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Indecent images of pupils found at dead teacher's home

Indecent images of pupils have been found at the home of a deputy headteacher who was recently found dead, Essex police say.

Martin Goldberg was found dead after being questioned by police.

Martin Goldberg, 46, a teacher at Thorpe Hall School, in Southend, had nearly 600 images of children undressing in changing rooms at the school, local swimming pool and at two other locations.

The images appeared to have been taken on a camera that was hidden inside a bag, detectives said.

Goldberg was found dead at his home in Shoeburyness on September 10 - just a day after police questioned him on suspicion of buying pictures of naked teenage boys from abroad.

Officers said they have identified four of the children in the images and have informed their parents.


£120,000 copper theft in Essex

The copper in six-ton coils Credit: Essex Police

Essex Police have released a photograph of a truck they want to trace in connection with the theft of £120,000 of copper from a dock at Purfleet.

The vehicle in the picture is believed to have been used to tow away the 27-ton load of copper rod at Purfleet Thames Terminal.

The copper, in six-ton coils and loaded on a box trailer, should have been delivered to a company on the South Coast but it failed to arrive.

Police want to trace this Renault Premium tractor unit Credit: Essex Police
Box trailer of vehicle Credit: Essex Police

Anyone with information should contact Pc Watts at Grays police station on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111


Lifeboat saves dog after sea-plunge

A dog sparked a dramatic rescue operation after plunging 30ft into the sea. An RNLI lifeboat was scrambled to save Patterdale Terrier Archie after he fell over the edge of a cliff at Walton Backwaters in Essex.

The dog's owner Maxine Rule, who was also walking her partner's dog Lexi, told the Colchester Gazette: "Both dogs ran across the field, Archie got to the edge, stopped and then just went over. Lexi didn't follow, but was looking for another way down.

"When I ran over, I could not believe the drop and thought he must be dead."

The inshore lifeboat from Harwich lifeboat station was on its way back from a fundraising event when it was contacted by Thames Coastguard during the incident earlier this month, an RNLI spokesman said.

Crewman Darren Priestnall plucked six-year-old Archie from the water and waded back to the shore to reunite him with his owner.

Man from Goodmayes missing

Ryan Spencer. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing man from Ilford.

Ryan Spencer, 36 hasn't been seen since 5 September in the Goodmayes area of Ilford. Mr Spencer is described as a white male, approximately 5 foot 8 inches tall, clean shaven with sandy curly hair.

At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a dark blue shirt and black trousers.

Police are urging anyone with information on where he could be to ring 101 or Missing People on 116000 quoting Merlin 14MIS031924.

Men killed in helicopter crash named by police

Two men who died when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed into the sea earlier this week, have been named by police. The pilot was Brian Bridgeman from Canterbury, Kent, and his passenger was John Kent from Romford in Essex.

Credit: RNLI

They were flying from Edinburgh to Retford in Nottinghamshire when they got into difficulty and crashed into the sea near the cliffs at Flamborough Head in East Yorkshire on Tuesday. The bodies of the men were recovered on Tuesday afternoon.

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