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Care workers to be sentenced for abuse

The Old Deanery care home at Braintree. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Three former care workers are due to be sentenced this morning for abusing elderly residents at an Essex home.

It happened at the Old Deanery in Braintree in 2014.

Lorna Hortilano, Adeshola Adediwura, and Anita Ray - all from Braintree - have pleaded guilty to assault.

They will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Norfolk man had thousands of indecent images of children on laptops

A 34-year-old man from Norfolk has been placed on the sex offenders' register after admitting possessing thousands of indecent images of children.

Gavin Hamilton, of Sea View Rise, Hopton, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Friday.

He was given a three-year community order, with a three-year supervision order, and will also have to follow an internet sex offender programme.

Hamilton had pleaded guilty to five counts of making indecent images of children at a previous hearing.

Police raided his home in April 2014 and seized items including laptops and memory sticks which were found to hold thousands of images and videos of children.

Councillors seek permanent traveller ban

A temporary injunction was granted in March Credit: ITV Anglia

Councillors in Harlow will be at the High Court today to try and make a temporary ban on travellers permanent.

An unprecedented interim injunction on illegal sites was granted in March preventing travellers from setting up illegal sites across the whole town.

The injunction application seeks the same protection as the interim injunction and would ban 35 named people from setting up unauthorised encampments on any land in Harlow.


Firearms dealer alleged to have sold prohibited guns

Firearms dealer Anthony Buckland who is on trial at Norwich Crown Court Credit: ITV News Anglia

A firearms dealer from Norfolk has appeared in court in connection with the discovery of a secret gun room in a Suffolk village.

The prosecution claim 65-year-old Anthony Buckland from Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich was selling prohibited guns. Some were section five firearms which are banned in Britain. He's charged with 20 firearms - linked offences.

Prosecuting barrister Andrew Oliver told the jury at Norwich Crown Court that Mr Buckland has a section five licence which allows him to deactivate weapons but not sell them in this country.

He said the alleged offences came to light after police discovered a large stash of weapons at a house in the Suffolk village of Wyverstone in 2014. They included machine guns, rifles, shotguns and ammunition.

The owner of the property was parish council chairman James Arnold who was arrested in connection with the find but died while awaiting trial.

The prosecution say that five of the firearms found in Mr Arnold's secret gun room were on Anthony Buckland's licence.

When arrested, he said he didn't know how the weapons had ended up in Mr Arnold's possession.

Mr Buckland has denied all the charges against him.

The trial's expected to last up to three weeks.

Taxi boss told police he'd lost control due to 'emotional turmoil'

Nasser Rezaie has been jailed for life for the murder of Allan Frampton. Credit: Essex Police.

A jealous ex-husband - jailed for life today life for murdering his former wife's new boyfriend - told police he had lost control due to "emotional turmoil".

Nasser Rezaie, who ran Ali's Taxis in Chelmsford, will serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

He ran over Allan Frampton on the pavement of Osea Way in Springfield in May this year - reversing five more times as he killed him.

ITV News Anglia reporter Liz Summers was at court this morning. She sent this report.

Life in prison for gambling addict who used position of trust to murder 80-year-old uncle

Susan Warne will serve at least 20 years behind bars. Credit: Suffolk Police.

A gambling addict who strangled her uncle to death will serve at least 20 years in prison.

Susan Warne, of Valley Road, Leiston, pleaded guilty to the murder of 80-year-old John Proctor at a hearing at Ipswich Crown Court last month.

She was today sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 20 years.

The family of Mr Proctor said his death was "a tragic result of what a gambling addiction can do to a person and the devastation it causes the people around them".

"The last five months has been a very traumatic time for us all. Finding out that a member of your family has been murdered is something you never think you will have to cope with in your lifetime - but then finding out it is a close member of your own family that is responsible is an unbearable situation to deal with."

– Family of John Proctor.
John Proctor was murdered in his home in Leiston.

Mr Proctor's body was found at his home in Grimsey Road, Leiston, on June 15 this year. A post-mortem examination found he had died as a result of compression to the neck.

Warne was quickly identified as a suspect and was charged three days later.

Today, Ipswich Crown Court heard she had a severe gambling habit and had become addicted to online bingo.

Police said the 41-year-old had killed her uncle so she could steal money from him.

She had gone to his home on June 13 and strangled him after pushing him down the stairs. As he lay helpless and unable to defend himself, she stabbed him in the neck with a knife.

Det Insp Kevin Hayward, senior investigating officer for Suffolk Police, described the killing as a "despicable and cowardly crime".

"Susan Warne should have been someone her uncle could trust to come into his home and look after him at his stage of life, however she used this position of trust to ruthlessly kill him so she could steal money to feed her gambling habit."

– Det Insp Kevin Hayward, Suffolk Police.

Mr Proctor was described as a "fit and active" man who still worked part-time at a holiday park maintaining the grounds.

"John was a well-known character, who could always make you laugh with his unique sense of humour. He was also a very loving and kind uncle who was always there for us. "We find it very sad that Susan was unable to talk to us about her gambling addiction or seek help. We believe gambling is a taboo subject and needs more awareness and help for those whose gambling may be effecting their lives.”

– Family of John Proctor.
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