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Appeal to find missing man in Essex

Michael Bell who has gone missing from his home in Essex Credit: Essex Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 57-year-old man missing from his home in Finchingfield.

Michael Bell, was last seen by his daughter at his home address in Bardfield Road on March 10th.

He has grey hair, is about 5ft 10in tall and wears glasses. Michael was last seen wearing a red fleece, black anorak and blue jeans.

He is believed to have his car, a Black Nissan Note index EX11 EOO, with him and could be in Norfolk or Suffolk.

Police make first arrests under new drug-driving laws

Essex Police have arrested two people on suspicion of drug driving, after new laws were brought in last week.

They stopped a 31-year-old man in Harlow on Friday night for not having insurance. An on-the-spot test with new equipment indicated he had taken illegal drugs. The man was arrested, and released on bail.

Also on Friday, officers arrested a 20-year-old driver in Loughton after stopping him on The Broadway. He tested positive for illegal drugs, and was arrested and released on bail, pending further enquiries.

"Driving under the influence of drugs can affect your reaction times and awareness and makes you a potential threat to other road users and yourself... The risks you take by driving under the influence of drugs could potentially put your life or someone else’s in danger."

– Chief Inspector Nick Lee, Essex Roads Policing

Drivers can face prosecution if they exceed limits set for the presence of eight illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, and eight prescription drugs.

The prescription drugs covered by the new law are:

  • Clonazepam
  • Diazepam
  • Flunitrazepam (also known as Rohypnol)
  • Lorazepam
  • Oxazepam
  • Temazepam
  • Methadone
  • Morphine


Man arrested after helicopter search

Police have arrested a man after a woman was stabbed at a house in Norwich. They used helicopters to search the area after the assault in Birkbeck Close yesterday lunchtime.

Police officers are stationed on Birkbeck Close Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers arrested a man in his fifties in the city centre at about 5.30pm. He is being questioned at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre.

The woman was stabbed a number of times, and was seriously injured. She is being treated at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Second house sealed off in suspicious death inquiry

Police investigate the death of an elderly woman in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have sealed off a second house in Norwich as they continue to investigate the death of an elderly woman.

Officers were called to an address in the Avenues early yesterday evening. Forensic teams remain there and at the second property in Kinghorn Avenue.

A man in his 20s has been arrested and remains in police custody.

Elderly woman sexually assaulted in Ipswich

An elderly woman has been sexually assaulted in her Ipswich home, according to Suffolk Police.

Police are keen for witnesses to come forward Credit: ITV News, Anglia

The woman claimed a man entered her home just before 8pm on Friday night and sexually assaulted her. The suspect is said to have fled the scene when the woman screamed.

A man arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The suspect is described as white, in his fifties, with a grey complexion, with neck-length black hair in a slicked-back style, and is believed to have been wearing a dark three-quarter length jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Richard Prouse at Ipswich CID on 101 quoting reference IE/15/529, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police warning over roadside scam

Police are urging motorists to be aware of a potential roadside scam involving men claiming to have broken down.

The warning follows a number of incidents in Norfolk and Suffolk this week where drivers have been flagged down by men from a supposedly broken down car.

Motorists are either asked for cash so they can purchase fuel, or offered jewellery in exchange for cash. The jewellery often appears to be low value – either cheap gold or polished metal – and not worth what they are asked to pay.

Two incidents were reported yesterday (Monday 2 February) on slip roads from the A146/A47 and on the A11/A47 in Norfolk between 1pm and 1.40pm.

Meanwhile, police in Suffolk dealt with an incident yesterday on the A14 at Bury St Edmunds where a patrolling officer stopped a VW seen in suspicious circumstances at the roadside just before 1.30pm.

The driver of the VW being arrested and later charged with a series of offences. The 33-year-old man from Bedfordshire was later charged with possession of articles for the use in fraud and two counts of committing fraud by false representation. He was released on bail to appear before Bury Magistrates Court on Thursday 12 February.


Man arrested for attempted murder in Suffolk

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident at Elmswell in Suffolk this morning. Officers received a call at around 8.45am reporting that a vehicle had been seen mounting the pavement and colliding with a woman at Ashfield Road in Elmswell.

The witness said she had then seen the woman being bundled into the vehicle.

Police immediately launched a search, talking to people in the area and looking for the vehicle to trace the woman and find out what had happened.

She was found at about three o'clock this afternoon and isn't thought to be seriously injured.

Earlier in the day a man went into Bury St Edmunds police station and said he had been involved in an incident in Elmswell.

A short time later he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and was been taken into custody

A vehicle believed to be involved in the incident has also been found in Rickinghall.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the incident or anyone in the Elmswell area around 8.30am – 9am today (Tuesday) who may have been approached by a woman asking for help.

Essex says cuts challenge will be tough

Essex County Council faces a £49m cut in government funding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex County Council is facing the biggest cut in government funding in the Anglia region with nearly £49 million lopped off its budget.

Early assessments of the Local Government finance settlement, which sets out how much money each local authority will receive from the government in 2015/2016, indicate the Essex could be facing a cut of around 13 per cent on its funding.

“Every successive round of cuts makes the challenge harder. We have already secured so many efficiencies. We will continue to work creatively with our dedicated and innovative officers to find new solutions but make no mistake – it will be tough.”

– Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance, Essex County Council
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