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Braintree murder victim was new father

Michael Haastrup Credit: Essex Police

Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend. His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.

They said: "Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

"He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."May his humble soul rest in peace."

Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.


Essex farmers record charity single

Chesney Hawkes Credit: PA Images

Young farmers are aiming to break into the top 40 with a charity single featuring comedian Alexander Armstrong and singer Chesney Hawkes to help raise awareness about rural isolation and mental health issues affecting young people.

Put That Hoedown was recorded at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios in London and involved 50 young farmers from the Essex Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

The song celebrates young farmers and how they work hard, play hard and support each other. The lyrics reference the recent floods that affected farming communities across the UK, which young farmers supported by raising more than £40,000 to support communities devastated by the Somerset floods.

£100,000 worth of tyres stolen in Essex

Police are investigating the theft of more than £100,000 worth of tyres from the Michelin Tyre depot at Bramston Link in Laindon.

Thieves have targeted the premises twice in 10 days. Between 8pm on Monday 31 March and 8am on Tuesday 1 April the offenders cut open a lorry and stole 150 tyres.

The same method was used on Thursday 10 April when 607 tyres were stolen from the rear of another lorry parked at the site. The second theft took place at around 3am and a brown Audi coupe car and white seven and a half tonne truck were seen close by at the time.

"These are significant quantities of tyres and it would have taken the best part of hour to remove them in the second case. If anyone saw any suspicious activity in the area or has been offered these items for sale I would very much like to hear from them.”

– Investigating officer PC Emily Lurton

Anyone with information should contact her at Basildon police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Former soldier taking MOD to court over alleged assault

A former soldier from Essex is taking the Ministry of Defence to the European Courts over an alleged case of sexual assault 15 years ago.

Donna Rayment, who's from Canvey Island, served in the army for nearly 20 years - after the alleged assault by two fellow soldiers in Germany she says she was told she brought the attack on herself and was advised to withdraw her complaint.

Click below to watch a video report from Hannah Pettifer:


Police appeal after man dies from stab wounds

Police in Essex have started a murder investigation after a man died in hospital from stab wounds following an incident in Braintree last night.

Officers were called to Cressing Road in Braintree at 11pm last night.

Braintree Credit: ITV Anglia

They found a 24 year old man suffering from stab wounds, he died from his injuries at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

A second man was also hurt but his injuries are not life threatening.

Luke Eva Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued a picture of 24 year old Luke Eva from Southend who they want to talk to in connection with the incident.

Two other people are being questioned by detectives who have issued an incident room number which is 01245 282103.

Fox cubs found dead in Essex garden

X-ray of one of the fox cubs Credit: RSPCA

Four fox cubs have been found killed in a back garden in Essex.

The RSPCA was called to an address at Vaughan Williams Road in Basildon on Friday (11 April) after the bodies of the young baby animals were discovered in a back garden with blood coming from their ears and mouths.

An inspector took the bodies to a vet and X-rays revealed the little animals, thought to be just four weeks old, had been hit with a blunt instrument. It is believed this is what killed them.

Inspector Adam Jones said:

“This was a really horrible and sinister discovery and I have no doubt this was a deliberate and callous attack.

“These tiny little cubs were just a few weeks old, they still had their blackish grey fur, and they had been on the receiving end of some kind of brutal attack.

“There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the whole incident. We don’t know for sure why there was a sausage and chicken there, perhaps it was a lure, or why one of the cubs was caught in netting.

“We urge anyone with any information about this incident to let us know in confidence.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 0300 123 8018.

Police still trying to find Colchester killer

James Attfield Credit: Essex Police

Detectives are still trying to identify who murdered a man in Colchester nearly three weeks ago.

James Attfield was found seriously injured with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park, off Guildford Road, shortly before 6am on Saturday 29 March. He died at the scene a short time later.

Officers are piecing together the 33-year-old student’s movements between 10pm Friday 28 March when he left the River Lodge Public House and the time when he was found injured. They are also attempting to identify a number of people caught on CCTV who they need to eliminate from their enquiries.

A 27-year-old woman from the town was arrested on Friday 11 April in connection with James Attfield’s death and is currently on police bail until Thursday 24 April pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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