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Panto stars bring festive magic to children's ward

There's no mistaking that it's nearly Christmas.

For children at Colchester hospital the festivities have arrived already.

They were treated to an hour of song and dance from the cast of this year's pantomime, Cinderella.

There was plenty of Christmas cheer for the young patients from Buttons, Prince Charming, Cinderella and the Ugly Sisters.

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Man rescued after his car gets stuck in freezing water

Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars. Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue

Firefighters were called to help a driver who was trapped in his car in Chelmsford.

Crews from Essex Fire and Rescue arrived at Buttsbury Wash to find his car trapped in 3ft of freezing cold water.

The man was freezing cold and was suffering from shock and possibly hypothermia.

Firefighters waded into the flood waters and rescued the man using an inflatable sledge.

Station Manager Martyn Hare said: "When we arrived, the motorist was still in his car and water had started to fill the footwells."

"It is extremely dangerous for anyone to attempt to drive into flood water without knowing how deep the water is, especially on a morning where temperatures had plummeted to -4."

Every year the fire service rescues dozens of motorists who find themselves trapped after driving into flood water.

The fire service is warning motorists not to drive through flood waters which will reach more than half of their car wheels.

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