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Southend headteacher says he was 'deceived' by paedophile colleague

Police discovered Martin Goldberg was a paedophile after he committed suicide. Credit: Thorpe Hall School

The headteacher of a Southend school has said he and his staff had 'no indication' that one of their colleagues was a paedophile. Deputy Head Martin Goldberg killed himself in September after being questioned by police over a video he had bought online. But it then emerged that the 46 year-old had used a hidden camera planted in the changing rooms at Thorpe Hall School to film children.

In a school newsletter, headteacher Andrew Hampton said he had never received any complaints about Goldberg's conduct:

Staff and I have wrestled with the question of whether we should have had any suspicions. But we were all deceived. There was no indication that Mr Goldberg was living a double life.

– Andrew Hampton, Thorpe Hall School headteacher

The school now plans to work with the Enough Abuse charity to train staff to spot signs of child abuse. The National Crime Agency has apologised for a year-long delay in passing information to Essex Police that Goldberg was a possible paedophile.

Power failure affects satellite building at Stansted

The power failure affected a satellite building and the track transit which takes passengers to the satellite for boarding.

Stansted said neither the main terminal nor the runway were affected and passengers were being taken by bus to their flights.


Power restored, but delays continue at Stansted

The power, which failed at around 3pm, was restored around two hours later. Stansted is still warning passengers to expect delays.

Christmas getaway hit by power failure at Stansted

A power failure at Stansted airport has led to huge queues of departing Christmas holidaymakers.

Flights were still able to take off and land at Stansted airport in Essex but passengers reported that queues for departure were stretching the length of the main terminal building.

Teen charged with murdering 18-year-old in a Chelmsford park

A teenager has been charged with murdering an 18-year-old man in a Chelmsford park, police have confirmed.

Detectives officially named Ashley Woolley, who lived in the town, as the victim of Thursday's attack in Oaklands Park at Moulsham Street.

Ashley Woolley. Credit: ITV Anglia

The teenager was stabbed as he walked home from college at about 3.15pm

A 17-year-old boy from Chelmsford was arrested on Friday and has now been charged with murder and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court this morning and was remanded in youth custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

A 19-year-old man from Maldon, who was also arrested in connection with the investigation, has been released from custody without charge.


Police: 39-year-old man from Leicester killed on M25

The vehicles involved were a Peugeot car, a Scania lorry, a DAF artic, a Mercedes lorry and a Romanian lorry. The man who died was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has now been taken to the mortuary at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

He is believed to be a 39-year-old man from Leicester.

Four other people remain in hospital receiving treatment for injuries which are not believed to be serious.

The M25 currently remains shut between junctions 25 and 27 while clean up and repair work continue.

Police have now released the scene to the Highways Agency.

– Essex Police
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