Compost, sprouts and tinsel: The peculiar pet food peccadilloes

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Compost, sprouts and tinsel: The peculiar pet food peccadilloes

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Writtle University College student Alex Evans discovered piglets have a sweet tooth

Earlier this month Alex Evans, of Writtle University College in Essex, told BBC News how piglets have a penchant for blackcurrant squash – but it turns out they are not the only animals to have quirky taste buds…
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Cats are not the only animals to enjoy a good plate of Brussels sprouts

Sally Learoyd remembers the day she bought Shandie, a marmalade-and-white kitten, from a market stall in Colchester. It was back in 1970.
And while Shandie is no longer alive, Mrs Learoyd's memories of her cat's curious culinary predilections are as strong as ever.
“When we sat down to have our roast dinners on Sundays she used to be all around my legs brushing past, as cats do.
“She seemed to want a little taste, so we put a little out in a bowl for her an..

Southend United submits plans for 22,000-seat stadium

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Southend United submits plans for 22,000-seat stadium

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The club plans to build the new ground at Fossetts Farm to replace the Roots Hall stadium

Detailed plans for Southend United's new stadium have been lodged with planning officers, the club has confirmed.
Bosses plan to build the new ground at Fossetts Farm to replace the Roots Hall stadium.
The complex, if built, would include a 22,000-seat ground, a hotel and flats.
The club has wanted to move from Roots Hall for more than a decade because, boxed in at all sides by housing, it cannot expand.
The club said in a statement on its website: “This submission represents a major step in the future of Southend United Football Club and we now look forward to learning the decision of the council in the coming months.

“Should the council approve the submitted plans it would be the club's intention to commence construction without delay.”
Southend Borough Council has yet to publ..

M11 crash: Lorry driver guilty of death by dangerous driving

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M11 crash: Lorry driver guilty of death by dangerous driving

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Roger Sharratt had denied two counts of causing death by dangerous driving in May 2014

A lorry driver who fell asleep at the wheel has been found guilty of causing two deaths in a crash on the M11.
Roger Sharratt, 52, of Bagots Oak in Staffordshire, had denied two counts of causing death by dangerous driving in May 2014.
Geoffrey Mills, 53, and Eleanor Joy Mills, 45, were killed in the collision, which happened near Harlow.
Sharratt, who was found guilty by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court, will be sentenced on 2 June.
Police said Sharratt was driving a Man rigid lorry and drawbar goods vehicle northbound along the M11 when he went into the back of a black Jaguar XF car.

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Basildon schoolgirl Sherie-Lea James died of drug overdose

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Basildon schoolgirl Sherie-Lea James died of drug overdose

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An inquest in Chelmsford heard Sherie-Lea James, from Basildon, went into cardiac arrest and died at Basildon University Hospital

A girl who survived liver cancer as a toddler died after taking a lethal cocktail of ecstasy and cocaine, an inquest has heard.
Sherie-Lea James, 15, “thought she was enjoying herself” when she took the drugs at a flat party last September.
But an inquest in Chelmsford heard Sherie-Lea, from Basildon, went into cardiac arrest and died at Basildon University Hospital.
The inquest heard the amount of drugs taken was enough to kill her.
Coroner Eleanor McGann concluded Sherie-Lea's death was drug-related.

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Ms McGann said: “Sadly, like many young people, Sherie-Lea had voluntarily taken some drugs.
“A young girl who just thought she was enjoying herself – but sadly there are many young people who take thes..

MP’s aide Samuel Armstrong denies Parliament rape charges

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MP's aide Samuel Armstrong denies Parliament rape charges

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Samuel Armstrong has been suspended from his post as chief of staff to Craig Mackinlay

An MP's aide has appeared in court to plead not guilty to rape and assault charges following an alleged attack at the Houses of Parliament in October.
Samuel Armstrong, 23, who appeared Southwark Crown Court, denies two counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of assault by penetration.
He has been suspended from his position as chief of staff to South Thanet's Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay.
Mr Armstrong, of Copt Hill, Danbury, Essex, is go on trial on 11 December.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for 29 September.

Judge Deborah Taylor bailed Mr Armstrong on the condition he does not enter the Palace of Westminster or contact the alleged victim.

Twitter row UKIP man chosen for Clacton

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Twitter row UKIP man chosen for Clacton

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Jeff Bray won by three votes to become UKIP's Clacton candidate

A UKIP councillor has been chosen to contest Clacton in the general election for the party after earlier nearly abandoning his bid over a Twitter row.
Jeff Bray, who won former party donor Arron Banks's support, decided not to compete for selection after the Huffington Post claimed on Tuesday he had posted controversial tweets.
He then later changed his mind and stayed in the selection race.
The district councillor told the BBC his Twitter feed had been doctored.
Mr Bray won by three votes against London-based barrister Paul Oakley.

Clacton's sitting MP Douglas Carswell had been UKIP's only MP until he quit the party and later announced he would not stand for re-election.

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Douglas Carswell quit the party in March and on 20 April he said he would not stand in the general election