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Drug driver who killed two friends in crash ordered to pay back £170,000

Richard Frost was jailed for more than 12 years. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver who binged on cocaine for 18 hours before killing two pedestrians in a crash in Cambridgeshire will have to pay back more than £170,000 of his ill-gotten gains.

Richard Frost, 39, from Chelmsford, was driving his BMW at speeds of more than 100mph when it left the road, mounted a grass verge and killed Thomas Fletcher, 19, and Thomas Northam, 22, in January last year.

The pair had been walking along the B1091 out of Yaxley towards Farcet when they were hit from behind by Frost’s vehicle which had crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

Frost was recorded overtaking cars into oncoming traffic and undertaking using footpaths and pedestrian walkways.

After the crash, he continued driving along the grass verge for 80 metres, before returning to the carriageway and leaving the road into a field on the opposite side.

He then fled the scene with a suitcase containing £72,000 in cash, which he dumped in a residential garden and was later recovered by a police officer.

He admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of common assault and one of money laundering and was jailed for 12 years and one month.

Now, in a hearing held under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), a judge has ordered confiscation of some of his assets.

An investigation was carried out by specialist financial investigators who calculated Frost’s criminal gains to be £187,132.98, including £113,000 of unexplained cash payments into his bank account.

A confiscation order of £170,195.95 was made and about £17,000 will remain as an outstanding debt, which Frost must pay should he acquire further assets in the future or when he is released from prison.


Inmate brought down from prison roof after 30-hour stand-off

A man climbed on to the perimeter wall Credit: .

An inmate who climbed onto the roof of Chelmsford prison has come down after a stand-off which lasted more than 24 hours.

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed the situation has reached a peaceful conclusion.

Essex Police were called at 11am yesterday (June 12) to assist the prison service and they closed nearby roads "as a precaution".

A topless man wearing grey jogging bottoms was reported to be on the wall "shouting and throwing things".

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Police formed a cordon along Sandford Road.

In December, a damning report by the Independent Monitoring Board described HMP Chelmsford as a "warehouse for prisoners" and criticised high levels of violence, bullying and staff shortages.

HMP Chelmsford Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police confirm body found in Essex woodland is that of missing Chris May

Chris May went missing in May 2015 Credit: Family photo

A body found in woodland in Essex is that of missing Chris May, who disappeared more than three years ago.

Police say Mr May, who was from Kelvedon, has now been formally identified.

The 28-year-old went missing in May 2015 and his VW Golf was found abandoned at Troys Chase in the Fairstead area.

Officers launched a murder inquiry three weeks later after receiving an anonymous letter telling them Mr May was dead.

On May 14 this year, a member of the public found his body in woodland in Faulkbourne.

An inquest will be held in October and police say they are continuing to work on establishing his final movements ahead of that.


Jobs at risk as Poundworld heads for administration

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Poundworld is expected to crash into administration this morning after last-ditch sales talks broke down, putting 5,100 jobs at risk.

The budget retailer was in talks with private equity firm R Capital over the weekend, but is now calling in administrators at Deloitte after talks broke down.

Poundworld has around 350 stores, including those in Norwich, Kings Lynn, Ipswich, Wisbech, Braintree, Chelmsford, Cambourne, Bedford, Stevenage, Harlow, Luton, Dunstable, Northampton, Kettering, Corby and Peterborough.

21-gun salute in Colchester for Queen's official birthday

Hundreds of people gathered in Colchester to watch as airborne gunners fired a Royal Salute in Colchester to mark the Queen’s official birthday.

21-gun salute in Colchester for Queen's official birthday Credit: British Army

A battery of six guns from the Colchester based 7th Parachute Regiment Royal Horse Artillery fired a 21-gun salute in Castle Park at noon.

The Band of The Parachute Regiment performed a formal marching display before the Royal Salute.

“It is a great honour for Colchester Garrison to be a Royal Saluting Station. The salute provides a wonderful occasion for soldiers to put on a show for the people of Colchester and thank them for their support. The gunners and musicians performed impeccably in front of a large and appreciative audience to send our congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen.”

– Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Caldwell, Commander of Colchester Garrison

The guns fired were 105 mm Light Guns, the same type used by 7 Para for its operational role with 16 Air Assault Brigade, which is ready to deploy on operations anywhere in the world at short notice.

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