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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.


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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Sunday Mirror 'stands by Brooks Newmark story'

The editor in chief of the Sunday Mirror has said the paper "stands by" its sex-scandal story about Tory MP Brooks Newmark.

Lloyd Embley said there was a "clear public interest" in the story because of Mr Newmark's role as a minister and founder of the Women2Win group aimed at prospective female parliamentary candidates.

He pointed out that the investigation was carried out by a freelance journalist before the Sunday Mirror was involved.

Brooks Newmark resigned after the sting published in the Sunday Mirror. Credit: PA Wire

However he apologised to the models whose images were used by the journalist, who was posing as a young female Tory activist.

"We thought that pictures used by the investigation were posed by models but we now know that some real pictures were used," Mr Embley said.

"At no point has the Sunday Mirror published any of these images but we would like to apologise to the women involved for their use in the investigation."

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