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  1. Updates on Tuesday 13 June 2017

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Angela Wrightson

Bethan Bell

BBC News

For two young teenagers the night of 8 December 2014 began like many others. But by the next morning they were murderers.

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RSPCA inspector: 'This is the worst case equine I've seen'

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pony was discovered crawling with thousands of maggots and barely able to stand.

An inspector was called out on Sunday to a derelict farm building near to Rodridge Cottage Farm in Wingate, County Durham, where the pony had collapsed.

RSPCA inspector Nick Jones said: "This is as bad as it gets. Hand on heart this is the worst equine case I've ever seen."

The pony was treated by a vet but died from its injuries.

Neglected pony

West Auckland World Cup medal sold for £4,000

A winner's medal from the The Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, often referred to as the first World Cup, has been sold for £4,000.

Amateur side West Auckland FC won the tournament after beating professional sides from countries including Germany.

Alf “Tot” Gubbins was part of the winning team who went on to emigrate to New Zealand, and his grandson put up the medal for auction.

It was sold by Anderson & Garland Auctioneers to the great nephew of Syd Douthwaite, a former secretary of West Auckland.

Photograph of West Auckland team that played in the World Cup in 1909 on winners' medals
Anderson & Garland Auctioneers

Jordan Pickford on brink of joining Everton

Everton have agreed a £30m deal with Sunderland for keeper Jordan Pickford.

Pickford, who is on duty with England Under-21s before the European Championship, is expected to have a medical and complete the formalities of the deal when he returns.

The 23-year-old will become the most expensive British keeper if he completes the move.

Pickford made 29 Premier League appearances last season but could not prevent Sunderland being relegated.

Jordan Pickford
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Meet the inspirational visually-impaired veteran completing runs and triathlons

Veteran David Cranson from Trimdon has competed in numerous races for Blind Veterans UK since 2009.

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A174 North Yorkshire westbound severe disruption, at A1053 Greystone Road.

A174 North Yorkshire - A174 in Lazenby closed and queuing traffic westbound at Greystones Roundabout, because of an overturned vehicle.

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Cheick Tiote

Papiss Cisse leads the tributes at a memorial for former Newcastle team-mate Cheick Tiote, who died after collapsing in training in China.

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Watch: Northumbria Police video shows effects of lethal highs

Northumbria Police have released a video showing the effects of a new blend of the lethal high Spice, known as Power.

It says the effects of the drugs can be unpredictable.

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Papiss Cisse speaks at memorial service for Cheick Tiote

Friends and former team-mates of ex-Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote have attended a memorial service held for the player by his club Beijing Enterprises.

Fans hold a Cheick Tiote flag

The 30-year-old, who joined the second-tier Chinese side in February after seven years at Newcastle, collapsed during training and died in hospital last week.

"I lived some extraordinary moments with this man and today he's gone," Tiote's former Newcastle team-mate Papiss Cisse said at the memorial.

Papiss Cisse

All the rest of the day's news

We now bring you some other stories which have happened today across the North East

Mother's statement tells of 'disgust' at girls

Angela Wrightson's mother, Maureen, gave a victim impact statement at the killers' court case last year.

Mr Justice Globe told the schoolgirls: "She describes the horror of seeing Angie's battered body in the mortuary.

"She does not think she will ever be able to blink those images away. Having seen photographs of what Angie looked like at that time, I readily understand why she is of that view.

After Angela Wrightson's death, local people left flowers at the door of the house where she was killed. She is pictured on the right, aged 34

"She cannot understand how you could have been as violent as you were. She is not alone in that view.

"She had been disgusted by the laughing and giggling and sharing of photographs during the time of and immediately after the attack."

Schoolgirl killer had taken 'tramadol and codeine'

The two teenagers who murdered Angela Wrightson had been drinking and the older girl had been taking prescription drugs before they went to her Hartlepool home in December, 2014.

Last year the court heard up to six litres of cider from two bottles may have been drunk by the girls and Ms Wrightson.

The judge said the older girl said she had either taken tramadol and codeine or what was known by her as “Blues”.

Mr Justice Globe said: "You described yourselves as tipsy, but I am sure you were more than just tipsy.

"Whatever you took, I am satisfied you took it during the day and it didn’t have a significant effect upon you later on."

Schoolgirl killers 'will never be named'

The two girls convicted of killing Angela Wrightson will always have their anonymity protected.

A court order has prevented the naming of the two girls, who are now both 15, since they first appeared before magistrates in 2014.

Various media organisations had asked for this order to be lifted once they were sentenced to at least 15 years, but the judge said their welfare was at risk after hearing how one of them tried to kill herself a number of times during her trial.

Mr Justice Globe said: "Each defendant poses a risk of self-harm. In one case, it is a real and present danger.

"Removing anonymity is likely to exacerbate what is already a dangerous situation.

"In circumstances where I might be satisfied that both of you were stable, strong-minded defendants convicted of serious crime, the balance might arguably have been in favour of the lifting of anonymity."

The final moments of murdered woman Angela Wrightson

This CCTV footage shows Angela Wrightson and the two teenagers convicted of murdering her from the night of her death.

Final sighting of murdered woman

Murdered woman 'was just harmless'

Angela Wrightson's neighbour told the BBC last year that she drank a lot, but was harmless and was "almost like the street's burglar alarm".

Speaking about the 39-year-old, who was found murdered in her home in Stephen Street, her neighbour Michael Holbeach said: "She used to sit in the doorstep most of the time.

"If I had a good pay week - I drive a truck part-time - I would go down and buy her a bottle of cider and 20 fags.

"She was almost like the street's burglar alarm in a way. If one of the slightly more troubled people was giving one of the kids a bit of a hard time she'd shoo them away, even boozed you know she was fairly responsible.

"She would hand out lollies to some of the kids when she got her pension or dole or whatever it was and she was harmless."

Teenage murderer drew picture of stabbing

This picture was drawn by the older girl two weeks before Ms Wrightson was killed.

It depicts a female figure stabbing another person.

Drawing of stabbing

The girl said she drew it when she was "really really angry" and that she had been advised by her carers to use drawing as a way to manage her feelings.

The court was told last year it had been "a successful strategy" on previous occasions.

'Dickensian' characters who surrounded Angela Wrightson

Details of a Dickensian cast of characters emerged in the trial of two girls who murdered Angela Wrightson.

Tens of people, including "Mad Molly", "Goofy" and "Cider Bill" would go to Ms Wrightson's home in Stephen Street in Hartlepool at all hours of the day and night.

hey would not bother knocking.

Groups of youths started dropping by first thing in the morning so she could buy them cigarettes.

Underage drinkers congregated in her living room and on the proviso she could share their drink, she would buy them alcohol from the local shop - where three-litre bottles of 7.5% cider can be bought for about £3.

Sometimes she called a neighbour "to make the kids scatter" when they ignored her pleas to leave.

CCTV shows girls going back to murder house

This CCTV image shows the two schoolgirl murderers walking back to Angela Wrightson's house after attacking her in December 2014.

They had left the house in Hartlepool for "time out" at about 23:00, during which time they went to see a friend, who asked them why they were covered in blood.

The killers pictured on CCTV returning to Angela Wrightson's house in the early hours of 9 December, 2014.
Cleveland Police

They told him they had both fallen over and began listening to rap music.

The pair are seen above at 02:00 going back to the Stephen Street property.

They stayed for a further two hours before calling the police to take them home.

Police 'did not see that girls were covered in blood'

Police have previously defended the fact they did not notice the two teenage girls were covered in blood when they picked them up in the early hours of the morning.

When the girls, now aged 15, called police for a lift home, having earlier been reported missing, officers did not know Angela Wrightson had been murdered, Det Ch Supt McPhillips, of Cleveland Police, said.

He said they were known to police and were regarded as vulnerable.

"It was four o'clock on a December morning, so it was dark," he said last year after their sentencing.

"The officer picked them up, their demeanour was fine, they were laughing and joking.

"There would be no particular reason for him to check their clothing to see whether it was blood-stained hence, of course, he wouldn't notice the blood."

He said it was "easy with hindsight" to think officers should have noticed one girl had a cut eye and both had blood on them.

Murder girls 'tried to blame each other'

The two girls who murdered Angela Wrightson in Hartlepool had tried to shift blame on to each other during their trial.

The older girl accepted she struck the 39-year-old but said she did not intend her serious harm and accused her accomplice, telling the jury her younger friend told her to carry out the attack.

A blood-stained shovel was found next to Angela Wrightson
Cleveland Police

But the younger of the two said she played no part in the assault and did not encourage her friend in any way.

She told police her friend became angry and launched the attack after Miss Wrightson made a comment about her family.

Graphic details of attack revealed

Graphic details of how the two girls attacked the 39-year-old were disclosed at their court case last year.

Angela Wrightson was found naked from the waist down and grit and shards of glass had been scattered over her, jurors heard.

Blood-stained pictures of weapons used in the attack, which lasted more than five hours, were released by police.

They included a wooden stick laced with screws, a television set, a shovel, ornaments, a picture frame and a kettle.

The court heard Ms Wrightson was forcibly restrained while the pair "battered and tortured" her in a "sustained and brutal" attack.

Stick with nails in used to attack vulnerable woman

A number of weapons were used to attack Angela, including a piece of wood with screws attached.

A stick with nails in used in the attack
Cleveland Police

After the girls' conviction last year, the family said: "Angie was attacked and brutally murdered in her own home, a place where we all have the right to feel safe.

"Listening to the details of her injuries and of her final moments has been a harrowing experience and something which will continue to haunt us each and every day.

"No sentence, regardless of its severity, will ever bring Angie back."

Warning over 'fragmented services'

The reports warn that services continue to be "fragmented", and that professionals will continue to experience "difficulty" in reaching out to adolescents.

But they add the younger girl's parents "refused to engage" with services, blamed her for her disruptive behaviour, and were unable to accept their abuse may have been had an impact.

The report also details how officials were overly sympathetic to the mother, as at one meeting shortly before the murder she asked for the girl to be taken into care.

She was not challenged over this, and the girl "continued to believe that this rejection was her fault".

Analysis: 'Sorry picture' painted in reports

Colin George

BBC News Online

To anyone who has seen a number of these reports, it sadly seems all too familiar.

The institutional inquest into Angela Wrightson's murder by two schoolgirls paints a sorry picture.

It tells of confusion among frontline services, poor information sharing and a lack of understanding about the bigger picture surrounding the two killers and their vulnerable victim.

The reports repeatedly state no-one could have foreseen Angela's murder, and that lessons will be learnt.

The authorities will desperately hope they are.

But as Dave Pickard, the chairman of Hartlepool Safeguarding Children Board said, it would be foolish to say this could never happen again.

Angela Wrightson killers: Reports at a glance

Report findings on the two schoolgirl killers:

  • Insufficient understanding of adolescent neglect
  • Professionals "struggle to provide an effective service to vulnerable adults"
  • Tendency to sympathise with parents of disruptive children, leaving children "vulnerable to abuse"
  • Failure to take account of parents engagement with services

Angela Wrightson report: Findings at a glance

Report findings on Angela Wrightson at a glance:

  • Insufficient senior clinical oversight for people with multiple diagnosis such as Angela
  • Confusion between frontline efforts and the commissioning system
  • Professionals had a "not robust" understanding of mental capacity
  • "Disjoint" between children's and adults safeguarding
Angela Wrightson
Cleveland Police

Report criticises social services

The report criticised "fixed thinking" on the part of social services which "relied too heavily" on the youngest murderer's mother.

She told officials her difficulties involving running away, disruption at school and alcohol abuse were down to her being "spoilt".

A plan was drawn up to help but "the services offered were not helpful because of the high level of conflict" between the pair.

Despite evidence of abuse by the father and fighting between mother and daughter, "there was an overall lack of recognition that the services being offered were focusing on the presenting problems, rather than looking at the underlying causes."

Murderer 'suffered abuse by parents'

Today's reports tell how youngest killer, who was aged 13 at the time of the murder, was subjected to physical and emotional abuse by her parents.

The safeguarding board found officials too readily accepted her mother's claims she was disruptive because she had been "spoilt.

Her difficulties were "not seen in the context of parenting which was, at times, hositle, physically absive and blaming".

Angela Wrightson: A timeline of events

Today three reviews have been published into Angela Wrightson's murder in 2014.

Here's a timeline of events:

Two girls returning to Angela Wrightson's home in December 2014
Cleveland Police

Names changed after legal advice

The two serious case reviews and safeguarding adult review were anonymised at the request of lawyers.

Carol refers to Angela Wrightson. The names of the two murderers are protected by a court order which means they cannot be named.


'You can't just lock children up'

Hartlepool Borough Council's chief executive Gill Alexander said: "We can't just lock children up, you need to get a secure order, that is a very high threshold, their behaviour was well below the threshold for that.

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing and this was a really devastating and tragic event.

"We think these lessons are important for the country and we're asking for more investment in children's services.

"We carried out these reviews to see if there were any failings and human error, and I'm reassured by this report there was no human error."

No law against home 'invasion' - Family

In the reports, Angela Wrightson's family said they want to see her situation treated with the same seriousness as domestic abuse.

The report said: “(The family) say the number of vulnerable adults whose homes are taken over and who suffer regular abuse are unknown, yet there is no law making this type of home invasion illegal.”

The report into Ms Wrightson made five findings calling for better communication between agencies, increased awareness of mental health issues and improved connection between children’s and adult’s services.

The reports into the girls made six findings including the need for improved understanding of the affect of neglect on adolescents and removing a “tendency to sympathise with parents leaving emotional abuse unidentified and children vulnerable to continued abuse”.

Angela Wrightson
Cleveland Police/PA

Girls were blamed for chaotic lives by social workers

Duncan Leatherdale

BBC News Online

Two girls who brutally murdered a vulnerable woman were too often blamed for their “chaotic lives” by social workers, a report has concluded.

Angela Wrightson, 39, suffered more than 100 injuries as she was attacked by the girls, aged 13 and 14, in her home in Hartlepool.

The girls were sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years after being found guilty of murder at Leeds Crown Court.

Watch: Girls 'had experienced abuse and neglect

Dave Pickard, the chairman of Hartlepool's Safeguarding Children Board says the girls who murdered her had experience abuse and neglect which had had an impact on their well-being.

Angela Wrightson murder reports: Girls 'experienced abuse and neglect'

Murdered woman's family 'told of reports'

Angela Wrightson's family have been informed of the contents of the three reports.

Ann Baxter was asked how the reacted, and said: "There still taking them in, they're not an easy read.

"They understand the process and the outcomes and will be watching with interest what happens next."

'Difficult balance' in keeping children in families

Dave Pickard says: "It's a very difficult balance" between keeping children with their families and putting them into care, but adds the attitudes of the parents needed to be more robustly challenged.

Murder 'could happen again'

Chairman of Hartlepool Safeguarding Children's Board Dave Pickard said:

All we can do is reduce the risk. It would be foolish to say this could never happen again."

Dave PickardChairman of Hartlepool Safeguarding Children's Board

'No one disciplined' over murder by schoolgirls

On the subject of the girls, who were 13 and 14 at the time of the murder, repeatedly fleeing care, Dave Pickard said: "There is national guidance that you cannot lock doors in children's homes."

He adds no-one has lost their jobs or been disciplined over the murder.