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A12 remains closed after fatal crash

The A12 is likely to remain closed for much of the morning. Credit: PA

The A12 is expected to remain closed through this morning's rush hour after a fatal crash on the London bound carriageway.

It happened at junction 17 (A130/Howe Green) just after 6am. Police say the collision involved a pedestrian and several HGVs. The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, has died at the scene.

The southbound carriageway at junction 17 remains closed and is not expected to open until the afternoon. There are currently 12 mile tailbacks, with congestion past Witham.

The northbound carriageway is unaffected but officers ask motorists not to rubberneck to allow a continuous flow of traffic.

Essex taxi driver stabbed by customer

Investigations are underway after a taxi driver was stabbed by a customer in Essex.

Officers were contacted shortly after 7.50pm yesterday, (Wednesday February 3) with reports the victim had been injured with an unknown object in Oliver Way.

The driver, who is believed to be in his 50's, was taken to hospital with an injury to his right arm. It is not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect – who was collected by the driver at Chelmsford train station - stole cash and attempted to steal the car keys, before running off towards the Newland Spring estate.

Police searched the area and enquiries are ongoing to locate the suspect.

He is described as white, aged in his mid-30s and of stocky build. He wore a white and green hooded top with jeans.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Essex Police.

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Milestone in £150 million scheme to transform Chelmsford

It's hoped that a new multi-million pound redevelopment in Chelmsford will help the city compete with the shopping centres of London.

A ceremony today marked the final brick being laid at the new John Lewis store.

Once finished it will cover a floor area equivalent to four football pitches.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

Important milestone for Chelmsford's new development

View of how the new development in Chelmsford will look Credit: ITV News Anglia

Work on a multi million pound new shopping centre in Chelmsford will reach an important milestone this morning. The last roof beam will be hoisted into place at the Bond Street development.

It's due to open this autumn with shops, a cinema multiplex, an underground carpark and restaurants.

Local school children will be there for the topping out ceremony today.

Artist impression of Chelmsford Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rare Roman coins stolen from museum

Police would like to hear from anyone who is offered the chance to buy rare coins which were stolen from Chelmsford Museum on January 4.

The 14 gold Roman coins were displayed in a wall-mounted cabinet which was removed at around 9 o'clock in the morning. They are believed to be worth a substantial amount of money and have yet to be recovered.

A 30-year-old man from Chelmsford has been arrested in connection with the theft and has been bailed to February 21, pending further enquiries.

One of the rare Roman coins stolen in Essex Credit: Essex Police

MP says he'll stand down

Simon Burns was made a Knight Bachelor of the British Empire by Prince William in October Credit: PA Images

Chelmsford's long-serving MP Sir Simon Burns has announced he's to retire at the next General Election.

The Conservative was first elected in 1987. By the 2020 election he'll have been in the Commons 33 years. He said he'll be 67 by then and it will be time for someone new to take over representing the city.

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999 Christmas calls up 4.5% on same time last year in the East

The East of England Ambulance Service has had a busy weekend. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The East of England Ambulance Service says it's had one of its busiest weekends of the year responding to emergency calls.

The service has taken 6734 calls since Friday - up 4.5% on the same time last year.

The figures coincide with many people heading out to celebrate the last weekend before Christmas.

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