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Armed robber threatens shop workers with knife in Essex

St Christopher Road, Colchester. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Staff at a newsagents in Colchester were threatened with a knife by an armed robber.

The man went into McColl's at St Christopher Road at about 7.45pm yesterday (Friday January 20).

He threatened workers with a knife and demanded money before leaving with a three-figure sum of cash. No one was injured.

The robber is described as white and in his 30s with a scarf around his face. He had a wart or mole on his cheek or forehead.


Manslaughter charge for teenager over death of man in burned-out car in Essex

The car park where Mr Meshi's body was found. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A teenager has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a man in his burned-out car in Pitsea last year.

Vilson Meshi, 30, was found dead in the back of his grey Audi in the town's Pincey Mead area in February 2016.

Keanie Hobbs, 18, of Stagden Cross in Basildon, has been charged with manslaughter, arson and theft.

A second woman, Melanie Hobbs, 46, of Stagden Cross in Basildon, has been charged with assisting an offender.

A 15-year-old boy from South East London has been reported for manslaughter, arson and theft and will be summonsed to appear before youth court.

Senior Essex police officer accused of 'verbal and physical abuse'

A senior Essex police officer has been accused of bullying. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The police watchdog has launched an investigation into claims a senior officer in Essex verbally and physically abused colleagues.

The Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) says the bullying allegations relate to three occasions in 2015 and 2016.

Essex Police's professional standards department referred the complaints to the IPCC. The watchdog said the severity of the allegations and seniority of the officer prompted an independent investigation to be launched.

The officer has been issued with a gross misconduct notice.

"It is crucial to securing public confidence in the police that allegations of this nature concerning a senior officer are independently investigated.

"We will thorough examine the reports of alleged bullying behaviour to determine whether or not the officer has acted inappropriately, or breached the standards of professional behaviour."

– Cindy Butts, IPCC Commissioner.


Crowbar-wielding robbers target bookmakers in Suffolk

The robbery happened at a bookmakers on All Saints Road in Newmarket. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two robbers - one brandishing a crowbar - burst into a bookmakers in Suffolk and demanded keys to the slot machines.

A worker was pushed to the floor during the theft at All Saints Road in Newmarket on Wednesday, January 11, at about 6.30pm.

After emptying coins from the slot machines, the men then demanded the safe was opened although it is not clear if anything was taken.

Both robbers had their faces covered, one with a balaclava and one with what is thought to have been a ski mask. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Man charged with murder over fatal stabbing in Cambridgeshire

Police at the scene of the alleged murder in St Ives. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 40-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a 28-year-old in Cambridgeshire.

Police were called to reports of violence at Houghton Road in St Ives at 12.40pm on Sunday, January 8.

They found Andrew Hasler with multiple stab wounds alongside a 27-year-old woman from Huntingdon with serious injuries. Mr Hasler died at the scene.

Andrew Hasler died from multiple stab wounds.

Yesterday evening, Matthew Sharpe, of St Neots, was charged with murder and attempted murder. He was arrested on Sunday and transferred to Parkside police station in Cambridge on Tuesday after spending time in hospital.

He will appear at Cambridge Magistrates' Court this morning (Thursday).

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