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60 bags of rubbish gathered in Chelmsford river clean-up

Volunteers have collected 60 bags of rubbish during the Autumn River Litter Clean-Up event in Chelmsford on Saturday.

The waste, including three footballs, a camping chair, four shopping trolleys and a road sign, was gathered from the river, pathways and surrounding areas of the River Chelmer from Wharf Road Car Park to Riverside Retail Park.

“We would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped on Saturday and I am delighted that so many enthusiastic volunteers of all ages turned up. The area around the river is now much cleaner.”

– Cllr Janette Potter, Chelmsford City Council

Some of the rubbish was sorted for recycling including 15 bags of plastic bottles, 10 bags of cans and five bags of glass bottles.

Representatives from the Sea Cadets, Chelmsford and District Sub Aqua Club, Chelmsford Canoe Club, Essex and Suffolk Water, Chelmer Canal Trust, Environment Agency and McDonald's volunteered for the event.

Chief Constable says "we're sorry" after Maria inquest

An inquest into the death of Maria Stubbings concluded that a catalogue of incompetence and inadequacies by Essex police did contribute to her death.

A long list of failings by the force was read out by the Coroner which included failing to perform basic policing duties and ineffective management of her case.

Maria, from Chelmsford, was murdered by her ex-partner Marc Chivers in 2008.

The Chief Constable, Stephen Kavanagh admitted that his force had failed to protect Maria's right to life but said more money had now been invested into dealing with domestic abuse.

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Maria Stubbings inquest: Family reaction

The son, brother and daughter of Maria Stubbings Credit: ITV News Anglia

The family of Maria Stubbings who was killed by her former partner in Chelmsford have been reacting to her inquest which found she was failed by Essex Police.

Maria who was 50, was murdered by her ex Marc Chivers back in 2008 in Chelmsford. He'd previously served 15 years in prison in Germany for killing another ex-girlfriend.

The inquest found that her killing was contributed to by a catalogue of failings by Essex Police. Outside her son Benji, her brother Manuel Fernandez and her daughter Celia Peachey gave this reaction:

Chief Constable admits the force failed to protect Maria

Maria Stubbings Credit: Essex Police

The Chief Constable of Essex Police has admitted his force failed to protect a woman who was murdered in her home by her ex-partner.

A long list of failings at the hands of the police were read out as the Inquest into the death of Maria Stubbings from Chelmsford came to an end.

Maria who was 50, was murdered by her ex Marc Chivers back in 2008. He'd previously served 15 years in prison in Germany for killing another ex-girlfriend.

Today the Coroner criticised Essex Police, labelling the force's treatment of the case as Inadequate and incompetent and that it contributed to Maria's death.

Marc Chivers Credit: Essex Police

The inquest found that Maria’s killing was contributed to by a catalogue of failings by Essex Police. These include:

  • Failure to undertake a risk assessment and safety plan in October 2008, when Chivers was released from prison
  • · Incompetence of Domestic Abuse and Hate Crime Unit (DAHCU), in particular Domestic Abuse Liaison Officers (DALOs)
  • · Incompetence of supervisors
  • · Inadequate training
  • · Ineffective IT systems and lack of communication between intelligence systems
  • · Ineffective case management and inability to link incidents
  • · Failure of frontline officers to perform basic policing duties, including failure to arrest perpetrator on numerous occasions
  • · Significant policy breaches including downgrading Maria’s allegation of burglary without supervisors’ approval and failure to notify other agencies

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Essex: Man charged with murder of man found stabbed to death in Chelmsford flat

Emergency services were called to the property on Broomfield Road on Tuesday morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have charged a man with murder following the discovery of a man found stabbed to death in a flat in Chelmsford.

Emergency services were called to the property on Broomfield Road on Tuesday morning.

The victim, 39-year-old Colin Evans, was found with multiple stab wounds.

29-year-old Jose Correia Agrela, of no fixed address, is due in court this morning.

Elderly man is punched after challenging fat cyclist

A cyclist punched an elderly man in the face after he challenged him for trying to ride through a crowd of people in Chelmsford.

The 70-year-old man from Chelmsford was waiting for a bus in Parkway at 4.55pm on Wednesday, September 17, when he remonstrated with the cyclist for riding through the crowd.

The man on the bike punched the victim in the face and rode off. The man was knocked to the ground and was helped by other members of the public.

He was treated in hospital for the facial injuries as well as a broken leg.

Police say the suspect was white, of heavy build, 30-40-years-old. He wore a white t-shirt.

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