-year-old Phaedra, and that she had seemed fine when he spoke to her on several occasions over the weekend.

The inquest heard that Mr Cohen's father, Keith, had seen Ms Geldof when he dropped her youngest child home to her and she appeared fine. Mr Cohen said he had last spoken to his wife at 5.40pm on Sunday April 6.


Nine sets of twins in same year group set to start school

Did you know that more than 9,000 sets of twins are born in Britain every year? Multiple births are less of a rarity these days and that's definitely the case at one primary school in Hampshire - where they have SIX sets of twins in one year group.

They shared their final day together at Hook Juniors earlier this week but they will only be separated for six weeks as they will all be starting the same secondary school in September along with another three sets of twins!! Mel Bloor caught up with them.

Peaches died night before she was found with son in house


Police found high grade heroin valued between £350 - £550 at the home of Peaches Geldof after her death #peachesinquest


Police reveal the sad news that Peaches probably died the night before she was found. Her younger son was in the house.

The inquest heard that Peaches' son was in the house with her the night that she died. A pathologist confirmed that she probably died the night before she was found.

Heroin found by body of Peaches Geldof


Police confirm Peaches body was found bedside a syringe containing traces of heroin #peachesinquest


Peaches Geldof's husband Tom confirms she had drug relapse in the months before her death. #peachesinquest

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