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    The highly anticipated, and long overdue, demo for Final Fantasy XV, Episode Duscae, is to be released in the UK next year, Square Enix has confirmed.

    And for those who can't wait for the demo, a pre-release trailer has been unveiled:

    The demo will be released on March 20 in Europe, the same date as Final Fantasy Type-0 game for the Xbox one and Playstation 4.

    Fans of the game will no doubt notice that the original director of XV, Tetsuya Nomura, has been replaced by old hand Hajime Tabata, who was involved in both Final Fantasy V11 and Type-0.

    New trailer for Final Fantasy XV: Demo release date confirmed for March


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    A woman was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries after she was in collision with an HGV after stepping out of her car.

    Police said the 33-year-old pedestrian, who lives locally, stepped out of a Vauxhall Zafira in Foxhall Road, Steeple, at around 10.30am yesterday (September 17) when she was struck.

    She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

    Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have seen the black Vauxhall Zafira parked at the side of the road yesterday or previous days or weeks.

    Witnesses are asked to contact Pc James Lee at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit via Essex Police 101 quoting incident 285 of September 17.

    They can also email information to collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

    Woman suffers life threatening injuries after being struck by HGV near Maldon


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    West Ham legend Tony Cottee is to visit Maldon tonight for a night of reminiscing with former hammers striker Iain Dowie and Southampton great Matthew Le Tissier.

    The trio will tell stories about their careers and what happens behind the scenes when they film Soccer Saturday for a special Sky Sports Pundits evening.

    There are still tickets left for the Sky Sports Pundits evening tonight (September 18) which will take place at Maldon and Tiptree Football Club in Park Drive with doors opening at 7.15pm.

    There will also be a charity auction, a raffle with pie and mash served during the interval.

    Tickets are £25 and are available on the door.

    Call Emma on 07810 824595.

    www.sportymamas.com

    West ham legend Tony Cottee to appear at Sky Sports Pundits evening tonight


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    This is the tragic aftermath of a collision on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel in the early hours of this morning

    A cow was killed after it was struck by a silver Vauxhall Astra on the southbound carriageway at around 3.30am. The animal is believed to have been between the central reservation and the edge of the road at the time.

    The car was damaged and while the Vauxhall driver escaped uninjured, four other people were treated for minor injuries including a VW van driver who received hand and facial injuries.

    One person was admitted to hospital.

    An Essex Police spokesman said: "Police were alerted just after 3.30am this morning (September 18) to a collision involving a silver Vauxhall Astra on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel with a cow. 

    "The car was badly damaged and a second vehicle was damaged by the debris. 

    "No one was injured in the Astra but the male driver of the other vehicle, a VW van, received minor injuries to his hand and face. 

    The cow died in the collision."

    Highways Agency officials recovered the corpse earlier this morning after it was spotted by shocked onlookers.

    Pictured: Cow killed after being struck on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel


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    If you read your latest breaking news from across Chelmsford and mid-Essex on your smartphone, you'll automatically receive the new improved mobile optimised version of the Essex Chronicle online.

    Whether you're an Apple or Android phone owner, you are no doubt one of the legion of readers now accessing the latest news from across the county on your mobile.

    And we want our mobile readers to have the best possible experience when browsing the latest news, sport and entertainment from the Chronicle

    The new site contains plenty of new enhancements and features, including:

    • Easy navigation
    • Clear page design
    • Reliable performance
    • Fast download speed whether WiFi or 3G/4G
    • Simple sharing to Facebook and Twitter

    Everything has been developed with the aim of giving you the best user experience when browsing Essex Chronicle content online, whatever smartphone you own. 

    Whether it's breaking news, football scores or just checking the weather, it's now all better on mobile!

    You will also see a lot of improvements to the mobile and desktop website over the coming months based on your feedback, including improved page design, and faster load speeds.

    Let us know what you think. We've tested it endlessly but like all website redesigns, there will be things that don't quite work - that's where you come in.

    If you spot any bugs, glitches or things that simply don't work, let us know in the comments below, comment on our Facebook page, tweet us @Essex_Chronicle or direct via email to newsdesk@essexchronicle.co.uk

    Read all about it: The Essex Chronicle has a new mobile website


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    HYLANDS House hosted an action-packed Essex at War exhibition including stunning First World War re-enactments, historic machine-guns and live poetry readings and music.

    The Essex at War 1914-1918 event, held on Sunday, was a collaboration by Essex County Council, Essex Records Office, Chelmsford City Council and Hylands House.

    The official exhibition launch included performances from project artists like Coggeshall poet Luke Wright, who read three of his five poems commissioned for the Last Poppy project, an exhibition touring the county, and live music from the Essex Yeomanry Band, and Georgia Strand, Ric Saunders and Vo Fletcher.

    The Last Poppy project, which received funding from the Heritage lottery fund, will be touring the county in upcoming weeks with details available online.

    Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, was in attendance, cutting the ribbon to open the display.

    He said: "A tremendous amount of effort has gone into this.

    "It's very significant that we must begin recording this information because if we don't then maybe no one will and these facts are part of all our heritage."

    The 'Horses at War' exhibition was in the stables, in the grounds of the grade two listed Hylands House in Hylands Park, and the 10th Essex regiment First World War living history group joined the 1914 Army recruitment stand to perform live re-enactments on the front lawn.

    There was a number of live talks on topics such as mobilisation and land defences in Essex and the role of Women in the First World War, and an opportunity to research your wartime ancestors with the Essex Record office.

    Sarah Girling, who is part of the cultural development team within education, helped put together the Last Poppy has Fallen project which focuses on the lives of individuals, families and communities during the First World War in Essex.

    She told the Chronicle: "We wanted to collect the stories of the people that lived in Essex at the time of the First World War and how their lives were affected by the war.

    "We wanted to do this in a creative way so we wanted music and poetry to complement the work that we were doing with seven museums in Essex.

    "We had a number of volunteers learn new skills to find out how to research these stories.

    "This is a wonderful setting and the perfect venue for such an exhibition."

    The Chelmsford War memorial, Chelmsford Remembers, Marconi Heritage group and Stow Maries Aerodrome made representations with the Western Front Association who were exhibiting in the library.

    The saloon also hosted a display telling the history of Hylands House during the First World War when the neo-classical villa was a temporary military hospital.

    In the terrace room the Essex Record Office had displays of wartime stories with a number of panel boards covering different First World War topics.

    Archivist Allyson Lewis has been working on collating the stories and researching topics such as special constables, home defence and the possibility of evacuation from the county for over a year.

    She said: "During the process we found so many great stories. The war effort was so important because people went out to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today.

    "The war was also a watershed moment for women and had a dramatic effect on the balance of the UK and allowed women to contribute to society more."

    One of the unique stories displayed on panel boards was the tale of a Zeppelin crash in Little Wigborough, near Peldon, when 32 German soldiers were arrested by one special constable after they crashed near the village.

    "We found out not only about the war effort at home but about the plans for evacuation in which people were expected to walk to Oxfordshire," added Ms Lewis.

    The Western Front Association, a national organisation with over 6,000 members, was displaying a 1912 water-cooled Vickers machine gun that was used during the First World War.

    Member and amateur historian, Bill Fulton, said: "We do love to visit museums and schools in Essex and this is a marvellous site to hold an exhibition like this.

    "We travel round the UK trying to set the record straight about the history of the First World War and we are pleased to be able to exhibit here and maybe give people an insight."

    To find out more about the last poppy project please go to https://lastpoppyproject.wordpress.com/

    Remebering WWI: Hylands House hosts memorable exhibition


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    Passengers travelling on trains via Witham this afternoon should expect delays following an emergency services call out in the areas, which has led to train lines being blocked.

    The call out was reportedly due to an anonymous tip-off about a potential suicide attempt on the line near the station.

    A spokesman for British Transport Police said: "We were called to the line near Witham station, at around 4.20pm on Thursday, 18 September, following reports of a vulnerable person in the area.

    "Our officers are carrying out a search with colleagues from Essex Police."

    GreaterAnglia had earlier tweeted: "All trains are at a stand in the #Witham area due to emergency services dealing with an incident"

    The company then followed up a tweets announcing "Owing to the emergency services dealing with an incident at #Witham the lines are blocked"

    It is understood that the lines have been re-opened but that the incident has caused severe line congestion, with services to/from Liv St to/from Braintree, Colchester, Ipswich & Norwich affected.

    Anonymous suicide tip-off near Witham station causes delays and cancellations to trains travelling to Liverpool Street


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    HYLANDS House hosted an action-packed Essex at War exhibition including stunning First World War re-enactments, historic machine-guns and live poetry readings and music.

    The Essex at War 1914-1918 event, held on Sunday, was a collaboration by Essex County Council, Essex Records Office, Chelmsford City Council and Hylands House.

    The official exhibition launch included performances from project artists like Coggeshall poet Luke Wright, who read three of his five poems commissioned for the Last Poppy project, an exhibition touring the county, and live music from the Essex Yeomanry Band, and Georgia Strand, Ric Saunders and Vo Fletcher.

    The Last Poppy project, which received funding from the Heritage lottery fund, will be touring the county in upcoming weeks with details available online.

    Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, was in attendance, cutting the ribbon to open the display.

    He said: "A tremendous amount of effort has gone into this.

    "It's very significant that we must begin recording this information because if we don't then maybe no one will and these facts are part of all our heritage."

    The 'Horses at War' exhibition was in the stables, in the grounds of the grade two listed Hylands House in Hylands Park, and the 10th Essex regiment First World War living history group joined the 1914 Army recruitment stand to perform live re-enactments on the front lawn.

    There was a number of live talks on topics such as mobilisation and land defences in Essex and the role of Women in the First World War, and an opportunity to research your wartime ancestors with the Essex Record office.

    Sarah Girling, who is part of the cultural development team within education, helped put together the Last Poppy has Fallen project which focuses on the lives of individuals, families and communities during the First World War in Essex.

    She told the Chronicle: "We wanted to collect the stories of the people that lived in Essex at the time of the First World War and how their lives were affected by the war.

    "We wanted to do this in a creative way so we wanted music and poetry to complement the work that we were doing with seven museums in Essex.

    "We had a number of volunteers learn new skills to find out how to research these stories.

    "This is a wonderful setting and the perfect venue for such an exhibition."

    The Chelmsford War memorial, Chelmsford Remembers, Marconi Heritage group and Stow Maries Aerodrome made representations with the Western Front Association who were exhibiting in the library.

    The saloon also hosted a display telling the history of Hylands House during the First World War when the neo-classical villa was a temporary military hospital.

    In the terrace room the Essex Record Office had displays of wartime stories with a number of panel boards covering different First World War topics.

    Archivist Allyson Lewis has been working on collating the stories and researching topics such as special constables, home defence and the possibility of evacuation from the county for over a year.

    She said: "During the process we found so many great stories. The war effort was so important because people went out to fight for the freedoms we enjoy today.

    "The war was also a watershed moment for women and had a dramatic effect on the balance of the UK and allowed women to contribute to society more."

    One of the unique stories displayed on panel boards was the tale of a Zeppelin crash in Little Wigborough, near Peldon, when 32 German soldiers were arrested by one special constable after they crashed near the village.

    "We found out not only about the war effort at home but about the plans for evacuation in which people were expected to walk to Oxfordshire," added Ms Lewis.

    The Western Front Association, a national organisation with over 6,000 members, was displaying a 1912 water-cooled Vickers machine gun that was used during the First World War.

    Member and amateur historian, Bill Fulton, said: "We do love to visit museums and schools in Essex and this is a marvellous site to hold an exhibition like this.

    "We travel round the UK trying to set the record straight about the history of the First World War and we are pleased to be able to exhibit here and maybe give people an insight."

    To find out more about the last poppy project please go to https://lastpoppyproject.wordpress.com/

    Remembering WWI: Hylands House hosts memorable exhibition


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    FOR drivers motoring down the A131, not much has changed at the newly christened Chelmsford City Racecourse in Great Leighs. A sign with the Betfred logo decorates the ground's entrance and the odd digger or cement mixer is seen inside.

    Yet behind the embankment which blocks our view and underneath the 74 floodlight columns towering above our heads, about 50 contractors are on site each day pushing ahead on a £25 million project to ensure racing returns by January.

    The skeleton of the 3,000-capacity grandstand has been built in three months, its underground walkway for horses is in use and its extra mile-long turf track is a plush green shade.

    "It's very exciting," said course clerk Andy Waitt, while giving the Chronicle a walking tour this week.

    "We're really looking forward to racing beginning in January and everybody across the board is extremely excited.

    "We're on schedule and I'm personally very pleased with everything."

    With the owners running so close to schedule, they still hope to bring the Essex County Show back to Great Leighs, host big-name concerts and build a 10,000-capacity grandstand by 2018.

    He added: "All non-racing events are all part of the business plan – shows, concerts – if the ground allows for it.

    "I would absolutely like to have the Essex County Show here. I wouldn't have thought the owners are planning for that for next year but for the future, why not?"

    When owners Great Leighs Estates Ltd bought the track from the Royal Bank of Scotland last December, most of it investment from Betfred tycoon Fred Done, the ground was overgrown with weeds, the drains gaped open and its underground walkway was flooded.

    Now, however, the racecourse appears pristine, with the final rubber pathways being laid and the £6 million grandstand will be finished in November.

    The two-storey stand, overlooking the winning post, will boast a 360-degree panoramic viewing platform, two large restaurants and a betting ring.

    Contractor ISG is installing windows, tiling the roof and installing a picnic area beside the complex.

    Two lakes, which provide irrigation for the turf track, and a small ancient woodland planted inside the course, will remain on the site, providing an effect reminiscent of Chantilly racecourse in France.

    A tarmac track has also been built parallel to, but outside of, the course, ensuring the ambulance and veterinary service can drive to an incident within 60 seconds.

    Globetrotting horses also graced the all-weather track in March and April, including The Fugue trained by John Gosden, Red Cadeaux trained by Ed Dunlop, as well as Dank and Hillstar, trained by Sir Michael Stoute

    "It's the biggest project I've worked on and the most exciting," said Andy, a veteran at Great Leighs.

    The 51-year-old, who worked as a Sandown racecourse groundsman in his native Surrey for 17 years, transferred from Lingfield racecourse to Great Leighs with company Arena Leisure when John Holmes owned the track.

    After the course was plunged into administration in January 2009, with Mr Holmes declaring himself bankrupt and owing £25 million, Andy returned as course clerk when MC Racetracks took over in 2011.

    The father-of-one, who lives with his partner and racecourse stables manager Sam McGinn in Black Notley, became the full-time clerk this January when the owners approached him. "I jumped at the chance," he said.

    The BHA is expected to announce how many fixtures Great Leighs receives, on top of 12 it has already been granted, next month.

    Course chairman Joe Scanlon is hoping that with its turf and all-weather tracks both ready to use, the owners will secure as many as 80 fixtures for next year.

    Ex-owner John Holmes, who is expected to return bail in February 2015 over allegations of a £2.4 million VAT fraud, has previously wished the new owners "every success".

    He lives just yards from the course in his farmhouse in Moulsham Hall Lane but cannot set foot on the grounds.

    "He is not involved and is not allowed to be," said Andy.

    Chelmsford City Racecourse a racing certainty for completion


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    A FATHER-OF-TWO left scarred for life after acid was thrown in his face had an emotional reunion with the paramedics who saved him from even worse injuries.

    Wayne Ingold, 56, was the victim of a random acid attack as he went to collect his post from the communal hallway of his flat in Bramble Road, Witham, last month.

    Paramedic Darren Chambers and emergency care assistant Paul Maurer were first on the scene at around 10.45am on August 8 and their quick-thinking to get Mr Ingold into the shower to wash away the unknown chemical, thought to be sulphuric acid, prevented further damage to his skin.

    "When we first saw him, we knew we had to be quick, initially we didn't know what substance it was," said Darren, 41, who became a paramedic after leaving his job as a manager at electrical store Dixons.

    "If it was an alkali chemical it could have reacted badly to water and just made it worse, but because of the smell we knew it was probably not alkali, so we carefully cut his shirt off and got him in the shower as quickly as possible.

    "If we hadn't got the acid off it could have caused even more damage and burnt more deeply, making Wayne's recovery time much longer."

    Mr Ingold was taken by land ambulance to St Andrew's burns unit at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, for emergency treatment.

    "At first I was in complete shock, the pain was unbelievable, I thought this is going to stay with me for the rest of my life," he told the Chronicle.

    "I can't thank you guys enough for your quick thinking, you saved me a lot of problems, the staff at the hospital were fantastic as well."

    His injuries, however, are life-changing. His face, neck and upper body are scarred and one burn on his shoulder was so deep that doctors had to fill it with cow fat.

    Wayne was even wired up to an ECG machine four times as doctors thought he had suffered four heart attacks due to the shock of the assault. "The doctors also told me I was lucky I was wearing glasses or it could have gone in my eyes," he added.

    "I've had to throw away the pair I was wearing at the time because the arm just disintegrated," said Mr Ingold, who has undergone skin grafts and dental reconstruction due to his injuries.

    Wayne's son, James, 29, said: "When I first got the call I thought the worst, but then when I saw my dad I weirdly felt relief, as although it is bad, it could have been a lot worse, when you compare it to other acid attacks like Katie Piper.

    "The family were shocked at first, but it's just normal now."

    Wayne has since appeared on Sky News to talk about his experience in a feature about the rise in gang-related acid attacks, but says he cannot carry on living in his Witham flat.

    "These kind of attacks are on the increase amongst gangs in London, it's such a cowardly thing to do to a person," he added.

    "Every time I shut my eyes I see the attack again.

    "It's such a public injury, it's the first thing people see and sometimes people in the street or the shops stop and stare.

    "It's knocked me for six. I'm always looking over my shoulder. I was happy in Witham until they did this to me."

    He also managed to keep his composure in the immediate aftermath of the assault.

    "Some jobs stay with you and you remember them forever," said Paul, 30, who is also based in Chelmsford.

    "Wayne was handling it very well at the time, he kept very calm and was even cracking jokes in the ambulance.

    "If he'd been going crazy it would have been a lot harder to treat him.

    "It's good to see he is making a recovery. We don't often get to see patients after they leave hospital. Often we don't even know what's happened to them once they go into A&E, so it's nice to see he's looking much better than the last time."

    Despite the psychological trauma of the attack Mr Ingold, who also suffered a brain haemorrhage in 2006, is determined to get his life back on track.

    Chemical attack victim Wayne Ingold praises quick-acting paramedics


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    Motorists approaching the Army & Navy roundabout this morning have endured the familiar sight of disruption in the wake of overnight rainfall.

    Van Diemens Road has been closed because of surface water, believed to have been caused by a blocked drain this morning. There are also reports that manhole covers are missing.

    Delays are currently building at the junction, with some pedestrians describing the height of the water as "shin deep". The surrounding subways have also been flooded, with passers by reporting those at the Miami roundabout were also affected.

    It comes after overnight storms battered the county.

    See above for pictures

    Overnight storm causes disruption at Army & Navy in Chelmsford


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    This morning saw Scotland vote No in a referendum that asked whether it wanted to be independent of the United Kingdom.

    In a victory for the Better Together campaign, the result appears to be 55 per cent in favour of remaining part of the United Kingdom, while 45 per cent voted for independence.

    Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond in a speech this morning praised the 1.6 million Scots who had voted for independence, but urged them to accept the result of the democratic vote.

    Mr Salmond also took the opportunity to remind Westminster that the Yes campaign was promised greater devolved powers in the lead-up to the vote - telling the UK government he expected those promises to be upheld.

    We asked you what you thought about the idea of Scottish independence, and you were quick to tell us that you wanted Britain to stay united.

    Here are some of your best responses:

    Stuart Wright tweeted: "NO NO NO. Absolutely unthinkable if it is yes. Never been so passionate about an issue which affects us all for a long time. Totally unreasonable too for a small percentage of the UK to decide the UK's future. I am bitterly opposed to any break up of the Union. On a positive note I think that common sense will prevail in the result.. Just."

    Jean Hubbard said: "I'm a Scot living in Essex which I love, just hope if it's a yes vote they'll all stop moaning up there about how hard done by they are!!!"

    Wendy Jennings added "I would prefer to stay united. xx we are the UK!! this will change things for sure, if the result is independent ..."

    Carolyn Sargent said: "Vote No - Scottish got think about the future. I know they don't like Cameron or Westminster - the scots - but if they vote yes it divides the U.K. and the Scots. Vote No - the U.K. lives on again..."

    Robert Montgomery added: "Scotland deserves to make choices of their own ..what if it was the other way round and Scotland ruled over England I think England would vote a resounding yes to leave the union.."

    Scotland votes no to independence


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    WITHAM Town boss Garry Kimble is confident that his team have shown him enough desire in their performances to not be concerned by the club's current 15th place in the Ryman League Premier Division.

    Close defeats by Margate and Billericay Town over the past couple of weeks have seen a slight drop in the table, but encouraging displays from his side have proved that Town can compete.

    Kimble said: "What has pleased me over the last few weeks is that we can perform at this level.

    "I know we have lost a couple of games but the performances have been absolutely superb by the players.

    "The effort and the desire is all there, all we need to do is stop letting those silly goals in that are drawing us back down the table. It looks a little bit uncomfortable, but hopefully our performances will be dragging us back up."

    Witham were in FA Cup action last weekend and enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win at Essex Senior League side Bowers & Pitsea.

    James Robinson scored a hat-trick as Witham cruised into the second round qualifying where they will host either Bognor Regis Town or Lewes, who were due to play last night (Wednesday), on Saturday next week.

    Kimble added: "To be fair they didn't really trouble us too much. In the first ten minutes they were hard to break down but once we went into half-time 3-0 up then it was game over by then.

    "All credit to my players though, they applied themselves properly as it could always have been a banana skin away from home. We have got a fairly good draw with a home tie as well.

    "It is quite important to get a run in the FA Cup because it brings in that extra revenue to the club. I want to try and go as far as we can, we're not going to win it but it would be nice to go through a few rounds. It all helps in trying to build the club's profile as well."

    Witham are back in league action on Saturday when they host Kingstonian, before welcoming East Thurrock United to Spa Road on Tuesday.

    Kimble said: "Kingstonian are one of the favourites to get into the play-offs and East Thurrock United will be another tough game when we have them on Tuesday."

    Witham Town's  blip in form fails to shake manager Kimble's faith


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    KEITH WILSON insists the departure of Heybridge Swifts captain Andrew Joslin sends a message to rest of his players about what he expects from them.

    Former manager Jody Brown brought in Joslin last season, with Wilson making him his club captain.

    But Swifts announced that they had released Joslin this week, with Wilson feeling he did not have the player's full backing in the dressing room.

    He said: "I made AJ captain and he was one of the guys who stayed with the club over the summer. But I just didn't think that he was with me and I needed my captain to be 100 per cent behind me.

    "He is very opinionated. Now, I may have misconstrued his opinions but I just felt that it was destructive and derogatory to the rest of the team and I couldn't have that. So at the end of the day I felt that he had to go.

    "I think it sends out a message to the guys who don't know me well or haven't played with me before, that it doesn't matter who you are. I have not come here just to finish bottom half or mid-table, I have come to Heybridge to be successful, so I need everybody rowing in the same direction."

    Swifts have not enjoyed a good start to the season, only picking up nine points from as many games.

    But Wilson believes that if his team work hard then they will be able to turn around their results, starting with a trip to his former club Burnham Ramblers on Saturday.

    He said: "We are struggling at the moment, I thought we would have a better start, but I knew it would be tough because of the way the club was when I came in. So for that reason even more I need everyone going the same way."

    Joslin's exit sends a message to squad says Heybridge Swifts boss


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    CHELMSFORD City boss Mark Hawkes admitted he is having trouble trusting his players after recent individual errors handed Boreham Wood a comfortable 4-0 win on Saturday.

    The Clarets gifted all four goals to the Conference South leaders and slipped down to 19th in the table.

    And Hawkes insisted that the individual errors must stop if they are to claw themselves back up the league.

    He said: "As a manager I have to trust the players that go on that park, but at the moment too many individual errors week after week are forcing me to look at the players I put out there. Because every time I put a team out, my job is in their hands at the moment and I have to start trusting a few people.

    "It is just an accumulation of errors and it has to stop. I keep talking about the same thing week after week and again today we have conceded a penalty straight after half-time and conceded a goal, it has to stop.

    "It is a very hard defeat to take because they didn't open us up in the first half. When we are down to ten and are 4-0 down they still haven't opened us up. The reason why we have lost is down to individual errors and individual errors only."

    The defeat came off the back of a tremendous performance at Bromley the week before, in which the Clarets came away 1-0 winners.

    But inconsistency once again struck, with the Clarets still unable to put back-to-back wins together this season.

    Hawkes added: "It is very frustrating because you spend all week thinking about your team and tactics and also four or five hours' training making sure everything is right. Nothing changed from last week, except from two forced personnel, and we were superb last week and poor this week.

    "Michael Cheek was unavailable but he will be back for next week, Rob Girdlestone is injured and will probably be out for three weeks."

    Hawkes' men host Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, with the Seagulls currently lying 12th in the league.

    Errors shake Chelmsford City manager's faith in squad


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    Overnight storms in Essex have caused locals residents problems this morning, with news that fire services were called out to Keene Way, Galleywood after two houses and a garage flooded.

    Crews reported that a road had flooded and was affecting several of the properties, but firefighters pumped out the water and carried out operations to save furniture and belongings, leaving the scene at around 6.47am.

    The storms led to around 10 emergency calls related to flooding in the early hours of the morning, while the Army and Navy roundabout has also been reported to be flooded, affecting traffic in the area.

    Crews called after storms cause houses in Essex to flood


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    A Chelmsford man has launched a bid to find a mystery woman of his dreams after he was captivated during a brief encounter at an Ibiza nightclub.

    It was a case of love at first sight for 32-year-old Tom Gibb, when his eyes met Roshi at the Space nightclub while on a stag do on August 31.

    But despite bonding on the terrace over a shared love of Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, she soon slipped his gaze in the club and he hasn't seen her since. 

    So in a bid to re-locate her and rekindle their spark, Tom started a #findroshi campaign to track her down on Twitter.

    Tom, now works for Bravo TV in New York in the USA. He said: "As soon as I saw her I thought she was special and she had the sweetest, softest demeanour. She wasn't really one for the nightclub but was visiting a friend who is working a season there and we got talking."

    He reckons Roshi is about 25 to 26, works in marketing around Paddington and has a Nepalese background. She could also be called Roshana or Roshita, has dark hair and has travelled a lot.

    He also said she was with a friend who was travelling after studying social work at Sheffield Hallam University.

    Tom added: "We we're talking for a fair while about anything and everything. Space being the mega-club it is I lost her after a moment or two and couldn't really find her after.

    "I really wanted to get her number. I've tried some light Facebook searching but I don't know too much about her so its not really working out."

    "I'm working on the premise that if this works, then maybe it was meant to be that way," Tom said.

    "I'm not sure I can give many more details. I know this most likely this won't work but why not give a modern romance a shot."

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    A SCOUT group may be forced to cancel future camping trips after a trailer with £7,000 of vital equipment was stolen from the leader's driveway.

    The trailer full of outdoor equipment, including climbing and camping equipment, expensive jump walking stilts, racks and a camping fridge, was taken from the home of Scout leader Lee Chandler, who lives in Great Baddow, during the August bank holiday weekend.

    The Scouts had just returned from a summer camp and the equipment was waiting to be unpacked when it was swiped by thieves.

    Mr Chandler explained that future trips away for the 1st Ingatestone and Fryerning Scout group would be in jeopardy if they could not recover the trailer, as the group relies on it to carry all of the camping equipment they use, and they cannot afford to replace it.

    "The Explorers had just come back from a week in Derbyshire. We had four young people taking on the role of organising the week's camp and afterwards the leaders went home looking forward to the last week before the start of the new term. 

    Then bang, the trailer was stolen from the back of my car with some of the camping equipment still in it," explained Mr Chandler.

    "The trailer is used on every camp we go on. We've got a camp coming up at the end of the month and I'm going to have to see if we can borrow a trailer for that.

    "At the moment, I am going to have to think about summer camps next year. I may have to cut back or cancel them as we can't do it without a trailer."

    The trailer and equipment are usually used about once a month, and Mr Chandler says he hasn't heard any news on its whereabouts from the police after he reported it stolen.

    "It was stolen off the back of my car, even though it was locked on to it. We had just returned from the camp, and there was still a lot of stuff on the trailer that we use for camps but I store at home," he said.

    "I called the police but I haven't heard anything, and we haven't made any plans for what to do if we don't get it back, but replacing everything will cost us around £7,000.

    "With the next year in planning and the Scouts normally camping most months of the year and the Explorers five times a year, camps are going to be that bit harder without the trailer."

    If you have any information on the whereabouts of the trailer, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or call Essex Police on 101.

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    We've enjoyed one of the warmest weeks on record for a September, except for a rather stormy Friday, and it will stay pleasant as we head into the weekend.

    See below for our fun, family suggestions if you're stuck for anything to do in Essex this weekend

    ESSEX HEAT OF THE BRITISH LAWNMOWER RACING ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS, Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, near Braintree, CM77 6RA. 10am-5pm on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. 

    Admission: £2 adults, £2 children. 

    Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, Murray Walker and Chris Evans are just a few of the celebrities that have embraced the fun activity. Family events include the last chance to take the Peacock Maize Maze Challenge in the Original Great Maze, sidestalls and a bib BBQ.

    Of course you can visit the craft centre itself which has a range of shops selling everything from antiques, collectibles, children's toys, farmshop goods, dolls houses, jewellery, art and crafts. There's also a café and restaurant on site, a mini golf course and a play park.

    Funds raised will go to Essex Air Ambulance.

    Visit www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk for more details.

    ROMAN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE MINORIES, 74 High St, Colchester, CO1 1UE. Sunday, September 21. 11am. Tickets: £12.50. 

    Clara Biss, who led the Festival Orchestra last year, returns with a new trio, The Ravel Piano Trio. She showcases a fascinating programme of works from the period of artistic experimentation before the First World War. The festival is hosted at The Minories in Colchester, providing the perfect venue for this classical event.

    AN EVENING OF PINK FLOYD'S MUSIC, BRENTWOOD THEATRE, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AG. Saturday, September 20. 8pm-approx 10.35pm. Tickets: £15.

    Any Colour You Like provides a night of Pink Floyd music in aid of charity. Their 11-piece band was formed in 1994 and they play only for charity. The self-financed band donates all proceeds to their chosen charity. Whether a Pink Floyd fan or not, a great night is to be had by all, in the name of charity at the Brentwood Theatre.

    GARDENING AUTUMN PLANT FAIR WEEKEND, RHS Hyde Hall, Rettendon, Creephedge Lane, CM3 8ET. Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21, 10am-4pm. 

    Organised by Plant Heritage with more than 30 specialist nurseries, this relaxed and informal fair is a perfect day out for plant enthusiasts.

    Autumn is the best time for planting and this event provides the perfect opportunity to stock up on a great range of plants. Normal garden admission applies. The first 250 visitors to the plant fair each day will receive free Narcissus 'Elka' bulbs.

    Visit: www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall

    BRIDGET CHRISTIE, COLCHESTER ARTS CENTRE, Church Street, Colchester, CO1 1NF. Friday, September 19. Doors open from 7.30pm, show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets: £14, £12 concs. 

    Bridget Christie, who The Independent announced as one of the finest comedians around, is touring after her 2013 win at Edinburgh's Comedy awards. She doesn't take her feminism lightly and bases a lot of her comedy around gender inequality which provides a thought-provoking performance. The comedian has appeared on many TV shows such as Channel 4's Cardinal Burns.

    Visit www.colchesterartscentre.com/events

    FAMILY BAT WALK, Weald Country Park, South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS. Friday, September 19, 7-9pm. Admission: £4 per person. Booking essential via the visitor centre on 01277 261343.

    One for bat lovers - come and join the rangers on a guided night time tour to find the amazing bats which live in Weald Country Park.

    Use a bat detector to hear them navigate with echolocation and watch them fly around the lake - and you! Meet at the visitor centre, and remember to wear warm, waterproof clothes.

    Visit www.visitparks.co.uk

    FAYRE TIMES FESTIVAL, ROYAL GUNPOWDER MILLS, Waltham Abbey, Essex Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. 10am-5pm. Tickets: £9.50 adults, £7.50 children (discounts if booked online). 

    There will be historical re-enactments, live action and role playing at this celebration of history, folklore and fantasy. There will be talks by top historians, science fiction and fantasy writers and displays in the main arena by vikings, knights, men-at-arms and WW2 soldiers. Don't miss the battles between humans, dwarves, elves, goblins and orcs! Lots of stalls and refreshments too.

    Visit www.royalgunpowdermills.com

    CLASSIC CARS-ON-SEA, SOUTHEND SEAFRONT, Southend SS1 2EJ. Saturday, September 21.

    The annual event is back with an impressive collection of up to 20 pre-booked classic vehicles which will be displayed in a spot on the seafront. The event commemorates the 64 cars that left London on a 1,000 mile trial in April 1900 and encourages owners of classic vehicles to get them up and running. Owners of classic cars can still register for them to be displayed and will receive a free breakfast.

    Visit www.visitsouthend.co.uk for more details

    OPERATING DAY WITH STEAM, COLNE VALLEY RAILWAY, Castle Hedingham, C09 3DZ. Sunday, September 21. 10.30am-5pm.

    Tickets vary from £9 per adult, £5 per child or a family ticket for £28. 

    The Colne Valley Railway opens its doors for an operating day complete with steam trains and miniature railway. The visit includes unlimited train rides, the travelling post office, the railway's museum, signal box visits and the garden and model railways. A family day out, even for your dog for £2.

    Visit www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk.

    GUIDED TOUR, COPPED HALL, Crown Hill, Epping, CM16 5HS. Saturday, September 20. 

    The tour starts at 10am and entry gates close at 11am. The tour costs £7 and lasts about 2.5-3 hours.

    You are guided around all of the Copped Hall gardens, part of the vast mansion, the cellars and the stables.

    DAY OUT GREAT DUNMOW CARNIVAL, The Recreation Ground, CM6 2AA. Saturday, September 20, 12pm-9.30pm. 

    The Great Dunmow Carnival has been running on the third Saturday of September since 1951. Summer may be coming to an end but this full day of fun is a great way to see it out and features a traditional procession, showground events, food, fireworks, stalls and an evening of concert performers.

    Visit www.dunmowcarnival.com.

    NIGHT OUT STARLIGHT SAFARI NIGHT, COLCHESTER ZOO, Colchester CO3 0SL. Saturday, September 20. Late opening until 9.30pm. 

    Colchester Zoo remains open into the evening for this twilight viewing with a timetable packed with displays, feeds and training sessions. A list of feeding times provides a glimpse of the animals as you may have never seen them before. You could also take a ride on the Lost Madagascar Express train to visit the Lemur Paradise. 

    Visit www.colchester-zoo.com for tickets.

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    A motorcyclist from Chelmsford has died after a collision with a van.

    The victim, in his 70s, was with five others in Blois Road, Steeple Bumpstead, when bike he was riding collided with a VW Caddy at around 1.20pm yesterday (September 18).

    An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said an air ambulance, land ambulance and paramedic car were sent to the scene to reports of an unconscious male.

    He was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene. The van driver was uninjured and nobody else was taken to hospital.

    Motorcyclist from Chelmsford dies after collision with van


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