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Corrupt Met Police DCI April Casburn loses pension cut appeal

This is total Essex - 1 hour 58 min ago

A 'CORRUPT' police officer convicted of selling information about the phone hacking inquiry has lost an appeal against having her pension slashed.

Former detective chief inspector April Casburn, from Hatfield Peverel, was the first police officer to be prosecuted during Operation Elveden, a probe into payments by journalists to officials.

The 54-year-old was jailed for 15 months in February 2013 for offering inside information on the hacking investigation to reporters at the News of the World.

Following her release, the ex-policewoman appealed against a decision to cut her police pension by 40 per cent, the equivalent of £140,000, an appeal which was this week rejected by a judge at the Old Bailey in London.

In finding that the decision to cut down Casburn's pension was 'proportionate and fair', judge Charles Wilde, said: "It is a very severe matter that a police officer as senior of the appellant has been so persistently untruthful as well as corrupt.

"It is a worrying fact that in the notice of the appeal the appellant is still advancing an untruthful account. It was bound to have significant impact on public perception of police and trust they can put in the police.

"Even with a reduced pension the appellant is likely to be better off than many others."

The decision to reduce Ms Casburn's pension was made by the pensions supervising office at the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime following her conviction.

The former senior officer, who specialised in counter-terrorism, claimed it was a 'day of madness' that led to her offering inside information on the phone hacking inquiry to journalists at the News of the World in September 2010.

While walking to a local supermarket she used her personal mobile to call the tabloid, informing reporter Tim Wood of the launch of the investigation, and the names of key persons being investigated, sabotaging much of the early work that had been done on the case.

Her cash demands were revealed in Operation Elveden, the Met's inquiry into claims of inappropriate payments to police and public officials, and she was arrested in December 2011.

Defence barrister Nicholas Lobbenberg QC told the court that the conviction of Casburn, who now works in a shoe repair shop, had taken place in a 'blaze of publicity'.

He said: "Would a court at the time of sentence have imposed a fine of such a value? What price is to be added to the ruin of this particular appellant? This is about £140,000 and that's not compound, so it will be more than that.

"She has served 19 years unblemished without a taint of corruption on her. That has to be placed against her offence, rank as it may be, it is but a day of madness."

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Essex streetlight switch-off: 'Turning neighbourhoods into paradise for criminals'

This is total Essex - 2 hours 28 min ago

A CONTROVERSIAL decision to switch off street lights overnight has placed residents in 'unnecessary danger' and turned neighbourhoods into a 'paradise for criminals', according to a national worker's union.

GMB, which has more than 600,000 members in various industries across the UK, has lashed out at Essex County Council's part-night lighting scheme which plunges streets into darkness between midnight and 5am to cut costs and carbon emissions.

It claims that the authority has struck the wrong balance between saving cash and residents' safety by pushing ahead with the roll-out of the scheme across the county.

Michelle Bacon, GMB regional officer, said "For more than 100 years we have taken street lighting for granted.

"GMB has serious concerns that by switching off the lights to save money Essex County Council has put residents in unnecessary danger.

"How do people know if they are getting into a licensed taxi or cab if they cannot identify the details because there is a lack of street lighting?

"How will the councils respond to an increase in crime or will they simply blame the already overstretched police service?

"Lighting at night is also a critical element to CCTV operations to deter and enable action to be taken against criminals.

"It has risked turning residential areas like Basildon into a paradise for criminals and has left the most vulnerable in society scared witless."

Trialled in the Maldon and Uttlesford districts since 2007, the multi-million pound project – the biggest of its kind in the country – is designed to shave about 20 per cent off the council's £4.5 million annual energy bill.

By turning off street lights between midnight and 5am using a central management system at County Hall, at a cost of £6.6 million, the scheme will save an estimated £1 million each year once fully operational.

Since the end of last month it has been fully rolled out across the county, six months after the lights first went out in the Chelmsford district.

But Michael Guyll, an Essex representative for taxi drivers within GMB, believes that up to 90 per cent of his colleagues are also opposed to the scheme.

"It's so dark that as a taxi driver you find people speed more and that with so many potholes you can't spot them until the last minute, even street signs are very hard to see," said Michael, who has been driving cabs in the county for 15 years.

"There's so many people coming out the pubs and most of them try to stop a cab by jumping in front of them.

"I just think it's more of a gimmick, it ticks their boxes but the council wastes money on lots of its projects. It's not only safety, it's a confidence thing."

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Daniel Macdonald stages Waterloo Bridge protest over drugs smuggling extradition

This is total Essex - 2 hours 58 min ago

A MAN convicted of drug smuggling in the Czech Republic staged a last-gasp protest against his extradition by climbing an advertising tower near Waterloo Bridge in London.

Daniel Macdonald, 31, of Tree Beard Copse, South Woodham Ferrers, was due to be extradited on Thursday (April 17) but left his home early that morning and mounted the advertising stand in Doon Street at about 7am.

He displayed a pink banner asking for help to find an unnamed CID officer who he claims met him in Edmonton Police station in 2011 and made him sign papers guaranteeing that Czech police will not prosecute.

Despite taking food and water "for days" he was talked down by police officers shortly after 2pm.

According to the Free Daniel Macdonald Facebook page Macdonald was granted an extra ten days of bail in order to try and locate the missing CID officer ahead of his bail return date on April 27. The page also claimed on Tuesday night that Macdonald and the Metropolitan Police had found the officer in question.

A spokesman from the Free Daniel Macdonald Facebook page said: "Daniel had been up on the scaffolding under the advertising board and came down after the police promised to help him locate the female CID officer. Let's hope they stick to their promise."

Macdonald has protested his innocence during his trial, claiming that he was the victim of an elaborate honey trap scam after falling in love with a Lebanese girl.

He was arrested in Prague in November 2009 on suspicion of importing 10.84kg of cannabis from Lebanon and given a six-and-a-half year sentence in his absence.

The former sales manager lost his second appeal at Westminster Magistrates' Court on March 12 this year and will now be extradited to Prague and may serve time in the notorious Pankrác Prison.

He had put on the Facebook page earlier on Thursday: "I'm currently up the top of an advertising column 80ft up in Waterloo Bridge, London, with enough food/water for days. Someone must know who this CID officer is. I'll jump before I go back to Prague."

In 2011, Macdonald claims he was granted freedom by a CID officer who signed papers saying he would not be prosecuted, but the officer could not be located and evidence of the meeting had yet to be shown. Macdonald has been contesting his extradition on grounds of poor mental health.

Macdonald said in March this year how he met a Lebanese girl while on holiday in Beirut and he believes that she helped stash the drugs on him before he left to board a flight to the UK via Prague. "I'd rather die than go back there," he said.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Around 7.40am we received a report of a man who mounted a structure near Doon Street.

"He came down shortly after 2pm after officers talked him down at the scene and arrested him for the breach of bail conditions."

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Chelmsford City secure safety with Gosport Borough win

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 20:43
Joe Ward's second-half strike was enough for Chelmsford City to secure their Conference South survival as they beat Gosport Borough 1-0. The Clarets had the better of the first half but were unable to find a way past visiting keeper Nathan Ashmore. Ashmore saved well from Justin Miller early in the second half but was finally beaten when Luke Callander's hard work presented the ball to Ward, whose shot went in via the post. And that was enough for Chelmsford to ensure that Saturday's game at Weston-super-Mare is no more than a meaningless final-day clash. Chelmsford had the chance to settle any nerves in just the third minute when a long ball from Matt Lock sent Michael Cheek clear, but he was forced wide and then squared for Joe Ward, who had just two covering defenders to beat but shot over the top. The home side started with the sort of confidence you might expect from a side who rattled in seven goals just over 48 hours earlier and Callander was soon joining Cheek in making mischief, playing the latter through but Ashmore saved. Gosport, with nothing to play for a long injury list, were not just at Melbourne Park for a leisurely night out though and went close themselves when Justin Bennett got into the box and drilled a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal where the stretching Daniel Woodward couldn't connect. The early excitement soon dissipated and there wasn't a lot to excite the 677 crowd, although Callander did have a shot blocked on the half-hour. As Maidenhead went two ahead, the atmosphere in the stands at Melbourne Park became altogether more nervous, and Callander played in Cheek again, but he was off-balance and his volley hardly troubled Ashmore. The home side had always looked the most likely scorers, but right on the stroke of half-time Carl Pentney had to dive to his left to cling on to a Jamie Brown header which looked to be heading into the back of the net. The Clarets lost Christian Smith to injury at the break – replaced by Miller – and the visitors almost took the lead a minute in when Woodward's ball played in Bennett but his shot went just past the far post. Chelmsford had a succession of corners and Ashmore flapped at one of them, before the next one saw the visiting keeper tip Miller's header around the post. But the deadlock was finally broken on 59 minutes. Callander used all his strength and determination to run at the defence and the ball fell to Ward whose effort beat Ashmore and then struck the upright before looping in by the other post. The goal wasn't, however, the catalyst for the nerves to lift – and in fact had almost the opposite effect as Gosport came forward, and one Woodward cross was just too powerful for Tim Sills to divert goalwards. There was more panic when Sills headed on a long throw into the box but Bennett was only able to divert it over the top. But that was it as far as chances went, and the Claret Army were able to celebrate securing their place in the Conference South.
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NHS unit to fold later in the year

BBC Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:40
A body supporting NHS groups in the eastern region is to fold at the end of September.
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Three to see: The best films out now

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:43
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (12A) The second film in Marc Webb's rebooted superhero franchise see Spidey square up to super-charged villain Electro while other bad guys wait in the wings, but the heartbeat of the film is the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. The Raid 2 (18) Gareth Evans' sequel to his surprise hit debut is broader in scope but just as inventively violent as its predecessor. This time cop Rama goes undercover to try to rid Jakarta of the corruption and gangs running the city. A brilliant action thriller. Locke (15) Tom Hardy is brilliant in this gripping thriller in which he's the only on-screen character, Ivan Locke, a construction manager who receives a phonecall in his car which threatens to turn his world upside down.

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Ten perfect pubs for a St George's Day pint

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:47
IT'S only right and proper that to mark St George's Day we head down to one of Essex's top pubs to sip a pint in his honour. Here's our list of 10 of the best ones for your celebrations later today and into the weekend... The Compasses, Littley Green near Felsted The Orange Tree, Lower Anchor Street, Chelmsford The Golden Fleece, Duke Street, Chelmsford Dog and Gun, Little Waltham Prince of Wales, Stow Maries The Bull, Market Place, Braintree Wagon and Horses, South Street, Braintree White Hart, Bocking End, Braintree The Riverside, Victoria Road, Chelmsford The Ale House, Viaduct Road, Chelmsford What pubs would you recommend? Comment below with your suggestions.

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Horse racing bosses considering third bid for fixtures at Great Leighs

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:26
HORSE racing bosses are considering plans to bring first class fixtures back to Chelmsford after nearly five years in the wilderness. The new owners of Chelmsford City Racecourse, formerly known as Great Leighs and situated 10 miles from Braintree, submitted an application to be considered as a candidate to host racing meets in February. Entrepreneur and bookmaker Fred Done, 70, along with partners SIS and Bet Solutions International purchased the proposed 2,000 capacity track from the Royal Bank of Scotland in December last year after. This followed the arrests of former Great Leighs owner James Holmes, 63, his partner Jill Turner, 50, and one other man, on suspicion of fraud by false representation, cheating the public revenue and money laundering. The track has a chequered history with former millionaire Mr Holmes's dream of running Britain's first new racecourse in 80 years turned into a nightmare when its main creditors, the Royal Bank of Scotland, called in administrators in January 2009, less than eight months after it opened. Plans to revive the all-weather polytrack and secure top races in 2012 and 2013 were rejected by the British Horse Racing Authority. Now under new ownership a fresh bid has been tabled and could be announced by the BHA board in the next few days. British Horseracing Authority said: "The applications for new or converted racecourses at Chelmsford City and Newcastle were considered by the BHA Board today. "Discussions with the applicants will continue in the coming days, and an announcement will be made in due course."

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Cook makes century in Oval draw

BBC Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:05
England skipper Alastair Cook hits 127 as Essex bat out a draw on the final day against Surrey at The Oval.
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Interview: Pixie Lott can't wait for the V Festival

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:48
Pixie Lott can't disguise her excitement at returning to the V Festival this summer. Both as a performer and a music fan, it's an event she's been to many times but this year's festival will be particularly exciting for the Brentwood singer as she'll be showcasing songs from her new album, as well as playing all her hits. Having grown up in Brentwood, Pixie, 23, says playing at the V Festival in Chelmsford feels like a home gig and she's looking forward to another fun-packed weekend at Hylands Park. "Yeah, I love it. V is my favourite festival to perform at and go to. I've been every year since I was 15 or 16. My family still live in Brentwood, so my friends and family always come along to support me - and I can pop home if I want a shower!" The last time Pixie performed at V was in 2012 but she was at Hylands again last year for Olly Murs' concert in the park. This time round, she'll be able to play fans some of the new songs she's been working hard on. "I can't say that I'll be performing all my new stuff but I'll definitely do the singles," she says. "And I'll do what I always do at V and do a special medley of songs, cover versions, which always goes down well." Pixie says she's particularly looking forward to sharing the stage with her band who've helped give her new material more of a soul sound. Last year, she revealed she was taking inspiration from her favourite Motown artists and she's very pleased with the results with her latest single, Nasty, hitting the top 10 last month. "It's more mature, very soulful, it's a style I really like," she says of her third album, which is simply called 'Pixie Lott'. "It's all recorded, mixed and mastered, it's just frustrating waiting for it to be released. I just want everyone to hear it now. It's taken two years to write it and get it done, I just want to sing the songs to people." The album is due for release just after the V Festival in mid-August, so Pixie's appearance at Hylands Park will be a great chance for her fans to her the new songs for the first time live. And for Pixie, it'll be great to reconnect with her fans live as well as return to one of her favourite stomping grounds, Hylands Park. "I remember the first time I went to V, I camped with my two best friends and thought it was the best thing ever. I still camp when I perform, it feels like a little holiday weekend. And it seems like V is lucky with the weather, it always seems to be sunny. It's one of my favourite things about the summer." Does Pixie get the chance to get out and about when she's performing at the V Festival? "I love getting in among the crowd. I've played at the JB Arena, the 4Music Stage, the Main Stage, I've done them all. They all have a great buzz and everyone is really excited to be there, enjoying the sun and having a drink. It's a really cool vibe. "I always try to see the headliners. I'm a big Justin Timberlake fan so I can't wait to see him and The Killers this year. In the past I remember seeing Kings Of Leon and one of my favourite memories is seeing MGT. I love the range of acts you get at the V Festival, indie, pop and dance." Pixie says it's always good return to Essex and the V Festival is a good excuse to do that. She may be based in East London now, but she says she comes home to Brentwood regularly to see family and friends and she's certainly noticed how her home town has changed in the last few years. "It's changed a lot since I lived there, because of Towie and all the shops they have there. I think it gets quite a lot of visitors now. It's quite crazy, it's a completely different place now. I think a lot of people who come to the bars and clubs are not Brentwood people, but it's good that people are coming to the town." Pixie Lott will be performing at the V Festival at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, over the weekend of August 16-17. For tickets and more information, go to www.vfestival.com

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VIDEO: Ravi Bopara's brilliant run out for Essex against Surrey

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:33
Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara produced a brilliant piece of play to run out Surrey batsman Rory Burns on day three of their County Championship clash at the Oval. Burns was on 16, having put on 46 with skipper Graeme Smith, when he tried to run a single off the bowling of Bopara. He quickly turned round and tried to make his ground, but Bopara's superb throw - seemingly out of the back of his hand - caught him out. Watch the video below.

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James Attfield murder: Man, 27, arrested in connection with police investigation

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:22
A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the murder investigation of Colchester man James Attfield. The suspect, from Colchester, has been taken to a police station for questioning as officers also undertook search warrants at two other addresses in the area. James Attfield, 33, was murdered in Lower Castle Park just before 6am on Saturday, March 29 where he had been stabbed over 100 times. Today, police also relaunched their appeal for people to come forward after they put out CCTV images of 23 people they wished to speak to in the hours leading up to the attack. Only two people from those images have come forward. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett said: "Two of the people featured in the CCTV images we have released have come forward and have been spoken to and eliminated from our enquiries. That still leaves 21 people who we need to speak with and who may hold important information in relation to our investigation. "In particular we are keen to gather further information about the group of three people. I would like to hear from anyone who saw this trio at any time during the evening but in particular between midnight and 2.15am." Officers are also still trying to trace a couple who were seen sitting on a bench in Lower Castle Park close to the lake at around 11.30pm to 11.40pm on Friday March 28. The man is described as white, of stocky build, and seemed tall with long legs. The only description of the woman is that she was white. They were sitting at opposite ends of the bench and it is not certain if they knew each other, although they may have been a couple who had had a row earlier in the evening and were sitting apart not talking to each other. About 10 metres away from where this couple were sat there was also a man sat on the grass who was white, aged 30 to 40 and wearing a dark jacket and possibly jeans. This may, or may not, have been Mr Attfield. A 27-year-old woman from Colchester was arrested on Friday, April 11 in connection with Mr Attfield's death and is currently on police bail until Thursday, April 24 pending further enquiries. Crimestoppers, who can be reached on 0800 555 111, are offering a £5,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the assailant. The enquiry team at Colchester police station on 101 can also be contacted.

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Man arrested in park murder probe

BBC Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:21
Police arrest a 27-year-old man in connection with the murder of a man who was stabbed 102 times in a Colchester park
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'Everyone should feel a pride for where they come from': Why we should do more to celebrate St George's Day

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:05
Today is St George's Day, but you wouldn't know it with the lack of celebration in Essex. Shouldn't we do more to honour our own Patron Saint? Penny Fordham believes we should. Cast your mind back to the summer of 2012 and all over Essex there were village fetes and street parties being held. Families who had lived within the same road for years but had never exchanged a word were suddenly socialising and chit-chatting over a slice of cake, a cup of tea or a glass of Pimms. The Queen's Diamond Jubilee had truly brought us all together. There was a real party atmosphere and a sense of patriotism prevailed. Flashes of red, white and blue danced in the summer breeze. Of course, the weather was predictably English and we had some spots of rain, but for the most part, it was lovely and bright. During this long weekend, there was a real sense of belonging and a pride for the country we live in. There were no connotations of conflict or a 'this country is better than yours' – just a celebration of our nation and all the things that make this green and pleasant land 'England'. I loved the Jubilee and have fantastic memories of it, as do many people I know. However, today is St George's Day and apart from a local church and a nearby pub who are promoting their traditional English Ale, I've not seen a single St George's Cross anywhere. The other parts of our great combined nation celebrate their Patron Saint's Day – the Irish have St Patrick's (which, ironically, us English love to celebrate too!), the Scottish have St Andrew's Day and the Welsh have St David's Day. These are all marked with special events and celebrations, with their local food and drink being enjoyed, and traditional music and dance making an appearance. But today, I see no real 'nod' to the occasion. I've neither seen nor heard of any parades or street parties, seen no advertisements of themed nights being held, nor does anyone I know seem to be having a family gathering. Nothing. I'm not really sure why we English don't celebrate our national day, but I find it quite sad that we don't. I believe everyone should feel a pride for where they come from – whether it be by birth or my choice of settlement. This land has such a rich history and has been through so much, I feel we should be proud enough to celebrate and say with conviction, "I love this country. I love England."

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VIDEO: Farmers' concern as milk prices cut

BBC Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:15
Small dairy farmers are warning that cut-price milk promotions in supermarkets could put them out of business.
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Essex Police Marine officers rescued a yacht facing difficulties in the Blackwater estuary last weekend.

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:01
The Essex Police Marine unit were in the right place at the right time to help rescue a boat in difficulties on the Blackwater Estuary last Sunday. The yacht had lost engine power and was in danger of grounding onto a leeward shore. Marine officers from the Essex Counter Terrorism Marine Unit, PS Rawson and PC Battersby answered a call put out by the Thames Coastguard, responding on blue lights from Tollesbury Marina. Using the RHIB (Rigid-hull Inflatable Boat), they located the yacht. After checking the welfare of the crew, they were able to prevent any potential loss of the vessel by securing a line and towed it to the safety of Bradwell Marina. Ds Vaughn High who supervises the unit, said: "The maritime community was pleased to observe police activity on the water and it was fortunate that they were patrolling with a fast response vessel. "The CT Marine Unit would always respond to any search and rescue incident where there could be an immediate threat to life."

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Chelmsford Chieftains claim historic quadruple

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:59
CHELMSFORD Chieftains finished their 2013/14 season in style by beating the Wightlink Raiders 6-3 over two legs in the NIHL Division One South play-off final. This completes a memorable quadruple, grand slam winning season for the Chieftains. A fantastic achievement for the team and a great way for player/coach Gary Clarke to end what has been a glittering career in the game. On Saturday, the Isle of Wight was invaded by a large army of Chieftains fans. They knew as well as the players, the importance of taking a good result from the first leg, back to the mainland for Sunday's final leg at Riverside Ice and Leisure. A full-strength Chieftains took the game to their opponents and the deadlock was broken with 9:30 on the clock. With two Raiders in the sin bin including the influential player/coach Jeremy Cornish, the Chieftains powerplay went to work. Passing the puck around the zone they looked for the opportunity. It came when Clarke's rebounded shot fell straight into the path of Luke Brittle. He shot the puck past Matt Colclough into the roof of the net, 1-0 to Chieftains. Two minutes later and the Chieftains advantage was doubled. Czech forward Daniel Volrab's pass found John Connolly and his close range shot went straight through Colclough's pads over the red line. The Raider's opened their account with a powerplay goal from Alex Barker beating Euan King for the first time. Chieftains fans would have been satisfied with a 2-1 lead going into the first break, but their team had other ideas. With 20 seconds remaining, they took advantage of another powerplay. Tibor Schneider found Matt Turner on the far post and he didn't make any mistake, beating Colclough's outstretched leg; 3-1 to Chieftains at the end of the first. Wightlink came out fighting in the second and just four minutes after the restart, they were back within one, Matt Vazzari the goalscorer. The game was beginning to heat-up and it was end-to-end, non-stop action. As the first leg drew to a close the home team made one final push, desperate to at least equal things up and not wanting to travel to Riverside with a deficit to make up. With less than two minutes remaining, Barker scored his second of the night to make it 3-3 and set the following day's second leg up nicely for a classic encounter between the league's top two clubs. Chieftains have an excellent record at Riverside against Wightlink and would be clear favourites if this had been a league encounter. But this is a play-off final and with the added pressure of the quadruple winning season, would the nerves hold? A large crowd of over 1000 hockey fans crammed into Riverside to witness what should be an enthralling season finale. The first period was scoreless, with Chieftains pressing the Raiders defence, but they seemed to be easing themselves into the game. After a scoreless first period the home fans nerves were eased when the Chieftains scored two minutes into the period to lift what was a tense atmosphere. Clarke, Volrab and Ranby linked superbly as they had done many times this season, with Ranby finishing off in style. Four minutes later, a pass from Chieftain's defenceman Alex Green found James Ayling free on the left wing. As the Raiders defence closed in, Ross Brears skated down the centre unmarked. Ayling's perfectly placed pass was met by Brears who gave Colclough no chance. 2-0 at the end of the second period and Chieftains were on their way. With still over 15 minutes remaining, Wightlink looked resigned to the fact that they would once again be runners-up. Ben Clements in the Chieftains net had to pull off a few smart saves in the final minutes, but his shut-out remained intact and as the clock hit zero, the celebrations began. After the presentation they paraded the newly presented play-off trophy along with the League Championship, League Cup and South East Trophy to their adoring fans. The retiring player/coach Clarke left the ice under a tunnel of hockey sticks, a guard of honour prepared by his appreciative squad of talented players. Celebrations lasted long into the night as both players and fans celebrated the most successful season in the club's 26 year history.

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VIDEO: £13m grant to develop greener cars

BBC Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:50
The government is investing £13m to help car-maker Ford to develop more fuel-efficient engines.
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Bee clear up under way at Missoula Chelmsford

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:33
A BEE clear up is under way after 50,000 of them descended on a Chelmsford city centre bar's outside area this morning. The swarm started covering chairs and tables at Missoula, Spingfield Road at noon. One worker, who did not wish to be named, said: "We're just using our side door. "They're all outside just next to the windows, they moved down from the Meadows, they seem to like our tables. The bar is remaining open, with signs asking customers to 'beeware'. They called Chelmsford City Council who in turn called on the services of Essex Beekeepers' Association. Association president Eric Fenner brought a box filled with honeycomb to attract the bees and their queen. He said: "They are a bit touchy. "We can't get them away until this evening when the scouts return - that's when they stop flying and we can't leave any cluster behind. "It's just a waiting game. "I would there's about 50,000 bees, it's a strong colony." The swarm appeared on Friday in bushes alongside Backnang Square, but moved onto the outside area of Missoula around noon. "They are technically doing what we do when kids go off and leave home but its a different mechanism as they leave as they are being congested," he said. "About four-fifths come out and leave a nucleus with a queen cell wherever they came from." Yari Morrison, 32, a security guard at the Meadows shopping centre, said: "They were in the bushes nearby for about four days and we called the pest control unit because of public safety - they were swarming around the bush. "They came out today but they had moved on from the bush. "We thought they were making a nest but apparently they are just protecting their queen."

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Chelmsford City v Gosport Borough - LIVE

This is total Essex - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:25
Join us to see if Chelmsford City can get the result they need to secure Conference South safety as they take on Gosport Borough. The Clarets thrashed Tonbridge Angels 7-1 on Monday to move to the brink of survival and another win here will do the trick. Updates start from 7.30pm.  window.cilAsyncInit = function() {cilEmbedManager.init()};(function() {if (window.cilVwRand === undefined) { window.cilVwRand = Math.floor(Math.random()*10000000); }var e = document.createElement('script');e.async = true;var domain = (document.location.protocol == 'http:' || document.location.protocol == 'file:') ? 'http://cdnsl.coveritlive.com' : 'https://cdnslssl.coveritlive.com';e.src = domain + '/vw.js?v=' + window.cilVwRand;e.id = 'cilScript-53c7a17c1a';document.getElementById('cil-root-53c7a17c1a').appendChild(e);}());

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