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Concern over suicide levels at Chelmsford jail

An inspection of Chelmsford Prison has called for improvements. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Chelmsford Prison's been told it needs to make improvements following an inspection.

Concerns were raised over suicide rates and levels of self-harm by inmates, along with poor first-night accommodation and the promotion of education and equality.

The prison was praised for maintaining a safe atmosphere and reducing violence and bullying.

"Overall Chelmsford was a decent prison doing a good job. The prison was well led, operated on the basis of good quality relationships and communication, and was well connected to the community it served. However, there was much work to do, not least in ensuring an improved regime."

– Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons

Free dinners for every child starting school. But what difference does it make and can the kitchens cope?

Thousands of children have started school and for the first time they are all entitled to a free school dinner.

It's a new initiative that's been brought in by the government to try and improve what children eat. But is it practical and will it work?

Serena Sandhu has been to a primary school in Chelmsford to find out.

Cyclist being treated for serious head injuries after collision in Chelmsford

A cyclist is being treated at Addenbrooke's Hospital for serious head and shoulder injuries after a collision in Chelmsford.

It happened at around 4.30pm on Wednesday, September 3 in Chelmer Road at the junction with Sandford Road involving a cyclist and a car.

The cyclist, who is in his 70s and lives in the local area, was taken to Broomfield Hospital then transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Pc Natacha Hasler at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on Essex Police 101.

Chihuahua puppies stolen from an address in Chelmsford

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Pete carter at Chelmsford Police Station on 101.

Police are investigating the theft of three Chihuahua puppies from an address in Chelmsford.

On Thursday, August 14 at around 8.30pm, thieves entered the back garden of the property in Burghley Way and took the puppies.

Police are now appealing to the public for information.

The puppies are three months old. Two are black and white, the other is brown.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Pete carter at Chelmsford Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.

Three Chihuahua puppies stolen from an address in Chelmsford.


Man dies in crash after falling ill at the wheel

A man died after his car crashed into the central reservation on the A12. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man has died after becoming ill at the wheel and crashing his car in Essex.

Police were called to the A12 at Galleywood, near Chelmsford, just before 2pm on Friday.

Officers believe the driver of the car, a man in his 70s from Suffolk, became unwell and crashed into the central reservation between junctions 15 and 16.

No other vehicles were involved.

The man was treated at the scene by ambulance crews but later died.

People start to arrive at Sundown Festival

Over the summer the East hosts some of the biggest festivals going. From Latitude in Suffolk, to the Cambridge Folk Festival and of course there's the V-Festival in Chelmsford.

Now with the nights drawing in its time for the grand finale with the appropriately named Sundown Festival taking place in Norwich this weekend with, among the line up, some of the biggest names in British music.

More than 70 people were arrested at V Festival on suspicion of drugs offences

Arrests for drug possession (53), drug-dealing (9), assaults (1), theft (3), public order (1) and selling nitrous oxide (7).

More than 70 people were arrested at the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend on suspicion of drugs offences.

Essex Police said nine people had been arrested for suspected drug dealing, and 53 for possession. Today work started on clearing up Hylands Park after the festival.

"I’m really pleased with the great work from all our officers who have been liaising with the V-Festival organisers to make sure this brilliant event was both safe and enjoyable.

"The work of our drugs dogs in sniffing out those in supplying drugs has once again proven to be a successful tactic. The dogs were also a great hit with the festival-goers, many who stopped to stroke the dogs and engage with officers.”

– Policing Commander, Chief Supt Simon Williams, Essex Police
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