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Could you spot the signs of a stroke?

The East of England Ambulance Service wants people to be more aware of the symptoms of a stroke. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The region's ambulance service is warning people to be more aware about the signs of stroke.

It says the condition is one of its most common 999 calls.

Last winter, the East of England Ambulance Service saw almost 8,000 patients who had suffered a suspected stroke.

The highest number was in Essex, where 2,552 calls were taken. In Norfolk, the figure was 1,264, while in Hertfordshire there were 1,230 999 calls linked to strokes.

The ambulance service says catching the condition early is essential.

The main symptoms are:

  • FACE: the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, and their eye or mouth may have dropped.
  • ARMS: the person may not be able to life both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness.
  • SPEECH: their speech may be slurred or garbled, or they may not be able to speak at all.

Essex Police release CCTV after assault on two officers in Chelmsford

Police would like to identify these two men Credit: Essex Police

Police would like to identify these two men following a public order incident in Chelmsford.

It happened outside the Argos store in Springfield Road at half past midnight on December 21. A number of people were involved and two plain clothed police officers were assaulted.

The two men police would like to trace are described as both being around 6ft tall; one is of slim build, had very short light brown or dark blonde hair and was wearing a Puffa style quilted body warmer and jeans. The other is of a stocky, muscular build, has a bald or shaved head and was wearing a dark, snug fitting jumper and jeans.

Anybody that recognises the men is asked to contact Dc Julie Boyce at Chelmsford CID on Essex Police 101.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed pending further enquiries until Monday, February 15.

They are a 26-year-old man from Enfield, a 28-year-old man from North London, a 24-year-old man from Enfield and a 25-year-old man from Gloucester.


Essex taxi driver stabbed by customer

Investigations are underway after a taxi driver was stabbed by a customer in Essex.

Officers were contacted shortly after 7.50pm yesterday, (Wednesday February 3) with reports the victim had been injured with an unknown object in Oliver Way.

The driver, who is believed to be in his 50's, was taken to hospital with an injury to his right arm. It is not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect – who was collected by the driver at Chelmsford train station - stole cash and attempted to steal the car keys, before running off towards the Newland Spring estate.

Police searched the area and enquiries are ongoing to locate the suspect.

He is described as white, aged in his mid-30s and of stocky build. He wore a white and green hooded top with jeans.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Essex Police.

Dog owner finds poison wrapped in pastry in her garden

A dog owner has found around 30 balls of rat poison wrapped in pastry in her garden in Essex.

An investigation is under way after the woman from Colchester discovered the pellets on Monday, when she let her Chihuahua out into the garden.

It's the second time this has happened. Last year the woman’s dog was sick and tablet capsules were discovered in her garden, prompting fears that her dog is being deliberately targeted.

“Fortunately the dog is OK, but it is very distressing to think that it appears someone is trying to poison a pet. I urge anyone with any information to call me.

The dog’s owner found about 30 balls of dough with blue pellets mixed into them in her garden. She did exactly the right thing and took them to the vet who examined them and believes it is rat poison.

Poisoning can cause severe pain and distress. Bait left out in the open like this could also kill pet cats and wildlife.”

– Adam Jones, RSPCA inspector

Signs that your animal could have been poisoned vary and can include any of the following:

  • depression
  • lack of appetite
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • breathing difficulties
  • appearing drunk and uncoordinated
  • twitching
  • seizures

Latest phase of major Clacton revamp approved

The coastline at Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A major revamp of a landmark site on Clacton seafront has been given the thumbs up.

The £1m plans for a new children's water park on Marine Parade East, as well as extra covered areas for new attractions, will form the third phase of the redevelopment on Clacton Pavillion.

The proposals have been approved by Tendring District Council.

Man charged with manslaughter after Harlow assault death

Essex Police Credit: ITV Anglia

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of William Wareham, aged 52 from Harlow, who died after an assault at the Park Inn Hotel in Harlow.

Police were contacted by the ambulance service on Saturday December 12 with reports a man was injured at the Park Inn Hotel, Southern Way, Harlow.

Mr Wareham had suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital, where he died in the afternoon of Sunday, December 13.

The provisional cause of death was a head injury.

Bradley Casey, 20, of Palmers Way in Cheshunt has been charged with Manslaughter and will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on February 24.


Family appeal over 13 year old murder case

Beverley Brinkley.

The family of a woman from Harlow who was murdered thirteen years ago have made an emotional appeal for help to find her killers.

Beverley Brinkley was 35 when she was attacked by two men in a block of flats in The Stow in 2003.

Police believe there are people in the community who have vital information about her death.

Her brother said the family hope someone will still come forward with information.

Praise for region's 'first class' ambulance service

The region’s ambulance workers has been praised in a new survey Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ambulance workers in this region have been praised in a new survey.

More than 95 per cent of patients asked said they were 'very satisfied', 'satisfied' or 'fairly satisfied' with the East of England Ambulance Service.

The latest patient experience report also found that nine out of ten patients rated the length of time they waited for a response as 'acceptable'.

“It is very heartening to read so many positive comments from our patients and such high satisfaction ratings.

This is a testament to the dedication and hard work of all of our staff in the East of England.

We value all feedback from our patients because it helps us to improve the service we deliver.”

– Robert Morton, Chief Executive, EEAST
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