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Work to begin on Essex sea wall

New Wetland on the Colne Estuary. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Part of the Essex seawall is being removed, to help create more than 50 acres of new wetland on the Colne Estuary.

The Environment Agency hopes the new habitat of saltmarsh, mudflats and reedbeds will provide breeding ground for rare species of birds, fish and insects.

The Essex Wildlife Trust raised £125,000 to buy the land.

"We're delighted to be involved in this partnership with Essex Wildlife Trust, and so pleased that our workforce is playing such a huge part in creating this new internationally important habitat."

– Charles Beardall, Area Manager for the Environment Agency

Father of Ashley Woolley believes his son's kindness killed him

The father of a teenager who was stabbed to death in a Chelmsford park says it was his son's kindness that killed him.

Popular student Ashley Woolley, who was 18, befriended Steven Davenport because he appeared lonely and didn't have many friends. But in December last year, he was stabbed to death by his classmate as he walked through Oaklands Park.

18-year-old Davenport has pleaded guilty to murder. Today Ashley's father and brother spoke to ITV News Anglia about his death and about how they have been told Davenport had a fantasy of killing someone.

Click below to watch a report by Elodie Harper:


Abellio Greater Anglia subject of most 'angry' tweets

Rail passengers bombarded train companies with nearly half a million negative tweets in the last 12 months.

Analysing key words in tweets such as "fault", "profit", "angry" and "frustrated", the CommuteLondon organisation found there had been 473,661 tweets from travellers using negative language in the 12 months ending in March.

The survey covered the 14 train companies operating services to London, and the company with the most negative tweets was Abellio Greater Anglia, with 72,861.

Abellio Greater Anglia was the subject of more than 70k negative Tweets in one year Credit: Abellio Greater Anglia

Based on key words such as "too hot" "air con" and sauna", Abellio Greater Anglia generated the most tweets - 1,677.

Also analysed were words such as "sub zero", "freezer" and "icicles". On this basis, again Greater Anglia was the subject of the most tweets - 1,702.

CommuteLondon also looked at how Twitter is used to report crime, with words such as "pick-pocket", "thieves" "fight" and "drunk" being looked for.

There were 7,408 tweets using crime language, with Greater Anglia having the most - 1,322.

"Commuters are increasingly using social media sites like Twitter to publicly express their frustrations about their daily journeys.

"Train operators should be actively monitoring these interactions to improve services and help create a happy commuter experience.

"The more commuters share opinions on daily train services, the more information operators will have make to the necessary improvements."

– director Daren Wood

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Essex cricketer Jesse Ryder talks to ITV News Anglia

England's busy summer of test cricket gets underway on Thursday. Alastair Cook's side will do battle for the Ashes with Australia in July.

Before that though, a two test series with New Zealand. Keeping a close eye on how the Kiwis get on will be Essex overseas player Jesse Ryder.

Ryder is a player who's had his fair share of dramas on and off the field.

ITV News Anglia's Sports Correspondent Donovan Blake has been to meet him and you can see his report by clicking below


Teenager pleads guilty to stabbing Chelmsford student to death

Steven Davenport stabbed 18-year-old Ashley Woolley to death in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford. Credit: Essex Police

An Essex teenager has pleaded guilty to murdering a student in Oaklands Park in Chelmsford, just before Christmas.

Steven Davenport, of Hillside Grove, Chelmsford, changed his plea to guilty to murdering Ashley Woolley at Chelmsford Crown Court. His trial was scheduled to begin next Monday.

Chelmsford College student Mr Woolley, 18, was stabbed on 18 December and died in Broomfield Hospital.

College student Ashley Woolley, 18, was stabbed to death in December 2014. Credit: Essex Police

79-year-old Essex man jailed for sexually abusing underage girls over two decades

Alan Bright, 79, has been jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing underage girls. Credit: Essex Police

A 79-year-old man has been jailed for 15 years for sexually abusing underage girls over a 20-year period.

Alan Bright of Almond Way, Colchester, had denied 22 charges of rape, indecent assault, and inciting under-age girls to commit gross indecency but was convicted after a three-week trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The judge described Bright as cunning and manipulative and said he had taken advantage of his victims between 1970 and 1990.

"Bright has never shown any remorse or admitted his crimes. He put his victims through hell and the distressing ordeal of giving evidence and undergoing cross-examination in court.

It has personally been one of the hardest cases I have dealt with. I am happy with the sentence handed down to Bright and just hope that when he sits in his prison cell, he remembers the ordeal he put those girls through.”

– DC Cornelius Bowen, Essex Police
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