Speaking to ITV News, Britain's longest serving nurse said the 56 years at Southend Hospital had flown by. Jean Colclough also described the huge changes she had witnessed in the profession.
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Police said the child, who was without a driving licence, was trying to make his way 2,500 miles from the east coast to Perth.
The 24-year-old was charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and one count of throwing a corrosive fluid.
Winds will veer northerly overnight with colder air streaming in over the next few days.