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Pregnant mum tragically dies after horror crash that left kids in hospital

‘This is absolutely devastating for the family and their whole world has been truly turned upside down’

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A pregnant mum has died in hospital after a horror crash on the M66, leaving three young children injured in hospital.

She tragically passed away in hospital following a horror crash on the M66 — which also left her two sons and nephew seriously hurt.

Frankie Jules-Hough, 38, her two sons, Tommy, nine, and Rocky, two, and her nephew Tobias, four, were travelling along the motorway on Saturday afternoon when they were involved in the devastating smash.

Adil Iqbal, 22, of Hope Street, Accrington, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Monday May 15th, where lawyers confirmed Ms Jules-Hough had died.

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Iqbal, who works in a boxing gym, has now been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of Ms Jules-Hough, along with the two other charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, relating to the two boys.

He was arrested at the scene, between junctions three and four, and detained on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The incident happened just after three o’clock on Saturday on the southbound carriageway of the motorway. The M66 was closed in both directions to allow two air ambulances to land.

It is understood Frankie, Tommy, Rocky and Tobias — from Chadderton, Oldham — were transported to hospital via air ambulance.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “Adil Iqbal (11/02/2001) of Hope Street, Accrington has been charged with three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

“He has been remanded into custody to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court tomorrow (Monday May 15th). These charges relate to a road traffic collision on the M66, Bury yesterday (Saturday May 13th).”

Friends of Frankie and her family have set up a fundraising page to support the family who frantically rushed to be by the sides of their loved ones’ hospital beds, writing ‘Life can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye’.

In part, it reads: “Frankie, who is currently 18 weeks pregnant, is in intensive care fighting for her life. Her partner Calvin, is frantically by her side.

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“Tommy and Tobias are in induced comas in intensive care, currently awaiting brain scan updates. This is absolutely devastating for the family and their whole world has been truly turned upside down.

“Julia & Frank (Frankie’s parents), Calvin (Frankie’s partner), Becci & Aaron (Tobias’s parents) Tom (Tommy’s father) are all frantically by their loved ones sides. These next few weeks/months will be critical for the family and is absolutely traumatising for them all.

“I am humbly knocking on the door of your kind hearts to help and support this family as they go through this difficult time ahead. Due to the intense injuries and critical conditions, I’m sure you will be aware that their closest loved ones cannot leave their bed side. 

“So I am asking you to find it in your kind hearts to please help my friend’s family by donating what you can. Any amount of donation will be a huge help for the whole family, no matter how big or small. 

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“All funds will go towards Frankie and the children’s recoveries as when they do awake, their lives could look very different and have a long road to recovery, so it will take away any stress/worries of bills as their immediate family cannot leave their bedside. 

“They would be grateful for anything you could contribute.” If you wish to make a donation to the Go Fund Me page, click here.

Following the crash, Sergeant Matt Waggett from GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who selflessly helped at the scene and called 999, as well as those who assisted when police and emergency services arrived on scene.”

And writing before Frankie died, Keeley D Berry, a friend of Ms Jules-Hough’s family, said on Facebook: “Franki Hough you have to pull through. You have to. Please please pray for her and the boys and her unborn baby girl. You’ve never let ANYTHING beat you, please please please please.”


Boy, 11, left in critical condition after being hit by police van

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A boy has been left in critical condition in hospital following an incident with a police van last night.

The 11-year-old was struck by a police van in Lancaster on Thursday night, May 25th, as the van was attending a call.

Lancashire Police say the vehicle was en route to an emergency call when the collision happened.

The boy was crossing Owen Road just before 8:30 pm when he was hit, and was transported to Royal Lancaster Infirmary in a critical condition.

A police spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with the child’s loved ones at this time.

“An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances that led to the collision.

“We have voluntarily referred this matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), as is standard with an incident of this nature.”

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The IOPC said in a statement: “We have declared an independent investigation into the actions of Lancashire Police prior to a road traffic collision in Owen Road, Lancaster at around 8.30pm tonight, in which a child has been injured.

“We understand that a marked police van, with its lights and sirens on, was in a collision with an 11-year-old boy.

“We were notified by the force shortly after the collision and declared an investigation at 10.37pm. IOPC investigators are heading to the scene and the police post incident procedure to begin gathering information.”

According to the IOPC, the investigation is in its early stages.

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Sam Smith cancels upcoming shows due to ‘vocal cord injury’ and tells fans ‘I’m so sorry’

‘Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all three dates; Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow’

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Sam Smith has cancelled their upcoming shows due to a vocal cord injury and issued a statement telling fans, ‘I’m so sorry’.

The singer had to call off their Gloria Tour show, mid-way through, at Manchester AO Arena last night (Wednesday May 24th) after experiencing ‘vocal issues’.

The lights went off and fans waited in darkness for a number of minutes as speculation circulated on social media, with many wondering if there had been a ‘power cut’.

Moments later, after just four songs, a packed-out arena was told the show unfortunately had to be called off.

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Afterwards, Sam, 31, issued a statement on their Instagram stories to tell fans — who had missed out on a ‘surprise’ that was supposed to be at the end of the show — how ‘sorry’ they were.

Today, Thursday May 25th, the ‘Unholy’ singer has issued another statement after calling off upcoming gigs.

On their Instagram stories, the star wrote: “Due to vocal issues during last night’s Manchester performance, regrettably we will be cancelling the rescheduled Birmingham and Glasgow Sam Smith shows.

“Refunds will be available at point of purchase for all three dates; Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

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“A spokesperson said ‘Doctors have advised due to a vocal cord injury, Sam must have complete vocal rest’.

“Sam is heartbroken to have had to cancel these shows but they have been told by doctors that if they keep singing, they will do permanent damage to their voice.

“If they take some rest they will be able to perform again. I’m so sorry.”

Sam already had to push back the Birmingham and Glasgow gigs after suffering from a virus several weeks ago.

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After calling off last night’s show at Manchester’s AO Arena, Sam wrote on their Instagram story: “Today in soundcheck I felt fine and was so excited to give Manchester an amazing show tonight, with a special surprise at the end.

“During my third song, I noticed something wrong with my voice. I prayed it was just my voice waking up for the show but into the fourth song I could feel something was really wrong.”

The pop singer added: “I came off stage and have tried everything to get my voice back in gear but it won’t.

“I am honestly heartbroken I couldn’t finish the show tonight for you all. I love you all. I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry.”

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Body found in river in search for missing 24-year-old woman

Shannon’s family have been informed

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A body has been found in a river in the search for a missing woman from Lancashire.

Police searching for Shannon Canning from Lancaster say they have found a body. The 24-year-old had been missing from home since the early hours of Friday May 19th.

A search operation was launched to find the young woman who did not turn up for work at Tipple bar on Friday afternoon. 

Public appeals for help were launched by her family and the police force, who said they were concerned for her welfare as the disappearance was out of character.

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Lancashire Police have confirmed the body of a woman was found in the River Lune near Halton on Wednesday afternoon, May 24th. Shannon’s family has been informed.

Patrols were increased during the week and specialist divers joined the search yesterday. Officers were called at around 4.20pm Wednesday afternoon when the discovery was made.

A statement from Lancashire Police said: “Sadly, officers searching for missing Shannon Canning have an update, following a body recovered from the River Lune.

“We can confirm that we were called today (May 24th) at around 4:20pm to a report that a body had been found in the River Lune, near Halton.

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“Specialist search teams have subsequently attended the area and can sadly confirm that the body of a woman has been recovered.

“Although formal identification has yet to take place, we believe the body to be that of missing Shannon Canning.

“Shannon’s family have been made aware of this sad development and our thoughts are with them at this upsetting time.”

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