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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.


Full report: Right-to-die challenges rejected

The family of locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson have lost their right-to-die challenge at the Court of Appeal.

Mr Nicklinson from Melksham died naturally - a week after losing his High Court bid to end his life with a doctor's help.

His widow Jane continued his battle for a change in the law. Despite her disappointment at today's ruling she says she will fight on.

Rebecca Broxton reports:

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Christians warn against 'clever PR based on hard cases'

The Christian Legal Centre has backed the Court of Appeal's rejection of right-to-die cases brought by Tony Nicklinson's family and Paul Lamb and warned against law makers being "swayed by clever PR based on hard cases".

“We’re relieved that the judges have upheld the current law on murder," Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Legal Centre, said in a statement. "It’s there for our protection and doesn’t need changing."

She went on:

It was always unlikely that the Court would rule in favour of Lamb and Nicklinson. But the legal battle is part of a bigger strategy of the anti-life lobby. The cases get lots of media attention, the spotlight turns on Westminster and pressure is built up for MPs to change the law.

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