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Special service at St Paul's for female priests

Some of the UK's first female priests will be heading to London from this region tomorrow for a special service to mark 20 years since their ordinations.

The church welcomed its inaugural women priests in 1994 with some of the first ordination ceremonies carried out at Chelmsford and Norwich Cathedral, where 20 women were ordained.

Tomorrow, a number of the city's first female priests will join clergy from across the country for a service at St Paul's Cathedral.

Queen to visit Chelmsford

The region's newest city is to get a Royal visit next month. The Queen will be come to Chelmsford on Tuesday, May 6.

It will be the first time the Queen has been to Chelmsford since it became a city.

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The Queen will be accompanied by Prince Philip for the visit. Credit: PA

Buckingham Palace have yet to confirm details of her trip, but it is expected Her Majesty will visit Chelmsford Cathedral as part of it's centenary celebrations. Prince Philip will also be part of the Royal party.

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Napier wickets set up Essex win

Graham Napier, Essex Eagles. Credit: PA Images

Graham Napier led the attack as Essex claimed a 53-run victory over Derbyshire on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Chelmsford.

The 34-year-old all rounder limited his opponents to 312 all out, taking three wickets for 49 runs on the fourth and final day.

The visitors started the day needing another 199 runs with five wickets remaining, but Napier first bowled out Richard Johnson, who added just 12 to his overnight score of nine, before taking the key wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52) two overs later.

Picking up with Derbyshire on 165 for five on Wednesday, former West Indies captain Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 75 in the first innings, lost his wicket just three balls after reaching his half-century as he was caught by James Foster.

David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald put on a strong eighth-wicket partnership of 89 runs to keep the away side in it before England spinner Monty Panesar claimed the latter's wicket, stumped by wicketkeeper Foster.

Mark Turner (six) was next up at the crease but lasted only 17 balls before he became Napier's third victim, losing out to a catch from Alastair Cook to leave Derbyshire still 63 runs short and with a single wicket remaining.

Mark Footitt joined Wainwright out in the middle but a solitary four was all he could muster before David Masters took the last wicket of the match - his seventh in total - to hand Essex the victory.

Police appeal for witnesses to serious collision near Chelmsford

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision at Althorne, near Chelmsford. It happened on Monday April 14 on Green Lane just after 1.50pm between a motorbike and a car.

The rider of the motorbike, a 44-year-old man from Mayland, was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital for treatment to serious arm and chest injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

A man and a woman in their 80s, from Burnham on Crouch, were treated at the scene for shock.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the collision or witnessed the events leading up to it.

Witnesses can contact PC Bob Colbert at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.

Chelmsford Prison wing to be re-opened

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that a wing at Chelmsford prison is being re-opened.

Some older parts of the jail were closed last year.

Chelmsford Prison Credit: ITV Anglia

Figures for February show the jail was almost at its capacity.

The move to reopen a wing is being described as a sensible response to ensure there are enough prison places for those sentenced by the courts.

Second man who died in light aircraft crash is named

A second man who died in an aircraft crash on the A414 near Chelmsford on Saturday afternoon has been named.

50-year-old Andrew Sully, a British Airways officer died alongside 29-year-old Simon Chamberlain when their aircraft crashed into a field near Cooksmill Green after leaving North Weald airfield.

Staff at the airfield say they are shocked and saddened at the loss of two very close friends.

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Two killed in light aircraft crash should be named today

Firefighters with wreckage.
Two dead after plane crash lands in field after "aerobatics". Credit: Essex Fire And Rescue

Two men who died when their light aircraft crashed into a field and burst into flames are expected to be named today.

The accident happened in a field near Cooksmill Green on the A414 near Chelmsford on Saturday afternoon.

Eye witnesses reported seeing the plane doing aerobatics before crashing.

The plane had taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield.

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