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Two teens deny Harlow Town footballer murder

Francois Kablan
Met Police

Two youths have denied murdering a footballer during the lockdown in Southwark.

Francois Kablan, 19, from Bermondsey, was allegedly attacked in the street, following a confrontation with two males armed with weapons, including a Samurai sword.

The victim, who played for Harlow Town reserves, was pronounced dead at the scene on a residential estate in Great Dover Street on 13 May.

This morning, a 17-year-old appeared in the dock of the Old Bailey and pleaded not guilty to murder.

His 15-year-old co-defendant denied the same charge via video-link from HMP Cookham Wood.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC set a provisional three-week trial for 4 January.

He said it was the earliest date that could be accommodated at the Old Bailey.

The judge also fixed a further hearing for 16 September.

Members of Mr Kablan's family sat in court for the hearing, which was partially held virtually.

The defendants were remanded into custody.

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This seagull got trapped in a face mask in Essex

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of two deaths in the region's hospitals in the figures issued this afternoon.

The total number now stands at 4,031 and the additional deaths were at the following NHS trusts:

  • East and North Herts NHS Trust: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,650.

Spitfire tribute to NHS to be inscribed with hero names

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

A Spitfire with "Thank u NHS" emblazoned on its under-wings roared through the skies across East Anglia today as a continuing tribute to the care sector.

The plane flew across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals in morning and afternoon sorties from its base at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

NHS Spitfire
Aircraft Restoration Company

The fighter plane was piloted by John Romain, founder of the family-run Aircraft Restoration Company.

It has made several flights during the Covid-19 lockdown and now it has a new mission. The company is going to be hand-writing 80,000 names onto the photo-reconnaissance blue Spitfire PL983 ‘L’.

"We need your help though, as the names we would like to add are those of your local heroes," the company website said.

"A kind neighbour, family member on the front line, volunteer PPE producer, or anyone who has helped/inspired you through the Covid-19 pandemic - you can now say thank you to them by nominating their name to go onto the NHS Spitfire."

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Cancer referrals fall of 47% worries clinicians

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cancer referrals in Essex have fallen by 47%, from 29,321 in April 2019 to 15,489 in April 2020, NHS attendance figures from Southend, Basildon and Broomfield hospitals reveal.

In June, the total number of hospital visits was 24,135 compared to 31,334 in June 2019 – an improvement but still a 23% drop which has raised concerns that people were not getting the treatment they needed.

Cancer scan
BBC

Visits to A&E in Essex have started to increase, but are still well down on the year before Covid-19 struck.

At Princess Alexandra in Harlow there were 4,484 A&E attendances in April 2020, compared to 9,008 the previous April.

Those figures have also improved slightly, with 7,150 in June 2020 compared to 9,822 in June 2019.

Overall emergency admissions in England are down 17.3%.

Clinicians worry many people are still not seeking treatment because of the fear of Covid-19, despite suffering potentially life-threatening conditions such as strokes and heart attacks.

What's in the Essex papers?

  • The Maldon Standard shares the story of a reception pupil who has raised hundreds to refurbish a school's swimming pool
  • Birthing partners able to visit Colchester Hospital again from Monday, The Gazette reports
  • The Echo reports that a pub has been forced to temporarily ban outside "vertical drinking" after boozers continued to flout social distancing rules

Man released on bail in connection with stabbing

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

A man has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a stabbing on Colchester.

Essex Police said a 33-year-old man was assaulted while walking from Wimpole Road into Barrack Street at about 23:30 on Saturday. He was taken to hospital and later discharged.

The 22-year-old man from Harlow has been released on bail until 27 July while police continue inquiries and they're appealing for information and are "particularly keen" to speak to anyone who may have seen a black Astra or Mercedes in the area.

Police stop driver watching TV at 70mph

Sarah Jenkins

BBC News

Police in Essex stopped a driver who was watching television while travelling at 70mph.

Officers said on Twitter that the vehicle was "swerving into the hard shoulder of the M11" this morning.

"Watching a TV whilst travelling at 70mph is never acceptable," the tweet said.

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Coronavirus deaths in East rise by four

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of four deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,029.

  • Luton and Dunstable Hospital: 2
  • Northampton General Hospital: 1
  • Southend Hospital: 1

The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at 44,602.

Coronavirus deaths in East rise by five

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The latest number of new daily coronavirus deaths has been released by the government.

In the East, there was an increase of five deaths in the region's hospitals.

The total number now stands at 4,025.

·Bedford Hospital: 2

·Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust: 1

·East Suffolk and North Essex (Ipswich and Colchester hospitals): 1

·Northampton General: 1

The total number of Covid-19 associated UK deaths now stands at 44,517.

Welcome to Thursday's live updates

Katy Lewis

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Wednesday's live updates page here.

Off-duty officer praised for saving 'beyond help' motorcyclist

An off-duty Essex Police officer has been praised for showing the "highest standards" after helping to save the life of a motorcyclist she found unresponsive in the road.

PC Liz Ferris discovered the rider as she drove along Maldon Road near Tiptree on 30 June.

PC Liz Ferris
Essex Police

The officer performed CPR for about 15 minutes until passing paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service were flagged down. They used a defibrillator to get the man breathing again, before he was taken to hospital.

PC Ferris, based at Stanway Roads Policing Unit, has been put forward for a commendation for her actions.

Adam Pipe, head of Essex Police’s Roads Policing, said ambulance staff told them that without her intervention the patient would have been "beyond help".

"Not only did Liz save a stranger’s life, she also demonstrated the professionalism and highest standards of a police officer," he said.

Covid-19 deaths hospitals increases by two

Matt Precey

BBC Look East

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to Tuesday's statistics, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Southend Hospital: 1
  • Milton Keynes: 1

The total number of deaths for the region's hospitals now stands at 4,021.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236.

Welcome to Tuesday's updates

Alex Pope

BBC News Online

We will be bringing you all the latest news from across the East of England - including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic lockdown and other stories.

If you have a story you wish to share - good or bad - please contact BBC News Online (East).

Reach us via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us.

You can read Monday's live updates page here.

Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in East of England

The number of people who have died in hospital from coronavirus in the East of England has risen by two, according to the latest daily government figures.

The deaths, according to the latest statistics published on Monday, were at the following NHS trusts:

  • Basildon Hospital: 1
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation: 1

The total number of deaths for the eastern region's hospitals passed 4,000 at the end of last week and now stands at 4,019.

The latest Department of Health figures show that across the UK the number of deaths stands at 44,236, according to statistics issued on Sunday.

Busier night for ambulance service as pubs reopen

The first weekend of pub reopenings after the coronavirus lockdown restrictions were eased was busy for the East of England Ambulance Service with its crews dealing with an increase in calls.

Demand doubled at times between 21:00 on Saturday and 04:00 on Sunday compared with the previous four weeks.

East of England Ambulance
East of England Ambulance Service

Marcus Bailey, chief operating officer, said: "Thankfully the alcohol-related calls that we could have expected weren't as high as the small increase in calls for assaults but it was still a very busy night."