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Father accidentally kills 3 year old daughter in tragic accident

A father accidentally killed his own three-year-old daughter by running her over in his van. Youngster Lucy Bell, suffered fatal injuries after her dad, Richard Bell, pulled off a kerb and drove over her, unaware she was at the side of his car. His little daughter is thought to have followed her dad out of the house as he headed to the shops. As he pulled into the road Lacey fell under the rear wheel of the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries on impact. When he realise what had happened, the father was heard screaming that he had killed his baby girl. The youngster was rushed to hospital but tragically died an hour later despite attempts by medical staff to save her.

Father accidentally kills 3 year old daughter in tragic accident

A father accidentally killed his own three-year-old daughter by running her over in his van. Youngster Lucy Bell, suffered fatal injuries after her dad, Richard Bell, pulled off a kerb and drove over her, unaware she was at the side of his car. His little daughter is thought to have followed her dad out of the house as he headed to the shops. As he pulled into the road Lacey fell under the rear wheel of the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries on impact. When he realise what had happened, the father was heard screaming that he had killed his baby girl. The youngster was rushed to hospital but tragically died an hour later despite attempts by medical staff to save her.

Family holiday to Butlins ruined by Food Poisoning

A family of four who fell ill at the Butlins Skegness resort, claim they were thrown out of their accommodation despite not be well enough to travel. Darren and Lisa Lane, and their two young children were three days into their week long holiday when they all fell ill. After a sleepless night, the family informed Butlins staff about their illness. Instead of receiving sympathy from the staff, they were asked to leave immediately. The Family then had to face a four hour drive home whilst feeling ill. Lisa, from Wiltshire said 'it was a terrible trip. We all felt so ill. It was a real ordeal and I could have cried. It's the worst experience we've ever had as a family.'

10 year old fights for life after Egyptian Holiday from Hell

A 10-year-old schoolgirl was left fighting for her life after a holiday to Egypt. Emily preaches, from Kent contracted a potentially deadly book during a holiday from hell. Emily was taken ill on a five day family holiday to her guard eejit. Disease was initially diagnosed as a dodgy belly by a local doctor. However, returning to the UK, Emily who was still feeling ill, was rushed to hospital in London. The medical team found her vital organs and began to shut down and her wife was in danger. The youngster was diagnosed with E. coli which can cause the kidneys to fail by destroying red blood cells in the body. E. coli is usually contracted by eating contaminated food or drinking on treated water.

Worker killed in Crane accident during Bridge construction

A construction worker has been killed and another man seriously injured while working on the construction of the New Forth Crossing. The worker, aged 60, was hit by a crane boom. Witnesses have said that he suffered serious blood loss, and attempts to resuscitate him were not successful. A second worker was rushed to hospital with serous, but not life threatening injuries.

Man killed in waste disposal vehicle

Preston Crown Court, located a few miles north of Manchester, heard the case of a worker who was killed when the operator of a waste disposal vehicle closed the tailgate and crushed him to death. Two companies were involved in the court case that heard evidence from the Health and Safety Executive following an investigation into the circumstances of the incident. The report from the HSE found that both companies had breached regulations and that the accident could have been avoided.

The incident occurred in May 2014 at a site in Chorley. The control panel for the operation of the tailgate was located in the cab of the vehicle, and when the operator initiated the closing of the tailgate the victim was caught in the machinery. Both companies pleaded guilty at the court hearing and one was given a fine of £750,000 while the other was assessed £65,000. Both companies were guilty of breaching sections of the Safety at Work Act and the investigation also revealed that the vehicle's operating system was faulty.

Speeding Drink Drive jailed for 6 years after fatal car crash

A speeding drink driver, who suffered from blackouts and poor vision, has been jailed for causing a fatal car accident days after doctors told her she was not fit to drive. Stephanie Oakenfull, aged 28, was twice the drink drive limit four hours after a head on collision. The crash claimed the life of 53 year old Kay Smith.

Grandad nearly dies after Greek holiday

A pensioner has claimed that nearly died while on a Thomas Cook holiday to a Greek island. David Townsend, 69, contracted a rare disease from a dirty showerhead while on a sunshine holiday in Greece. Mr Townend suffered from a fever and shivering during his two-week Thomas Cook holiday with his wife Diane, aged 63. The retired pensioner became so ill he was unable to remember his journey home to Lancashire. He visited his GP on the day he arrived back in the UK and he was rushed straight into hospital. His doctors confirmed that the grandad of 10 was suffering from legionnaires disease. This is a potentially deadly disease and he needed five days in hospital. He was treated with antibiotics and an intravenous drip.

Star Trek actor killed in freak car accident

Star Trek Actor Anton Yelchin has been killed in a freak car accident at the aged just 27. The actor was found early on Sunday morning on his steep driveway pinned between his car and a brick mailbox. The vehicle was in neutral and the engine was still running. Police are investigating the matter and stated that they are no suspicious circumstances. The rising star will be seen the next Star Trek film which is due for release in July.

£100,000 awarded for workplace accident

An accident at an hydraulics manufacturer based north of Manchester in Chatburn has left a worker with permanent and life-changing injuries. The company was fined for the failure to adequately meet its health and safety responsibilities and the worker has been awarded compensation of £100,000. The accident that occurred in January 2014 left the injured man almost completely blind in one eye and he admitted that he still has problems sleeping as a result of his injuries.

The trainee engineer was testing equipment when a connector component failed under the hydraulic pressure. When it broke loose it hit the man in face causing extensive damage and knocking him unconscious. After the accident, the Health and Safety Executive investigated the incident and found that the company had failed in a number of areas. It had not performed a risk assessment, failed to maintain the equipment and had not partitioned off the testing area. The company was ordered to pay a fine of £35,000 in addition to the costs of the prosecution.