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Right to die case continues

It's day two of a Supreme Court hearing into the appeal by the widow of locked-in-syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson, from Melksham, who campaigned for a doctor to be allowed to help him to end his life.

The Ministry of Justice argues any such changes are matters for MPs.

David Perry QC, the barrister for Ministry of Justice says changes to the law on assisted suicide are for Parliament, and not the courts, to decide:-

Second day in court

Tony Nicklinson's widow is back in court today to continue his right-to-die battle Credit: ITV News West Country

The widow of a right-to-die campaigner from Wiltshire is at the Supreme Court in London for a second day to continue his legal battle.

Tony Nicklinson from Melksham died naturally after living for years with locked-in syndrome. His wife Jane is carrying on his campaign to protect doctors from prosecution if they help someone end their life.


Tony Nicklinson's widow "hopeful" in right-to-die battle

A widow from Wiltshire who wants judges to allow doctors to help disabled people to die was "hopeful" as she took her battle to the UK's highest court.

Jane Nicklinson from Melksham, whose late husband Tony suffered locked-in syndrome, wants the Supreme Court to make a right-to-die ruling.

Nine Supreme Court justices are sitting at the four-day hearing in London - although they are not expected to announce any decisions until next year.

"I'm pleased to see that nine judges are sitting. They clearly mean business," she said, prior to the start of the hearing.

"I'm hopeful. I'm confident we have done everything we can. We feel very strongly ... Something needs to be done."

– Jane Nicklinson

Right-to-die case goes to Supreme Court

Tony Nicklinson died naturally last year Credit: Emma Hallett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The widow of a Wiltshire man is going to the Supreme Court in London this week to continue his right-to-die legal battle.

Tony Nicklinson from Melksham lived for years with locked-in syndrome. He died naturally after losing a High Court fight for doctors to end his life. A subsequent Appeal Court challenge also failed.

Sentencing due for killing

A Wiltshire man is due to be sentenced today after he admitted killing his wife earlier this year. The body of 45-year-old Suzanne Bavette Newton was found at a house in the Bowerhill area of Melksham in January.

52-year-old Richard Newton pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Richard Newton admitted killing his wife, Bavette Norton in Melksham Credit: Avon & Somerset Constabulary


Appeal following fatal collision near Lacock

Police in Wiltshire are appealing for witnesses to the fatal crash on the A350 between Lacock & Beanacre this morning, Tuesday 5th November 2013.

At around 6.05am a Silver Rover 45 travelling south, towards Melksham, collided with a grey Toyota Avensis travelling in the opposite direction.

The 37 year old Rover driver was seriously injured and he died at the scene.The road was shut for approximately six hours to allow for investigation work at the scene to be completed.

Man dies in A350 crash

A man's been killed after a crash which has left one of the region's main A-roads closed this morning.

He was driving a Rover car on the A350 near Melksham in Wiltshire when it collided with a Toyota.

The driver of that car suffered minor injuries. The crash happened just after 6am this morning.

Police closed the road for investigation work and to clear the wreckage.

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