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Whittingdale refuses to speak about press role

John Whittingdale refused to be drawn on the appropriateness of his role as Culture Secretary on Wednesday.

The Conservative MP declined to comment this morning following admissions he had a relationship with a prostitute.

He broke it off after discovering someone was trying to sell the story to the press.



Murder investigation launched after woman found injured in the middle of the road

The victim was found injured in the road. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Essex this afternoon.

Police were called to Fambridge Close in Maldon just before 2pm today after reports of a disturbance.

They found the victim in the road with what officers described as "significant injuries". She died at the scene.

The road has been cordoned off while police investigate.

Man stabbed after fight in pub car park

The Warwick Arms, Maldon Credit: Google

A man in his 40s is in hospital with serious injuries following a stabbing in Maldon.

The man, from Maldon, was stabbed after an altercation in the car park of The Warwick Arms pub in the High Street.

A 26-year-old man, also from Maldon, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.

Police were contacted with reports of a man being stabbed in the neck just before 2.15am this morning, Saturday, December 5.

The scene is currently cordoned off for investigations and the pub will remain closed until these investigations have been completed.

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."

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