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Artist Banksy invited back, inquiry care home criticised in report, review at paedophile teacher school & cash boost for flood-hit Canvey
Artist Banksy invited back?
A council in Essex has invited Banksy to paint another mural after
inadvertently painting over one of his masterpieces - thought to be worth around £400,000.
Tendring District Council says it received a complaint that the image in
Clacton-on-Sea was "racist" but insists it didn't know the piece was by the infamous artist.
The image showed a group of pigeons holding anti-immigration placards.
Inquiry care home criticised in report,
A new report into a Braintree care home - at the centre of a police investigation - has shown it's failing to meet virtually every one of its agreed targets.
The Old Deanery was criticised by the regulator for not always being safe for residents and for bad management.
Three out of four staff arrested earlier this year have been charged following an undercover investigation.
Review at paedophile teacher school
Thorpe Hall School in Southend says it's tightening up its procedures after being plunged into a paedophile teacher scandal.
Deputy head Martin Goldberg is suspected of secretly filming hundreds of young pupils before he took his own life.
Andrew Hampton, Headteacher, gave us this statement:
"Our safeguarding policies were inspected in March by the Independent Schools Inspectorate and judged to be fully compliant within the ISI's rigorous framework.
"There were no recommendations for areas to improve.
"Despite this, we are re-enforcing our safeguarding procedures to ensure our provision goes beyond the highest standards expected of all UK schools and are as watertight as it is possible to have them.
"We will also be providing additional staff training in safeguarding and will continue our close working relationship with the local authority.
"Our aim now is to move forward, with the safeguarding of our pupils and the quality of their education remaining our very highest priority."
Cash boost for flood-hit Canvey
Essex County Council is pledging more than £500,000 to help Canvey recover from this summer's flooding.
The money will go on improving drainage and ensuring gullies are cleaned more regularly.
Meanwhile, officials at County Hall are also calling on the Environment Agency, Anglian Water, the Highways Agency and private landlords to do their bit too.
County Councillor Ray Howard, deputy to the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, and Castle Point councillor for Canvey West, also told us:
"No drains and gullies could have coped with the kind of rain we had in July.
This commitment from ECC helps to make sure our current drainage system is the best it can be and I hope other partner agencies make similar commitments to keep it in top condition.
Added by Nick Hull on 02/10/2014 08:37:34
Thorpe Hall School scandal, man arrested over 'rape' in Brentwood & postmaster hurt in hammer robbery
Thorpe Hall School scandal - Latest
The police watchdog's investigating why it took Essex police 9 months to investigate Thorpe Hall deputy-head Martin Goldberg.
The 46 year old is suspected of secretly taking hundreds of indecent images of pupils.
The force has confirmed it was alerted as part of a Canadian police operation which identified hundreds of suspected paedophiles.
But, the man leading the enquiry, Chief Superintendent Luke Collison, was unable to answer a question about why the teacher was known to them HERE in November 2013;
He has since been found drad at his home in Shoebury after having taken his own life.
Meanwhile, the Head at the Southend independent school has told us he's shocked by events.
Andrew Hampton says he feels betrayed and let down.
Find out more about the police investigation HERE including details of Helplines available to worried parents or children.
Man arrested over 'rape' in Brentwood.
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of rape in connection with an incident in Brentwood on Sunday. (September 28.)
The 26-year-old man from Brentwood was arrested in the early hours of this morning. (Wednesday, October 1.)
The man is currently in police custody and will be questioned regarding the rape of a woman in her 20s which happened in Coptfold Road.
Postmaster hurt in hammer robbery
A postmaster`s been threatened with a hammer during a robbery at a post office in Purfleet.
Two men stole money during the incident at the branch on Garrison Parade yesterday.
The postmaster received minor injuries.
Man charged over stabbing
A man`s been charged with murder after another man had been found stabbed to death in Brentwood.
18 year old Clive Mundoma of the High Street is accused of killing 31 year old Francis Nsiangangu at Tower Hill on Saturday.
He`s due before magistrates today.
Added by Nick Hull on 01/10/2014 16:10:56
UPDATED: Deputy head found dead may have taken indecent images of pupils for years & Murder inquiry launched in Chelmsford
UPDATED Deputy head found dead may have taken indecent images of pupils for years
A deputy headteacher found dead a day after being questioned by Essex police may have taken indecent images of children at his school.
46-year-old Martin Goldberg worked at Thorpe Hall School in Southend.
Essex Police have issued us with this statement:
On Tuesday September 9 Essex Police began an investigation into allegations that the Deputy Head at Thorpe Hall School, in Southend, had bought material online, from abroad, which may have included images of naked teenage boys.
Essex Police spoke to Martin Goldberg, aged 46, a single man who lived alone, the same day at his home address in Shoeburyness as part of its enquiries. He was not arrested as officers considered that there was insufficient evidence to do so at the time.
The following day police were called back to his address following concerns for his welfare and he was found dead in his home.
Mr Goldberg's death is not being treated as suspicious and the matter has been handed over to the coroner to investigate.
Essex Police has continued its investigation into the original allegations and has examined computer equipment and other media devices found in Mr Goldberg's home.
Detectives have now recovered images that appear to have come from a camera that was hidden in a bag.
This has been used to film male children undressing in the school's male changing rooms, in the changing rooms at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre swimming pool in Southend and two other unidentified locations.
In total 75 images in the school's male changing rooms, which would be classified as indecent, have been recovered.
There are 465 such images from the swimming pool and 38 from the other two locations.
Specialist Detectives have identified four of these children and we have spoken to their parents to inform them of Mr Goldberg's actions.
In the rest of the pictures their faces are not visible or the quality of the image is so poor that the children cannot be identified.
Officers believe these images cover a time period from 2000 onwards and would appear to be of boys aged from nine to twelve.
It is important to stress that we have found no evidence of any other offences by Mr Goldberg involving these children.
At this time there is nothing to suggest that he made inappropriate physical contact with any child.
The school has co-operated with our investigation and we have also found no evidence to suggest that anyone else was involved in Mr Goldberg's criminal activity.
There is also no information that he shared any of these images or that anyone else was aware of his offending.
Essex Police understands that this news may be extremely distressing to both parents and children and has set up a special number for people to call if they have any concerns or believe they have information that would assist the investigation.
They can call us on 0800 056 0944, or +44 207 158 0010 if they are outside of the UK.
Thorpe Hall School has also put in place measures to provide support to its pupils.
Essex Police would strongly caution against any use of social media or other communication in respect of this matter that could in any way identify any of the children involved so that they are protected as far as possible.
The priority for the police now is to support those affected and we are continuing to work with the school, Southend Borough Council, Essex County Council and others to provide that support and ensure that all appropriate action is taken.
Our partner agencies are also contactable to provide support and advice:
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Children's Services
Telephone: 01702 534506
Essex Social Services
Adult Social Care
Telephone: 0845 603 7630
Children and young people
Telephone: 0845 603 7634
Childline - The UK's free, confidential helpline for children and young people.
Telephone: 0800 11 11 Web: www.childline.org.uk
NSPCC - Free confidential service for anyone concerned about children at risk, including children themselves. (24 hour Freephone)
Murder inquiry launched in Chelmsford
Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the body of a man was found in a property on Broomfield Road in Chelmsford.
Officers were called just after 8.30am this morning (Tuesday, September 30) attended the property and discovered the body with multiple injuries.
Police have arrested a 29 year-old man of no fixed address on suspicion of murder.
He is currently in custody being questioned by detectives.
**Watchdog to investiagte Mirror over Brooks Newmark story
The chair of the new press watchdog says the newspaper story which forced Braintree's MP to resign as a government minister is a matter of 'great public concern.'
IPSO is going to investigate the Sunday Mirror's report on Brooks Newmark - who allegedly sent explicit pictures to an undercover journalist.
The paper insists it was legitimate.
Chelmsford woman speaks out on revenge porn
An Essex woman's been speaking out after new figures show primary school children are among victims of so-called revenge porn.
Hazel Higgleton from Chelmsford's ex put images of her online after their relationship soured.
She says there is only one way to protect yourself - don't do it.
See the full interview HERE
Pod image: Sky News.
Brentwood stabbing update
Police believe a fatal stabbing in Brentwood may have been drugs related.
The 31 year-old victim was found in the street on Saturday night.
An 18 year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder, continues to be questioned.
Mum-to-be disappears from hospital
Concern's growing for a heavily pregnant young girl who's gone missing from Colchester General Hospital.
Pham Flu Ha, who's believed to be Vietnamese and aged between 16 and 19 was last seen on Saturday night.
She had been admitted to hospital on Saturday morning and was wearing black leggings and a grey zip-up top with black sleeves.
Anyone with any information on her whereabouts should contact police at Colchester on 101.
First phase at Stansted opens
The first phase of Stansted Airport's new 80 million pound departure lounge has opened to passengers.
The duty free and shopping area's been expanded.
Officials say it'll help create around 200 new jobs.
Essex carmaker admits it's struggling to make money
Essex carmaker Ford says it no longer expects to make a profit in Europe this year.
Its share price has tumbled after it announced revised forecasts last night.
Ford says it expects to lose around 180-million pounds in Russia alone.
Added by nICK hULL on 30/09/2014 16:58:38
Teen held over 'murder', rider killed in crash, woman raped in Brentwood & Pensioner in sex attack
Teen held over 'murder'
A teenager's been arrested in connection with a fatal stabbing in Brentwood.
The 18 year old was detained at a flat in the town yesterday.
The victim was found with five stab wounds on Saturday evening.
MP to lodge complaint over Brooks Newmark article
A Conservative MP says he'll complain to the new press watchdog about a report
in the Sunday Mirror - which led to the resignation of Braintree MP Brooks
Newmark as a government minister.
Mark Pritchard's accusing the 'paper of 'attempted entrapment' for running a story about him exchanging explicit photos with
an undercover reporter.
Footballer fined for police officer assault in Brentwood
West Ham footballer James Tomkins has been fined 3-thousand 500 pounds for
assaulting a police officer in Brentwood.
The defender pleaded guilty to the assault, being drunk and
disorderly in a public place and obstruction outside the Sugar Hut nightclub in December last year.
He was also ordered to pay just over 4-thousand pounds in costs, compensation and victim surcharge.
Rider killed in crash
A motorcyclist's died after a crash in Witham.
Police say the incident happened around 7.10pm last night when a green Triumph motorcycle being ridden by a 54-year-old local man was in collision with a blue Hyundai I20 in Chipping Hill.
The air ambulance attended but the rider of the bike was pronounced dead at the scene. The road was closed for around 3.5 hours to allow for initial investigations.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw either of the vehicle involved before it happened to contact Dc James Lee at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
Woman raped in Brentwood
Police are investigating an alleged rape in Brentwood.
The incident is believed to have happened around 1am yesterday.
The victim, in her 20s, is being supported by specially trained officers.
Pensioner in sex attack
Police are investigating an attempted rape in Harlow.
A 65 year old woman was attacked by a man in his 20s as she was walking early yesterday morning.
Pub fire an accident
Investigators say a fire - which destoyed a pub in Bradwell - was started by a chip pan.
Friday's blaze at the King's Head on High Street was originally treated as suspicious.
Added by news on 29/09/2014 13:41:49
Braintree MP quits ministerial role & Murder investigation launched in Brentwood
Braintree MP quits ministerial role
The Conservative MP for Braintree's resigned from his cabinet post following allegations in a Sunday newspaper about explicit images being swapped online.
Brooks Newmark (pictured) has quit as minister for civil society.
Murder investigation launched in Brentwood
A murder investigation's beeen launched after a man died after being stabbed in Brentwood.
Paramedics found the victim collapsed in Tower Hill last night.
Package at Southend Airport 'harmless'
Police investigating a suspicious package at Southend airport have confirmed it was a bag full of old clothes.
Bomb disposal experts were called in yesterday afternoon
Added by news on 28/09/2014 07:57:41