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Cygnets catch a ride on mother's back in east London

An amateur photographer in east London caught the moment a swan let her newborn babies ride on her back.

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The moment was captured by Alison Braun just a day after the seven cygnets were born in Platford Green in Hornchurch, east London.

I try go and photograph them every year but I've never managed to catch them hitching a ride on their mum's back before.

I just stood on the bank and she sat there with her babies - it's fantastic. And they had only been born the day before.

– Alison Braun

Rosemary Shearman family 'relieved' by sentence

Rosemary Shearman's son and daughter, Greg Shrearman and Carol Lewis, said after the sentencing today:

“We feel the sentence is some small justice following the tragic murder of our mother.

We are relieved that the jury reached a guilty verdict and that a very dangerous has been removed from the community.

We pay tribute to the bravery of Ray Lomas, a neighbour of our mother, who went to her aid and helped raised the alarm.

We also thank the murder investigation detectives and prosecution team. Their tireless work helped secure the result at court today.”

– Greg Shearman and Carol Lewis


Gambling addict sentenced over pensioner murder

A gambling addict has been sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murder of a pensioner he met at a local bridge club.

51 year old Thomas Blazquez will serve a minimum of 18 years for murdering 77 year old Rosemary Shearman at her home in Hornchurch.

Thomas Blazquez will serve a minimum of 18 years in prison Credit: Met Police
77 year old Rosemary Shearman was found murdered at her Hornchurch home Credit: Met Police

Mrs Shearman was found in September last year bound with tape and rope and repeatedly beaten around the head and body. A large handkerchief was also forced into her upper airways.

She was due to go on a cruise to Norway the same day.

Driver caught going the wrong way up busy dual carriageway

Tom Hind, from Hornchurch, was a passenger in a car being driven by his father when he took this footage on a busy dual carriageway on Sunday. Tom was heading along the A11 in Cambridgeshire when he spotted a red Citreon going the wrong way.

Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press, Tom said: "It was just horrifying. People were honking their horns and flashing lights to get her attention but she just seemed totally oblivious. We were just in sheer amazement.

"In the outside lane of the motorway you are only going to hit one thing and that's another car. If she's doing 50 and the other car is doing 70 and there was a family in there, then it would have been horrific."

Police stopped the car using a rolling roadblock, eventually flagging the vehicle down.

Dog walker reportedly saw 'teen dragged off in van'

Police in Havering are appealing for a witness who reportedly saw a boy aged around 16 to 17-years-old being "dragged off in a van" in Hornchurch.

Elms Close, Hornchurch in the Borough of Havering. Credit: Google Maps

The van is described as small, coloured white but dirty and had a side opening door. The rear windows are believed to be blacked out and the front headlights are believed to have a blue-coloured tint.

Police said they are especially keen to be contacted by a dog walker seen in the local area who was witnessed shouting "stop" at the van. This witness is described as a white man, possibly aged in his 30s, walking a brown or gold coloured dog.

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