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Woman attacked after getting into bogus taxi on way home from V Festival

The woman was attacked after leaving the V Festival Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are investigating after a woman reported being sexually assaulted on her way home from the V Festival in Chelmsford.

The victim, in her 20s, was approached by a man driving a dark Mondeo as she walked home along Greenbury Way between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on August 20.

She got in the vehicle, which she believed was a taxi, after being offered a lift home. The man then drove a short distance before sexually assaulting her.

The victim managed to get out of the car before running away to raise the alarm.

"I would advise people to be vigilant when travelling alone and to ensure they only use taxis from companies they have contacted themselves or they have found at authorised taxi ranks. "Any authorised taxi service will display a plate on the rear of the vehicle and a licence containing a photograph of the driver inside the vehicle. If either of these are not on display then play it safe and don't get in.”

– Detective Sergeant Danny Cooper


Thirty arrests at V festival

Essex Police say they've made 30 arrests so far at the V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford.

They've tweeted that most of the arrests have been for drug offences.

Thousands don their wellies for V-festival in Essex

More than 85,000 people are due to descend on Hylands Park in Chelmsford this weekend for the V Festival.

Some of the biggest names in pop will be there too - with Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Sia headlining and comedy, art and a few fair ground rides thrown in for good measure.

Crowds started arriving at midday- along with the rain!

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers...

Rihanna and Justin Bieber to headline V Festival

International pop superstars Rihanna and Justin Bieber are heading to Essex. Credit: PA

International pop superstars Rihanna and Justin Bieber are taking over the main stages at V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend.

Tens of thousands of music fans are expected to flock to the festival in Essex over the next two days.

Canadian superstar Justin Bieber will make his festival debut at Hylands Park on Saturday before moving to the site in Staffordshire alongside other acts like Jess Glynne and Stormzy.

Rude Boy singer Rihanna will share the stage with David Guetta and Little Mix before closing the festival in Chelmsford on Sunday.

Police are warning they're taking a zero tolerance approach towards drug use at the festival.


'Up and away' for Northampton's Balloon Festival

Last year's festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hot air balloons from all over the country will gather today for Northampton's annual Balloon Festival.

The popular event at Billing Aquadrome is celebrating its 27th anniversary.

Thousands of people are expected to attend over the weekend.

Northampton Balloon Festival 2015 Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The balloonists are excited about the annual event giving both local and others from further afield the chance to flying above the Northamptonshire countryside. This continues with the support provided by Billing Aquadrome for the last seven years, since the event moved from the Racecourse in 2009."

– Spokesperson for the balloon festival

Police warn of zero tolerance to drugs at V Festival

V-Festival begins this weekend (August 20) Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 175,000 people are expected for this year's V Festival at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex this weekend.

Celebrating its 21st birthday the weekend's line-up includes Justin Bieber, Rihanna and the Kaiser Chiefs.

Police are warning they're taking a zero tolerance approach towards drug use at the festival.

"Many officers will be accompanied by dogs trained to sniff out suspicious behaviour and will greet festival-goers at the gates.

"Drugs including so-called legal highs won't be tolerated and officers will seek to prosecute anyone who is found to be selling and in possession. Don't run the risk."

– Carl O'Malley, Assistant Chief Constable, Essex Police

Warning of measles at Norwich's Sundown Festival

Teenagers are being advised to check with their GP that they are fully vaccinated Credit: ITV News Anglia

Festival-goers are being warned to watch out for signs of measles ahead of Norwich's Sundown festival.

It's after hundreds of cases were reported to Public Health England across the UK this year.

It's being put down to people missing their MMR jab when they were younger.

The NHS say these are the initial symptoms to look out for:

  • Cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough
  • Sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • A high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)
  • Small, greyish-white spots on the inside of the cheeks
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