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Stolen Ford Focus ST involved in high-speed crash

A stolen Ford Focus ST was involved in a crash Credit: Essex Police

A stolen Ford Focus ST was involved in a high speed crash with two other cars in Braintree in Essex.

The driver lost control on a bend on Notley Road on Sunday and then fled the scene along with his three passengers.

Essex Police are looking for 4 men in their late teens or early 20s, one of whom may have suffered a head injury.

Dc Nick Campbell of Braintree CID said: "The Focus had been stolen in Cressing at about an hour and a half earlier and was driving at high speed when the crash happened.

"The Focus lost control on a bend and snaked out of control for about 150 yards hitting two other cars before coming to rest near the entrance to John Ray Junior School.

"A couple and their two very young children had a miraculous escape when the Focus hit the side of their car. Thankfully they were all unharmed but very badly shaken, but we could easily have been looking at serious injuries or fatalities.

"The people in the stolen car were totally reckless and ran off with no regard to the innocent people in the other badly damaged cars.

"We need to find them and get them in custody before they can cause more harm on our roads. We are especially keen to hear from any members of the public who saw the car between noon and the time of the crash.”

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Heroic driver to be awarded commendation after using his bus to save naked man from Braintree fire

Firefighters tackle the blaze. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

An Essex bus driver is to receive a special commendation after he used his vehicle to help a naked man to safety from a burning building in Braintree.

Andy Waterman was on his way back to the depot when he was flagged down and asked to assist.

He subsequently parked his double-decker bus next to the building, which allowed the man to jump on to the roof.

The fire took three hours to bring under control. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

The firefighters were then able to lead the man to safety.

“The man was trapped on the third floor and there was no way he could get out. If the bus hadn’t been there I don’t know how he would have escaped, the fall could easily have killed him. The bus driver’s actions saved this man’s life.

It’s an unusual rescue, but it was extremely effective.”

– Assistant Divisional Officer Dave Barritt

The blaze took over three hours to bring under control.

Police name men who died in Braintree head-on crash

Two men who died in a head-on collision in Braintree in Essex yesterday have been named.

David Bradley, 30, of Beckers Green Road, Braintree and James Simmons, 18, of Hillside Gardens, Braintree both died at the scene.

The collision between two cars happened on Gosfield Road in Braintree, just before 5pm.

Two women, aged 16 and 20 are being treated at Broomfield Hospital for serious injuries.

A third man in his 20s air lifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge remains in a critical condition.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Man seriously hurt after fight in the High Street

The High Street is closed after a fight early today Credit: ITV Anglia

One man's suffered serious head injuries after a fight in the High Street in Braintree.

Police were called at 12.40am today following reports of a disturbance. Three men were taken to hospital for treatment to head and facial injuries after being assaulted.

One of these men, a 26-year-old, suffered serious head injuries. He is currently in a stable condition.

The High Street has been closed while police carry out forensic investigations at the scene. It is believed that the disturbance had started in Bar Sport in the High Street before spilling out into the road.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw what happened either in the bar or outside. They can call Braintree CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police hope the High Street will be gradually reopened as the day progresses.

Essex MP Brooks Newmark to stand down over sexual images

A Conservative MP from Essex who quit as a minister over an internet sex scandal is to stand down from Parliament, claiming the media spotlight has become "intolerable".

Braintee MP Brooks Newmark is to step down at the next election. Credit: PA

Braintree MP Brooks Newmark, who served as minister for civil society and founded the Women2Win campaign group, had exchanged suggestive pictures over the internet with a reporter posing as a young Tory PR woman.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the American-born MP for Braintree said he would quit at the general election next May:

"The continued media intrusion into past episodes in my personal life is placing an intolerable burden on my family. I have therefore decided to stand down at the general election. I will continue to serve my constituents to the best of my abilities until that time. "I again appeal to the media to respect my family's privacy and to give me a chance to try to heal the hurt I have caused them. "I have no one to blame but myself and take full responsibility for my own actions."

– Brooks Newmark, MP for Braintree
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