A London taxi driver is £1,600 out of pocket after being prosecuted for parking in an Uttlesford rank.
Brett Michael Desmond, who is a licensed TfL taxi driver, was observed by Uttlesford District Council enforcement officers parking his licensed vehicle at the Great Dunmow taxi rank and leaving it unattended on 24 November 2014.
The cab occupied the sole high street rank, opposite the town’s war memorial, preventing any licensed vehicles within the district from using it.
Mr Desmond, of Chelmsford Road, Margaret Roding, pleaded not guilty to the offence at an initial hearing on 9 July. He was represented at his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrate’s Court on 21 September, and was found guilty of the offence.
He was fined £200, plus a victim surcharge of £20, and ordered to pay costs.
A pensioner has been left devastated after his tortoise was stolen from his home in Dunmow in Essex.
Rex Coxeter was given Timmy when he was just a boy.
They had been together for more than 60 years but now the pet, which has the family name painted onto his shell has been missing for more than ten days.
Rex says he is desperate to get him back.
The A120 is closed westbound after a collision involving two vehicles near the Felsted and Dunmow turn off. Two men are in hospital with serious injuries after the incident which took place just before 8.30am.
A 51-year-old man from Braintree has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and is in police custody.