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Two arrests at Chelmsford's new 'RiZE' music festival

People have been flocking to the first day of the Rize festival Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have arrested two people on suspicion of drugs possession at the RiZE music festival in Chelmsford.

Two men aged 22 and 21 from London were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

They're now being questioned by officers after they were detained by site security at Hylands Park.

Police say they're working with the festival organisers to detect any drug activity.

Teenager denies killing John Pordage in Chelmsford

John Pordage Credit: .

A teenager has denied murdering John Pordage at a petrol station in Essex last August.

Bradley Blundell, 18, pleaded not guilty to murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He admitted perverting the course of justice and handling stolen goods.

A trial is expected to start in October.

Mr Pordage, who was 34, was killed at a BP Garage in Great Baddow.

A12 closed near Chelmsford after hay bales catch fire

The A12 near Chelmsford has been closed both ways closed due to a tractor towing hay bales has caught fire.

The fire is between Junction 17, the A1114 Great Baddow Bypass / A1245 Southend Road / A130 (Howe Green) and Junction 16, the B1007 Stock Road (Galleywood).

Police says hay bales caught fire and the road was closed shortly before 1pm.

Hay bales have caught fire closing the A12 near Chelmsford.

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Stab victim named by police

Lee Evans died of his wounds after being attacked in Cromar Way Credit: ITV Anglia

A man found dying of stab wounds in an alleyway in Chelmsford has been named by police.

Lee Evans, 47, of Chelmsford, was found injured in Cromar Way at around 1am on Friday.

He died in hospital an hour later.

A post mortem established that Mr Evans suffered multiple stab wounds and cause of death was a stab wound to the chest. Police are supporting his family.

Four people arrested on suspicion of murder have been released from custody and will face no further action. Inquiries are continuing.

Four people remain in custody over murder in Chelmsford

The scene of the killing Credit: ITV News Anglia

Four men are still being questioned in connection with the murder of a man in Chelmsford.

Police were called to Cromar Way in the city just before 1am and found a man in his 40s who was severely injured. He died a short while later in hospital.

Three men, aged 40, 53, and 59, and a 53-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 53-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs. All remain in police custody.

An alleyway near Meteor Way, which is close to Essex County Cricket Club, will remain closed while investigations continue.

DCI Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:

“Enquiries so far indicate that this was a targeted, drugs-related incident. We also remain open minded to the possibility that there are other individuals who have not yet been spoken to, who may have been involved in events which led to this tragic incident. The victim’s family are being supported by specialist officers, and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this most difficult of times."

– DCI Martin Pasmore
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