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Woman clings to car as thief drives off

A woman has been seriously injured after thieves stole her car and drove off - with her still clinging to it.

It happened at about 2.30pm this afternoon at Curling Tye in Basildon.

A man stopped the victim, claiming there was something in the road.

As the driver, from Basildon, got out of her grey Honda CR-V estate to have a look, he jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off with the woman clinging to the vehicle.

She was thrown from the car and is currently in Basildon Hospital with serious injuries.

The thief is described as wearing a dark hooded top and dark bottoms.

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Evidence of sex abuse found in former teacher's home

Potential home buyers uncovered evidence of child sex abuse in the house of a former teacher as they viewed a property.

Images were uncovered in a house at Chapel Road, in Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex, which had previously belonged to retired teacher Christopher Dobson.

After his death his next of kin had decided to sell the property but when the prospective buyers began cleaning they found incriminating evidence and alerted police.

Essex Police are now trying to establish the extent of the unmarried 70-year-old's alleged offending.

Mr Dobson, who had no children and was also involved in youth football, died in December 2012.

Det Ch Insp Mark Hall, who is leading the investigation, said: "It is my belief that Christopher Dobson committed serious criminal offences against children over a period of years."

Essex Police to start wearable video camera trial

Bodycams as won by Norfolk Police Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police officers in Essex are going to be kitted out with body-worn video cameras to help investigate domestic abuse cases.

The three month trial, which is due to start next week, uses equipment similar to those pictured above.

It is hoped the new approach will lead to more convictions for domestic violence.

Police save elderly women from burning building

Two police officers have been praised for saving two elderly women from a burning building in Humber Road, Chelmsford, last night.

The officers had to break into the property and braved choking smoke to rescue the two women, one in her 70s, one in her 80s, who were trapped in an upstairs bedroom.

The women were taken to Broomfield Hospital as a precaution .

Superintendent Glenn Maleary from Essex Police said : "These officers yet again demonstrate the courage expected of our police, they have taken themselves into danger to protect and rescue others."

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Driving instructor's terrifying ordeal

A driving instructor was forced to drive from Colchester to Harwich yesterday by a man who got into his car and threatened him. Police say the instructor was in his AA Driving School car near Sainsbury's at Stanway when the man got into the back seat.

He hit the driver on the head and ordered him to take him to Harwich. At around 12.40pm the man told the victim to stop on Harwich Road in Little Oakley before running off. The victim was not seriously hurt but he was very shaken.

This is an extremely unusual set of circumstances and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the man getting into the car. The vehicle is a black Ford Focus, with AA Driving School written on the sides. It is quite distinctive and at the time of day that this happened there would have been many other motorists and shoppers around. "He did not steal anything from the victim and at this stage his only motive appears to have been to get to Harwich but he has left a frightened and very shaken victim in his wake.

– Det Con Pete Gartland, Colchester CID

Police say the attacker was a large white man, aged around 45, with a chubby face and dark stubble. He wore a blue denim baseball cap, a grey waterproof jacket, and was around 5ft 10in to 6ft tall.

Anyone with information should ring Colchester CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Essex Police to target burglars

Essex Police will be cracking down on burglary this autumn as part of a campaign to tackle the crime in the county
Essex Police will be cracking down on burglary this autumn as part of a campaign to tackle the crime in the county Credit: ITV Anglia

Essex Police will be cracking down on burglary this autumn as part of a campaign to tackle the crime in the county.

They'll be carrying out targeted patrols in areas which have experienced burglaries, as well as visiting home owners to offer advice on how to protect their properties.

Man due in court after Essex shooting

Francis O'Donoghue
Francis O'Donoghue Credit: Essex Police

A man is due in court today charged with the attempted murder of two men at a travellers' site in Essex.

Police had been looking for 27-year-old Francis O'Donoghue since August, after two men were shot in Navestock near Brentwood. Both men needed surgery for their injuries.

O'Donoghue was finally arrested on Friday night. He is due to appear before magistrates in Southend in Essex this morning.

Essex Police Chief vows to get tough on 'sickies'

by Luke Farrington

The Chief Constable of Essex Police has warned his officers that taking days off sick, because they're hungover, will not be tolerated.

Stephen Kavanagh said he was alarmed that some officers were having, on average, 12 days off sick a year. The Chief Constable is now vowing to get tough on those abusing the system.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

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