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Pub roof completely destroyed in Great Wakering fire

Video courtesy of Tom Bettis.

The roof of a pub in Essex has been completely destroyed following a fire in the early hours of this morning.

Five emergency crews were called to the the Red Lion Pub in Great Wakering just after 4.30am.

The first floor was completely alight when crews arrived. Credit: Twitter/TomBettis

Huge flames were seen coming from the building, as firefighters spent more than two hours putting it out.

One adult and two children suffered smoke inhalation and were treated by the ambulance service.

An investigation to establish the cause of the fire will be carried out.

Lowestoft boxer Ogogo suffers first professional defeat

Ogogo (left) was retired by his corner in the eighth round Credit: PA

Lowestoft boxer Anthony Ogogo suffered his first professional defeat to Chris Cunningham last night.

The 2012 Olympic bronze medallist was retired by his corner in the eighth round with blurred vision, as Cunningham, secured the WBC International middleweight title at the NEC arena in Birmingham.

Ogogo was sent stumbling to the ground as early as the second round, after Cunningham landed a strong right hook.

The undefeated boxer continually struggled from the on and failed to recover, with Ogogo's trainer Tony Sims eventually pulling him out of the fight.


Man being held in custody at Colchester hospital escapes in bed gown

22-year-old Jordan Georgiou Credit: Essex Police

A 22-year-old man has escaped police custody while being treated for injuries at Colchester General Hospital.

Jordan Georgiou from Clacton fled from the hospital on Friday afternoon dressed in a hospital gown.

Mr Georgiou was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, assaulting a police constable and breach of a court order.

An 18-year-old man and two women aged 19 and 21, all from Clacton, have been arrested for assisting an offender and remain in custody.

Anyone with information on Mr Georgiou's whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately.

Cyclist in 'serious condition' following crash in Cambridgeshire

Anyone with information is asked to call the Roads Policing Unit Credit: PA

A cyclist is in hospital in a serious condition after colliding with a van in Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

It happened yesterday morning on the A142 between Sutton and Mepal.

The man was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The driver of the van was uninjured.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area when the colission happened.

Optometrist spots tumour and saves life of Northampton teenager

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Claire McGlasson.

A teenager from Northampton is urging everyone to book a sight test after a routine appointment saved her life.

Lauren Whittington says eye tests aren't just for people who need glasses.

Her optometrist picked up symptoms which showed she had a brain tumour.

Within three hours she and her family were told that doctors would have to operate.

The pressure that I spotted behind Lauren's eyes set me off to think that something wasn't right.

– Nicole Barber, Optometrist


Investigation launched after man stabbed in Hitchin

Fishponds Road in Hitchin has been cordoned off

Police have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in Hitchin in the early hours of this morning.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was attacked in the Fishponds Road area around 2am.

He suffered stabbed wounds and is currently in hospital in a critical, but stable condition.

No arrests have been made and part of the road has been cordoned off while police search for the offender(s).

Officers are working hard to establish exactly what has happened in the early hours of this morning and enquiries are on-going to locate the offender(s).

Fishponds Road has been cordoned off and we are urging members of the public to avoid the area.

– Det Insp Tom Leeks

Five jailed for violent attack on group of men in Huntingdon

All five men were sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court Credit: Cambridgeshire police

Five men have been jailed for a violent attack on a group of men in Huntingdon.

It happened outside Cromwell’s public house in Huntingdon High Street in March, after a group of ten to 12 men, some armed with fence posts and metal poles got into a fight.

Ionatan Lupu, Remus Grecu, Cosmin Palade, Daniel Bordeianu, and Alexandru Petrescu, all of Stukeley Road in Huntingdon, were arrested in connection with the disorder.

Two of the victims were taken to hospital following their injuries.

All five men pleaded guilty to violent disorder and were sentenced to six and a half years in prison between them.

This was a vicious attack during a busy Friday night in Huntingdon town centre. We want the night time economy in Cambridgeshire to be enjoyable and safe for all – behaviour of this nature is just not acceptable.

– Detective Constable Tom Nuttall, Cambridgeshire police

Woman in her 80s dies in Norfolk crash

The woman in her 80s died on the A11 in Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman in her 80s has died in a crash in Norfolk.

It happened on the A11 at Bridgham on Thursday evening. A red Peugoet and a grey BMW were involved in the collision at the junction with Bridgham Road around 6pm.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision, or the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident.

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