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Search for missing man suspended after body found

Richard Manning went missing on Thursday. Credit: Essex Police.

Police searching for a missing man in Essex say they have found a body.

Richard Manning, 66, who has epilepsy, went missing while visiting family in Billericay on Thursday.

Officers found a body on farmland close to the village of Chignal Smealy, near Chelmsford, this morning.

It has not been formally identified but Mr Manning's next of kin have been told and the police search has been suspended.

The death is not at this time being treated as suspicious.

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Cancer drug campaign reaches government

A former nurse with terminal cancer has handed a petition to the government today urging funding to be secured for a drug that extended her life.

Linda Johnson from Billericay in Essex wants other patients to have a chance of a few extra, vital months of life even though she knows cancer will claim her life.

The former nurse has been speaking to our reporter Serena Sandhu about why the treatments under threat are so important.

Click below to watch Serena's report:

Nursery manager charged with child cruelty

Abacus nursery, Billericay Credit: ITV Anglia

A woman from Wickford's been charged with child cruelty following an investigation by Essex Police into the treatment of children at a nursery in Billericay.

The Abacus nursery was closed by Ofsted last month.

Nursery Manager Emma Panting, who's 49, has been charged with child cruelty, common assault and a racially aggravated public order offence. She'll appear before magistrates on April 10th.

Nursery worker Rosie Dunn, 24, of Prower Close, Billericay, has also been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

Concerns over treatment of children at nursery

An investigation has been launched into a nursery. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Essex have launched an investigation into concerns about the treatment of children at a day nursery.

The allegations relate to the Abacus Day Nursery, on Orchard Avenue in Billericay.

Ofsted has suspended its registration and the site has been closed for up to six weeks.

A 49-year-old woman from Wickford has been arrested and bailed. Police stressed there had not been any allegations of sexual abuse.

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Police appeal after crash

Essex Police have appealed for witnesses following a road crash near Billericay in which two people were injured. Officers were called at about 6pm on Thursday June 13 after a two-car collision at the junction of Hatches Farm Road and Tye Common Road, Little Burstead.

The vehicles involved were a black VW Scirocco and a white Renault Megane. Both drivers were taken to hospital. A man from Hornchurch who was driving the VW suffered serious injuries and is still receiving hospital treatment.

Anyone with information about the collision who has not yet contacted police should contact Sgt Mark Ammon at Laindon response and patrol unit on 101.

Dale Farm school praised by inspectors

Crays Hill Primary in Billericay is best known for being the school attached to the Dale Farm Travellers site in Essex.

It has been the subject of rumours and bad press in the past, but today it has been celebrating a good Ofsted report, with much of its teaching rated outstanding.

Elodie Harper was granted exclusive access to film life at the school.

Children's charity needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a house-to-house collection scheme which supports the work of a children's charity in Essex. Action for Children's house-to-house collection takes place in Billericay, each September.

The annual event has in some years raised more than £8,000 and the charity believes it is an ideal opportunity for volunteers aged 18 and over to gain fundraising experience and to work as part of a friendly and supportive team.

Money raised from the collection will go to Action For Children services, directly benefiting vulnerable and neglected children through, for example, short breaks centres, family development centres and services that provide support for victims of sexual abuse.

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