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New mental health service launched online

New online mental health service for people in Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

People in Essex can now review their mental health services on a 'TripAdvisor' style site.

Healthwatch Essex has just launched an online service where patients can rate and share their own experiences plus read others' reviews. They hope it will improve local services.

Next stage in removal of Bradwell power station

Bradwell power station has just had its underground waste storage vaults cleaned Credit: ITV News Anglia

The next steps have been taken in the decommissioning of Bradwell power station in Essex as it has just had all of its underground waste storage vaults cleaned.

Waste, including metal, sand and sludge, was stored in 18 different vaults during the site's 40 year life.

The area will now be covered for the care and maintenance phase before being completely removed as part of final site clearance in the future.

The power station stopped generating electricity in March 2002, after running for 40 years.

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Major safety event to keep young drivers safe on the roads

Learning about tyre safety on Young Driver Day

Teenage drivers are among the most at risk from dying or being seriously injured on our roads. So a major safety event has been held in Cambridgeshire to try to keep them safe.

Hundreds of youngsters from across the county have been finding out how to avoid accidents when they get behind the wheel at the Young Driver day in Huntingdon.

Car crash simulators, car maintenance and testing reaction times were just some of the demonstrations on offer. Here's a report by Chloe Keedy:

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Man charged with tweeting an offensive comment to MP

Robert Halfon MP

A man has been charged under the Communications Act 2003 in connection with an offensive social media comment directed at Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

Kier Ashby, 21, unemployed, of Rushes Mead, Harlow, was charged with sending a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character. It relates to a message posted on Twitter on June 23, 2016.

He is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on July 13.

While people in public office

attract comments on social media on a daily basis, the public must expect

abusive or offensive messages that relate to violence to be dealt with

robustly.

– Chief Superintendent Sean O'Callaghan

Woman who lied about car's driver fined £10,000

A 61-year-old woman from Essex who gave false information about the driver of a car caught speeding has been fined over £10,000.

A Mercedes was caught on camera travelling at 38mph in a 30mph zone on the A414 Maldon Road at Danbury in February 2014

When a notice of intended prosecution was sent to the registered keeper, Teresa Ward from Boreham, she said the car was being driven by someone else.

Enquiries later revealed that the man wasn’t in the UK at the time of the offence and could not have been driving the vehicle.

Ward was reported to court for perverting the course of justice and stood trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

A jury found her guilty of the offence and she was ordered to pay a £10,000 fine, £4,500 costs and an £80 victim surcharge. Ward was given 36 days to pay the fine or face six months imprisonment.

She was also sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for two years.

I hope this case serves as a strong reminder to people that speeding notices like this shouldn’t be ignored. If one drops through your letterbox, please make sure you provide police with the correct details of who was driving your vehicle at the time of the offence. If you don’t, you could find us knocking at your door.

– Chris Sydric, Essex Police
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'Global player' Boris should 'push the button' on Brexit

Liz Truss has said it is time to "push the button" on Brexit, as she endorsed Boris Johnson as the "global player" the UK needs to lead it into "uncharted territory".

The Environment Secretary told ITV News Mr Johnson is the "type of person we need" as Prime Minister, as she lauded the "fantastic job" he did as Mayor of London.

The MP for South West Norfolk also called for swift negotiations on Britain's new relationship with the EU.

"In my view the British people have spoken, there's no going back," she said. "We do need to press the button on exit and get on with it, because there would be a huge gap in trust if we were not to deliver on what was a referendum with an incredibly high turnout.

"I personally didn't argue for that but... I believe when the people speak we need to listen and we need to deliver."

Car failed to stop after crash

Essex Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in which a driver failed to stop.

A blue Vauxhall Corsa and a black Ford Fiesta collided on the southbound carriageway of Three Mile Hill, Chelmsford, shortly after 5.25pm on Monday June 20.

The Vauxhall left the road and rolled several times into trees and shrubs. The four occupants managed to get out of the car and were taken to hospital. One, a 16-year-old girl from Chelmsford, suffered a fractured collarbone.

The Fiesta failed to stop at the scene and police are appealing for witnesses.

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