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Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry dies

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry Credit: PA

Dad's Army co-creator Jimmy Perry has died at the age of 93.

He co-wrote a host of classic sitcoms including Dad's Army which was filmed in Thetford and Hi De Hi which was filmed in the seaside town Dovercourt in Essex.

Dad's Army ran from 1968 for 80 episodes over nine years while Hi-de-Hi ran for eight years.

Mr Perry's experiences as a Home Guard during World War Two and as a Butlin's holiday camp Redcoat influenced his writing.

Burglars threaten woman in Essex shop with knife

The raiders broke in through a locked front door Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman in her 20s was threatened with a knife during an armed robbery at a betting shop in Essex.

It happened at William Hill in the High Street in Dunmow at around 9.30pm last night.

Two men broke in and stole a four-figure sum of cash. The victim wasn't injured but was left shaken.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious or who may have seen the men getting in to a vehicle nearby.


Resident describes 'terrible tragedy' of fire that destroyed Essex pub

A resident has described the 'terrible tragedy' of a fire that completely damaged the roof of a pub in Essex.

Two children and a man have had to be rescued by firefighters, after the fire broke out at the Red Lion pub in Great Wakering near Southend early this morning.

Firefighters rescued the children through the window - no-one was injured.

The initial investigation into the cause of the fire suggests it was accidental.

It was a terrible terrible tragedy. I have lived here for a long time, it's a very small community and it's a place where people meet and have lunches together. It's been here for such a long time, it will be a tragic loss while it is closed.

– Christine Egbury, Lives in Great Wakering

Cosgrove Hall fire could have been caused by electrical fault

The mansion could not be saved and the privately-owned property was gutted. Credit: Joy Stewart

A fire which destroyed a Grade II listed mansion in Northamptonshire is believed to have been started accidently.

Around 50 firefighters were called to Cosgrove Hall near Milton Keynes on 7 October, to tackle the blaze which quickly spread through the 18th century building.

The fire service say an electrical fault in a store cupboard could have been the cause.

They're unable to carry out a full physical investigation due to the structural damage of the building.

Pub roof completely destroyed in Great Wakering fire

Video courtesy of Tom Bettis.

The roof of a pub in Essex has been completely destroyed following a fire in the early hours of this morning.

Five emergency crews were called to the the Red Lion Pub in Great Wakering just after 4.30am.

The first floor was completely alight when crews arrived. Credit: Twitter/TomBettis

Huge flames were seen coming from the building, as firefighters spent more than two hours putting it out.

One adult and two children suffered smoke inhalation and were treated by the ambulance service.

An investigation to establish the cause of the fire will be carried out.


Man being held in custody at Colchester hospital escapes in bed gown

22-year-old Jordan Georgiou Credit: Essex Police

A 22-year-old man has escaped police custody while being treated for injuries at Colchester General Hospital.

Jordan Georgiou from Clacton fled from the hospital on Friday afternoon dressed in a hospital gown.

Mr Georgiou was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, assaulting a police constable and breach of a court order.

An 18-year-old man and two women aged 19 and 21, all from Clacton, have been arrested for assisting an offender and remain in custody.

Anyone with information on Mr Georgiou's whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately.

Cyclist in 'serious condition' following crash in Cambridgeshire

Anyone with information is asked to call the Roads Policing Unit Credit: PA

A cyclist is in hospital in a serious condition after colliding with a van in Mepal in Cambridgeshire.

It happened yesterday morning on the A142 between Sutton and Mepal.

The man was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. The driver of the van was uninjured.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area when the colission happened.

Investigation launched after man stabbed in Hitchin

Fishponds Road in Hitchin has been cordoned off

Police have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed in Hitchin in the early hours of this morning.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was attacked in the Fishponds Road area around 2am.

He suffered stabbed wounds and is currently in hospital in a critical, but stable condition.

No arrests have been made and part of the road has been cordoned off while police search for the offender(s).

Officers are working hard to establish exactly what has happened in the early hours of this morning and enquiries are on-going to locate the offender(s).

Fishponds Road has been cordoned off and we are urging members of the public to avoid the area.

– Det Insp Tom Leeks
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