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Search for missing man suspended after body found

Richard Manning went missing on Thursday. Credit: Essex Police.

Police searching for a missing man in Essex say they have found a body.

Richard Manning, 66, who has epilepsy, went missing while visiting family in Billericay on Thursday.

Officers found a body on farmland close to the village of Chignal Smealy, near Chelmsford, this morning.

It has not been formally identified but Mr Manning's next of kin have been told and the police search has been suspended.

The death is not at this time being treated as suspicious.


Box of kittens found dumped on Essex doorstep

Two nine-month female tabby cats and four kittens have been found dumped on a doorstep in Essex. Credit: RSPCA

Two nine-month female tabby cats and four young kittens have been found dumped on a doorstep in Essex.

The cats were duct-taped into a cardboard box and left outside the Great Baddow Clinic in Chelmsford on Friday morning.

One of the tabby cats didn't have a tail.

The animals were cold and covered in fleas, but it's expected that they will all make a full recovery.

They have now been named after Disney princesses and princes by RSPCA staff.

“These poor little things were left cold and uncared for on a doorstep but will hopefully now have a happy ending, so Disney royalty seemed an apt theme.

The cats were found at 7am but we don’t know how long it had been there - it could have been anytime since 6pm the day before as that is when the clinic closed. It would have been very cold for the little things if they had been there overnight.

The box had been sealed with black masking tape with some rough air holes made around the top."

– Marie Hammerton, RSPCA inspector

Essex: V Festival tickets to go on sale later this morning

Calvin Harris will headline the festival Credit: PA

Excited festival goers will be trying to get their hands on tickets for this summer's V Festival today.

Tickets for the August event at Hylands Park in Chelmsford go on sale at 9am.

Calvin Harris and Kasabian have already been announced as this year's headliners.

Penalised parkers could be due for payout

Drivers in our region could be entitled to claim back millions of pounds in unenforceable parking penalties, according to the RAC Foundation.

A motorist from Essex is taking a test case to the Court of Appeal claiming payments issued for overstaying parking on private land are extravagant and out of proportion to any losses suffered.

The Foundation warns that more action is needed to tackle what it calls a "barely regulated" system.

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Police chase filmed from the air

Police have release pictures of their pursuit of a drunken motorist through residential streets in Chelmsford.

Ben Jolly, who's 27, was arrested after he was spotted in his Vauxhall Zafira in the early hours of New Year's Day. He was tracked from the air and followed on the ground as he drove at speeds of 70 miles an hour.

He eventually abandoned the car in Aubrey Close, running through a number of back gardens before he was arrested. He was nearly twice the drink drive limit.

Jolly was handed a three year driving ban after admitting a series of offences including aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop for police, drink driving and being in possession of cannabis. He also received a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years, and was ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work.

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