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Research institute will support veterans and their families

Lord General Richard Dannatt. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The UK's first research institute supporting veterans and their families will officially open at Anglia Ruskin University's Chelmsford campus today.

Former head of the army Lord General Richard Dannatt will help launch the centre and has given it his backing, along with Falklands hero Simon Weston and veteran Phil Packer, who is an ambassador for the institute.

There are an estimated six million military veterans across all three armed forces in the UK.

Lorry driver could face prosecution for careless driving after a road in Essex was left covered in straw bales

JCB clearing the straw from the road. Credit: Essex Police
Overturned lorry blocking the road. Credit: Essex Police

A driver could face prosecution following an incident in Maldon Road, Burnham, where a lorry shed its load of straw bales.The road was blocked on Monday, April 14 whilst police, specialist recovery teams and local farmers cleared the carriageway.

The lorry left the road and went into a ditch just before 2.40pm.

Essex Police are investigating the incident. A 41-year-old man from Newry in County Antrim has been reported for careless driving.

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Mother of murdered teen to help in search for James' killer

Caroline Shearer set up the Only Cowards Carry charity following the death of her son Jay Whiston. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The mother of murdered teenager Jay Whiston will be handing out leaflets in Colchester today appealing for information to help find the killer of James Attfield.

James was stabbed 102 times in Colchester's Lower Castle Park.

A 38-year-old man arrested at the beginning of the investigation has been released without charge. A 27-year-old woman is on bail until tomorrow morning.

James Attfield, who was killed in Lower Castle Park in Colchester.

Jay's mother Caroline Shearer set up the charity Only Cowards Carry to help get knives off the streets.

His killer, Edward Redman, was convicted Jay's murder by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court last week.

Jay Whiston, who was killed at a house party in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

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Handbag pulled through letterbox

Essex Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a house in Braintree. The letterbox of a house was removed and the owner’s handbag pulled through the opening. Police are advising residents to ensure any belongings are not kept near their doors and are away from view.

Two rescued from library fire

Firefighters rescued two people after a fire broke out in the library of a sheltered accommodation block at Rayleigh in Essex late last night (Saturday). When they arrived in Tendring Avenue crews reported the library was fully alight.

One of the couple they rescued, an 80-year-old man, was treated by ambulance crews for the effects of inhaling smoke. Using breathing apparatus and hose reels the crews managed to put the fire out just after midnight.

Man attempts to rob betting shop

Essex Police are appealing for information following an attempted robbery at Ladbrokes in Witham. A man entered the betting shop in Newland Street at around 3.50pm yesterday (Saturday) , and handed a note over to the cashier demanding money.

No money was handed over and the man left empty handed. He is thought to have made off in the direction of Lockram Lane.

Firefighters save two from burning kitchen

Firefighters carried two unconscious people out of a flat following a kitchen fire at Harlow in Essex in the early hours of this morning (Sunday). Crews in breathing apparatus carried the man and woman out of the block within minutes of arriving at the incident.

They were treated by ambulance crews. Three fire crews went to the fire in Rectory Wood and used two hose reels to extinguish the blaze.

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