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Video has surfaced of a 92-year-old mother confessing to shooting her 72-year-old son dead after he threatened to put her in a nursing home. Anna Mae Blessing was arrested last year for shooting her son Thomas dead. Blessing, who dies in November in hospice care while awaiting trial, says in a video interview with police that she had two guns stashed inside her dressing gown. She told police that as Thomas came towards her she fired multiple rounds at her only son. “I can’t remember the calibre, it was a good size one,” she said. “I backed up and I pulled the trigger, and it broke the mirror and I don’t know what I did. Then Tom was going to come at me again so I pulled the trigger … I’m sure the second round hit him.”

Video has surfaced of a 92-year-old mother confessing to shooting her 72-year-old son dead after he threatened to put her in a nursing home. Anna Mae Blessing was arrested last year for shooting her son Thomas dead. Blessing, who dies in November in hospice care while awaiting trial, says in a video interview with police that she had two guns stashed inside her dressing gown. She told police that as Thomas came towards her she fired multiple rounds at her only son. “I can’t remember the calibre, it was a good size one,” she said. “I backed up and I pulled the trigger, and it broke the mirror and I don’t know what I did. Then Tom was going to come at me again so I pulled the trigger … I’m sure the second round hit him.”

Claire Bibbly has been appointed general manager at not for profit operator Belong’s dementia care village in Warrington.

Cathy Elliott has been named the new chair of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation. She is currently non-executive director for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust in Greater Manchester and has a Ministerial appointment as independent chair of Community and Business Funds for the Government’s High Speed 2 project. She will join the Trust later this summer.

The chair of Sage Partnerships, the affordable housing provider owned by private equity giant Blackstone, is to step down after less than a year in the role. Sir Michael Lyons said it was a special opportunity to work with Blackstone and Regis and establish Sage Partnerships, and he looks forward to seeing the organisation make a significant contribution to the affordable housing market in the future.

Jacky Tiotto will become the new chief executive of Cafcass in autumn 2019, replacing the retiring Anthony Douglas, the family court advisory service has announced.

A meals on wheels delivery man who sexually assaulted and strangled an 86-year-old spinster before slashing her throat has been jailed for life. Raymond Kay, 70, exploited Amy Shepherd’s trust to enter her sheltered accommodation on August 2, 1994 and carry out a “brutal, senseless murder”. Kay, a “career burglar” with over 60 convictions, strangled Ms Shepherd using her own tea towel, before sexually assaulting her and finally killing her by stabbing her in the throat. He had used his time delivering meals on wheels as part of a community order sentence to “identify Ms Shepherd as a vulnerable person who he could target to steal from”, the court was told. He stole money, a watch and her jewellery during the attack and evaded capture for more than two decades. Prosecutor Richard Wight QC said the wounds had been delivered “as a final act in the culmination of a brutal assault during which she had been beaten, strangled with a ligature, and then had her throat cut”.

Tenovus Cancer Care has appointed Judi Rhys as the charity’s new chief executive.

A trust and clinical commissioning group today launched a plan to appoint a joint chief executive across both organisations.