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Essex nursery manager charged with child cruelty

A woman has been charged with child cruelty following an investigation into the treatment of children at a nursery.

Emma Panting, 49, manager of the Abacus Day Nursery in Billericay, has been charged with one count of child cruelty, two counts of common assault and a racially aggravated public order offence, Essex Police said.

Nursery worker Rosie Dunn, 24, of Billericay, has also been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and has been bailed to the same date.


Saffron Walden and Stansted in most desirable district

Stansted airport - in Uttlesford district: Britain's most desirable rural area Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Britain's most desirable rural area to live has been named as Uttlesford in Essex - home to the historic town of Saffron Walden as well as Stansted Airport.

Uttlesford helped to push last year's winner, Waverley in Surrey, into third place for 2014, with South Northamptonshire ranked second in Halifax's annual rural quality of life survey.

Popular with both tourists and commuters with its close links to London and Cambridge, the district of Uttlesford was formed in 1974 when several boroughs merged.

As well as being the setting for Saffron Walden, which has been hailed as one of the finest preserved examples of a medieval market town in the country and whose attractions include a museum and mazes, Uttlesford also cradles the towns of Thaxted and Great Dunmow.

Another reason people flock to Uttlesford is to pass through Stansted Airport, which employs over 10,000 people and is the fourth-busiest airport in the UK, with around 17.5 million passengers a year.



Judge: 'Wicked' acid attack left victim 'devastated'

Naomi Oni was left scarred for life after the acid was thrown into her face Credit: Met Police

A woman jailed for throwing acid in the face of her friend intended to "burn and disfigure" the victim in a "callous" plan, a judge has said.

Mary Konye, 22, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after attacking her friend Naomi Oni as she travelled home from work leaving her scarred for life.

Judge David Radford said the consequences of her "wicked act have been devastating to Miss Oni".

He added that it was a "premeditated and callous" plan.

Woman faces jail for acid attack

A woman is due to be sentenced today for an acid attack on her friend following an argument. Mary Konye disguised herself in a Muslim veil and attacked Naomi Oni after following her home from work.

Mary Konye disguised herself in a veil
Mary Konye disguised herself in a veil Credit: Metropolitan Police

Naomi Oni, 21, was seriously burnt on her face and chest in the attack in Dagenham in December 2012.

Naomi Oni in the aftermath of the attack
Naomi Oni in the aftermath of the attack Credit: Metropolitan Police

Dappy goes shopping in Essex after court appearance

  • Dappy, whose real name is Costadinos Contostavlos, stood in the dock in a white shirt, black trousers and black trainers as the charge was read to him
  • He was granted unconditional bail and will stand trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on June 18
  • Dappy was later seen doing some shopping in Chelmsford, loading the boot of his car with an armful of bags from Topshop before popping into a Ladbrokes betting shop
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