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Millionaire businessman shot by thieves in his home tells court of his ordeal

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy.

A millionaire businessman has told a court of his ordeal after he was shot in his own home by intruders who mistakenly thought he was a drug dealer.

Father-of-two Timothy Mardon was in bed at his home in Sible Hedingham, Essex, in February when realised thieves had broken in.

Chelmsford Crown Court today heard the desperate 999 call he made.

A jury was played a phone recording in which one of the men threatened to "blow his face off', mistakenly believing the respected businessman was a drug dealer.

A bullet hole in the door of Timothy Mardon's house in Sible Hedingham Credit: Essex Police

Mr Marden described how he leant against his own bedroom door as the intruders kicked it from the other side, before an "extremely loud explosion" threw him to the ground.

He said he realised he had been shot when he looked down to see blood "flowing freely" from his thigh.

"I thought the door had exploded. When I looked down I realised I was bleeding."

– Timothy Marden, giving evidence

Charlie Simms, Christopher Bergin and Kalebh Shreeve all deny the charges against them.

The trial continues.


Appeal to find next of kin of 78-year-old man killed in house fire

Fred Payne died in a house fire in Colchester. Credit: Essex Police

Murder detectives are appealing to find the next of kin of a 78-year-old man who died in a house fire in Colchester.

Fred Payne was killed in a suspected arson attack in Rochdale Way in September.

A woman has been charged on suspicion of murder.

Police have released a photograph of two girls - which was hanging on the wall of his home - in the hope of tracing his family.

"We have made exhaustive attempts to try and find Mr Payne’s next of kin but we have been unable to trace any of his relatives so far.

"We are releasing two photos. One of Mr Payne that was taken several years ago, as well as one of two girls that was hanging on the wall of his home. He may have been related to the girls.

"We don’t know when the photograph was taken but I would urge anybody who recognises the photo to get in touch with a member of my team.”

– DCI Stephen Jennings, Essex Police

Princess Alexandra Hospital in special measures: MP reacts

Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Conservative Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP for Harlow has been reacting to the decision to put the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow into special measures. Robert Halfon says that despite its difficulties, the hospital has 'several areas of outstanding practice'.

“I have seen first-hand that the staff and the management team at Princess Alexandra Hospital work incredibly hard and do an amazing job for Harlow residents. As MP, I get many emails and letters from residents who have had an excellent and caring service from our hospital."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow

The MP says there are four major problems the hospital faces.

  • It had more A&E admissions per head than almost anywhere else in the country
  • The age of the building means parts of it are unfit for purpose and it needs constant financial assistance to keep it going
  • The long term future needs to be looked at
  • Recruitment is a challenge because Harlow's close proximity to London and Cambridge. There is a 50% nurse vacancy rate in some wards.


FA Cup First Round Draw

FA Cup First Round draw Credit: ITV News Anglia

Non league side Brackley face a little bit of history repeating itself as they take on Gillingham.

The Saints beat the League One side after a hard fought replay three years ago to reach the second round for the first time in their history.

And the mind games have already started.

Brackley's tweet Credit: Brackley Town

The games will be played on the weekend of November 5th.

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