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Teenager "dragged across the floor and stamped on"

A man from Braintree has been arrested following an assault on a teenager

A teenager from Essex was allegedly dragged across the floor by another man and stamped on the head.

The 16-year-old boy was assaulted in Western Road in Braintree last month.

He suffered cuts and bruises and was sent to hospital.

A 27-year-old man from Braintree was arrested on suspicion of assault on Sunday. He is currently on bail pending police enquiries.

Officers investigating the incident would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault.

Police searching for missing Jai Stead from Braintree

Essex Police are appealing for help to trace Jai Stead who has gone missing from Braintree.

Jai Stead Credit: Essex Police

Jai, 35, was last seen at 8.15am yesterday. He is described as being 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and a beard. He has a tanned complexion.

He was last seen wearing dark tracksuit bottoms, a dark hooded top, dark polo shirt and a black coat.

Jai is believed to have links to Southend, Wethersfield and Clacton and has used hotels, night shelters and support services offering short term accommodation in the past.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at Braintree on 101.


Arsonist admits setting fire to Essex homeless hostel

Ben Wilson, 20, admitted setting fire to a homeless hostel. Credit: Essex Police.

An arsonist who set fire to a homeless hostel has been jailed for five years.

Ben Wilson, 20, had recently been evicted from the Braintree Emergency Night Shelter for breaking tenancy rules when he started the blaze in February.

One of the people living there - who had been in the shower when the fire alarm sounded - was forced to escape by jumping 15ft from a second floor window onto a passing bus.

The driver, Andy Waterman, was given a Chief Fire Officer's Commendation for his actions after manoeuvring his bus close enough to the building to help.

Wilson, of no fixed address, admitting a charge of arson with intent at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court. He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

"This was a devastating fire. Wilson acted out of revenge and his actions continue to have an effect on his victims.

"The resident who was forced to jump from the window continues to suffer physical and psychological effects.

"The fire was also devastating for the people involved in the charity than ran the hostel."

– Det Con Andy Young, Essex Police.

Man jailed for multiple sex offences

Kujtin Rexha, who has been jailed for sex offences against a 17 year old girl Credit: Essex Police

A man is today starting an 11 year prison sentence after he was found guilty of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

Kujtin Rexha, 43, of Jeffreys Road, Braintree, denied the charges during the six day trial, which was held at Chelmsford Crown Court. The jury reached a unanimous verdict after eight hours of deliberation.

The court heard that Rexha was arrested in May following an investigation into offences at a car wash in Colchester Road, Little Bentley.

His victim, who is from Romania and was 17 at the time of the offences, was made to sleep in his caravan against her will. Her ordeal lasted two and half months.

Rexha was found guilty of two single counts of rape, plus one count of rape which took place over the two and half month time period, and two counts of sexual assault.

Essex Police raided the car wash after the victim contacted police to say she was being held against her will.

Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett, who led the investigation, said:

"I would like to thank the victim for her bravery in coming forward to report what was happening to her.

She was a vulnerable young woman who had come from to a foreign country and was made to perform sexual acts against her will"

– Det Insp Leighton Hammett, Essex Police

Police release CCTV images following Essex burglary

Police want to talk to these three men. Credit: Essex Police

Police investigating a burglary in an Essex village have released CCTV images of three men they want to talk to.

It's after a house in the Tye Green area of Cressing near Braintree was raided back on July 23.

The thieves stole a laptop and a PlayStation amongst other things.

Officers are keen to trace three men who were seen boarding a train from Braintree to London Liverpool Street later that day.


Braintree death "not suspicious"

Essex Police say the death of a man at a house in Braintree is not being treated as suspicious. Police and fire fighters were called to the property in Tideswell Close around 9.30pm on Sunday. They found a man in his 20s had died.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

– Essex Police
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