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Braintree murder victim was new father

Michael Haastrup Credit: Essex Police

Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend. His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.

They said: "Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

"He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."May his humble soul rest in peace."

Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.

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Police appeal after man dies from stab wounds

Police in Essex have started a murder investigation after a man died in hospital from stab wounds following an incident in Braintree last night.

Officers were called to Cressing Road in Braintree at 11pm last night.

Braintree Credit: ITV Anglia

They found a 24 year old man suffering from stab wounds, he died from his injuries at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

A second man was also hurt but his injuries are not life threatening.

Luke Eva Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued a picture of 24 year old Luke Eva from Southend who they want to talk to in connection with the incident.

Two other people are being questioned by detectives who have issued an incident room number which is 01245 282103.

Police renew witness appeal after road crash

Police are urgently trying to contact witnesses who have not yet come forward to a serious road crash in Essex.

It happened on the A131 at High Garrett, between Braintree and Halstead, at 2.15pm on Sunday February 9.

A woman was air-lifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridgeshire with life-threatening injuries after a collision occurred between a black Ford KA and a black Mercedes convertible.

The driver of the Mercedes and a passenger from the Ford were taken to Broomfield Hospital but later released.

The woman remains in a critical condition in hospital and we are unable to speak to her. We are, therefore, very keen to speak to other motorists who were in the area at the time and may have seen the collision between these two vehicles or witnessed events leading up to it. We believe there was a queue of traffic at the location when this happened and I am confident that there were people sitting in their cars who have valuable information for our investigation."

– Sgt Damon Bainbridge, Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Essex school devastated by fire to be rebuilt

The John Ray Infant School. Credit: PA

An Essex school that was burnt to the ground last summer is to be rebuilt after councillors agreed to sanction signifiant funding.

It will cost over £7 million to carry out the work on The John Ray Infant School in Braintree which was devastated by fire in August.

The new school is expected to open next year.

Plea to help find stolen dogs

Nelly and Mr Larson Credit: Essex Police

A family who believe their two Springer Spaniels have been stolen, are appealing for information to find their pets and have them returned.

The brown and white dogs went missing on the evening of January 3rd from an outbuilding near the family home in Fairstead Road, Fairstead near Braintree.

The bitch is called Nelly and the male dog is called Mr Larson and he has a distinctive bald patch on his rump area.

The owners say that the dogs are not a breeding pair, they are not trained for shooting or game sports but simply family pets.

The family say there will be a reward if the dogs are returned safely.

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Britain's lost railways

There was a time that our region was criss-crossed by a dense network of railways connecting many of our towns and villages.

That all changed in the late fifties and 1960s when dozens of rural branch lines were shut to save cash and now these lost railways are featured in a new book.

Matthew Hudson and the author of Britain's Lost Railways Julian Holland discovered the trains may be long gone but the lines, including the Braintree to Bishop's Stortford route, have had a new lease of life.

Essex school fire prompts safety campaign

John Ray Infants School was gutted by fire Credit: ITV

A fire at an Essex primary school has prompted a nationwide campaign to make sprinkler systems compulsory.

The campaign follows a major fire which destroyed the John Ray Infants School in Braintree. Essex Fire Authority is calling for every new school built in the county to be built with a sprinkler system.

The local community are trying to raise funds for the school Credit: ITV

Six arrests in Essex after two men are stabbed

Six people have been arrested after two men were stabbed and a vehicle was damaged in Essex.

Police were called to Fore Field in Braintree just before 1pm today following reports of disorder in the road.

They arrived to find two men had been stabbed and required hospital treatment.

Essex Police said they had arrested six people in total - three men and three women - on suspicion of affray and grievous bodily harm.

Investigations are continuing and parts of the Fore Field area remain cordoned off.

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