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MP calls for labels to show risks of smoking while pregnant

Will Quince has spoken out about his son's stillbirth.

Colchester MP Will Quince has called for graphic labels to be put on cigarette packets that highlight the risks of smoking while pregnant.

Mr Quince lost his own son to stillbirth in 2014, and has spoken about his profound sense of loss.

Speaking at an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, the Conservative MP said smoking is the single biggest preventable risk to an unborn child.

He urged ministers to do more to help women and their partners kick the habit.

"I do not believe it unreasonable or unrealistic for all tobacco products to carry a similar warning so that it can be seen in the same way that it is on every alcohol product. I would be grateful if the minister could kindly look into the feasibility of introducing this."

"This debate is not in any way about criticising or demonising women, or their partners, who smoke during pregnancy. I fully appreciate tobacco is highly addictive and it is difficult to stop smoking.

"But we also know that all parents want to give their baby the best possible start in life. We want the message to go out loud and clear that no matter what stage you are in your pregnancy, it is never too late to stop smoking."

– Will Quince MP, Speaking in Parliament


Woman jailed for killing elderly man in a fire

Lisa Connelly, 42, has been jailed for 12 years for manslaughter and arson after an elderly man died in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police

A woman has been jailed for manslaughter and arson after setting fire to the home of the man she claimed was her grandfather.

Fred Payne, 78, died in the fire in Colchester in September 2016.

Lisa Connelly, 42, who was not a relative, was living in his house and taking money from him to buy crack cocaine.

Police found the fire has started in a bedroom where furniture had been stacked.

Connelly admitted the offences at Chelmsford Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 years for manslaughter and eight years for arson with the terms to run concurrently.

"Fred Payne was an elderly, vulnerable man. Lisa Connelly exploited of him, inserting herself in his life, taking over his house, and stealing money on a daily basis to feed her drug addiction.

"She left Mr Payne unwell and took no action which may have saved his life. If it were not for her actions and her negligence Mr Payne would still be alive."

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Jennings, Essex Police

Two members of the public, Anton Cook and Dale Coppin, were commended by the judge for their courage, heroism and bravery.

They tried to rescue Mr Payne and successfully rescued an elderly occupant of the flat upstairs at the address.

Man dies after Suffolk holiday camp arrest: The latest

An investigation is underway after a man from Colchester died shortly after being arrested at a Suffolk holiday park.

38-year-old Paul Gladwell was taken into police custody after an alleged fight at the Pontins holiday park in Lowestoft.

He became ill and was transferred to hospital where he later died.


Man dies following arrest at Suffolk holiday park

The incident happened at the Pontins Holiday Park. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation is underway after a man from Colchester died shortly after being arrested in at a Suffolk holiday park.

38-year-old Paul Gladwell was initially held by staff at the Pontins Holiday Park in Lowestoft on Tuesday 14 February following an incident, and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault when police arrived.

While he was being taken to the police station, officers in the van started to become concerned for his wellbeing and called an ambulance.

He was was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital in a critical condition. He passed away today.

An investigation into what happened is now in the hands of the IPCC, who are currently speaking to witnesses and gathering CCTV footage.

Our thoughts are with the man’s relatives and friends at this difficult time.

Our investigators will be conducting a thorough enquiry into all the circumstances surrounding his interaction with the police.

– IPCC Commissioner Cindy Butts

Police hunt robbers who struck twice at Colchester shop

Police are investigating two robberies at the same shop Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives are hunting two robbers who've struck at a shop in Colchester.

A man armed with a knife entered Jan and Phil’s in Barrack Street sometime between 11.50pm on Monday January 30 and midnight.

He demanded money from staff, who contacted police, and he left empty handed.

He was described as a white man who was about 6ft 2ins tall and wore a black coat with ‘Superdry’ written in green, a light grey hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and a black scarf covering his face. He was carrying a large black holdall.

A man also entered the shop at 11.20pm on Thursday, February 2 and again took out a knife and demanded cash. But he ran off empty handed after the victim called out for assistance.

The suspect was described as a white man, between 5ft 11ins and 6ft tall, and wore grey jogging bottoms, a light grey tracksuit hooded top, a black balaclava, and black gloves. He was also carrying a large black holdall.

Police say the incidents are linked and anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Lucy Percival at Colchester CID on 101.

Driver arrested after cyclist is killed

Police have confirmed a cyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Clingoe Hill, Colchester.

Officers were called shortly before 12.05pm today, Saturday February 4, to a collision involving a car and a cyclist, a 15-year-old boy.

The teenager died at the scene. His family have been informed.

A 54-year-old man Clacton has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and is currently in custody for questioning.

The road is currently closed between St Andrew’s Avenue and Colchester Road while emergency services are on the scene and investigations are carried out.

Drivers are asked to please avoid the area.

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