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Major rail disruption on services into Liverpool Street

Disruption on Greater Anglia services is expected until this evening Credit: ITV News Anglia

Passengers travelling on the main Norwich to London line today are being warned to expect delays after a points failure.

The problem between Manor Park and Ilford means train have to run at reduced speed on some lines.

Greater Anglia says trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 20 minutes or revised. Disruption is expected until the end of the day.

Services from Norwich, Clacton and Southend are affected.

Passengers can find out the latest here.

Next stretch of Essex Coastal path revealed

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans for the next stretch of the Essex Coastal Path will be unveiled today. The proposals for public access along the 37 mile stretch between Jaywick and Harwich are being published by Natural England.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

If approved, this section of route will become part of the England Coast Path - the 2700 mile long distance walking route and England's newest National Trail currently being developed around the entire English coast.

"The England Coast Path is a hugely exciting project and will enable people to enjoy more of the fantastic coast on a new or improved route. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us in shaping these proposals which take into account the sensitivities of the area's special wildlife and the comments we've had from land owners and managers".

"The stretch of coast from Jaywick to Harwich will take walkers on a journey showcasing the amazing diversity of the Essex Coast - from its traditional seaside towns, to the spectacular natural beauty of Hamford Water and the historic port of Harwich. Over the next eight weeks we are inviting all organisations, landowners, farmers, local residents, and businesses to have their say on the proposals."

– Aidan Lonergan, Natural England

There is now a period of eight weeks for legal interests and members of the public to make objections or representations that the Secretary of State must take into account when considering whether to approve the proposals.

Fairground workers due in court over bouncy castle death

Summer Grant died after a bouncy castle blew away.

Two fairground workers from Cambridgeshire are due in court today charged with the death of a schoolgirl on a bouncy castle.

Seven-year-old Summer Grant was killed last year when the inflatable she was playing on in Harlow blew away.

Shelby and William Thurston from Wilburton have been charged with manslaughter and a health and safety offence.

Man jailed after assaulting railway staff

Kelvin Mills Credit: British Transport Police

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for six weeks after he assaulted a member of staff at Southend railway station.

Kelvin Mills, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to battery by common assault.

It happened on 26 July at Southend rail station when a member of rail staff prevented Mills from entering the station as he didn't have a ticket. He threw a can of cider at the member of staff, striking him in the chest and covering him with alcohol.

Everyone has the right to travel and work on the rail network without fear or intimidation. Rail staff should be allowed to carry out their duties without being subjected to violence or the fear of violence.

The victim was merely doing his job when he was assaulted by Mills. This was a completely unprovoked attack and the punishment handed down by the court reiterates that violence on the rail network will not be tolerated.

– PC Chris Henschel

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Police probe two arson attacks in Essex

Police are investigating two arson attacks in Essex that were reported within minutes of each other.

Fire crews were called to a terraced house in Rosemary Close in South Ockendon at 3.30am today. (15th August) Two men, aged 49 and 83 were taken to hospital suffering the effects of smoke inhalation. Sadly a dog inside the property died.

Officers were also called at 3.31am with reports of a fire outside the front door of a home in Viola Close. The owner had put out the fire before calling police.

Both incidents are being treated as deliberate and are believed to be targeted. Detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether or not they are linked.

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