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Murder arrest after man taken ill at police station

An investigation into his death is ongoing. Credit: ITV News

A 55-year-old man has died following an 'incident' at a house in Braintree.

He contacted police following the 'incident' at an address in Courtauld Road yesterday (Wednesday 15 November).

He was taken ill while at Braintree police station and died a short time later.

A post mortem examination proved inconclusive pending further investigation.

Anthony Lines, who's 35, has been charged with violence to secure entry to a property and criminal damage. He's been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.

Lines was also arrested on suspicion of murder.

A second person has died after motorbike crash in Essex

Joanne Vincent who died at the scene Credit: Essex Police

A second person has died after a motorbike accident in Cressing near Braintree. Gary Keith Vincent, 51, of Braintree died on October 5 at Broomfield Hospital.

On August 14 he and his wife Joanne Vincent, 47, were riding a black Honda motorcycle on Ashes Road, when they were involved in a collision with two vans. Mrs Vincent died at the scene.

A 70-year-old man remains under investigation on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

A 44-year-old man also arrested was released without charge and faces no further action.


Half a million pound project to improve boys’ reading

Reading is a core skill that we all use everyday, but there's a big gap in achievement between boys and girls, especially in Essex.

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Thousands of boys in the county in Key Stages one to three, when children are aged 5 to 14, are now set to benefit from a half a million pound fund that aims to reverse this trend.

At Lyons Hall Primary school in Braintree they're aiming to buck the trend by introducing so-called Project X books with stories that are specifically written to engage boys.

Some of the reasons are culturally that the boys are expected to do more sport based activities than girls and by the time they even come to school you can predict how their reading will be based on their language skills and attention and studies showed boys aren't as well equipped as girls.

– Rachel Pritchard, Deputy Headteacher, Lyons Hall Primary School

Ten year old boy seriously injured in Braintree collision

A ten year old boy has been flown to hospital with life changing injuries after a collision in Braintree

A ten year old boy has been flown to hospital with life changing injuries after a collision in Braintree this afternoon.

It happened at four o'clock in Coldnailhurst Road when a car and children's scooter collided.

Officers are still at the scene currently at the scene and a road closure has been put in place between Queens Road and Boleyns Avenue.

Police are appealing for witnesses

Train line blocked by fallen tree

A tree on power line has brought train services between Witham and Braintree in Essex to a halt. Credit: PA Wire

The train service between Witham and Braintree has been suspended because a tree has been blown down.

The tree has damaged the overhead electric wires between Witham and White Notley and all lines are blocked. Greater Anglia says disruption is expected until 8am.

Network Rail engineers are at the location of the tree and will remove the debris as quickly as possible.

Buses are currently replacing trains.


Dog thought to have started house fire in Essex

A dog is thought to have started a house fire in Braintree Credit: ITV News

Three people have suffered smoke inhalation and a dog has died following a kitchen fire at Braintree in Essex.

Firefighters were called to Templar Road last night after the people living there returned home to find their house full of smoke.

The fire is thought to have been started accidentally by the dog who had jumped up at the cooker and turned the cooker on. Items left on the cooker then caught light.

The kitchen has been destroyed and the rest of the house has suffered extensive smoke damage.

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