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Essex nursery manager charged with child cruelty

A woman has been charged with child cruelty following an investigation into the treatment of children at a nursery.

Emma Panting, 49, manager of the Abacus Day Nursery in Billericay, has been charged with one count of child cruelty, two counts of common assault and a racially aggravated public order offence, Essex Police said.

Nursery worker Rosie Dunn, 24, of Billericay, has also been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and has been bailed to the same date.

Woman flees train in Essex after man tries to kiss her

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man approached a woman on a train in Essex and tried to kiss her. The 31-year-old victim was travelling between Shenfield and Billericay on Friday, 22 November at 9:20am.

Google Street View image of Shenfield Station in Essex Credit: Google Street View

A man of roughly the same age approached her and sat down. He then tried to kiss her before she pushed him away and ran from the train at Billericay.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40.