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Police want to speak to man over Essex firearms incident

An efit as been released of a man wanted for questioning by police in Essex following a firearms incident in Harlow earlier this month.

It happened in Tendring Road at around 11pm on Friday, January 13.

A gun was drawn during a dispute over a taxi fare involving two men.

One struck the vehicle with a baton, the other had what detectives believe was a BB gun. The driver of the taxi says he heard a loud bang before both men fled the scene.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Pc Love at Harlow Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man wanted for questioning over gun incident Credit: Essex Police

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Armed robber threatens shop workers with knife in Essex

St Christopher Road, Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Staff at a newsagents in Colchester were threatened with a knife by an armed robber.

The man went into McColl's at St Christopher Road at about 7.45pm yesterday (Friday January 20).

He threatened workers with a knife and demanded money before leaving with a three-figure sum of cash. No one was injured.

The robber is described as white and in his 30s with a scarf around his face. He had a wart or mole on his cheek or forehead.

E-fit issued in connection with Basildon assault

Police e-fit Credit: Essex Police

Police have released an e-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with an assault in Basildon.

A woman in her 20s was walking by the underpass in Southernhay from the railway station at around 10.15pm on Tuesday, January 10 when she was attacked.

The man pulled her hair, punched her in the face, and tried to push her to the ground.

He also made sexual comments towards her.

The victim managed to fight him and get away but suffered minor injuries.

Anyone who recognises the man or has any information regarding the incident is asked to contact Dc Louise Giles at Basildon Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Prince William confirms he is leaving East Anglian Air Ambulance

Prince William Credit: PA

The Duke of Cambridge has confirmed he will be leaving his job as an East Anglian air ambulance helicopter pilot in the summer and spending more time in London where his children will be schooled.<

In a statement, issued on his behalf by Kensington Palace, William praised the East Anglian Air Ambulance saying it was a "privilege" to fly with the organisation.<

The statement added that William and Kate wanted, as they have in previous years, to increase their official duties on behalf of the Queen and their charity work, which would mean more time in London.<

Prince George, who is three, will begin school in London in September while sister Princess Charlotte, two in May, will start nursery in the capital and later go to school in the city.<

It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my royal work for decades to come.<

I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region's hospitals.<

I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock and Cambridge airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger.

– Prince William

Is Universal Credit working? ITV Anglia investigates

A video by Malcolm Robertson:

Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis is being urged to attend a public meeting in the town over concerns that the Government's controversial new benefit system is leading to increasing numbers of homelessness.

Brandon Lewis MP

Yarmouth's one of the areas where universal credit is being rolled out ahead of the national introduction. It's designed to streamline the number of benefits people are receiving, but delays in payments are affecting tenants and landlords.

Paul Whatley's in receipt of universal credit. He says he'd had to wait weeks to be paid.

"Anything from six to ten to 12 weeks. . Unless you've got a job and they're topping up with universal credits you could find yourself with nothing, " he said. "It's only because of our local foodbank that we've been able to put food on the table."

Paul Whatley

Under previous benefit schemes, some of the money due to claimants would go to the council who would then pay their landlords. Now all the money goes direct to the person receiving the universal credit, but with delays in payments landlords are missing out.

"Its been disastrous for tenants but mostly for landlords, " says Sue Dawson, 35 years a landlord and for he first time facing mortgage arrears on her properties. ."There's a certain number of unscrupulous tentants that will live in your property for up to nine weeks, maybe more, while waiting for universal credit . When they get it they just do a flit without paying the landlord a penny."

Brandon Lewis admits some people are facing challenges over the way universal credit is being introduced, but insists this is a good scheme to get people into work and off benefits.

The local authority has a discretionary fund and Great Yarmouth has an underspend at the moment, " says the town's MP." There is capacity to give people support and they can get those advance payments to help them through that early transition period. I want to make sure they get the right information and the support they need.

Originally, universal credit was to be introduced across the entire country by the end of this year but it could now be 2021 at the earliest.

Parents shell out thousands on private tutors

A student does the 11+ Credit: PA Images

Business is booming for private tutors in Essex and Hertfordshire as parents try to get their kids into grammar schools.

According to one tutor, parents are shelling out thousands of pounds a year to help their youngsters pass the 11 plus.

Critics claim the system only benefits children from more privileged backgrounds.

"If you want a really solid stab at the 11 plus you need to prepare about two years earlier, if not more. You need to read a lot, the child needs to read a lot like every day. They need to learn new words every day. They need to get a tutor in and that time and get really solid at the primary school maths stuff and then start learning the more advanced stuff."

– Richard Harris, private tutor

A video report by Victoria Lampard:

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