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Safety on A127 to be reviewed after teenager's death

Essex Council Council says it will review safety measures on the A127 near Basildon after a 13-year-old boy was killed on the road on Monday.

The road was blocked for nearly five hours after cars were parked across it in a protest on Tuesday night. Demonstrators are calling for a pedestrian bridge to be built.

A protest of parked cars closed the A127 near Basildon on Tuesday evening following the death of a teenager. Credit: Twitter @DJAllbury

“It is a tragedy when any child loses their life in a road traffic accident. Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this very difficult time.

“We are currently working with Essex Police to investigate the incident, which will take some time to complete. In the meantime, we are urgently reviewing the safety measures along this particular stretch of the A127.

“Earlier today our engineers visited the site to consider all the available options for improving safety along this stretch of dual carriageway.

“Over the coming days we will look to engage with the local community and listen to the concerns raised following this tragic incident.”

– Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council

Dealer jailed for selling Class A drugs in Basildon

Calvin Hope who has been jailed after admitting dealing drugs in Basildon Credit: Essex Police

A London drug dealer who travelled to Basildon to sell heroin and crack cocaine is starting a two and a half year prison sentence.

Calvin Hope of Coleridge Road, London was caught after plain clothed officers who'd been on patrol in Gloucester Park in Basildon spotted the 33-year-old throw a package suspected of containing class A drugs into a nearby bush.

Officers chased down Hope and arrested him before recovering the stash of drugs from the bushes.

The package was found to contain 56 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine and Hope was also found to be concealing cannabis in his sock.

Hope was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession of cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to all three offences and was jailed for 30 months.

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Essex man who stabbed to death his girlfriend jailed for 23 years

Jordan Taylor will spend the next 23 years in prison. Credit: Essex Police

A man who murdered his girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 23 years.

Jordan Taylor, who's 22, stabbed 21-year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon in July last year.

Woman killed at Essex horse sanctuary 'didn't have a bad bone in her body'

The family of a woman who was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in Essex last year say that she "didn't have a bad bone in her body".

Jordan Taylor, who's 22, knifed 21 year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon.

A jury found him guilty of murder today (January 14). He will be sentenced tomorrow.

Click below to hear from Laura's family

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Horse sanctuary murder: Knife used to stab Laura Davies found in undergrowth

Jordan Taylor. Credit: Essex Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex.

Jordan Taylor, who's 22, stabbed 21 year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon in July last year.

The court heard that police found Taylor 'hiding near some bushes' and crouched over Ms Davies' body.

The knife that Taylor used to attack Ms Davies was found in undergrowth. Credit: Essex Police

The 9cm black handled kitchen knife used to attack Laura was found in the undergrowth nearby.

"Taylor had displayed controlling and jealous behaviour and Laura had tried to end their relationship.

This came to head on that night in July and resulted in fatal consequences. Taylor attacked Laura in the kitchen of the flat and as she tried to get away from him he had followed her through a small garden and in to a grassed area where he then stabbed her repeatedly.

She was fighting for her life. His vengeful and violent actions took that young life away.”

– DCI Marina Ericson

Man found guilty of stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death at Essex horse sanctuary

Jordan Taylor. Credit: Facebook

A man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex.

A jury of four men and eight women found Jordan Taylor guilty of stabbing to death 21-year-old Laura Davies at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society base in Basildon in July last year.

She was stabbed more than 80 times.

It took the jury 2 and a half hours to reach their verdict.

Laura Davies' family cried in court as the verdict was read out and shouted "yes."

Taylor will be sentenced tomorrow (January 15).

Taylor stared straight ahead and then shook his head as the verdict was read out.

Boyfriend claims self-defence in horse sanctuary murder trial

A man accused of stabbing his former girlfriend to death at a horse sanctuary in Essex says she picked up the knife first.

Jordan Taylor says he acted ins self-defence Credit: Picture: Facebook

Jordan Taylor denies murdering Laura Davies in Pitsea in July last year.

He took to the stand at Chelmsford Crown Court and told jurors he was acting in self-defence having picked up a knife and stabbed Miss Davies up to four times in an attempt to stop her attack.

Laura Davies was stabbed 80 times Credit: Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society

The 21-year-old was found with more than 80 stab wounds all over her body. She had recently ended their relationship.

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