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Man jailed for abusing young boys in Essex

James Kerner was jailed for 13 years. Credit: Essex Police

A man from Essex has been jailed for sexually assaulting two young boys.

James Kerner, 36, of Station Road, Westcliff, was found guilty of six charges against two boys under the age of 13.

Kerner was jailed for 13 years following a trial at Southend Crown Court.

The judge also placed Kerner on the sex offenders' register for life and banned him from ever working with children.

The court heard how he abused his position with the victim's family allowing him access to the children alone where he was then able to abuse them.

His offending was reported to Essex Police in October 2014 after the victims disclosed what had been happening.

Husband's tribute to pregnant wife who died in fire

Stuart and Khabi Abrey Credit: Essex Police

The husband of a woman who died following a flat fire at Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex has described her as an "amazing, beautiful and gentle” person who touched people’s hearts wherever she went.

Khabi Abrey, 30, died in hospital on Monday May 9 following the fire at an apartment block in Balmoral Road on Saturday May 7.

May 9 was the eighth anniversary of Khabi and her 37-year-old husband Stuart’s first meeting.

Stuart and Khabi Abrey Credit: Essex Police

The day I met Khabi I hadn’t even seen her properly but my heart could feel her spirit and I knew she was someone special straight away.

Since then, I haven’t ever wanted to be out of her presence. Her full name Bokhabinyana means ‘radiance’ and she literally shone love everywhere she went.

I didn’t know a human being could be so pure and perfect. She is literally an angel. Where she is now I know she is still alive, still that beautiful person, and still loves me as I still love her.

I know we will be together again when the right time comes for there is no end to life or love.

She was so excited and proud to be pregnant with our daughter KaRa [Ka is Egyptian for ‘spirit’ and Ra means ‘sun] and she was going to be the perfect mum.

Everywhere she went, she touched people’s hearts and I didn’t realise the extent of this until I saw the outpouring of love from the community, which has really touched me and Khabi, and I send a big thank you to everyone for their love.

I have been blessed to have been the one she chose and I don’t really know where to go from here because she was a part of every plan.

I know she wanted me to carry on with my artwork and book, so I will do what I know she wants me to do.

I can’t emphasise enough what an amazing, beautiful, gentle, kind, perfect person she is.

I suppose this world was never good enough for her and she is now free and safe and I will patiently wait until I see her again.”

– Stuart Abrey

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Murder and arson charge after pregnant woman dies in flat fire

The flats in Southend where the fire broke out Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of a heavily pregnant mother in Southend, Essex.

Khabi Abrey, 30, died in hospital on Monday 9th May after a fire at a block of flats in Balmoral Road on Saturday night (May 7th).

47-year old Lillo Troisi from Balmoral Road has been charged with murder, arson with intent to endanger life and arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today.

Man arrested in connection with Southend flat fire investigation

A 47-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Se in Essex has been arrested by police this afternoon.

His arrest forms part of the investigation into the death of a 30-year-old expectant mother who died in hospital yesterday.

He has been taken to Rayleigh Police Station for questioning where he currently remains.

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Murder investigation launched after flat fire in Essex

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman died following a fire in Southend.

Police were called by the fire service to a block of flats in Balmoral Road at about 11.15pm on Saturday May 7.

The ninth floor of the premises was evacuated.

A 30-year-old woman from Southend was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. She died yesterday evening, Monday May 9.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident.

Gains for Tories and Labour on Southend Council

Southend council under no overall control Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservatives have made two gains and Labour have made a single gain on Southend Council but it's still hung with no one party having enough seats to out-vote all the others.

The Conservatives are still the largest party but two short of an overall majority.

The Tories lost their overall majority in Southend in May 2014.

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