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Family made homeless after Essex house fire

Firefighters at the scene Credit: Essex Fire Service

A family has been left homeless following a fire in Basildon in Essex today.

The fire broke out at around 10am this morning in Mellow Purgess.

Crews from Basildon, Brentwood and Orsett wee called to the scene. The roof of the house was partially destroyed. The blaze was out by around 12:30pm.

Fire and Police officers will carry out an investigation to establish the cause of the fire.

House fire Credit: Essex Fire Service

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24 people re-bailed as part of museum theft investigation

Twenty four people who were arrested as part of a national investigation into high-value museum thefts have had their bail extended.

The 20 men, two women and two teenage boys were arrested in September in connection with six crimes over a four-month period at museums and auction houses across England.

Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn were targeted in six incidents - including incidents at the Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

All 24 have had their bail extended until September 9 and 10.

East Coast mainline promise faster and more reliable trains

There's a promise of faster and more reliable train journeys on the East Coast mainline.

£2.7 billion is to be spent on nearly 500 new carriages to run on the line, which serves Stevenage and Peterborough.

The new trains will have nearly 20% more seats and reduce journey times by up to 15 minutes. The new stock, which is being built in Britain by Hitachi Rail, will come into service in four years time.

Click below to watch an interview with Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer:

BA agrees landfill waste fuel deal in Essex

British Airways. Credit: PA Images

British Airways has entered into a ground-breaking partnership to convert landfill waste into jet fuel in Essex.

The GreenSky London initiative will see the creation of 150 permanent jobs at the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Thurrock.

BA has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes a year of the jet fuel produced at the site which is due to be completed in 2017.

BA is in partnership with Solena Fuels. Thames Enterprise Park and neighbouring Thames Oilport, established in 2012, is a joint venture with Greenergy as one of the investors and the site project facilitator.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA's parent company IAG, said: "We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry.

"The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for BA to reduce its carbon emissions significantly."

He went on: "The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over, with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road."

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Napier wickets set up Essex win

Graham Napier, Essex Eagles. Credit: PA Images

Graham Napier led the attack as Essex claimed a 53-run victory over Derbyshire on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Chelmsford.

The 34-year-old all rounder limited his opponents to 312 all out, taking three wickets for 49 runs on the fourth and final day.

The visitors started the day needing another 199 runs with five wickets remaining, but Napier first bowled out Richard Johnson, who added just 12 to his overnight score of nine, before taking the key wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52) two overs later.

Picking up with Derbyshire on 165 for five on Wednesday, former West Indies captain Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 75 in the first innings, lost his wicket just three balls after reaching his half-century as he was caught by James Foster.

David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald put on a strong eighth-wicket partnership of 89 runs to keep the away side in it before England spinner Monty Panesar claimed the latter's wicket, stumped by wicketkeeper Foster.

Mark Turner (six) was next up at the crease but lasted only 17 balls before he became Napier's third victim, losing out to a catch from Alastair Cook to leave Derbyshire still 63 runs short and with a single wicket remaining.

Mark Footitt joined Wainwright out in the middle but a solitary four was all he could muster before David Masters took the last wicket of the match - his seventh in total - to hand Essex the victory.

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