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A teenager has admitted illegally possessing a gun which went off by accident in Essex, injuring a five-year-old boy.
Johnny Wilson, 18, was looking after the child and an eight-year-old at his home when it happened in November last year.
Basildon Crown Court heard the children were playing a game of "cops and robbers" after finding the gun on Wilson's bed when the shot was fired.
Wilson, of Upper Park Road, Wickford, admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possession of cannabis when he appeared at court on Friday.
The child was seriously injured in his left eye and taken to Basildon Hospital before being transferred to the Royal London.
Wilson is due to be sentenced next month.
A new dogs home in Wickford, near Southend, has re-homed almost all its dogs in the first week of opening.
The Dog's Trust rehoming centre looks after a hundred dogs at any one time.
They're now taking in dogs from other areas to meet the demand.
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A new dogs home in Wickford near Southend has re-homed almost all of its dogs in the first week of opening.
The Dogs Trust re-homing centre looks after hundreds of dogs at any one time and it's now taking in dogs from other areas to meet the demand.
Lisa Cooper said. "Although it's been busy over the past week we know that there's been a lot of excitement locally, people have seen the new building, they want to come and have a look around.
We know that will die off and that means less people coming in through the doors, but we still have the dogs here to be re-homed."
A 95-year-old woman was left with a black eye, cut head and fractured pelvis after confronting burglars inside her home in Essex.
The woman, who has not been named, was attacked after three young men wearing hoodies forced their way in through a first-floor window of a house in Wickford.
After the assault, they ran off with cash and her house keys.
Detective Constable Tony Thomas said:
"She was an independent woman doing all her own housework despite being aged in her 90s and now because of this incident she will now need to have extra help. This incident has been truly life-changing.
"It is upsetting to see the face of a lovely lady battered and bruised by these men who clearly had no regard for her when they broke into her home and assaulted her without a second thought.
"The men should be ashamed of themselves as should those who know them or live with them."
A driver's been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after four cars and a lorry were involved in crashes on the A127 while horses were running loose in the road.The man had to be cut free from his car by the fire service.The other drivers were shocked but only had minor injuries.
Essex Police said three horses were loose: one died, one was seriously hurt and the other was unhurt.
Police said the scene was distressing and anyone upset should seek counselling.
Any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact Pc Helen Byatt at Laindon Road Policing unit on 101.
The A132 (Runwell Road) in Wickford is blocked in both directions after an accident between Church End Lane and the A130 (Woodham Road/A1245).
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Crouch in Essex. They say heavy rain is forecast for the next few hours, and that they expect river levels to rise.
The warning is for properties from Noak Bridge to Runwell, including riverside properties in Wickford. The Agency is also warning of flooding on the River Wid from Ingatestone to Writtle.
The agency says to turn off gas, electricity and water supplies if your property is about to flood, and to call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date information.
A young man from Essex has admitted carrying out cyber attacks against organisations including the CIA and the NHS.
20-year-old Ryan Cleary from Wickford and 19-year-old Jake Davis from Shetland pleaded guilty to carrying out a series of attacks last year.
News International and Arizona State Police were also among their victims.
Appearing at Southwark Crown Court Cleary, who has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, also admitted four separate charges including an attack on Pentagon computers.
A 51 year old woman has also been arrested in connection with the cannabis factory in Arterial Road, Wickford and is currently in police custody being questioned on suspicion of production of cannabis and abstraction of electricity.
The 56-year-old man arrested yesterday has been released on police bail, pending further enquiries until August 8.