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Disabled mum who killed herself failed by benefits agency

Image caption Jodey Whiting had suffered ill health for a number of years A woman whose disabled daughter killed herself after her benefit payments were stopped has called for officials to be prosecuted over their failings. Jodey Whiting, 42, of Stockton, Teesside, took her life in 2017 when her payments were halted because she missed a capability assessment. An independent inquiry has found the Department for Work (DWP) breached its own rules and it has been ordered to apologise and pay £10,000 compensation. The DWP said it accepted the findings.…

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Alfie Lamb: Car death accused mum guilty of cruelty

Image copyright Family handout Image caption Alfie Lamb was described in court as “the loveliest boy you could ever meet” The mother of a three-year-old boy allegedly crushed by a car seat has been found guilty of child cruelty. Adrian Hoare, 23, failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, from allegedly squashing Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi convertible with his seat in February last year. Hoare was cleared of manslaughter while a jury failed to reach a verdict on the same charge for Mr Waterson. The…

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The sound-editor mum up for an Oscar

Image caption Nina Hartstone has spent more than 25 years working in the film business At home, Nina Hartstone juggles caring for three children, co-chairing the PTA and feeding the cat. At work, she’s a Bafta-winning sound-editor who is off to Hollywood to see if she can add an Oscar to her collection of awards for her work on music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Dressing up in a grand gown, walking down the red carpet and enjoying lavish Los Angeles parties are experiences most commonly associated with A-listers. Rarely, if ever,…

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Mum of woman disabled by measles on responsibility to vaccinate

Facebook has been under increasing pressure to remove anti-vaccination groups, which are spreading false information about the dangers of life-saving vaccines and promoting unfounded alternative treatments. Jo Walton’s daughter Sarah was left severely disabled when the measles virus returned 24 years after her initial childhood infection. Jo believes parents should be fined for not vaccinating their children. Lottie Daley has three children, and partially vaccinated her first child but after she fell ill she has decided against further vaccination. She is also a member of various anti-vaccination groups on Facebook.…

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Snapchat helps save mum and daughter from car crash

Image copyright SWNS A mum and her daughter were rescued from a car crash after a 15-year-old tracked them down on Snapchat Maps. Gemma and Martha Fairweather were driving home when their car skidded off a Suffolk road – deep into a ditch. They’d been on a day out in Lowestoft with Gemma’s boyfriend Graham and his son Sam. “We were teetering on the edge on our side,” Gemma tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. “We could see and hear water to the left of us through the window.” The car had…

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Cadet’s mum: ‘My son’s life was not in vain’

Image copyright Getty Images Cadet’s mum has urged his fans not to keep “pent up anger” inside them at a tribute event to his life. Fans gathered in Hyde Park in central London to release balloons to celebrate the 28-year-old on Sunday. The rapper was the passenger in a taxi when he died in a car crash on Saturday morning. His mum said her son’s life was “not in vain” and she was proud that he’d been able to influence so many people to achieve their goals. Speaking to the…

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Alfie Lamb death: Mum ‘let down’ son over car seat death

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCCTV of the group during the shopping trip in Sutton was shown in court A mother accused of not helping her three-year-old son as he was crushed by her boyfriend’s car seat has told a court she had let down her son. Alfie Lamb was found unresponsive and later died following a car journey in south London on 1 February last year. The boy’s mother Adrian Hoare, 23, told the Old Bailey she would have moved Alfie “if I thought there was…

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Ellie Yarrow-Sanders: Judge’s Twitter plea to missing mum

Image copyright Patrick Sheridan/PA Image caption Ellie Yarrow-Sanders disappeared with her son Olly Sheridan in July A High Court judge has used Twitter to urge a mother who vanished with her three-year-old son to return home. Ellie Yarrow-Sanders, 26, disappeared with Olly Sheridan in July after becoming involved in family court litigation with her ex-partner Patrick Sheridan. Mr Justice Williams, who sent the tweet, is overseeing the case in the Family Division of the High Court. It is thought to be the first time a judge has used Twitter in…

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Migrant caravan teenager: ‘I left without telling my mum’

Image copyright Encarni Pindado Image caption Nahín left Honduras to help her mother financially “I didn’t want to say goodbye to her,” says Nahín of why she kept her mother Marta in the dark about her decision to leave Honduras for the United States. Sitting in the one-room shack made out of breeze blocks that is her home, the 17-year-old recalls the day last October she left her hometown of San Pedro Sula. For Nahín, it was a spur-of-the moment decision. “I was at the home of a friend whom…

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Obituary: Windsor Davies, star of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

Image caption Pictured in 1981 with Don Estelle and Melvyn Hayes in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum Comedy actor Windsor Davies, who was immortalised as the sergeant major in TV series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, has died aged 88. Davies, who also topped the pop charts with sitcom partner Don Estelle in 1975, had modelled the role on men he knew on National Service. “Apart from the brilliance of the writing, I think It Ain’t Half Hot Mum was brilliant because that is how it really was,” he told…

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