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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.

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.


Appeal for witnesses following armed robbery at Chelmsford bookmaker

The robbery happened at the William Hill in Broomfield Road. Credit: Google Maps

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a bookmaker in Chelmsford.

A man walked into William Hill in Broomfield Road and threatened the cashier with a knife, while another man waited outside.

They took a three figure sum of cash and made off towards Chelmsford town centre.

It happened at around 10.50pm on 19 November.

The man who entered the shop was wearing a purple cap, a grey hooded top and black gloves and trousers.

Jury out in inquest of Eystna Blunnie

Eystna Blunnie was 20-years-old. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The jury of three women and eight men has retired in the inquest of the death of Eystna Louise Blunnie.

Her Majesty's Coroner Eleanor McGann asked the jury in Chelmsford to reach a verdict, to which they are all agreed.

Eystna was pregnant when she was beaten to death by her boyfriend Tony McLernon in 2012.

He was sentenced for murder and the destruction of an unborn child, and told he must serve at least 27 years in prison.

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