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Second e-fit released in chemical attack investigation

Essex Police would like to trace this man in connection with a chemical attack in Witham. Credit: Essex Police.

Police have released a second e-fit image in connection with an attack on a man in Witham which has left him with serious chemical burns.

The image shows another man police would like to trace as part of their investigation into the assault at Bramble Road on Friday, August 8.

An unknown caustic liquid was thrown over the 56-year-old victim at about 10.45am in a communal entrance to a block of flats.

One e-fit has already been released of a man with a distinctive braided hairstyle.

The victim had gone to collect his post from the entrance to a block of flats when he encountered the two men banging on the door.

Following a brief exchange the two men threw the liquid, which was in a glass bottle, and ran off.

He suffered injuries to his hands and face consistent with the use of a harmful liquid and was taken to Broomfield Hospital.

His injuries are not believed to be life threatening but are potentially life changing.

Essex Police issued the first e-fit image at the weekend. Credit: Essex Police.

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19-year-old arrested on suspicion of assault over chemical attack in Witham

A 19-year-old man from Witham has been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with a chemical attack on a 56-year-old man in Essex.

The assault happened in Bramble Road, last Friday at around 10.45am, when the victim had a liquid thrown over him as he went to collect his post.

The man has been taken to Colchester Police Station where he is currently being interviewed by detectives.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Essex Police on 101.

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.

Click below to watch Serena Sandhu's report.

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

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Police treating house fire as arson

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.

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.

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