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Pensioner strangled in Essex home is named

Margaret Sims was found dad at Milton Road in Stanford-le-Hope Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A pensioner found strangled at a property in Essex has been named as Margaret Sims.

The 70-year-old died at Milton Road in Stanford-le-Hope just after midnight on Sunday, August 20.

A post-mortem examination gave a preliminary cause of death to be compression of the neck.

Police said her family were "very shock and are trying to come to terms with what has happened".

Keeley Barnard, 51, of Hopkins Mead in Chelmsford, has been charged with murder and was due to appear in court today, August 23.


One arrest after man found lying in Southend street

A man was found lying in the road in Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man was found lying in the road in a life-threatening condition after being attacked in Southend.

Police were called to Cheltenham Road just before 1am Sunday, August 13.

They found the victim seriously injured. He was taken to Royal London Hospital where he is in a life-threatening condition.

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

Police officer has face slashed in garden shears attack

A police officer has been seriously injured after being slashed across the face with garden shears

A police officer has been seriously injured after she was slashed across the face with garden shears in Clacton.

She was one of a number sent to break up a large disturbance in Jackson Road just after nine o'clock last night.

She's now being treated in hospital after suffering a serious facial injury, while another officer was also hurt.

A 23-year-old woman from the town has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of assaulting a police officer. A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

The injured officer is still in hospital and detectives are appealing for witnesses as well as mobile phone and dash cam footage

Although we have made arrests, we are keen to hear from witnesses who can help us establish exactly what happened in the lead-up to our two officers being hurt.

This was an extremely serious incident which left one of our officers seriously hurt. She is currently at hospital but will need ongoing treatment for her injuries.

– DC Lee Winfield, Essex Police

Man charged with attempted murder of a baby

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a baby in Luton.

Police were called to an incident at Reginald Street at 2am on Tuesday, August 1, where several adults had also been injured.

Sean Ziemelis, of Reginald Street, Luton, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with one count of attempted murder of a child aged under one, two counts of assault by beating, and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been remanded in custody and will next appear in court on September 18.


Pensioner admits murder of 81-year-old wife

John Chapman admitted murdering his wife. Credit: Essex Police.

A pensioner from Essex has admitted murdering his 81-year-old wife.

John Chapman, of Vista Road in Clacton, pleaded guilty at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court today (Friday August 4).

His wife, Jean Chapman, was found dead in the bedroom of their home on Monday June 12.

A post-mortem examination found she had died from a severe head injury.

Mr Chapman will be sentenced on September 8.

Van driver fighting for life after crash in Essex

A van driver is fighting for his life in hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A van driver is in a potentially life-threatening condition in hospital following a three-vehicle crash in Essex.

A white Mercedes sprinter van, a silver Ford Mondeo and a HGV collided just after 10pm on Thursday night (August 4) between junctions 18 and 19 at Chelmsford.

A 40-year-old man, who was the driver of the Mercedes van, was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and is in a critical - and potentially life-threatening - condition.

A woman and a man both in their 60s - the driver and passenger in the Mondeo - suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital in Chelmsford.

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