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Eight people charged over nightclub brawl

Eight people have been charged with affray following a brawl at a Southend nightclub last summer.

The fight broke out at Bar Blu on Lucy Road just after 2am on May 18 and eventually involved about 30 people.

Four police officers were injured at the scene. One was bitten.

All four required medical treatment alongside two members of the club's door staff.

All eight people have been bailed and will appear before Southend magistrates next month. They are: Anthony Graham, 26, of Celedon Close, Grays; Nikesha Walker, 28, of High Street South, East Ham; Babatunde Akinrimsi, 20, of Park Avenue, East Ham; Donovan Jones, 41, of Belton Road, Upton Park; Barry Walker-Brown, 26, of Park Avenue, East Ham; Oluwadamilola Akrinrimsi, 26, of Park Avenue, East Ham; Omar Folkes, 20, of Park Avenue, East Ham; and Jose Carlos Dos Santos, 33, of Heygate Avenue, Southend.

Help for Heroes fundraisers say thank you to volunteers

A couple from Essex who have raised £100,000 for Help for Heroes are hosting a 'thank you' event for all the volunteers who have helped them reach their target.

Mike and Sue Jackson Jackson, from Colchester, began fundraising in memory of their son-in-law, Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna of A Company, 1 Rifles who was killed on active service in Afghanistan on 23 May 2011 and for his many comrades who have suffered life-changing injuries.

Colour Serjeant Kevin Fortuna, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011 Credit: Ministry of Defence

The couple and other volunteers have taken on running, swimming, cycling and skydiving challenges. They initially had a fundraising target of £10,000.


Penalised parkers could be due for payout

Drivers in our region could be entitled to claim back millions of pounds in unenforceable parking penalties, according to the RAC Foundation.

A motorist from Essex is taking a test case to the Court of Appeal claiming payments issued for overstaying parking on private land are extravagant and out of proportion to any losses suffered.

The Foundation warns that more action is needed to tackle what it calls a "barely regulated" system.

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Next rail operator will need to cut Norwich-to-London journey times to 90 minutes

The search is on for the next rail operator to run the East Anglia franchise. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The next rail operator on the Norwich to London line is being asked to reduce journey times by nearly 30 minutes.

The government has launched the search for the company who will take over the East Anglia franchise in October 2016.

Bidders are being asked to look into reducing the journey time to 90 minutes, as well as cut the number of delays and cancellations.

Abellio Greater Anglia currently runs the franchise.

"East Anglia has a thriving economy and I want it to be served by the best train services possible.

"Giving the region train services fit for the 21st century is vital to connecting people with jobs and businesses with customers.

"Good transport is central to our long-term economic plan."

– Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary.

Olly Murs falls for Ant & Dec prank

Olly Murs pranked by Ant & Dec Credit: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Essex singer Olly Murs is the latest celebrity to fall foul of one of Ant and Dec's pranks.

Ant and Dec convinced Olly they were part of the Madame Tussauds team making his new waxwork. They told Olly they were measuring him in a brand new scanning machine, but the scanner wasn't what it seemed.

Olly Murs pranked by Ant & Dec Credit: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

The prank is part of a new series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, which starts this weekend.

Olly Murs pranked by Ant & Dec Credit: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
Olly Murs with Ant and Dec in disguise Credit: Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway


Burger King trials home delivery

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Burger King is trialling a home delivery service in Yorkshire, Essex, Cornwall, Lincolnshire and London in a move that has seen those lucky enough to receive the service celebrating their good fortune.

Social media lit up at news of the three-month trial, despite it only taking place from eight restaurants in Northampton, Romford, Truro, Hornchurch, Gants Hill, Hull, Skegness and Hayes.

Those keen on having a Whopper and fries delivered direct to their front door can enter their postcode on the dedicated Burger King Delivery website to find out if they are eligible.

However the company said the trial was a test of the service ahead of a national roll-out later in the year.

Matthew Bresnahan, marketing director of Burger King for Northern Europe, Russia and Africa, said: "Burger King is firmly committed to delivering great-tasting food at affordable prices to all of our customers.

"We are extremely excited about this Home Delivery service trial so customers can continue to enjoy the perfect combination of taste, at great value prices, now delivered straight to their homes."

The news was met with reactions ranging from joy to despair on Twitter.

@GreyMCMLXXIX wrote: "Burger King now deliver. What a momentous day this is," while @hpd1998 added: "Burger King start to deliver in the UK, the beginning of a new era?"

But those not eligible shared their grief, with @NotFaulty writing: "Burger King doesn't deliver to my postcode. All life is pain."

Rail operator bombarded by angry tweets

Greater Anglia has been bombarded by tweets from angry passengers. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Frustrated train passengers bombarded rail operator Greater Anglia with more than 240,000 tweets last year, according data team London Commute.

They included more than 40,000 complaints about delays and 9,000 about cancellations.

In the National Passenger Survey, published last month, 80% of passengers were said to be satisfied with Greater Anglia's rail service.

Woman charged with murder

A 26-year-old woman from Southend will appear in court tomorrow (Thursday), charged with the murder of 24-year-old Anton Levin in November.

Danielle Russell was arrested yesterday, and has been charged with murder acting together with the two teenagers, boys aged 16 from Thurrock and 17 from Basildon, who have already been charged.

Miss Russell, of St Anns Road, has also been charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to cause GBH with intent and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Anton Levin from Dagenham died at a property in St Anns Road on Wednesday, November 19.

Man guilty of knife murder

Luke Eva Credit: Essex Police

A man has been found guilty of murdering another man at a flat in Braintree. A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court took just over 16 hours to find Luke Eva, 25, of Avondale Road, Leigh, guilty of killing Michael Haastrup.

Michael Haastrup

Michael, 24, who lived in Southend, died in hospital after he was stabbed in the chest with a kitchen knife, following a disturbance at a flat in Cressing Road on April 16 last year. He died in Broomfield Hospital the next day. He had recently become a father. Police said that due to the ferocity of the attack the knife blade snapped off and was left at the scene. Officers were able to trace it to Eva.

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