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Police issue CCTV image of man over assault on train

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CCTV Image of the man on the Essex train Credit: British Transport Police

British Transport Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a train in Essex.

The train was travelling between Prittlewell and Southend Victoria station in the early hours of this morning.

The victim was a 23-year-old woman.

Detective Constable Paul Cudby said: “We have analysed onboard CCTV footage of the incident and are keen to speak to the man in the picture. I am confident he has key information on this assault."

Anyone with information is asked to call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40

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Blogger: "I feel vindicated by the verdict"

Tulisa Contostavlos has been found guilty of assaulting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan.

Mr Morgan - who has joined the cast of ITV2 series The Only Way Is Essex - said after the conclusion of the case: "I'm pleased we can finally put an end to this and move on. "It's been a difficult time for everyone involved and I'd just like to put it behind me. I've had my character questioned and now feel vindicated by the verdict."

Tulisa asserts innocence after guilty verdict

Tulisa speaking to the media after today's verdict
Tulisa speaking to the media after today's verdict Credit: PA

Former X Factor judge Tulisa asserted her innocence after today's verdict, in a statement she said:

"This has been a rollercoaster week for me. I never wanted any of this.

I did not assault Vas J Morgan and I am outraged at this decision. I will be appealing it.

There are a number of high-profile witnesses who were there and know what happened. I urge them to come forward and tell the truth at the appeal. I am determined to clear my name as I have already done once this week. I repeat - I did not assault Vas J Morgan. I am innocent."

– Tulisa Contostavlos

Family's plea for killer to hand themselves in

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Police search for evidence

The family of Nahid Almanea, the Saudi Arabian student who was murdered in Colchester last month, have appealed directly to her killer to hand themselves in.

At a press conference in Chelmsford Det Con Jane Morgan, who went to Saudi Arabia to meet the family, read a statement from the family that said:

"As a family we have been left devastated by the terrible murder. Nahid was a remarkable and gentle person who was loved for her kind and caring nature. Publicly she was a quiet and dignified lady who chose to pursue her academic studies in order to work towards her phd.

And whilst in England she made the decision that she would respect her heritage and traditions in the way that she dressed and conducted herself.

However, when she was with her family Nahid was a warm and loving person who enjoyed laughter and the company of her parents, siblings and extended family.

We wish to appeal directly to the person responsible for Nahid's death to come forward and hand themselves into the police in order to relieve our suffering and let justice take its course. It is vital that anyone with any information about Nahid's death, no matter how small, contacts the police to share that information."

– Family statement

Nahid was murdered on the Salary Brook Trail in Colchester shortly before 11am on Tuesday 17 June on her way to the University of Essex.

It was a short walk from her home in Woodrow Way that she shared with her brother. They had both been in the UK for six months. Nahid, who was 31, was studying at Essex University.

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Crown Prosecution Service issue statement over Tulisa case

The Crown Prosecution Service for the East of England has issued a statement over the prosecution of Former N-Dubz singer and X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos.

Senior District Crown Prosecutor, for the Crown Prosecution Service in the East of England, Sarah Asbrey said:

"It was clear from the evidence that Ms Contonstavlos held a grudge against Mr Morgan for previous comments he had made about her on his blog including a link to her sex tape.

When she saw him at the festival there was an argument between them, which resulted in her assaulting Morgan.

The outcome of this case shows that no-one is above the law and each case will be dealt with on its own merits.”

– Sarah Asbrey

Tulisa ordered to pay £3,020 after guilty verdict

Tulisa arrives at court
Tulisa arrives at court

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted of assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival.

The N-Dubz star hit Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V Festival in Essex.

She was found guilty by a judge at Stratford Magistrates' Court today.

After being convicted of the assault, Contostavlos was ordered to pay a total of £3,020. This consisted of a £2,700 contribution towards the cost of the prosecution, a £200 fine, a £100 compensation to Mr Morgan and a £20 victim surcharge.

Tulisa found guilty of festival assault

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Tulisa arriving at court

Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has been convicted of assaulting a celebrity blogger at an Essex music festival.

The N-Dubz star hit Savvas Morgan during an altercation at the V Festival in Chelmsford.

She was found guilty by a judge at Stratford Magistrates' Court in London today.

Her assistant, Gareth Varey, was cleared of using threatening behaviour during the incident in August last year.

Earlier this week, a drugs trial against Contostavlos collapsed at Southwark Crown Court after the judge said there were "strong grounds" to believe that undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood - known as the Fake Sheikh - had lied in the witness box

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