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High court ruling helping a town move travellers' on

The site of former Passmores school in Harlow, one of biggest sites travellers camped on illegally Credit: ITV News Anglia

An unprecedented high court ruling banning travellers from setting up camp illegally in Harlow in Essex seems to be working, says the local council.

The injunction came into effect on Tuesday and as of today there are no illegal encampments in the town.

Since October 2013 109 different sites in the town had been used as illegal traveller camps.

However the action has come at a cost, so far in the region of £70,000 of taxpayers' money, not including the hefty legal bill of taking the case to the high court.

"People's lives have been made miserable by the illegal encampments, the residents have paid through our taxes, we've all had to pay, I live here just as everyone else, they've been near my house for some time, £70,000 every time to clean up mess left by the individuals who've set up these illegal encampments."

– Robert Halfon MP, Con, Harlow

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Man has no idea how he suffered serious facial injuries

Police are investigating how a man came to be found in a road in Chelmsford with serious facial injuries.

The 29-year-old man was found in Railway Street, Chelmsford on Sunday February 22 at around 3.40am, after leaving The Cave at around 2am.

He was taken to hospital and found to have suffered life changing injuries but he's no recollection of what happened.

Officers would like to speak to anyone who saw anything around Railway Street between 2am and 3.40am that may have led to these injuries.

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Ipswich Town midfielder Chaplow: "We must be more ruthless"

Daryl Murphy's late penalty is saved. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Ipswich Town midfielder Richard Chaplow says it's important they bounce back quickly and be more ruthless in front of goal, with their Championship promotion hopes dented by back-to-back defeats.

The Blues lost 2-1 at Leeds United, three days after their 2-0 reverse in the East Anglian derby at Norwich.

Freddie Sears equalised for Ipswich after they trailed to an Alex Mowatt goal, but they conceded a second from Billy Sharp shortly afterwards.

And Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri denied Ipswich the chance of salvaging a point by saving Daryl Murphy's late penalty.

"Murph's been brave enough to step up and try and stick it in the back of the net.

He's had a tremendous season so far, he's our leading goalscorer, and when all is said and done the 'keeper's made a good save.

He tipped it onto the post and it wasn't quite our day. Hopefully on Saturday (against Brentford) when we get our chances we'll be a bit more ruthless and stick them away, and if we do that I've no doubt in my mind that we'll get the win."

– Richard Chaplow, Ipswich Town

Police appeal for help to catch armed gang after they attack a woman in labour

Police are appealing for the public's help to find an armed gang who attacked a woman from Essex with a crowbar while she was in labour.

The 22-year-old victim, who has not been named, was about to go to hospital when five masked men burst into her home in Beambridge in Basildon on Monday evening.

They attacked the woman despite her being in labour. She suffered a serious head injury - but gave birth to a healthy baby after being taken to hospital.

Her partner was also attacked and suffered minor injuries in the robbery. In a statement released by police he said.....

"This was an extremely traumatic experience for us both. My girlfriend remains in hospital with a serious head injury when she should be celebrating the birth of our child. Please help the police to catch these men whose actions have tainted a period of time which should be a happy one for us. Please help the police to catch these men whose actions have tainted a period of time which should be a happy one for us.”

– Male victim

"This was a shocking attack on a young woman who was in labour. It is vital we get those people responsible off the streets of Basildon. I would ask anyone with information that could help this investigation to get in touch."

– Investigating officer DI Joel Henderson

The suspects are described as aged in their early to mid-20s. One suspect is described as white, around 5ft 7" or 8" tall, of a medium build aged 25 to 30 years old with short dark cropped hair and a pronounced jawline. A second is described as black, around 6ft tall and of a skinny build.

Two people in hospital after suspected gas explosion

The scene of the explosion Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two people have been taken to hospital after what is believed to be a gas explosion in Gorleston in Norfolk.

Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and a Search and Rescue Team from Dereham were called to Frederick Road around 11.36am today (Thursday 5th March)

A man in his 50s and a woman in her 40s were taken to the James Paget hospital with minor burns.

The gas board and UK Power Network are currently at the scene and have isolated the gas and electrical supply to the property.

Crews are still trying to make the building and surrounding area safe. People are being advised to avoid the area.

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House prices increasing faster than wages

House prices are increasing faster than wages Credit: ITV News Anglia

First time buyers in East Anglia are struggling to get on the ladder because house prices are going up faster than wages.

According to housing charity Shelter, in real terms buyers here are paying £60,000 more now for a house.

It also shows average house prices in the East are now 11 times the average wage - compared to just six times- 15 years ago.

Three charged with slavery offences

Three people have been charged with slavery and trafficking offences linked to the food industry.

Properties in Great Yarmouth were raided by Norfolk Police, Suffolk Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority on Wednesday 4th March following an investigation into people being trafficked and exploited for labour.

Suffolk Police say all those arrested were involved in vegetable and meat processing.

Konstantin Sasmurin, 32, and Linus Ratautas, 29, both from Caister-on-Sea, have been charged with acting as a gangmaster without a licence, holding a person in slavery or servitude, trafficking people for exploitation and money laundering.

Evelina Perekriostovai, 22, also from Caister-on-Sea, is charged with money laundering. They've all been released on bail.

Back-to-back defeats for Ipswich Town

Mick McCarthy. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town stay a point outside the play-off zone following their defeat against Leeds.

They were a goal down at Elland Road before Freddie Sears benefitted from a goalkeeping mistake to equalise. The Blues conceded again shortly afterwards with Billy Sharp on target. Ipswich had a late chance to salvage a point after winning a penalty but Daryl Murphy's spot-kick was saved by Marco Silvestri.

It's now back to back defeats for the Suffolk club.

Pet parrot kidnapped during break-in

Credit: Cara Cosson

A woman has made a desperate plea after her pet parrot was kidnapped and a poison pen letter threatening to kill it left in the cage.

45 year old Cara Cosson from Oakley in Bedfordshire suffered a break-in while at work on February 20th. Her African grey parrot Joe Joe was stolen.

She then discovered a letter inside his cage threatening to kill the bird if she called the police.

Bedfordshire Police have already arrested a man in his 40s in relation to the theft but he's since been released on bail.

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