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Driver in hospital after acid attack

A man from Rayleigh in Essex is in hospital after acid was thrown in his face following a row with another motorist.

Essex Police said he had originally been involved in a "short verbal exchange" with another driver at at the Rayleigh Weir roundabout on 3rd June.

The same people had a "further argument" approximately 15 minutes later on Kingsmere in Thundersley during which the acid was thrown in his face.

A 30-year-old woman and a 28-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of assault . They are on police bail pending further inquiries.


Man jailed for raping 14-year-old girl

A MAN who repeatedly raped a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for 11 years

David Dixon attacked the teenager on three separate occasions last summer then threatened her after he was arrested following a tip-off about the abuse.

David Dixon Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Dixon, of Cross Street, Farcet near Peterborough, raped the girl in his caravan and a hut near to Crown Lakes after grooming her over several months.

The 28-year-old had to be Tasered during the arrest after he refused to put down an axe he had been using to cut wood with and wielded it towards officers.

Dixon denied the charges but was convicted of three counts of rape, sexual activity with a child and common assault following a trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

He has been jailed for a total of 11 years.

Police uncover cannabis factory

Police have uncovered a cannabis factory in Thorpe St Andrew.

Officers raided a house in Boulton Road and found 20 cannabis plants as well as harvested cannabis.

They're describing it as a "sophisticated” set-up

Drug paraphernalia was seized and a man was interviewed under caution at the scene while a 50-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

She was questioned at Wymondham and released on bail pending further enquiries.

Jay's mother campaigning against knives

Just six days after the teenager who stabbed her son Jay Whiston to death was found guilty of murder, Caroline Shearer is back campaigning for knives to be taken off our streets.

Hundreds of people turned up to show their support for the Only Cowards Carry charity in Clacton, which aims to get weapons awareness education on the curriculum. Serena Sandhu reports.


Jay's mum working to prevent further tragedies

After a teenager was convicted of murdering her 17 year old son Jay Whiston, Caroline Shearer says she'll continue working to stop other families from experiencing the same heartache.

Caroline set up the charity 'Only Cowards Carry' six weeks after Jay was stabbed in the heart.

She's now back in the office arranging training visits to educate others about the dangers of carrying weapons.

Click below to see Victoria Lampard's report

Students robbed at gunpoint in Colchester

Detectives are appealing for information after a robbery in Colchester in which two students were forced to hand over their wallets at gunpoint.

The attack happened on Distillery Lane shortly after 3am on Tuesday, April 8.

The two 18-year-old local men had been walking along when the occupants of a parked silver car have got out of the vehicle.

One then threatened them with a black handgun. In fear, they handed over their mobile telephones and wallets.

We examined CCTV footage throughout Tuesday and it appears this car was driven into and out of Distillery Lane from the Tesco side. We are looking to speak with any taxi drivers or people who were working in the area between 3-3:30am on Tuesday morning and who saw any usual activity on Distillery Lane or a car being driven around the area with five young men inside. These two young victims are very shaken up and taking in what happened to them. We want to offer them reassurance by taking this group of people off the streets, but need people’s assistance to do so.”

– DC Adele Brown, Essex Police

The attackers are all described as white, in their early 20s and were wearing hoodies. One man had shaved, ginger hair while another has an eyebrow pierced with a silver bar.

Both young men were pushed around during the robbery, but neither sustained any physical injury.

Police appeal after attack in Chelmsford

Police are appealing for information after a man in his 40's was assaulted while walking through Chelmsford’s Central Park.

It happened over a bridge leading to Seymour Street at 3.45pm on Friday, March 7.

The victim was punched and kicked by two men who were on pedal cycles. They the rode off in the direction of Waterhouse Lane.

The first attacker is described as white, aged between 20 and 30-years-old, of thin build, with short cropped hair, wearing blue jeans and white trainers.

The second was also white and aged in his mid-20s. He was slim and quite tall.

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