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Coroner: Reduced visibility caused M5 crash

by David Woodland

Coroner Michael Rose says the deceased died as a result of a road traffic accident as vehicles entered an area of reduced visibility.The Coroner will meet authorities before making a ruling regarding:

  • Education for fireworks operators - whether minimum distances should be set for displays near highways
  • Whether licensing of displays is needed
  • Whether visual detection devices should be installed on this stretch of motorway

The Coroner thanked all emergency services and members of the public.

A minute's silence was held as the names of the dead were read out.

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Smoke from fireworks display not to blame for crash

by David Woodland

The Coroner in the M5 crash inquest has dismissed the possibility that smoke from firework display caused the accident.

Some firework smoke carried over motorway - some lower level smoke carried in a different direction.

HSE, British Pyrotechnics Association and highways legislation has been examined - none contain a warning about risk from firework smoke in foggy conditions.

Coroner Michael Rose says "I was left with the impression that fireworks organiser Geoffrey Counsell was a competent operator who had been putting on displays for 20 years".

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Inquest into the death of Russian tycoon resumes

An inquest into the death of a Russian tycoon has heard evidence - from the bodyguard - who found him dead at his home in Ascot - a year ago.

Boris Berezovsky, who'd been a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, had lost a 3 billion pound court case against Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abromovich.

Our reporter, Cary Johnston, has been following the inquest at Windsor Guildhall for us today.

Losing court battle "broke" Berezovsky

The Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, found dead at his Berkshire home, became a "broken man" and spoke of killing himself after losing a multibillion-pound legal battle with Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, his inquest has heard.

His body was discovered slumped on the floor by his bodyguard at his ex-wife's luxury home in Ascot last March.

His death came months after his case involving billionaire Mr Abramovich ended in defeat - costing him millions of pounds and altering his personality, the hearing was told.

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Oligarch 'frequently talked about suicide'

Boris Berezovsky talked regularly about suicide and described himself as "the poorest man in the world" before his death, an inquest has heard.

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Bodyguard says Berezovsky would talk frequently about suicide

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Bodyguard says Berezovsky would tell him - I'm not a billionaire I'm the poorest man in the world.

Mr Berezovsky's body guard added, however, that security was "very light" at the Berkshire home where the oligarch was found dead.

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Bodyguard describes security at house where Berezovsky died as very light - anyone could break in

Read: Berezovsky 'a broken man' after Abramovich case

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Berezovsky 'unprotected' on day of his death

Boris Berezovsky was unprotected by security for "a couple of hours" prior to his death, an inquest into the Russian oligarch's death has heard.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports:

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Bodyguard also says Berezovsky's huge security operation reduced to single bodyguard after he lost case with Abramovich

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Berezovsky was unprotected for a couple of hours on the day of his death when his bodyguard went shopping

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Berezovsky a 'broken man' after Abramovich case

Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky was a "broken man" after losing a lengthy court case against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, an inquest has heard.

The loss in the £3 billion claim is thought to have cost Mr Berezovsky £70 million in total.

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Inquest hearing evidence from former staff members that Berezovsky was a "broken man" after he lost case against Roman Abramovich

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Berezovsky's bodyguard describes him as very depressed in the last 4 months of his life

Read: Berezovsky loses oligarch feud

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Berezovsky family questioned over new information

Boris Berezovsky's family has been asked why 'potentially significant' information was only presented to a coroner two days before his inquest was set to resume.

ITV News' Romilly Weeks reports from Windsor Guildhall:

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Coroner asking Berezovsky's family why he only received information of potential significance to inquest 2 days before

The inquest into Mr Berezovsky's death was opened and quickly adjourned shortly after his death in March last year.

Coastguard statement on 'tragic, complex rescue'

Mark Rodaway, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Manager gave this statement with regards to the inquest into the death of Charlotte Furness-Smith.

Any death at sea is a tragedy and has a profound impact on the family, friends and all those involved in the search and rescue operation. Our thoughts are with those that have been affected during this difficult time.This was a complex rescue, with winds gusting up to 60mph, horrendous sea conditions combined with high tide and limited access to the cave. This was proven when one of our Coastguard Rescue Officers risked his own life when attempting to abseil down a narrow blow hole.

I am confident the Coastguard helicopter crew, Coastguard Rescue Teams and the RNLI lifeboat crews on scene that day made every effort while there was still a chance of a successful rescue outcome.”

– Mark Rodaway, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Manager

Misadventure verdict at inquest of woman who died trapped in sea cave

Charlotte Furness-Smith got trapped in a sea cave Credit: Royal Navy

A coroner has recorded a verdict of misadventure in the case of a woman who died trapped in Dorset sea cave.

Thirty-year-old Charlotte Furness-Smith had gone coasteering with her brother when she was swept into Tilly Whim caves in Swanage last November.

Her body has never been found.

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