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Simon Meecham jailed for life for murder of former partner

Simon Meecham.
Simon Meecham. Credit: Essex Police.

A 43-year-old will serve a minimum of 22 years behind bars after murdering his man his former partner at her home in Essex.

Simon Meecham, a mechanic from Shoeburyness, had denied murdering 22-year-old Leanne Meecham but was found guilty earlier this week after a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Today he was given a life sentence and told he would serve at least 22 years in prison.

Police were called to Leanne’s home in Park Street, Westcliff, on Thursday February 13 2014.

She was found with stab wounds and was taken to Royal London Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

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Man to be sentenced for murdering former partner

Simon Meecham.
Simon Meecham will be sentenced for murdering his ex partner at her home in Essex. Credit: Essex Police.

A 43-year-old man who was found guilty of murdering his former partner at her home in Essex will be sentenced today.

Simon Meecham, of Rosewood Lane in Shoeburyness, was also Leanne Meecham's step father.

They began dating in 2007, 18 months after he split up with her mother, but the relationship broke down shortly before the attack.

On February 13, Meecham went to Leanne's home in Westcliff armed with a knife after discovering she was in a new relationship.

He stabbed her repeatedly in what police described as a "determined, focussed, and wholly unprovoked attack".

Meecham was found guilty of murder earlier this week having claimed during the trial that he had stabbed her accidentally.

He will be sentenced today at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Church fire in Essex

Firefighters tackled a blaze in a church in Westcliff in Essex early this morning.

The single storey Seventh Day Aventist Church - which measures 10m by 25m - was 25% alight and completely smoke logged.

Twelve people were evacuated from nearby homes and five people were given first aid having suffered mild smoke inhalation.

An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

Showroom blaze treated as arson

A fire at a disused car showroom in Essex may have been started deliberately.

Police have launched an arson investigation following the blaze in London Road, Westcliff, on Friday night.

A nearby Co-op supermarket was evacuated while firefighters extinguished the flames.

Anyone with information should contact Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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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Ten people homeless after arson attack

Scene of Westcliff fire
Scene of Westcliff fire

Ten people have been made homeless after an arson attack at a block of flats in Westcliff in Essex.

Officers arrived at Palmerston Road last night after a man threatened to set fire to the flats. They arrived to find the property alight.

The 40-year-old man, who jumped from a window, has been arrested on suspicion of arson and is in a critical condition at Broomfield Hospital.

Southend Borough Council have been helping to re-house the residents.

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