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    THE leader of Essex County Council has urged residents to check on their elderly neighbours, pick up litter and cut overgrown hedges to help overcome budget cuts expected next year.

    David Finch, whose authority is on a mission to save at least £237 million by 2017, is encouraging people to dabble in typical council jobs, "play their part" and demonstrate "civic pride" during tough times ahead.

    In an interview with the Chronicle, the Conservative leader also stressed there was no threat to county council jobs, the county's 73 libraries or school transport for 16 to 19-year-olds.

    He also said the authority, which has a GDP the size of Turkey's, could freeze council tax for the fifth year in a row.

    "The county council doing everything for everybody, or the district or borough council doing everything, is not on the cards for the future," Cllr Finch told the Chronicle.

    "It may be you are retired and you do want to help out with sports facilities for young people, or want to do neighbourhood watch, or speed watch, well there are lots of things out there where people can get involved and make a real difference. We want to tell people what they can do to help us."

    Representatives from the county council will tour town centres in Essex in January to encourage this community spirit, an approach which mirrors the Conservatives' 'Big Society' ethos.

    Cllr Finch stressed that new legislation such as The Care Act 2014, under which elderly people with less than £123,000 in savings will get their care paid for by the council, and inevitable cuts to grants from central government, will pile on the pressure for funds.

    "Residents can play their part in very simply ways," added Cllr Finch.

    "You want to be proud of your area and if you see litter outside your house or on your street, or where it seems your path or access is blocked by snow, you can take and demonstrate civic pride.

    "It depends where you live in the community but if you're in a large town, like Chelmsford, you can do more to help, such as volunteering, if you like, under the third sector, in charities, or in the Citizens Advice Bureau."

    The council leader also stressed that none of the county's 73 public libraries would be shut as part of next year's budget, but that there would be changes to them as part of "an evolutionary process", such as sitting side by side with other amenities like cafés.

    Extra investments to protect against the impact of widespread flooding are also expected, after damage in Canvey Island last year cost £1.4 million alone.

    "If there was flooding again, we would look to provide more resources to deal with the flooding, but the key point is we would be more adaptable and flexible," added Cllr Finch.

    There will be no changes to the policy of school transport funding for 16 to 19 year olds, however, after changes were introduced last year charging £450 for low income families to get to school, rather than nothing previously.

    Cllr Finch announced back in February that the budget for Essex would drop by £400 million, from £2.3 billion to £1.86 billion, for 2014/15.

    Taxpayers urged to  'play their part' as Essex County Council cuts bite

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    Liverpool go into tonight's game with Real Madrid as underdogs, and with the possibility of facing Gareth Bale. The former Tottenham forward has been out of action since the start of October with a buttock injury. Daniel Sturridge has travelled with the squad to Madrid but is unlikely to play as he is still out with a thigh injury. It is a must win game for Liverpool, with the side having only collected three points from their opening three games in the opening tie against Ludogrets. Real, however, can secure their place in the next 16 with a victory.Real vs Liverpool is live on ITV tonight from 7.30pm, kick off is at 7.45pm

    What channel is Real Madrid vs Liverpool on tonight and what time is kick off?

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    Arsenal could secure qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League with victory over Anderlecht at the Emirates this evening. Theo Walcott could make his first start since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament at the start of the year, but Jack Wilshire is expected to miss out through illness. Mezut Ozil, Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud remain long-term absentees, but apart from them, manager Arsene Wenger is blessed with a full squad. The Gunners are five points clear in second place in Group D, while Anderlect have just one point. The Belgians proved tricky opposition during their last encounter but face an uphill struggle to qualify.Arsenal vs Anderlecht is live on Sky Sports 5 from 7pm, kick off is at 7.45pm

    What channel is Arsenal vs Anderlecht on tonight and what time is kick off?

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    TWO bouncers will go on trial for the alleged kidnap of a man at a music festival who later died. Paul Wickerson was killed after being struck by several cars about 20 minutes after leaving the Brownstock festival, off Woodham Road, Stow Maries, on Saturday, August 31, last year. Gregory Maxwell, 32, of Masefield Crescent, Romford, and Brian Atkins, 49, of Gordon Road, Ilford, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday November 3 to plead not guilty to charges of kidnap and false imprisonment. After an investigation by Essex Police, detectives say Mr Wickerson, a 32-year-old from Australia, had been ejected by security staff and escorted from the site where The Fratellis, Professor Green and Mark Ronson performed. Mr Wickerson had been visiting friends in Leatherhead, Surrey, and was found two-and-a-half miles away from the festival site in Lower Burnham Road, Cold Norton, near the junction with Fambridge Road. Mr Maxwell is the operations director of Event Solutions, a security firm employed by Brownstock at the time, and Mr Atkins is a security door supervisor at the company. Mr Maxwell, who appeared in the dock wearing a grey suit, and Mr Atkins, who wore a black bomber jacket, spoke only to confirm their names and deny the charges. Both men were bailed to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on May 18, 2015, to face trial.

    Bouncers deny kidnap and false imprisonment of Brownstock Festival-goer Paul Wickerson, fatally struck by several cars

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    Witnesses are being sought to a crash that left a Chelmsford biker in hospital with spinal injuries at the weekend. The collision involved a grey Volkswagen Golf and an orange Triumph motorcycle outside Shrubbs Farm, Sheering, on Saturday (November 1) about 12.20pm. The motorcyclist, aged in his 50s from the Chelmsford area, was airlifted to the Royal London hospital with spinal injuries. Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact PC Steve Smith at Chigwell road policing unit on 101.

    Chelmsford biker in hospital with spinal injuries after crash

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    The most memorable film of quotes of all time include a Michael Caine classic and line from childhood favourite Toy Story, according to the results of a survey. The poll, carried out by the Radio Times, found Buzz Lightyear's "to infinity and beyond" more popular than the infamous "infamy, infamy..." line uttered by Kenneth Williams in Carry on Cleo.See below for the top 10 1. "To infinity… and beyond." Buzz Lightyear/Tim Allen in Toy Story (1995) 2. "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" Charlie Croker/Michael Caine in The Italian Job (1969) 3. "Say hello to my little friend." Tony Montana/Al Pacino in Scarface (1983) 4. "He's not the Messiah. He's a very naughty boy!" The mother of Brian/Terry Jones in Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979) 5. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Brody/Roy Scheider in Jaws (1975) 6. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" Rhett Butler/Clark Gable in Gone With The Wind (1939) 7. "Infamy, infamy, they've all got it in for me!" Julius Caesar/Kenneth Williams in Carry On Cleo (1964) 8. "All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain." Roy Batty/Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner (1982) 9. "Nobody's perfect." Osgood Fielding III/Joe E Brown in Some Like It Hot (1959) 10. "We want the finest wines available to humanity. We want them here, and we want them now!" Withnail/Richard E Grant in Withnail & I (1987)

    The 10 best film quotes of all time: Buzz Lightyear tops poll

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    BRAINTREE TOWN boss Alan Devonshire has confirmed that he will ring the changes for the visit of Grimsby Town tonight. The Iron host the Mariners at Cressing Road following Saturday's 0-0 draw with Woking on Saturday. Matt Paine returned to playing action in the FA Cup defeat over Weymouth last Tuesday, and with Sean Marks back from suspension and Charlie Strutton fit again, Devonshire will look to mix things up. He said: "Credit to Jordan Cox for playing while carrying a knock but Sean should be back for Tuesday night so there will be a change there. Charlie might start on Tuesday but we have a chat and see how he is. But I will rest a few because I need to now. Some of them are walking on empty at the moment. "Then we will just see how they go. I am just looking at the boys that are coming back and if they need minutes then it will have to be on Tuesday." Grimsby will be the last chance for some of the Braintree players to earn their place in the starting line-up for Sunday's FA Cup first round clash with League One's Chesterfield. But Devonshire will make sure his players are ready physically before considering them for the Iron's bumper tie. He added: "I don't want to just chuck them in Sunday. I had to do that with Painey against Weymouth and I rested him today because he was in pieces. I will see how they all are and then pick them for Sunday from that."

    Devonshire to make changes ahead of Braintree's visit of Grimsby Town

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    RYAN TEN DOESCHATE has signed a new deal with Essex that will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2016 season.

    The Eagles' One-Day captain made his debut for the club in 2003 and has so far secured a first-class average of 46.26.

    The 34-year-old guided Essex to the quarter-finals of both the T20 Blast and the Royal London One-Day Cup, losing to Warwickshire in both competitions.

    Head Coach Paul Grayson told the club's website: "Ryan has been a fantastic servant for Essex County Cricket Club, and we are very pleased he has decided to extend his time here.

    "He is still a key player for us in all three formats, and his captaincy of the One Day team last season was excellent."

    Ryan ten Doeschate signs new Essex deal

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    Dignitaries and well-wishers across Essex will fall silent for two minutes this Sunday in respect to those who laid down their lives in past conflicts. Hundreds are expected to line the streets for services and parades held across the county.See below for a round-up of services

    Chelmsford Remembrance Day Service and Parade, War Memorial, Duke Street, Chelmsford

    Sunday November 9 at 10.55am

    Local dignitaries will join veterans, and members of the public to pay their respects. Road closures will be in effect from 10am onwards although access to Fairfield Road Car Park from Coval Lane will still be available. Attendees are asked to be in place by 10.50am at the latest.
    Chelmsford Cathedral Choral Mattins, Chelmsford Cathedral, New Street, Sunday November 9, at 10.55am, Choral Mattins will be sung, including the marking of silence at 11am.
    Broomfield Remembrance Day Service, War Memorial, Village Green, and St Mary with St Leonard Church, Sunday November 9, at 10.40am An Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the War Memorial followed by a march to Church for Service of Remembrance. Following the Service wreaths will be laid on the graves of the Fallen in the Church graveyard. Members will then take refreshment at Branch HQ.
    Sandon Remembrance Day Service, St Andrew's Church, November 9, at 10am An hour-long service with all ages welcome, to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
    Braintree district: The annual remembrance service in Bocking will begin with an assembly in Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens at 2.10pm. At 2.15pm there will be a parade led by The Royal British Legion to St. Michael's Church in Braintree, where a service will start at 3pm.
    Maldon town remembrance service, All Saints Church, Maldon High Street

    Sunday November 9 at 10am The Remembrance Parade is attended by the Town Mayor, Councillors and other local dignitaries, ex-Servicemen and Women, The British Legion, various Cadet Forces, TA units, St. John's Ambulance, Fire Brigade, the police and other emergency services and voluntary groups together with residents. Following a short service and the laying of wreaths, the Last Post is played and those that gather to pay their respects to observe a two minute silence at 11am.

    Burnham on Crouch Remembrance service, Burnham-on-Crouch Baptist Church, High Street

    Sunday November 9 at 10am. There is a service at the Baptist Church at 10am followed by a procession to the nearby War Memorial where the Remembrance Ceremony takes place at 11am.

    The Tollesbury village Remembrance day Service, will be held at Tollesbury Congregational Church, East St, Sunday November 9 at 10am It comprises a service followed by an act of Remembrance at the War Memorial with Revd Phil Grove and Revd Christine Gorringe.
    South Woodham Ferrers Remembrance Day Service, William de Ferrers School, Trinity Square, Sunday November 9, at 10.45am. The Royal British Legion Remembrance Service will take place in the Dame Elizabeth Hall at the secondary school. Guests are asked to arrive at 10.30am. The service will be followed by a parade to Millennium Place, where poppies will be laid.
    Southend will hold its annual Remembrance Day commemoration at the Cenotaph on Clifftown Parade, with the event starting at 10am. Veterans and members of other uniformed organisations will assemble with standard bearers in Prittlewell Square, before the parade, headed up by the Queen's Colour Party moves off towards the Cenotaph at 10.30am The Remembrance Day Service begins at 10.55am with the Last Post and then the exhortation. The end of the silence will be signalled by the Reveille followed by the Kohima epitaph given by Mr Philip Hopkins of the Burma Star Association.
    In Coggeshall a service will be held at St Peter Ad Vincula Church, Church Street, at 10.45am with people asked to be seated by 10.30am. Following the service, an Act of Remembrance will be held at the War Memorial on the Recreation Ground in East Street.
    In Halstead, an assembly around the Second World War memorial in the Public Gardens for laying of wreaths and a short service at 2pm. Then there will be a parade to the First World War memorial for a repeat service and a Service of Remembrance to follow at St Andrew's Church.
    People in Witham will be gathering at The Avenue for the march to the War Memorial at 2.30pm.

    There will then be a service and poppy laying at War Memorial which will take place at 3pm, while in Rivenhall wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial outside St Mary and All Saints Church in Church Road, Rivenhall at 10.45am.

    Remembrance Sunday services in Essex: See where you can pay your respects

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    A woman had to be cut out of a vehicle in Braintree this morning, following a two-vehicle road traffic accident on the A131. Firefighters attended the incident, which took place at around 9am this morning, and were able to free the woman by 9.48am, leaving her and a child in the care of the Ambulance Service. The woman was then taken to Broomfield hospital.

    Woman cut from car in Braintree crash

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    Royal Mail has issued five Christmas stamp designs that feature festive scenes like carol singing and building snowmen. The stamps also feature designs that show the buying of a Christmas tree, posting cards and ice skating. Special stamps for Christmas has been a long-standing tradition for Royal Mail since they ran a competition on BBC's Blue Peter giving children the chance to design stamps in 1966. Last year's Madonna and Child stamps will also be available this year in 1st and 2nd class. Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps spokesman, said: "Christmas is a stamp issue we particularly look forward to and the charming style of these designs sets the perfect tone for the festive season." Royal Mail is encouraging customers to post their festive greetings early, and order their online gifts and shopping well in advance Its latest recommended posting dates for mail to arrive in time for Christmas in the UK are: • 2nd Class Thursday 18th December• 1st Class Saturday 20th December• Special Delivery Tuesday 23rd December Last posting dates for international mail:• Airmail to Asia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand: Wednesday 3rd December• Airmail to Australia: Thursday 4th December• Airmail to South and Central America, Caribbean, Africa, Middle East: Friday 5th December• Airmail to Cyprus, Eastern Europe, Greece: Monday 8th December• Airmail to Canada and Poland: Tuesday 9th December• Airmail to USA, International Standard to static BFPOs: Friday 12th December• Airmail to Western Europe (excluding Greece, Poland): Saturday 13th December

    Christmas stamps released by Royal Mail for 2014

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    Images have been released showing what Chelmsford Station Square will look like after the area is fully revamped. Once complete, council bosses say it will make for a safer, more attractive part of the city centre. Work will start this week Widened pavements will be put in place along both sides of Duke Street and under the railway bridge, which will also benefit from new lighting. It will be joined by extended public space around the recently refurbished Anne Knight building. The bus bays will be realigned under new bus shelters and new granite paving will be put in place, while the road will be improved by some much needed resurfacing. A new pedestrian link will also be installed between the bus station and Park Road through the viaduct. However, the council has warned of some potential disruption to bus services during the work and some stops may be relocated. Duke Street may also be closed overnight on some occasions and there will be clear notices warning of any changes. Chelmsford City Council's cabinet member for planning and economic development, councillor Neil Gulliver, said: "The results of these works will be a welcoming arrival and interchange space for the city's transport hub, which is easy and safe to use and has clear connections to all areas of the city. "These transport and public space improvements are important for residents, and for attracting business, shopping and leisure visitors to the city." Funding will come from developer's 106 agreements, otherwise known as contributions which are linked to planning permissions to help fund major improvements to public facilities. Station Square funding will come from major new developments by Genesis Housing Group, Bellway Homes and Amlin Insurance. Resurfacing of the Duke Street carriageway will be funded from the Essex County Council Highway Authority maintenance budget.

    Revealed: Plans for a new look Station Square in Chelmsford

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    The releasing of Chinese lanterns into the skies from Essex County Council property has been banned with immediate effect. The authority, which owns buildings and the majority of roads in the county and subsequently surrounding land, says the popular practice risks fires, endangers wildlife and creates litter. It will simply ask those releasing any kind of lantern into the sky to vacate its property. Sky lanterns – also known as Kongming lanterns – are small hot air balloons powered by a candle. Councillor Roger Hirst, cabinet member for libraries, communities and planning, said: "While these lanterns may look nice when you launch them they can cause untold damage to our countryside, our wildlife and to our businesses. "The remains of the lanterns can damage farming machinery if it gets caught up in its parts, start fires if still alight when they land, cause panic among and even kill animals, let alone becoming a litter nuisance." National Farmers Union deputy president Minette Batters said: "We are pleased that Essex County Council has taken the decision to ban lanterns on its land. We realise that lanterns can be quite spectacular but our members know only too well how they can harm and even kill farm animals. "They can also cause fires to crops, grassland on moors and bales of hay and straw that have been stacked, which can lead to a loss of buildings." Dawn Avery, RSPCA chief inspector for Essex, said cattle have died as a result of the lanterns. She said: "They may appeal to some as an unusual way to mark the various celebrations at this time of year, but if used carelessly they can terrify, injure and kill animals. "Cattle have died after bits of sky lanterns have fallen into their feed, and scraps of the items landing in a field could be eaten by any animal from a horse to a pet dog with fatal consequences." The council will also write to anyone who leases buildings or land giving their advice.

    'Dangerous' Chinese lanterns banned in Essex over fire and animal welfare fears

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    The pedestrian fatally struck by multiple vehicles on the A12 near Chelmsford has been named as 28-year-old Kyle Brooks.

    Mr Brooks, from Harlow, died after he was hit while walking on the northbound carriageway between Boreham and Hatfield Peverel at about 3am last Thursday (October 30).

    An inquest into his death will be held in the county coroner's court tomorrow (Wednesday, November 5).

    Emergency services were called to the scene after Mr Brooks was struck but no one was taken to hospital.

    The entire carriageway was closed off for forensics examinations later that morning and stayed closed between junction 19 at Boreham and junction 20 at Hatfield Peverel until shortly after 10am.

    Any witnesses to the collision or anyone who can help with any information is asked to contact the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email

    A12 Chelmsford crash death victim named as Kyle Brooks from Harlow

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    ALAN Devonshire has slammed his players' performance and apologised to the Braintree Town fans following their 6-0 FA Cup defeat to Chesterfield on Sunday.

    In a difficult afternoon for the Iron, the League One side ripped them to shreds through goals by Jay O'Shea, Sam Clucas, Gary Roberts, Remy Clerima's own goal and an Eoin Doyle brace.

    And Devonshire was less than happy with what he saw from his Braintree team.

    He said: "We did alright for five minutes and then after that I thought we were poor. I am bitterly disappointed. I feel the players have let the side down, the players are better than that. Trying to put my finger on it, I don't know.

    "We just didn't follow our runners and we didn't keep the ball. It was just a poor performance and I am not quite sure what more they want. They are in the first round of the FA Cup, the television is here and we wanted them to have a go and show everyone how good they are. But I have got to apologise to the fans because they were brilliant today and we let them down."

    The Iron also drew another blank in front of goal, meaning that they have scored just seven goals in 12 games, with five of them coming against Weymouth in the previous round.

    Devonshire added: "We have had enough chances to score and they should have been in the back of the net, like it was up the other end. Their finishing was good but we gifted them some goals. We have to learn quickly and work hard.

    "I think you can easily blame confidence and I don't want to do that. The players were upbeat but we are struggling to score goals at the moment. We are making chances."

    Braintree will be looking to bounce back quickly when they return to Conference Premier action, travelling to Dover on Tuesday night.

    The Whites are currently three points behind the Iron, but enjoyed an FA Cup upset on Saturday, defeating League Two's Morecambe 1-0.

    Devonshire said: "We have to roll our sleeves up to make sure that we get the 30 points more we need to make sure we stay in the Conference Premier.

    "There are a few people coming back, but I could probably drop them all after today. There will be a few changes for Tuesday because it was very poor.

    "We have to come back. Luckily we have a game on Tuesday and we can't feel sorry for ourselves."


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    A homeless benefit claimant who says "he's not doing anyone any harm" by setting up home in a shed close to the A12 faces eviction.

    Tommy Hilden set up camp on a former travellers' haven on the A414 Three Mile Hill and is currently one of the 5,000 people on Chelmsford's City Council housing register.

    But the 38-year-old, could be forced off the land and slapped with a £1,000 fine after a complaint

    However, his position sparked fierce debate among Essex Chronicle readers, many of whom fear his move with and : 

    • Isobel Lewis: How about we all adopt that attitude and rather than me forking out my WAGES on bills, il just pitch up at the side of the road somewhere, hey we should all do it, why not?!
    • Councillor Stephen Graham Farr: Leave the guy alone if thatcher had not sold off council houses there would be more to go around also the money made from the sales should have gone back into building more housing
    • Lee Taylor: Genuinely feel for the bloke as he has been pro active in making himself a home when he has nothing, HOWEVER, if he is allowed to stay you risk opening a can of worms for every homeless person etc to put sheds up like this anywhere... I just wish the council would bully travellers like this poor sod, but they are too scared to enforce the law against a "minority", who behave far worse than this guy!!
    • Rachael Berry: To those who say if he stays it will mean others will take advantage- how do you know that others aren't living in tents in the woods? I know I have seen tents tucked away in the Chelmer Valley nature reserve. 
    • Perhaps a small "rent" is the answer in this case.  Oh and to the neighbour- there is a vast difference between a permenant extension and a temporary shed!
    • Tim Thorogood: Leave him be. We should all have the basic human right to some space.
    • Society is an idea, councils are an idea. Sure laws are to protect people but again these are just ideas. Animals can live where they want. Why can't he choose to opt out of the system. No one should be oppressed by a system they don't subscribe to.
    • If he doesn't steal, harm anyone etc then whose behalf are the council acting on?

    The executive director at Chelmsford homeless charity CHESS says Tommy Hilden's story surprises him.

    But the number of people on the city council's housing register, revealed this week, does not shock Rob Saggs.

    The charity provides a temporary home for up to 30 homeless people, some of them referred from the council, at its night shelter in George Street off Moulsham Street.

    Mr Saggs said: "There is a drought in affordable accommodation available to people on low incomes at the moment and I do not see it easing any time soon.

    "Sometimes people's expectations for accommodation from the council are unrealistic in our present climate."

    The city council, which has 5,175 applicants on its housing register, placed 246 in housing and 459 with housing associations between September 2013 and September 2014 last year.

    It spent £19,085.88 on its homeless strategy in September alone, which includes housing people in the Oasis Hotel in Harlow and Chelmer Hotel off Moulsham Street.

    The council estimates there are 14 rough sleepers in the city, based on a 2013 report.

    There are 8,829 on the housing list across mid-Essex, including Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree.

    Mr Saggs added: "I am not surprised by the number of people on the housing register, nor am I surprised by the rough sleeper count, as we help input with this annual figure.

    Mr Saggs added: "CHESS helps in feeding and giving life-sustaining supplies to the rough sleepers in Chelmsford, we regularly see 10 or more rough sleepers approaching us for food, hot drinks and bedding on an evening at the night shelter."

    "So the story of Tommy Hilden does surprise me."

    Should homeless A414 man be evicted? Readers split over threat to Tommy Hilden

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    Former newsreader Michael Buerk, and Tinchy Stryder, of Chuckle Brothers video fame are the latest to be confirmed as contestants in the next series of ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here.

    The pair will join TOWIE's Gemma Collins, superbiker Carl Forgarty, Coronation Street actor Craig Charles and Ello Ello star Nina Forde.

    However, it comes as Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher, Rustie Lee and model Josie Cunningham reportedly pulled out of the show.

    Rory McIllory's former girlfriend Nadia Forde has also jetted into Australia.

    The final line up is expected to be revealed and confirmed on Wednesday morning with the series starting this Sunday from 9pm on ITV

    When does I'm a Celebrity 2014 start?

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    CHELMSFORD Hockey Club continued to maintain the pressure towards the top of the table following a 2-1 win at Blueharts on Saturday.

    The Green and Whites now sit fourth of the Men's Hockey League East Premier A, just four points off the summit.

    A poor start to the game from the visitors saw Blueharts come away with a few chances, but luckily their strikers weren't on top notch from the word go and failed to hit the target from a number of clear cut chances.

    Chelmsford soon came away with a superb goal capped off by man of the match Vasan Veerapalan, getting a brilliant deflection off a hard hit ball into the D. The move had begun at the back just a few moments earlier but quick passing up the pitch created the opportunity.

    Blueharts soon fell apart structurally giving Chelmsford some good goal opportunities but not coming away with anything. With the first half coming to a close there was a rush of blood, quite literally, as a Blueharts player tackled from the wrong side and ended up taking a stick to the forehead, which created quite a spectacle of crimson patterns laced across his face.

    In spite of only taking in a narrow 1-0 lead into half time, Chelmsford had clearly been the dominant team. The second half began as a repeat of the first half, building up the play nicely and getting a few good opportunities on goal. Half way through the second half Harry Rayner scored a lovely drag flick in the bottom corner. With the rest of the game tight and physical Blueharts picked up a deserved yellow card for a stick tackle, but soon after Will Stock was yellow carded for knocking the ball away after the whistle had gone.

    With Chelmsford being put under pressure from the opposition they gave away a short corner. Blueharts saw this as a good opportunity to get a goal, which they did, although it somewhat controversially awarded as Chelmsford remained convinced that an infringement had taken place. Blueharts smelt blood, not literally this time, and kept the pressure up through the rest of the game. This culminated in a penalty corner being awarded as the final whistle went, but this one last opportunity to level the scores was battered away by the visiting defence.

    Whilst taking the three points was a welcome reward for the journey, Chelmsford could and should have put the game to bed much sooner.

    Next week Chelmsford host Bedford at midday.

    Chelmsford maintain pressure on top after Blueharts victory

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    WITHAM TOWN'S Ryman Premier clash with Metropolitan Police was abandoned with six minutes to play on Saturday due to torrential rainfall throughout the afternoon.

    Town were 2-1 down at the time, but the referee called the match off as it had been pouring with rain since half-time and players were finding it hard to stand up.

    James Stevens scored Witham's goal and Michael Charles both for the Police before he was stretchered off after falling awkwardly in the mud.

    Chances galore were missed by both sides in the conditions as the pitch became a quagmire and the game a lottery.

    The match will be replayed.

    Witham Town match abandoned with six minutes to play

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    The draw for the FA Cup Second round will be made live tonight from Manchester as the country's lower ranked teams eagerly wait to see who make it to the holy grail of the third round.

    Colchester are the last remaining Essex side in the hat.

    The lowest ranked side, Warrington, made it to the draw after defeating Exeter on Friday night. Other non league sides Blyth Spartans and Worcester City.

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown will make the draw at the National Football Museum , alongside Jason Craven, a coach from West End AFC in Denton.

    Mark Chapman is the host and all the action is live from 7pm, on BBC Radio 5 live, and on the website.

    1 - Mansfield Town or Concord Rangers

    2 - Colchester

    3 - Yeovil

    4 - York or AFC Wimbledon

    5 - Walsall or Shrewsbury 6 - Notts County or Accrington Stanley

    7 - Bradford City

    8 - Warrington Town

    9 - Eastleigh

    10 - Basingstoke or AFC Telford

    11 - Dagenham & Redbridge or Southport

    12 - Weston-super-Mare or Doncaster

    13 - Peterborough

    14 - Cheltenham

    15 - Dartford

    16 - Chesterfield

    17 - Wycombe 

    18 - Bristol City

    19 - Portsmouth or Aldershot Town

    20 - Gateshead

    21 - Crewe or Sheffield United 

    22 - Oxford United

    23 - Tranmere Rovers 

    24 - Chester

    25 - Luton Town 

    26 - Stevenage or Maidstone Utd

    27 - Bury 

    28 - Cambridge Utd

    29 - Northampton or Rochdale 

    30 - Dover Athletic

    31 - MK Dons 

    32 - Wrexham

    33 - Plymouth 

    34 - Barnsley

    35 - Hartlepool 

    36 - Worcester City

    37 - Oldham 

    38 - Havant & Waterlooville or Preston

    39 - Blyth Spartans 

    40 - Scunthorpe

    Ties to be played from December 5 to 7 2014

    When is the FA Cup 2nd round draw and what channel is it on?

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