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Police chief charged with making indecent images of children

A police chief has been charged with making indecent images of children.

Ben Hodder, 34, a chief inspector with the Essex force, is due to appear before magistrates in Basildon on November 6.

He was originally arrested on May 8 and released on bail and has now been charged with two offences.

Hodder, of Thurrock, has been suspended from his post as area commander for the town.


Delays on Abellio Greater Anglia between Ipswich and Norwich due to fallen tree

There are delays on Abellio Greater Anglia services between Ipswich and Norwich due to fallen tree on the line between Stowmarket and Diss.

The tree has damaged the overhead lines, which is causing delays and cancellations.

The tree has now been removed and services are beginning to resume as normal but delays of up to 50 minutes could be expected.

University of Northampton sees more than 100 members join Credit Union in first year

The University of Northampton.

The University of Northampton says more than 100 members have joined its Credit Union in the first year.

It's among a handful of educational unions in the UK - and lets students, staff and graduates borrow at rates of just 1%. It's aimed to help students avoid high-interest loans.

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Former EDL leader recalled to prison

Former leader of the EDL Tommy Robinson. Credit: PA Images

The Luton-based former leader of the English Defence League has been recalled to prison after allegedly responding to a death threat on Twitter.

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was sentenced to 18 months in January for mortgage fraud.

He was released in June under licence but has now been recalled to Bedford Prison.


Police renew call for witnesses after man in 90s dies following motorbike collision

A man seriously injured in a motorbike collision in Ipswich on Saturday night has died in hospital.

The man, who was in his 90s, has yet to be formally identified. He was driving a red Honda motorbike along Commercial Road when he collided with the kerb on Princess Street.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the motorbike travelling along Commercial Road, or the collision itself.

Calls should be made to PC Dean Webb at the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101 quoting CAD 400 of 18/10/14.

James Paget Hospital needs 100 women to participate in two-year breast cancer study

James Paget Hospital in Gorleston. Credit: PA Images

Breast cancer patients at a hospital in Norfolk who are over 65 could be part of a pioneering trial.

The James Paget Hospital in Gorleston needs 100 women to participate in a two-year study that involves offering older women lifestyle advice, such as on diet, exercise and smoking, before they receive surgery.

"The patients may feel as if they're on a conveyor belt of treatment. We want to individualise and personalise their treatment and address any issues that may affect their recovery and also their emotions of the journey throughout their treatment"

– Sue Down, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon

Man charged with causing death by careless driving following Essex crash

A man has been charged with causing death by careless driving following a road crash in Little Horkesley where a 34-year-old woman died.

Nigel Kelsall, 39, of Hereford Road, Colchester, was driving the silver convertible BMW that he and Stacy Clague were in when it left the road in Vinesse Road on Tuesday, May 20.

The car was in collision with a tree stump and Stacy received serious head injuries. She was taken to Colchester General Hospital but died the next day.

Mr Kelsall has been bailed to appear before Colchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday, December 9.

Man pleads guilty to Basildon rape

Nathan Morgan. Credit: Essex Police

A man has pleaded guilty to raping a woman in an underpass in Basildon.

Nathan Morgan, 23, of no fixed address, appeared at Basildon Crown Court yesterday and admitted raping and assaulting a 23-year-old woman in the underpass near Broadmayne on Friday, July 18. The attack happened at around 11.30pm.

The plasterer is due to be sentenced on Friday, November 14.

"This was a horrendous attack on a lone woman as she walked home from a night out with friends. She has been receiving support and hopefully will be able to recover from the traumatic experience.”

He added: "We would like to thank all the members of the public who came forward with information to help find the man responsible.”

– Detective Inspector Richard Sage, of the Sexual Offences Investigation Team
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