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Cocaine smuggling gang jailed

Dock worker Shaun Wilson knew how to bypass security procedures

Five men from London and two from Essex have been jailed for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the UK through Portsmouth Docks. Two crime groups enlisted the help of a corrupt dock worker Shaun Wilson to carry out their plan. He knew how to bypass security procedures. However, the National Crime Agency had Wilson under surveillance. It took four years for investigators to bring all the smugglers to trial.

Cocaine seized in the operation

Police appeal for help to find missing girl from Chigwell

Angjela Ahmetaj was last seen on Tuesday. Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police are trying to trace a 14 year-old girl who has not been seen since Tuesday. Angjela Ahmetaj, who is also known as Ela Collett, last made contact with her family on Thursday but police now want information on where she is.

She is from Chigwell but is known to have friends in Epping Forest as well as East and Central London. Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.

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Rewards for recycling your rubbish

You could get shopping vouchers for recycling your rubbish Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.

He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.

It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.

– Eric Pickles MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary

Essex Police release e-fit over distraction burglary in Basildon

The man in the e-fit is described is aged 26 to 27 and around 5ft 8in tall Credit: Essex Police

Detectives investigating a distraction burglary at a flat in Basildon want to hear from anyone who recognises an e-fit of this suspect.

Two men tricked their way into the home of a 58-year-old victim after calling at the flat on Tuesday 12th August.

The suspects told the resident they were investigating a leak from the flat above and needed to check his flat for leaks and his water pressure.

Both men then entered the flat and the first man took the victim into the kitchen to check the taps while the second man searched the bedrooms.

On this occasion it appears that nothing was stolen but we have established that these men were not legitimate tradesmen and I would urge all householders to be wary of letting anyone into their homes who cannot provide bona fide identification

– DC Nick May, Essex Police

The man in the e-fit is described as a white man, aged 26 to 27, around 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in tall, with short dark, straight, tidy brown hair. He was wearing a black jacket and brown trousers.

The second suspect is described as a white man, with a tanned complexion, aged in his early 30s, and of medium build. He had dark, spiked up hair and was wearing a pink shirt, a light coloured tie, grey trousers, and black shoes.

Man wanted over Essex assault

Man wanted in connection with an assault in Basildon Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police want help to identify this man. Detectives want to speak to him in connection with the assault of a woman in Basildon on July 20th.

Shortly before 3am, the woman in her 50s, was pushed to the ground and kicked in the ribs in Colors nightclub.

The attack followed an argument. The woman was treated for internal bruising in hospital.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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RSPCA investigate shocking dog 'Ice Bucket Challenge'

The RSCPA has launched an investigation after a video of a teenager - who is believed to live in London - has appeared online. The boy is seen thrusting his dog into a bucket of water in an apparent 'Ice Bucket Challenge'.

Some viewers may find this video distressing.

“The aim of the ice bucket challenge is to raise money and awareness for charity - this ‘stunt’ goes against everything it stands for.

Any responsible pet owner would be shocked by this.

It is likely that the puppy in the footage could have been caused distress, if not harm, and we are very concerned that others would think this is appropriate.

Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is an offence under law and we would strongly urge people not to copy this video.”

– RSPCA spokesperson

The boy reportedly defended himself on Facebook saying, “I’m sorry my dog slipped out my hand.”

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