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Stanstead Abbotts man reveals new skull after horror fall

Lee Charie fell off a balcony in a Thai hotel.
Lee Charie fell off a balcony in a Thai hotel. Credit: Lee Charie

A man from Stansted Abbotts, near Harlow, has had a section of his skull rebuilt using a 3D printer.

Lee Charie had to have a section of his head removed after falling off a balcony in a Thai hotel.

Lee's skull was rebuilt using the same metal used to build space shuttles.
Lee's skull was rebuilt using the same metal used to build space shuttles. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Doctors at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge built a titanium plate modelled on the 3D printout, using the same metal used to build space shuttles.

He says after coming round from the operation, he was amazed by how good he felt.

"I feel alright, I couldn't believe how good I actually felt," he told ITV News Anglia.

"Even the way that I'm thinking and seeing things and I don't know how or why but it's really helped. It really, really does."


Boys 'unique' dirt bike stolen

Bright red dirt bike stolen in Harlow Credit: Essex Police

Detectives in Harlow have issued a photograph of a distinctive, bright red dirt bike which was stolen from a 16 year old boy in Harlow yesterday.

Police say the victim was riding along the path between Newhall and London Road in Harlow at around 6.40pm when he was approached from behind by somebody in a grey hoody who held a pointed weapon against his back and demanded the bike.

The suspect is described as slim build and spoke with a deep voice who then rode off on the stolen bike.

Dc Mike Ferguson said: "If anyone sees this in a garden, or sees someone riding it around the Harlow area, I urge them to contact police at Harlow CID on 101."

E-fit released following street robbery in Harlow

E-fit released by police Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued an E-Fit of a man they want to identify in connection with a street robbery in Hodings Road, Harlow on April 9.

Just before 11pm a man threatened a 51 year old man with a pint glass near the Willow Beauty pub, demanding cash, the victim handed over £10.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 20 to 25 years old, 5ft 6inches tall, slim build, with a blemish under his eye.

Anyone who recognises the man from the Efit or has any other information is urged to contact Dc Georgette Beckett at Harlow CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be given anonymously.

Anyone for gammon?

Image of man police want to trace following meat theft Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they want to speak to in connection with a meat theft.

A man went in to the M&S Simply Food store at the BP petrol station at Southern Way, Harlow, just after 9am on 4 March, selected five packs of gammon steaks and left without paying.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to contact Pc Michael Ornellas at Harlow police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Cut in bingo tax could mean 'bigger prizes' for players

The Harlow MP Robert Halfon was in his local bingo hall less than 24 hours after winning a major concession in George Osborne's budget.

Mr Halfon told ITV News Anglia that a cut in the bingo tax from 20% to 10% could mean bigger prizes for bingo players as well as more investment in the industry.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report.


MP gets a warm welcome from bingo players in Harlow

Robert Halfon MP greeted by bingo players in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP behind a campaign to cut the amount of tax paid by bingo halls has received a warm welcome from players in Harlow.

Robert Halfon, the MP for Harlow, campaigned to have duty cut from 20% to 15%.

In the Chancellor's 2014 Budget, bingo tax was cut to 10%.

Bingo 'win' a boost for halls in the East

The manager of a bingo hall in Bedford has welcomed the move to cut in half the amount of tax bingo halls pay.

Richard Astill from Mecca Bingo in Bedford said it would mean more opportunities to invest across the industry.

The man behind the campaign to cut the bingo tax was the MP for Harlow Robert Halfon.

Click below to hear from Richard Astill of Mecca Bingo, Bedford.

Cut in duty could 'secure bingo halls for the future'

Bingo halls in the East have welcomed the Chancellor's announcement that bingo duty is to be cut from 20% to 10%.

Neil Cox, manager of Palace Bing in Great Yarmouth, said it would "secure more bingo halls for the future".

He added: "As the Chancellor said yesterday, three quarters of bingo clubs have closed down in the last 30 years, so that will give you an idea.

Click below to hear from Neil Cox.

Baby brought "back to life" after 23 minutes not breathing

A baby girl has been brought back to life thanks to a consultant's decision to make one final attempt to revive her.

Beatrix Richards, from Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire, wasn't breathing when she was born, and hospital guidelines state resuscitation should stop after 20 minutes.

But the hospital doctor treating Beatrix was reminded of his own daughter and decided he just couldn't give up. Three minutes later she started breathing and she's now recovering at home with her parents and sister.

Click below to watch a report on little Beatrix from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer

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