Time called on winding of church clock

An 82-year-old volunteer who's been winding a church in Essex since 1966 has been told he has to stop because of health and safety fears.

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Person hit by train on Norwich-London mainline

A person has been hit by a train on the London mainline at Witham in Essex.

A person has been hit by a train on the London mainline at Witham in Essex.

Trains are being cancelled or delayed by up to an hour as the rail line between Norwich and London is blocked.

Greater Anglia says: "Train services running through this station may be cancelled or delayed by up to 60 mins at short notice. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed."

Memorial garden for grieving parents

A couple from Essex whose son was killed in Afghanistan have been given the unusual gift of a garden makeover.

Corporal Lloyd Newell died in 2011. His grief-stricken parents Brian and Lynne Ollett had let their garden become overgrown, until an Armed Forces Charity stepped in.

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Grieving couple given gift of garden makeover

Brian and Lynne in their new garden Credit: ITV News Anglia

An armed forces charity has stepped in to offer a couple from Essex whose son was killed in Afghanistan a gift of a garden makeover.

Corporal Lloyd Newell died in 2011.

Corporal Lloyd Newell Credit: Newell family

His grief-stricken parents Brian and Lynne Ollett had let their garden in Witham become overgrown until now.

Thanks to the charity Forces Support which provides practical help for bereaved military families, they now have a memorial garden complete with their son's ammunition box.

A plaque in the memorial garden Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It is a memorial garden. We can just sit and think of Lloyd whereas because he's buried in Hereford it's such a long trip.... Seeing the old ammo box there, it's just Lloyd. You can look up there and I just picture Lloyd. It's absolutely amazing."

Brian Ollett; Lloyd's father

Police treating house fire as arson

Police at scene of blaze
Man escapes house fire after a suspected arson attack Credit: ITV Anglia

Investigations are continuing into a suspected arson attack on a house in Essex in which a man had to escape through a downstairs window.

Firefighters were called to Bronte Road, Witham, at 12.20 on Sunday morning to tackle a blaze at a terraced house.

Crews arriving at the scene reported 60 per cent of the ground floor was well alight.

Man reunited with stolen dogs

Gary was overjoyed to see his dogs again Credit: ITV

A man from Essex has had an emotional reunion with his missing pets.

Springer spaniels Nell and Larsson were stolen from Gary's home near Witham a few weeks ago.

They were found nearby by the Stolen and Stray Pet Recovery Organisation who believe they were going to be sold as breeding dogs.

For Gary these dogs are more than family pets, they're a lifeline. He says he was overwhelmed to see them again.

"As I opened the door Nelly and Larsson were there.... Absolutely wonderful. I was crying, it was a numb feeling. I just couldn't believe it."

It's believed the dogs were stolen to be sold as breeding dogs Credit: ITV

A few years ago Gary had leukaemia and he says seeing photos of Larsson got him through that. A short while later Gary broke his neck and says both dogs helped him to recover. Now he's got them back he plans to spoil them.

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Fewer cigarettes dropped at Essex railway stations

A campaign has reduced the number of discarded cigarette butts Credit: Martin Gerten/DPA/Press Association Images

Railway stations in parts of Essex have seen a huge reduction in the number of cigarette butts being dropped following an awareness campaign.

The campaign targeted smokers at Braintree and Witham. Results show there has been a 45% reduction in the number of discarded cigarette butts.

Over 250 cigarettes were being dropped at the stations each week before the start of the campaign.

Fourth man arrested in connection with Essex death

Bradley Cockel was found dead at a flat in Bramble Road
Bradley Cockel was found dead at a flat in Bramble Road Credit: Essex Police

Detectives are continuing investigations into the death of a 19-year-old man at Witham.

Bradley Cockel was found dead at a flat in Bramble Road after police were called to the scene at about 2.25am on Saturday April 27.

A post mortem examination proved inconclusive and further tests are being carried out.

A 19-year-old from Braintree, who was arrested on Sunday in connection with the investigation remains in custody.

Three other men who were arrested on Saturday April 27, have been bailed to dates in May and July.

Further tests to be carried out after drugs death

Detectives are continuing investigations into the death of a 19-year-old man at Witham.

Bradley Cockel was found dead at a flat in Bramble Road. It's thought he took a drug that had been poorly-produced. A post mortem examination has proved inconclusive and further tests are being carried out.

A 19-year-old from Braintree, who was arrested today in connection with the investigation remains in custody. Three other men who were arrested have been bailed. Detectives are warning people there could be more of the rogue drug in circulation.

The drug looks like a white crystal powder (similar to sugar) and has a hallucinogenic effect. The drug can be taken orally or ingested nasally. Anyone who has any should avoid using it. Anyone with information should contact their local police station or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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