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Police seek pair in connection with racecourse attack

Police want to speak to these two men Credit: ITV Anglia

Essex Police want to talk to two men in connection with a serious assault at Chelmsford racecourse.

It happened shortly before 10pm on Saturday, September 30.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was assaulted as he left the venue and suffered serious head injuries. He's since been released from hospital.

Police are asking anyone who recognises the men or has any information about the incident to contact Detective Constable Richard Newton at Chelmsford police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man jailed for raping stranger in Cathedral grounds

Jaroslaw Wrzesinski jailed for nine years for raping woman.

A man has been jailed for nine years after admitting to raping a vulnerable woman within the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral.

Jaroslaw Wrzesinski, of Kings Road, Chelmsford, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday 8 September.

Wrzesinski, 41, a cleaner, will be a registered sex offender for life.

At around 6.40am on Sunday, April 2, Wrzesinski had just left work when he noticed the victim, followed her and raped her before leaving the scene.

A passer-by found the victim, aged in her 20s, in a distressed state and contacted police.

Wrzensinski preyed on and attacked a lone female when she was at her most vulnerable in a well-used public area of Chelmsford city centre in broad daylight.

The victim has shown huge strength and bravery throughout this investigation and will continue to be supported by specialist officers.

Through effective work with partners and with the invaluable support of members of the community we serve, Wrzensinski, a predatory sex offender, has been taken off our streets and now has a long time behind bars to think about his actions.

– Detective Inspector Nikki Simpson, Essex Police

Pensioner strangled in Essex home is named

Margaret Sims was found dad at Milton Road in Stanford-le-Hope Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pensioner found strangled at a property in Essex has been named as Margaret Sims.

The 70-year-old died at Milton Road in Stanford-le-Hope just after midnight on Sunday, August 20.

A post-mortem examination gave a preliminary cause of death to be compression of the neck.

Police said her family were "very shock and are trying to come to terms with what has happened".

Keeley Barnard, 51, of Hopkins Mead in Chelmsford, has been charged with murder and was due to appear in court today, August 23.


CCTV image posted to catch Essex sex attacker

The CCTV image of a man police in Chelmsford want to question about a sexual assault. Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to question in connection with a sex attack in Chelmsford.

Officers say a woman had become ill following a night out and was approached by a man as she sat on a bench in Moulsham Street at around 3am on Monday 10 July.

He then sexually assaulted her and left the scene after being challenged by the victim’s friend.

Manhunt continues after man shot dead in Chelmsford

The manhunt is continuing for a teenager after a man was shot dead outside a petrol station in Chelmsford.

Police are warning that 17-year-old Bradley Blundell could be dangerous and are urging the public not to approach him.

The victim, 34-year-old John Pordage, was shot in the chest in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Today, a 16-year-old appeared in court charged with his murder.

Teenage boy charged with murder over gun death

John Pordage was murdered on Saturday Credit: Facebook

A teenager has been charged in connection with the murder of John Pordage in Chelmsford.

The 16-year-old boy, who is from the city, was arrested on Sunday. He has today been charged with murder, possession of an offensive weapon, handling stolen goods and perverting the course of justice.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today.

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