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Emergency summit called over ambulance death claims

An emergency summit has been called to investigate claims that patients have died after ambulance delays in our region.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust is facing allegations that up to 20 people died over a 12-day period, at a time when, they say, there was extreme demand.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard.


Man seriously injured in early morning assault

Police have released CCTV of a group of people they want to speak to after a man was seriously injured in an early morning assault.

The group ran off towards Silver Street after the attack. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

It happened at about 1:30am on Sunday 14 January on Bedford High Street.

The group ran off towards Silver Street after the attack. The victim had to be taken to hospital with serious injuries.

We are keen to speak to the people who are pictured in the CCTV image as we believe they might have information that could help our investigation.

– Investigating Officer Julie Duguid

A Roots Hall return for Chris Powell as ex-Shrimpers star named manager

Chris Powell back at Shrimpers Credit: PA Images

A familiar face is making a Roots Hall return.

Southend have appointed former Shrimpers defender Chris Powell.

The 48-year-old made 290 appearances for the Essex side and also played for Derby County, West Ham and Watford.

He's an experienced manager who had spells in the hot seat at Charlton, where he was named LMA League One Manager of the year, and then at Huddersfield.

He'll be unveiled as the man to replace Phil Brown at a press conference later this afternoon. He's signed a 2-and-a-half-year deal at the Essex club.

Huntingdon man jailed for raping girl under thirteen

A man who raped a young girl he should have been looking after has been jailed for 17 years.

Jacob Heranwa was jailed for 17 years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

Jacob Heranwa, 49, of Bernard Close, Huntingdon abused a position of trust with the victim, who was under 13, raping her three times.

He denied the crimes but was found guilty following a four-day trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Police said the girl, as well as her family, showed incredible bravery throughout the trial.

Heranwa abused a vulnerable girl in his care, exploiting a position of trust. The victim should have been safe and yet he used the opportunity to commit serious offences against her.

He has not shown a shred of remorse for his actions, instead trying to apportion blame on the victim, and the sentence reflects that.

– DC Ruth Craig


World Cup mastermind named as new boss of MK Dons

Unveiled: the new Dons manager Credit: MK Dons FC

Milton Keynes Dons have named their former Academy coach Dan Micciche as their new manager, after Robbie Nielson left the club at the weekend.

Former Bristol City chief Keith Millen becomes Assistant Manager while Long-serving player Dean Lewington will join him as player coach. He had been training with former boss Karl Robinson's Charlton side.

Micciche, comes fresh from his time with the The FA as a Coach and Development Technical Lead as well as the Manager of the England Under-16s side. During his time with at Football HQ the England youth teams won two world titles.

Micciche was also responsible for developing the likes of Dele Ali during his time in the academy set up at Stadium MK

Pete Winkelman told the club's website:

"Dan is a man with a plan and part of that plan is the introduction of Keith Millen into the management team, bringing to the Club a wealth of experience as a player, coach and manager... Finally, I’m really pleased to welcome back club captain and legend Dean Lewington, who will take on a newly-introduced role of player-coach. Dean’s commitment, experience and genuine passion for the Football Club will be invaluable to us as we look to turn our fortunes around and get back heading in the right direction.”

– Pete Winkelman

Micciche said he was proud to follow the likes of Paul Ince, Roberto Di Matteo and Karl Robinson into the hot seat.

“It’s been a whirlwind 24 hours but we’ve got a lot of work to do now. I understand the position we are in – it is not the position we want to be in – so first and foremost, our priority is to make sure we bring some confidence and belief back to this squad so we can begin climbing that league table. As a team, we want to entertain and we want to be an attacking, creative and expressive football team. We also want to be tactically disciplined and be clinical in both boxes. We’ve got good footballers here and it’s our job to bring that talent out over the coming weeks.”

– Dan Micciche

Drugs gang jailed for deals worth £250k in Ipswich

The five men were jailed for a total of 25 years. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A drugs gang which supplied more than a quarter of a million pounds worth of heroin and crack cocaine across Ipswich has been jailed for a total of 25 years.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police and Suffolk Police carried out an intelligence-led investigation

Following a three-week trial 30 year old Jerome Daley from Ilford and Kristian Pullen, 39 from Ipswich were convicted of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between May 2016 and May 2017.

Daley was sentenced to 11 years and six months imprisonment, and Pullen was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Jerome Daley was sentenced to 11 years and six months Credit: Met Police
Kristian Pullen was sentenced to two years, suspended for two years Credit: Met Police

Paul Butters, 33, from Ipswich pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between May 2016 and May 2017. He was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years, and 150 hours of unpaid work.

Paul Butters from Ipswich Credit: Met Police

Kyron Nestor-Thelwell, 23, from Hackney and Andy Mokonzele, 32, from High Wycombe pleaded guilty to the same charges at an earlier hearing. Thelwell was sentenced to six years imprisonment, plus an additional 10 months for activating a previous suspended sentence to be served consecutively. Mokonzele was sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment.

Kyron Nestor-Thelwell pleded guilty at an earlier hearing Credit: Met Police
Andy Mokonzele pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing Credit: Met Police

Detectives discovered that Daley, described as the kingpin of the gang, ran a phone line which he used to text drug users in Ipswich informing them when he had drugs for sale. Users would then call or text the line to place their 'orders' and, using the same line, Daley would contact his drug runners including Butters, Mokonzele and Pullen to give them details of the delivery.

Thelwell, a close associate of Daley, would travel from London to Ipswich several times a week to restock the runners and collect money made from the deals.

This conspiracy set up is that of a so-called ‘county line’ where drug runners are locals who are exploited to run and deliver drugs, and in turn are paid in drugs to supply their own habit.

Officers from the Met and Suffolk Police carried out the investigation Credit: PA

Throughout the course of the year-long investigation approximately 150 individual wraps of cocaine and heroin with an estimated street value of £1600 and a total of £2600 in cash was seized.

It is estimated the drug gang made the journey to Ipswich on at least 170 separate occasions, and made a total of approximately £273,000 in the space of 12 months.

"This was an extensive proactive operation between the Met and our colleagues at Suffolk Police which has led to the successful prosecution of six members of this network. I hope this result sends a clear message that we will continue to pursue gangs in this way, wherever in the UK they are operating. The harm that drugs cause communities across the UK will not be tolerated."

– Detective Inspector Glenn Butler, Metropolitan Police Trident and Area Crime Command

“Suffolk Constabulary continues to work with the Metropolitan Police to disrupt and hold to account individuals involved in the organisation and supply of drugs. The convictions show how police forces working together can make a difference.”

– Superintendent Kerry Cutler, Suffolk Police

"County lines is a national challenge for police forces and our partner agencies. We are working hard with partners throughout the country to disrupt supply networks and safeguard vulnerable people affected by them. The impact drug supply has on communities is immense and our work to disrupt this criminality continues apace, using all the legislation available to us."

– Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, Metropolitan Police Trident and Area Crime Command

Amateur photographer donates snaps to brighten up Essex hospital

Thorpe Bay at sunset Credit: Chris Eastty

Amateur photographer Chris Eastty from Leigh-on-Sea has donated a number of his pictures of Southend to his local hospital.

Chris who works at Southend Hospital as an Emergency Department Assistant was approached by colleagues to display his work on the wards.

Southend seafront lagoon at sunset Credit: Chris Eastty

“I was a little shocked to be asked, but was more than happy to donate my images. It’s an honour to help cheer patients up and give them something different to look at rather than plain walls. It’s great to see the pieces of work up and patients and visitors taking time to look at them and help spark conversation.”

– Chris Eastty
Helen Cullen, Ward Manager ( Left) Claire Buckell and Chris Eastty Credit: Southend Hospital

“These are places that people know and the great thing is that it is really helping to spark not just conversations but fond memories in many of our elderly patients, many who are suffering dementia. So it is a wonderful way to help bring back some of that person as they recount memories sparked by those pictures, we really can’t thank Chris enough for allowing us to display them.”

– Claire Buckell, Clinical Development Nurse
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