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    The release date for new and updated versions of Grand Theft Auto V for the Playstation 4 and XBox One have been announced.

    Rockstar Games has also confirmed a series of enhancements and upgrades for the latest version of the smash-hit shoot em up, which will be out on the next-gen consoles on November 18, with a PC version coming on January 27.

    The current version of the game, which has sold 35m copies, is already out on the Playstation 3 and XBox, but the updated version will feature new weapons, vehicles and activities, extra wildlife, denser traffic a new foliage system. In addition, 100 new songs will be added

    And Xbox and PlayStation owners who purchased the original versions of the game will be able to upload their saved characters and progression if they buy it again on new consoles.

    GTA V released on Playstation 4 and XBox One: Rockstar Games releases new trailer and reveals enhancements


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    AN aspiring film-maker has built up a significant online presence after making videos tackling emotional issues, including him trying to come to terms with his mother's death.

    Through his YouTube channel, teenager Sam Chaplin covers issues such as bereavement, depression, self-harming and sexuality and boasts more than 2,000 subscribers to his channel SamChaplinify.

    Describing how it all began with a bit of tinkering with technology, the 18-year-old said: "I didn't see it as anything other than a bit of fun, now I regard it as a career.

    "For part of my BTEC media course, I had to make a video of myself. I put it on YouTube and it got some views, so I thought I could use this and get more."

    From relatively light-hearted content, his channel gradually adopted a more serious tone, owing mainly to experiences of friends and his own personal issues.

    "Over time, as I made new friends, I noticed a lot of my friends had personal issues with things like self-harm and bullying," said Sam.

    "So I decided to make a video addressing self-harm and giving general advice.

    "Out of the 300 videos I have uploaded, that one is my most important."

    While stressing his word is just opinion, Sam considers himself very approachable and on hand to help those in need.

    The Plume School pupil said: "I would never say 'just speak to me', speak to a GP, a teacher, or friend."

    The past 12 months have represented a period of significant change in Sam's life.

    Late in 2013, his mother Romila Gupta died aged 44 after a long illness.

    He sought salvation in the form of YouTube videos and decided to share his experiences.

    Sam, of Lodge Road, Maldon, added: "I used videos as a way of coping and getting over it myself. But also to help people in the same position as me.

    "It was quite sudden so it hurt a lot, I decided to make a video to tell people what happened.

    "I'd rather be open about it than hide it away. I am so proud of my mum for what she went through – she's a massive inspiration for me."

    In addition to his personal videos, his lighter ones have proved equally as successful.

    He helped Maldon District Council gain acclaim at the Centre for Public Scrutiny awards with a promotional video shot by Sam and his friends.

    And a music video he produced in March 2013 even managed to gain recognition on BBC Radio 1's Sunday night show.

    Sam supplements his income by snapping Heybridge Swifts FC matches and hopes to carry on film-making later down the line.

    See Sam's videos at www.youtube.com/user/SamChaplinify

    'I used videos as a way of coping': Aspiring Maldon YouTube film-maker Sam Chaplin


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    A MAN put his stepson in intensive care by stabbing him twice in the back with a kitchen knife in a "fit of temper" as he played video games.

    But David Hughes, 58, claimed that the two wounds inflicted with a kitchen knife to the back of his partner's son, Michael Flanagan, had been accidental.

    Ipswich Crown Court heard Mr Flanagan was sitting on a sofa of the home they shared in Harkilees Way, Braintree, when he was stabbed twice in the back, one wound being near his neck and the other close to his ribs on Saturday, September 14 last year.

    Giving evidence, Mr Flanagan said that after Hughes returned home from a pub, he had exchanged words with him and had "lightly slapped" Hughes across the face then returned to playing the game. He denied threatening or assaulting him.

    Mr Flanagan, 23, said he was unaware that Hughes had returned from the kitchen armed with a large kitchen knife until he felt pain in his back.

    Jamie Brown, a cousin of Mr Flanagan, said he managed to restrain Hughes until the police and an ambulance crew arrived at the house.

    As a result of the stabbing, Mr Flanagan spent nine days in intensive care because his wounds left him with breathing difficulties.

    Prosecutor Claire Oldfield claimed that Hughes had carried out the attack in a "fit of temper".

    She said there had been a history of problems between the two.

    Miss Oldfield said that immediately after his arrest, Hughes admitted to police officers he stabbed Mr Flanagan because he was a bully and said he "couldn't take any more".

    However, when interviewed by police the following day, Hughes retreated from that admission, saying that he had "flipped", but only intended to scare Mr Flanagan with the knife.

    Hughes told the jury that he had never intended to cause any harm to Mr Flanagan.

    He had picked up the knife only with the intention of frightening him, adding: "I never intended to harm him. It was accidental."

    Hughes went on to claim that immediately before the incident, Mr Flanagan, his brother Christopher and Mr Brown had rushed at him and in the ensuing struggle the wounds were accidentally inflicted.

    Following a five day trial at Ipswich Crown Court, Hughes was convicted on Tuesday of unlawful wounding.

    He was found not guilty of an alternative charge of wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

    Jailing him for three years, Mr Recorder Martyn Levett told Hughes that the offence had been so serious that only an immediate prison term was appropriate.

    Hughes was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

    Following the trial, the Chronicle tried to contact Mr Flanagan but he declined the opportunity to comment.

    Michael Flanagan left in intensive care after mid-video game stabbing by stepdad David Hughes


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    A SCHOOLBOY left with a broken collarbone after being struck by a cyclist will have his case investigated after a sudden police U-turn – which was prompted by the Essex Chronicle.

    Police refused to act, claiming the case was "impossible to solve", when Jack Ellingford's parents told an officer the 11-year-old was physically and verbally assaulted in Springfield.

    Yet they have now launched an investigation, and promised to assess CCTV and visit the crime scene, after the family contacted the paper.

    "I'm grateful to the Chronicle for your help," said mother Louise, of Uplands Drive, Springfield.

    "But I'm still angry because it should've been dealt with properly to start with and not after I've had to go to the newspaper.

    "If you hadn't contacted them there is no way they could have got back in touch with me because they didn't even take my name."

    Jack was playing with friends in the Bunny Walks under the Chelmer Valley Road bypass, between Arun Close and Fifth Avenue, at about 3.30pm on Saturday, September 6, when the cyclist approached.

    The boys said the biker shouted a warning but still collided with Jack. After the cyclist picked himself up he shouted abuse and swore at the boys, then cycled away.

    "It's disgusting," said Mrs Ellingford.

    "I think what has happened is the guy is embarrassed he has come off his bike."

    Jack spent four hours in Broomfield Hospital, must return for repeat x-rays and a fracture clinic visit on Friday, and missed a day at The Boswells School on Monday.

    The family visited Chelmsford Police Station after he was discharged.

    "They said 'we will never catch him' as he wasn't driving a motorised vehicle which is not insured and because the boys didn't take his name," said Mrs Ellingford.

    "They said it was impossible to solve and that it was more of a civil matter."

    The man is believed to have been riding a black mountain bike, was of heavy build, aged between 45 and 50 years old, wearing an orange cycle top and dressed in black shorts.

    The family says while Jack may have been hit on the half of the footpath devoted to cyclists, this is indicated on signposts as opposed to white painting on the path.

    Jack's father Carl said: "I don't want the bloke to think he can get away with it.

    "He could have at least stayed with him and made sure he was all right."

    While it is not clear if the collision will constitute an assault offence, shouting threatening or abusive words is a public order offence.

    An Essex Police spokesman said: "Essex Police would like to thank the Chronicle for bringing this matter to our attention.

    "The response the family received on Saturday would appear to be below the standard the force expects. Officers will be contacting the family to speak to them about this matter to establish whether any offences have occurred and investigate accordingly."

    Anyone with information can contact Chelmsford police on 101.

    Boy, 11, suffers broken collarbone in row with cyclist in the Bunny Walks


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    Former Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is expected to line up against old rivals Manchester City for Arsenal at the Emirates today.

    The game, which kicks off at 12.45pm, is live on BT Sport 1 from 12pm and is the weekend's first helping from the Premier League since the international break.

    Welbeck is fresh from scoring two goals for England in the international team's 2-0 win over Switzerland on Monday.

    The 24-year-old is expected to be granted his wish to play in a more central role for Arsenal, having been forced to play on the wing for much of his nascent club career.

    He has faced criticism for a lack of goals, prompting former boss Louis van Gaal to say he was not up to the standard of replacement Radamel Falcao, and Robin van Persie.

    What channel is Arsenal vs Man City on today?


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    A BICKNACRE teenager could be the latest X Factor sensation from Essex after he sailed through his first audition on last Saturday's show.

    James Graham, 17, of Westerwings, beat thousands of other hopefuls to get through to the live auditions at Wembley, which will be televised in the next few weeks, but has been told to keep the result secret.

    "It was weird, but good weird, to watch myself on TV," said James. "I was happy to get a little slot and the next showing of the live audition at Wembley should be aired in the upcoming weeks."

    James, who says his mum is his biggest fan, wowed the four judges with his rendition of James Morrison's You Give Me Something, with Simon Cowell, often the hardest to please, saying that it was a "very cool" audition.

    "I loved the song choice and the tone of your voice," Cowell told James. "I've got a good feeling about you."

    Judge and former Spice Girl Mel B added that the teen had a "soulful R&B" style to him, adding after Graham had left the room that "he was good".

    And the former Sandon school pupil was very pleased with the feedback. "I was very happy with what Simon said," said James. "He knows what he's talking about and people tend to do well after impressing him."

    James lives at home with his mum, Paula, his dad Dave and his older brother Ben, 20, and has spent hours practising his singing in his bedroom when he isn't helping out in the A.T Music studio in Rettendon.

    He added: "My mum was very proud of me, she said I looked a bit stupid but she was joking, I hope."

    But despite his impressive showing, he says the best is yet to come after critics compared the singer to John Legend and Donnie Hathaway because of his soulful tones.

    "The live audition couldn't have gone better, the private audition was OK but it's the live one where I really brought it," added James, who been under the guidance of voice coach Marc Lincoln-Fargeot, managing director of A.T Music, since he was 14.

    And Marc, of Avocet Way, Heybridge, was only too happy to share his expertise with James who himself had a career as a singer with 1990's rock band Vero.

    He said: "He has done fantastic so far. Far and above our expectations, we're very proud of him."

    At the tender age of 15 James won Maldon's Got Talent and before that, aged just 14, he performed at Open Mic UK 2011.

    X Factor star James Graham looking forward to Wembley live stage


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    After a prolonged international break, Premier League football fans will be relieved to see Gary Lineker and the Match of the Day team back on BBC One on Saturday after the Last Night of the Proms.

    Arsenal have been in action against Manchester City, Chelsea face Swansea, and Liverpool hosted Aston Villa.

    In total, there are eight games today, with Manchester United facing QPR on Sunday and Hull playing West Ham United on Monday evening.

    Tonight's Match of the Day is on at 10.50pm on BBC One, slightly pushed back after the Last Night of the Proms

    What time is Match of the Day on BBC1 tonight?


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    A SERIES of calamitous individual mistakes were to blame for Chelmsford City's 4-0 defeat at Boreham Wood. Three goalkeeping errors, a handball in the box and Nicky Eyre's sending off handed the Clarets their heaviest defeat of this Conference South season. Mark Hawkes made two chances from the 1-0 win over Bromley, with Luke Callander and James Love coming in to replace Michael Cheek and Rob Girdlestone. On a perfect playing surface at Meadow Lane, both teams got the ball down early, but without being able to create any chances in the first 15 minutes. The first real chance of the game fell to the host, after Yado Mambo sloppily gave the ball away. Wood played the ball across, but Graeme Montgomery guided his header over the bar from close range. The Clarets had their first chance in the 23rd minute, when Wood defender Josh Hill made a hash of his clearing header after a long ball over the top. Lee Sawyer ran through on goal, but he couldn't keep the bouncing ball down, blasting his first-time effort over the bar. Callander latched onto a Nicky Nicolau ball on the half hour mark, cutting inside on his right foot but firing his effort straight at Wood keeper James Russell. But after that the visitors were put under real pressure. Boreham had two decent chances within the space of a couple of minutes, when firstly Montgomery missed an open goal. With Eyre committed and missing a cross, the ball fell to the winger, but his first-time volley drifted over the bar. Then Lee Angol seemed certain to score when he rounded Eyre after racing onto a through ball. But Love recovered brilliantly to slide in and block the striker's effort. The opening goal then came when Chelmsford switched off at a short corner. The ball came in from Montgomery and deflected high in the air. Eyre came up to claim it under pressure and seemed to take control of the ball, but on his way down he dropped the ball and it trickled over the line. And Eyre's afternoon got even worse when he gave away a penalty and was sent off five minutes after half-time. The Clarets' stopper could only parry a Ricky Shakes shot and on the rebound brought down Matty Whichelow. Referee Serrano pointed to the spot and gave Eyre his marching orders. Substitute keeper Nik Freund's first job was to pick the ball out of his net, as Luke Garrard sent him the wrong way with the penalty to make it 2-0. And then with twenty minutes to go Chelmsford handed Wood another gift to score their third goal. Mambo and Freund failed to clear a long ball, with Lee Angol nipping in to take ball past Freund and score into an empty net. Just three minutes later Wood were four up when they were awarded their second penalty of the game. The ball bounced up in the box and struck Smith's hand, with Garrard stepping up and firing it past Freund from the spot. Chelmsford pressed hard to get some consolation from the game, but it was a mammoth task as the Clarets slipped down to 19th in the table. Boreham Wood: Russell, Nunn (Hope 81'), Garrard (Parsons 75'), Cox, Hill, Reynolds, Whichelow, Shakes, Angol, Lipman (Moli 75'), Montgomery Subs not used: Noto, Morgan Bookings: Garrard (27'), Reynolds (39') Goals: Eyre (OG 41'), Garrard (52', 72'), Angol (69') Chelmsford City: Eyre, Love, Redwood, Hughes, Haines, Mambo, Sawyer, Smith (Morgan 75'), Callander (Kouassi 70'), Ward, Nicolau (Freund 51') Subs not used: Gordon, Ekpiteta Bookings: Hughes (36'), Callander (70') Sent off: Eyre (50') Referee: Mr A Serrano Attendance: 301

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    A stretch of the A12, near Hatfield Peverel, was closed last night (Friday September 12) after a four car collision involving a minibus.

    One person was injured after the collision which took place around 8.49pm and left the A12 shut between J20 B B1137 The Street Hatfield Peverel and J21 B1389 Hatfield Road Witham, heading northbound.

    The injured person was taken to Colchester Hospital but is not thought to be seriously injured.

    Essex police say that inquiries are continuing into the incident which left a silver Renault Megane people carrier on its roof in the fast lane of the motorway.

    A silver Vaxhall Corsa, a Fiat Doblo and a Ford Ka were also involved in the collision which damaged the central reservation.

    Motorists were held up in severe delays and the A12 was reopened at roughly 22.40pm.

    Police joined paramedics and Essex fire and rescue at the scene.

    Police were called to another collision on the A12 last night just hours beforehand near the same junction (20A northbound), at around 7.45pm, leaving another person injured.

    A police spokesperson said: "A blue Peugeot 206 struck the central reservation barrier and a Mercedes car was also damaged.

    "Officers dealt with the scene and one driver was reported for motoring offences. Minor injuries."

    ​Stretch of A12 closed after four car collision involving minibus


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    Police investigating the attempted robbery and assault of a woman motorist in Chelmsford have made one arrest.

    On August 24 at around 3.30am a man stood in the middle of Rainsford Road, causing a woman motorist to stop her car and demanding to be taken to the high street.

    Then at around 6am the same morning another woman motorist reported that a very intoxicated man started banging on her car window and shouting at her in Chignal Road.

    Police arrested a 23 year old man from Ipswich yesterday (September 12) on suspicion of attempted robbery and he has been questioned and released on bail until November 4.

    ​Police arrest man after assault on female motorist


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    MALDON and Tiptree have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Terry Spillane this evening (Saturday). The Jammers made the announcement after their 2-1 defeat to Soham Town Rangers today, the clubs third defeat in a row. And with that defeat the Jammers are now 14th in the Ryman One North. Chairman Ed Garty made a statement through the club's Twitter page saying: "Terry has left by mutual consent and the Senior Players at the club will take charge of the team until a replacement for Terry is found. I am going to take my time and appoint the right person for the job."

    Terry Spillane parts company with Maldon and Tiptree


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    Police investigating the attempted robbery and assault of a woman motorist in Chelmsford have made an arrest.

    On August 24 at around 3.30am a man stood in the middle of Rainsford Road, causing the victim to stop her car. He then demanded to be taken to the high street.

    Then at around 6am the same morning in Chignal Road another female motorist reported that a very intoxicated man started banging on her car window and shouting at her in Chignal Road.

    Police arrested a 23 year old man from Ipswich yesterday (September 12) on suspicion of attempted robbery and he has been questioned and released on bail until November 4.

    Ipswich man arrested over attempted robbery of female driver in Rainsford Road, Chelmsford


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    The lid of an 2,300-year-old Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus belonging to a dead Bradwell-on-sea game hunter was sold today (September 13) by a Cambridge auction house.

    The Egyptian sarcophagus fetched £12,000 at the auction and was found 'propped up against wall' in the home of late game hunter and journalist Tiger Sarll who had passed away aged 94 in 1977.

    In early August during a routine house clearance at the Tiger's former home in Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, Stephen Drake of Willingham Auctions found the coffin lid when he was checking the contents of the property.

    Cambridge auctioneer Mr Drake described the moment he laid eyes on the find as being like a scene out of Indiana Jones.

    "It was bit like going in a tomb and right in front of me is this mummy. No it is not mummy, it is a coffin top. It was a bit like Indiana Jones," Drake said.

    Sarll, a game hunter and journalist, is believed to have shipped the lid from Egypt to England before he died in 1977.

    The coffin lid dates back to 700 BC, placing it in the Egyptian 25th dynasty, when Pharoah Shebitku was on the throne.

    ​Ancient Egyptian sarcophagus belonging to dead Bradwell-on-sea explorer sold for £12,000


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    Bicknacre teenager James Graham has sailed through to the boot camp round of ITV's X Factor on tonight's (September 13) edition of the popular singing show.

    The 17-year-old, who counts his mum as his biggest fan, wowed the four judges with his rendition of Adele's "I can't make you love me" on the show filmed at Wembley Arena.

    The former-Sandon school pupil has been practising for the ITV show by singing at Rettendon-based recording studios A. T Music and received four yes votes from the judges.

    Notoriously hard-to-please Simon Cowell said: "You could hear a pin drop in here.

    "You might be the dark horse in this competition."

    Whilst former spice girl, Mel B, added: "This is what X Factor is about."

    Bicknacre teenager James Graham sails through to X Factor boot camp


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    A VETERAN police detective who helped put the county's most notorious killer behind bars has died after a long battle with cancer.

    Renowned for his wacky array of bow ties, Bob "Dusty" Miller played a vital role in securing the conviction of Tolleshunt D'Arcy serial killer Jeremy Bamber who murdered his parents, sister and nephews in 1985.

    Bob, a community stalwart who led a very active life outside of the force, died on August 16.

    The 66-year-old was president of the Chelmsford Amateur Boxing Club and numerous other societies and had a particular penchant for bow ties, so much so that he founded the Bow Tie Club with his friend, Howard Bills, who used to run Keens Men's Outfitters, in New London Road, Chelmsford.

    Bob leaves behind wife Maureen, 63, daughters Claudia-Jane, 37, and Candice, 35, plus two granddaughters.

    Chairman of Chelmsford ABC, Mick Hull, said: "He loved boxing and being in and around the club and so much is owed to Bob, without him the club might not even exist.

    "He was involved with the club until the end and we will be forever grateful."

    When the club ran into financial difficulties 32 years ago, Bob brought together some generous businessman to save it by keeping the property they use in the club's name. Bob was also instrumental in bringing offenders from HMP Chelmsford to help refurbish the premises at Harway House on Rectory Lane.

    Mick added: "He played a huge part in creating the high standards of discipline, respect, and sportsmanship at the club.

    "As an organiser, Bob was a perfectionist who was a stickler for detail, and would never consider cutting corners. He was a proud man, always immaculately turned out.

    "Bob adored his family and generally loved people, which was reciprocated by so many. His enthusiasm for everything that he did was infectious."

    Bob Miller was born in Fanshawe Crescent, Dagenham in 1947 and attended what is now the Sydney Russell School. He was a keen supporter of Dagenham and Redbridge FC, and still attended matches regularly.

    A talented sportsman, Bob boxed with Graham Moughton, who represented Great Britain at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and played football. As a youngster he had expressed an interest in being an actor because his English teacher thought he had a "good, booming voice".

    When he was 14 he was put forward for an audition for the National Youth Theatre and received a letter of acceptance only to be told by his dad that he could not attend stating that "there was no way you're going to hang out with a 'load of poofs'."

    He later found out that the intake that year included Helen Mirren, Ian McShane and Stephanie Beacham.

    In 2013 Bob appeared in a documentary about the Bamber murders called "Slaughter at the Farm" which was aired on Channel 5.

    His funeral will be on Monday, September 15 at 1pm at Chelmsford Cathedral.

    Sadness as Jeremy Bamber detective Bob 'Dusty' Miller loses battle with cancer


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    WHILE prancing around the front of a pub last week, surrounded by continuous laughter and with a pint of ale always close to hand, I couldn't for the life of me remember why I'd been so desperately reluctant to go Morris dancing.

    Three months previously my editor received a speculative e-mail from the Chelmsford Morris "bagman" with her own Challenge Pete suggestion.

    It was simply five sentences long and one of them read: "He can enjoy bashing sticks with the other chaps."

    My boss let out a childlike squeal of delight, my colleagues cheered and I groaned into my hands. I couldn't refuse, could I?

    Although after I replied to the bagman – the Morris dancing term for the secretary – she suggested a date while I was on holiday, what I thought could be my first saving grace of an excuse.

    Yet bagman Celia Kemp persisted, like a bloodthirsty wolf chasing its prey, and suggested last week.

    This was my second excuse – for September was so far away it seemed it would never come and the event would simply evaporate into sweet nothingness.

    So when Celia sent me a reminder last week I tried to ignore it, knowing I could squirm from her clutches and tell her I simply must attend football training on Thursday – my third excuse.

    On the very day of the proposed stick-bashing I still hadn't replied to Celia, but all that changed when she rang the office while I was out, renewing my colleagues' enthusiasm.

    "Why don't you do it?" was the best I could come up with when our chief reporter informed me Celia had rung.

    He promptly pulled rank and that was that.

    Accepting my fate, I stayed true to my word and joined Chelmsford Morris in the Great Waltham village hall at 7pm.

    To their credit, the jolly Morris dancers, far from a pack of wolves, welcomed me in with open arms.

    Seven gents talked me through the Vandals of Hammerwich, a dance originating from Staffordshire, and while my stick bashing was up to scratch, I thought my dancing was hopeless.

    I could kick my heels against the ground to the music, played by Celia on the accordion, but gracefully prancing from one point to the other was beyond me.

    After 30 minutes of training, however, I was keen to perform the real thing at The Walnut Tree pub in Broads Green, confident in my every movement.

    At the pub there were nearly 20 of us and after performing with the boys, the women performed their dance and the whole group at one point broke into a spontaneous rendition of nursery rhyme Cock Robin.

    The group were all kind enough to congratulate me on my attempt. My only grievance is I didn't get to wear bells.

    Chelmsford Morris, whose members range in age from 16 to 66, was founded in 1972 and by 1979 welcomed women.

    The side tours pubs and summer festivals across mid Essex, and occasionally performs at big Morris dancing events outside of the county.

    Long-standing member Bob Sawyer, 66, of Tiptree, who met his wife Denise Sawyer at the club in 1980, said: "I saw people doing it and decided I liked the idea of it, performing the dances, the tradition and the camaraderie of it."

    Self-confessed Chelmsford Morris groupie Catherine Chandler, of Great Leighs, added: "They're one of the best teams in the country."

    The side, which boasts more teachers and nurses than any other profession in their ranks, enjoy revealing their hobby to unsuspecting friends.

    "People are unnecessarily reticent about it and judge it before they know what it really is," said Celia.

    Annabel Hawkins, 19, who will temporarily leave the club to study law at the University of York this month, joked: "My friends don't know what it is, I explain and then it just goes downhill."

    Back to my own experience, Chelmsford Morris made fantastic hosts and I was still chuckling over my experience the next day.

    'My day with the Chelmsford Morris Men': Reporter welcomed with open arms


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    A NURSING home is under close watch after inspectors found a neglected elderly dementia patient rolling on the floor crying for help.

    The Care Quality Commission also discovered the Chelmsford Nursing Home resident, who must be checked upon once every 30 minutes, had been neglected for more than four hours.

    The regulator is expected to revisit the Sandon home after ordering managers to improve in every aspect.

    Amanda Malin, who trained as a nurse at the same home 20 years ago, fears the case is another example of "care in the community being thrown out of the window".

    The 49-year-old's own father George Mason, an 82-year-old dementia patient, walked out of Admirals Reach nursing home in Chelmsford and drowned in the River Chelmer last year following a series of damning care failures.

    "If that elderly dementia patient at Chelmsford Nursing Home had been checked every half hour then they would not be rolling on the floor," said Mrs Malin.

    "They have obviously flung themselves on the floor for attention. It's very sad."

    When CQC regulators visited unannounced on July 9 this year, they found that at 3.15pm the dementia patient had fallen on a crash mat laid beside the bed and then crawled off it.

    The resident's emergency chord was hidden behind their bed out of reach and a care plan stated they had last been visited at 11am.

    The report, published at the beginning of August, ordered Chelmsford Nursing Home to respond with its own report by August 26.

    They also found the home's minibus had been broken down since February, a fire exit locked for no reason and dead flies spread over a bathroom window sill.

    Mrs Malin said the industry is now too money orientated and bypasses essential training for newcomers.

    "Care in the community has gone out the window, which is just what happened with my father," said the Great Totham mother, who now works as a dentist. "Dementia patients are so vulnerable and often they don't know what they're doing and need that extra assistance so it's really important they're monitored and not left alone.

    "They need a bit of love and attention from every carer. Those carers are out there but obviously in that nursing home it just was not about when the CQC visited.

    "These homes need to up their grades and I think this will carry on if nothing is really looked into."

    The report on the home, which cares for 64 people with dementia-related needs, was the only one ordering managers to improve on every aspect out of a batch published this summer.

    A statement from the home's owners, European Care Ltd, said: "Whilst we are pleased with the many positive comments in the inspectors report, we will also be working closely with the Care Quality Commission to address the areas they have highlighted.

    "The health and wellbeing of the people we support is our number one priority, and we are committed to providing quality care and support."

    Inspectors at Chelmsford Nursing Home found dementia patient rolling on the  floor


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    A full round-up of cases heard by Chelmsford and Colchester magistrates from August 7 to August 12

    See below for the details

    Sent to prison

    ROBERT JAGGS, 26, of no fixed address, was sent to prison for four weeks for committing arson by damaging bedding with fire belonging to HMP Chelmsford on February 8.

    SIMON TIBBY, 43, of Hithercroft Road, Buckinghamshire, was sent to prison for four weeks for being in possession of a quantity of cannabis, a controlled class B drug, at Chelmsford, on October 11 and stole a boiler valued at £900 from MK Building Supplies in Chelmsford on October 10. He was also given four weeks' concurrent for stealing drill battery charger batteries valued at £200 from Chandlers Materials Supplies in Chelmsford on October 11.

    OLIVER SEAN TERRITT, 24, of Lombards Chase, West Horndon, was sent to prison for eight weeks. He was given four weeks for stealing food valued at £8.29 from BP Connect at Stansted on July 17; and four weeks concurrent for stealing £260 cash from Autobar Vending, also at Stansted on July 17. He was also given four weeks concurrent for stealing £70 cash from Premier Inn at Brentwood on July 26, while subject to a suspended sentence order made on November 14, which was implemented as a four week consecutive sentence.

    GEORGE JAMES TONNER, 29, of HM Prison, Chelmsford, was sent to prison for 16 weeks. He was given eight weeks for stealing a bike valued at £450 from Thorpe le Soken Mainline Station on October 24; and eight weeks consecutive for stealing a bag and contents valued at £700 from Colchester North Railway Station on October 24.

    Suspended sentence

    STEVEN ROSS PARKHURST, 26, of Redmayne Drive, Chelmsford, was given a four week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, for the original offence of criminal damage, after failing to attend two appointments in July in accordance with a community order imposed on June 11. He must also pay £50 costs.

    DALE WINSKILL, 19, of Glebe Road, Kelvedon, was given eight weeks detention, suspended for six months, for making a malicious phone call at Colchester on May 7 in the form of a bomb hoax. He committed the offence while subject to a community order imposed on February 11 for offences of malicious communication, possessing cannabis, criminal damage and assault was in force. He was given concurrent sentences for each of the original offences and must pay a victim surcharge of £80.

    Assault

    CHELSEA NUTTALL, 27, of Forest Drive, Chelmsford, was given a community order for assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty at Chelmsford on July 26. She was ordered to have treatment for alcohol dependency for six months, attend appointments with a responsible officer, pay £50 compensation and a £50 victim surcharge.

    ROGER ANTHONY WRIGHT, 65, of Forest Drive, Chelmsford, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months for assaulting Beryl Wright by beating her at Chelmsford on August 7. He must pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

    DANIEL MARTIN PHILLIPS, 23, of Glovers, Great Leighs, was given a conditional discharge for six months for assaulting Martin Phillips by beating him at Chelmsford on July 25. He must pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    ARTAN NOKA, 27, of Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, was given a community order for assaulting Nicusor-Catalin Vasile by beating him at Chelmsford on July 25. The defendant must carry out 80 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months, pay £150 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    MICHAL HERNRYK BARCIKOWSKI, 34, of Plaiters Way, Braintree, was fined £250 for assaulting Danielle Madden by beating her at Braintree on April 6 and £50 for assaulting Luke Pursey. He was ordered to pay compensation of £100 and £50 respectively as well as a victim surcharge of £25 and £200 costs to the CPS.

    NIKAYLA DOUGLAS, 26, of Campbell Road, Witham, was given a community order for assaulting Martin Sayer by beating him at Witham on April 7. The defendant must carry out 60 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months, pay a £60 fine and £75 compensation.

    Criminal damage

    RUSSELL ERNEST FREDERICK CLARKE, 55, of Burnham Road, Latchingdon, was given a community order for damaging a Renault Clio belonging to Terry Bunker at Maldon on July 23, and assaulting him. He was placed under a curfew for eight weeks with electronic monitoring and must pay £250 compensation plus a £60 victim surcharge and pay £85 costs to the CPS.

    BOBBY LEWIS JOHN MANZI, 20, of Mill Lane, Danbury, was given a community order for damaging a front door to the value of £125 in Parkinson Drive, Chelmsford, on July 19 while subject to a community order made on August 19 last year was in force. He must participate in Building Better Relationships for 31 days, and carry out 100 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months. He must pay £125 compensation, plus a £60 victim surcharge.

    Drugs - possession

    JAKE SEAN POTTER, 19, of Sarcel, Stisted, was fined £110 for possessing 0.8 grams of methy

    lenedioxymethylamphetamine, a controlled class A drug at Colchester on July 26. He was also fined £73 for possessing 0.8 grams of amphetamine on July 26 and a further £73 for being in possession of ten grames of cannabis, both controlled drug of class B drugs, on July 26. He must also pay a £20 victim surcharge, £85 costs to the CPS and forfeit all the drugs and have them destroyed.

    Failed to comply

    ROBERT JOHN STROUD, 33, of Cramphorn Walk, Chelmsford, was fined £50 for failing to attend appointments on April 29 and July 15 in accordance with a community order imposed on September 10 last year. He must also pay £50 costs.

    IAN JORDAN SIMPSON, 24, of Ransom Road, Tiptree, was fined £35 and must pay £50 costs for failing to attend two appointments in July as required by a community order made on June 16.

    Fraud

    BABTUNDE USMAN OLAONIPEKUN, 32, of Selkirk Drive, Erith in Kent, was given a community order for dishonestly making a false representation by using a debit card with the intention of gaining a mobile phone at Chelmsford on July 26. The defendant must carry out 140 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months, pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    BARRY STEVEN BRIMFIELD, 32, of Bartram Avenue, Braintree, was given a community order for attempting to pay for fuel at Braintree on May 18 knowing there was no money in his bank. The defendant must carry out 80 hours of supervised, unpaid work for 80 hours within the next 12 months, pay £45.01 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    Indecent act

    CONNOR BILLY GRAVES, 21, of Longstomps Avenue, Chelmsford, was given a conditional discharge for one year for urinating in Tindal Street, Chelmsford, on April 12. He must pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    Resisting a constable

    LEE MARK ORRIN, 19, of West Lawn, Galleywood, was fined £75 for resisting a special constable at Chelmsford on April 11. He was fined £73 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS. He was also fined £75 for possessing 295 milligrams of Methylmethcathinone Hydrochloride (Mephedrone), a controlled class B drug, and must forfeit the drugs and have them destroyed.

    Social security offences

    JOHN LEONARD BRAZIL, of Bramwoods Road, Chelmsford, was fined £187 for failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of a change in circumstances that would have affected his entitlement to Job Seekers' Allowance on April 29, 2012 as he was receiving an occupational pension. He must also pay a £20 victim surcharge and £137 costs.

    Theft – shoplifting

    TOMASS RUNGIS, 25, of Cheviot Drive, Chelmsford, was fined £145 for stealing a pair of sunglasses valued at £33 from Boots in Chelmsford High Street on July 25. He must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    JILL SUSAN MURTON, 59, of Church Road, Kelvedon, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months for stealing three books and one CD to the value of £34.97 from WH Smith at Chelmsford on July 30. She also pleaded guilty to stealing food valued £12.25 from Marks & Spencer in Chelmsford on the same day. She must pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    JILL O BRIEN, 53, of no fixed address, was given a community order for stealing wine valued at £8 from Marks & Spencer in Chelmsford on July 30. The defendant must have treatment for alcohol dependency for six months and attend appointments with a responsible officer. She was also fined £20, and must pay £8 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £65 costs to the CPS.

    Theft – other

    DAVID BRIAN RADLEY, 36, of Nelson Place, South Woodham Ferrers, was given a community order for stealing a DVD player, sunglasses, a cap and leather wallet containing bank cards to the value of £200 at South Woodham Ferrers on April 28. He had also acted together with Paul Spanswick, by being in possession of a screwdriver and garden pruners for use in connection with theft. He was ordered to participate in Education Training and Employment for ten days, attend appointments with a responsible officer for six months, and forfeit the tools and have them destroyed. He was fined £30 and must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    PAUL SPANSWICK, 43, of Guys Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, was given a community order for stealing a DVD player, wallet and bank cards to the value of £200 at South Woodham Ferrers on April 28 and was acting with David Radley. He was in possession of a screwdriver and garden pruners likely to be used in connection with theft and had committed the offence while subject to a conditional discharge order imposed on July 17 last year. He was ordered to attend appointments with a responsible officer for the next 12 months, and forfeit the tools and have them destroyed. He must also pay a £30 fine, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    Careless driving

    RYAN MURPHY, 18, of Maple Way, Dunmow, was given three points on his licence for driving without due care and attention along the High Street at Great Dunmow on December 15. The defendant had driven into some metal railings that protected members of the public from a busy junction. He was fined £40 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    SUSAN ELIZABETH SILL, 56, of Walford Place, Chelmsford, was given six points for driving along Meadgate Avenue in Chelmsford on December 18 without due care and attention. The defendant turned right across the path of a motorcyclist travelling in the opposite direction, causing him to collide with the offside of the her vehicle and fall, suffering a broken arm. She was fined £120 plus a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    Drink-driving

    FREDERICK GEORGE LESLIE LANHAM, 54, of Foxglove Way, Chelmsford, was given a community order and disqualified from driving for 28 months for driving along Chelmer Road, Chelmsford, on July 3 after he had been drinking. The proportion of alcohol measured 111 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the limit. The defendant must participate in Medium Alcohol Requirement Intervention (MARI) for 12 days, participate in Drink Impaired Drivers Programme (DIDP) for 14 days and attend appointments with a responsible officer. He was also fined £300 and must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £115 costs to the CPS.

    WILLIAM THOMAS WALKER, 59, of Park Avenue, Chelmsford, was given a community order for driving along the B1008, Chelmsford Road in Howe Street, on July 28 after he had been drinking, and was driving without insurance. The proportion of alcohol in his breath measured 95 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than two and a half times the limit. He was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months, pay a £60 victim surcharge and £45 costs to the CPS. He was also disqualified from driving for two years.

    ROBERT GEOFFREY PERCY, 66, of Runnacles Street, Silver End, was given an 18 month driving ban for driving along School Road at Braintree on July 27 after he had been drinking. His breath contained 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than double the limit. He was fined £240 and must pay a £24 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    Driving offences - failed to comply

    JASVANTRAI RAO, 73, of Upper Acres, Witham, was given three penalty points on his licence for ignoring a No Entry sign when driving a vehicle in Braintree High Street on December 16. He was fined £80 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £45 costs.

    PAUL FOUCHER, 44, of Old School Court, Hatfield Peverel, was given three penalty points for crossing the stop line of a red traffic light at Parkway, Chelmsford on December 17. He was fined £220 plus a £22 victim surcharge and must pay £90 costs.

    GENADI KHOMSKI, 35, of Fyfield Close, West Horndon, was given three points for crossing the stop line at a red traffic light at Parkway, Chelmsford, on December 18. He was fined £220 and must pay a £22 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    No insurance

    DANIEL LEVI STRICKLAND, 29, Trenchard Crescent, Chelmsford, was given six points on his licence for driving along the B1137 in Chelmsford on December 16 without insurance. He was fined £600 plus a £60 victim surcharge and must pay £90 costs.

    PAUL JOBBINS, 55, of Long Green Lane, Bardfield Saling, was given six points for driving along Springfield Road in Chelmsford on December 16 without insurance. He was fined £600 plus a £60 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    No licence

    DOMINIC MICHAEL HEELIS, 19, of Kings Road, Chelmsford, was given four points on his licence for riding a motorcycle along Parkway in Chelmsford on December 8 with a provisional licence and did not display a L plate on the rear of the vehicle. He was fined £200 plus a £20 victim surcharge and must pay £90 costs.

    No insurance or licence

    PAWEK ZYGARLICKI, 23, of Broomfield Road, Chelmsford, was disqualified from driving for six months due to repeat offending. He had driven along Broomfield Road in Chelmsford on December 1 without insurance or a valid driving licence. He was fined £600 plus a £60 victim surcharge and must pay £90 costs.

    JASON THOMAS CARTER, 20, of School Lane, Broomfield, was given six penalty points for driving along Chignal Road, Chignal Smealy on June 11 without a valid licence or insurance. He was fined £110 plus a £20 victim surcharge and must pay £85 costs to the CPS. He was also fined £50 for failing to surrender to custody at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on August 13, having been released on bail on July 29.

    Speeding

    JOHN GEORGE MUROWE, 42, of Candytuft Road, Chelmsford, was given three points for driving along the A1060 at Hatfield Heath on December 16 at 38mph, in a 30mph speed limit. He was fined £80 plus a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    HENRY OSBORN, 23, of Hyde Lane, Danbury, was given five points for driving at 101mph in a 70mph speed limit along the A12 at Marks Tey on December 15. He was fined £250 plus a £25 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    RYAN ANTHONY STRIPE, 26, of Mill Road, Mayland, was given three points for driving at 63mph along the A282 Trunk road at Thurrock on December 17, in excess of the 50mph speed limit. He was fined £80 plus a £20 victim surcharge.

    DAVID MICHAEL CLARK, 71, of Tabor Avenue, Braintree, was given three points for driving at 38mph along the B1008, Broomfield Road, at Chelmsford on December 14, in excess of the 30mph speed limit. He was fined £50 plus a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    PAULA JANE CANSELL, 40, of Bardell Close, Chelmsford, was given three points for driving along the B1008, Broomfield Road in Chelmsford on December 16 at 38mph. She was fined £200 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    BEN JACKSON, 27, of Buckland Gate, South Woodham Ferrers, was given three points for driving at 40mph in a 30mph speed limit along Main Road, Woodham Ferrers, on December 17. He was fined £67 plus a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    Defective tyres

    SIOBHAN JADE CARSLAKE, 25, of Marlow Close, Braintree, was given three points for driving a vehicle along Goldingham Drive at Braintree on December 17 that had a defective tyre. She was fined £440 a £44 surcharge and £90 costs.

    Registration/Licensing offences

    WAYNE GORDON HEATLEY, 51, of Baker Way, Witham, was fined £133 for driving a vehicle along the M11 at North Weald Bassett on February 7 when the registration mark was not fixed to the front of the vehicle. He was also fined £133 for obstructing an officer in the exercise of his powers under the Transport Act and a further £267 for using a vehicle for which a plating certificate had been issued, when the gross weight shown on the certificate was exceeded. He must also pay a £27 victim surcharge and £229 costs.

    In court: Criminal cases heard by Essex magistrates


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    Radamel Falcao is set to make his debut for winless Manchester United against QPR at Old Trafford today.

    The 26-year-old Colombian was signed on a loan deal on the last day of transfer window, and will line-up alongside Wayne Rooney and Angel di Maria.

    Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal, who has been told to secure a top three finish after his lavish summer outlay, will field a near new look side as he attempts to finally get off the mark with his first three points of the season. Luke Shaw and Daley Blind are also expected to make an appearance.

    It has been a miserable start to the season for the former champions, with the nadir a 4-0 hammering by League One MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

    Meanwhile, QPR manager Harry Redknapp will give debuts to midfielders Sandro and Niko Kranjcar, who joined just before the transfer deadline.

    The game kicks off at 4pm and is live on Sky Sports 1

    What time do Man United kick off against QPR on Sky Sports today?


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    Historic steam engines, monster trucks and painted sheep competing in the "lamb national" enthralled visitors to the South East's largest country show.

    This weekend (September 13 and 14) is the 28th Barleylands Essex Country Show at the farm park and craft village held in Billericay.

    The show's committee are expecting up to 35,000 visitors to the 200 acre site and new chairman, Andrew Philpot, 43, remembers the shows humble beginnings well.

    "I remember being a schoolboy and helping out at the festival, I was born on this site, and the festival has grown a lot from a small gathering of local steam enthusiasts into what it is today," said Mr Philpot, whose family have owned the land for the last 39 years.

    "We really hope everyone has a great time here this weekend. We try to have a little bit of everything with something for the whole family – young or old."

    This year the show boasted an impressive line-up of stalls, food and entertainment including flying displays, vintage cars and motorbikes, rural crafts and children's favourite Peppa Pig performing.

    With a mix of local stallholders and other exhibitors coming from all over the South East organising the event is a year-long process with the committee beginning to find next-years stallholders and performers as soon the festival is over.

    "We try to choose the very best acts and stalls to fil the show to make these very good days down here," added Mr Philpot.

    Amongst the tents across the huge site included one hosted by multi-denomination church group, Churches Together who were offering free teas and face-painting - but with absolutely no preaching.

    Street Pastor David Bowles, 72, from Billericay was visiting for the first time as a pastor. He said: "We are expecting a very busy day here, I've came here many times for fun but this is my first time as a pastor.

    "We are hoping for a lot of people to drop in and have some fun. This is our way of showing that gods love is free but we are not preaching to anyone."

    Mother-of-three, Sharon Davis, 41, from Brentwood, was visiting the Essex country show for the first time.

    She said: "The site is huge and has a lot of entertainment for children of all ages – including myself.

    "My youngest is looking forward to seeing Peppa Pig and my oldest is trying out his first real cider with his dad so today is a big occasion.

    "In fact we could easily visit again tomorrow because i'm not sure we will experience everything."

    James Dawes, 66, from Canewdon, was visiting with his grandchildren, he said: "As much as the kids will enjoy today I'm really looking forward to seeing the monster trucks.

    "It's something you only really see on TV or in the states so it will be interesting to see those in action."

    Each year the committee members selects a number of charities to receive a total donation of £6000, this year Rayleigh British legion, Downs Syndrome Extra 21, Brainwave and the Keyhole Cancer Appeal based at Southend airport will all benefit. 

    Thousands attend the Barleylands Essex Country Show


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