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The inquest is due to open today into the deaths of two men who died after being trapped in a slurry pit at a farm in south Essex.
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Police in Havering have appealed for the public's help in finding a missing man.
Cornelius Sullivan, 49, was last seen on Monday 9 December in the Romford area in Havering.
He is described as white, of slim build and approximately 5ft 10ins tall. He has short greying hair and speaks with an Irish accent.
Anyone who has seen Cornelius or knows of his whereabouts, please contact Romford police via 101. Alternatively contact Missing People on 116 000.
A midwife who left a four-day-old baby face down in a stationery cupboard in a hospital in Essex has been given a three year caution. 35-year-old Yvonne Musonda-Malata was caring for the newborn girl at Queen's Hospital in Romford while her sick mother slept.
A tribunal heard she "failed to provide appropriate clinical care" to the baby while working on a night shift.
Yvonne Musonda-Malata will appear the hearing again tomorrow, when the Nursing and Midwifery Council will have to decide whether she will be punished. She had to rush from the hearing room last week after breaking down in tears, saying:
My life has nosedived into what I can only describe as a nightmare. I kept hoping it would be over, but it went from bad to worse.
A midwife has been found guilty of leaving a four-day-old baby face-down in a cupboard. The Nursing and Midwifery Council found that 35-year-old Yvonne Musonda-Malata failed to provide the right level of clinical care to a baby at Queen's Hospital in Essex in 2011.
Police are continuing to appeal for information after two pensioners were hit and killed by a bus in Romford.
The two men, thought to be in their mid-60s, were pronounced dead at the scene in Western Road, near to the Liberty Shopping Centre.
The incident happened yesterday at around quarter past two in the afternoon.
Officers are asking for any witnesses to get in touch.
Police are appealing for information after two men were killed in a crash in Romford this afternoon.
Two pedestrians were hit by a bus just after 2pm on Western Road, near to the Liberty Shopping Centre. Both pedestrians, thought to be men in their 60s, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The bus stopped at the scene and the driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He is currently in custody at an east London police station. There were no reports of other injuries.
Police say they believe there were a large number of witnesses at the scene, including those on the bus and another person that was passing at the time of the incident. They want anyone with information to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A midwife accused of leaving a new-born baby in a stationery cupboard today told a tribunal she was innocent. Yvonne Musonda-Malata and Christine Onoade allegedly left the baby lying face down in a cot at Queen's Hospital in Romford. Joanna Simpson reports.
A tribunal heard today how two midwives looking after a four day old baby left it in a stationary cupboard. The baby's mother was ill and the hospital admitted today it had no guidelines for newborns who couldn't be looked after by their mothers.
The baby was in a cot in the cupboard but was left alone, and was found on its front, which put it at risk of a cot death. Phillippa Tomson reports.
A tribunal has heard that two midwives responsible for a sick woman's four-day-old baby left him in a stationery cupboard. Yvonne Musonda-Malata and Christine Onade are accused of failing to provide appropriate clinical care while working on a night shift at Queen's Hospital in Romford.
The alleged incident, which happened in April, 2011, was reported by a nursery nurse who found the baby alone in the cupboard. Alex Curtis told the tribunal:
"I went to the post-natal ward to get an envelope from the stationery cupboard and found a baby lying on its tummy on its own. The baby was in the cot just behind the door. I cannot remember whether the light was off or on, but I saw baby on its front and went to check if it was breathing."
A horrified nursery nurse found a four-day-old baby lying on his stomach in a stationary cupboard when she went to get an envelope, a hearing was told today.
Midwives Yvonne Musonda-Malata and Christine Onoade allegedly left the tiny boy in the closet at the post-natal ward at Queen's Hospital in Romford, Essex, after he became unsettled.
The baby's mother had left him in their care so she could recover and sleep through the night in April 2011, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.
Both midwives face a number of misconduct charges and if found guilty they could be banned from the profession.