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Teenager handed driving ban after fatal crash in Essex

A teenager from Essex has avoided jail after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

18-year-old Lewis Cross, from Scraley Road in Heybridge, was involved in a crash on the A414 in Maldon in October 2014.

Michael Post, who was 67 and from Maldon, was killed in the crash and his wife suffered serious injuries.

Cross was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and banned from driving for three years.

He was also ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work and pay £535 court costs.

Ds Dave Jones, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This incident demonstrates the tragic consequences of failing to pay attention when behind the wheel of a car.

"The consequence of Lewis Cross failing to pay attention has cost Michael Post his life and everyone affected, especially Michael’s family, will have to cope with this for the rest of their lives.”

£4m work to improve the A414 in Maldon begins

Road work to improve the A414 in Maldon gets underway Credit: ITV News Anglia

Driving to Maldon should be a bit easier from next year as a multi million pound scheme to improve the A414, the main road to Chelmsford, is about to reach the town.

The £4 million work, which will be phased over a year, will upgrade the Limebrook Way and Spital Road roundabouts. More than 23,000 vehicles pass through these roundabouts each day.

Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Cllr Rodney Bass said: "The A414 Maldon improvement scheme will bring much needed benefits for residents and businesses.

"Reducing congestion, especially at peak times, will future-proof the network and provide added capacity for economic growth."


Maldon sees visitor numbers rise

The 2014 Maldon Mud Race Credit: PA

There's been an increase in the number of people taking day trips to Maldon in Essex.

The area - famous for its annual mud race - saw visitor numbers rise by 13.2 percent

This means the value of tourism to the District is more than £182 million - more than was generated during the Olympic year of 2012 - and supports over 3,200 jobs.

Tour De France 2015: Alex Dowsett named in Movistar team

Alex Dowsett celebrates his new record Credit: Lynne Cameron / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett will be one of ten Britons in this year's Tour de France, which begins on Saturday in Holland.

The Maldon rider will compete in his first Tour with the Spanish Movistar team.

Meanwhile Chelmsford's Ian Stannard will ride for Team Sky. It's the biggest British contingent in the Tour since the 1960's.

Scheme to protect Essex's historic buildings to launch at First World War aerodrome

A plane comes in to land at Stow Maries airfield in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A new scheme to protect heritage buildings in Essex is being launched at the Stow Maries aerodrome near Maldon today.

The Heritage Watch programme is a partnership between police and other local organisations who want to protect important sites in the county.

It works in a similar way to Neighbourhood Watch schemes and encourages members of the public to join in.


Essex: Man arrested on suspicion of Maldon rape

Police increased patrols in Maldon following the rape. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of rape following an incident in Maldon last month.

The man has been arrested on suspicion of rape, indecent exposure and outraging public decency.

It's after a woman in her 20s was dragged into bushes and raped near the Tesco store by Mill Lane on January 24.

The face of a suspected rapist

Police have released this e-fit of a suspected rapist Credit: Essex Police

Detectives investigating the rape of a young woman in Maldon have released an efit image of one of the suspects.

A woman aged in her 20s from the local area was walking away from the Fullbridge Tesco store near the underpass at Mill Lane when she was grabbed by two men, dragged into bushes and raped.

The attacked happened between 5.45pm and 6.15pm on Saturday, January 24.

The first suspect who carried out the assault and subject of the efit image, was of Asian appearance, 25-30-years-old, 5ft 10in to 6 ft tall, with stubble on his face. He wore a Superdry jacket which had a green logo.

The second man was slightly taller than the first, and wore a black coat and hooded top with the hood up.

Two men who had been arrested in connection with the inquiry have been released without charge.

"It is really important that people have a close look at the efit image and let us know as soon as possible whether they recognise this man." "Equally, are you aware of anyone matching these descriptions who was acting strangely over the weekend and may have been in the Maldon area?

"I need anyone who has any information to contact my team as soon as possible so we can catch the men responsible and get justice for this woman.”

– Senior investigating officer DCI Simon Werrett

Maldon rape - two men arrested

Police have arrested two men on suspicion of rape in connection with an incident in Maldon on Saturday, January 24.

The 26-year-old man from Maldon and the 23 year-old man from London were arrested on Monday evening.

The men are in police custody and will be questioned regarding the rape of a woman in her 20s, which happened in the underpass at Mill Lane.

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