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Girl gets toilet training seat stuck on head

Crews from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have been asked to attend two rather unusual incidents today.

They were first called to Westcliff to help a three-year-old girl with a toilet training seat stuck on her head.

Leading Firefighter Ross Danes from Southend Fire Station said: "The toilet training seat was stuck over the little girl's head.

"Firefighters gently prised the training seat off over her head, she was very brave and was unharmed by her ordeal."

Shortly afterwards they were called to a nearby incident in Shoeburyness, involving a child's foot trapped in a cot.

Mr Danes said: "The four-year-old boy was in his cot when he got his foot stuck between the iron railings."

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Train operator C2C has franchise extended

Train operator C2C which operates from Shoeburyness and Southend into London has had its franchise extended by 16 months.

C2C is the most punctual train operator in the country, running over 97 per cent of its services on time.

C2C also came top of a national passenger survey. It has plans to upgrade a number of stations with better facilities for passengers.

Bravery award for chip shop worker

by Serena Sandhu

A shop worker from Shoeburyness in Essex who got stabbed in the head as he wrestled an armed robber to the ground has been given a bravery award from Essex police. David Leeks, 23, confronted the robber, who had a chisel, when he took cash from the counter at the family-run West Road Fish Bar.

David and his sister Charlotte managed to pin him down until officers arrived.

Appeal after aggravated burglary

Essex Police are appealing for witnesses after an aggravated burglary in Shoeburyness near Southend-on-Sea.

Three men forced their way into a house on Blyth Avenue between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on Monday April 9.

They threatened the occupant and stole about £8000 worth of jewellery, including an engagement ring. They took a number of other items, among them a display samurai sword.

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