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Barrymore compensation bid to be heard at High Court

Michael Barrymore Credit: PA

A bid by entertainer Michael Barrymore for compensation from Essex Police is to be heard at a High Court trial.<

The legal action is a result of being arrested and questioned about the death of a butcher whose body was found in a swimming pool at his home in Essex more than 15 years ago.

The body of Stuart Lubbock was found in Barrymore's Essex home.

Barrymore has sued Essex Police saying his arrest received widespread publicity and had a devastating effect on his career and earnings.

A judge is expected to hear argument on how much compensation the entertainer might get at a trial in 2017.

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Stuart Lubbock was found dead after a party at Barrymore's home in Roydon, Essex, in March 2001.

Police name soldier killed in crash

Gunner Williams Credit: Essex Police

A soldier who died in a road accident on the A120 in Essex on Saturday morning has been identified by police as Brendan Williams, aged 21. He served with the 7th Parachute Regiment Horse Artillery and was stationed in Colchester.

It is with the deepest regret that we confirm the death of Gunner Brendan Shaun Williams in a road traffic accident on the A120 on Saturday 3rd December. Brendan was a young soldier who joined G Parachute Battery, 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery at the end of 2014 having completed his training in the Royal School of Artillery. He immediately took to life within the Regiment showing great enthusiasm and ethos, quickly completing Pegasus Company. He relished the role of serving within airborne forces and being in the UK’s high readiness contingency force. His strength of character and popularity among his peers will leave an enduring mark on all who served with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brendan’s family and friends.

– Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Birch, Commanding Officer of 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery,

The collision happened shortly before 5.40am on Saturday, December 3 on the A120 near the B1024 between Marks Tey and Braintree.

It involved a black Vauxhall Astra, driven by Gunner Williams and a white DAF lorry, driven by a 43-year-old man from Ware in Hertfordshire. The driver of the lorry was not injured.

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Essex sign New Zealand test bowler Wagner

Neil Wagner will spend half of next season with Essex. Credit: PA

Essex have signed New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner for the first half of next season.

The 30-year-old will be eligible to play in both the Royal London One-Day Cup and County Championship and will join up with his new teammates in pre-season.

Wagner impressed for Lancashire in Division One last season, taking 32 wickets in his nine games, and has also played 27 tests for his country.

Wagner will be replaced by Pakistan's Mohammad Amir for the second half of the campaign.

Neil will bring vast experience at the highest level to the Club, as well as a skill set that will be valuable in the opening months of the season.

He performed excellently for Lancashire last year and is also useful with the bat lower down the order. Hopefully he can help us hit the ground running in 2017.

– Chris Silverwood, Essex Head Coach

Specialist teams investigate after legionella bacteria found at Essex gym

Walton on the Naze Lifestyles

A specialist team has been brought in to carry out a full survey of the water system at an Essex leisure centre after a man contracted Legionnaires disease.

The Walton on the Naze Lifestyles centre remains closed after a customer fell ill in November. He's since been discharged from hospital.

Tendring District Council hopes the centre will reopen in the New Year, depending on the outcome of the survey.

TDC will then undertake any work and changes to procedures recommended by the specialists – taking on board all points they raise.

The aim is to reopen the site as soon as is practicably possible but only when we are 100 percent satisfied that everything has been resolved.

– Lynda McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing

Man arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing terrorist act

Stansted airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 49-year-old man has been arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of preparing for a terrorist act.

The suspect, from south Essex, had been travelling back from Istanbul.

The Metropolitan Police said the arrest did not concern activities in the UK and have searched an address in south Essex in relation to the inquiry.

He's been bailed until February.

50-year-old arrested following hit and run crash that killed cyclist

Colin Taylor, who was 72 and from Hitcham, died at the scene of the crash Credit: Suffolk Police

A 50-year-old man has been arrested after a cyclist was killed in a hit and run crash in Suffolk.

Colin Taylor, who was 72 and from Hitcham, died at the scene of the crash on Finborough Road on 29th November.

The vehicle – believed to be a white lorry – failed to stop following the collision. It has since identified and seized by police.

A man from east London has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop following a collision and failing to report a collision.

He's currently being questioned by police.

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Man admits to unlawful killing in Essex

Credit: Essex Police

A man has admitted unlawfully killing a man inside a house in Essex.

Richard Waterhouse, 31, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Paul Olney, after he stabbed him at a house in Denham Close in Wivenhoe June 6 this year.

Police attending the scene in Denham Close. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Waterhouse, Paul and another man had been taking drugs together in the hours before he was killed. After a disagreement Paul ended up being stabbed in the left shoulder. The 35-year-old’s body was found later that day. The knife was never found and Waterhouse was arrested near the scene shortly after.

"Today’s plea has at least spared Mr Olney’s family the trauma of having to endure a trial. Waterhouse has accepted that he lost control and went over the top, unlawfully killing Paul Olney. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

– DCI Stephen Jennings

Roman artefacts spotted at auction after they were stolen 12 years ago

Historic artefacts recovered following police investigation Credit: Essex Police

Roman artefacts stolen from Colchester twelve years ago have been returned to the town.

A set of coffins disappeared from a site at St Mary's Hospital after they were discovered during an excavation.

They were spotted for sale at auction last summer and are now being examined by the archaeological trust.

The recovery of these items means they can now be appreciated by the people of Colchester and studied by academics rather than being hidden behind closed doors in the hands of private collectors.

We are hopeful that the pictures may jog someone’s memory about their disappearance. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously at the time or were offered these artefacts for sale, please let us know.

– PC Long, Rural and Heritage Crime Officer

Fog warning to drivers in the East

Drivers urged to take extra care in fog Credit: ITV News Anglia

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads this morning with areas of fog expected across the region.

Highways England is advising drivers to check their headlights and fog lights before setting out on journeys to make sure they are working properly, and adjust their speed to suit the conditions on the road.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for fog until 9am, meaning drivers should plan ahead and think about possible travel delays.

Drivers should switch their headlights on when visibility is reduced – generally when you can’t see for more than 100 metres – and use fog lights if you’re struggling to see other vehicles. You shouldn’t use your lights on full beam as the fog can reflect the light back and reduce visibility.

We’d also encourage drivers to check their lights before setting out and make sure they know how to operate their front and rear fog lights.

– Stuart Lovatt, Highways England’s Head of Road User Safety

Drivers are also being advised to:

  • Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front and beware of other drivers who may not be using headlights and so will be harder to see.
  • Use your windscreen wipers and demisters, including air conditioning.
  • Be able to stop well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster.
  • Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down.
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