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Family fun day at Saffron Walden barracks

Video report from ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers.

Soldiers, families and friends all enjoying the sunshine. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Following an attempted abduction at RAF Marham in Norfolk, there was an increased security presence at the Carver Barracks near Saffron Walden for their family open day.

Around eight thousand people flocked to the event. This year they were celebrating the 300th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Engineer Corps.

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Five year old boy airlifted to hospital and three others injured in car crash

A five year old boy has been airlifted to hospital and three other people have been injured in a car crash in Essex.

It happened on Limebrook Way in Maldon, just before 12.30pm this afternoon (Saturday, July 23rd) and involved a black Mini and a black Vauxhall Mokka.

A five-year-old boy from the Mokka has been airlifted to the Royal London Hospital with serious head injuries while the male driver of the car has been taken by ambulance to Chelmsford’s Broomfield Hospital.

A woman in her 20s from the Mini was airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge with serious injuries while another woman from the car was taken by ambulance to Broomfield Hospital with less serious injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Group claiming to be police officers steal van from motorist

Police in Essex are hunting for a group of armed men who've stolen a van from a driver on the M11.

It happened between J7 and J8 on Hatfield Heath just after 9am this morning (Saturday July 23)

The driver and the passenger of the white Mercedes Sprinter van were unharmed.

The suspects believed to be four men who claimed they were police officers were travelling in a silver Ford Mondeo before they escaped in the stolen van. It's thought they had a firearm.

Police are appealing for witnesses

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Lagoon opens on Southend seafront

Video report by ITV Anglia's Serena Sandhu

A lagoon has official opened on the Southend seafront.

The Three Shells lagoon cost nearly two million pounds but the council says the investment is vital to keep tourism alive.

"This has been a really good partnership between the council, local business and the Coastal Communities Fund which is a government scheme providing communities with an economic strength for their future. This is going to provide new jobs because it keeps people here and is another reason for people to come and visit this part of the world."

– Scott Dolling, Southend Borough Council

Villagers demand action to stop future flooding

Video report by ITV Anglia's Claire McGlasson

Residents in Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex who suffered damage to their property because of flooding in February 2014, want to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Three feet of flooding caused damage to the Queen's Head pub two years ago, which took eight months to repair.

Steve Bett, who is the landlord of the pub wants flooding measures to be taken.

Steve Bett, who is the landlord of the Queen's Head pub in Stansted Mountfitchet wants flooding measures to be taken. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The cellar obviously was completely full, the whole road was full, it was chaos and it has been very difficult to deal with.

There has been a couple of times where the water has come up to the door and we've had to take action with other people to literally rug the drains ourselves.

– Steve Bett, landlord of the Queen's Head pub

Second man charged after corrosive fluid attack

A second man has been charged in connection with an incident in which a corrosive fluid was thrown at a man inside a shop at Westcliff.

A 19-year-old man from Southend suffered chemical burns to his left arm, ear and hand during an altercation at a convenience store in North Road on Thursday June 30.

The victim was taken to Southend General Hospital before receiving further treatment at a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. He is expected to have further long-term medical treatment.

Archie Harding, who's 19 and from Kursaal Way, Southend was charged with throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a further charge of affray.

Leban Elmi, who's 22 was charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and affray in connection with the same incident. He's due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on August 4.

Whitlock and Smith targeting Olympic gold in Rio

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

There are high hopes from governing body UK Sport that Britain's gymnasts can contribute to the nation's biggest medal haul at an away Olympics.

They've set a minimum target of three Gymnastics medals at Rio which would match the total won in London four years ago.

No doubt the pressure will be on South Essex Gymnastics star Max Whitlock to deliver, while there's an Olympic debut facing one of his club colleagues.

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