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Police launch crime busting advent calendar

The Essex Police Advent Calendar Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police have launched a Christmas safety advent calendar on their website and social media channels.

Every day in the run-up to Christmas, a new window will be available to ‘open’, revealing advice on a range of topics, including personal safety, Christmas shopping, driving and how to protect your home if you are going away.

Some topics are accompanied by video messages from crime prevention specialists on ways to stay safe and prevent crime.


Inquest opened into death of heavily pregnant woman murdered by ex-boyfriend

Estyna Blunnie, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2012. Credit: Essex Police.

An inquest has opened into the death of a heavily pregnant woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Harlow.

Estyna Blunnie was killed by Tony McClernon in June 2012. She was 40 weeks pregnant and due to give birth two days later.

McClernon is serving a life sentence for murder.

The inquest is expected to last three weeks.

Death threats lead police to issue 'threat to life notices'

Police issue the notices to those they believe are in danger. Credit: ITV Anglia.

Hundreds of people in our region have been issued with 'threat to life' notices by police in the last three years.

The force issues the so-called Osman notices when they become aware someone's life is in immediate danger.

Nearly 2,000 have been given out across the country since they were introduced in 2012

Among them Len Gridley - a vocal opponent of the Dale Farm travellers' site - who received a "threat to life" warning notice after a death threat was made against him.

Four charged with murder over fatal stabbing of Essex man

Darren Kelly, who was stabbed to death in Basildon on Tuesday.

Four people - including three teenagers - have been charged with the murder of a man in Essex.

Darren Kelly was stabbed to death outside a block of flats in Basildon on Tuesday October 20.

Chris Carroll, 20, of Pevensey Close, Pitsea, a 17-year-old boy from Pitsea, a 16-year-old boy from Basildon, and a 15-year-old girl from Pitsea, have all been charged with murder.

They remain in custody and are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

Mr Kelly, of Voysey Gardens, Basildon, died at hospital after being found with serious injuries in Caister Drive at about 9.30pm on Tuesday.

A 13-year-old girl from Basildon, who was also arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on bail.

Three arrested after mass brawl in Colchester

Three men have been arrested after a mass brawl in the centre of Colchester early this morning.

Police were called to the town's High Street shortly after three o'clock.

Extra officers had to be called in from across Essex to deal with the fighting that left three people injured, with one needing hospital treatment.

Police say fights like this will not be tolerated

"We will not allow Colchester or anywhere else in Essex to be used as a venue for such disgraceful behaviour. We responded quickly and effectively to quell this disorder and we will be taking further steps to identify the main people responsible and prevent any repeat events."

– Essex Police


Police warning to drivers as clocks go back

Police have urged motorists to take more care as the clocks go back. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

Ahead of the clocks going back on Saturday night, police in Norfolk and Suffolk have warned drivers to take more care as the nights get longer.

The number of crashes on our roads tends to increase at this time of year.

Police are urging motorists to check their vehicles are safe. In particular, they want drivers to ensure they are not driving with faulty headlights - which could reduce their visibility - worn tyres, and cracked or dirty windscreens.

"The rise in collisions at this time of year can be down to a number of factors including lighting defects, poorer weather conditions and people not used to driving in the dark.

"We know that one of the main causes of collisions at this time of year is drivers not looking properly and this operation is about raising awareness among motorists to prevent these incidents from happening."

– Ch Insp Chris Spinks, head of road policing for Norfolk and Suffolk.

One month on: Police re-appeal for help to catch Northamptonshire pensioner's killer

David Brickwood, who was killed in his home a month ago.

A month after a Northamptonshire pensioner was attacked in his home, police have reissued their appeal to help catch his killer.

David Brickwood, who was 74, was beaten to death at his house in Lindsay Avenue in the Abington area of Northampton on September 26.

Two men were arrested in connection with the murder but were later released without charge.

Following the attack, Mr Brickwood's sons Nathan, Gary, and Dale Brickwood described their father's killer as a "coward".

18 arson attacks around Ipswich

Police say people should take precautions against arson Credit: PA

Suffolk police say they're investigating a spate of arson attacks around Ipswich.

Eighteen incidents have been reported over the last month. Targets have included cars, wheelie bins and even a mobility scooter.

Residents are being urged to take simple precautions including not leaving loose rubbish around bins.

Spate of more than 30 distraction thefts in Northamptonshire

Police warn distraction thieves are operating in Northamptonshire Credit: PA

POLICE are asking people to be vigilant following a spate of thefts where the victim has been distracted by someone asking for directions.

Most of the thefts have happened in supermarket car parks across the Northamptonshire, including Northampton, Kettering, Daventry, Towcester, Wellingborough and Corby.

The offender produces a map which they encourage the victim to look at while a second person steals items from their bag or purse, from the boot or passenger seat of the car.

In the past five months 32 incidents have been reported to police.

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