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"Essex Boys" killer gets sentence reduced

The murder scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man serving life for a triple gangland killing which became known as the "Essex Boys" case has won a sentence reduction after a High Court judge ruled he has made "exceptional progress" in prison.

Jack Whomes, who's 57, was jailed at the Old Bailey in 1998 for the Murders of Patrick Tate, Anthony Tucker and Craig Rolfe.

They were shot dead in a Range Rover on an isolated farm track at Rettendon, Essex, in a dispute over drugs.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb announced her decision to reduce his tariff, the minimum term which must be spent behind bars before becoming eligible to apply for parole, by one year. It had previously been set at 25 years.

The story of the killings became known as the "Essex Boys" case after it inspired a film of that name starring Sean Bean.

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Man killed in lorry crash on A130

A man has died after two lorries crashed in a lay-by on the A130 near Rettendon in Essex. Credit: ITV Anglia / Richard Knights

A man has died after two lorries crashed in a lay-by in Essex.

The lorries collided on the A130 near Rettendon between Chelmsford and Southend just after 11am on Tuesday.

Police say one of the drivers died at the scene. The other was treated for minior injuries. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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