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Lorry driver charged after fatal M11 horsebox crash

A lorry driver has been charged with causing two deaths by dangerous driving following a multiple-vehicle crash on the M11.

Three cars, a horsebox and a lorry were involved in the crash on the northbound carriageway on May 15 last year.

Geoffrey Mills, aged 53, from Huissen in the Netherlands and his sister Eleanor Mills, aged 45, from Petersfield, in Hampshire, both died when their car was struck by other vehicles.

Two other people were seriously injured.

Roger Sharratt, 50, of Bagots Oak, Staffordshire, was charged on Saturday August 22, with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was bailed to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on October 6.

Watch the moment a stolen pug is reunited with his owner

Essex Police have released adorable video footage showing the moment a a stolen pug is reunited with his owner.

Essex Police have arrested a 23-year-old woman from Harlow on suspicion of theft, after a pug was recovered during police searches.

The woman was released without charge in relation to the theft of the pug as there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

The dog was later reunited with his owner at Harlow Police Station.

“I had been so worried about Lola since she went missing so when I got the call from the police I was over the moon.

As soon as I saw her, her little tail went into overdrive and I instantly knew it was her. I am just so happy to have her back.”

– Kate Witham, Owner

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Bridge over the River Lee to be reconstructed

Work has started to repair and reconstruct a weakened road bridge which spans the River Lee near Harlow as it can no longer support heavy vehicles.

Essex Highways structural engineers will rebuild Fish and Eels bridge, which carries Dobbs Weir Road between Harlow and Hoddesdon.

The work is expected to be finished by the end of January 2016.

A new permanent footbridge will be built on the south side of the bridge and a footpath will be provided on the north side.

"Structural surveys have clearly shown the ironwork supporting Fish and Eels Bridge has corroded to the extent that it has become dangerous for vehicles to cross it, especially commercial vans and trucks. Clearly we need to maintain the safety of everyone who needs to use it."

– Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, Cllr Rodney L Bass

A signed diversion will direct drivers onto sections of Essex Road, Charlton Way, High Road, Station Road, Nazeing New Road, North Street and Sedge Green, while a temporary footpath will be provided for pedestrians and cyclists.

Boats will be allowed to use the River Lee and canal during the construction programme, however an occasional closure of the canal may be required for safety reasons.

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Man jailed for child abuse

Matthew Challis Credit: Essex Police

A man from Bishop's Stortford has been jailed for three years for causing injuries to a child in his care.

The boy was four-months old when he was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow after a sudden fit. He was found to have various injuries to his body and a CT scan revealed a bleed to the brain.

Matthew Challis, 34, of Kingsmead Road, was arrested and later charged with causing serious physical harm to a child by means of an unlawful act.

Challis was found guilty following a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on Wednesday, June 10. He had claimed the injuries to the child, who was alone in his care at the time, were accidental.

"Matthew Challis has continued to maintain his innocence and disputed medical evidence which concluded that the baby had been shaken and the injuries he sustained were not accidental."

"The boy is being monitored and we will have to wait and see whether the injuries he sustained at the hands of Matthew Challis have any lasting impact on his life moving forward."

– Dc Ian Forsith

Police want to speak to man wanted over 'threats to kill' allegations

Police appeal to find Anthony Barnes Credit: Essex police

Essex Police are appealing for help to trace a man wanted for threats to kill women in the Harlow area.

34-year old Anthony Barnes was last known to be living in Spinning Wheel Mead in Harlow, and is alleged to have committed the offences in April and May this year.

Two women have reported being threatened by Barnes, and had reason to believe he would carry out those threats.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police at Harlow on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Peterborough residents 'most at risk of eviction'

People in Peterborough are most at risk of losing their home in our region, according to housing charity Shelter.

Almost 800 people a week across the East of England face losing their home. Credit: PA Images

As many as one in 61 homes in the city are under threat of eviction or repossession.

Shelter suggests other 'hotspots' include: Luton (one in 70), Harlow (one in 78) and Stevenage (one in 92).

In total almost 800 people a week across the East of England face losing their home.

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