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Arrested Mum accused of killing own son and daughter in M1 crash hands herself in to police

A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Mary McCann amid fears she would flee to Ireland


Mary McCann has been arrested

Mary McCann has been arrested

Mary McCann has been arrested

A Derby mother with links to Ireland who is accused of killing her own son and daughter in a crash on the M1 in Buckinghamshire has been arrested. 

A warrant had been issued for the arrest of Mary McCann after she failed to appear at court last week to answer charges of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mrs McCann, of Bamford Avenue, Sunny Hill, had been due to appear before Judge Francis Sheridan at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday to answer two charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

When she did not appear on the day the judge issued a warrant for the 35-year-old's arrest and warned that she might try to flee the country.

The judge issued a warrant, not backed for bail, for her arrest saying he wanted the Home Office to put ports and airports on alert for her. “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.”

However, after handing herself into the authorities at Aylesbury police station on Wednesday, September 15, she will now face charges in court over allegations she was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra which crashed into a lorry on the M1 near Milton Keynes last month.

Mrs McCann, of Bamford Avenue, Derby, was driving a white Vauxhall Astra that collided with a Scania HGV at about 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.

At the earlier court hearing, 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.”

Ms McCann will now appear at Aylesbury Crown Court at a later date.

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In a statement Thames Valley Police said: "A woman who was wanted for failing to appear at court in connection with a fatal road traffic collision has now been arrested.

"The woman, aged 35, from Derby, presented herself at Aylesbury police station last night."

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