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.
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.
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
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.
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."
Train company gets ready for 'increase' in travellers
A train company is getting ready to "welcome back commuters" as it is increasing its timetable from Monday.
Greater Anglia said it has taken additional steps to keep everyone safe including handing out facemasks and installing hand sanitiser dispensers at 20 stations.
Jamie Burles, managing director, said: "We have measures in place to protect staff and passengers such as enhanced cleaning, social distancing markings at stations and free hand sanitiser available at major stations.
"However, at this stage, we are still asking customers only to travel by train where necessary."
Hand sanitiser dispensers are available at Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Broxbourne, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Cheshunt, Colchester North, Ely, Harlow Town, Ipswich, Manningtree, Norwich, Rayleigh, Shenfield, Southend Victoria, Stansted Airport, Tottenham Hale, Ware, Wickford and Witham.
'Stick to the rules' if visiting the beach
As the rules surrounding coronavirus lockdown are eased this weekend with the reopening of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers, a warning is being shared by police, coastguards and beach patrols to be careful, cautious, aware of your surroundings and maintain social distancing outside of your "bubbles".
Ch Insp Lily Benbo, from Essex Police, said: "Stick to the rules, look out for each other and stay safe."
The rules include not swimming out or your depth or comfort zone, not climbing on structures in the sea where there are clear signs on them not to do so.
Firefighters build memorial garden to lost ambulance workers
A "lasting memory" had been left by firefighters who have been working as ambulance drivers during the coronavirus pandemic.
firefighters enlisted to the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) have designed and built a
memorial garden at Luton ambulance station to show their appreciation to their new
workmates and in memory of those who have died of cancer and suicide.
They received help from Bruce Liddle of Newbury Farm Plant in Silsoe, who offered advice and supplied the plants for free.
Mike King, a firefighter, said: “They have made
us feel so welcome and we thought the best way to say thank you was to leave a
lasting memory by building the memorial garden – something they have been
trying to get enough funds together to build for some time."
Simon King, head
of operations at EEAST for Milton Keynes, Bedford and Luton, said it was a "phenomenal gift" and "the garden
itself is magnificent and is a fitting tribute to our much-missed colleagues".
Level crossing cameras to be installed across East
Cameras are being installed at 13 level crossings in the East to catch motorists who do not stop when barriers are coming down.
It is to help Network Rail prosecute drivers who jump the lights across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Offenders are automatically notified of their offence, and could be sent on an awareness course, fined £100 and given three points on their licence, or prosecuted, it said.
The RLSE cameras are being paid for by Greater Anglia.
Daniel Fisk, from Network Rail, said: "They are clearly visible for people to see as a deterrent."
Travel industry calls for clarity over quarantine rules
Travel companies want clarity from ministers over which countries will be exempt from the quarantine rules.
Last weekend, the government said it would establish a traffic light system to rate which countries were safest but hasn't yet produced the details.
Passenger services returned to London Southend Airport yesterday, when the Ryanair flight to Malaga in Spain took off, and at London Luton Airport, EasyJet flights took to the skies again.
But for Elizabeth Jerome-Smith, who works in a hospital theatre, lockdown hasn't seen her able to learn new skills such as baking bread.
"This sums up my ‘lockdown’: No baking cakes, no homeschooling, no treasuring unexpected time to make memories with my children, the memories my children will have of lockdown is an exhausted mother with a sore face.
"Covid isn’t over, we are still working long shifts and extra hours like this in hospitals across the country, to look after the ill and injured, and to try and catch up with the backlog of urgent surgical patients that had to be cancelled to make capacity for Covid patients.
"Please don't forget this as lockdown relaxes and you get back to 'normality'. For some of us this is our new normal, so please, wear a mask, keep your distance, stay safe and enjoy the freedom that relaxing lockdown brings, but don’t forget that Covid is still here."
'Abusive' teenagers lead to town centre dispersal order
Essex Police has made a dispersal order for Brentwood town centre, after reports of "a large group of people, all believed to be teenagers, being abusive and creating a disturbance" on the High Street at about 21:35 on Monday evening.
It is hoped a further 44 libraries can reopen on 16 July, but the reopening of the remaining 14 libraries will be kept "under review".
Susan Barker, cabinet member for Essex Libraries, said: "It has been vital to plan to reopen sites in stages in order to ensure that we could carry out appropriate risk assessments and put procedures in place to ensure our customers and employees remain safe."People will be able to return and borrow books, as well as have some limited time to browse the shelves.
Musicians to live-stream garden concert after festival cancelled
A free live-streamed concert featuring the first Rasumovsky quartet by Beethoven is to take place on Saturday evening.
The event is being put on by Roman River Music and will take place in the garden of a neighbour of artistic director, Orlando Jopling.
The Roman River Festival usually holds regular concerts throughout the summer in the Colchester, north-east Essex coast and River Stour valley area, but events have had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is hoped this will be the first of a series of Roman River live-streams.
Train company's sunflower scheme to help those with hidden disability
A new train travel scheme is aiming to support people with "hidden" disabilities.
Passengers with learning disabilities will be given sunflower lanyards and ID cards by Greater Anglia staff.
The sunflower initiative is a way of signalling someone may need additional help or more time when travelling.
Paul White, from Hidden Disabilities, said living with a hidden disability "can make daily life more demanding" and the new scheme "helps by discreetly indicating to people that those who choose to wear it, have a hidden disability and may need additional support, help or a little more time".
Greater Anglia’s accessibility manager, Rebecca Richardson, added that the company was committed to "making rail travel accessible for everyone".
Coronavirus: Eight new deaths in the region
The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by eight, according to the latest daily government statistics.
The previous day's figures showed 11 new deaths.
The number of new deaths in Thursday's stats, listed by the NHS trust, were:
Southend University Hospital: 4
Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
Kettering General: 1
The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,957, while across the UK it's 43,230.
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The number of people who died in hospital from Covid-19 in the East of England has increased by 11, according to the latest daily government statistics.
The previous day's figures showed seven new deaths.
The number of new deaths, listed by the NHS trust, were:
Northampton General: 7
Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 2
Southend University Hospital: 2
Northampton General was the hospital with the highest increase in the whole of England.
The total number of hospital deaths in the region now stands at 3,949, while across the UK it's 42,927.
Wildlife trust sees rise in fires and littering
One of the region's wildlife trusts says its reserves have experienced a larger number of fires, vandalism, an "unprecendented increase" in littering, and disturbance to habitats as a result of more people visiting as lockdown restrictions are eased.
Essex Wildlife Trust said some of its reserves "have taken a battering as the lifting of some lockdown rules coincides with warmer weather leading to a surge of people outdoors".
Among the desecration was a shot buzzard while a goose and a sheep were injured by an uncontrolled dog.
Wildflowers have also been trampled, including rare orchids and oxlips at Westwood and Shadwell Wood nature reserves.
Other incidents include:
Fires on open land at Langdon, Chafford, Woodham Fenn and Roding Valley
Suspected arson on a bird hide at Howlands Marsh
Windows were broken in at Chafford Gorges, gates ripped off their hinges at Langdon, fencing damaged at Oliver Road Lagoons and Two Tree Island
There has also been illegal fishing and camping at several reserves.
The Colchester Gazette is reporting statistics
from Public Health England show 10 additional cases of Covid-19 have been
confirmed in Southend with 30 more in the Essex County Council area and 12 in Thurrock
The Southend Echo is reporting the county is set to sizzle in six days of sun and the Met Office has said temperatures are going to reach highs of 29C
The Witham and Braintree Times reports a green-fingered great-granddad from Dovercourt believes he has grown one of the tallest garden flowers in the country - which now stands at an impressive 14ft tall
Coronavirus: Seven new deaths in the East
Yesterday's figures showed no new coronavirus deaths in the region's hospitals, but the latest government daily figures released this afternoon show
there were seven more, taking the total in the East
of England to 3,938.
The deaths, listed by the NHS trust, were:
Basildon and Thurrock Hospitals: 3
and North Hertfordshire Hospitals: 1
Paget University Hospital, Gorleston: 1
Southend University Hospital: 1
The total number of Covid-19 deaths across the UK now stands at