Funeral for Grimsby crash family to take place today
The funeral of the five family members killed in a crash on the A18 near Grimsby will take place today.
Forty-eight-year-old David Cockburn and wife Angela, 48, died along with their daughters, 21-year-old Carly Cockburn and 18-year old Bethany Cockburn when their car collided head on with a lorry on April 12.
Bethany's daughter, Lacey Jade Stephenson who would have been two next month, was also killed.
The funerals will take place today in Chester-le-Street, County Durham at midday.
Horror of parents who realised 'son was a monster'
At one point Stephen Seddon shouted from the dock, insisting he was innocent. But the judge told him to keep quiet, and continued his sentencing:
One can only imagine the horror of your parents' last moments in this life, when they realised what a monster their son, whom they loved, had become.
Mercifully their deaths were swift. The reason for the attempted murders and the murders was greed. You needed money. You had lost your job. You had a mortgage. You had a family to support. You had some grand plans.
Despite the fact that your parents had always been very generous in supporting you, you wanted more and you wanted it now - hence the plan to kill them and get your inheritance up front.
The attempt at murder having failed, you decided on a more ruthless and definitive method of killing. You obtained a sawn-off shotgun from criminal associates.
As a result of today’s verdicts Stephen Seddon has been brought to justice for the violent and premeditated murders of his own parents and for an earlier attempt on their lives.
He had planned these crimes in enormous detail and went to great lengths to cover his tracks and avoid detection, staging the scene of the murders to make it look like his father was responsible for the shootings.
After his failed attempt to kill his parents by driving the car into the canal he even presented himself as a hero for trying to rescue them.
His motive was purely financial: to get his inheritance without waiting for his parents to die.
Since then he has tried to deceive everyone about what really happened and has shown no remorse whatsoever.
– Cheryl Hramiak, Branch Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West
Convicted fraudster Stephen Seddon, 46, had once before tried to murder his father, Robert Seddon, 68, and mother, Patricia, 65, by driving into a canal with them strapped in the back seats in a faked road accident.
Seddon then "played the hero" in the aftermath of the "accident" after aborting the murder plan when bystanders went to their aid in the submerged car.
But after that plan failed, four months later he shot the couple to death with a sawn-off shotgun at their suburban home in Sale, Greater Manchester.
His parents had made him sole beneficiary of their £230,000 estate in their will - and paid with their lives.
Today, the father of three, from Benevente Street in Seaham, County Durham, was convicted of two counts of attempted murder on March 20 last year and two counts of murder on July 4, after a five-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Thieves who stole Chinese artefacts worth £2 million, but hid them so well they couldn't find them again, have been jailed.
36-year-old Lee Wildman and 33-year-old Adrian Stanton put a lot of thought into planning the theft at Durham University's Oriental Museum. They chose the night before Good Friday, used cloned number plates and chiselled a hole through a brick wall to get in and out quickly.
But the men hid the stolen items on wasteland and when Lee Wildman went back, he couldn't find them. The Judge at Durham Crown Court said they had shown "crass ineptitude".