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    CLARETS skipper Mark Hughes admitted it was 'weird' to face his old side Barnet and old boss Martin Allen and admitted he was ultimately disappointed at not winning despite Chelmsford's brave display in the 0-0 FA Cup draw.

    Hughes was singled out by 'Mad Dog' Allen ahead of the game as one of his 'all-time favourite ever players'.

    The 31-year-old former Northern Ireland international provided Barnet with one of their most important goals in recent years, a cracker against Burton Albion in 2012 that sealed a 2-1 win and kept the Bees in the Football League that year.

    Now Hughes will head back to Barnet, albeit at their new ground The Hive, in the fourth round qualifying replay, on Tuesday night.

    "It's the first time I've played against Barnet [since leaving]. It was weird. I've had a club in between," he said.

    "It brought back memories more than anything. The last two weeks I've been thinking about it. You move on quickly in football, but it was nice to think about it all.

    "It'll be nice to go back there, although I haven't played at the new ground. It's always weird to play against your old side, but I've done it against a few sides. You're a bit more nervous than usual, but we settled into the game okay and I'm looking forward to having another shot at it on Tuesday."

    Allen admitted he has a framed photograph of he and Hughes hugging at the end of the Burton game in his house.

    "I know the photo he's on about. It was right under the tunnel. I'd chucked my shirt into the crowd. He's a good fella and I've got great memories there," he said.

    "He should have got the job that summer we left, but unfortunately they went down. Now he's got it and hopefully he can get them back in the Football League.

    "He shook my hand afterwards and gave me another hug, which was good, and we'll be looking forward to Tuesday."

    Hughes felt the game against the Vanarama Conference Premier table-toppers lived up to its billing in front of 1,844 people at Melbourne Park.

    "It was a real cup game. There wasn't a minute on the ball and it was like a derby. The atmosphere was good, it was end to end," he said.

    "We noticed, and we said it in the changing room afterwards, that you can't switch off for a second. That's the Conference level. You go and attack and the next second you're running back."

    He added: "Both teams were trying to play off their big men, and both those big men were getting joy. It's about getting on to that second ball.

    "It settled down in the second half and we got that injury to Mark Haines, which disrupted us a bit. Marvin [Ekpiteta] came in and steadied the ship and in the end we were the ones probably seeing it out and we'll go again on Tuesday."

    The experienced central midfielder admitted that despite being proud of his team, he felt the Clarets could have won the game on the day.

    "I'm disappointed in a way. I felt today was a chance to get one over on a good side, one of my old teams, so we are disappointed. But our away form is really good and the way we play will probably suit that game," said Hughes.

    "We won't be fazed by going there because we've been to some big places in this league at the top end of the table and we've gone there and won."

    Hughes also had praise for City's on-loan Rotherham United goalkeeper Tony Thompson, and believes he's another talented youngster among the young side at Chelmsford.

    "He's a solid lad. He's not the tallest, but he's built really well. He kicks the ball well. He's young, we've got a lot of youngsters and they don't know when they're beaten," he explained.

    "It's good for us and we're on a really good run. We just need to keep that going and see where it takes us. We'll see the draw on Monday and it'll be the same as last time where we know who we've got. It's that carrot dangling in front of us before we going into it, so it's even more motivation."

    Monday brings the draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup and City and Barnet will both find out who they could face if they triumph the following day, with the prospect of playing a Sky Bet League One or Two side.

    "Another old side, Oldham, would be nice. Someone like that," said Hughes. "It's been a funny old year, so maybe another team like that that I've played for or against. A Football League side would be nice, but it's a massive task on Tuesday.

    "Our away form is good, so we'll be confident. The pressure is on them and we'll see how we get on."

    Former Barnet midfielder relishes reunion with Martin Allen in Chelmsford's FA Cup clash


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    Simon Cowell was given an unexpected offer from an X Factor contestant during tonight's live show.

    Colchester's Stevi Richie invited mentor Simon Cowell to come on a night out in his home county of Essex.

    After his performance of title song from Kevin Bacon fllm, Foot Loose, the crooner offered to show the pop supremo around the town along with Louis Tomlinson of One Direction.

    "Can we go to a Harvester? I like that," replied Simon.

    "Yeah I'll show you all the top places," said Stevi, who was critised by many of the judges for his singing ability.

    Louis Walsh was first to lay into the check-shirt wearing 33-year-old: "You've had a good time on the show, but it's time to go home."

    "My God you have fun up there," said Mel B, "but that's it".

    Later in the show Stereo Kicks came on after a turbulent week and performed an a cappella version of two Beatles songs, Let It Be and Hey Jude.

    Prior to the show there were rumours the eight-piece boyband, mentored by Louis Walsh, were going to lose two members after he was agitated about the amount of lads in the group.

    After their song Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said of the Bicknacre 18-year-old, James Graham, "your voice is really beautiful" .

    "The best decision of your lives was not to listen to Louis, but to listen to yourselves and it really worked," said Simon as he launched an attack of fellow judge Louis for the way he handed the band's preparations.

    "What you did as a mentor was disgraceful, anytime you want to leave Louis and join me I'll mentor you," he added.

    "Maybe I shouldn't have said that, but you know it really worked," said Louis.

    Stevi Richie invites Simon Cowell on night out in Essex after X Factor live show


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    THIS striking image of orang-utan Rajang has led to its student photographer being awarded a national photography prize.

    Sarah Kilshaw, 18, a conservation student at Writtle College, came top place in both the 'Last Chance to See?' and 'Judge's Choice' categories in the Zoological Society of London Animal Photography Prize 2014.

    Her black and white shot will now appear on merchandise, and in an exhibition at London Zoo.

    Sarah said: "When I took the image I was on an environmental studies school trip with my sixth form but I was able to do quite a lot of photography in between going to seminars.

    "Once I'd got to the orangutan enclosure I couldn't help but smile as Rajang was where he always is – looking out and connecting with the young people on the other side of the glass."

    See the stunning photo which won Writtle College student an award


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    MALDON residents attended a Question Time-style event to quiz NHS bosses and vent their frustrations over plans for a new hospital.

    More than 150 people crammed into the Plume School hall to hear from six distinguished guests representing different strands of the NHS, Maldon District Council and the National Health Action (NHA) party.

    These included Louise Irvine from the NHA, Mid Essex Hospitals Trust chief executive Paul Forden, and interim chairman of the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG), Dr Bryan Spencer.

    Much of the debate centred on plans to bring a new hospital to the district, with a planning application for a new health facility and 320 homes at Maldon Hall Farm to be submitted by Kensington & Edinburgh Estates imminently.

    The meeting was organised by the Blackwater Patient Participation Group (BPPG), and former Maldon town councillor Tom Kelly, 73, was pleased with the turnout.

    "The number of people who turned up shows that the Maldon district has a real appetite for more information about their local NHS service," said Mr Kelly, a member of the patient group.

    "There was a lot of frustration in the room. People want to know when the hospital will arrive and who will own the site. They understand the severity of the need for a new facility here in Maldon."

    The BPPG aims to help patients easily understand the NHS and how recent reforms affect the area, while providing a forum to air opinions.

    During the evening a number of topics were discussed, including the number of hospital beds with a rising elderly population, the new ambulances provided to the district, and issues with the area's GP surgeries.

    Other guests included Maldon District Council chairman Bob Boyce, deputy CEO of the East of England Ambulance Service, Rob Ashford, and Ian Stidston, director of commissioning at NHS England.

    Cllr Boyce confirmed at the meeting that Maldon District Council is considering investing in a new community hospital if services can be guaranteed at a new site.

    Mr Kelly added: "People are wary of a private company owning the building after a number of bad experiences with PFI agreements.

    "And I think people were shocked at just how little cohesion there is between the various NHS departments.

    "It's encouraging that the council is considering investing, and now the NHS needs to decide what it wants from a suitable centre."

    After more than a decade of delays and frustration a new hospital looked on the cards after a renewed emphasis on collaborative efforts between Maldon District Council and the Mid-Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) were agreed at the end of 2013.

    But little has materialised and in August tempers flared at a district council overview and scrutiny meeting that tackled the subject.

    NHS bosses quizzed over future of new Maldon hospital


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    Full details from Chelmsford and Colchester magistrates courts. 

    Criminal cases below were heard between September 24 and October 7

    Suspended sentences

    JULIAN ANDREWS, 43, of Nelson Grove, Chelmsford, was given a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was given two months for stealing a shaver to the value of £159.99 from Boots in Chelmsford on September 24 while subject to a community order imposed on August 28 was in force. He was also given two months concurrent for the original offence of theft, having taken three pairs of sunglasses valued at £210 from Boots in Chelmsford on August 12. He must have treatment for drug dependency for 12 months, attend appointments with a responsible officer and pay an £80 victim surcharge.

    SAMUEL DAVID PARR, 30, of Thistledown Road, Nottingham, was given a 21 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was given 12 weeks concurrent for assaulting Zachery Poland-Shaw by beating him at Stansted on November 11 in a road rage incident. He must pay £200 compensation plus an £80 victim surcharge and £625 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He was also found guilty of driving dangerously along Stoney Common Road at Stansted on November 11 and given 20 weeks concurrent and disqualified for 18 months. He must pay £300 compensation for driving without insurance or a valid licence and was given one further week consecutive for failing to report to Colchester Magistrates' Court on August 28. The defendant must attend appointments with a responsible officer and carry out 120 hours of supervised, unpaid work within the next 12 months.

    KEVIN DAVID BALCOMBE, 47, of Mundon Road, Maldon, was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for driving along Mundon Road on or about September 20 after he had been drinking. The proportion of alcohol measured 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times over the limit. He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and without a valid driving licence. He was banned from driving for three years and must pay an £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    Criminal damage

    SAMANTHA JOSEPHINE RALLS, 29, of Humber Road, Witham, was given a community order for damaging a front door to the value of £600 belonging to Allan Ross at Witham on August 16. The defendant must participate in an accredited programme for 19 days as directed, attend appointments with a responsible officer, carry out 40 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months, pay £150 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.

    Assault

    GARRY JAMES SHEARMAN, 25, of Broadoaks, Epping, was given a community order for assaulting Alan Herridge by beating him at Chelmsford on September 20 and of beating Lauren Claxton on September 21. He also pleaded guilty to causing £100 worth of damage to a glass window pane at Witham on September 21, resisting two Police Constables in the execution of their duty and committed the offences while subject to a community order imposed on January 10 was in force for assaulting a Police Constable at Harlow. The defendant was placed under a curfew for six months with electronic monitoring, and was ordered to attend appointments with a responsible officer. He must pay £200 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    DAVID STEPHEN LAYZELL, 54, of Chaffix, Felsted, was fined £150 and given a restraining order for assaulting Tina Mixture at Dunmow on September 9. He must not contact her directly. He was also fined £300 after pleading guilty to assaulting a Police Constable in the execution of his duty at Braintree on September 9, and must pay a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    STACEY TANYA REYNOLDS, 23, of High Street, Braintree, was given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, for assaulting a paramedic from whom the defendant had sought medical assistance by beating him at Braintree on September 14. She must attend appointments with a responsible officer, pay £50 compensation and an £80 victim surcharge.

    Failed to comply

    JOHN COOK, 29, of New Walk, Southminster, was given a new community order for failing to attend unpaid work on August 21, 2011, as required by a community order imposed on June 24, 2011 for the original offences of fraud. He was ordered to carry out 220 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months and pay £50 costs.

    Knife

    WILLIAM KEITH MERREN, 25, of Bakers Lane, West Hanningfield, was fined £110 for possessing a 5.5in kitchen knife at Temple Grove Park, Bakers Lane, a public place in West Hanningfield, on September 10. He must pay a victim surcharge of £20 and £85 costs to the CPS in addition to forfeiting the knife and having it destroyed. The defendant also pleaded guilty to assaulting another person.

    CHARLOTTE LUCY GRAVES, 23, of Widford Chase, Chelmsford, was given a community order for possessing a blade of a knife in Upper Bridge Road, Chelmsford, on August 31. She was placed under a curfew for four months, with electronic monitoring. She must attend appointments with a responsible officer and pay a £60 victim surcharge. She committed the offence while a community order imposed on August 5 was in force for possessing drugs.

    Drunk and disorderly

    PAUL YOUNG, 47, of Fellmores Hostel, Basildon, was fined £73 for being drunk and disorderly at Stonebridge Walk, Chelmsford, on September 24. He must also pay a £20 victim surcharge.

    Harassment

    JAMES HERD, 68, of Green Lane, Althorne, was fined £110 for making two phone calls and sending two text messages to a person when prohibited from doing so by a restraining order imposed on August 18. He must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £70 costs to the CPS.

    Police offences

    ANTHONY DAVID GOLDSTEIN, 18, of Finborough Road, West Brompton, London, was given a community order and ordered to pay £100 compensation for assaulting a Police Constable in the execution of his duty at Chelmsford on August 16. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of damaging a custody cell and door to the value of £150 belonging to Essex Police and of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, also at Chelmsford on August 16, and was ordered to pay a further £100 compensation. The defendant must have treatment for alcohol dependency for six months and was given a six month curfew with electronic monitoring. He must attend supervised appointments with a responsible officer, and pay a £60 victim surcharge.

    RICHARD RONALD TUBEY, 29, of Charleston Avenue, Basildon, was fined £580 for resisting a Police Constable in the execution of his duty at Maldon on August 24. He was also ordered to pay £98 compensation for damaging a marked police vehicle's rear seats and interior to the value of £98. He must pay a £58 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    SAMANTHA JOSEPHINE RALLS, 29, of Humber Road, Witham, was given a community order for assaulting a Police Constable in the execution of his duty at Braintree on August 8. She must participate in an accredited programme for 19 days as directed, attend appointments with a responsible officer, carry out 40 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months and pay £50 compensation.

    Protection of children

    JOHN MICHAEL COWELL, 60, of Watling Lane, Thaxted, was given a community order for making indecent photos of children at Braintree on or before January 22 this year. Namely 228 category C still images, two category B moving images, one category B moving image; and one category C still image. The defendant must participate in an accredited programme for 35 days and attend appointments with a responsible officer. He was fined £440 and must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS. All the images are to be forfeited and destroyed and he was given a notification requirement to register with the Police at Dunmow for five years.

    Theft – shoplifting

    EDUARD FLORIN RADULESCU, 31, of Seaton Mount, Leeds, was fined £100 for stealing five bottles of vodka valued at £185 from Sainsbury in Chelmsford on September 8. He also pleaded guilty of failing to surrender to custody at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on September 24, having been released on bail in criminal proceedings on September 8. He must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    JEREMY THOMAS EVERETT, 25, of no fixed address, was given a conditional discharge for six months for stealing food items to the value of £6.25 from Marks & Spencer in Chelmsford on September 24.

    FLORICA ILIITA, 23, of Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, was fined £500 for stealing alcohol and groceries to the value of £74.50 from Tesco in Maldon on September 9. She was acting together with Florin Sale. She must pay a £50 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    FLORIN SALE, 42, of Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, was given a community order for assaulting two people by beating them at Maldon on September 9 and ordered to pay each of them £100 compensation. He also pleaded guilty to stealing groceries and alcohol to the value of £74.50, together with Florica Iliita, from Tesco in Maldon on September 9. The defendant must attend appointments with a responsible officer, carry out 200 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months. He must also pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    DAVID BRIAN RADLEY, 36, of Nelson Place, South Woodham Ferrers, was fined £73 for stealing various items of drink and four magazines to the value of £11.39 from Tesco in Chelmsford on August 7. He must pay £11.39 compensation, a £20 victim surcharge and £37 costs to the CPS.

    CHRIS HURRY, 18, of Evelyn Close, Chelmsford, was given a conditional discharge for six months for stealing drinks to the value of £3 from R & I Bhyani Stores at Chelmsford on June 11. He must pay £1 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge. He committed the offence while a community order imposed on April 30 for handling stolen goods and was ordered to participate in the Bridge Project for 15 days, and attend appointments with a responsible officer for six months.

    JOSEPH ROBERT HILL, 53, of Woodhall Road, Chelmsford, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months for two counts of stealing food and wine from Budgens at Brentwood on September 21 to the value of £20.15 and £70.63. He must pay £20.15 compensation.

    MARTIN PAUL CANSELL, 43, of Old Court Road, Chelmsford, was given a community order for two counts of theft. He had stolen two bottles of perfume valued at £83.50 from Boots in Chelmsford on September 11 and four bottles of perfume to the value of £159.50 from Boots in Chelmsford on September 12. He was ordered to have treatment for drug dependency for six months, attend appointments with a responsible officer and pay £40 compensation.

    MAUREEN LOMAS, 64, of Roydon Bridge, Basildon, was given a conditional discharge for six months for two counts of shoplifting. She had stolen a bottle of fragrance to the value of £34 from Boots in Chelmsford on August 13 and three bottles of fragrance to the value of £300.20 from Boots in Basildon on August 12. She must pay a £15 victim surcharge and pay £85 costs to the CPS.

    SIMON RICHARD EMBERTON, 38, of Parklands Drive, Chelmsford, was fined £70 for stealing two bottles of wine to the value of £15.50 from Tesco in Springfield Road, Chelmsford, on September 19. He also pleaded guilty to taking another bottle of wine from the same store on the same day worth £4.49 and committed the offence while subject to a conditional discharge order imposed on February 4 for 12 months for assaulting another person. The defendant must pay £19.99 compensation plus a £20 victim surcharge.

    THOMAS EDWARD STEPHEN POWER, 47, of Pembroke Place, Chelmsford, was given a 12 month conditional discharge for stealing food items to the value of £3.79 from Wilkinsons in Chelmsford on September 2. He must pay a £15 victim surcharge and £45 costs to the CPS.

    Drink-driving

    DANIEL PAUL MORAN, 37, of High Street, Maldon, was given a community order and disqualified from driving for 28 months for driving along a BMW along Spital Road at Maldon on August 24 after he had been drinking.

    The proportion of alcohol measured 108 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times over the limit.

    The defendant must participate in the Drink Impaired Drivers Programme for 14 days, attend appointments with a responsible officer and carry out 120 hours of unpaid, supervised work within the next 12 months, pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    He also pleaded guilty to driving the vehicle in a manner that danger was likely to be caused to his passengers or other users on the road.

    AMY-ROSE MARTIN, 20, of Mores Lane, Pilgrims Hatch, was disqualified from driving for 14 months for driving along the A414, Three Mile Hill at Chelmsford on September 20 after she had been drinking.

    The amount of alcohol measured 51 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, in excess of the legal limit. She was fined £340 and must pay a £34 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    CHARLOTTE DERRY, 28, of Jarvis Way, Harold Wood, was disqualified from driving for two years after driving along West Avenue in Chelmsford on September 20 after she was over the limit.

    The alcohol measured 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres, more than three times over the limit. She was fined £255 and must pay a £26 victim surcharge and £85 costs to the CPS.

    CLAIRE LOUISE O'CONNOR, 42, of Springfield Park Avenue, Chelmsford, was given ten penalty points on her licence for driving along Springfield Park Avenue in Chelmsford on September 20 after she had been drinking.

    Her breath contained 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than two and a half times the limit. She was fined £110 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and pay £85 costs to the CPS.

    Driving offences - no insurance

    MATTHEW THOMAS MUSSARD, 22, of Melba Court, Writtle, was given six penalty points for driving along High Bridge Road in Chelmsford on January 4 without insurance. He was fined £350 and must pay a £35 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    no insurance or licence

    KAMAL ZADRAN, 41, of Pretoria Road, London, E4, was given six penalty points for driving along New London Road in Chelmsford on January 6 without insurance.

    He was also driving with only a provisional licence. He was supervised but was not displaying L plates. He was fined £600 and must pay a £60 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    Speeding

    ANTHONY HAYNES, 39, of Campsey Road, Dagenham, was given three penalty points on his licence for driving along the A12 at Boreham on January 4 at speeds of between 88 and 90mph, in excess of the 70mph speed limit. He was fined £167 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge plus £90 costs.

    JONATHAN BARRON HERTERICH, 60, of Crouch Beck, South Woodham Ferrers, was given three points for driving at 58mph along the A127, Southend Arterial Road, at Rayleigh on January 4, in excess of the 50mph speed limit. He must pay an £80 fine and a £20 victim surcharge.

    MATTHEW SKIDMORE, 44, of Bicknacre Road, Danbury, was given three penalty points for driving at 60mph along the A127, Southend Arterial Road at Rayleigh on January 3, in excess of the 50mph speed limit. He was fined £160 plus a £20 victim surcharge and must pay £90 costs.

    ZAK JAMES FOREMAN, 21, of Honor Link, Chelmsford, was given six penalty points for driving at speeds of between 80 and 85mph in excess of a temporary 50mph speed limit on the A13 at Bowers Gifford on August 9. He was fined £400 and must pay a £40 victim surcharge and £620 costs to the CPS.

    MARTIN ANDREW TINGEY, 40, of Broadway, Jaywick, was given three penalty points for driving along the B1256, Coggeshall Road at Braintree, on December 25 at 38mph, in a 30mph speed limit. He was fined £100 pus a £20 victim surcharge.

    RICHARD JAMES CLEMENT, 38, of Haig Court, Chelmsford, was given six penalty points for driving along the A113 at Stanford Rivers on January 9 at a speed exceeding 30 mph by driving at 47mph. He was also driving without insurance. He must pay a £600 fine plus a £60 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    Using a mobile

    MARJUS JUSKEVICJUS, 31, of Stanley Road, London, E12, was given three points on his licence for driving along the M11 at Stansted on January 9 while using a mobile phone.

    He was fined £200 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    YASAR KHAN, 46, of Milborne Road, Crawley in West Sussex was given three penalty points for driving along Southgate at Stansted Airport on July 25 while using a mobile phone . He was fined £200 plus a £20 victim surcharge and must pay £90 costs.

    Traffic offences

    MARC ARTHUR GEE, 34, of Leigh Road, Leigh on Sea, was given six penalty points on his licence and fined £110 for failing to provide information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle at South Woodham Ferrers on February 5. He must also pay a £20 victim surcharge and £90 costs.

    MARK ANDREW DEATH, 51, of Rectory Road, Tiptree, was given six points for failing to provide information relating to the identification of the driver of a vehicle alleged to have been guilty of an offence at Southend Police Station on January 9. He was fined £600 and must pay a £60 victim surcharge plus £90 costs.

    Named and shamed in court: See who's been at Essex magistrates'


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    Diego Costa is expected to play some part in Chelsea's trip to Old Trafford, despite Jose Mourinho's insistence that he is suffering from recurrent hamstring problems and a virus.

    Manchester United have worries over Radamel Falcao's fitness and Wayne Rooney is suspended. Michael Carrick is also reportedly due to start the game.

    A win for the hosts could see them edge into fifth place, replacing Arsenal, while victory for Chelsea would put them six points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

    The match also represents a clash between two coaches who notably worked together at Barcelona for three years. Louis van Gaal has described his former assistant as a substitute coach. 

    Last season Chelsea came away from Old Trafford with a creditable 0-0 draw after Mourinho opted to play with a largely defensive set-up - although that was before Manchester City and Liverpool thrashed the former Premier League champions.

    Manchester United vs Chelsea is live on Sky Sports 1 from 3.30pm. Kick off is at 4pm

    What time does Manchester United vs Chelsea kick off and what channel is it on?


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    Ed Sheeran and One Republic are the star guests on tonight's X Factor results show.

    Last night's main show, which saw the performers belt out tracks made famous in Hollywood films, was less eventful than last week. Judge Mel B apologised to singer Fleur East after accusing her of cheating by using backing singers.

    She performed Labelle's hit track, Lady Marmalade to a rapturous reception from all judges and the audience.

    Also impressive were Ramsden Heath's Lauren Platt, with her version of Frozen, and Stereo Kicks, who after a turbulent week, came on and performed an a cappella version of two Beatles songs, Let It Be and Hey Jude.

    But Colchester's Stevi Ritchie may be vulnerable after his rendition of Footloose failed to impress the judges, with even his own mentor Simon Cowell unmoved by the offer of a night out in Essex

    "My God you have fun up there," said Mel B, "but that's it", while Louis Walsh added: "You've had a good time on the show, but it's time to go home."

    The X Factor results are on ITV tonight from 8pm

    What time is the X Factor results on tonight on ITV?


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    A 10-YEAR-OLD girl from Writtle Junior School has raised more than £210 for Farleigh Hospice's bereavement service as a thank you for the help they gave her family after her grandfather died.

    Eden Baldock attended a session with Farleigh's Yo Yo bereavement service for young people, and afterwards asked the hospice if she could take a charity collection pot to school to raise money for the service.

    But head teacher Nick Taylor went one step further and organised a non-uniform day, without telling Eden and her family that the proceeds would be going towards Farleigh's bereavement service.

    "The school sent letters home to parents telling them what was going on, but we just thought it was a non-uniform day," explained Eden's mum Leah Perry, 34.

    "We were really touched, especially my mum. My dad would have been so proud of her, he was very close to my children, and they went to see him when he was ill in hospital with stomach cancer. But he absolutely wouldn't expect anything less of Eden; she is just one of those children who wants to help people."

    All 212 students at Writtle Junior School took part in the non-uniform day, raising just over £212 for the charity, while many other students at the school have also made use of Farleigh's Yo Yo team.

    "I always wanted to help them because they always help other people, and give them support when they need it," said Eden.

    "I never thought I would get so much money, I hoped I would maybe raise £50."

    A cheque for the money raised was presented by Eden to Farleigh Hospice's community fundraising manager, Christine Hogben, at a special school assembly.

    "The service provides someone for kids to talk to, and we also do craft work, which can help them open up. It's just so lovely that children want to give something back," Ms Hogben said.

    "We have been running the Yo Yo service since 2006, before then it was a bit taboo to talk to children about bereavement."

    The service supports children, aged four to 18, who are facing a loss or have been bereaved, and also offers information and support to people working with children dealing with these issues.

    Mr Taylor added: "It is absolutely incredible that she has raised the money, and she is a credit to the whole school community."

    Writtle Junior School pupil, 10, in fundraising feat for Farleigh Hospice


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    A police investigation is under way after two men broke into a house in Chelmsford before assaulting the occupant.

    Officers were called to the property in Shrublands Close to reports the assailants had burst into the home and carried out the attack at around 8.30pm on Thursday (October 23). The pair left empty handed.

    The victim was taken to hospital for treatment for minor stab wounds to the leg.

    Essex Police said a search of the area then took place but no trace of the suspects was found. Passers-by said the house remained a crime scene on Thursday evening and into Friday.

    Enquiries are still ongoing.

    Property in Shrublands Close in Chelmsford sealed off after victim attacked by would-be burglars


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    ESSEX comedian Russell Brand has been linked with a run at becoming the next London Mayor.

    The Grays-born actor and author has reportedly told close friends he wants to succeed incumbent Boris Johnson in 2016.  

    According to the Mail On Sunday, Brand would be contesting the position as an independent candidate on an "anti-politics ticket".

    The rumours come as his new book, Revolution, is hitting the shelves and the Get Him To The Greek star tours the chat show circuit explaining his anti-establishment stance on politics.

    He has often stated he has never voted and sees it as a waste of time because "there is no-one worth voting for".

    In the book he describes how he believes people should live in collectives, get rid of the Monarchy, ban fracking and overhaul the capitalist economy.

    If he did stand in 2016 it would be a remarkable turnaround to a position of engaging with a system he considers undemocratic.

    When asked about the rumours a spokesman for Brand refused to confirm or deny the speculation.

    Other potential rivals to the capital's top job could include former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, West Ham vice-chair Karen Brady, LBC presenter Nick Ferrari, or Olympic organiser and ex-athlete Lord Coe.

    Could Russell Brand become the next mayor of London?


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    An Essex toddler has been entered into a beauty pageant where she dances to Beyonce's tracks and blows kisses to the crowd.

    Bobbi Boyden, 19 months old from Colchester, has only been able to walk for five months but is already wears make up, nail vanish, lip stick and a blond wig as she struts her stuff on stage.

    Her mother, Stephanie, describes her as a "diva" who like o dance and often throws tantrums.

    Bobbi, 32, entered her first pageant in June, alongside sisters Eleanor, 10, and Demi, eight, and she has already won a string of prizes.

    Her mother has already spent £5,000 in three months on fancy dresses and entry fees into various competitions with one dress she only wore it twice before she grew out of it costing $200.

    She said: "You can't put a price on the look on her face when she's on stage in her costumes.

    "I know some people think it's inappropriate but all of the judges are checked out and given police checks and I wouldn't put her in any danger.

    "The crowd are parents and family members - you can't just wander in off the street. There are people who say that pageants sexualise children but I couldn't disagree more.

    "It's exactly the same as a dance competition except the kids win crowns instead of medals at the end."

    Mother of Essex beauty queen toddler spends £5,000 in three months on pageants


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    FIVE youths arrested for drug offences and stealing a car after a two-car crash in Witham on Friday have been bailed by police.

    A police helicopter was scrambled at around 8pm and ground cars were on the scene at 7.45pm on Friday night after the collision in Powers Hall End.

    The police helicopter was used to help track down a 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old man from the town who had fled from the Saxo after the crash.

    A 22-year-old man and an 18-year-old man from Witham have been bailed pending further enquiries until Saturday, December 13.

    A 16-year-old boy from Chelmsford, an 18-year-old man from Chelmsford, two 15-year-old girls from Maldon and a 19-year-old man from Haringey have been bailed pending further enquiries until Monday, December 15.

    Five arrested for drug offences and sealing a car bailed by police


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    A ROAD rage incident in Braintree saw a van driver threaten a traffic warden who asked him to move.

    The warden asked the driver of a white Ford Transit van to move from the restricted parking area in the town's Great Square.

    The driver refused to move, shouted and swore at him and then threatened to assault the traffic warden before driving off.

    Officers would like to speak to any witnesses the traffic warden being threatened by a motorist at around 11.30am on Tuesday, October 21.

    Anybody that can help is asked to contact PC Kristie Dawson at Braintree on 101.

    Van driver threatens Braintree traffic warden who asked him to move


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    A PASSENGER plane was just 75ft from colliding with an unmanned drone "buzzing" over the Essex skies.

    The turbo-prop plane, which can hold up to 74 people, was coming into land at 1,500ft into Southend Airport when the pilot spotted the remote-controlled quadcopter "very close" to the right wing-tip.

    The pilot told the control tower at Southend Airport he saw a black and red "remote-control helicopter with a very small engine" that was "too close" to the ATR72 twin-engine airliner.

    An investigation launched by the UK Airprox Board into the incident that is believed to be the first ever near-miss between a passenger plane and a drone in the UK.

    UK Airprox Board report, said: "The board were content that the AT72 pilot had clearly seen the quadcopter but, unfortunately, there was too little information available to make a meaningful analysis of the occurrence or to accurately assess the risk.

    "Members were disappointed that someone would fly a quadcopter so high on the extended approach path to an airport, and that no had come forward to help with the analysis.

    "It was unanimously agreed by the board that the cause of the Airprox was that the quadcopter was flown close enough to the ATR72 to cause its pilot concern; because there was too little information to assess the degree of risk accurately, it was graded as D."

    A "D" rating means the risk of the collision was still high.

    Cheap drones can cost as little as £225 and security experts warn terrorists could use them to launch attacks.

    British pilots want stricter rules on who flies unmanned drones that could also be used to carry cargo over UK airspace.

    Airliner nearly collides with drone as it lands at Southend Airport


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    STEREO Kicks made it through to the next round of X Factor after getting voted back by the public.

    The eight-piece boyband were in a precarious position after last week's live show when they were heavily criticised by the judges and mentor Louis Walsh even toyed with the idea of getting rid of two members.

    But after their show-stopping a capella mash-up of Let It Be and Hey Jude by the Beatles wowed the viewers and saw them safely into next week's show.

    After their performance last night Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said James Graham's voice was "absolutely beautiful".

    The Bicknacre teenager will be back with his seven bandmates next week as the ITV show continues.

    James Graham and band Stereo Kicks through to next round of X Factor


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    CONCERNS continue to surround an NHS referral system in which Braintree residents are sent nearly 10 miles away for routine medical treatment, rather than to the community facility in the town.

    Fears that the NHS's Central Referral System was jeopardising the future of Braintree Community Hospital had first been voiced during a discussion in the Town Hall in February this year.

    Many residents and politicians grilled guest speakers, including GPs and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) administrators, on why the practice, by which patients are sent to Broomfield Hospital for routine treatment, was being allowed to continue.

    And on October 14 Friends of Braintree Community Hospital held its fourth public meeting where patients had the opportunity to raise these issues again.

    Professor Chris Green, chairman of the Friends, whose trustees met on Tuesday to decide their next move, said: "There's not been anything like this meeting in Essex before.

    "It was a very frank but good-tempered meeting and residents got the chance to ask questions they wouldn't normally be able to ask.

    "One of the recurring answers from speakers was 'we have got no money', which does raise the question: what can the NHS do?

    "It's a national issue but one thing that was raised by a GP was that the old style of family doctor is a thing of the past. There is a lot of box-ticking now and there are managers on huge salaries when that money could be spent on services."

    Fears around the future of the community hospital, based on Chadwick Drive, began after private firm Serco backed out of a four-year contract to run the facility in December 2013, citing a lack of patients as the reason.

    Management for the hospital has now returned to the Mid Essex Hospitals Trust but concerns as to how it is run have continued.

    Five guest speakers were at the discussion of these worries on Tuesday, including Bryan Spencer, deputy chairman of Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, Peter Mayo, GP at the Blandford Medical Centre in Braintree, Linda Cutts, practice manager at Freshwell Health Centre in Finchingfield, Paula Williams, chief pharmacist of NHS Mid Essex, and Ian Stidston, director of commissioning at NHS England in Essex.

    The Friends also plan to invite each parliamentary candidate to answer questions from the public about whether the NHS is safe in their hands at a date nearer to the 2015 general election.

    "Given the turbulence in this constituency after Brooks Newmark's standing down, that is going to be an important issue," said Professor Green.

    He added: "The referral system is still a massive issue and we need to know what is happening."

    Braintree Community Hospital snubbed for patient referrals


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    NEARLY a third of children are growing up in poverty-stricken families in some parts of mid-Essex, according to figures released this month.

    The data from the End Child Poverty campaign, shows in the worst-hit areas the proportion of youngsters living below the poverty line, calculated as 60 per cent of the average income after housing costs, is as high as 29.12 per cent in the Marconi ward in Chelmsford, 29.26 per cent in Bocking South, and 27.61 per cent in East Maldon.

    For some of those working on the frontline to provide emergency help to families unable to feed their babies and children, the figures come as no surprise.

    Chelmsford

    Sue Bell, founder of Chelmsford-based charity Kids Inspire, which was able to purchase gifts for 250 children in poverty in the city last year thanks to their annual Christmas Appeal, said: "We have children who complain about being hungry, a lot of families who find it really, really hard to feed them.

    "We provide a holistic service and so you become aware of things like children who have got no clothes or bed linen, we had one child, a 14-year-old girl, who had never, ever purchased her own bra.

    "It impacts on their learning because if they're hungry, or cold, or thirsty it in turn affects their self-esteem, and their capacity to engage in activities."


    Maldon

    Indeed in a report entitled 'Child Poverty in Essex', published in May this year, it was found that for the 49,020 children growing up in a low income household, there is a direct correlation with poor early vocabulary skills, lower achievements at school, and ultimately lower future earnings, as well as health issues such as stress and diabetes.

    Yet, as highlighted in the Essex County Council-commissioned report, a paid job no longer guarantees an escape from poverty, with more than half of those children – 61 per cent – having parents in employment.

    Cllr Dick Madden, cabinet member for children and families, told the Chronicle: "When you talk about low wages it's all about education of the parents, or guardians, of the children. If you can improve their skills and move them onto a more qualified role then the impact of that is felt on their children.

    "Poverty costs emotionally, physically and financially, and while working for a low income may underpin it, there are also other areas that are engaged including health, education and isolation."

    The growing levels of deprivation in some areas have been felt keenly by those volunteering at one of the many food banks across the county, with Chelmsford Foodbank operating four distribution centres across the city and predicting to supply food parcels to 1,000 children in 12 months, by the end of 2014, an increase of almost a third compared with 2013.

    Braintree

    Volunteer Clive Pickett said: "I would say almost a third of everyone that comes in has a family, in most cases there are problems with benefits, family break-ups, or a low income.

    "They open up and talk to us because we're not judgemental, they often tell us the story of why they are in the plight they're in. Food banks have become part of the social benefit structure."

    Another recurring theme among those parents struggling to make ends meet is debt, with one in five households on an income of less than £13,500 per year, spending more than 30 per cent of their weekly income on repaying debts.

    It's a situation that has left Chelmsford Citizen's Advice Bureau forced to establish a dedicated money advice team.

    "The amount of debt appointments we have experienced in the last 12 months has increased," said operations manager Elaine Maguire.

    "We have just gone through a recession where people have lost jobs, so people have had a change in circumstances, and even if they have managed to get a new one it might not be as good a salary, or they might have had a relationship break down and go into depression, and poverty just leads to more debt.

    "We provide full debt advice and try to get finances into a state where they can see the way out."

    Following the publication of a national Child Poverty Strategy in March this year, many regional authorities have sought to follow suit with more localised plans, which was what prompted Essex County Council to commission its own report. As a result it has now recommended the development of a Child Poverty Charter for the county, due to be presented at full council by December this year, and expected to include measures to help match people's skills more closely with the needs of local businesses.

    Plans are already underway in some parts of mid-Essex to combat the wider social changes responsible for an increase in deprivation, with Maldon District Council moving forward on its proposals to regenerate the coastal tourist economy in the Dengie Peninsula, the 'Dengie Gateway Project', to mitigate the loss of a further 1,000 jobs at Bradwell power station by 2015.

    The community of Southminster, where the loss of the major employer is most sorely felt, has 24.72 per cent of its children living in poverty according to the new data – one of the worst records across the district.

    Rev Dr Jon Morgan, minister of the United Reformed Church in Southminster and Burnham, which runs a food bank in both towns, said: "We're beginning to work with the Parish Council and the District Council with their plans," he said.

    "We want to see how we can be a partner because we are much aware that the character of Southminster has changed since the loss of labour for Bradwell station. There is a complete generation of people who feel quite trapped in the Dengie Peninsula because there isn't any industry left."

    And in the Braintree district, where 29.26 per cent of children are living in poverty in the Bocking South ward, members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee have ordered a review into poverty, the perceptions of it, and what can be done to combat it, with residents being asked to fill out a survey available on the council's website, and the full report expected by May next year.

    "It seemed to be the kind of subject that a caring council would seek to look at, and enquire into. The idea is that there may be something out of the findings that the council is able to do to ease the problems," said committee chairman Cllr Dr Robert Evans.

    Yet Jude Deakin, Essex County Councillor and City Councillor for the Marconi ward in Chelmsford – which has the worst levels of child poverty in the city – feels that effective change cannot only come from local measures.

    The Liberal Democrat councillor said: "I'm not entirely sure that as a local councillor I'm able to do very much about it at all, I think we have to look to national government.

    "I know my party fought very hard to get the extra levels of £10,000 income before tax brought in and that needs to increase so that the young people and families that are out working but on a very low wage have an opportunity to have a bit more money to spend."

    One third of children 'growing up in poverty' in parts of Essex


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    A BAN on parents taking their children out school during term time could be relaxed under new guidelines issued to head teachers.

    The plans, drawn up by heads and backed by new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, will allow children to attend special occasions such as family weddings, religious events and funerals, visit an ill relative as well as deal with personal loss or tragedy.

    The previous guidelines drawn up by Michael Gove stopped schools from granting 10 days holiday per year in special circumstances.

    This led to a string of incidents in which parents were fined £60 if they took their child out of classes for an unauthorised absence.

    One of the most high profile cases was that of JP Morgan banker, James Haymore and his wife Dana, who took their 11-year-old son Toby out of Chancellor Park Primary School, Chelmsford,to attend a memorial service in California, when his attendance was already around 87 per cent.

    The couple pleaded not guilty at a Colchester Magistrates Court hearing in July and were prepared to continue the legal fight until Essex County Council dropped the case in September.

    A spokesman for the Department of Education, said: "The NAHT is clear that they firmly support the current policy and term-time holidays should only be granted in exceptional circumstance.

    "There are no plans at all to change the policy and no u-turn. Headteachers have always been able to decide what exceptional circumstances are, but if they find that the NAHT's guidance assists them in making this judgement then we welcome that."

    Ban on parents taking children out of class during term time could be relaxed


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    It looks like the half term week will remain mostly dry and mild with only minimal rain predicted on Wednesday in most of Essex.

    Forecasters predict a dry start to the week with lengthy spells of warm sunshine and a southerly breeze developing.

    On Monday the maximum temperature of 19 degrees is expected during the day that will drop to around 10 degrees with clear skies as night falls.

    The dry forecast should continue into Tuesday, but then rain is predicted on Wednesday in Chelmsford and parts of the east of the county.

    Cloud will increase with a north-west wind bringing rain overnight into Wednesday.

    The rain is expected to clear up on Thursday and remain dry and mild on Friday, becoming brighter in the afternoon.

    Half term weather set to remain dry and mild for most of Essex


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    The FA Cup draw takes place on a Monday evening for the first time after the BBC regained the rights to the famous competition.

    The broadcaster is taking the event on the road, with the first to take place at the National Football Centre in St George's Park.

    Mark Chapman will host the event, with Phil Neville and Tammy Shape drawing the balls. Ties will be played over the weekend of November 7 -10.

    Eighty teams, including Chelmsford City, await their fate, as they are joined by teams from Leagues 1 and 2. The Clarets face Conference side Barnet in the fourth qualifying round draw tomorrow (October 28).

    The FA Cup first round draw is live on BBC Two, BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC website from 7pm today

    What time is the FA Cup draw on today and what channel is it on?


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