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Police hunt car driver after fatal hit and run

Police are hunting the driver of a BMW car which is believed to have been involved in a fatal hit and run accident with a motorcycle. in Essex.

The BMW was travelling in the opposite direction to the motorcyclist when they collided in Roydon, at around 4.15pm on Christmas Eve.

The motorcyclist, from Harlow, died at the scene. Essex Police said the BMW driver failed to stop. Officers have appealed for witnesses and said the car is likely to have front end damage including a broken radiator grill.

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Police appeal after man approached woman

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who intervened during an incident in Norwich.

It happened between 3.10pm and 3.30pm near to Toys R Us in Westwick Street on Tuesday when the victim, a woman in her mid 20s, was approached by a man who tried engage her in conversation.

The victim ignored the man who continued to approach her and make comments, eventually pushing her against the wall and touching her face several times.

Sgt Dan Cocks said:

"The woman felt intimidated by the man’s actions and was left distressed. A shopper intervened during the incident, pulling the man away from the woman. After this the suspect fled the scene towards Grapes Hill. We are very keen to speak with this man who helped the victim as he could have information to assist our enquiry. ”

– Sgt Dan Cocks
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Kate 'sorry for not bringing noisy' Prince George to church

The Duchess of Cambridge has apologised for not bringing Prince George to the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service.

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

William and Kate joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and others for the religious gathering near the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

After the service the Duchess apologised to a mother and her young daughter, who were among 2,000 wellwishers outside the church, for not bringing her son. When Maddison Neal, aged eight from nearby Dersingham, gave Kate a Milky Bar selection box for George, she replied: "I'm sorry we didn't bring George but you would have heard him in the church."

The Duchess of Cambridge receives flowers as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk . Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Maddison's mother Sarah, 37, said: "We were hoping Kate would take the present but we didn't know if we'd be lucky enough to meet her. "Maddison met George on Sunday at the service at Anmer church. She helped him with his lantern and he blew her a kiss."

Olympic cyclist Laura Trott gets engaged

Laura Trott and Jason Kenny won two gold medals apiece at London 2012. Credit: PA

Hertfordshire Olympic cyclist Laura Trott has announced her engagement to fellow double Olympic cycling champion Jason Kenny.

The 22-year-old tweeted: "Merry Christmas everyone :) ive had the most amazing couple of days thanks to @JasonKenny107 and the whole family #engaged X"

The Manchester-based couple, who went public about their relationship during London 2012, won two gold medals apiece at the home Games.

Trott triumphed in the team pursuit and the six-discipline omnium, while Kenny was victorious in the team and individual sprints.

They were also both made OBEs in the 2013 New Year Honours. Earlier this month Trott also won two gold medals at the Track World Cup.

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Healing hounds: Patients get festive visit from therapy dogs

PAT volunteer Helen Crowfoot and Zeke with patient Credit: Southend Hospital

Patients at Southend Hospital had a special festive treat as they were visited by Buddy and Zeke, a pair of PAT (Pets as Therapy) dogs.

Buddy, a black Labrador, and Zeke, a Tibetan spaniel, came to cheer up patients across several of the wards.

Shirley Newton, a patient at the hospital who was visited by the PAT dogs and volunteers, said:

I was so pleased to see the dogs especially as I have just been given a dog for Christmas, it relieved the tedium of the afternoon. Seeing the two dogs and the volunteers in their bright yellow t-shirts really brought sunshine to the ward. They were so excited and proud of their dogs, it was lovely.

– Shirley Newton
Patient Shirley Newton; volunteer Helen Crowfoot and her dog Zeke; Buddy the Credit: Southend Hospital

Appeal after supermarket car park argument

Police are appealing for witnesses after an incident in a supermarket car park at Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex.

They were called to the Tesco store in Prince Avenue on Monday following reports that a pedestrian had been in collision with a car. The 43-year-old man is thought to have had an argument with the driver of a silver or blue coloured Ford Mondeo. He collided with the vehicle and was thrown to the floor. He suffered minor injuries which he received treatment for at the scene by ambulance crews.

Police appeal after woman seriously injured

Police are appealing for witnesses following a road collision in Colchester which has left a 20-year-old woman with serious injuries.

It happened just before 4am on Christmas Day on Berechurch Hall Road and involved one vehicle, a silver Vauxhall Corsa.

The injured woman, who comes from Tiptree was taken to Colchester Hospital but has been transferred to Queen’s Hospital in Romford where her condition is described as serious but stable.

A 21-year-old man from Colchester was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. He is currently receiving treatment at Colchester General Hospital for injuries which are not believed to be serious.

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Camilla misses Christmas Royal service

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Thousands of wellwishers were treated to the sight of the Royal Family walking to church for the traditional Christmas day service - but the Duchess of Cornwall was missing.

The Duchess of Cornwall did not attend on advice from doctors after she "put her back out", Clarence House has said.

Leading the way from Sandringham to St Mary Magdalene church was the Princess Royal, flanked by the Duke of Edinburgh.

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