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Jury out in inquest of Eystna Blunnie

Eystna Blunnie was 20-years-old. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The jury of three women and eight men has retired in the inquest of the death of Eystna Louise Blunnie.

Her Majesty's Coroner Eleanor McGann asked the jury in Chelmsford to reach a verdict, to which they are all agreed.

Eystna was pregnant when she was beaten to death by her boyfriend Tony McLernon in 2012.

He was sentenced for murder and the destruction of an unborn child, and told he must serve at least 27 years in prison.

Change of leadership for Anglian university

Professor Iain Martin will take the reins next year. Credit: Anglia Ruskin University.

Anglia Ruskin University has announced its new Vice Chancellor.

Professor Iain Martin will succeed Professor Michael Thorne when he retires in March 2016.

He is currently Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of South Wales in Australia but says he is looking forward to start the new post.

“I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this role. It is a great opportunity to build on the significant achievements of this innovative University. I look forward to working with staff and students across the University to create a distinctive future for Anglia Ruskin.”

– Professor Iain Martin


Essex's 'Number One Dog Catcher' does it again

PC Self with the lost Rottweiler. Credit: Essex Police

An Essex policeman renowned for reuniting lost dogs with their owners has done it again, after returning a Rottweiler he found in Colchester.

PC Joe Self has been dubbed Essex Police’s ‘Number One Dog Catcher’ by his colleagues as this is his ninth 'lost pet related' success story since joining the force.

He took the dog to the vets after being alerted to an animal running along the side of a road on Cowdray Avenue.

“When I arrived at 'VetsNow’ the vet checked her over and fortunately she had no injuries. I think she had just worn herself out as she was gasping for a drink of water. The staff then scanned her for a microchip, which she luckily had.

“I was very relieved that she hadn't been hurt as she was such a lovely tempered dog.”

– PC Self

Chancellor takes up Colchester MP's charity idea for 'tampon tax'

Colchester MP Will Quince tells Chancellor to give 'tampon tax' to charity. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chancellor George Osborne has taken up an idea from the Colchester MP Will Quince for the £15m a year raised from the so-called 'tampon tax' to be ploughed into supporting women's charities.

During his Autumn Statement, Mr Osborne vowed that he was "committed" to persuading the EU to allow Britain to scrap VAT on sanitary items - but in the meantime, it would be put to "good use".

"There are many great charities that work to support vulnerable women and my Honourable Friend, the new Member for Colchester, has proposed to me a brilliant way to give them more help.

"300,000 people have signed a petition arguing that no VAT should be charged on sanitary products. We already charge the lowest 5% rate allowable under European law and we’re committed to getting the EU rules changed.

"Until that happens, I’m going to use the £15 million a year raised from the Tampon Tax to fund women’s health and support charities."

– George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer


Rush hour misery as lorry fire closes A12

The road is closed in both directions Credit: Sgt Colin Shead (Essex Police)

Commuters in Essex face huge delays this morning - the A12 is shut in both directions.

A lorry caught fire at J17 (Great Baddow Bypass) and there is currently congestion from J16 (Galleywood) to J20a (Hatfield Peverel South).

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It happened shortly before 7.30am between the exit and entry slip roads. Due to the position of the lorry, police say the road could remain closed for most of the morning.

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