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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.


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.

Police hunting man after shop thefts

Man wanted after thefts Credit: Essex Police

Police in Essex believe the same man was responsible for three seperate thefts from a petrol station shop in Billericay. The thefts of various food items happened on January 14th, 22nd, 31st.

The man believed to be responsible for the thefts from the BP in Radford Way, is described as white, aged 40-60-years-old, wearing a long sleeved jacket and woolly hat

Man wanted by police

Paul Dowman Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with an offence of sending threatening text messages. Paul Dowman, aged 31, is previously known to have been living in the Billericay area but his current whereabouts are unknown.

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