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Driver charged following fatal road crash in Essex

A man has been charged with three offences following a fatal road collision near Maldon. 59-year-old Robert Barnard, died in the crash at Maldon Road, Goldhanger on Friday September 9, 2011.

A 33-year-old lorry driver from Forest Gate, east London has now been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving while unfit through drugs and also with possessing a Class B drug. He was bailed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on August 15.

Speedy-fingered strawberry pickers heading for jam

The ninth strawberry race gets underway Credit: ITV Anglia

Strawberry pickers are competing to pluck the most strawberries from the ground at the ninth strawberry race at Goldhanger in Essex.

Within six hours, the fruit will be whisked back to the Wilkins and Sons factory in Tiptree and turned into jam.

The last two cold winters have had an effect on the crop, meaning it is smaller than usual.

Farm directors say the yield is bouncing back though. The value of the crop picked will go to the charity Brainwave.