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Fatal crash as van hits lamp post in Essex

Fatal crash at Leigh on Sea near Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A driver has died after her van crashed into a lamp post in Essex.

Police were called to the junction of New Road and Hadleigh Road in Leigh-on-Sea, near Southend, just before 5.30am Saturday morning (July 1).

A woman, in her 40s, died at the scene.

The road is closed and drivers are being asked to avoid the area while emergency services continue their investigation.


Elderly couple found dead at flat in Essex

Police are treating the deaths as unexplained while they investigate. Credit: ITV Anglia

The bodies of an elderly couple have been found at a flat in Essex.

Police were called to Eastwood Road at Leigh-on-Sea, near Southend, yesterday evening because of concerns about the welfare of the pair.

Both were declared dead at the scene. Officers are treating the deaths as unexplained while they investigate.


Jail for Salvation Army officer murder

A man who brutally murdered a retired Salvation Army officer from Essex has been jailed for life in Hong Kong.

The body of Major Janet Gilson, who was 64 and from Leigh-on-Sea, was found hidden under a sofa at her niece's home in Lamma, the third largest island in Hong Kong, in March 2011.

She had retired shortly before her death and been reported missing three days earlier.

Ahmed Fareed, who was 29 at the time of the killing, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment at the city's hight court yesterday.

The court heard that Maj Gilson had been suffocated after being strangled with a rope and had a towel stuffed into her mouth. Four of her ribs had been broken.

It is understood Fareed was the ex-husband of Maj Gilson's niece and had been barred by a court order from entering the property.

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Essex schoolboy wins Eton scholarship

A music prodigy from the Anglia region has just won one of the most prestigious scholarships in the country.

Eton College is renowned for schooling royalty, Prime Ministers and leaders of industry. It's also one of the most expensive schools in the country, traditionally the reserve of the wealthy few.

But James Yuen from Leigh-on-Sea in Essex has bucked the trend by winning the chance to study there and he's determined the experience won't change him.

Click below to watch the report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu:

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