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Essex MP calls for posthumous honour for fallen policeman in emotional House of Commons tribute

Braintree MP James Cleverly has asked that the policeman killed whilst guarding the Palace of Westminster be given a posthumous honour.

Pc Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by an attacker who crashed on Westminster Bridge before trying to run into Parliament grounds.

Mr Cleverly met him 25 years ago in the Royal Artillery, and had been friendly with him ever since becoming an MP and passing him on the gates of Parliament.

In an emotional tribute he gave praise to a "strong, professional public servant"

He was a strong, professional public servant, and it was a delight to meet him again only a few months after being elected.

Would my right honourable friend the Prime Minister in recognition of the work that he did and the other police officers and public servants here in the house do, consider recognising his gallantry and sacrifice formerly with a posthumous recognition.

– James Cleverly MP


"Please stop your stupid attention seeking comments": Essex MP blasts Katie Hopkins after US TV news appearance

An Essex MP has blasted claims made on US TV by a controversial news commentator that people are "cowed", "afraid", and "not united" following the London terror attack.

Katie Hopkins speaking on Fox News said "People are cowed. People are afraid. And people are not united."

But travelling to Westminster this morning the Braintree MP James Cleverly, who was also a friend of the police officer killed in the attack, said "No one is cowed, afraid or divided. Please stop your stupid attention seeking comments.

Life sized deer statues stolen from Herts farm

A vehicle was used to take them away.

Two life sized deer statues have been stolen from a farm in Hertfordshire.

They were taken at some point overnight on Wednesday 15 March from the Blue Bury Farm in Watton-at-Stone between Stevenage and Hertford.

A vehicle was used to transport the deer statues from the site so I am appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity between the times stated to get in touch.

I’m also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the statues since they were stolen.

– Sergeant Duncan Wallace, East Herts Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team

Motorcyclist dies after van collision

The 36-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a van in Clacton.

It happened on Wednesday 22 March in Marine Parade East just before 8pm. The motorcyclist, a 36-year-old man from Clacton died at the scene.

The van driver, a 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Essex Police confirm car used in terror attack not registered in Essex

Essex Police have said they are "not looking for any vehicle in connection with" the terrorist incident in London.

It comes after reports that the car that was used in the attack was registered in Essex.

Media speculation that the number plate of the car linked to the attacks in Westminster is registered in Essex is not accurate and have caused an increase in concerned local comment and calls to police.

For clarity, Essex Police are not looking for any vehicle in connection with the incident and there is no suggestion that any Essex-registered vehicle is involved.

– Essex Police.


Experts hopeful missing owl will return to Ipswich park

Mabel the owl has been missing for six weeks.

Experts are hopeful a wild owl that that has disappeared from a park in Ipswich will soon return .

Mabel has regularly been spotted at Christchurch Park, but she not for been seen there for six weeks.

There had been some concern for her welfare, but it's now thought she may be buried away nesting her eggs early.

Mabel was often seen in an oak tree in Christchurch Park.

Barber shop told to stop giving free beer to customers

The Quarters Barber Shop has been told it must get a licence before it is allowed to give out alcohol. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A barber shop in Northampton has been told to stop handing out free beer to customers - because it doesn't have an alcohol licence.

The local council say the owners of the Quarters Barber Shop will need to apply for a licence because drinks are only offered to paying customers, which means they are part of a transaction.

The shop offers customers a free beer while they wait to have their hair cut. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I've seen a lot of barber shops doing it, so I had the same idea when I opened my own shop - to get a free beer when you have a haircut or a shave.

"Not many people have it, but it's just good because it goes with a gentleman's look - a beer and a haircut and a shave.

"It's sad really, because it's not hurting anybody."

– Jake Hillery, Owner, The Quarters Barber Shop
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