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'Appointment with death': the headline used to describe Crumley Corner, a notorious stretch of road in Darlington …

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Cursed couple finally say 'I Do' after string of uncanny mishaps


WEDDING: Bob and Michelle Oliver finally tied the knot at Walworth Castle Hotel, Darlington

Bob and Michelle Oliver were devastated when their stag and hen dos were ruined and their honeymoon was cancelled.

On top of that, Bob’s suit supplier went into administration.

But the pair were overjoyed when they said “I do” in a ceremony at Walworth Castle Hotel, Darlington.

The 46-year-olds, of Woodham, County Durham, said the day was everything they wished for.


CHAOS: Hurricane Irma, which damaged the Caribbean, forced the couple to cancel their honeymoon

“After all of the trials and tribulations we faced along the way it’s nice to finally get here, relax and enjoy the day”

Bob Oliver

But it had been a different story in the run-up to the wedding.

Things started to go wrong earlier this year when mother-of-three Michelle’s hen party discovered the Portuguese villa they had booked was just a shack and they had to pay for another.

Then during Bob’s stag trip to Spain he learned that clothing store Greenwoods had gone into administration before French air strikes led to the men’s return flights being rerouted.

The changes meant they had to fork out an extra £2,000.

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On top of all that, the couple’s honeymoon cruise to the Caribbean was cancelled because of Hurricane Irma.

Speaking after the wedding, Bob, a father-of-three, said: “It has been a dream come true, especially compared to what it was like in the build-up.

“After all of the trials and tribulations we faced along the way it’s nice to finally get here, relax and enjoy the day.

“I’ve dreamed about this day for so long. It is now a dream come true to be married.”

Michelle added: “It has been brilliant. I am so glad everything has been sorted out and we were able to enjoy our big day.”

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Cumbria police highlight dangers of “distracted driving” after lorry driver's court case

CUMBRIA police have issued a county-wide awareness appeal about the dangers of “distracted driving”, following the sentencing of a motorist who caused serious injuries when he crashed his arctic lorry into stationary traffic.

The man responsible for the incident on the A66 in January of this year has today (29) been sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Roy Cothill, 48, of Front Street, Pity Me, Durham, admitted two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court heard how Cothill was driving an Asda delivery truck on the A66 at Temple Sowerby on 16 January 2017 when the collision occurred.

There had been an earlier collision on the same stretch of road causing traffic to slow to a stand-still.

However, Cothill’s artic lorry went into the back of a Vauxhall Insignia which, along with traffic around it, had slowed to a stop. The collision caused a domino effect which resulted in a total of five vehicles being damaged.

In his police interview, Cothill admitted that he had not been looking at the road in the moments leading up to the crash. He had instead been using the tachograph device, scrolling through different options to check how much driving time he had left.

When he did look up from the device it was too late.

The driver of the Vauxhall Insignia suffered a broken arm in the collision and a head wound which required nine staples.

The Insignia was forced into the back of a Kia Venga. The driver suffered a bleed on the brain and a fractured sternum.

A Volvo and a Honda Civic were also involved in the resulting collisions.

Witnesses, including those involved in the collision, told officers there had been plenty of time for traffic to slow and many cars had put their hazard lights on to warn on-coming traffic.

The driver told officers in his first interview that he had been distracted by the tachograph but denied he had been driving dangerously.

As well as the suspended sentence, Cothill was also sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work.

Sergeant Graeme Hodgson of Cumbria Police said the case highlights the potential consequences of allowing yourself to be distracted for even a moment.

Sgt Hodgson added: “Drivers need to keep their minds on the task of driving. Numerous signs were passed warning of congestion prior to the truck reaching the standing traffic.

“This was not on a blind bend or crest of a hill but on a section of dual carriageway with a clear view of the traffic ahead coming to rest.”