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Constance Marten’s partner told police the fugitive aristocrat was a ‘good mother’ and ‘would never do anything to harm a child’, court hears

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The partner of fugitive aristocrat Constance Marten[3] told police she was a 'good mother' and had 'done nothing wrong' when questioned about the death of their newborn baby, their trial has heard.

Mark Gordon, 49, and Marten are accused of killing their daughter Victoria in January last year as the couple tried to prevent her being taken away by social services.

Gordon and 36-year-old Marten were arrested in Brighton[4] some seven weeks after going on the run with the child, the court heard. 

The couple had spent nearly two months tent camping in the bitterly cold South Downs before Victoria, wearing only a onesie, allegedly froze to death. Her body was later found in a Lidl[5] supermarket bag inside a disused shed on an allotment.

Gordon told police he believed Marten was suffering from 'a post-traumatic thing' when Victoria died and that 'she would never do anything to harm a child', jurors heard today.

He claimed they had wanted to 'safeguard' the child, the 'whole thing' was for her and what happened could not have been predicted. 

Marten and Gordon, of no fixed address, deny manslaughter, perverting the course of justice, concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of a child. 

The partner of fugitive aristocrat Constance Marten (pictured) told police she was a 'good mother' and had 'done nothing wrong' when questioned about the death of their newborn baby Victoria, her trial has heard The partner of fugitive aristocrat Constance Marten (pictured) told police she was a 'good mother' and had 'done nothing wrong' when questioned about the death of their newborn baby Victoria, her trial has heard

The partner of fugitive aristocrat Constance Marten (pictured) told police she was a 'good mother' and had 'done nothing wrong' when questioned about the death of their newborn baby Victoria, her trial has heard

Mark Gordon, 49, (pictured) told police he believed Marten was suffering from 'a post-traumatic thing' when Victoria died and that 'she would never do anything to harm a child', jurors heard today Mark Gordon, 49, (pictured) told police he believed Marten was suffering from 'a post-traumatic thing' when Victoria died and that 'she would never do anything to harm a child', jurors heard today

Mark Gordon, 49, (pictured) told police he believed Marten was suffering from 'a post-traumatic thing' when Victoria died and that 'she would never do anything to harm a child', jurors heard today

Gordon, pictured alongside Marten in a court sketch from today, claimed the couple had wanted to 'safeguard' the child, the 'whole thing' was for her and what happened could not have been predicted Gordon, pictured alongside Marten in a court sketch from today, claimed the couple had wanted to 'safeguard' the child, the 'whole thing' was for her and what happened could not have been predicted

Gordon, pictured alongside Marten in a court sketch from today, claimed the couple had wanted to 'safeguard' the child, the 'whole thing' was for her and what happened could not have been predicted

Gordon initially refused to answer questions when he and Marten were arrested last year, the Old Bailey was told today.

In a March 2 police interview, Gordon started by saying he would give his testimony to a jury. A detective then told him that Marten had confirmed a baby who was found dead the day before was their daughter Victoria, the court heard.

Gordon was also informed that Marten had explained the child died after she fell asleep holding her but that he had advised her to say it was a 'cot death', jurors heard.

After consulting with his lawyer, Gordon said that 'barring a few nuances' that was what happened. He told police: 'It had to be very traumatic for her, you have to understand I love her. I love her.

'I would do anything for her and she loves children and that's our fifth child and we wanted to have that child.'

He told officers that he believed Marten was suffering from PTSD when the baby died after she fell asleep with her in her arms.

'She is a very special person. She's an awesome woman and she would never do anything to harm a child under any circumstances,' he said.

He added that Marten was a 'beautiful, intelligent woman' and he was a 'man who loves his wife'.

'I love her, I would do anything for her and we wanted to have that child, it's her child,' Gordon told police.

'She has actually experienced the post-traumatic distress and she was in a situation where she was quite vulnerable and that led to things that were never predictable on either of our parts.

'And it's an unfortunate, sad, very sad thing.'

 

In footage shown during the trial, Marten is seen keeping the baby under her coat before unzipping it and exposing her in east London on January 7 In footage shown during the trial, Marten is seen keeping the baby under her coat before unzipping it and exposing her in east London on January 7

In footage shown during the trial, Marten is seen keeping the baby under her coat before unzipping it and exposing her in east London on January 7

Jurors were shown little Victoria's face (centre) for the first time last month as her parents Constance Marten (right) and Mark Gordon (left) sat inside a kebab shop Jurors were shown little Victoria's face (centre) for the first time last month as her parents Constance Marten (right) and Mark Gordon (left) sat inside a kebab shop

Jurors were shown little Victoria's face (centre) for the first time last month as her parents Constance Marten (right) and Mark Gordon (left) sat inside a kebab shop

The heartbreaking moment the body of a missing newborn girl was found inside a Lidl supermarket bag has been shown at the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten The heartbreaking moment the body of a missing newborn girl was found inside a Lidl supermarket bag has been shown at the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten

The heartbreaking moment the body of a missing newborn girl was found inside a Lidl supermarket bag has been shown at the trial of aristocrat Constance Marten

The defendant insisted there was 'nothing sinister' or 'dark' and said that sometimes the media made things seem 'worse than what they are'.

Gordon told officers: 'What have I done that you don't think is right here?

'I have done everything I think right. If you listen to me, I have done nothing really wrong. I have supported my wife. Tried my best to be a husband. And I don't think she has done anything wrong, actually, in trying to take care of her child.'

He added: 'But I think in the circumstances, the car exploding, and you have to understand four children have gone to social services, she's a good mother and I don't think they had actual reason to do what they did.

'We had provision, lots of provisions, the baby was taken care of. But then she explained what happened and it was a very, very serious and unfortunate thing that happened and no one could ever have anticipated or looked into glass and see what happened and I hate that it happened the way it has.

'The fact is I do love her very much and I don't find her to be at blame at all because she was in post-traumatic stress.'

An image dated January 5, 2023 from the Metropolitan Police of Mark Gordon and Constance Marten's burning Peugeot 206 on the M61, which was played in court during their trial An image dated January 5, 2023 from the Metropolitan Police of Mark Gordon and Constance Marten's burning Peugeot 206 on the M61, which was played in court during their trial

An image dated January 5, 2023 from the Metropolitan Police of Mark Gordon and Constance Marten's burning Peugeot 206 on the M61, which was played in court during their trial

A picture presented during the trial, shows the burnt out Peugeot 206 on the side of the M61 A picture presented during the trial, shows the burnt out Peugeot 206 on the side of the M61

A picture presented during the trial, shows the burnt out Peugeot 206 on the side of the M61

A picture shows the inside of the couple's burnt out car. The baby's placenta was found in the vehicle, the Old Bailey heard A picture shows the inside of the couple's burnt out car. The baby's placenta was found in the vehicle, the Old Bailey heard

A picture shows the inside of the couple's burnt out car. The baby's placenta was found in the vehicle, the Old Bailey heard

Pictured is the shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex, where a Lidl bag was found which contained the body of baby Victoria. The photo was shown in court during the trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon Pictured is the shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex, where a Lidl bag was found which contained the body of baby Victoria. The photo was shown in court during the trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon

Pictured is the shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex, where a Lidl bag was found which contained the body of baby Victoria. The photo was shown in court during the trial of Constance Marten and Mark Gordon

A photo of baby clothing found in a Lidl bag in a shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex which included the body of Victoria A photo of baby clothing found in a Lidl bag in a shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex which included the body of Victoria

A photo of baby clothing found in a Lidl bag in a shed in Lower Roedale Allotments, East Sussex which included the body of Victoria

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The court also heard how the couple went missing with their newborn baby after their car burst into flames near Bolton, Greater Manchester, last January.

Gordon told police during his interview that the car 'exploded out of nowhere' and that in 'hindsight' they should have stayed with the vehicle to 'deal' with the situation.

Victoria's placenta was found in the exploded vehicle on a Manchester motorway, sparking a huge police hunt, the Old Bailey heard. 

It is alleged that they slept in a tent 'off-grid' in a bid to keep the baby, after Marten's four other children were taken into care.

Last March 1, Victoria's remains were found in a Lidl supermarket bag inside a disused shed on an allotment.

On Tuesday, jurors viewed in the courtroom a blue tent and two sleeping bags said to be identical to the items bought by Gordon at Argos.

The tent, which measures four foot six inches by six foot eight inches, was carried towards the jury by the court usher and a police officer and placed beside the judge.

Prosecutor Tom Little, KC, invited jurors to approach the tent and feel the thickness of the material.

Jurors bent down to look inside the tent and felt the material in the doorway. Two jurors climbed inside the small tent together.

A juror then sent a note to the judge asking how tall Marten and Gordon are.

Two sleeping bags from Argos, the same as two the defendants also purchased, were then passed around for the jury to feel- an adult blue sleeping bag with stars on and a children's sleeping bag with rainbows and unicorns on.

Jurors then asked to be provided with a Lidl bag for life identical to the one Victoria was found in.

The jury was also provided with a list of the highest and lowest temperatures each day at weather stations near to the areas the couple slept.

The temperatures ranged from minus 4.3 degrees to 11.3 degrees.

Meteorologist Dr Richard Wild told the court that the area the couple slept in had a normal amount of rain in January 2023 for the time of year.

But the weather expert said that February 2023 was 'significantly drier than average' in the area, with about a fifth of the rainfall of an average February.

Bodycamera footage shows the moment detectives confronted Marten. Police repeatedly asked her 'where is your child?' in the footage after she and Gordon were tracked down Bodycamera footage shows the moment detectives confronted Marten. Police repeatedly asked her 'where is your child?' in the footage after she and Gordon were tracked down

Bodycamera footage shows the moment detectives confronted Marten. Police repeatedly asked her 'where is your child?' in the footage after she and Gordon were tracked down 

A screen grab taken from body worn camera footage issued by the Metropolitan Police shows the moment Mark Gordon was arrested in the street A screen grab taken from body worn camera footage issued by the Metropolitan Police shows the moment Mark Gordon was arrested in the street

A screen grab taken from body worn camera footage issued by the Metropolitan Police shows the moment Mark Gordon was arrested in the street

CCTV footage of Constance Marten buying supplies at Texaco in Newhaven, which was shown in court during their tria CCTV footage of Constance Marten buying supplies at Texaco in Newhaven, which was shown in court during their tria

CCTV footage of Constance Marten buying supplies at Texaco in Newhaven, which was shown in court during their tria

CCTV footage of Constance Marten filling a bottle with petrol at Texaco in Newhaven, which was shown in court during the trial CCTV footage of Constance Marten filling a bottle with petrol at Texaco in Newhaven, which was shown in court during the trial

CCTV footage of Constance Marten filling a bottle with petrol at Texaco in Newhaven, which was shown in court during the trial

Marten and Gordon met in a shop in London 2016 and got married in a ceremony in Peru, not recognised in UK law, about a year or two later.

They had four children in quick succession who were all taken into care after Marten fell from a window and social service believed Gordon pushed her, she told police.

The couple deny the manslaughter of Victoria by gross negligence, concealment of the birth of a child, cruelty to a person under 16 and perverting the course of justice by disposing of the body.

Marten comes from a wealthy aristocratic family and her father was a page to Queen Elizabeth II.

She told police her family hired private investigators after she met Gordon and were working with social services for years trying to 'get involved' with the children.

The Old Bailey trial continues.

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Manchester Road: Crash with lorry and car disrupts buses

Police were called to the crash at around 7.45am on Manchester Road, near Burnden Park, Bolton, today (Tuesday February 20).

The incident was quickly resolved within around 15-20 minutes.

There were no reported injuries, and no one was trapped in the vehicle at the time.

Breightmet councillor Cllr Sean Fielding, was on Manchester Road at the time, and although he did not see the crash, he was unable to get a bus into Manchester.

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He said: “I was waiting for the bus into Manchester at about 7.45am.

“Someone told me they got off a bus near Burnden because there was nothing going, and they walked further down to try and get something.

“I looked on the tracker and it showed that there were two number eights at a lay-by near Asda for about 20 minutes, and they were diverted the way the 36 goes.

“I got the train because there were no buses coming down for about 30 minutes.”

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Warburtons rolls out four more electric Renault Trucks E-Tech D16s

Following the successful deployment of its first 16-tonne electric truck in Enfield, Warburtons has taken delivery of four more Renault Trucks E-Tech D16s. In addition to the E-Tech D16s, Warburtons has also purchased its first electric vans, two Renault Trucks E-Tech Master vans with Luton bodies.

Supplied by Renault Trucks dealer JDS Trucks & Vans, the four E-Tech D16s join Warburtons secondary fleet and will deliver fresh bakery products directly to stores nationwide. The vehicles will operate from four of Warburtons bakeries in Enfield, Glasgow (Bellshill), Bristol and Bolton. The E-Tech Masters will be located at Enfield and Bristol.

Steven Gray, Head of Transport at Warburtons, says: “The performance of our first 16-tonne electric truck has given us the confidence to make this significant investment in four further E-Tech D16s.”

Steven Gray continues: “By carefully planning the first vehicle, studying routes, diminishing loads and tail-lift systems, we specified the right vehicle for the job, which has delivered the same quality of service to our customers with zero emissions. We have also had excellent feedback from our drivers who enjoy the quieter, smoother ride, and with any initial range anxiety soon put to rest.”

All four of Warburtons’ latest electric trucks are E-Tech D16 4×2 rigid with box bodies by Fosters Commercials, and Dhollandia tail lifts. Powered by 265 kWh, 600 V E-Tech lithium-ion batteries, the Alternating Current synchronous motor with permanent-magnet technology delivers maximum power of 185 kW, continuous power of 130 kW and maximum torque of 425 Nm. The E-Tech reduction gearbox offers two forward speeds and one reverse.

The E-Tech D16s are equipped with charge ports compatible with type 2 and CCS Combo 2, which allows mode 2, 3 or 4 charging from 22 kW to 150 kW.

Steven Gray adds: “Our secondary fleet, which delivers products direct to stores, is ideal for electric vehicles, as most routes are low stem mileage of less than 100 miles, making around 30 – 35 deliveries. All vehicles are on the road by 4am, returning by lunchtime with long dwell times back at base that are perfect for charging, using 22 kW EV charging points installed by EO.”

The local Renault Trucks dealer will provide Aftersales support for the E-Techs: Renault Trucks Scotland, Renault Trucks South West, JDS Blackburn and Norfolk Truck & Van Enfield, which was the servicing dealer for Warburtons’ first electric vehicle.

A strong relationship with the local Renault Trucks dealer has been crucial to the successful roll-out of Warburtons’ electric vehicles, as Steven notes: “JDS is our main point of contract, and since we started working with them four years ago, the relationship has been excellent.”

Steven concludes: “The team at Norfolk Truck & Van have also done a cracking job, and this is one of the reasons that we are placing a second electric truck as well as one of the new E-Tech Masters at Enfield.”

Constance Marten claims she knew the moment baby Victoria had died in her arms

Constance Marten has claimed she knew the moment her baby Victoria had died in her arms - as she was on the run from police.

The aristocrat, aged 38, and her partner Mark Gordon, 49, spent almost two months running from police. Officers began searching for them after their car was found abandoned and on fire on a motorway outside Bolton on January 5.

Authorities grew concerned for the welfare of the child and Marten’s previous four children were taken into care - the court heard. It took weeks, until February 27, when police caught up to the couple who had been living off the grid, often sleeping in tents.

After arresting the couple, both Marten and Gordon refused to reveal where the baby was - instead, she remained silent and he complained. Just a few days after their arrest, Victoria’s body was found in a red Lidl bag, along with empty beer cans and rubbish, stuffed in a shed in an allotment in Brighton.

During the ongoing trial, held at the Old Bailey, jurors were shown video footage of Marten’s interview with police on the evening of March 1, hours after Victoria’s body had been discovered. At the start of the 90-minute interview she was told a baby's body had been found, and the officer asked her: "Is it your baby?"

Marten replied "yes", and started sobbing, before telling the officer: "Her name was Victoria". She sobbed in the dock as the interview was played to the court. Marten said she first learned she was pregnant with Victoria in March 2022. She said Victoria was born "in a house in Cumbria" on Christmas Eve 2022. She said she had travelled there a few days earlier, and that she had had no medical assistance with the birth.

Victoria died just days later, on January 7. Marten said: "We were staying outside in the countryside. I had her in my jacket and hadn't slept properly in quite a few days. I fell asleep holding her sitting up, and when I woke up she wasn't alive. When I woke up she wasn't alive, in my jacket. I believe I fell asleep on top of her."

Constance Marten mugshot Constance Marten - a British aristocrat ( PA) Mark Gordon mugshot Mark Gordon - after being arrested he complained about being in pain and refused to say where Victoria was ( PA)

She said following her daughter's death "I wanted to turn myself in at that time. I was debating it. Obviously it's two months later now but I kept her body for a number of reasons."

Marten added she "didn't want to bury her in a forest, some random place, because I wanted her to have a proper burial, but also because I was concerned if an animal might eat her, that might affect the autopsy". She continued: "I debated whether to cremate her myself and get rid of the evidence, but decided to keep her because I knew at some point in the future I was going to be asked about it. I didn't know what to do."

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Victoria had died two days after their car had caught fire on the M62 motorway on 5 January 2023, the court heard. Marten said she had been driving from Manchester when the vehicle started smoking. She explained: "I got out of the car to see what was wrong with it. We tried to get as much stuff as we could out of the car."

They left a number of items inside the car, including £2,000 in cash, a credit card, and a bag containing the placenta from Victoria's birth. She explained that they left the scene as "I knew the police were going to come", and she said she knew the police were searching for her.

The red Lidl shopping bag that little Victoria's remains were found in The red Lidl shopping bag that little Victoria's remains were found in ( police Handout)

She said she was worried that if they found her "the police would take Victoria away". She added: "I wanted to keep her with me. I'm her parent." Marten told the officer that they hitched a ride to Bolton as "it was the nearest town, and the police were looking for us."

From there, she said, they took a taxi from Bolton to Liverpool, before taking a further taxi to Newhaven on the south coast of England.

The trial continues.

M61: Suspected drug driver arrested with unrestrained children in car

Lancashire Police received a report about an unrestrained child and stopped the blue Ford car on the M61.

Police also found one defective tyre, two defective lights, and a missing indicator.

The driver then tested positive for cannabis and was arrested at around 10pm on Monday, February 12.

The Bolton News:

A spokesperson for Lancashire Road Police said: "Report received about a car driving with an unrestrained child.

"Car was stopped on M61 and two unrestrained children [were] found along with one defective tyre, two defective lights, a missing indicator and the driver tested positive for cannabis and was arrested."

What the papers say – February 12 | Braintree and Witham Times

The Daily Express and The Daily Telegraph focus on Defence Secretary Grant Shapps’ comments he will launch a review into the Army’s “woke culture”.

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The i carries bad financial news for Chancellor Jeremy Hunt as he prepares the Budget.

The i: Hunt braced for double Budget blow this week #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/sqh8o5PlzC[8][9]

— George Mann (@sgfmann) February 11, 2024[10]

The Sun carries a picture of the King and Queen on its front page with Charles attending church on Sunday for his first public outing since his cancer diagnosis.

The Sun: King's wave of hope #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/yYw7UD2m82[11][12]

— George Mann (@sgfmann) February 11, 2024[13]

The Metro and the Financial Times splash with Donald Trump’s speech saying he would “encourage” Russia to invade its neighbours.

Metro: 'Unhinged' #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/HknNm8gbfB[14][15]

— George Mann (@sgfmann) February 11, 2024[16]

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The Guardian says four international students are fighting for their right to a British education after the Home Office accused them of cheating on exams.

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The Times lead with a story as part of its Clean It Up campaign with water bosses charged with cleaning up UK waterways blocked from receiving bonuses.

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A Labour candidate has been caught on tape slamming Israel for its ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip according to the Daily Mail.

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The Daily Mirror tells of teenager Alex Batty’s message for his on-the-run mum as he settles back into British life after six years missing in Europe.

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The Daily Star shares the tale of an unlucky fan who travelled from China to Bolton to watch football, only to see the game cancelled.

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M4 near M5 junction to be closed for two nights this week

Motorists using a stretch of the M4 near Bristol have been warned about overnight closures[1] today (Monday, January 15) and tomorrow (Tuesday). National Highways has said the westbound motorway will be closed between junction 19 for the M32 and junction 20 for the M5 at the Almondsbury Interchange.

The M5 junction 16 southbound exit slip road will also be closed at the same time. Motorists are being asked to follow the locally signed diversion route.

National Highways said the work will upgrade dynamic hard shoulder motorways, starting with the central reservation barriers A spokesperson said: "We need to close the roads so we can carry out some essential maintenance works.

M4/M5 junction closures overnight Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 January 2024 M4/M5 junction closures overnight Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 January 2024

"Our overnight closures will usually start from 9pm and finish by 6am but this can change depending on the volume of traffic and when we can close the road safely," the spokesperson added.

"In the event of poor weather[4] conditions or other issues out of our control, planned work may be postponed at short notice. Contingency bookings are also in place, but these are only used if previously planned work is delayed and there is no clash with other closures. If work completes on an earlier day the motorway may not close, or if work completes ahead of schedule the motorway may reopen early.

"Our diversion routes are designed to suit all types of vehicles. If you use a Satnav when following our diversion, there is a risk it could direct you down an unsuitable road or try to direct you back onto our network when it is closed."

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  2. ^ Police officer seriously injured after being hit by electric motorbike, teenage boy arrested (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Bolton fan dies after being taken ill at match against Cheltenham Town (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  4. ^ weather (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

M6 to reopen after lorry crash caused hours delay

The vehicle collided with a bridge between Crewe and Sandbach.

The lorry spilled its load and the road engineers had to assess the damage[1] to the bridge.

Diversions were put in place and queues of up to three miles were reported.

The Bolton News: The lorry has spilt its load

A spokesman for North West Motorway Police said earlier today: "The closure on the M6 Between J17 - J16 is likely to be in place for the rest of the morning to allow for recovery, clean up and structural engineers to assess the damage to the bridge."

"There is a queue of more than four miles going towards where the crash[2] took place."

The Bolton News: The lorry has crashed into a bridge

However the North West Motorway Police has confirmed the road is about to reopen.

#M6 J17-J16 is now ready to be re-opened. The entry slip at J17 is open and the main c/way closure is in the process of being lifted now. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/sTXamsGJKb[6][7]

— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) January 6, 2024[8]

References

  1. ^ damage (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ M6 closes after lorry crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ Emergency services called to Deane Road crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  5. ^ Danger driver caused crash on Manchester Road (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  6. ^ #M6 (twitter.com)
  7. ^ pic.twitter.com/sTXamsGJKb (t.co)
  8. ^ January 6, 2024 (twitter.com)

M6 to reopen after lorry crash caused hours delay | Bury Times

The vehicle collided with a bridge between Crewe and Sandbach.

The lorry spilled its load and the road engineers had to assess the damage[1] to the bridge.

Diversions were put in place and queues of up to three miles were reported.

Bury Times: The lorry has spilt its load

A spokesman for North West Motorway Police said earlier today: "The closure on the M6 Between J17 - J16 is likely to be in place for the rest of the morning to allow for recovery, clean up and structural engineers to assess the damage to the bridge."

"There is a queue of more than four miles going towards where the crash[2] took place."

Bury Times: The lorry has crashed into a bridge

However the North West Motorway Police has confirmed the road is about to reopen.

#M6 J17-J16 is now ready to be re-opened. The entry slip at J17 is open and the main c/way closure is in the process of being lifted now. Thank you for your patience. pic.twitter.com/sTXamsGJKb[6][7]

— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) January 6, 2024[8]

References

  1. ^ damage (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ M6 closes after lorry crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ Emergency services called to Deane Road crash (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  5. ^ Danger driver caused crash on Manchester Road (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  6. ^ #M6 (twitter.com)
  7. ^ pic.twitter.com/sTXamsGJKb (t.co)
  8. ^ January 6, 2024 (twitter.com)

Is this how Wanderers will line up against Luton Town?

Jack Iredale missed the Burton win through injury i(Image: Camerasport)/i

Jack Iredale missed the Burton win through injury (Image: Camerasport)

Wanderers will be keen to test themselves against Premier League opposition when they head to Luton[1] in the FA Cup third round.

Ian Evatt’s men reached this stage following a 5-1 win against Harrogate. Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a hat trick, with Dan Nlundulu also bagging a brace.

The Whites[2] enter the fixture on the back of four successive wins in League One following their 1-0 victory against Burton on New Year’s Day.

Team news

Wanderers have no fresh injury concerns for their trip to Kenilworth Road despite the busy festive period.

Dan Nlundulu is nearly ready to start his rehabilitation phase after having surgery to repair a torn hamstring.

The 24-year-old picked up the injury during the 2-0 win against Port Vale in the EFL Trophy last month. George Johnston is the other long-term absentee in the Bolton[3] camp.

Luton will be without Marvelous Nakamba[4] and Tom Lockyer[5]. Issa Kabore is available but will link up with Burkina Fase for the Africa Cup of Nations after the game.

Opposition lowdown

The Hatters currently sit 18th in the Premier League table as they aim to build on last season’s promotion from the Championship.

Rob Edwards’ side have were written off by many before a ball had been kicked but have picked up wins against Everton[6], Crystal Palace[7], Newcastle and Sheffield United[8] so far.

Luton suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat against Chelsea[9] in their last outing despite late goals from Ross Barkley[10] and Elijah Adebayo[11].

Head-to-head

Wanderers have faced the Hatters 36 times in their history, with a record of 17 wins, nine draws and 10 defeats.

The Whites haven’t faced Luton in a competitive fixture since a 6-2 victory in January 1997, also in the FA Cup. John McGinlay was among the scorers that day.

That was a replay after the initial tie at Kenilworth Road had finished 1-1 several days prior, with Jamie Pollock getting on the scoresheet.

Predicted line-up

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References

  1. ^ Luton (sports.yahoo.com)
  2. ^ The Whites (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ Bolton (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ Marvelous Nakamba (sports.yahoo.com)
  5. ^ Tom Lockyer (sports.yahoo.com)
  6. ^ Everton (sports.yahoo.com)
  7. ^ Crystal Palace (sports.yahoo.com)
  8. ^ Sheffield United (sports.yahoo.com)
  9. ^ Chelsea (sports.yahoo.com)
  10. ^ Ross Barkley (sports.yahoo.com)
  11. ^ Elijah Adebayo (sports.yahoo.com)

M6 closures throughout the morning after lorry hits bridge

Traffic was stopped at around 6am after the collision.

Diversions are in place as National Highways North West[1] says the closure on the southbound carriageway will be in place for sometime.

The crash has taken place between Junction 17 and 16 between Sandbach and Crewe.

The lorry struck a bridge and has split its load across all lanes of the carriageway.

The Bolton News: The crash on the M6

A National Highways[5] spokesperson said: "Emergency services including the North West Motorway Police Group are in attendance. National Highways Traffic Officers are also on scene providing assistance with traffic management.

"A lengthy clean-up and recovery progress will be ongoing throughout the morning."

Motorists[6] have been given advice as to how to get past the closure.

The Bolton News: The lorry has spilt its load

Those travelling[7] south are advised to leave the M6 at Junction 17, turn right at the end of the slip road onto the A534, follow this towards Crewe, at the Crewe Green Roundabout take the second exit onto A5020 University Way, follow this onto David Whitby Way, take the A500 fist exit at the Weston Gate Roundabout, follow the A500 Shavington Bypass east to Alsager Road, head to the M6 Junction 16 and then rejoin there.

A spokesman for North West Motorway Police said: "The closure on the M6 Between J17 - J16 is likely to be in place for the rest of the morning to allow for recovery, clean up & structural engineers to assess the damage to the bridge."

References

  1. ^ National Highways North West (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Road closure due to roadworks (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ De Havilland Way closed for roadworks (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  4. ^ M61 works to cause delays for drivers (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  5. ^ National Highways (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  6. ^ Motorists (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  7. ^ travelling (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)

New Year’s Eve travel chaos as trains cancelled and passengers …

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Passengers have had their New Year’s Eve[1] plans thrown into disarray after hundreds of trains were cancelled across the country [2]– and Eurostar chaos ran into a second day[3].

Flooding and staff shortages led to train services being scrapped or delayed, with warnings the disruption could get worse due to more severe weather[4].

It came as tens of thousands of Eurostar customers – whose trains had been cancelled on Saturday[5] due to tunnel flooding – faced further mayhem as the company was unable to lay on any extra services, despite trains resuming on Sunday morning.

Although both tunnels were operational again, the travel chaos spilled over, with up to 36,000 backlogged customers battling to get a seat on one of the Sunday trains, many of which were already sold out.

pPassengers waited on the concourse at the entrance to Eurostar in St Pancras International station on Saturday/p

Passengers waited on the concourse at the entrance to Eurostar in St Pancras International station on Saturday

(PA Wire)

As the first Eurostar train left London St Pancras International shortly after 8am bound for Paris, some passengers were queuing at the station to try and book tickets.

Maes Bert and Lievens Nele, both 45, were in a large queue for tickets, hoping to get spaces on a train home to Brussels on Sunday so they can enjoy the new year countdown with their two daughters after their train on Saturday was cancelled.

Ms Bert said: “Our tickets was cancelled yesterday so if you want a new ticket you have to queue here and hope you get one, and I hope we are getting home today, but it’s not sure there are tickets, so we have to wait and wait and wait, but it’s not going further, it takes a long time.”

pMaes Bert, 45 and her partner Lievens Nele, 45, from Brussels, who are hoping to get home to their daughter in time for New Year/p

Maes Bert, 45 and her partner Lievens Nele, 45, from Brussels, who are hoping to get home to their daughter in time for New Year

(PA)

He said they had been queuing for about half an hour, adding: “Yesterday you can (re-)book your tickets but all was booked for today, but now they said there are coming more places for a train, so now we hope there is a place for two persons, and otherwise it’s tomorrow, but then we are not home for the holidays. Our two children are home.”

French national Emilio Fernandez, 22, also returned to the station on Sunday with his parents, sister and four-year-old nephew Amani.

He said: “We were supposed to leave late [on Saturday] but it was cancelled in the afternoon. We were very worried because first it’s important to come back to our country to celebrate New Year’s Eve there, so we are very worried still because we are not sure that we will be able to leave.”

pNorthern Trains issued a Do Not Travel notice for 31 December on links from Manchester Victoria to Chester and Stalybridge, and from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester via Altrincham/p

Northern Trains issued a Do Not Travel notice for 31 December on links from Manchester Victoria to Chester and Stalybridge, and from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester via Altrincham

(Simon Calder)

Another family who travelled to Brussels for a surprise trip for their Canadian relative said they had been “left in a state” and stranded in the city because of flooding disruptions to Eurostar.

Luke Gibbs, 32, from Kenley, south London, travelled with his wife, Kyla, cousin Liam Eton and sister-in-law Brea Melanson, from Canada, and planned to arrive in London in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations on Sunday.

Mr Gibbs, a business development manager, paid £600 for a New Year’s Eve event in London Bridge, which is not refundable and now he cannot attend after his train from Brussels to St Pancras was cancelled. He described the communication with Eurostar as “appalling”.

“I think the way [Eurostar] dealt with it is pretty appalling in terms of not trying to say ‘this is how you rebook it, we’ll help you out with expenses’,” Mr Gibbs said.

“They just said, ‘unfortunately, it’s cancelled, we’re sorry, get on with it’, which is shocking really.”

Meanwhile, across the domestic network, Northern Trains issued a Do Not Travel notice for 31 December on links from Manchester Victoria to Chester and Stalybridge, and from Manchester Piccadilly to Chester via Altrincham.

Passengers were also warned no trains will run on routes connecting Preston with Colne, Bolton with Clitheroe and Lancaster with Morecambe on the last day of the year.

The rail firm told passengers: “We will be operating a reduced service across the northwest due to train crew unavailability.”

Northern Trains staff who are based west of the Pennines do not have Sunday included in their working week, and so services on New Year’s Eve – as on any other Sunday – rely upon overtime.

Elsewhere, cancellations on long-distance and local trains were rife. LNER, which connects London King’s Cross with Yorkshire, northeast England and Scotland, has cancelled or curtailed more than 20 intercity trains on New Year’s Eve.

On the Thameslink line through central London, connecting Bedford and Luton with Gatwick and Brighton, most trains were cancelled due to staff shortage.

The usual overnight services will not run at all in the early hours of new year’s day.

pFlood water in York after the River Ouse burst its banks on Saturday /p

Flood water in York after the River Ouse burst its banks on Saturday

(PA)

The Met Office has warned there could be further disruption caused by wind and rain sweeping across the UK.

Wind warnings are in place until midnight on Sunday, with some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport possible, the forecaster said.

A yellow rain warning has been issued for an area of the North West which includes Manchester, Blackburn, Burnley and Blackpool from 6pm on Sunday until 6am on Monday, with 30-40mm possible locally.

The highest recorded wind gusts so far on Sunday were 74mph on the Isle of Wight, 64mph at Mumbles near Swansea, and 62mph on the Isles of Scilly.

References

  1. ^ New Year’s Eve (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ hundreds of trains were cancelled across the country (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Warnings of further delays as Eurostar services restart (www.independent.co.uk)
  4. ^ New Years Eve LIVE: Sydney welcomes 2024 with spectacular display as millions to watch London fireworks (www.independent.co.uk)
  5. ^ Eurostar services to restart on Sunday – but further delays likely (www.independent.co.uk)

Woman taken to hospital after three car crash in Astley Bridge

Junction of Waters Meeting Road and Blackburn Road i(Image: Google Maps)/i

Junction of Waters Meeting Road and Blackburn Road (Image: Google Maps)

A woman has been taken to hospital following a crash involving three cars on a main road in Astley Bridge yesterday evening, December 30.

Greater Manchester Police, fire crews and the North West Ambulance Service were called to the collision at the junction of Waters Meeting Road and Blackburn Road at around 8.30pm.

Three fire engines from Bolton[1] North, Bolton Central and Farnworth fire stations, along with the technical response unit from Leigh, were mobilised to the incident.

Firefighters used specialist equipment to cut a woman free from one of the vehicles.

She was transferred to the care of paramedics from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and then taken to hospital.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said: “At around 8.30pm on Saturday 30 December, fire crews were called to reports of a road traffic collision on Blackburn Road, Bolton.

“Three fire engines from Bolton North, Bolton Central and Farnworth[2] fire stations, along with the technical response unit from Leigh, were mobilised to the incident. The collision involved three cars.

“Firefighters used specialist equipment to extricate a woman from one of the vehicles. She was transferred to the care of paramedics from North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and then taken to hospital.

“A man, who was out of his vehicle prior to the arrival of emergency services, was treated at the scene by a GMFRS trauma technician.

“Firefighters helped make the area safe before handing the scene over to police. GMFRS crews were in attendance for about an hour.”

Watch Manager McGann at Bolton North Fire Station said: “At 8.30pm last night, December 30, three fire appliances and a technical response unit from Leigh travelled to the junction of Waters Meeting Road and Blackburn Road, Bolton, for a road traffic collision.

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“A driver of one the vehicles managed to get out of the car prior to our arrival and the driver of the other vehicle required extrication by the fire service.

“We were in attendance for approximately 45 minutes and the road was closed by the police for a period of that time and vehicles were removed to the side of the road.

“One person was being assessed by the North West Ambulance Service when we left the scene.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the North West Ambulance Service have been contacted for more information.

If you have a story or something you would like to highlight in the community, please email me at [email protected] or DM me on X @chloewjourno.[3][4]

References

  1. ^ Bolton (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  2. ^ Farnworth (www.theboltonnews.co.uk)
  3. ^ [email protected] (uk.news.yahoo.com)
  4. ^ @chloewjourno (twitter.com)