A previously healthy mother-of-two was found dead on New Year’s Day – leaving her six-year-old daughter to ask if she can ‘call mummy in heaven’.
Ashley Grundy, 28, was discovered at her home in Harrow, north London by her devastated parents Ash Selector, 54, and Sarah Grundy, 51, after deciding not to go out and celebrate the end of 2018 because she was ‘not feeling well’.
Her parents were dropping Ashley’s daughter Lailani, six, and her son Maverick, three, to her house in Harrow when they discovered the 28-year-old’s body upstairs.
Heartbroken Sarah has revealed how Lailani is asking several questions about her mother, including if she can call her in heaven.
The body of Ashley Grundy, 28, was discovered by her parents who were dropping off her two children, Lailani aged six (left) and Maverick aged three (right)
Ash and Sarah shared how they’ve had to explain their mother’s death to the young children.
Speaking to the Sun, Sarah said: ‘We just told Lailani that mummy died and went to heaven. She said ”can I phone her?”
‘I had to say, no they don’t have phones up in heaven. She doesn’t comprehend it.’
Police say they are not treating Ashley’s passing as suspicious but an initial post-mortem failed to find the cause of death and further tests will take 10 weeks to shed light on what happened.
Ashley’s parents have now set-up a GoFundMe page to try and raise money for the children she has left behind
Sarah, who lives in Stanmore with husband Ash, also revealed how they had last heard from Ashley on the evening of December 31.
Devastated parents Ash Selector, 54, and Sarah Grundy, 51 have revealed how they had to explain Ashley’s death to her children, with Lailani asking if she can call her mother in heaven
They asked her to join them in celebrating the New Year but she declined, saying that she was feeling under the weather and wanted a quiet night in.
Her children were being looked after by her former partner at the time.
Ash and Sarah then tried to contact their daughter to wish her a happy new year, but couldn’t get through, leading them to assume she had gone out or the lines were busy.
However, they then went to drop off the kids at Ashley’s home at about 7pm on New Year’s Day and discovered the house closed up.
They were forced to drag Ashley’s children away as they discovered her body upstairs and called the police.
Taken on Christmas Day, this is believed to be the last photo of Ashley alive. The cause of her death has not yet been determined
Paying tribute to her daughter, Sarah said: ‘She was bubbly, outrageous, stubborn, outgoing.’
And father Ash added: ‘She was always there for other people. People would go through things and she was always the shoulder to cry on.’
Her children are now being cared for by their father Charlie.
A Met Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at around 19:13hrs on Tuesday, 1 January to reports of a woman found unresponsive at an address on Sidney Road, Harrow.
‘She was later pronounced dead at the scene.
‘At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious.’
BETWEEN the perilous falls and Jason Gardiner’s cutting barbs, Dancing On Ice is never short of high-stakes twists and turns.
So it was inevitable the hit ITV show would provide inspiration for an ice-skating drama.
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I can reveal the makers of Grange Hill and Hollyoaks, Lime Pictures, are launching a programme about a group of teenagers involved in the highly competitive sport.
“Lime Pictures decided that the brutal training regime and extremely competitive nature of ice skating would be great starting point for a drama.
“The storyline is being kept under wraps — but it’s going to shed light on the dark side of skating as the characters gamble their friendships to reach the top of their game.”
The programme is not the only upcoming skating show, with Spinning Out from Netflix hitting our screens later this year.
Who knew we’d all be so interested in skating before Dancing On Ice came along.
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Yanks wild over SuBo
A DECADE after she shot to stardom on Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle’s set to triumph all over again on the US version.
Judge Mel B sent her straight through to the finals of America’s Got Talent: The Champions after hitting the golden buzzer this week.
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SuBo, who performed her cover of Rolling Stones’ Wild Horses, looked overwhelmed as Simon Cowell gave her a celebratory hug.
She was appearing alongside fellow Brit and AGT contestant Courtney Hadwin and other acts from versions of the hit show from around the world.
Susan became a viral sensation after delivering a beautiful performance of Les Miserables’ I Dreamed A Dream on BGT in 2009.
After selling more than 20million albums in ten years, no wonder Simon is glad to see her back.
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STRICTLY star Gemma Atkinson says her pro dancer fella Gorka Marquez has given her so much confidence she walks around the house “without breathing in” and with “just my knickers on”.
Ben moan stuns Sheri
SHERIDAN Smith is delighted to be starring in ITV’s Cleaning Up – a thriller about female empowerment.
But she’ll be miffed to hear her co-star on the show, which starts tonight, thinks the #MeToo movement has had a negative effect on telly dramas.
Ben Bailey Smith plays stockbroker Blake, who unwittingly introduces Sheridan’s character, office cleaner Sam, to lucrative insider trading. He said: “There’s a lot of stuff out there now that’s a little bit box-ticky where they’re like, ‘Hey, look – it’s all women doing things you don’t see women do.’
“I watch it and think, ‘Yeah, that’s all it is – it’s not actually all that good.’
Ben added: “It’s weedling its way into everything, I’m also talking about black characters as well. Because we’ve got #MeToo, because we’re combatting racism head on, then suddenly they have to go over the odds. No white, straight male could say this – but I’m getting a bit of diversity-fatigue.”
I’m not sure Sheridan will feel the same way, Ben.
Viewers leave 4 drama
ALMOST 52 per cent of voters in the EU referendum voted to leave – and a similar number decided to quit Channel 4’s Brexit drama, too.
One-off show Brexit: The Uncivil War, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Vote Leave mastermind Dominic Cummings, pulled in a peak 1.4million viewers during its opening scenes.
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But more than half had switched off by the end.
Even How To Lose Weight Well, also on C4, attracted more.
Viewers took to social media to point out inaccuracies, moaned about the frequent advert breaks and mocked Benedict’s North East twang.
BBC Breakfast host Dan Walker asked: “Anyone know where that accent is meant to be from?”
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The drama showed MP Douglas meeting political lobbyist Matthew Elliott at the London gallery. But Brexit campaigner Darren Grimes pointed out that it was “actually Daniel Hannan and Douglas Carswell that would meet at the Tate to discuss the Leave campaign”.
Meanwhile, another viewer observed: “Third ad break in 46 minutes WTF.”
The show was almost as divisive as Brexit itself.
CORONATION Street star Julia Goulding has got engaged to her teaching assistant boyfriend Ben Silver after three years together. He proposed back in March but they have kept the news secret until now.
WHAT? The Undateables, Channel 4, 9pm.
WHY? New series of the dating show with a difference. The first episode features Emily, who has a learning disability, and poetry-lover Michael, who has Asperger’s.
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IN CORONATION Street Audrey accuses Claudia of stealing her £80,000 but Nick talks her out of reporting it to the police.
Tim, meanwhile, is at the police station giving a statement about what Gina found out.
Elsewhere, Eileen tries to play peacemaker between Liz, Jenny and Johnny, and when Brian struggles to find a new line of work, Cathy has a brainwave – and with Rita’s help persuades Brian to give the Kabin job a go.
In NEIGHBOURS, Amy decides to see Jimmy in New York, but not before admitting to Elly that she still loves Gary.
Meanwhile, Fay turns up, but Chloe is reluctant to reveal her Huntington’s diagnosis.
THE NATIONAL Lottery EuroMillions results are in and it’s time to find out who has won a life-changing amount of money.
Could tonight’s lottery jackpot of £22million see you handing in your notice, sipping champagne on a super yacht or enjoying the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean?
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The first EuroMillions draw was held on February 7th 2004, by three organisations: France’s Française des Jeux, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado in Spain and the Camelot in the UK.
The odds of winning any EuroMillions prize are 1 in 13.
A 14-year-old boy has died after being found with stab injuries in north-east London.
Police were called out to Bickley Road, Waltham Forest, shortly before 6.30pm following reports of a road traffic collision.
But on arrival they discovered a young boy had been stabbed – with paramedics making a desperate attempt to save the teenager.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Despite efforts of paramedics, he was declared dead at 7.09pm. Next of kin have been informed.
‘A crime scene is in place. The Homicide and Major Crime team has been informed.
‘There has been no arrest. Enquiries continue.’
Cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch has revealed her latest sink cleaning hack designed to leave your whole house smelling fragrant, just weeks after announcing she is pregnant with her first child.
Essex-based Sophie Hinchliffe, 28, rocketed to fame after her cleaning hacks earned her 1.5million followers less than a year after starting her Instagram account in March 2018.
And this week the cleaning-mad hairdresser shared her clever tip for polishing your sink and dish rack at the same time ‘with no harsh chemicals and less scrubbing’- leaving the whole house smelling of washing.
Online cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch, 28, from Essex, real name Sophie Hinch, has revealed her latest sink and dish rack cleaning hack designed to leave your whole house smelling fragrant. She is seen on This Morning in September
Sharing a snap of her sink, she revealed just how she keeeps it looking so spotless with minimal effort and cleaning products.
Sophie posted a picture of her gleaming sink, before unveiling the step-by-step process to getting it sparkling clean.
Her stories show she begins by closing the plug on the sink before placing the dish rack inside it and adding fabric softener.
‘Two capfuls of your favourite fabric softener’, her caption states alongside a demonstration.
This week the cleaning-mad hairdresser shared her clever tip for polishing your sink and dish rack at the same time ‘with no harsh chemicals and less scrubbing’- leaving the whole house smelling of washing
Sharing a snap of her sink, she revealed just how she kept it looking so spotless with minimal effort and cleaning products- and leaving the whole house with the smell of fresh washing
Sophie then continues by adding a full kettle of boiling water to the sink, submerging the dish rack.
Letting the concoction stand for the evening, the caption reads: ‘Fills the house with the smell of washing. Let it soak for about four hours topping up every so often with boiling water.’
It continues: ‘Once soaked use a scourer to remove any last unwanted build-up.
‘No harsh chemicals and no scrubbing for hours’, the directions conclude, before an additional story shows the gleaming dish rack and sink later that evening.
Sophie posted a picture of her gleaming sink and dish rack, before unveiling the step-by-step process to getting it sparkling clean
Her stories show she begins by closing the plug on the sink before placing the dish rack inside it and adding fabric softener. ‘Two capfuls of your favourite fabric softener’, her caption states alongside a demonstration
Sophie then continues by adding a full kettle of boiling water to the sink, submerging the dish rack
Letting the concoction stand for the evening, the caption reads: ‘Fills the house with the smell of washing. Let it soak for about four hours topping up every so often with boiling water.’
The savvy cleaning aficionado first started sharing tips to her account when her husband began renovating their Maldon home which they had bought two years previously.
Mrs Hinch’s sink and dish rack step-by-step cleaning guide
1. Place plug in sink and add dish rack
2. Add two caps of fabric softener
3. Pour in a kettle of boiling water
4. Soak for 4 hours, refill occasionally
5. Empty and use scourer to remove leftover build up
Sophie’s easy tips and spotless grey interiors fascinated the nation and beyond, and she quickly began racking up followers across the globe- even winning a book deal.
In September the hairdresser, who married husband Jamie last summer, appeared on This Morning, showing her face for the first time after previously running her account anonymously.
Then on Christmas Day Sophie announced she was expecting her first child with husband Jamie, posting a picture by the Christmas tree as the happy couple showed their pet dog Henry a scan.
‘My hinchers,’ she wrote referring to her fan base. ‘ Mr Hinch and I have been keeping a little secret. All of our Christmas wishes have come true. Our mini Hinch will soon be due. Henry is going to be the best big brother ever!’
On Christmas Day Sophie announced she was expecting her first child with husband Jamie, posting a picture by the Christmas tree as the happy couple showed their pet dog Henry a scan
Who is Instagram sensation Mrs Hinch?
Mrs Hinch, real name Sophie Hinchcliffe, is an Instagram-famous cleaner.
She’s amassed 1.5million followers since March 2018 by providing step-by-step instructions of cleaning tips and tricks.
She’d been running her account anonymously until she appeared on This Morning in September, showing her face for the first time to the shock of viewers.
She admitted during the broadcast that she’d been trying to ‘hide’ behind her Instagram account. Mrs Hinch claims, however, that she’s learned to love her newfound fame.
She posts photos of the interior of her home there along with tips to achieve a sparkling clean in your own home.
Instagram famous cleaner Mrs Hinch — real name Sophie Hinchcliffe – is a hairdresser from Essex who recently got married and has amassed one million followers with her cleaning tips
She regularly posts videos in her stories showing followers how to achieve such levels of cleanliness.
As for how she got into cleaning on Instagram — which is thought to be an upcoming trend — she said: ‘I started at home on Instagram and I wanted to upload photos of my interior and home.
‘I started cleaning and made it a bit quirky and since then it’s gone crazy.’
Mrs Hinch is from Essex. She works as a hairdresser there and was married last summer.
The Instagram sensation has amassed one million Instagram followers by revealing how she keeps her Essex home (pictured) sparkling
TAKE a look around Harry Kane’s incredible £17million mansion, complete with plush gym and even an epic man-cave.
The England skipper, 25, and fiancee Katie Goodland splash an incredible £15,000-a-week – or £780,000 per year – on rent, but it’s easy to see why.
The pair moved to the London home in September of last year with their two daughters – Ivy, two, and Vivienne Jane, five months – and two dogs, Brady and Wilson.
As well as coming equipped with seven sizeable bedrooms, there’s a state-of-the-art gym – lined wall-to-wall with “Kane 18” and “Kane 10” jerseys from down the years.
Kane also recently showed off his own little fortress of solitude, where he regularly kicks back to play video games, such as Fortnite.
However, in the touching Instagram snap, he revealed his daughter is allowed in to watch Peppa Pig on the big screen while he plays on the smaller monitor.
In another social media post, Kane shared an image of Ivy celebrating her second birthday, surrounded by dozens of pink balloons and a small mountain of presents.
Sneaking into the corner of the post, proving they’re ever the cute family, a wall-hanging displaying her footprints in a variety of colours can be seen taking pride of place on the wall.
Both Kane and fitness instructor Goodland also shared Instagram posts of their incredible Christmas festivities.
Kane – who met Goodland at school – posted a snap of their table laid out beautifully, complete with gold and silver theme, with little hearts placed on their plates.
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And of course, they proudly shared a snap of their picture-perfect Christmas tree – complete with his Golden Boot.
Kane and Goodland are childhood sweethearts and got engaged during a July 2017 holiday in the Bahamas.
The Spurs star, who became an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, got down on one knee on a beach to ask the question – then revealed on Twitter, “she said yes!”
The loved-up couple do have the option to buy their currently-rented London home in the future.
A junior doctor who gatecrashed a party and went on a drunken rampage of violence including biting a female police officer could lose his job after being hauled before health chiefs.
Dr Gareth Byrne, 25, arrived uninvited at the house – which he previously lived in – after drinking two bottles of red wine and attacked two strangers, headbutting one three times and biting the other.
A medical tribunal heard he launched his attack after the revellers tried to eject him from the party in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and shouted ‘I’m a doctor – don’t you know who I am?’.
When police arrived he called a female officer a ‘f***ing sl*t’, punched her in the face and then tried to bite her arm.
Dr Gareth Byrne, 25, could be struck off at a medical tribunal after assaulting two revellers at a house party he gatecrashed and then attacking a female police officer called to the scene. He is pictured left outside the hearing in Manchester and right in a mug shot following his arrest
He also kicked her in the back and damaged her engagement ring, with repairs costing £525.
Byrne, a Foundation Year One doctor, later said he was ‘paralytic’ and ‘ten out ten drunk’ but blamed the incident on working an 80 hour week at Royal Stoke Hospital.
He claimed he was one of a ‘large number of junior doctors who are suffering on a daily basis’ and claimed he had endured a ‘particular stressful week.’
In June last year, Byrne pleaded guilty to two offences of assault by beating and two offences of assaulting a police officer and was fined £1,686 and ordered to pay compensation of £600.
This week he faced a disciplinary hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service where he could be struck off for misconduct.
The incident occurred last May after Byrne and a colleague went to the Cherry Tree pub just half a mile from the hospital.
After leaving the pub he stumbled across his old house that he had lived in 18 months before.
Georgina Goring, representing the General Medical Council, told the hearing in Manchester: ‘A man known as Victim A reported that during the early hours of 26th May he was celebrating a friend’s birthday at a friend’s house.
‘Mr Byrne entered the property unknown to the people there, and he was under the influence of alcohol. Victim A tried to eject him from the property and Mr Byrne grabbed him and they both fell to the ground.
Byrne, pictured at the hearing, had been drinking red wine before entering his former home in Staffordshire uninvited and headbutting and biting two revellers who tried to get him to leave
‘Mr Byrne grabbed Victim A’s shirt which caused it to rip and began head butting him three times, which caused bruises and a small purple mark.
‘Mr Byrne told him he was a doctor and said: “Don’t you know who I am”. Victim A received no medical treatment for his injuries but reported that he was still hurting seven hours later.
‘Another report comes from a man called Victim T who was also in the property at the time. He said that during 1-2am on that day he was at a house party.
‘Mr Byrne entered the property and Victim A tried to eject him, to which a scuffle started between them. Victim T tried to intervene by by grabbing the doctor’s wrists but the the doctor bit his right wrist forearm area and kicked him.
‘The bite did not break any layers of the skin.
‘Two police officers attended – one entered the property to find out more information and was told how the doctor had let himself into the property, and two males had pinned him to the floor in the hallway.
‘He was placed in handcuffs and taken to the police van. He was clearly under the influence of alcohol. The police officer called PC F sat in the rear of the vehicle as they were going to the station.
‘But as they approached, Mr Byrne lunged towards her and hit her to her left cheek causing immediate pain. He began calling her a ‘f***ing sl*t’.
‘They had to restrain him outside of the van for a considerable amount of time.
‘During this he tried to bite PC F to her arm by grabbing it and forcibly bringing it to his mouth. He also kicked her back twice.
‘PC F noticed her engagement ring he been dented from the incident. During the booking in process in the station he tried to kick officers.
‘He was placed in a police cell and interview the same morning. He stated he was a doctor at Royal Stoke hospital. He had been to a pub and had had a particularly stressful week at work and felt he was not being supported.
Byrne is a in his first year as a foundation doctor at Royal Stoke Hospital, pictured
‘When asked to rate out of 10 how drunk he was, he said he was ’10 out of 10 drunk, paralytic’. He then recalls waking up in a police cell and doesn’t remember anything after the pub.
‘He used to live at that address 18 months prior and was very apologetic. He appeared at Newcastle magistrates court and entered four guilty pleas.
‘He had to pay £600 to PC F in compensation for the damage to her engagement ring. He was a first year foundation doctor. After the incident he was excluded from the hospital for them to conduct an external investigation.’
Byrne’s lawyers are expected to make submissions about his fitness to practise today.
At his court hearing last June his lawyer Andrew Bennett said: ‘His career is, if not over, hanging by a thread. He completely lost it.
‘A large number of junior doctors are suffering on a daily basis and he had gone with a colleague to The Cherry Tree after a long working week.
‘By the time he left he was on auto-pilot and walked into a house he had not lived in for some time. This was well and truly out of character.’
The misconduct hearing continues.
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Free horse racing tips for today: Lingfield, Doncaster, Taunton and Kempton – The Wizard of Odds’ betting preview for the racing this Wednesday, January 9
SECRET ACE (1.25 Lingfield) has improved with each of her three runs and looks a good bet to get off the mark here.
She made a bold bid from the front at Wolverhampton last time and was just edged out in a head-bobbing finish. This race looks like a fair drop in class and a repeat would be good enough to strike.
BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2.10 Doncaster) probably won’t be much of a price but this looks like a penalty kick.
He was cruising to victory at Chepstow before unseating late on two runs ago and then went close in second against much better horses than these at Kempton last time.
He looked a real prospect when winning a Fakenham bumper and is overdue a first hurdles success.
DIAMOND GAIT (2.45 Doncaster) won easily on her hurdles debut at Ludlow and held her own upped to Listed company when fourth at Newbury last time.
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This trip is ideal and the quick ground is also right up her street as it was good for her victory. She should be a step ahead of these rivals dropping down the grades today.
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EACH-WAY DOUBLE: DIGGIN DEEP (1.35 Doncaster) has been in consistent form on this side of the Irish Sea with a win at Musselburgh followed by a good second at Newcastle last time. It will be hard to keep him out of the frame again. Pair him with BRIYOUNI (7.15 Kempton) who won on his last outing over course and distance.
CENOTAPH (6.15 Kempton) has been in cracking form with three wins from his past four outings. He has been given a break since finishing a close-up second at Kempton last time, which could help and he’s gone well fresh before.
This trip suits and Ryan Moore in the saddle is another plus.
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Levi Bellfield’s ex says ITV’s Manhunt has given her flashbacks to killer saying ‘all blondes are s**gs and deserve to die’
THE controversial TV drama Manhunt, which follows the hunt for Milly Dowler’s killer Levi Bellfield, comes to its dramatic conclusion tonight.
Now Bellfield’s former girlfriend, Joe Collings, 47, has revealed the ITV drama brought back memories of one particularly chilling clue to her ex’s vile crimes.
“While we were together I found a women’s magazine, like Cosmo or Vogue, in a black bin bag in a pocket cut out of his jacket,” she told Sun Online. “It was hanging in my garage and I was looking for something else.
“The faces of all the blonde women in the magazine had been stabbed.
“I went mad. We had one of the biggest fights ever – a huge punch up. I wanted to know what it was, and told him he was a sick c***.
“He went mad, said all blondes were slags and deserve to die.
“I’ve always been blonde – it wasn’t until I finished with him that I went brown. I went the complete opposite. I just wanted to be a different person.
“Seeing it just brought everything back. I think he hated blondes as his mum had jet black hair and he idolised her, really bizarrely. She was the female version of him, and was vile.”
Joe – who was routinely raped and beaten by the man who fathered two of her children – later took the magazine to the police, as revealed yesterday in our exclusive extract from the memoirs of DCI Colin Sutton, the man who finally tracked serial killer Levi Bellfield down.
The detective – played by Martin Clunes in the series – pieced together evidence to convict Bellfield of the murders of Amélie Delagrange and Marsha McDonnell before finally linking him to the death of 13-year-old Milly Dowler.
In his book Manhunt, DCI Sutton revealed that Bellfield’s white van was the first link to the murder of French student Amelie, 22, who was battered to death on Twickenham Green in 2004.
But Joe said he kept her well away from the van, which was seen in the vicinity of Amelie’s murder.
“I didn’t go in the van and wasn’t with him but I knew of it,” she said. “I followed him one time and he kept it in a lock up in Bristol.
“He didn’t care about cleaning it – he just thought he was untouchable so didn’t bother. He drove a different car all the time.”
Police soon linked the murder to that of Marsha McDonnell, 19, who died from head wounds in Hampton yards from her home after getting off a bus in 2003.
DCI Sutton then realised that Bellfield had been living in Walton-On-Thames when 13-year-old Milly Dowler was abducted and murdered in 2002.
Horse-groomer Joe recently revealed Bellfield’s obsession with schoolgirls and compared his house to a “nursery”, because it was full of 15-year-olds.
She helped shop Bellfield by going to police with evidence. He was convicted of the murders of Amelie and Marsha in 2008 and of Milly Dowler’s murder in 2011.
Even though she cooperated with ITV on the making of the show Joe says it has been bringing back horrific memories.
“The whole episode was hard to watch but I have to, for my own peace of mind.” She said.
“So far they’ve got everything right and I hope it’s kept as it is for the next two episodes.
“It takes me back to the time I was interviewed by the police, sitting with them for so many hours. It was mentally and physically draining, and the show just reminded me of how exhausting it was.
“Even when the show’s finished, it will never go away. It’s never going to end. Because the drama is on, old documentaries are now re-running.
“On every channel there’s something about him – you can’t get away from it, and I never will. It’s just something I will have to live with.”
Joe – who finally found the courage to leave Bellfield after he beat her up when she was pregnant with their second child in 1997 – revealed that she watched the episode with their daughter.
“I watched some of it with my daughter, who said it was weird to watch, as she used to play on Twickenham Green as a child as they went to school nearby.
“I wouldn’t let him around them, but Levi used to stand on the other side of the green and watch our son play football there too. It bought back everything and it’s bizarre. It was harder for me, as she was so young at the time.”
But she says Levi, who would want his crimes to be glorified, won’t be happy with the show.
“Levi will be annoyed he wasn’t featured as much in the first episode,” she says. “He’ll probably say there are things wrong. Little things annoy him, but he’ll love the fact it’s now a drama, and it’s all about him.
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“I can understand why people are annoyed he’s being given airtime – I’ve always said it should never have been made into a drama.”
Joe has nothing but praise for DCI Sutton – and says Martin Clunes carries off the role well.
“To start off with I thought Martin Clunes was a bit stiff, but I actually don’t think they could have cast a better person to play Colin Sutton. Martin Clunes is a brilliant actor, and so like Colin in the show. He properly researched the role.
“Colin has always said if it hadn’t have been for me going into that incident room as a key witness they would have got there eventually, but they wouldn’t have known half of what they did.
“In real life Colin is a top bloke. I’ve met him a few times over the years. A lovely genuine guy – a real gentleman, and so committed to what he did.”
Manhunt concludes tonight on ITV at 9pm