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Lorry plunges off bridge onto A12

The scene on the A12
The lorry beside the A12 Credit: Joe McCallum

A lorry has fallen off a bridge over the A12 in Essex and burst into flames. It happened on the southbound carriageway at Witham.

The road is currently blocked in both directions at Coleman's Bridge, that is junction 22 with the B1389, and drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

Police say the road is likely to remain closed for several hours.

Chloe Willis, 20, was in a car travelling to a hockey match with friends and was "about five seconds away" from the accident.

The psychology student told the Press Association "black smoke covered the sky" as the lorry caught fire.

The scene of the lorry crash

We had to come to an emergency stop as soon as we saw this lorry turned on its side. A big puff of black smoke covered the sky and all the people in cars started to panic. You could see where the barriers on the bridge had broken when the lorry had come through.

– Chloe Willis, Eyewitness
The scene of the lorry crash

Man arrested over armed security van raid

Police outside the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a security van in Witham.

The 34-year-old from Romford was arrested by officers including specialist firearms officers in Billericay High Street last night. He's currently in custody for questioning.

The Witham raid took place on Wednesday morning with reports two security guards were robbed at gunpoint by three men outside Asda in Highfields Road.

The suspects got away with a six figure sum of money.

Police are still appealing for anyone with camera footage or photographs to come forward.


Armed robbers escape with six-figure sum from supermarket

Two security guards were held at gunpoint at Asda in Witham, Essex Credit: Chris Myers

Three robbers, one believed to be armed with a shot gun, have escaped with a six figure sum of cash after holding up security guards at a supermarket in Essex.

Detectives are investigating the armed robbery on a security van at 8.40am at Asda in Highfields Road, Witham.

The guards were delivering cash to the store when they were approached by three men, all wearing balaclavas, who demanded they hand over the money.

The guards handed over a six figure sum of money and the suspects fled the scene in a black 4 x 4 vehicle, possibly a BMW X6. No shots were fired and no-one was injured.

Armed officers were sent to the scene and carried out a search of the area. The search for the suspects is continuing.

Armed robbers have stolen a six-figure sum from a supermarket in Essex. Credit: Google Map/Street View

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.


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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