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Derelict factory destroyed by fire in Suffolk

Factory Lane, Brantham. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Firefighters took more than three hours to get a blaze at a derelict factory in Suffolk under control.

Crews were called just after 8.30pm yesterday and a total of nine pumps were sent to deal with the fire at Factory Lane in Brantham, near Manningtree.

The blaze was under control by 11.45pm but firefighters remained on the scene over night.

Tributes to man with 'heart of gold' killed in Manningtree crash

Jamie Johns, 20, died in a crash on the B1035. Credit: Essex Police

A family has paid tribute to a 20-year-old man who died in a car crash in Essex.

Jamie Johns, from Clacton-on-Sea, died in a crash in Manningtree on Thursday June 30. It happened on the B1035 Clacton Road in Horsley Cross.

A statement by Jamie Johns' family described him as "a caring, loving and thoughtful young man who had a heart of gold".

The statement added: "He will be deeply missed by his family, fiancé, friends and all who knew him.

"His passion was for motorbikes, riding them and he had his dream job of working in the industry. He loved life and enhanced so many people's lives with his warm personality and customary smile.”

Police are appealing for witnesses. Contact Pc Darrin Lee at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.


Delays on Greater Anglia trains after person hit by train between Colchester and Manningtree

A person has been hit by a train between Colchester and Manningtree.

Abellio Greater Anglia train services between Liverpool Street and Norwich via Ipswich are currently suspended between Colchester and Ipswich.

A rail replacement bus service is running from 12:45hrs between Colchester and Ipswich via Manningtree.

Journey times will be extended by up to 90 minutes.

Dramatic drop in numbers for Mistley swans

An Essex beauty spot is in danger of losing one of its main tourist attractions unless urgent action is taken to protect its resident swans.

Mistley, near Manningtree, was once home to about 300 of the birds but the numbers are decreasing rapidly.

The herd of swans has been reduced by 26 already this year, with 6 killed on the road and others taken away by the RSPCA due to poor health.

As well as the danger caused by traffic, local people say are also in search of volunteers to feed the birds.

For the past 20 years, that job has been carried out by one woman who has decided to retire.

Victoria Lampard reports.

Man goes missing with 12-week-old son

Police have issued an urgent appeal for information about a man who has gone missing with his 12-week-old son.

Nathan Hamilton, 24, who uses the nickname Chase, was last seen at about 10.30am today in Mistley, near Manningtree in Essex.

He was carrying the baby boy.

Mr Hamilton is black, 5ft 10in tall, of slim build, has short Afro hair and sometimes wears glasses. He was wearing a grey Converse tracksuit.

The baby was dressed in a blue t-shirt, a grey cardigan, Chino-style baby trousers and bootees.

It is thought the father and son went to Mistley station and travelled by train to Colchester or London.

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for their welfare and have urged anyone who has seen them to call 999 immediately.

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