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Vauxhall agree to investigate Zafira fire claims

Two women whose family cars burst into flames have managed to get Vauxhall to agree to investigate their 2007 Zafira model.

Zafira after it caught alight
The 2007 model under investigation

On one occasion the car burst into flames moments after a family got out. Afterwards the owner, Sue Freemantle, went online to see if anyone else with the same car had had a similar experience. Other drivers came forward to say the same thing had happened to them. Vauxhall say:

"We are aware of reports concerning vehicle fire, involving right hand drive versions and have begun an internal investigation to determined the route causes of these fires. The safety of our customers in our number one priority"

– Vauxhall
Fire damage to the car
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Fatal crash: family talk of their loss

'It was a big, big mistake for which they paid the price.' Those words from the brother of a speeding driver, killed in an horrific high-speed crash.

Kyle Careford - and passenger Michael Owen - were high on drugs when they crashed the Renault Clio in Crowborough in April. Yesterday the family released a video of their final moments as a warning to others. It has been seen by more than 3 million people.

Kyle's brother said the decision to release the video had not been taken lightly - but done in the hope of saving others from making the same mistakes. David Johns has our report.


Driver convicted after carrying man on car bonnet

A teenager who caused serious injuries to a man when he drove at him with his car and carried him on the bonnet, has been convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Joshua Charnley, who's 19 and of no fixed address, had tried to drive off without paying for fuel at a petrol station in West Kingsdown near Sevenoaks.

The victim, who was the manager of the garage, was carried down the A20 on the car's bonnet for nearly half a mile. He suffered a fractured skull and liver damage. Charnley will be sentenced on Friday.

Car ownership numbers decline in South East

The number of people who do not own a car in the South East has increased by 4% according to a report by the British Car Auction.

In 2012, the figure was 26% of people, this year it is 30%.

The report in brief:

  • 72% of families own at least one car
  • There has been a 1% increase in two car families year on year
  • Two car ownership in the North has increased to 29% from 16% in 2012
  • Families with three cars or more has risen to 10% from 3% in the South West
  • 14% say they will certainly or quite likely buy a car in the next year compared to 11% in 2012

Wife accused of attempted murder

A woman has been charged with the attempted murder of her husband in the New Forest.

Sally Stickland, who is 72-years-old, was in her car at the time. She's accused of running over her husband on a grass verge.

John Stickland, who's 73, was found with serious head injuries by members of the public at 12.45pm on Saturday, May 20.

Southampton Magistrates' Court heard that the couple had been married for 50 years and had three children.


Prison sentence for driver

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The male driver of the Mondeo was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital with minor injuries.

Thomas Molloy, 22, of Norah Lane, Higham, Rochester, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving.

He was sentenced at Dartford and Gravesham Magistrates’ Court on 26 October to 60 days in prison, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for two years. Molloy was also given a four month curfew to remain at home between 8pm and 8am daily.

He must also pay £85 costs. PC Jamie Woodhams, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: `I’d like to thank everyone who came forward with information. We followed all lines of enquiries which helped with the investigation into this fatal incident.

More arrests in burnt out car murder inquiry

29 year old Agim Hoxha was found dead in a burnt out car Credit: PA

Detectives from Hampshire’s Major Investigation Team have arrested a further four men in connection with the murder of 29-year-old Agim Hoxha. All four men have been arrested on suspicion of ‘conspiracy to commit murder’.

Three of the men are aged 34 years, 36 years and 56 years old and are from Southampton. The fourth man is a 33 year old from Winchester. They are currently being held at police stations across the county where they are being questioned by detectives.

Mr Hoxha’s body was found in a burnt out silver Mercedes car in Chilworth Drove, Southampton, on Tuesday, April 10.

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