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Tributes paid to "fun loving" Dad killed in Essex crash

Terry Page pictured with his young son

Tributes have been paid to a father who died following a collision in Writtle at the weekend.

Terry Page originally from Chelmsford but who was living in Cornwall was killed in a two car crash in the Causeway, Writtle on Friday night.

In a statement, his family paid tribute:

Terry was an amazing father whose main focus was his son. Nothing will ease the loss that we have suffered. Terry was fun to be around, the life and soul of the party. He was fiercely loyal to his friends and loved by everyone. He won't ever be forgotten and our hearts will never heal.

– Family statement

Witnesses who have yet to speak to police or have any dash cam footage are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01245 240590

Faulty valve to blame for passenger jet's emergency landing

Stansted Airport Credit: ITV News Anglia

A passenger jet flying from Stansted airport to Poland was forced to make an emergency landing when its cabin failed to pressurize properly, according to a report.

262 passengers and nine crew were onboard the Titan Air Boeing 767 chartered flight from Stansted to Rzeszow Airport in south east Poland in March 2017.

The plane had just started to cruise at a high altitude when alarms began to go off. The passenger oxygen masks came down and the pilot bought the twin-engine plane down by 30,000 feet and diverted to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch found a faulty pressure relief valve meant the aircraft had not pressurized correctly after take off.

A prior test flight had shown no problems and examination of the part after the incident discovered "no obvious reason for the malfunction".

It said the crew's quick reaction meant the plane landed safely in Amsterdam.

The report concluded: "The failure of the cabin to pressurise correctly resulted from a faulty PPRV which was installed during recent maintenance. "The maintenance checks of the replacement valves did not identify the defect with the fault PPRV. The event was a failure to pressurise correctly, rather than a sudden depressurisation and the crew's timely actions in identifying the problem and carrying out the appropriate emergency procedures ensured a safe outcome."


Two Essex police officers charged over failures in child abuse cases

Essex police HQ Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two officers from Essex Police are to face charges of misconduct in public office in relation to failures in child abuse cases.

DC Sharon Patterson and former DC Lee Pollard both previously worked in the North Child Abuse Investigation Team.

They both face charges of: falsifying charging decisions, forging a complainant's signature, misrepresenting evidence to their senior officers and destroying exhibits.

A file of evidence from this investigation was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service in February 2017 and now the two officers have been told the CPS has authorised charges against them.

"These are very serious allegations over how police officers handled some of the most sensitive cases brought before them. The investigative phase has now concluded, on what has been a comprehensive and extensive IOPC managed investigation, during which more than 160 witnesses gave statements and 26 officers were interviewed for either criminal offences or misconduct matters and in excess of 500 exhibits were catalogued. After reviewing the investigation reports there was an indication that some current and former officers may have committed criminal offences. Following the decision by the Crown Prosecution Service to charge we will be working with them to bring this matter before the courts and every effort has been made to notify the survivors involved in those cases.”

– Regional Director Sarah Green, Independent Office for Police Conduct

The IOPC has been managing a total of 55 investigations into alleged failings in child abuse investigations carried out by officers in Essex Police’s NCAIT between 2011 and 2014.

“The IOPC investigation relates to cases investigated by Essex Police between 2011 and 2014. We made the initial referrals to IOPC and since 2014 have made comprehensive changes to the way similar cases are investigated. Independent inspections of the force concluded in 2017 that Essex Police has made ‘significant improvements in the way in which it recognises and responds to people who are vulnerable."

– Spokesperson, Essex Police

Essex police went on to say that while the ongoing proceedings mean they cannot comment in detail on the charges or the IOPC investigation, "the force has apologised to children and families affected by failings in our investigation and we reiterate that apology today.”

Duchess of Cambridge visits addicts in Essex

The Duchess of Cambridge will be in Essex today to open a new centre for those with drug and alcohol problems.

The Duchess of Cambridge Credit: PA Wire

She's the patron of charity Action on Addiction and will be in Wickford to see their new treatment centre

It hosts a rolling cycle of nine-week long addiction recovery programmes.


Plans unveiled to improve Essex interchange

Big plans for the interchange Credit: Essex County Council

Essex County Council is set to launch public consultation on a multi-million-pound scheme to reduce congestion at the A127/A130 Fairglen Interchange.

The road is a main route for road users heading to or from Southend and London Southend Airport.

It's hoped the scheme could reduce congestion, and with 25,000 new houses expected to be built in the next 20 years, it is hoped the project will also cope with future growth in traffic use of the road.

Yatsey the vulture killed by lion at Colchester Zoo

Yatsey the vulture Credit: Colchester Zoo

A 22 year old Griffon vulture was killed by a lion at Colchester Zoo on February 4.

Yatsey was taking part in a bird display when he landed on the netting above the lion enclosure. One of the lions caught and injured him before he was retrieved by the keepers.

They initially thought he would could be treated but he died of shock on the way to the vets.

Colchester Zoo said at no point was the safety or security of the lion’s enclosure compromised.

The Zoo said he had "a big personality and was a much-loved member of the displays team who had been in the care of his keepers for 12 years."

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