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Braintree Town appoint Day as new manager

Jamie Day is the new Braintree Town manager. Credit: Braintree Town

Braintree Town have announced their new manager as they gear up for another promotion push in the Conference next season.

They've appointed former Forest Green assistant Jamie Day as the man to replace Danny Cowley who recently left to take over at Lincoln City.

The Essex part-timers surprised everyone to reach the play-offs last season before eventually losing to Grimsby Town in the semi-finals.


Suspected head of people-smuggling ring arrested after migrants found in Essex

Iraqi born Rekawt Kayani, 34, was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant at his home in Derby. Credit: National Crime Agency

The suspected head of an international people-smuggling ring which is believed to have brought migrants into Britain illegally through the port of Harwich has been arrested.

Iraqi born Rekawt Kayani, 34, was apprehended on a European Arrest Warrant at his home in Derby.

The National Crime Agency said he was one of three men detained as part of a joint investigation with French authorities.

It is alleged Kayani organised numerous smuggling runs, including one in June last year when 68 migrants were found inside four lorries at the Harwich International Port.

The 68 migrants were found at Harwich International Port last July. Credit: Press Association

Thirty-five of the migrants were from Afghanistan, 22 from China, 10 fromVietnam and one was from Russia.

Kayani, who now faces extradition to France, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on Thursday. He has been remanded in custody until a hearing on July 5.

Kayani was targeted by the UK Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce as we believe he is responsible for smuggling hundreds of migrants into the UK.

We will continue to work with agencies in the UK and overseas to target anyone that preys on vulnerable people in order to line their own pockets."

– Mick Pope, NCA

Film star among photos of American servicemen in our region on new website

James Stewart

A new website featuring a unique collection of over 30,000 documents, including photographs and letters created and collected by the veterans of the Second Air Division has gone online.

It portrays the huge commitment made by the American Air Force in our region. Film star James Stewart was among the American servicemen.

Here's a link to the website


We have been talking to Libby Morgan, a librarian at the Second Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich:


Whitlock out of European Championships

Max Whitlock

Hertfordshire gymnast Max Whitlock has withdrawn from the British team for the forthcoming men's artistic gymnastics European Championships in Bern.

The gold medal winner at the world championships, who trains at a gym in Essex, has a viral illness.

British Gymnastics says Max has been withdrawn as it was felt better to give him time to fully recover for the Olympics.

Appeal to find owners of a cat found clinging under a lorry


The search is on to find the owners of a cat found clinging to the chassis of a lorry in Suffolk.

The distinctive female cat was discovered underneath the lorry when it stopped at Cotton in Suffolk after travelling from Tilbury docks nearly 70 miles away. It had made one stop on the way at Baylham in Suffolk.

The cat was rescued by staff at nearby EmZo gift shop. She has been nicknamed Dusty by the team due to her grey colour when she was found.

We want to appeal to local people - this lorry started its journey in Essex so the chances are the owner lives near here.

Dusty is very distinctive with different colour eyes so hopefully someone will come forward.

– Maddie Wallace, RSPCA

Dusty has been checked by a vet but hasn't got a microchip.

Dusty was sitting on a ledge underneath the lorry - she must have been absolutely terrified.

I managed to reach in and pull her out, she was so timid, I think she must have a loving owner somewhere as she is so lovely.

One of her eyes is blue and the other is yellow-y brown, so we hope someone will recognise her.

– EmZo gift shop
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