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Plan to fill-in potholes in Essex is underway

Council pledges to spend £17.5 million on road defects.

A plan to fill-in potholes in Essex is underway as the county council pledges to spend £17.5m on road defects.

An additional twenty maintenance crews have been drafted in bringing the total to 38 tackling damaged highways across the county.

The aim is to have the work complete by March next year.

Northampton: Council sells statue for almost £16million

The Sekhemka statue.
The Sekhemka statue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An ancient Egyptian statue that was gifted to the town of Northampton in 1880 was sold last night at auction in London for nearly £16million.

The Borough Council which owns the Sekhemka statue will use its share of the proceeds for a new £14million extension to Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

The rest will go to Lord Northampton, whose ancestors originally donated the statue.


Witness appeal following M11 Essex crash

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road crash on the M11 near Epping.

Emergency services were called at about 3.30pm this afternoon to reports of a collision involving a heavy goods vehicle and a car on the southbound carriageway between Junction 7 and Junction 6.

A 79-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the car, has died. A man and woman who were also in the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The northbound carriageway was closed briefly while an air ambulance attended the scene but the southbound carriageway will be closed for several hours for vehicle recovery and while police carry out an initial investigation.

Man charged with sexual offences

A 77-year-old man has been charged with serious sexual offences involving a child.

Kenneth Wells formerly of Bracken Dale, Leicester, has been charged with indecent assault against a boy under the age of 16.

The offences, in the main, are alleged to have taken place in the mid-1970s at various locations in Norfolk and one offence outside of the county.

Working in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service, Wells was charged on Thursday 3 July and will appear at Norwich Magistrate’s Court on Friday 18 July 2014.

Woman who died in M11 crash was 79

Police said the dead passenger was aged 79.

A man and woman who were also in the car remain in hospital tonight.

A police spokesman said any witnesses who have not contacted police or anyone with information about events leading to the collision, should call the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email

Read more: M11 crash


First World War Centenary: The story of John Cunningham

Here is the latest of our 'First World War Centenary- 'School Reports' - the stories sent to us by children from across the region who wanted to tell you about something they had discovered.

This one was brought to our attention by Rosie Grant, a 15 year old student at 'County Upper School' in Bury St Edmunds and a famous song from the time. This is the story of 'John Cunningham'.

Woman dies in Essex M11 collision

A woman has died after a collision involving a car and a lorry on the M11, Essex Police have said.

Motorists have been asked to avoid a section of the motorway linking London with Cambridge after the serious road crash, which happened at around 3.30pm today.

The as-yet unnamed victim, who was a passenger in the car, has died. Two other people who were in the vehicle have been taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Specialist officers are currently at the scene, on the southbound carriageway between junctions six and seven.

"It is a serious collision, and there have been serious injuries.

"A woman who was a passenger in the car has died. Two other people who were in the vehicle have been taken to hospital with serious injuries."

– Police spokesman

The northbound carriageway has also being closed to allow an air ambulance to land. Drivers are being advised to avoid the area. The road is expected to be at least partially closed until 10pm.

Attacked and killed for £20 and an IPhone

A man was today found guilty of murdering Jamie McMahon in Northampton last year. He'd been on the way home from a night out with friends but was attacked and killed for £20 and an IPhone.

The jury convicted 33 year old Michael Francis of murder and robbery. His friend, 19 year old Mark Lewis, had already pleaded guilty to both charges. Olivia Paterson was in court.

Public sector workers strike across the region.

Schools have been closed, firefighters have been on strike and services at job centres, libraries and courts have all been affected in a day of industrial action by public sector workers.

Union members have been marching in places such as Peterborough, Northampton and Cambridge - however they've been criticised for causing inconvenience and the Government claims some unions didn't have a mandate for the action. Tanya Mercer reports from the west of the ITV Anglia region:

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