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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

Priti Patel warns against complacency after local election success

The International Development Secretary Priti Patal has warned of the dangers of complacency ahead of the General Election after the Conservatives made gains on Essex County Council.

Priti Patel, who was been MP for Witham since 2010, told ITV News Anglia that the Tories take nothing for granted.

During the General Election campaign we will make our pitch for a secure and strong Britain as we leave the European Union and importantly to give Theresa May that mandate to get the best deal for Britain.

– Piti Patel, Conservative


'No one in the pool' at time of Witham chemical incident

Witham Leisure Centre. Credit: Google Street View.

The charity that runs the swimming pool at the centre of a chemical scare this weekend says no-one was in the water at the time.

Fusion Lifestyle has launched an investigation following the incident at Witham Leisure Centre when staff mixed the wrong chemicals in an attempt to make chlorine.

A spokesman said it happened in the plant room and no one was in the pool at the time. The rest of the leisure centre has now re-opened and swimmers are being encouraged to use the pool in Halstead instead.

Patients taken to hospital and eight treated for breathing difficulties following Witham chemical incident

Eight people have been treated at the scene and others taken to hospital following a chemical incident in Witham. Credit: Google Street View.

Eight people have been treated for breathing difficulties at the scene of a chemical incident in Essex.

The East of England Ambulance Service says it has also taken a number of patients from Witham Leisure Park to Broomfield Hospital after being called at 11.44am on Saturday, March 18.

Two ambulances, two ambulance offices, two rapid response cars and the hazardous area response team are all attending.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service has also sent six crews.

Leisure centre evacuated after chemical incident in Witham

Witham Leisure Centre, where there has been a chemical incident. Credit: Google Street View.

A leisure centre in Essex has been evacuated following a "chemical mixing error" in the swimming pool.

Crews from Essex Fire and Rescue Service were called to Witham Leisure Centre just before 11.30am on Saturday (March 18).

They remain on the scene and have confirmed an ambulance was also called to the centre.

A fire service spokesman said "two chemicals have been mixed together in a dosing machine by error" leading to the evacuation of the building.

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