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Motorists warned of rope tied across road

Police warning motorists after a rope was tied across a road at Dunmow in Essex.

Officers have received reports of people tying a rope across the road at the zebra crossing at The Causeway near to the junction of The Maltings.

It has been happening overnight and has caused several motorists to take avoiding action.

It is fortunate that to date this wreckless and mindless behaviour has not caused serious injury to someone or worse.

Motorists using this road at night are reminded to be vigilant, especially those on a motorcycle. "These people are potentially putting lives at risk and this has to stop.

– Sgt James Ireland

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Missing woman may be in a Mercedes

Adrianna Caka Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a woman from Harlow who has gone missing.

Adrianna Caka, 44, was last seen in Birmingham on August 26 and had plans to return to Harlow. She has not been seen since.

Police believe she may be in the London area, particularly Barking.

It is thought she may be in the company of a dark-haired man aged in his 40s who is likely to be driving a a black Mercedes car, registration LO59 OOA.

Boats gather for waterways celebration

Canal boats lining up in Northampton

Boats of all shapes and sizes have been making their way to Northampton this weekend for a major event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Northampton canal Arm.

The Arm connected the Grand Union Canal (or Grand Junction as it was then known) to the Nene in Northampton, creating a route to the East Anglian waterways and the Wash by water.

The 200th anniversary event

The Arm replaced an earlier horse drawn railway between Gayton Junction and an unloading point at Far Cotton where a restored historic crane still stands.

The Arm enabled ironstone and limestone to be carried to local blast furnaces, grain and flour to and from mills along the Nene, coal from North Warwickshire and timber from London's Surrey Docks to Northampton.IWA is holding a major waterways event on the river Nene over the August Bank Holiday Weekend in 2015.

The event was opened by actor Timothy West and his wife, Fawlty Towers star Prunella Scales. The couple present a television series on canal boat journeys.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales at the opening ceremony

Image of man wanted after 'sexual touching' incident

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Essex Police have released an efit image of a man they want to trace in connection with a sexual touching incident on Canvey Island.

At around 5pm on August 8 a 16-year-old girl was waiting at a bus stop on Canvey Road near to the Charfleets Industrial Estate when a man sat next to her.

The man commented on the girl’s clothing and touched her leg. He left the bus stop when a silver vehicle pulled up alongside.

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Man attacked on towpath

Police in Bedfordshire are hunting two men who tried to rob a man on a canal towpath.

It happened in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard on Thursday

A man was walking along the canal tow path between 4.15pm and 4.45pm when he was approached from behind by two men and struck on the back of his head, knocking him to the ground.

One of the men then attempted to steal the victim's wallet but he was able to fend them off.

The two men then ran off along the tow path towards Tesco.

Armed robbery at a bookies

Suffolk Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a bookmakers in Felixstowe.

It happened around 9pm last night (Friday) at Ladbrokes in Grange Farm Avenue.

Two men entered the store and one of them headed to the counter. This man then threatened a member of staff – a man - with what appeared to be a handgun and demanded cash.

Several hundred pounds was handed over before the two men fled. No one was hurt.

Five in court charged with murder

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Five men are due to appear in court in Chelmsford this morning charged with murder.

A man aged in his 20s died in hospital having been stabbed in woodland near Sporhams, Basildon, on Wednesday.

Hussain Ahmed, 23, of Bacon Street, London, Gary Goodwin, 36, of Princes Close, Laindon, Mohammed Ahmed, 23, of Jamaica Street, London, Abdul Salah, 20, of York Avenue, Middlesex and Jake Rowlands, 25 of no fixed address, have been charged with murder.

A 16-year-old boy from Laindon has been charged with assisting an offender and released on bail to appear at Basildon Youth Court on September 22.

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