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Suspected burglar calls 999 after becoming trapped in security device

Essex Police say a suspected burglar called for help after he became trapped by a security device at a petrol station in Basildon early today.

The man dialled 999 on his mobile phone and was heard briefly shouting “Basildon, near petrol garage, Help me, ” before the call cut out.

A police operator tried to ring him back but the line was engaged.

Other calls were also received at the Essex Police control room as members of the public reported hearing a man screaming for help from inside the Asda petrol station at Eastgate at about 4.35am.

The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for leg injuries. He was later arrested on on suspicion of burglary.

UPDATE - Woman dies in Littlehampton house fire

Sussex Police have confirmed a woman has died in a house fire in Littlehampton. Fire crews were called to the home in Harwood Road after reports of a fire.

Police say "strenuous efforts" were made to rescue those inside but a woman died in the fire and 2 other adults are being treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and officers are investigating.


One dead in Littlehampton house fire

Fire crews and police officers are still at the scene Credit: Eddie Mitchell

One person has died after a fire in a house in Littlehampton in West Sussex. Fire crews were called at 12:10 this afternoon to an address in Harwood Road.

Few details have been released but a spokesperson from West Sussex Fire and Rescue has confirmed to ITV News that one woman died and two other people are being treated for smoke inhalation. Fire investigators and police officers are still at the scene.

Orchid View final report released

The report recommends staff and volunteers should be encouraged to raise concerns about how a care home is run without fear of any reprisals. The report into the former care home, Orchid View, in Copthorne, near Crawley was released on Friday.

The home closed down in 2011 after a whistle blower contacted police. An investigation at the time concluded that neglect at the privately run care home contributed to 5 deaths between 2009 and 2011, although prosecutors decided there wasn't enough evidence to bring any charges.

Other recommendations from this final report include setting up a system of governors for care homes and better testing of home managers.

Some of the recommendations came from an event held in June attended by relatives, local authorities and other agencies.

A huge amount of work and learning continues to go on to make sure the partnership that makes up the Safeguarding Adults Board does everything in its power to prevent a repeat of the tragic events at Orchid View. We will continue to engage with the Orchid View relatives and will remain ever vigilant to make sure the most vulnerable in our county are protected.

– Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council

The relatives of those who died at Orchid View say they would still like a public inquiry into the running of the home.

The full report can be viewed by clicking on this link...

Search for missing cruise ship passenger

Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Coastguards and the RNLI are searching the sea off the Isle of Wight for a passenger who's been reported missing from the P and O cruise ship Ventura.

The ship was returning to Southampton after a two week cruise in the Mediterranean. The ship was diverted to look for the passenger but has since completed her journey to Southampton. RNLI crews from the Island have continued the search.

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