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Essex: Five injured in high-speed cycle crash

Five men have been injured after a high-speed cycle crash in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five men have been injured after a high-speed cycle crash in Essex.

Three ambulance crews and a rapid response vehicle were called to West Mayne in Laindon in Basildon just after 20:00 last night.

The men suffered a range of hip, leg, back and neck injuries.

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Police search for armed robber who stole cash

Police in Essex are looking for an armed robber who threatened staff, then fled from a Basildon shop with a three-figure sum of cash.

He went into Martins newsagents in Whitmore Way armed with a knife and demanded money from the till. The robbery happened at just before 3pm on Wednesday the 1st of April.

Detectives say the suspect was white, between 5ft 9ins and 6ft 2ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt, dark tracksuit bottoms, dark gloves and a dark scarf around his face. He spoke with a local accent. The police want anyone who might have information to contact them.

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Women held at knifepoint during robbery

Detectives are investigating after two women were held at knife point during an armed robbery at a newsagents in Essex this morning.

Police were called to Martins on Whitmore Way, Basildon, at 5.45am.

Location of armed robbery in Basildon Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Two male suspects forced their way into the rear of the premises while staff were collecting the newspaper delivery and held the two female staff members, one of whom is in her 80s, at knifepoint and demanded money from the safe."

– Sgt Patrick Walsh

The pair got away with approximately £2,000 in cash from the safe.

The members of staff were shocked but not injured.

Police say one of the suspects may have been black, in his 20s, slim and about 6ft tall, wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a black puffa jacket with the hood up and had a stripy scarf of different colours wrapped around his face.

The second suspect may have been black, in his 20s, of slim build and about 6ft tall, wearing all black clothing and his face was covered, possibly with a scarf.

Witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to call Basildon CID on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Health watchdog Monitor to investigate Basildon Hospital finances

An investigation has been launched into the finances of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals. Credit: PA

The Health watchdog Monitor has launched an investigation into the finances of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals.

They had removed the Trust from special measures earlier this year after they were satisfied that the quality of the hospital's health services had improved.

Now, Monitor say they want to find out why the financial losses at the Trust are likely to be much higher than previously thought.

“Basildon and Thurrock has made great progress in improving its services for patients, but it appears to be struggling financially.

We want to find out why the trust’s finances are deteriorating and ensure its leadership is taking appropriate action to address this challenge.”

– Laura Mills, Monitor Deputy Regional Director

It follows the news last week that two foundation trusts in Norfolk and Suffolk are also being investigated by Monitor.

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