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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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Police treating house fire as arson

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Grieving family warn of drugs danger

The family of the 19-year-old man who died following a drugs incident at Witham have urged others not to fall into the same trap. Bradley Cockel, from Braintree, is thought to have died after taking an LSD related drug called 2CE from a crudely-produced batch.

Bradley was a loving and beautiful son and brother.

He was an important part of our close family. Even at 19 years of age he wanted to be with and part of the family and worked hard in the family business. We enjoyed holidays together and he was a sensible young man who had the brightest of futures in front of him. Please let this serve as a lesson to anyone who thinks that it is safe to experiment with drugs because if anyone could see or feel the pain that our family is suffering, and will continue to suffer, then they would realise that it is a risk that is not worth taking.'

– Bradley Cockel's family

Police name drugs victim

Bradley Cockel
Bradley Cockel Credit: Essex Police

A man who died after a drugs incident in Witham in the early hours of Saturday April 27 has been named as Bradley Cockel, who lived in Braintree. Police believe he may have taken contaminated drugs. Bradley’s parents have paid tribute to him as a 'loving and beautiful son and brother'.

Police to carry out toxicology tests on teenager

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Reconstruction: the drug is a white powder Credit: PA

Essex police say a post mortem examination and toxicology tests will be carried out later today to establish how a teenager found dead in a flat in Witham died.It's thought he took a crudely-made version of the LSD related drug 2CE.

Detectives are warning there could be similar batches of the drug in circulation. It looks like a white crystal powder (similar to sugar) and has a hallucinogenic type of effect. It is believed to be known by the name 2CE. The drug can be taken orally or ingested nasally.

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