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Prayers and Prime Ministerial apology for backpacker's family

Grace Millane (22) from Essex was found dead near Auckland in New Zealand.

There has been an emotional apology from New Zealand's Prime Minister to the family of an Essex backpacker found dead near Auckland.

Grace Millane from Wickford disappeared over a week ago. The 22-year-old was on a round the world trip.

As police revealed they'd found her body and charged a man with murder, prayers were said back home in her local community.

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11-year-old boy hurt in Essex road crash

The boy was taken to hospital for treatment and later released. Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 11-year-old boy was hurt in a road crash in Essex.

It happened in Wickford just before 3pm on Tuesday (11 October). The boy, who was walking, collided with a red Rover Metro.

He was taken to Basildon Hospital, where he was treated for a minor head injury, and later released.


Schoolboy hurt in collision with car in Essex

The boy's injuries are not thought to be life threatening. Credit: ITV Anglia

An 11-year-old boy has been taken to hospital following a collision with a car in Essex.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to School Hill Avenue in Wickford just before 3pm this afternoon.

The boy's injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Drug dealer from Essex jailed for three years

Drug dealer Daniel Hands has been jailed for three years. Credit: Essex Police

A drug dealer from Wickford in Essex has been jailed for three years.

Daniel Hands, 34, of Long Meadow Drive was arrested after plain clothed officers spotted him dealing drugs in Church Road, Basildon on September 10 last year.

He was found in possession of 60 wraps of heroin and cocaine and arrested him on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

He was later charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of criminal property.

Hands pleaded guilty to all offences at Basildon Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Five-year-old boy was injured playing "cops and robbers" with teenager's gun

A teenager has admitted illegally possessing a gun which went off by accident in Essex, injuring a five-year-old boy.

Johnny Wilson, 18, was looking after the child and an eight-year-old at his home when it happened in November last year.

Basildon Crown Court heard the children were playing a game of "cops and robbers" after finding the gun on Wilson's bed when the shot was fired.

Wilson, of Upper Park Road, Wickford, admitted possessing a firearm without a certificate and possession of cannabis when he appeared at court on Friday.

The child was seriously injured in his left eye and taken to Basildon Hospital before being transferred to the Royal London.

Wilson is due to be sentenced next month.

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