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Armed robber targets security van driver in Essex

The guard was targeted as he left a Halifax branch in Witham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man with a gun has robbed a security van driver in Essex.

The guard was targeted as he left the Halifax branch in the Newlands Shopping Centre in Witham at around 12.15 today.

The robber threatened him and made off in a silver grey Rover with a five figure sum.

Police say a car matching the description was later found on fire in Blunts Hall Road, Road. Officers are investigating whether it is linked.

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59-year-old motorcyclist killed following crash in Witham

The crash happened yesterday afternoon in Witham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A motorcyclist has died following a crash involving a van in Essex.

It happened at around 4pm yesterday afternoon on Terling Road in Witham.

The 59-year-old man from the town died at the scene.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to the collision and in particular the occupants of a green car who may have witnessed it or been close by when it happened to get in touch.

Debate over EU future brought to the factory floor

Priti Patel MP brought her campaign to leave the Hudson Group in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A leading campaigner to leave the European Union has brought the debate to the workplace.

Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham, has been visiting a local business in Needham Market in Suffolk to discuss the Brexit campaign with staff.

Her stance puts the Essex MP in direct conflict with the Prime Minister and all the local MPs in Suffolk who believe staying in the EU is best. Plenty of workers at the meeting were still undecided.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

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Teenagers sentenced to 16 years for throwing acid over Essex man

Wayne Ingold was left with life-changing injuries. Credit: Essex Police

Two teenagers who threw acid over a man from Essex have been sentenced to 16 years between them.

Wayne Ingold from Witham was left with life-changing injuries following the attack at Bramble Road in the town in August 2014.

He was the former chauffeur for Simon Cowell.

Aaron Isaac. Credit: Essex Police

19-year-old Aaron Isaac, who was 18 at the time, was sentenced to 10 years detention in a young offenders institution while 16-year-old Jake McCabe rom London, who was 15 back then, was was sentenced to six years.

A restriction banning the identification of Jake McCabe due to his age was partially lifted by the judge at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

Click below to watch the full report from ITV Anglia's Liz Summers.

Police appeal to find missing 11-year-old boy

Have you seen missing Christopher Johnson?

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a young boy missing from his home in Witham.

Christopher Johnson’s father discovered his 11-year-old son was missing when he woke up at around 7am this morning.

It is thought Christopher has left his home wearing only a pair of Ipswich Town football shorts. He is not believed to have any shoes or top on.

Extensive local searches are on going to find Christopher. He is described as being around 4ft tall, with blond hair and blue eyes. He can appear younger than his 11 years.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police as soon as possible on 101.

Network Rail admits bridge was damaged during repair work

The bridge at Witham.

Network Rail has admitted that a bridge on the main Norwich to London line in Essex was damaged when a machine replacing ballast was working there.

Services have been disrupted for three days after speed restrictions were put in place when the bridge at Witham was damaged.

Network Rail say they will be checking to make sure all procedures were followed during the ballast replacement work.

Their engineers will be deciding later today whether the speed limit can be increased.

More rail misery as Witham bridge repair work spills into a third day

The repair work at Witham. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Rail passengers travelling through Essex are facing a third day of disruption.

Urgent work to repair a bridge at Witham still isn't finished so some services have been delayed or cancelled.

Greater Anglia say that the problems could last until 2pm.

Greater Anglia service altercations:

  • The 0717 Witham to Liverpool Street is cancelled.
  • The 0729 Witham to Liverpool Street is cancelled.
  • The 0736 Liverpool Street to Colchester Town will start at Colchester at 0841
  • The 0746 Liverpool Street to Braintree will call at Ingatestone (0814)
  • The 0800 Liverpool Street to Ipswich will start at Colchester at 0902
  • The 0806 Liverpool Street to Ipswich will call additionally at Kelvedon (0858) and Marks Tey (0906)
  • The 0816 Liverpool Street to Clacton will start at Colchester at 0918
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