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    Three carers have appeared in court accused of the alleged assault and harassment of elderly residents at the Old Deanery Care Village in Bocking.

    Anita Ray, 45, Adeshola Adediwura, 32, and Lorna Clark, 44, appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court this morning in connection with the alleged offences at the home in Deanery Hill.

    Ray, of Challis Way, Braintree, was charged with four offences including assaulting Joan Maddison, 82, on November 24 last year and harassment of her as well as six other residents between November 6 and November 25.

    She was also charged with further harassment of Joan Maddison between November 24 last year and February 8, as well as neglecting a person in her care.

    Adediwura, of Clockhouse Way, Braintree, was charged with one count of assaulting Joan Maddison on February 3, and one count of neglecting a person in her care between November 29 2013 and February 3 this year.

    Clark, of Hammond Place, Braintree, was charged with harassing two residents without violence between November 8 and November 23 last year, ill-treating a resident between October 25 and February 8 and harassment with violence of Joan Maddison between October 25 and February 8.

    All three women appeared in the dock together and only spoke to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses.

    The court heard the allegations came to light when an undercover BBC reporter was given a job at the care home in Deanery Hill from October 2013 to February this year and secretly filmed the activities of workers there, firstly with a camera on her body, then placed in the rooms of residents.

    Police launched an investigation after the Panorama programme was broadcast on April 30 and detectives arrested four people in July.

    One was released without charge as there was not enough evidence to continue with the case.

    The trio were released on unconditional bail to re-appear before Chelmsford Crown Court later this year.

    Care worker trio in court over alleged assault and harassment of residents at Old Deanery


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    Two drivers were taken to hospital suffering minor injuries this morning (August 26) following a two-vehicle crash in Latchingdon.

    A blue Ford Focus, driven by a woman in her 20s, collided with the yellow Volvo van, driven by a man in his 40s, at about 9.30am in Maldon Road.

    Three fire engines sped to the scene and used cutting equipment to free the woman by 10.52pm.

    The two were treated for neck and back injuries and both taken to Broomfield Hospital.

    Two drivers hospitalised after Maldon Road van crash in Latchingdon


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    Ryman League Division One North

    Heybridge Swifts 1

    Barkingside 1

    HEYBRIDGE Swifts drew with ninth placed Barkingside as they took four points from the bank holiday weekend.

    Heybridge had taken the lead on 20 mins after Billy Hunt's flicked header latched onto a Liam Springett free-kick to score the opener. Daniel Lopes smashed a shot against the bar just shy of the half hour with the rebound pounded into the back of the net by Hunt only to find the flag was up as Swifts looked to extend their lead.

    The pouring rain made for a slippery surface and Barkingside keeper Tim Pitman slipped up on the half hour when he spilt the ball that Hunt had placed in front of Neil Richmond, Pitman was however thankful for defender Dion Polious for making a big clearance.

    Barkingside only had one sight of goal in the opening period, Lewis Francis found the side netting with his shot from the right.

    Having dominated the first half Heybridge held only a narrow one goal lead at the break, and Barkingside were resurgent in the second period.

    They drew level when Danny Callaway met a cross from the right, he managed to evade keeper Danny Sambridge before substitute Jack Leachman waited for the ball to drop and then banged the ball home on 55 minutes. Heybridge could have hit a second on 75 minutes when Hunt saw his shot saved and Joe Ellul blocked Lopes from scoring.

    Barkingside finished strongly, Steve Carvell shot inches wide after Jason Fontaine's cross saw him step past Paul White on 88 minutes.

    Barkingside almost had the last laugh two minutes later, after a 30 yard run from Polious, a cross from Carvell for substitute Chris Taylor left him in a scoring position but a saving block from Danny Barber, on his 450th appearance for the club 16 years after making his debut, denied the visitors.

    Carvell tried a cheeky lob midway in Swifts' half in stoppage time but Sambridge had time to track back a few yards and comfortably get under the ball just moments from the final whistle. 

    Heybridge Swifts denied back-to-back victories


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    Conference Premier

    Braintree Town 2

    Nuneaton Town 0

    DESPITE achieving their second win of the season thanks to two late second half goals against Nuneaton Town on bank holiday Monday, Iron manager Alan Devonshire expects to sign a new defender this week to help bolster his current squad.

    "I am talking to a club below our level about a player and I hope to have him on board later this week," said Devonshire. "I'm looking at players all the time which is part of my job to try and improve what we already have and try and make us stronger."

    Although Devonshire declined to reveal his potential signing it's understood that he is a defender currently with a Ryman League Premier Division side.

    The Iron may also be in line to lose a player too because keeper Nick Hamann, who had little to do in this win, was watched again by a Luton Town scout who are interested in a possible transfer after he initially impressed against the Hatters in both their games with the Iron last season.

    On Monday's victory Devonshire said: "I thought it was a comfortable win for us and we should have won by a bigger margin.

    "The conditions made it difficult and it was getting the right result that mattered," he said. "We had several chances in the first half to have wrapped the game up but I tried to take the pressure off the lads by repeatedly telling them at half-time to keep playing as they were, keep working and not to become frustrated.

    "It's up to me as manager to take the pressure off the players which I did and they knew they had not played well either in the last two games which we lost and they wanted to work even harder to put it right which they did."

    The turning point of the game came in the 73rd minute when the visitors' Ben Hutchinson was shown a straight red card for an over the top tackle on Ryan Peters on the halfway line.

    Six minutes later they took the lead with a free-kick just outside the visitors' area after Chez Issac had been fouled.

    New signing Mitch Brundle stepped up to fire a great shot around the wall into the net to score his second goal in successive games.

    "I have been practising taking free-kicks and I wanted it despite Dan Sparkes saying he would take it," said Brundle. "It was a good position and I drove the ball round the ball into the bottom corner of the net knowing the keeper would never get across to reach it.

    "I think it was what we deserved really because I always felt we were the better side and we kept creating the most chances.

    "The lads wanted to put right what we've not been doing in the first few games and I believe we are now gelling together more and the gaffer has made it clear what he wants us to do individually.

    "I like playing in midfield but I often play at the back too and I don't mind.

    "We now need to show more consistency and I think we have a good side here that can go on and do even better than they did last season."

    Despite the constant heavy rain during the game the Cressing Road pitch held up well and Brundle felt the improvements made to the playing surface during the summer is paying dividends.

    "It's now a brilliant pitch and full credit to the groundsmen who have obviously worked hard during the summer to make it as good as it is particularly with the persistent rain today," he added.

    With Brundle forming an impressive partnership in midfield with Kenny Davis the Iron had Dan Walker linking up with Jordan Cox in attack and Remy Clerima returned to the defence.

    The Iron certainly created the more chances in the first half with Cox, Walker, Sparkes and Brundle all coming close to scoring and but for the herorics of young Reice Charles-Cook in the visitors' goal, they would have been three or four goals up by the break.

    The young stopper, on loan from Coventry City, again kept his side in the game at the start of the second half with a couple more fine saves while at the other Hamann was having a quiet afternoon.

    The Iron's patience going forward paid off minutes after the sending off when Brundle neatly struck his free-kick home to give the home side a deserved lead.

    A minute before this goal the Iron made a double attacking substitution with Sean Marks coming on for Walker and Michael Bakare on for Cox, both starting strikers had clearly tired in the difficult conditions.

    It certainly gave fresh impetus to the attack and three minutes from time Bakare made the game safe for the Iron when he picked up a Hamann long kick up field, cut inside from the right and fired home a great low, left-foot 25-yard shot into the far corner of the net.

    It was no more than the Iron deserved on the day and put a smile on Devonshire's face after the disappointing last two defeats.

    "I thought the back four did really well and from midfield we created a lot more," he said. "They are mostly young boys who are still learning the game and it takes time to get them to do what I want."

    Braintree Town: Hamann; Peters, Massey, Clerima, Habergham; Isaac (Smith 84), Davis, Brundle, Sparks; Cox (Bakare 78), Walker (Marks 78). Unused subs: Maybanks, Pentney.

    Devonshire delighted as Braintree ease to win


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    Neil Warnock appears to be the new favourite for the Crystal Palace job but it seems as if he has a newer younger rival for the post.

    Inbetweeners character Jay Cartwright, played by Palace fan and Chelmsford actor James Buckley, applied for the post yesterday (August 26) by sending the following CV directly to Palace chairman Steve Parish.

    And Mr Parish seemed to leave the door open, replying: "Excellent cv ,working with rio on the stereo business is key, ability to manage big players , @rioferdy5 is it true ?

    Following the collapse of Malky Mackay's agreement to replace Tony Pulis, the club seems to be running out of options if they want to appoint a suitable candidate before the transfer window closes.

    Rio Ferdinand is yet to respond to Mr Parish's question.

    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish praises Inbetweeners' star's 'excellent CV'


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    Water in Chelmsford polluted by the ongoing blaze at a 50,000 tonne woodchip pile in Mountnessing caused the death of around 100 fish.

    Crews have been at the scene in Thoby Lane since the fire was first reported last Monday (August 18).

    It has since been left to burn out, under the constant watch of firefighters on the ground and Environment Agency officials, who have warned children and pets to stay away from the River Wid and River Can.

    The River is now being 're-oxygenated' to replace the oxygen which was depleted when the polluted water entered the stream.

    An Environment Agency spokesman said: "We continue to work closely with Essex Fire and Rescue Service to minimise damage to the environment from the fire at Thoby Priory at Mountnessing.

    "Environment Agency staff have been working since shortly after the fire started, including over the weekend, to re-oxygenate the river with aerators and water quality has now stabilised. We are continuing to monitor.

    "Contaminated fire water is continuing to be tankered away from the site in order to minimise any further risk to the environment.

    "Waste fires are a blight on local communities, and our officers visited the site with the fire service before the fire to gather evidence and put a fire risk assessment plan in place."

    100 fish killed in the River Wid as Mountnessing woodpile fire continues to burn


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    Motorists had something of a hay-raising experience after a tractor shed its load on a roundabout.

    Drivers heading towards the A414 from the Causeway, Maldon, found their progress abruptly halted on Sunday (August 24) by 16 large hay bales.

    The incident happened at around 3.30pm, and was captured on camera by Tim Sharp from the neighbouring Iron Works gym.

    Mr Sharp said the tractor appeared to be taking the corner too quickly.

    Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

    The tractor driver was described as looking "a bit bemused". It took the police 15 minutes to arrive on the scene, and by 5.30pm the roundabout was fully operational again.

    A414 motorists held up by hay bales in Maldon as tractor sheds its load


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    TWO community-spirited pensioners who voluntarily litter-picked 208 bags of rubbish in two months have been recognised for their hard work and dedication to making their towns look better.

    Reg Sanders, 72, of Braintree, and Anthony Wright, 70, of Witham, were part of a group of volunteers who took part in a challenge to see who could collect the most amount of rubbish over an eight-week period as part of the countywide Clean Essex anti-litter campaign.

    "I was coming back from Chelmsford one day and saw rubbish everywhere and just decided to do something about it," said Reg, who lives in Laywood Close and works as a self-employed printer.

    "I quite enjoy it really.

    "I cover the whole of Cressing Road, which works out at about four miles and people walking their dogs often stop for a chat."

    The 'Green Heart Champions', part of a volunteer group set up by Braintree District Council to keep its area clean and tidy, took part in the competition to raise awareness of the pan-Essex litter campaign.

    McDonald's, KFC, Domino's Pizza and all 14 local Essex councils teamed up for the launch of the campaign in April to highlight the blight of litter which costs £17m a year to clean.

    Competition winner Anthony Wright collected 196 bags over two months and was awarded Marks & Spencer vouchers worth £50.

    Runner-up Reg received a new litter cart, donated by litter equipment company Helping Hands, to assist with his weekly round that takes him between four hours and six hours.

    "I speak to quite a lot of people and they think it would be good if more people got involved in making the town look even better," added great-grandfather Reg.

    "There's a lot of the area that isn't covered by anyone so more people joining in would be nice.

    "There are a lot of people who do a lot of different things for charity, so maybe they don't have time."

    The Green Heart Champion, Anthony Wright, who collected the most rubbish, added: "I litter-pick the Hatfield Road Estate on a daily basis to help to keep the area tidy.

    "I enjoy being a volunteer as it keeps me fit.

    "I meet people along my litter-picking route and it keeps the estate looking nice.

    "I urge other people to get involved as it is worthwhile and you can make a real difference within the local area."

    It's a dirty business: Litter picker pensioners awarded for work


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    On the roads the M11 London-bound is seeing heavy traffic from Junction 5 (Loughton) to J4 (A406 North Circular Road).

    And on the M25 clockwise there is heavy traffic from Junction 30 (A13) to the QE2 Bridge.

    On the trains there is some congestion and minor delays into Liverpool Street this morning due to late running freight services

    ESSEX TRAVEL: Wednesday August 27


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    Police are appealing for information to trace a man who has links to Chelmsford following an assault in Islington.

    Officers would like to speak with Anthony John Kenny, 25, after a man was attacked at 12.20am on Saturday, August 23 on Green Lanes, N16.

    The victim suffered slash wounds to the face.

    Kenny is described as white and is missing his left ear. He also has two tattoos: 'Stand alone' on his neck and 'North London' on his left hand.

    The public are advised not to approach him and should call 999 if seen.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Islington CID on 07766 781861 or via 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

    Police  hunt man with Chelmsford links following assault in London


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    DON'T put away the barbecue just yet – a tropical storm causing havoc in the Bahamas could soon bring the summer back to the UK.

    Incessant rain caused something of a Bank Holiday washout in Essex but encouraging forecasts from the Met Office and the Essex Weather Centre indicate a rise in temperatures.

    Today (August 27) will mark the start of the warmer spell, with temperatures peaking at 22C.

    Forecasters predict Hurricane Cristobal will eventually draw high pressure from the continent, bringing summer sun and warmer temperatures.

    It comes after Hurricane Bertha had the opposite effect earlier in August.

    Forecaster Dan Williams said: "We might see a bit of wind and rain in the northwest from the remnants of Cristobal on Sunday and it might get a bit breezy.

    "But for many places though Cristobal could bring some decent weather at the weekend by dragging high pressure towards the UK."

    After Cristobal reaches northern Europe at the end of the weekend or early next week, temperatures could hit around 23C in the south.

    Is summer sun on its way back thanks to Hurricane Cristobal?


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    Aldi supermarket in Springfield will open the doors to its expanded store tomorrow (August 28) – and it could soon be a pester-free store after the company pledged to ban sweets and chocolates from its checkout displays.

    The Springfield Road store has been undergoing an expansion to meet increased demand.

    Golden envelopes containing special tickets for prizes, including a 7 inch tablet PC, smartphones and luxury bags of Aldi shopping goods will be handed out to the first 100 people in the queue to celebrate the opening.

    Aldi is also set to introduce 'healthier tills' by January 2015 by replacing sweets and chocolate with dried and fresh fruit, nuts and juices.

    The move follows a 16-week trial in a selected number of Aldi's 500 UK stores, which ran from February to June this year.

    Giles Hurley, joint managing director of corporate buying at the supermarket, said: "The healthier tills trial quickly showed that healthier foods prove more popular with our shoppers than the traditional checkout offer of confectionery and sweets."

    Chelmsford Aldi soon to introduce sweet-free healthier tills after reopening


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    27th August saw the completion of the Rainbow Bridge.   It's about time we had an off the wall question set.

    Q1)27th August saw the completion of the Rainbow Bridge: in which Asian country is the Bridge?

    Q2)The bridge is in that country's capital city.   What's the name of that city?

    Q3)The bridge was completed in which year of the 1990s: 1991, 1993 or 1995?

    Q4)This Rainbow Bridge is the only one of that name in it's country.   How many Rainbow Bridges are there in the USA?

    Q5)Name any of the US states those bridges are in.

    Q6)Which English University city has a Rainbow Bridge: Brighton, Cambridge or Oxford?

    Q7)In Norse mythology, the Rainbow Bridge goes from Midgard, the human world, to Asgard, the realm of the Gods.   What's it called: Bifrost, Yggdrasil or Ragnarok?

    Q8)Who — in 1971 — released an album called 'Rainbow Bridge': roughly a year after his death … ?

    Q9)'Rainbow Bridge' was also an episode of which US comedy series: 'M*A*S*H', 'Seinfeld' or 'Friends'?

    Q10)Finally … 'Rainbow Bridge' is also a 1963, Japanese cartoon film.   What name is given to this kind of film: anime or manga?

    Here's last week's questions and answers … 

    Questions.

    Q1)20th August saw the launch of the Viking 1 probe.  By whom: the European Space Agency, the Japanese Space Agency or NASA … ?

    Q2)In which year of the 1970s?

    Q3)Viking 1 was heading for Mars: also known as the what planet … ?

    Q4)The Viking 1 lander and orbiter did radio tests to test what: Martian soil, Martian atmosphere or general relativity?

    Q5)The lander landed on part of Mars called Chryse Planitia.   Chryse Planitia translates as what: Golden Plain, Orange Plain or Brown Plain?

    Q6)NASA launched one of the 'Voyager' probes: on 20th August, 1977.   Which of the Voyager probes?

    Q7)The Voyager probe we're talking about, is the only human craft to have visited two particular planets: name either.

    Q8)The Voyager probes were heading for what: Mars, Venus or the outer planets?

    Q9)Our Voyager is now 104 what away: 104 mile, light years or AUs?

    Q10)Finally … the Voyager probes each had a golden record, intended to greet any extraterrestrials that found the probes.   The record feature greetings in how many human languages … ?

     

    Answers.

    A1)NASA.

    A2)1975.

    A3)Red planet.   (Observant readers will remember we had a version of this question: back in March.)

    A4)General relativity.   (The parts of the theory about how gravity affects time, apparently.  I believe the experiment centred on how the signals were affected over parts of Mars at different altitudes: but don't know for sure, as I'm no physicist.)

    A5)Golden Plain.

    A6)Voyager 2.

    A7)Ur**** and Neptune.

    A8)The outer planets.   (Voyager 1 turned off at Saturn.   Or got lost )

    A9)AUs or Astronomical unit.

    A10)55.

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    A former farm worker has appeared in court in connection with the death of popular teenager William Andrews after a fatal collision in Bicknacre.

    Nicholas Weston, 22, of Pedlars Path, Danbury, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

    William, 18, of Shirebourn Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, was one of four passengers in a Ford Escort which crashed in Leighams Road in Bicknacre at about 9.40pm on September 28 last year.

    Weston is also charged with causing serious injury to Josh Cumberland by dangerous driving.

    He did not enter a plea and was released on unconditional bail to reappear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, November 17.

    Man in court over car crash death of Chelsea FC fan William Andrews from South Woodham Ferrers


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    A MOTORCYCLIST has been taken to hospital after colliding with a van near Freeport shopping village in Braintree.

    The accident between a Yamaha YBR motorbike and a white Ivaco panel van happened on the roundabout at the junction of Millennium Way and Braintree Road at around 2.30pm this afternoon.

    An Essex Air Ambulance was rushed to the scene but the man in his 40s was taken to Broomfield Hospital by land.

    An East of England Ambulance spokesman said: "We were called at 2.19pm to a collision between a motorbike and a car on the B1018 near Braintree. We sent several resources including an ambulance and Essex Air Ambulance. 

    "The motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 40s sustained leg injuries and was taken to Broomfield Hospital by land ambulance. 

    The B1018 south was closed at Galleys Corner roundabout and the A120 while emergency services dealt with the collision.

    South-bound traffic was slow moving in the opposite direction as the roundabout was blocked.

    The road reopened at around 4pm.

    Motorcyclist taken to hospital after colliding with a van near Freeport roundabout in Braintree


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    TOM WESTLEY has admitted that Essex are out for revenge when they take on Warwickshire Bears in the Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final today (Thursday).

    The Bears and the Eagles face off at the Essex Cricket Ground in a repeat of the NatWest T20 Blast quarter-final at the beginning of the month, when former Eagle Varun Chopra steered Warwickshire to finals day, which they eventually won.

    Westley got a terrible lbw decision in that game as Essex failed to chase down 197 at Chelmsford, where they have had a knack of knocking off run chases.

    And the 25-year-old opening batsman says Essex want revenge on the Bears. "We have some unfinished business with them so we are really desperate to beat them this week," Westley said.

    "They turned us over in the Twenty20 when we had a bit of an off day all round but that was a game we could, and still probably should, have won.

    "I am glad we have drawn them again because it gives us a chance of beating them and putting right the wrongs from last time."

    Westley added he is desperate to reach a Lord's final with Essex – and the Royal London One-cup Day is Essex's last chance this season to do that.

    He said: "It's every cricketers dream to play in a Lord's final, I'm no different.

    "It would have been nice to compete in two finals in both One Day competitions but we are where we are, so we want to do well in the 50-over stuff.

    "We are at home as well, which is a massive bonus.

    "We have good home form, our fans are loud and spur us on, there are short boundaries and it is a high-scoring ground, it will be a good game."

    Westley is enjoying – by his own admission – his best season of his career but quashed any speculation of an England call-up just yet.

    The batsman said: "Obviously, every English cricketer wants to represent his country and I definitely want to.

    "I'd say it is my best season so far, but that counts for nothing if I don't have anything to show for it. "This last month of the season is what we are paid for.

    "We are only 20 points and a good win from the promotion places in the four-day competition and a quarter-final in the One- Day Cup, so now it is crunch time. This is probably my first season of being really consistent in all formats of the game so I am far from the finished article and England talk might be a premature but, obviously, I'd love to pull on the shirt."

    Essex's Tom Westley scents revenge after mauling by Bears


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    A GLOBETROTTING teenager earned her place as Chelmsford County High School for Girls' joint top GCSE performer.

    Charlene Tang has lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and São Paulo, yet still managed to achieve 13 A* grades.

    "I'm really pleased," said Charlene, from Billericay, who was joined by fellow student Vivian Hasan in scooping 13 A*s.

    The keen swimmer, badminton player, tennis player, runner, pianist and flutist has travelled afar due to her father's work as an IT project manager.

    "I love travelling. I love the experience I find seeing the different cultures – it really broadens your perspective," she said.

    Pupils Martha Anderson-Taylor, of Chelmsford and Isabelle Read, of Little Dunmow, were also celebrating after earning 11 A*s and one A grade.

    Head teacher Nicole Chapman said: "The students have achieved excellent results with 84 per cent receiving A* to A grades and obviously they deserve our congratulations."

    The school had an overall A*-C pass rate of 99.4 per cent.

    But she is planning to challenge the exam boards over the marking of five subjects.

    Last year the GCSE students' entire English grades were remarked.

    Globetrotter shows that travelling can broaden the mind


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    Nine illegal immigrants have been arrested following Home Office raids at Indian restaurants in Hatfield Peverel and Great Baddow 

    Immigration officers ambushed Omar's Tandoori in The Street, Hatfield Peverel, on Bank Holiday Monday (August 25) before arresting four Bangladeshi staff.

    Two, aged 28 and 21, have been detained on suspicion of overstaying their visas, while a 35-year-old and 29-year-old have been released on "immigration bail" for entering the UK illegally.

    That same night the officers descended on the Yasmin Indian Brasserie in Baddow Road, Great Baddow, before arresting five staff.

    They claim four, aged 34, 32, 24 and 23, had overstayed their visas and a fifth, a 32-year-old entered the UK illegally.

    Three of the "overstayers" were detained and the others released on bail.

    Both businesses now face potential penalties of up to £20,000 for each of the illegal workers if owners cannot prove they carried out sufficient checks.

    Lee Clarke, from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: "Operations like these are carried out across the UK every day as our work to arrest, detain and remove immigration offenders from the UK continues.

    "Employers who use illegal labour are cheating the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work. Those who wilfully flout the rules will face heavy financial penalties.

    "I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch."

    Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit https://www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.

    Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    Nine arrested after Chelmsford immigration raids at Omar's Tandoori and Yasmin Indian Brasserie


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    A man in his 60s was found dead in woodland on Saturday. Police were called to Middlewick Ranges in Colchester shortly before 3pm on Saturday (August 23) after members of the public made the discovery. Paramedics also attended the scene but were unable to resuscitate the man. An Essex Police spokesman added: "There were no suspicious circumstances and a report has been prepared for the coroner."

    Man found dead in woodland by passers-by


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    Essex Police have released these images in connection with an investigation into an "audacious" theft of seven boxed shower units from Homebase.

    The £100 Mira Mixer units, which include taps and shower heads, were stolen from the Baynes Place store off Waterhouse Lane, in Chelmsford, between 4.20pm and 4.31pm on Wednesday, August 20. 

    The boxes measure about 18 inches high and 12 inches wide. The boxes weigh little under one kilogram each.

    The group is suspected of waiting until colleagues and customers were out of sight, before launching them about four metres over the store's garden fence into the neighbouring E2V car park. 

    A white or silver small hatchback is later seen being driven off. 

    "It's an audacious attempt," said store manager Mark Lawley. 

    "It was well-planned, determined and ultimately well executed." 

    Anyone with information, or who recognises these two men pictured in CCTV, should call Chelmsford police on 101.

    £700 worth of shower units stolen from Homebase in Waterhouse Lane, Chelmsford


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