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The Pogues' Shane MacGowan's mother dies in car crash

Shane MacGowan is frontman for Irish band The Pogues. Credit: PA

The mother of The Pogues' Shane MacGowan has died in a car crash, police have said.

Therese MacGowan died after her car hit a wall in Ballintoher on New Year's Day, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for An Garda Siochana, the Republic of Ireland's national police force, said the crash was being treated as an accident.

"It would appear to be a single car collision with a wall," he added.

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Two hurt after lorry overturns on M25

Part of the M25 will be closed for the rest of the day after a lorry overturned, leaving on person in a critical condition while another is being treated for serious injuries.

A stretch of road shut is between junction 23 at South Mimms and junction 25. Credit: Bruno Fernandes. Twitter: @nbrunofernandes

The M25 is closed between J23 (St Albans Road) and J25 (Enfield). Congestion was reported earlier on the clockwise Clockwise to J22 with the A1081 (St Albans / London Colney) and on the anticlockwise section to J27 with the M11.

The emergency services are still on the scene but two air ambulances called to the scene have now left.

Boy, 12, in critical condition after 'racing' cars crash

A schoolboy is fighting for his life in hospital after a major car crash in Bolton that injured a dozen people.

The 12-year-old is in a critical condition, while a 50-year-old man was also hospitalised when a vehicle ploughed into a pavement.

One of the drivers, a 20-year-old man, is in hospital Credit: Rashaad Atcha

Police said they believe the two cars involved were racing each other when they collided.

Sergeant Danny Byrne from Greater MP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “One young boy has been left seriously hurt and we have officers with his family.

The two cars involved were Vauxhall Astras Credit: Rashaad Atcha

“The fact they are waiting to hear whether their beloved 12-year-old boy will survive reflects the absolute appalling consequences of driving in such a reckless manner."

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