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Rail disruption expected for Monday rush hour on London mainline through Essex

Urgent repairs are being made to the Blunts Hall Road bridge in Witham. Credit: Google Street View

Rail operator Greater Anglia is warning of a reduced train service on the Essex mainline to and from London on Monday because of emergency repairs to a bridge at Witham.

Damage to the bridge at Blunts Hall Road means only one of the two lines is open and is being used by trains going in both directions.

Greater Anglia says a reduced service will operate on the line on Monday 6 July affecting services between Colchester and London including those from Norwich, Diss, Stowmarket and Ipswich.

Earlier on Sunday buses replaced trains between Chelmsford and Colchester.


Teenager charged with Essex acid attack

Wayne Ingold sustained serious injuries in the attack Credit: Essex Police

A teenage boy has been charged in connection with an acid attack on a man in Witham, Essex.

The 15-year-old was arrested in Sutton, south London on Monday.

Corrosive liquid was thrown over the victim, Wayne Ingold at a block of flats in Bramble Road on Friday 8 August 2014.

The attack happened in Witham on 8 August 2014 Credit: Essex Police

The boy has been charged with throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and will appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court today.


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.

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.

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