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Man charged with museum thefts

Essex Police officers have charged a man with the theft of artefacts from Museums in Essex and London.

Daniel Johnson, 32 from Canfield Road, Takeley near Bishops Stortford has been charged with theft at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle, the Maldon Combined Services Museum, Harlow Museum and the Clink Museum in Southwark, London.

All offences happened in March 2014.

He has been released on bail to appear before Magistrates in Colchester on May 7.


Baby girl survives not breathing for 23 minutes

The family in hospital Credit: Richards family

A baby born in Harlow in Essex has survived despite not breathing for the first 23 minutes of her life.

Beatrix Richards had to be resuscitated, but just at the moment when guidelines recommend resuscitation ends, the consultant at the Princess Alexandra hospital, decided to give it one more go.

She started to breathe and now 8 weeks old is back home in Bishop's Stortford.

She still has a tiny bleed on her brain, caused by the lack of oxygen when she was born, the long-term implications of which are unknown, but the outlook is very good.

Beatrix Richards Credit: Richards family

The family are now fundraising for both the Princess Alexandra hospital in Essex and St Thomas's Hospital in London where she was transferred to at just a few hours old.

Beatrix now Credit: Richards family

Hotel swimming pool deaths: Inquest due to open today

Police at the Down Hall Country House Hotel

An inquest is due to open today after two guests were found dead in a hotel swimming pool in Hatfield Heath near Bishop's Stortford.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were found dead at the Down Hall Country House Hotel at the weekend. A post mortem examination found their deaths were consistent with drowning.

They have not yet been named at the request of their families but details are expected to be released as an inquest is opened and adjourned in Chelmsford this afternoon.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to their deaths but are treating them as non-suspicious. Further routine tests will be undertaken and a report will be prepared for the HM coroner's inquest hearing."

Dying student makes final wish list

For a lot of young women a spa day - or perhaps a girls night out - are things to enjoy for years to come.

But for a student from Bishop's Stortford they are among her dying wishes.

Stephanie Knight who is 21 found out in January that doctors couldn't cure her cancer.

But determined to make the most of things she drew up a bucket list of wishes. And thanks to celebrities like Gary Barlow and Amanda Holden they are starting to come true.