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Concern over increasing attacks on guide dogs in Essex

Terri Sawkins and her guide dog Huffle. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Guide Dog Association is calling on the police in Essex to take attacks on guide dogs more seriously.

It comes after three incidents in Colchester in as many months. The latest took place on Monday.

Terri Sawkins, a guide dog user, said: "It is so scary when you can't see where they're coming from or whether they've got an owner with them.

"There isn't anything more frightening. I was walking down a street and there was just this snarling, growling noise. Huffle stopped, I stopped. I didn't realise he'd been bitten.

"I have no idea how the dog made contact without me knowing because it was on the shoulder nearest me. I called out and asked what was going on. Nobody came to my assistance."

Click below for Victoria Lampard's report

Fugitive paedophile believed to be heading to Norwich

Credit: Dorset Police

An on-the-run paedophile who police have warned should not be approached may be heading towards Norwich.

David Chadwick, 58, who was released from prison recently, is being hunted by Dorset Police after breaching his licence conditions.

He was jailed in 2013 for committing sex offences against children.

"The search for David Chadwick is ongoing with officers following numerous lines of inquiries, including house-to-house checks and examination of CCTV. We now believe that Chadwick boarded a train at Wareham railway station on Wednesday afternoon and arrived in Hampshire, at around 4.45pm. It is suspected that he may have then boarded a further train on Thursday with the intention of travelling to Norwich.Chadwick has a rucksack, sleeping bag and Ordnance Survey map with him and so it remains possible that he has been sleeping in outbuildings as he travels. We would like to reassure the public that police forces have been made aware of Chadwick's movements and that we are working together to ensure that he is found as soon as possible."

– Detective Inspector Joe Williams

Chadwick is white, of average build and around 5ft 10ins, with short grey hair and a small scar on his left cheek. He was wearing a dark fleece-style jacket and glasses and carrying an Ordnance Survey map when last seen.

David Chadwick getting on a train at Weymouth on Wednesday. Credit: Dorset Police
David Chadwick getting on a train at Weymouth on Wednesday. Credit: Dorset Police


Lifeboat exercise turns into "real-life shout"

Two Norfolk lifeboats had to rescue a man who had capsized in a small sailing dinghy.

The Wells inshore and all-weather lifeboats were both taking part in a regular training exercise when the real life emergency happened.

At 10.20am the coastguard reported that a member of the public had spotted someone waving for help from a capsized sailing dinghy at Burnham Overy Staithe

The lifeboats were launched immediately. The casualty was handed into the care of the Coastguard Mobile unit and both lifeboats returned to Station.

The entrance to Overy Staithe can be an inhospitable place when the wind is in the East and the tide starts to ebb out of the harbour. It is fortunate for this sailor that he was spotted quickly, he would have become rapidly cold in the water and would have had great difficulty reaching the shore without assistance.”

– RNLI spokesman Peter Rainsford

Inadequate medication means thousands of cancer patients die in pain each year, says charity

Thousands of people die from cancer each year without receiving adequate pain medication Credit: PA

Thousands of cancer patients are dying in pain every year because they do not receive adequate medication, a charity has warned.

Macmillan Cancer Support said almost one in 10 people in England who died from or with cancer in 2014 spent the last 48 hours without adequate pain medication.

That equates to more than 12,500 people dying in pain, Macmillan estimates.

Macmillan's research shows that 73% of people with cancer would prefer to die at home

Macmillan has analysed the responses of more than 6,700 relatives and carers of people who had died from cancer who took part in the National Survey of Bereaved People from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Its figures show that people with cancer who receive inadequate pain relief at home were twice as likely to die somewhere they did not want to, compared with those who received complete pain relief.

Previous Macmillan research found that 73% of people with cancer would prefer to die at home.

ONS figures show that fewer than a third - 30% - do so.

Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support called on the government to "fund and implement" the recommendations of an independent review published laste year, which called for an overhaul of end-of-life care.

One of the key recommendations of that report was for every local area to establish 24/7 end-of-life care for people being cared for outside hospital. Ministers have so far failed to issue a response.


Posh player forced to retire after knee injury

Jack Collison has been forced to retire Credit: PA

Peterborough United midfielder Jack Collison has been forced to retire at the age of 27 after failing to recover from a knee injury.

The former Welsh international has been battling the injury since his early 20s and has never fully recovered.

Collison made his name at West Ham United, and also had a spell at Ipswich Town.

He will now continue his work as an academy coach at Posh.

"So I’m signing off for now. With a tear in my eye, but a huge smile on my face, I sit here optimistic. I’m excited for the next chapter and if it’s anything like the last I know it’s going to be one hell of a journey."

– Jack Collison

Northampton Saints to honour Barwell family with opening of new stand

The Barwell Stand will be officially opened today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The new North Stand at Northampton Saints' Franklin's Gardens will be officially opened today (February 13).

The 2,000-seater Barwell Stand has been used since early November but a ceremonial cutting of ribbon will take place this afternoon before Saints' Premiership clash with London Irish.

The day will be dedicated to the Barwell family who have played a key role in the running of the club in recent years.

A number of Saints legends will also be paraded in front of the crowd before kick-off.

"Although the Barwell Stand will honour the name for years to come, it is only fitting that supporters are given the opportunity to show their gratitude and thanks to Keith and the rest of the Barwell family for what they have done for Saints over the years which has culminated in us being where we are today - one of the best clubs in England.

One of Keith's core beliefs was that the club is bigger than any one individual, which is why we're inviting players who have put their names in the history books by having played hundreds of times in the first team to join us, and why we're working with local schools to tell youngsters about our past that we're so proud of.

It will be a great occasion, and we're looking forward to seeing another full house to help make this a memorable day for Keith and his family."

– Allan Robson, Northampton Saints Chief Executive

Northampton Saints v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, Saturday 13 February, 15:00

Norwich man jailed for six years for sex attacks at care homes

Mihai Alistar. Credit: Norfolk Police

A man from Norwich has been jailed for six years after he was found guilty of carrying out a series of sexual assaults on women in Norfolk.

38-year-old Mihai Alistar committed most of the attacks at the care homes where he worked.

The offences took place between 2008 and 2014 and involved attacks on nine victims across the county. The victims were not residents.

Alistar had previously been found guilty of 18 sexual offences including one count of attempted rape during a 15-day trial in December of last year.

He was cleared of a further six sexual offences.

"I would like to commend the witnesses and victims in this case for the bravery they have shown in helping officers and the Crown Prosecution Service achieve justice for them all.

This has taken an enormous amount of courage on their part, and we hope such a conviction will give them a sense of closure, and that they can now move on positively with their lives.

The Constabulary takes such reports very seriously and has supported the victims throughout the 18 month investigation and will continue to do so.”

– Investigating officer Sergeant Andy Tomlinson
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