A man from Colchester who befriended and sexually abused a young child has been jailed for seven years.
Essex Footballer Raises Cash For Japan
Takumi Ake is raising money for the British Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan.
The Chelmsford City midfielder has described the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear explosions in his home country as "like something out of a film."
Although his family and friends are fine, the 26-year-old's set up the 'Tako Fund' to do what he could to help.
Tak said: "Since the earthquake happened I've been thinking about the ways I can help Japan. I'm fortunate enough to play football in this difficult time. Everyone's behind me and it's an absolutely amazing feeling."
More than £2,000 has already been raised via www.justgiving.com/tako
A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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