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School choirs chosen to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup

School choirs selected to welcome teams to Rugby World Cup Credit: Rugby World Cup 2015

20 school choirs have been selected to welcome teams during the Rugby World Cup 2015.

There were 100 applications from schools to get the chance to be part of the official welcoming ceremonies held in September.

Schools from our region include the Chestnuts Primary School from Bletchley, Milton Keynes who will welcome Samoa in Brighton.

St Aubyn's School from South Woodford in Essex will welcome Romania in London.

Thurstable School from Tiptree in Essex will welcome Fiji in London.

And Haileybury School from Hertford will welcome Argentina in Hertford.

"We were really pleased with the response we’ve seen from schools wanting to be part of the Welcome Ceremonies for Rugby World Cup 2015. The standard of the applications was very high and I would like to thank all schools that took the time to apply. We now have 20 excellent choirs from across England and Wales that will help us to welcome the participating unions to the Tournament and make it a celebration of Rugby. We hope this will provide them with unforgettable memories and give them and the teams a fantastic Tournament experience.”

– Managing Stephen Brown, Managing Director of England Rugby 2015

The choirs range in size from 18 to 50 pupils and perform a whole range of musical styles. The venues and dates of the ceremonies have yet to be announced.

CCTV released in search for missing man

Brian Bryne is missing. Credit: Herts Police

Police looking for a missing man from Nazeing in Hertfordshire have released CCTV from near where his van was found.

Brian Bryne, who's 58, was last seen on May 8.

The footage shows a man walking across the Old Nazeing Bridge on the day he went missing. The bridge crosses the River Lea near to The Crown pub.

Less than a minute later two more people walk across the bridge in the same direction and two cars drive across the bridge, one before and one after the man.

Police are keen to speak to the people in the CCTV footage, Please contact police on 101 if you can help.

For more on the search for Brian Bryne click HERE.


Water park searches to find missing man

Brian Bryne Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Water based searches are taking place in the Lee Valley Park today to find a missing father.

Brian Bryne who is 58 and from Hertford, was last seen at his home address on May 7th.

Searching the water for the missing father Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Three boats have been searching stretches of the River Lee near to Broxbourne throughout the day. Specialist search officers using the Hertfordshire Constabulary boats were joined by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s boat team and Midshires Search and Rescue Organisation.

Although not seen since May 7th, his white Vauxhall Combo van was seen by a member of the public in Crownfield, Nazeing, Essex on Wednesday afternoon (May 13) but Brian has still not been located.

Credit: Hertfordshire Police

“ I’d like to thank the fire service and Midshires for their support in helping us find Brian. Further searches will be taking place over the weekend around the Lee Valley Park, so there will be a lot of police activity in the area.I’d renew my appeal for the public to contact us if they believe they have seen Brian since his disappearance last week. Just the slightest piece of information could prove pivotal is helping us find him.”

– Inspector Chris Hunt
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Serious Case Review being held into Alexa-Marie's death

Bedford Borough Council has said a Serious Case Review is being carried out into the murder of four-year-old Alexa-Marie Quinn by her father.

Carl Wheatley has been jailed for 21 years for the "sadistic" murder of his daughter.

Alexa-Marie Quinn’s death at the hands of her father; after he was granted custody of her by the courts has been hugely distressing for everyone involved and we welcome the guilty verdict. Our thoughts remain with her family and all those who knew her during her tragically short life.

We are participating in a Serious Case Review with colleagues from the Hertfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Board to examine every detail of this case and make sure that we learn everything possible from Alexa-Marie’s tragic death. While this review is ongoing it would be inappropriate to speculate on its outcomes. However, once completed, these findings will be published and any learning identified will be used to help shape the way that all agencies work to keep children safe.

– Kevin Crompton, Director of Children’s and Adults Services at Bedford Borough Council


Hertfordshire: Man who beat his four-year-old daughter to death is sentenced to life in prison

Carl Wheatley. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

A man found guilty of murdering his four-year-old daughter in Hatfield has been sentenced to life in prison.

Carl Wheatley must serve a minimum term of 21 years.

Alexa-Marie Quinn. Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Mr Wheatley subjected his daughter Alexa-Marie Quinn to weeks of abuse.

She died at their home in March 2014.

She had suffered more than 60 injuries and lost two teeth.

Man to be sentenced for murdering four-year-old daughter

A man found guilty of murdering his four-year-old daughter in Hatfield is due to be sentenced later.

Carl Wheatley Credit: Hertfordshire Police
Alexa-Marie Quinn Credit: Hertfordshire Police

Carl Wheatley, who is 31 and from Queen Bee Court, subjected Alexa-Marie Quinn to weeks of abuse - she died at their home in March 2014.

She had suffered more than 60 injuries and lost two teeth.

Wheatley is due before St Albans crown Court.

Stevenage: World's most tattooed female pensioner" dies aged 77

Isobel Varley, speaking to ITV News Anglia in 2006. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The world's most tattooed female pensioner has died after battling Alzheimer's disease.

Isobel Varley, from Stevenage, had 93% of her body covered in tattoos.

Isobel Varley made it into the Guinness World Records. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 77-year-old made it into the Guinness World Records and was called a "legend" of the tattoo world.

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