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Athlete to be honoured at Buckingham Palace

Essex gymnast and Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock receives MBE. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock is to receive his MBE at Buckingham Palace later today.

The athlete from Pitsea near Basildon in Essex made history when he won gold in Rio on the floor, doubling his tally less than two hours later with victory on the pommel horse.

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Family pay tribute to 'beautiful' grandmother killed in crash

Jean Childs died on the scene on the A120 at Colchester Road. Credit: Essex Police

The family of an 80-year-old grandmother killed in a car crash in Essex have paid tribute to her.

Jean Childs was driving on the A120 at Colchester Road when she was in collision with another car on 27 January. She died at the scene.

Her family say she "enjoyed life to the full" and "loved spending time with her grandsons".

"Mum was a very young and beautiful 80-year-old who enjoyed life to the full.

"She loved spending time with her grandsons, playing cards games, needle work, knitting and anything that was creative.

"She will be remembered for her beehive blonde hair style and for a being a dinner lady at Chapel Hill School for over 20 years."

– Tribute from Jean's son Gavin

Puppy farmers who kept sick dogs in cages to be sentenced

The dogs were kept in cages in dark sheds at a travellers' site. Credit: RSPCA

A puppy farm gang from Essex is due to be sentenced over the fraudulent sale of dogs bred in poor conditions.

The dogs were advertised online as being home-reared, but were actually kept in cages in dark sheds at an Essex travellers' site, with some dying and others suffering serious health problems.

Three women and a man admitted fraud at an earlier hearing at Basildon Crown Court.

Teresa Wade, 57, Roxanne Montgomery, 33, Tony Hammond, 35, and Victoria Montgomery, 55, are due to be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday.

Some of the dogs were dying and others were suffering serious health problems. Credit: RSPCA

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Dominos staff locked in store room during Essex armed robbery

Staff were locked in a store room during an armed robbery. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Staff at a pizza takeaway in Essex were locked in a store room as armed robbers stole money from the till.

Workers at the Dominos branch at Station Lane in Pitsea, near Basildon, heard knocking at a rear door just after midnight on Friday December 23.

They opened the door and two people walked in - one holding a McDonald's bag covering what appeared to be a handgun.

The two suspects ordered staff to open the till before making them get into a store room and locking them inside with a broom handle. They took the drawer from the till and left.

Both men were white and between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall. One wore a black puffed jacker, black jogging bottoms and a scarf over his face. The second had dark clothing, a hooded top and a striped scarf.

Man charged after planting hoax bomb four times at Essex shopping centre

Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon Credit: Google maps

A man has been charged after planting a hoax bomb four times at an Essex shopping centre.

Dean Platt, who's 44 and from Verbena Gardens in Laindon, was arrested yesterday in connection with four incidents that took place at the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Basildon in 1997.

He was charged with placing a hoax bomb at the shopping centre on January 3, January 29, April 18 and November 11, all in that year.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.

Teenager bailed over murder of Essex man

Vilson Meshi was found dead in a car Credit: ITV News Anglia

A third teenager arrested on suspicion of murder, after the body of a man was found in a burned out car in Basildon, has been bailed.

30-year-old Vilson Meshi was found dead in the back of his grey Audi in the town's Pincey Mead area on 27 February.

A 15-year-old boy from Enfield was arrested yesterday.

An 18-year-old girl from Pitsea and a 15-year-old boy from London who were previously arrested on suspicion of murder have both been rebailed until November 30.

Teenager arrested following murder of 30-year-old in Basildon

Mr Meshi's body was found in Basildon's Pincey Mead Credit: ITV News Anglia

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after the body of a 30-year-old man was found in a burned out car in Basildon.

Vilson Meshi was found dead in the back of his grey Audi in the town's Pincey Mead area on 27 February.

A 15-year-old boy from Enfield has been arrested today and is currently in custody awaiting questioning.

An 18-year-old girl from Pitsea and a 15-year-old boy from London who were previously arrested on suspicion of murder have both been re-bailed until November 30.

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