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Essex doctor charged with sexual offences

A doctor from Essex has been charged with seven counts of sexual assault. Credit: Press Association.

A doctor from Essex has been charged with a number of sexual offences - including assault and possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Kamran Ali, 38, of Glendale Gardens in Leigh-on-Sea, will appear at Southend Magistrates' Court on December 11.

The 38-year-old is charged with seven counts of sexual assault relating to four women between September and November 2016.

He is also accused of making indecent photographs of children and possession of an extreme pornographic image.

Women robbed at knife-point as they waited for a bus in Southend

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Two women were robbed at knife-point as they waited for a bus in Essex.

The victims were outside Southend Victoria train station on Thursday night (October 19), at about 10.50pm.

They were approached by a cyclist - aged in his late teens and wearing a grey hoody - who threatened them with a knife.

He got away with a brown leather satchel containing cash, two phones and tobacco.

Police have been trawling CCTV from the area but have yet to trace the cyclist.

Arrest made in rape investigation

Police make arrest in rape inquiry Credit: ITV Anglia

Police say they've arrested a man in connection with the rape of a woman in Lucy Road, Southend.

The victim reported that she was raped by a man near public toilets between 3.30am and 4.30am, on Thursday, October 5.

She is being supported by specialist officers.

Police carried out forensic examinations at the scene and are reviewing CCTV.

A 23-year-old man from Benfleet arrested on suspicion of rape, has been released under investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sexual Offences Investigation Team on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or emailing

Firefighters wrapped children in cling film for a joke

The crew at Southend fire station has been suspended from community events Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched after a Essex firefighter reportedly wrapped two children in cling film.

The incident, which involved the children of a crew member, happened at a fire station in Southend.

Their mother, who posted photos on Facebook, said it was intended as a joke, but she accepted "we should not have played around like this at the fire station".

The service said the watch had been put on "core duties only", meaning it cannot carry out community work.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said: "We believe that no harm was caused to the children, and that the parents were present throughout the event.

"The firefighters involved are embarrassed and regretful of how this event has been interpreted."

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