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BA agrees landfill waste fuel deal in Essex

British Airways. Credit: PA Images

British Airways has entered into a ground-breaking partnership to convert landfill waste into jet fuel in Essex.

The GreenSky London initiative will see the creation of 150 permanent jobs at the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Thurrock.

BA has made a long-term commitment to purchase all 50,000 tonnes a year of the jet fuel produced at the site which is due to be completed in 2017.

BA is in partnership with Solena Fuels. Thames Enterprise Park and neighbouring Thames Oilport, established in 2012, is a joint venture with Greenergy as one of the investors and the site project facilitator.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of BA's parent company IAG, said: "We are always striving to reduce our impact on climate change and this first-of-its-kind project marks a significant step for the aviation industry.

"The construction of the GreenSky London fuel facility at Thames Enterprise Park will lay the foundations for BA to reduce its carbon emissions significantly."

He went on: "The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over, with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road."

Napier wickets set up Essex win

Graham Napier, Essex Eagles. Credit: PA Images

Graham Napier led the attack as Essex claimed a 53-run victory over Derbyshire on the final day of the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Chelmsford.

The 34-year-old all rounder limited his opponents to 312 all out, taking three wickets for 49 runs on the fourth and final day.

The visitors started the day needing another 199 runs with five wickets remaining, but Napier first bowled out Richard Johnson, who added just 12 to his overnight score of nine, before taking the key wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul (52) two overs later.

Picking up with Derbyshire on 165 for five on Wednesday, former West Indies captain Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 75 in the first innings, lost his wicket just three balls after reaching his half-century as he was caught by James Foster.

David Wainwright and Tim Groenewald put on a strong eighth-wicket partnership of 89 runs to keep the away side in it before England spinner Monty Panesar claimed the latter's wicket, stumped by wicketkeeper Foster.

Mark Turner (six) was next up at the crease but lasted only 17 balls before he became Napier's third victim, losing out to a catch from Alastair Cook to leave Derbyshire still 63 runs short and with a single wicket remaining.

Mark Footitt joined Wainwright out in the middle but a solitary four was all he could muster before David Masters took the last wicket of the match - his seventh in total - to hand Essex the victory.


Research institute will support veterans and their families

Lord General Richard Dannatt. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The UK's first research institute supporting veterans and their families will officially open at Anglia Ruskin University's Chelmsford campus today.

Former head of the army Lord General Richard Dannatt will help launch the centre and has given it his backing, along with Falklands hero Simon Weston and veteran Phil Packer, who is an ambassador for the institute.

There are an estimated six million military veterans across all three armed forces in the UK.

Lorry driver could face prosecution for careless driving after a road in Essex was left covered in straw bales

JCB clearing the straw from the road. Credit: Essex Police
Overturned lorry blocking the road. Credit: Essex Police

A driver could face prosecution following an incident in Maldon Road, Burnham, where a lorry shed its load of straw bales.The road was blocked on Monday, April 14 whilst police, specialist recovery teams and local farmers cleared the carriageway.

The lorry left the road and went into a ditch just before 2.40pm.

Essex Police are investigating the incident. A 41-year-old man from Newry in County Antrim has been reported for careless driving.

Mother of murdered teen to help in search for James' killer

Caroline Shearer set up the Only Cowards Carry charity following the death of her son Jay Whiston. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The mother of murdered teenager Jay Whiston will be handing out leaflets in Colchester today appealing for information to help find the killer of James Attfield.

James was stabbed 102 times in Colchester's Lower Castle Park.

A 38-year-old man arrested at the beginning of the investigation has been released without charge. A 27-year-old woman is on bail until tomorrow morning.

James Attfield, who was killed in Lower Castle Park in Colchester.

Jay's mother Caroline Shearer set up the charity Only Cowards Carry to help get knives off the streets.

His killer, Edward Redman, was convicted Jay's murder by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court last week.

Jay Whiston, who was killed at a house party in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.


Handbag pulled through letterbox

Essex Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a house in Braintree. The letterbox of a house was removed and the owner’s handbag pulled through the opening. Police are advising residents to ensure any belongings are not kept near their doors and are away from view.

Two rescued from library fire

Firefighters rescued two people after a fire broke out in the library of a sheltered accommodation block at Rayleigh in Essex late last night (Saturday). When they arrived in Tendring Avenue crews reported the library was fully alight.

One of the couple they rescued, an 80-year-old man, was treated by ambulance crews for the effects of inhaling smoke. Using breathing apparatus and hose reels the crews managed to put the fire out just after midnight.

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