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Murder-accused "lay false trail"

A court has heard how a County Durham man killed his parents to inherit a £230,000 will after they survived a car crash he had faked months earlier.

It is alleged that Stephen Seddon murdered Robert and Patricia Seddon after they survived when he drove a car into a canal with them in the back.

The 46-year-old had debts and an insatiable need for cash, Manchester Crown Court was told.

Despite the couple gifting their son £40,000 in cash and buying his home, his parents "had to die" because he stood to inherit everything in their wills, it is alleged.

The court was told how he shot them both at close range - then planted the gun in his father's lap to make it look like a murder-suicide.

Seddon, from Seaham, denies two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder.

"The person responsible not only wanted rid of Robert and Patricia Seddon, a quiet, unassuming, elderly couple. He wanted to lay a false trail. A trail, we say, he hoped would lead away rather than towards a man with a considerable motive to kill these two people.

"That man was their son, the defendant, Stephen Seddon."

– Peter Wright QC, opening the case for the prosecution

Full Report: Trial begins for man accused of killing parents

A man from County Durham has gone on trial accused of murdering his parents to try to inherit a quarter of a million pounds.

Steven Seddon was arrested in Seaham after the deaths of the couple in Greater Manchester.

Stephen Seddon is facing two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Stephen Seddon denies murder and the trial continues.


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Trial of man accused of killing his parents begins

The trial of a man accused of blasting his parents to death at their home in Sale last year has begun.

Robert and Patricia Seddon were both killed with a shotgun at close range.

Their son, Stephen Seddon, is accused of murdering them to get their inheritance.

The court heard Stephen Seddon was said to have had money problems and an 'insatiable thirst for cash'.

He stands accused of making it seem his father was the gunman.

It has been claimed months earlier Seddon had tried killing his parents by driving him and them into a canal, but all survived.

Stephen Seddon denies murder. The trial continues.

Man in court charged with murdering his parents

A man from County Durham is due to appear in court charged with the murder of his parents in Manchester.

Bob and Patricia Seddon were killed last year Credit: ITV News

The bodies of Bob and Patricia Seddon were discovered shot dead in their home in Sale in July last year.

Stephen Seddon is facing two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder at Manchester Crown Court.

Danny Simpson "okay" after alleged attack

A Newcastle United footballer said he was "okay" after footage was posted online showing him apparently unconscious and bleeding in the street.

Defender Danny Simpson was on a night out in his home city of Manchester when he was allegedly caught up in a fight.

Footage showed the 26-year-old bleeding from the mouth and lying in the street outside a takeaway.

Some people nearby stopped to help and put him in the recovery position. One is heard saying: "Call the police," while a woman says: "There's blood coming out of his mouth."

Another witness can be heard on the film saying: "Someone has just absolutely battered him."

According to reports, he had been punched to the ground, and was later taken to hospital.

The player seemed to back up the story when he tweeted: "For the record im okay, 2 on 1 well done!"


North East economy under spotlight at Labour Party conference

The Labour Party Conference is being held in Manchester. Credit: ITV

The North East economy comes under the spotlight at the Labour party conference in Manchester.A fringe debate is being held, entitled Working Together for a Better North East.

It's being organised by the Association of North East Councils and Northumbrian Water.

The theme of this year's conference is Rebuilding Britain.

PC Rathband's son talks about his father's legacy.

The son of PC David Rathband says yesterdays shootings in Manchester brought back the horrific moment he learnt his father had been shot by Raoul Moat.

David Rathband was found hanged at his home in Blyth in Northumberland last February.

Ash Rathband has taken up the mantle at the Blue Lamp Foundation, a charity set-up by his father to help emergency services and their families caught up in tragic events like this.

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