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Colchester man jailed for 'horrific' sexual assault

Laurentiu Popa will spend the next seven years behind bars. Credit: Essex Police

A man's been jailed for sexually assaulting a woman in Essex.

21-year-old Lautentiu Popa from Colchester attacked the woman as she walked home from a night out with friends in the town back in November 2016.

He also stole personal items from her and was arrested after CCTV footage was released.

Popa was sentenced to seven years and four months after pleading guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

Popa preyed on a woman walking alone following a night out for his own sexual gratification.

He subjected her to a horrific ordeal and showed no regard for his actions, stealing items from her before fleeing the scene. The victim has shown enormous amount bravery by helping throughout the entire investigation, despite her attacker showing no remorse for his actions.

Popa certainly has plenty of time to think about those actions in his prison cell.

– Detective Inspector Terry Balding, Essex Police

Gross misconduct and dismissal of two police officers

Colchester officers Pc Jason Munns' and Pc Luke Salmon’s behaviour had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in terms of Discreditable Conduct. Credit: Essex Police

An independently chaired misconduct panel has dismissed one officer without notice and issued his colleague with a final written warning.

The panel ruled that on June 18, 2016, Colchester officers Pc Jason Munns' and Pc Luke Salmon’s behaviour had breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in terms of Discreditable Conduct.

Pc Jason Munns has been dismissed without notice. Pc Luke Salmon has been issued with a final written warning.

The panel agreed that following a night out in Norwich, both officers were argumentative and rude to hotel staff when asked to reduce noise levels in the early hours of the morning.

The police were subsequently called and the officers disputed their use of powers.

After the hearing, Chief Superintendent Rachel Nolan, said “The conduct of both officers fell well below the standard expected by the public and the force."

The officers did not comply with warnings from hotel staff, then on police attendance, were argumentative and belligerent, disputing points of law. Both identified themselves as Essex Police officers during the incident, which lasted for more than an hour on a Friday night. The conduct of Pc Munns and Pc Salmon has damaged the reputation of Essex Police and undermined the hard work undertaken by colleagues every day.

– Rachel Nolan, Chief Superintendent

The hearing took place at Harlow Social Security and Child Support Tribunal between Monday, July 10 and Thursday, July 13.


New minor injury service to take pressure off Colchester Hospital

It's hoped it'll take pressure of the nearby hospital. Credit: ITV Anglia.

People living in north east Essex will soon be able to use a new service if they have a minor injury.

The local Commissioning Group's introducing the measure to take the pressure off the Accident and Emergency department at Colchester Hospital.

Patients will be encouraged to go to the town's 'Primary Care Centre' instead and it should be up and running by July 2018.


Prince Charles' pride at remarkable military family

Prince Charles driving an armoured vehicle on a visit to Colchester Barracks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Prince Charles has described his pride at being part of a remarkable military family.

The Prince of Wales was in Colchester to mark the 40th anniversary of his role as Colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment.

The Royal guest inspected some of the hundreds of soldiers who make up the regiment and even got the chance to drive an armoured vehicle.

It was also revealed that his younger son, Prince Harry, had a aptitude for sky-diving after jumping with the Red Devils.

  • Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

Prince Charles to visit Colchester Parachute Regiment

Prince Charles. Credit: PA

The Prince of Wales will visit the Merville Barracks in Colchester on Friday to meet troops, watch parachute and equipment demonstrations and attend a parade to mark the 40th anniversary of his appointment as Colonel-in-chief.

The Prince of Wales has been Colonel-in-chief of the Parachute Regiment for 40 years.

All four Battalions will be represented in a parade at Merville Barracks, during which His Royal Highness will say a few words and present medals, followed by a parachute display by the Regiment's Red Devils Freefall Display Team.

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