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Derby Mum On The Run After Crash That Killed Two Kids

A warrant for the arrest of Mary McCann has been issued

A Derby mum accused of killing two of her children in a crash on the M1 has gone on the run.

Mary McCann had been due to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, September 10, after being charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. in relation to an incident on the motorway near Milton Keynes last month.

Now Judge Francis Sheridan has issued an arrest warrant for the 35-year-old and says he wants the Home Office to put ports and airports on alert for her after she didn't turn up at her latest court hearing.

“It is most likely she will flee to Ireland,” he said.

He added: “This is a sad case, but by absconding to avoid the indictment being put is in my view tactical.”

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Mrs McCann, of Bamford Avenue, Sunny Hill, is accused of driving a white Vauxhall Astra which collided with a Scania HGV at around 11:10pm on Monday, August 9.

Her son Smaller, 10, and daughter Lilly, 4, were killed in the crash on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15, near Milton Keynes.

The lorry driver was unhurt, but the motorway was closed for 12 hours.

A family member said earlier that Mary McCann was driving back from a party in London. She and another child passenger were injured.

A 13-year-old daughter had stayed in London.

Prosecutor Heather Stangoe told the judge: “Unfortunately, we do not know where she is. We were informed through her solicitor that they had failed to make contact with the defendant. Her bail address was her sister’s and she is not there.

“It was the funeral of her children this week. Her one year old child is with the grandmother and is safe.”

Defence barrister Laban Leake said: “The funerals were on Monday and Tuesday. She is no longer at the aunt’s address. She gave a telephone number (for her), An attempt was made to contact that number, but there was no response.”

Mr Leake added: “We know nothing of her state of mind.”

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