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Essex wilderness charity set to benefit from Royal Wedding

Prince Harry visiting the Wilderness Foundation in Essex in 2017. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A charity in Essex is set to benefit from the Royal Wedding after a visit in 2017 by Prince Harry.

The Wilderness Foundation near Chelmsford aims to set young people on an entirely new path. Through a range of programmes young people with social, family and personal problems are helped to regain their confidence by spending time in the natural environment.

The charity is one of seven selected by the prince and Meghan Markle to receive Royal Wedding donations instead of gifts to the couple.

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Man jailed after kilo of cocaine found in caravan

Lee was arrested and charged and pleaded guilty when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court. Credit: Essex Police

A man found with more than a kilo of cocaine worth £30,000 has been jailed for nearly five years.

Police discovered a block of cocaine in a caravan in Chelmsford last month.

During searches of a neighbouring hut they also found a bag full of more than £77,000 in cash.

Joe Lee, 29, pleaded guilty to possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He was jailed for four years and eight months.

It is clear that with the amount of drugs and cash found in Lee’s property he was clearly involved in the supply of the Class A drug cocaine.

Thankfully Lee is now behind bars and the drugs will not be reaching the streets of Essex.

– Essex Police spokesperson


18-year old remanded in custody over Chelmsford petrol station murder

John Pordage was shot dead in August 2017 Credit: Family photo

Bradley Blundell has appeared at Chelmsford magistrates court over the murder of 34-year old John Pordage in August 2017.

The 18-year old is charged with murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

He spoke only to confirm his name, address and nationality.

Now with dark hair and dressed in jeans and a dark green tracksuit top he was remanded in custody.

The scene of the shooting Credit: ITV News Anglia

He’s due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court tomorrow morning to enter a plea.

John Pordage's family arrived at court for the hearing Credit: ITV News Anglia

Dozens of volunteers help 'spring clean' riverbanks

Dozen's of volunteer litter pickers have been giving the riverbanks in Chelmsford a spring clean.

The sea cadets and members of the canoe club were among the crowds filling up sacks of rubbish.

Sea cadets also helped collect rubbish that had been dumped on the riverbanks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The event, which had to be postponed after heavy snow back in March was organised by Chelmsford City Council. It's the 13th year the 'spring clean' has been held.


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