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Passengers stuck on packed trains

Passengers have been stuck on packed rush-hour trains after a power supply problem hit busy commuter routes between Essex and London.

The problem meant that for a time no trains were able to run between Tilbury Town/Upminster and London's Fenchurch Street station.

A number of London-bound trains came to a halt, with the problems for passengers being compounded later by a trespasser on the tracks.

The problem affected passengers with the c2c train company. A number of travellers switched to using Abellio Greater Anglia trains which also became packed.


Three sentenced over school abuse

Three men, including one from Norfolk, are due to be sentenced after being found guilty of historical sexual abuse at a school for vulnerable boys over a period of more than 30 years.

Colwyn Baker, David Hennessy and Nigel Putman abused youngsters at the now-defunct Swaylands School in Penshurst, Kent.

As well as the abuse committed by the trio, their trial heard that Baker encouraged other pupils to commit sex acts on other children.

The three men were residential child care officers at Swaylands School, which closed in 1994, but they "exploited the pupils in their care", a senior detective said.

Barnet Council ran the school, which was an institution for young people with moderate learning difficulties and later schooled boys with emotional and behavioural problems.

Following a 12-week trial, Baker, 71, of Craighouse Avenue, Morningside, Edinburgh, was found guilty of 20 counts stretching back to 1963.

Hennessy, 74, of Westfields, Narborough, King's Lynn, Norfolk, was convicted of six counts and Putman, 62, of Kings Road, Slough, Berkshire, was found guilty of two counts.

Prosecutor Philip Bennetts QC told the trial the atmosphere at the school was one "where abuse was almost the norm". Barnet Council has apologised for the abuse suffered by the victims.

The trio will be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.

Woman due in court charged with Bedford attempted murder

A woman is due to appear at court this morning charged with the attempted murder of a man in Bedford.

Charlene Brown, 32, from Bedford, was arrested after emergency services were called to reports that a man in his 30s had been stabbed in Charnwood Avenue at about 1.30pm on Monday.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Brown will appear at Luton Magistrates' Court this morning.

New completion date for A12 roadworks in Ipswich

New completion date for A12 roadworks. Credit: PA Images

A major maintenance project on a section of the A12 near Ipswich is now expected to be completed by the end of June.

The project, between junctions 31 and 33 (Four Sisters and Copdock) of the A12, involves resurfacing the road, renewing road signs, repairing drainage and upgrading safety barriers. Work on the project started in December and was originally scheduled to finish at the end of March.

It is one of two similar improvement schemes currently underway on the A12 between Essex and Ipswich. In all, 10 miles of the A12 are being upgraded.

Most of the work, including the speed limit, will be removed by mid-June after this there will be finishing off work using lane closures only.

The work is dependent on suitable weather conditions, and dates may be subject to further change.


Northampton Saints: Hartley's World Cup future in doubt after 'headbutt' charge

Dylan Hartley. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Dylan Hartley will find out today if he'll be banned for allegedly headbutting an opponent.

The England forward will face an RFU disciplinary panel today.

It relates to an incident involving Jamie George during the Saints' Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens at the weekend.

A ban would put Hartley's World Cup future in serious doubt after he was previously warned about his future conduct by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster.

Drivers warned to allow extra time for their journeys as Suffolk Show gets underway

Last year's Suffolk show. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Tens of thousands of people will be making their way to Trinity Park in Ipswich today for the start of the Suffolk Show.

The gates open at 7 o'clock this morning for the two day event.

Police are reminding drivers in the area they may need to allow extra time for their journey as there may be some delays.

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