An Australian radio station which made a prank call to nurses treating the Duchess of Cambridge during her first pregnancy made four further calls to the hospital, an inquest heard today.
Jacintha Saldanha, 46, from Bristol was found dead in her nursing accommodation shortly after staff were tricked into revealing details of Kate's stay at London's King Edward VII Hospital in December 2012. Kate was being treated for acute morning sickness at the time.
One of the DJs who made the prank call, Mel Greig, voluntarily attended the inquest at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Her representative told the hearing that she was prepared to give evidence if it would assist the family.
This is the moment Australian DJ Mel Greig arrived at court this morning where the inquest into the death of Bristol nurse Jacintha Saldanha got under way.
A 54-year-old man from Chard has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for carrying out a series of sexual offences against two girls and possessing more than 2,500 indecent images of children.
Nigel Stephen Bargery, of Langdon Close, admitted a series of offences and was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court earlier today
The sexual offences were committed against two girls between October 2011 and August 2013, at properties in Taunton and Bridgwater. They were first reported to police in late summer 2013.
Nigel Bargery is a manipulative and devious offender.
“He abused these two girls over a lengthy spell of time and manipulated situations to make sure he had time alone with them.
“When he was arrested, his car and home address were searched and a number of computers were seized.
“They were examined by our High-Tech Crime Unit and were found to contain more than 2,500 indecent images of children, some at the highest level of seriousness.
“Although he didn’t admit to the sexual offences in interview, he entered guilty pleas at court demonstrating the strength of evidence against him.
“I’d like to praise the victims for showing tremendous strength in speaking about the abuse they’ve suffered and I’m glad they have been spared the ordeal of giving evidence in court.”
Fire investigators remain on the scene of a house fire in Albion Street, Swindon which led to the death of a male occupant. A 29 year old woman from the town is still being questioned after being arrested on suspicion of murder.
Mel Greig, one of the Australian DJ's involved in the prank phone to the King Edward the 7th Hospital in London pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles is at the inquest of Bristol nurse Jacintha Saldanha in London. The inquest is expected to last two days. Before her arrival at the court she tweeted that she would answer any questions that the Saldanha family may have.
I made a commitment to the Saldanha family that I would answer any questions they have, on or off the stand, I'm here to uphold that promise
The inquest begins today into the death of a nurse from Bristol who died after taking a hoax call at the hospital caring for the Duchess of Cambridge during her first pregnancy.
Jacintha Saldanha was found dead in her living quarters three days after two Australian DJs Micheal Christian and Mel Greig called King Edward the 7th Hospital in London pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. The inquest is expected to last two days.
There has been a strong security presence at Bristol airport ahead of the NATO Summit which begins today.
Heads of state have been arriving this morning, including President of the EU Commission Jose Barraso.
Bristol Airport prepares to welcome heads of state to the West for the NATO Summit which begins at the Celtic Manor Resort near Newport today.
The Vice Lord lieutenant's tells ITV 'to imagine I am Her Majesty The Queen'.
It is his job to represent the monarch when greeting Heads of State at Bristol airport this morning.
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