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Teacher has fractured skull re-built with 3D printer

Francesca Burr fractured her skull in five places but had it re-build by 3D printer.

There were fears that a primary school teacher from Essex who fell downstairs and fractured her skull in five places would not survive.

The horrific fall left Francesca Burr, from Halstead, with part of her head missing.

But surgeons at Addenbooke's Hospital in Cambridge managed to rebuild her skull using a 3D printer.

It has been a long and painful road to recovery but Francesca says the surgeons' incredible work has given her back her life.

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Hay stack will keep burning in Essex for several hours

The hay stack alight near Halstead. Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters in Essex spent the night tackling a blaze in a 60-tonne stack of hay.

Crews from Braintree and Halstead were called to the incident at Greenstead Green just before 1.30am Friday morning.

By 7.30am, 30 tonnes of hay were still burning and the stack is expected to continue to burn for another eight hours.

One fire engine will remain at the scene until it is considered safe to leave.


Air ambulance continues its tour of Essex and Hertfordshire

The new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A new addition to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance touched down at Wickham St Paul, near Halstead.

The helicopter is the first the charity has been able to buy outright - up until now all its aircraft have been leased.

Over the past week the charity has taken the helicopter on a tour of the two counties, stopping off to thank the thousands of people who raised the £6.5m it cost.

After Wickham St Paul, it was due to move on to Welwyn rugby club.

It will come into service at the beginning of August.

The new Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Masked ram-raiders use JCB to steal cash machine in Essex

The front of the shop at Sible Hedingham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Masked raiders drove a JCB into the front of a shop in Essex in the early hours of this morning to steal a cash machine.

Witnesses say it took just six minutes to remove the machine.

It happened at Swan Street at Sible Hedingham, near Halstead, just after 3am.

The thieves wore dark hooded tops and had masks covering their faces.

Police believe a black pick-up truck and silver Audi were also involved in the raid.

It is not known how much money was stolen.

Thieves used a JCB to ram the shop Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Shop staff threatened by armed robbers in Essex

The thieves were armed with a crowbar and hammer. Credit: PA

Shop staff were left shaken after being threatened by armed robbers in Halstead, Essex.

Four men - armed with a crowbar and hammer - walked into the Co-Op on Abels Road at around 8pm yesterday (17 January).

They forced staff to open the office safe and stole a four-figure sum of cash, before fleeing.

The men are described as wearing all black. Their faces were covered by scarves.

Police carried out a search of the area, but they could not find the suspects .

Officers are investigating whether it is linked to other robberies the Braintree district in recent months.

"This was a frightening incident for the members of staff involved.

"Essex Police will not tolerate people causing fear and threatening violence, and we are confident we will find the people responsible. "We believe the local community can play an important part in bringing these people to justice and I would urge anyone with any information about this incident or any others to come forward."

– Detective Inspector Mark Cadd, Essex Police

Hundreds of cannabis plants seized in Essex police raid

The raid happened yesterday morning. Credit: Essex Police

More than 300 hundred cannabis plants have been seized following a police raid in Essex.

Officers broke into the property in Halstead yesterday after they were tipped off by a member of the public.

The crop will now be destroyed but no arrests have been made yet.

Warrant executions like these show that we will not tolerate those who supply and produce drugs in our communities.

By taking drugs off the streets, we will have disrupted drug dealing, associated crime and we have showed others involved in drugs that thanks to intelligence from the public and our partners we will catch you.

– Sergeant Tom Bastendorff


Parachutists trapped 20m in the air on Essex phone mast

Halstead, Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two parachutists have been rescued after getting trapped 20m in the air on a phone mast in Essex.

Firefighters were called to the A1124 Halstead Road between Halstead and Braintree just before 6pm yesterday.

It took crews more than an hour to get them safely to the ground. Paramedics were also called.

Search for missing pensioner called off after man's body discovered

Police in Essex have suspended the search for an elderly man who has been missing since October after a body was found in woodland.

Gordon Wilson, who is 82 and has dementia, was last seen near his home in Leaden Roding near Halstead. Credit: Essex Police

Gordon Wilson, who is 82 and has dementia, was last seen near his home in Leaden Roding near Halstead.

A body was found by a member of the public in woodland in Sible Hedingham on Saturday. Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious.

No formal identification has taken place yet but Gordon’s family have been updated and the police search suspended.

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