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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

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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