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Millionaire businessman shot by thieves in his home tells court of his ordeal

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Chloe Keedy.

A millionaire businessman has told a court of his ordeal after he was shot in his own home by intruders who mistakenly thought he was a drug dealer.

Father-of-two Timothy Mardon was in bed at his home in Sible Hedingham, Essex, in February when realised thieves had broken in.

Chelmsford Crown Court today heard the desperate 999 call he made.

A jury was played a phone recording in which one of the men threatened to "blow his face off', mistakenly believing the respected businessman was a drug dealer.

A bullet hole in the door of Timothy Mardon's house in Sible Hedingham Credit: Essex Police

Mr Marden described how he leant against his own bedroom door as the intruders kicked it from the other side, before an "extremely loud explosion" threw him to the ground.

He said he realised he had been shot when he looked down to see blood "flowing freely" from his thigh.

"I thought the door had exploded. When I looked down I realised I was bleeding."

– Timothy Marden, giving evidence

Charlie Simms, Christopher Bergin and Kalebh Shreeve all deny the charges against them.

The trial continues.

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Thousands of french partridges saved from barn fire in Essex

Crews arriving at the incident reported that 50 percent of the barn measuring 100m x 50m, was alight. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue

Thousands of french partridges were saved by firefighters in Essex after a nearby barn went up in flames.

The barn on Kentish Farm in Sible Hedingham, a small village near Halstead, contained wooden flooring materials and propane gas cylinders.

Essex Fire Service were called to the barn at around 2:30am.

It took seven appliances around seven hours to put out the barn fire and prevent it from spreading to the barn the birds' were in.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, ECFRS and the police will carry out an investigation.

Sub Officer Darren Hockley from Wethersfield Fire Station said:

"The good news is that no French partridges were hurt as a result of this fire. There were three sheds on the farm and thankfully the one housing the birds was not affected.

"The storage shed on fire contained wooden flooring and two large propane cylinders. Close by, there were thousands of partridges in a second shed and crews worked extremely hard to prevent the fire from spreading there.

"If the fire had reached the poultry shed, I have no doubt the birds would have all died. Crews did an excellent job containing the fire to save the birds. The third shed contained furniture and was unaffected."

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage, ECFRS and the police will carry out an investigation.

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Cyclist dies after collision

A cyclist has died after being involved in a collision with a car on Swan Street, Sible Hedingham, Essex last night.

The incident took place close to the junction of Cambridge Road. The 23-year-old cyclist was travelling towards Halstead when he was in collision with a Ford Fiesta.

The Fiesta was driven by a a 20-year-old man from the Halstead area, who was travelling in the same direction.

The cyclist was taken to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford in a critical condition but died this morning.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the incident and anyone with information is asked to telephone the Serious Collision Investigation unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.