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Aston Merrygold to play V Festival

Former JLS star Aston Merrygold is to perform at this year's V Festival.

Aston Merrygold Credit: PA Images

It will be the first time the Peterborough star has been on stage since going solo. He will join other acts including: Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Kasabian, Sam Smith and Tom Jones.

The festival takes place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford on 22 and 23 August.


Car death victim named by police

Allan Frampton Credit: Essex Police

Police have named a man who died after he was hit by a car in Chelmsford at the weekend.

Police have named the man as Allan Frampton, 60, of Hatfield Peverel.

His family has released the following in tribute: "We can’t even begin to understand the events that took place on Saturday evening. A loving father, caring partner and doting granddad was taken from us far too early. With so much to look forward to his life was cruelly taken away. Please give us privacy at this time while we spend time as a family.”

A 63-year-old man from Chelmsford was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of murder. He is currently receiving medical treatment.

Six German shepherd puppies stolen

A German shepherd puppy. Credit: Essex Police

Six German shepherd puppies have been stolen from a kennel in Essex.

The dogs were taken from Birchwood Road in Chelmsford on Thursday April 23.

Anyone with information or who has recently bought German shepherd puppies and is suspicious about where they came from is asked to contact Sgt Paul Austin at Maldon police station on 101.


CCTV image released following Co-op burglary

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to following a burglary at the Co-Op in Havengore, Chelmsford.

CCTV image released by police Credit: Essex Police

The offence is believed to have happened at 4.30pm on March 22, when a man entered the stock room through an insecure rear door and stole cigarettes worth a four-figure sum.

Anyone who can identify the man pictured is asked to contact Pc Steven Hicks at Chelmsford police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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
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