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Shropshire: A primary school teacher charged with a string of sexual offences against children died in a car crash hours before his trial was due to start, it was disclosed.

Robert Stringer, 57, of Redstone Drive in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, was killed when his Peugeot 407 hit a bridge parapet near Bourne End in Hertfordshire late at night.

• London: A woman who survived being poisoned by her fiance's jilted lover has said that she feels her life "has stopped".

Gurjeet Choongh, of Southall , ate the same curry as Lakhvinder Cheema, who did not survive. His former lover Lakhvir Singh was jailed for murder.