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Police investigating spate of robberies in Witham

A taxi driver was targeted outside Witham Station Credit: ITV News

Police believe three robberies in Witham, Essex last week may be linked.

Two taxi drivers were reportedly targeted by men with a claw hammer on Wednesday February 7.

The men, wearing balaclavas, demanded money from a driver outside the town’s railway station in the early hours of the morning. A second driver was approached at Teak Walk 15 minutes later.

The third robbery took place that evening when three men attacked a man on the footpath between Guithavon Road and Highfields Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.

Train line blocked by fallen tree

A tree on power line has brought train services between Witham and Braintree in Essex to a halt. Credit: PA Wire

The train service between Witham and Braintree has been suspended because a tree has been blown down.

The tree has damaged the overhead electric wires between Witham and White Notley and all lines are blocked. Greater Anglia says disruption is expected until 8am.

Network Rail engineers are at the location of the tree and will remove the debris as quickly as possible.

Buses are currently replacing trains.


Essex man is found safe three days after disappearing in Edinburgh

Adam Smith was reported missing after a night out in Edinburgh. Credit: Police Scotland.

A 37-year-old man from Essex who went missing on a night out in Edinburgh has been found safe in the city centre.

Adam Smith, from Witham, was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning after travelling to the Scottish capital for a weekend away with friends.

Police Scotland today said he had been "traced safely" in the city centre at 2.15pm on Tuesday, July 25 - three days after he went missing.

Essex man missing after night out in Edinburgh

Adam Smith went missing on a night out in Edinburgh. Credit: Press Association Images.

Police in Scotland say they are growing increasingly concerned for a man from Essex who has not seen since a night out with friends in Edinburgh.

Adam Smith, 37, travelled from his home in Witham for a visit to the Scottish capital.

He was last seen at The Three Sisters pub in the Cowgate area at about 12.45am on Saturday, July 22, and did not return to his accommodation in Gilmore Place.

Police said his disappearance was out of character and appealed for information.

Mr Smith is white, about 6ft 3ins and with short blonde hair that is normally slicked back. He was last seen wearing a long-sleeved burgundy shirt and light blue jeans.

Man jailed for six years after fatal crash in Witham

Adam Heath died at the scene from his injuries.

A man has been jailed for six years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving in Witham.

Steven McMillan, of Pochard Way, Great Notley, was sentenced to six years for causing death by dangerous and three years, to run concurrently, for causing injury by dangerous driving at Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, Monday, June 12.

McMillan, 38, was also disqualified from driving for six years and will have to take an extended driving test.

At around 1.10am on Friday, February 26, 2016, McMillan was driving an Audi A4 in Freebournes Road, Witham, when it crashed into a stationary HGV trailer.

McMillan’s front seat passenger, Adam Heath (pictured), 32, of Springfield Road, Chelmsford, died at the scene from his injuries. A 26-year-old man sitting in rear of the car was taken to hospital with fractures and a punctured lung.

He was discharged but has now lost the full use of his left arm.

Investigations found that the car was travelling over 90mph before it crashed. Police also found McMillan was over the drink drive limit and had taken cocaine.

Essex MP keeps International Development brief

The MP for Witham in Essex, Priti Patel, remains in her post at International Development Secretary in Theresa May Cabinet reshuffle.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel arrives at Downing Street. Credit: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Priti Patel, who was a leading campaign for Brexit in the EU referendum, was promoted to the Cabinet when Mrs May became Prime Minister in July 2016. She had been Employment Minister under David Cameron.

Her majority in Witham fell slightly to 18,646 in the recent General Election

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