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Swindon man sent to secure hospital for killing his parents

Timothy Crook was convicted of killing his parents. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A paranoid schizophrenic who "brutally" killed his elderly parents has been sentenced to life in a secure hospital.

51-year-old Timothy Crook is believed to have attacked his parents Robert Crook, 83, and Elsie Crook, 76, in the bedroom of their home in Swindon in 2007, strangling them with a belt and bludgeoning them with a hammer.

After the killings Crook put his parents' bodies in the back of their car, drove them 150 miles to a house he owned in Lincoln, and dumped them under wheelie bins.

He was convicted of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility by a jury at Bristol Crown Court earlier this month.

Today a judge sentenced the former Ministry of Defence employee to a minimum life term of 16 years. The eight years he has already served in custody count towards this time.

Tesco bans small cartons of Ribena

Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A soft drink made in the Forest of Dean will no longer be sold by a major supermarket following concerns about child obesity.

Lunch-box sized cartons of Ribena, which is bottled in Coleford, have been banned by Tesco because of its sugar content.

The supermarket giant will continue to sell no-added sugar versions and cordial bottles.


Psychiatric patient convicted of killing his parents to be sentenced

Timothy Crook was convicted of killing his parents. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A man from Swindon who killed his parents in 2007 will be sentenced later today.

A jury found Timothy Crook guilty of manslaughter due to diminished responsibility last week.

The 50-year-old denied killing Bob and Elsie Crook, whose bodies were found under wheelie bins at a house he owned in Lincoln.

Test tube baby tells of the hate mail sent to her parents

The world's first test tube baby, who is from Bristol, has revealed the hate mail her parents received following her historic birth - including some splattered with blood.

Louise Brown when she was just a few weeks old in August 1978 Credit: PA
Louise Brown on her 30th birthday Credit: PA

The birth of Louise Brown in 1978 marked a scientific breakthrough after her parents Lesley and John became the first to successfully undergo IVF - in vitro fertilisation.

Mrs Brown celebrates her 37th birthday tomorrow (Saturday 25 July) and has also written her autobiography.

In it she describes how her family were sent fan mail but also some very nasty hate mail.

It was menacing and scary and considering the time the people must have taken in putting this thing together then sending it across the world to a three-month-old baby I would say a completely sick act by some sick minds.

Imagine how worrying this was for mum.

For a while she was even more careful when taking me out in the pram.

– Louise Brown

Mrs Brown is now a mother-of two and still living in Bristol with her husband, Wesley Mullinder. Her story, "My Life As The World's First Test Tube Baby", is out on 1 August.

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Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is 'on track' to improve finances

An investigation into finances at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has closed. Credit: ITV West Country

An investigation into finances at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has closed as the Trust is now on track to improve its financial position.

The health sector regulator Monitor opened the investigation in November but is now satisfied that the Trust has a solid plan in place to support its long-term aims.

These include integrating its hospital services with GPs and social care services across South Somerset.

It's positive news for patients in Somerset that we were able to support the trust without the need for formal regulatory action. We believe that the trust has the right plans to tackle its short-term financial problems, with the right people in place at the top to deliver those plans.

– Justin Collings, Senior Regional Manager at Monitor


How to help your child if they are suffering from Gender Identity Issues

What is Gender Identity Disorder?

Gender dyphoria which is also known as Gender Identity Disorder, applies to someone who is unhappy with their biological sex and wishes to belong to the other one.

This happens when a young person feels that they have been born in the wrong body, that they should have been a girl if you were born a boy or vice-versa.

In most people their gender identity is the same as their sex but in a few people their gender identity and sex do not match and this can cause distress.

The charity Mermaid, who offer support to children and teenagers with gender identify issues, say they recognise that there are problems within the current systems in place to help young people.

However, they say the earlier signs of Gender Identity Issues can be recognised, the sooner help can be given within the NHS.

The charity would encourage families to get in touch with them to help provide expert advice and support:

Weston General Hospital asks people to avoid A&E unless it's urgent

Weston Area Health NHS Trust are asking people to avoid making a trip to A&E today, unless they are suffering from an urgent medical problem.

They stressed that A&E is very busy and asked anyone who still requires help and advice for a non-urgent medical problem should follow this link:

Do you really need our Emergency Department?

Parents pleaded in vain for help for mentally ill son

Timothy Crook's parents, Bob and Elsie Crook

Bristol Crown Court heard that for years, his parents, Bob and Elsie Crook, pleaded with the mental health services to help him. But he refused to engage with them and they refused to intervene.

Timothy Crook had a long history of mental illness. In 2002, he was diagnosed as delusional and schizophrenic. A doctor described him as 'a bomb waiting to go off.' He was sectioned but successfully appealed the order and went back to live with his mother and father in Swindon - where in 2007 he battered them to death.

Bob and Elsie Crook were a well known couple in Swindon. They ran a weekly dance club. But when they failed to show for the first time, friends became suspicious and called the police. What detectives discovered was the horrific end of a brutal attack.

Ch Insp Deb Smith from Wiltshire Police described what happened.

It has taken eight years for the case to reach trial as Timothy Crook has been too unwell to enter a plea.

Timothy Crook was found not guilty of his murdering his parents but was found guilty of manslaughter through diminished responsibility.

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership says the deaths of Mr and Mrs Crook has influenced the way their work.

You can read its statement here.

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