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Five in court charged with murder


Five men are due to appear in court in Chelmsford this morning charged with murder.

A man aged in his 20s died in hospital having been stabbed in woodland near Sporhams, Basildon, on Wednesday.

Hussain Ahmed, 23, of Bacon Street, London, Gary Goodwin, 36, of Princes Close, Laindon, Mohammed Ahmed, 23, of Jamaica Street, London, Abdul Salah, 20, of York Avenue, Middlesex and Jake Rowlands, 25 of no fixed address, have been charged with murder.

A 16-year-old boy from Laindon has been charged with assisting an offender and released on bail to appear at Basildon Youth Court on September 22.


Bank Holiday getaway starts

It's the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer and as ever there are predictions that those taking advantage of the break face travel delays and uncertain weather.

It's estimated that nearly 300,000 people will be flying out of Stansted Airport... while Luton Airport says its figures are up 15 per cent on last year. The AA predicts 13 million of us will take to the roads lured by cheaper petrol..

Click below to watch our report from Wesley Smith

Former Essex MP Teresa Gorman dies at 83

Former Essex Tory MP Teresa Gorman has died at the age of 83.

Ms Gorman trained as a teacher before being elected to represent Billericay in 1987, a seat she held until 2001.

TERESA GORMAN in 2001 Credit: PA Wire

She was a prominent figure in the rebellions over Europe that nearly brought down John Major's government - having the Conservative whip withdrawn for refusing to back the EC Finance Bill in 1994.

She was regarded as a talented but maverick politician. In recent years she shifted her allegiance to UKIP, and voted for the party at the general election in May.

Click below to hear Teresa Gorman talking at the launch of her autobiography

The book keeping the records for 60 years

The book well known for telling us all the biggest, smallest, slowest and quickest records is celebrating its own milestone.

Record attempt by Rugby players in Bishop's Stortford Credit: ITV Anglia

The Guinness Book of Records was first published 60 years ago and getting a record included remains as popular as ever.

The Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery ended up in an argument about the fastest game bird in Europe while out shooting. Unable to settle the dispute, he came up with the idea of producing a book full of facts and figures.

Northampton Marshmallow champion Credit: ITV Anglia

Some records have changed over the years, In 1955, the fastest 100m sprint was 10.2 seconds, The current record holder is Usain Bolt, with 9.58 seconds and and the most expensive bottle of wine, previously £8, is now £192,000.

Click below to watch out report from Lauren Hall


New Chief Executive for Colchester Hospital

The NHS trust which runs Colchester General Hospital has appointed Frank Sims as its new Chief Executive.

He is currently Chief Executive of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust and will take over from Dr Lucy Moore in early December.

Frank Sims Credit: Colchester Hospital

Lucy has been interim Chief Executive since May 2014

“I have faced and successfully managed similar issues to those at the Trust and this is part of the attraction of this job. I am pulled by the opportunity and the sense of determination to deliver positive changes, which I have no doubt that the Trust will be able to achieve.The Chief Executive role is a huge opportunity to lead a unique organisation and I am excited by the prospect of being in this role.”

– Frank Sims

Will it be a bumper Bank Holiday weekend?

Tourist attractions across the region are hoping for a bumper weekend as the last bank holiday weekend of the summer gets underway

Among the attractions this weekend are the LIttle Gransden Air Show, the Moto GP at Silverstone, the Aylsham Show and the Norwich 10K run.

The Jenkinson family enjoying a break at Billing Aquadrome Credit: ITV Anglia

Murder investigation launched after man stabbed in Basildon

Man dies from stab wound

A murder investigation has been launched after man found stabbed in Basildon died.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was found near woodland around Sporhams shortly after 10pm last night.

He had suffered a stab wound to his leg but died this afternoon. Five men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101. They can also email

Our weatherman Aidan clears up the facts about fog

In the final part in his series Clearing the Air, ITV Anglia weatherman Aidan McGivern has been taking a look at fog.

He's been to Bedfordshire to talk to scientists involved in the latest research on what causes fog and how it can be predicted more accurately.

Click below to watch his special report

And here are ten facts about fog from Aidan

  • The difference between mist and fog is how far it is possible to see. The airline industry define fog as visibility less than 1000 metres. The civilian definition of fog is when visibility is less than 200 metres.
  • When fog occurs and the temperature is below 0ºC, it is called freezing fog.
  • Rime occurs when the water droplets in fog freeze onto the outer surfaces of objects, giving everything a frosted covering.
  • Smog is a type of air pollution made up of smoky pollution and fog. The worst smog to ever hit the UK was the Great Smog of 1952, which wreaked havoc for four days in London. This led to the Clean Air Act of 1956.
  • Vog occurs when volcanic gases such as sulphur dioxide react with oxygen and moisture in the atmosphere under direct sunlight to give a volcanic fog. It is common in Hawaii.
  • Fog is simply another type of cloud: a stratus cloud that sits on the ground
  • The foggiest place in the world is the Grand Banks off the island of Newfoundland where the cold Labrador current from the north meets the warm Gulf Stream from the south. The water vapour that accompanies the Gulf Stream cools quickly and condenses, forming fog.
  • In the Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the driest places on Earth, fog is harvested from the air - using mesh-patterned nets to collect its water droplets.
  • The Fogstand Beetle in the Namib Desert stand still in the fog and allow the water droplets to condense onto their body, which they then drink.
  • Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, is the only object other than Earth in the Solar System known to have plenty of liquid on its surface. It is also the only other object to have patches of fog, albeit fog made up of methane and ethane.
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