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Driver who killed cousins jailed

Shane Toogood and Sam Cox
Shane Toogood and Sam Cox died when the car they were in overturned

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for causing death by dangerous driving after two of his cousins were killed when his car overturned.

Stephen Toogood, from Smallshine Way, Stourbridge, admitted the charge and was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Worcester Crown Court on Wednesday.

Shane Toogood and Sam Cox, both 19, died when the car left the road near Stourport, Worcestershire, last May.

A third passenger survived after the crash in Dunley Road, police said.

'Not tolerated'

Shane Toogood, from Netherton in the Black Country, died at the scene of the accident and Mr Cox, from Quarry Bank, died later in hospital.

West Mercia Police said they were racing against friends in another car after they had all enjoyed a day out swimming at Shavers End Quarry, Dunley.

Pc Andy Saunders, of north Worcestershire police, said: "This sends out a clear message to people that this kind of behaviour on the roads will not be tolerated.

"Before this incident they had all set out as friends and enjoyed a good day. No-one set out to kill anyone but what started out as a bit of fun has led to two people losing their lives.

"Stephen Toogood now has to live with the consequences of his actions, but so too do the families of Shane Toogood and Sam Cox and our thoughts are with them."



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