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Clacton man charged with murder & Clacton accostings: Man arrested
Clacton man charged with murder
A Clacton man's been charged with the murder of a man in Grimsby.
28 year-old Junaid Hamidi's due in court today.
Clacton accostings: Man arrested
A man's been arrested in connection with an investigation into accostings in Clacton.
The 53 year-old from Colchester's being questioned on suspicion of indecent exposure and sexual touching.
A 43 year-old man arrested earlier this week's been released without charge.
Parents and children are being urged to be vigilant.
Anyone with information about these incidents or the man, should contact Clacton CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
MP opposes 500 new Rayleigh houses
The MP for Rayleigh's lodged a formal objection to the district council's decision to give 500 new homes the go ahead.
They'd be built on land between Rawreth Lane and London Road.
But Mark Francois says developers haven't pledged any cash towards roads or flood prevention.
Work on Tesco Manningtree to start in new year
It's been revealed - work on a new Tesco in Manningtree will finally get underway in February.
Planning permission was given three and a half years ago.
Two jailed after blind man thrown on to Chelmsford train track
Two men have been jailed after a registered blind and deaf man and his brother were thrown onto the tracks during an attack at Chelmsford railway station.
23 year-old Daniel Webster from Coggleshall and Niall Martin, who's 24 and from Colchester, have been given 22 and nine months respectively.
The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident in February
Investigating officer Detective Constable Alan Reed said: "This is one of the most appalling incidents I have investigated.
"Webster and Martin showed a savage disregard for their victims, and one of the brothers is still suffering from the injuries sustained to his foot.
"It is no exaggeration to say the brothers could have been killed after being thrown onto the tracks."
Read more HERE
c2c consult on new timetable to ease crowding
National Express train operator c2c is today launching a three-month consultation with passengers on a proposed new timetable to relieve crowding and improve connections.
Highlights from the proposed timetable, which would start in December 2015, include:
- More capacity at the busiest times and the busiest stations, with 16% more services in the AM peak
- Every train will stop at Barking, West Ham and Limehouse, creating a metro-style service
- Four trains per hour minimum at every station during peak times
- Faster off-peak journey times to and from London
- Earlier first trains and later last services
- New weekend services, with regular trains to Stratford and Liverpool Street and a new direct service from Rainham and Purfleet into central London on Sundays
Passengers can find tailored information about their individual stations and respond to the consultation by click HERE
The consultation will close on 15 January 2015.
Good news for Southend Pier
It's been revealed - nearly 300.000 people have visited Southend pier so far this year.
That's more than 10,000 more than the total number of visitors throughout 2013.
Added by news on 24/10/2014 13:49:18
Essex to invest in CAMBS road improvements, man falls victim to ��30K 'phone scam & Wilko feels good after doctor says he's 'clear of cancer'
Essex to invest in Cambridgeshire road improvements
Essex County Council's pledged £1,000,000 towards improvements to the A14 - in Cambridgeshire.
The local authority says nearly one in five drivers who use the road are going to or coming from Essex.
More than £1 BILLION is being spent on the project in total with work starting in 2016.
Man falls victim to £30K phone scam
Conmen have pulled off one of their biggest ever telephone scams in Essex.
A man in his 60s handed over £30,000 after he was rung by a bogus police officer claiming crimininals had accessed his bank account.
He became concerned but eventually handed the money to a courier after being threatened with arrest by a man posing as a Met detective.
Read more and see the official advice from police on how you can stay safe by clicking HERE
Tributes to crash man
Tributes are being paid to a man who died in a crash in Tollesbury.
25 year-old Kieran Ansell's car left the road and hit a tree over the weekend.
Wilko feels good after doctor says he's 'clear of cancer'
Legendary Essex musician Wilko Johnson says he's been cured of cancer.
The 67 year old was given 10 months to live in 2012 but had radical surgery this year to remove a massive tumour.
The former Dr Feelgood guitarist says surgeons at Addenbrookes managed to get it all and he's cancer-free.
Rider seriously hurt in bus collision
A motorcyclist has been left with 'life-changing' injuries after being involved in a collision with a bus and 2 cars near Southend.
The 20 year old's been transferred to the Royal London for more treatment following the crash on the Old Leigh Road in Leigh.
A 68 year old woman on the bus has been treated in Southend Hospital for chest injuries.
The road was closed for eight hours while police carried out their initial investigations at the scene.
Any witnesses to the collision who have not yet spoken to officers are asked to call the Road Policing Unit at Laindon on 101.
Man arrested in connection with accostings
Police have arrested a 43-year-old Clacton man on suspicion of indecent exposure and sexual touching.
The man was detained yesterday in connection with an investigation into two incidents in which teenage boys were accosted in Clacton on Saturday.
He has been taken to Clacton police station for questioning.
Concern over missing schoolgirl
Police say they're growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a teenage girl missing from her home in Chigwell.
14 year old Angjela Ahmetaj was last seen at her home at around 12.30pm on Monday, October 20 and there was a possible sighting on Tuesday, October 21 in Braintree.
Police are appealing for any of her friends to call officers if they have any information about her whereabouts.
Enquiries are being carried out in the Epping Forest area and also in the central and east London areas including Barkingside and Ilford where Angjela is known to have friends.
Angjela is described as white, of slim build with dark long straight hair and around 5 ft tall. She was last seen by her family wearing dark blue jeans, red jumper, black jacket, light brown UGG-style boots with white fur around the top. Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.
Man charged over violent robbery
A 25 year-old man's been charged in connection with a violent robbery at South Ockenden station.
Sam Evans, of no fixed abode, is also accused of threatening a person with an offensive weapon following the incident on Sunday evening.
He's due back in court in January.
Police are appealing for the victim of one of the assaults to come forward after they left the scene before officers attended.
They are believed to have boarded a train towards Upminster.
Added by Nick Hull on 23/10/2014 13:51:18
Hannah murder suspects retract confessions & 1.5m worth of cannabis plants found in Waltham Abbey
Hannah murder suspects retract confessions
Lawyers for two Burmese men accused of murdering a student from the University
of Essex together with another British backpacker say the pair have now
retracted their confessions.
The bodies of Hannah Witheridge (pictured) and David Miller were discovered on a beach a month ago.
£1.5m worth of cannabis plants found in Waltham Abbey
Two men have been charged after £1.5 million pounds worth of cannabis plants were uncovered in Waltham Abbey.
The discovery was made at a unit at Meridian Business Park yesterday.
Chemical incident near Stansted
Fire crews have been dealing with a chemical incident at a factory near Stansted.
Staff were evacuated from Molton Brown in Elsenham yesterday evening - after hydrochloric acid and caustic soda were accidentally mixed.
Essex Uni studies find little benefit to free nursery places
Two separate studies by the University of Essex claim there's been very little benefit from offering free nursery places to 3 year-olds.
One says their effect completely disappears by the time a child who's taken
up the offer of one reaches the age of 11.
The other found the £800m a year policy has given most parents a discount on early years education they'd have paid for anyway.
Man to be sentenced for Romford murder
A 43 year-old man's due to be sentenced later for the murder of his colleague in Romford.
Andrej Malinovskij attacked 34 year-old Evaldas Svolkinas and left him to die in a stream in December 2012.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This was clearly a pre-meditated and well-planned attack on a man Malinovskij felt aggrieved by.
"He spent some time studying the victim's day-to-day movements before carefully choosing his moment to snatch him off the street, bundle him into a car and brutally attack him. He then callously dumped his body in a remote stream where he left him to die.
"The attack may have been well-planned but Malinovskij failed to realise his vehicle had been repeatedly caught on CCTV and it was this that ultimately led to his capture and conviction."
Armed men rob home
Three men in balaclavas - armed with a meat-cleaver and baseball bats - have broken into a woman's flat in Southend.
They took 100 pounds from South Avenue on Friday night - but the woman wasn't hurt.
The first man is described as black, over 6ft tall. The second and third both white and as tall as the first. All wore dark clothing, balaclavas, baseball caps and hooded tops.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Paul Ross at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Weather blamed for passengers being ordered off plane
Easyjet say weather conditions in Southend were to blame for passengers being asked to get off a plane to Malaga because it was too heavy.
The airline says those who volunteered to get on a later flight were given 250 pounds as a goodwill gesture.
Harwich boy charged over armed burglary
A 17 year-old boy's been charged in connection with a burglary in Harwich in which a man was threatened with a firearm.
Cash was stolen during the break in last month.
Added by news on 22/10/2014 13:38:40
Thurrock Police officer charged with making indecent images of children & Man crushed to death on Canvey
Thurrock Police officer charged with making indecent images of children
A police officer from Thurrock's been charged with making indecent images of children.
34 year-old Ben Hodder's been released on bail - and is due back on court next month.
He's been suspended from work.
Man crushed to death on Canvey
A man's been crushed to death on Canvey.
It's believed he was working underneath a transit van when it came off it's jack.
Man admits Basildon rape
A man's admitted raping a woman in a Basildon Underpass in July.
23 year-old plasterer Nathan Morgan - of no fixed address - will be sentenced next month.
Gonzalo causes disruption in Essex
The after effects of ex-Hurricane Gonzalo are continuing to be felt across Essex.
The county's been hit by very strong winds and squally, thundery, showers.
The worst of the weather is predicted to be across lunchtime with wind gusts up to 50 miles an hour.
A number of trees have already come down - and other damage is expected, along with some localised flooding.
On the trains, Greater Anglia says 'poor rail condiitons' have been causing delays into and out of Liverpool Street.
The Chief Forecaster at Essex Weather has told us:
"Active frontal systems will clear away Eastwards during the morning. This will leave Essex in a strong and showery North-Westerly airflow as ex-hurricane Gonzalo tracks gradually away from Scotland.
"Minor impacts are expected locally on Tuesday, chiefly from strong wind gusts in Northern and Western districts of Essex. Gusts may exceed 50 miles per hour during the early afternoon period. Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf."
We'll keep you updated in our travel bulletins throughout the day.
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Driver dies after car hits house
A man's died after his car crashed into a house and then a tree near Southminster.
The incident happened on Steeple Road, St Lawrence around 2-30am.
The victim is yet to be identified so his next of kin have not yet been informed.
Police are continuing their investigations but the road has now reopened.
Cancer fraudster pleads guilty
A 24-year-old woman from Colchester has pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud after claiming she had cervical cancer and pocketing money donated for her treatment.
Danielle Watson, a bank worker from Rowhedge, also accepted donations from wedding suppliers for a wedding after claiming she didn t have long to live.
Southend Crown Court heard how a charity fund was started in her name after she told staff at a bridal shop that failing health had caused her to bring her wedding forward.
Investigating officer Dc Rob Lewis told us: "Danielle Watson acted in a cold and calculated manner. She be-friended and abused the trust of kind and generous people who wanted to help a person they thought was dying. She obtained significant financial gain, gifts and services from the kind hearted and at no point throughout the investigation did she demonstrate any form of remorse or shoulder the responsibility for her conduct."
Watson was released on bail pending sentencing on January 9, 2015.
Suspected arson attack on Southend house
There's been a suspected arson attack on a house in Southend.
Three applliances were called to the property on Quebec Avenue after the original crew disocvered fires in a number of different places.
At one stage, it was thought someone may have been trapped inside but all the occupants are safe.
Man knifed by robbers
A man's been knifed in the face by two robbers in Harlow.
The 44 year-old was targeted in The Hides earlier this month but police have only just released details.
Officers say his attackers got away with a bag containing his mobile phone, credit card and wallet. The two attackers are described as black men in their late teens to mid-twenties. One is around 5ft 11ins tall of stocky build and was wearing a charcoal coloured track suit with the hood up. The second was around 6ft tall, had a high set forehead, had black, short shaved hair, and was of a large stocky build and had scar around his right eye. He was also wearing a charcoal coloured tracksuit.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Laura Cuthbert at Harlow via Essex Police 101. They can also leave information anonymously by calling independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Man charged over fatal crash
A man's been charged after a fatal crash near Colchester.
39 year old Nigel Kelsall's accused of causing death by careless driving after his car left the road and hit a tree stump at Little Horkesley in May.
His passenger - 34 year old Stacy Clague from Bures - died after suffering serious head injuries.
Added by news on 21/10/2014 16:32:56
Latest Canvey flood report out & Crews to finally leave Thoby Lane blaze
Latest Canvey flood report out
The government's chief scientific adviser's published his report into July's floods on Canvey.
It's found officials should've realised that the pumps probably would've tripped out as a result of a power cut.
But it has acknowledged the level of rainfall was unusually high.
It's calling for one person to co-ordinate flood reponse in future - and maintenance of the draisn to be double checked by another agency.
You can read the full report here...
Boys accosted in Clacton
Police are trying to trace a man who attempted to accost two boys in separate incidents within hours of each other in Clacton.
In the first, on Saturday evening, the man asked his would-be victim to go into an alley with him.
In the second, he started speaking to a boy who became suspicious and ran off.
Crews to finally leave Thoby Lane blaze
After more than a month - firefighters are leaving the scene of a blaze near Brentwood - involving 5-thousand tonnes of wood.
Crews at Thoby Lane say the remaining wood's been isolated and won't become involved in the fire.
Essex anti-social beaviour crackdown
A new crackdown - targetting persistent anti-social behaviour - has been launched in Essex.
A new panel's being set up to help support victims.
It'll also be able to push local councils and housing providers - as well as the police - to investigate complaints.
PM welcomes Ford jobs boost for Essex
David Cameron says a 190 million pound investment by Ford in Essex is a "vote of confidence" in the Government's economic plan.
The extra investment is for the production of new low-carbon diesel engines at the motoring giant's Dagenham plant.
The project will create more than 300 jobs.
NHS staff go on strike today
NHS Radiographers are striking for four hours later in a row over pay.
There'll be picket lines at the Alexandra in Harlow, Broomfield in Chelmsford and Romford's Queens between 9AM and 1PM.
The Society of Radiographers say emergency care will continue though.
Paedophile inquiries - still ongoing
Hundreds of suspected paedophiles are still being investigated, more than two years after UK authorities were given details about them.
In 2012 Canadian officials handed over more than 2-thousand bits of intelligence as part of an investigation into child pornography.
Figures show 271 cases are still ongoing with 17 of those in Essex.
Two people in the county have also been charged.
Man dies in car crash
A man's died after his car crashed into a garden wall at Stanford Le Hope.
The victim was a local man in his 50s.
Meanwhile, Police are appealling for witnesses after a fatal road crash in Tollesbury.
The victim - a 25 year old local - was pronounced dead at the scene after his car hit a tree.
An 18 year old from Colchester is being treated for leg injuries in hospital.
Man injured in A127 pile up
A driver's been taken to hospital after a multiple pile-up on the A127 at Basildon.
He's believed to have suffered serious leg in juries in the collision - which involved two empty coaches, a van and two cars.
Quad bike crash
A quad bike rider's in a critical condition in hospital after a crash in Chigwell.
The victim received serious injuries after the three vehicle collision on Manor Road yesterday.
Witness appeal to fatal Tollesbury crash
Police are appealling for witnesses after a fatal road crash in Tollesbury.
The victim - a 25 year old local - was pronounced dead at the scene after his car hit a tree.
An 18 year old from Colchester is being treated for leg injuries in hospital.
Investigation after fire
An investigation's underway after a man was rescued from a house fire in Jaywick.
Crews were called to Meadow Way in the early hours of yesterday where they found the man in his 60s unconscious.
Largest ever ship on Thames arrives in Essex
The largest ship to sail down the Thames has docked at the London Gateway in Coryton.
Next stop for the 15-hundred foot long Edith Maersk is Singapore.
Added by news on 20/10/2014 17:16:49