A five-year-old boy has suffered life-threatening injuries when a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.
Brentwood: Two Charged With Pig Cruelty
Two former Essex slaughterhouse workers are to be charged with animal cruelty after footage appeared to show pigs being attacked.
Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 29, from Southend will appear in court accused of stubbing out a lighted cigarette on the snout of one of the animals at Orchard Farm in West Horndon.
Kelly Smith, 40, from Benfleet, is facing prosecution for striking a pig with a baton, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Simon Clements, of the CPS, said he had advised the Food Standards Agency that there was sufficient prospect for conviction after footage was obtained by the animal rights group, Animal Aid, in March and April last year. Both are accused of offences while working for Cheale Meats.
Andrzej Wasiuta faces three charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a pig by applying a lighted cigarette to its snout, while Smith faces four charges of causing unnecessary suffering to a pig.
Referring to Smith, Mr Clements said: "Two of the charges relate to failing to ensure that a lame pig was not humanely slaughtered immediately and two of the charges relate to striking a pig with a baton."
He added: "This decision was taken in accordance with the code for Crown Prosecutors.
"After careful consideration of all the evidence, I am satisfied there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute this case."
Both will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 18.
A man who set a fire on the ninth floor of a block of flats in Southend, killing a neighbour and her unborn child, has been made subject of a hospital order.
Heart can reveal since so called 'legal highs' were banned last May - Essex Police have made 9 arrests relating to the supply or possession of the drugs.
Prince Harry's visited Epping Forest as part of a conservation project. See the pictures here.
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