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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.

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.

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Elderly woman dies after crash on M4

Elderly woman dies after crash on M4

A 97 year-old woman has died after a crash on the M4 and two others have suffered life changing injuries.

Two cars were involved in the collision which happened early this morning.

Police say one car span off the carriageway after passing Junction 15 by Swindon. It then came to rest in the centre lane where it was hit by another vehicle.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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.

Mental health trust statement over parent killings

Timothy Crook, a psychiatric patient, has been convicted of killing his parents Credit: Wiltshire Police

A mental health patient has been convicted of killing his elderly parents. The court heard Timothy Crook's family pleaded with health workers for them to intervene in the months and years leading up to their deaths.

He battered Bob and Elsie Crook to death in their Swindon bungalow in July 2007. He dumped their bodies 150 miles away - under a wheelie bin.

He was found not guilty of their murder but was found guilty of manslaughter through diminished responsibility.

The Avon & Wiltshire mental health trust says that the deaths have influenced the way they work.

Improvements have been made and the service has moved forward in the last four years.

This incident continues to influence our thinking in the way we improve our services, particularly when patients and families are in need.

It is very hard when people don’t want to engage with our services but we are confident that a tragic event is less likely to happen in the future.

– Spokesperson, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Timothy Crook found guilty of killing his parents

Timothy Crook has been found guilty of manslaughter of his parents Credit: Police

A Swindon man has been found not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of his elderly parents.

50-year-old Timothy Crook had denied killing Bob and Elsie Crook, whose bodies were found under wheelie bins at a house he owned in Lincoln in 2007.

Crook was found guilty of manslaughter through diminished responsibility. He will be sentenced next week.

Timothy Crook's parents, Bob and Elsie Crook

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Family of five taken to hospital following house fire

A family of five have been taken to hospital after a serious house fire in Swindon this morning.

A man suffered severe burns in the fire in Cricklade Road and was taken to Southmead hospital. While a woman and three children were taken to The Great Western Hospital in Swindon, for minor injuries and smoke inhalation.

Most of the house has been seriously damaged by the fire, which is thought to have started in the kitchen.

Several neighbouring houses were evacuated - and some spent the night in council accommodation. They returned today to check their homes but were still too shocked to talk about what happened.

Neighbour Sean Baxter called the fire service just before 3 o'clock this morning - by which time the building was well alight.

Women jailed for defrauding youth football league

Two women have been jailed for defrauding a youth football league out of more than £160,000.

Karen Prictor and Margaret Rivers funded lavish lifestyles by abusing their positions at the North Wiltshire and District Youth and Minor Football League. The pair fraudulently siphoned off £166,000 for themselves over four years.

Karen Prictor was handed four years behind bars Credit: Wiltshire Police

47-year-old Prictor, from Toothill and the league's treasurer, received four years for fraud by abuse of position and money laundering.

Margaret Rivers was handed two years and four months behind bars Credit: Wiltshire Police

While 55-year-old Rivers, from Swindon, and the general secretary, was handed two years and four months for the same.

Motivated by their greed, Karen Prictor and Margaret Rivers defrauded the Football Association out of approximately £166,000.

Even after her passport was seized, Karen Prictor lied on an application to obtain a new passport and booked to go on a luxury holiday to Mexico when she was due in court.

The money they fraudulently siphoned was taken from a not-for-profit organisation which could have been used to help fund activities for the hundreds of local children involved in the league in and around Swindon.

– Clive Read, Fraud Investigator

The youth league is one of the country's largest, with 360 teams of seven to 18 year olds competing across 40 divisions.

Wiltshire woman has been missing for two days

Deborah Amer (left) hasn't been seen since Wednesday Credit: Wiltshire Police

Police in Wiltshire are concerned for the safety of Deborah Amer who hasn't been seen for two days.

The 47 year old from Toothill, Swindon was last seen on Queens Drive in the town at 5pm Wednesday. Police say her disappearance is totally out of character and her medication has been left behind.

Swindon cat found with nine inch knife in its back

The cat's owners still haven't been traced Credit: SWNS

Police in Wiltshire are appealing for information after a cat was found with a kitchen knife in its back.

The cat was found in Spindle Tree Court in Swindon yesterday morning. A nine inch kitchen knife had been deliberately stabbed through its shoulder.

It was taken to a local vet where it was sedated and the knife was removed. The cat remains at the vets where it is recovering from the ordeal.

The cat's owner hasn't been traced. It's described as mainly black, with white markings around the face and feet. It is long haired and believed to be between five and 10 years old.

It would appear that this poor cat has been deliberately stabbed. When officers located it, it was sat amongst bushes in Pinehurst, and a knife handle could clearly be seen sticking up from its back. Despite this, the cat was still very mobile.

The knife blade was approximately nine inches long with a two inch brown handle and was dragging along the floor as the cat moved.

With the help of staff from a vet practice in Swindon, the cat was caught and taken to the surgery. The knife has been seized as we believe this has been done deliberately.

Staff from the vets have suggested that the cat may have been like this for a number of days as the wound was severely infected.

Fortunately, the cat is expected to survive the ordeal, but as it has not been chipped, we have been unable to track down the owner and would appeal to members of the public to contact us immediately if they are able to help.

– PC Jon Mapson
The cat is recovering after having a nine inch kitchen knife removed from its back. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Anyone with information as to who the owner or offenders may be, should call PC Jon Mapson on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.

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