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Dappy holds head in hands as guilty verdict delivered

Dappy appeared on the court list under his real name Dino Costas Contostavlos. He had denied attacking George Chittock in the early hours of February 27 during a public appearance at Chicago's nightclub in Chelmsford. Dappy claimed he lashed out in self-defence.

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But he was convicted by magistrates at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court. Chair of the bench Angela Tucker said the magistrates had found Contostavlos was not under any physical threat at the time of the incident. He held is head in his hands as the verdict was delivered.

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Runner collapses and dies at half marathon finishing line

A runner collapsed and died at the finishing line of the Southend half marathon one of the hottest days of the year. Sunday's event was organised by the Haven's Hospice group, who said:

The male runner collapsed at the finish line and treatment was given immediately by the on-site medic team, then transferred to the medical tent where he was treated by a senior doctor, but he sadly died a short while afterwards.

His next of kin have been informed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

Essex police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

Van driven wrong way for 50 miles along a motorway

A van stolen from a quiet residential street in Essex was driven for nearly 50 miles the wrong way along a motorway. The white transit van was taken from Stock Road in Billericay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Stock Road in Billiericay Credit: Google Street View

The van was driven to Harlow where it joined the M11 heading south, getting as far as Cambridgeshire. 19-year-old Ryan Nee from Romford, has been charged with burglary and theft, taking a motor vehicle without consent, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

Two people killed in a motorway pile-up in Essex

Police say two people have been killed following the crash on the M11 motorway in Essex. The accident involved three cars, a lorry and a horse box shortly before 2.15pm. A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Two people in a car have died and the driver and passenger in another car have been taken to hospital in Cambridgeshire.

A woman has serious internal injuries and was flown by air ambulance and a man was taken by ambulance with a head injury.

The carriageway is completely blocked and is impassable. The road will remain closed throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes.

– Essex Police
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