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Driver faces jail over Poppy-Arabella Clarke crossing death

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Image caption Poppy-Arabella Clarke's parents said she was 'the brightest, kindest, most caring' little girl

A 72-year-old man has been told he faces an inevitable jail sentence after he admitted killing a three-year-old girl on a pelican crossing.

Poppy-Arabella Clarke was struck by John Place's car as she and her mother crossed Chester Road in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, in July.

Her mother, Rachel Clarke, was also seriously injured.

Place admitted causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He will be sentenced on 20 March.

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Image caption Poppy-Arabella Clarke's parents called for the judge to give John Place a sentence that reflects their 'unbearable pain'

The court heard Poppy-Arabella's parents are unable to have any more children, which made them thankful for every second they had spent with her.

They said Place had so far shown them no remorse.

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