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McIlroy well placed in Dubai

Chelmsford Weekly News: Rory McIlroy was well in the hunt in Dubai (AP)

4:08pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Rory McIlroy confessed the conditions were almost too easy as he joined a host of players in cashing in on a low-scoring first day of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Ant and Dec battle winter blues with Saturday Night Takeaway

Chelmsford Weekly News: Ant and Dec battle winter blues with Saturday Night Takeaway

3:48pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Ant and Dec are returning with a new series of Saturday Night Takeaway.

Raiders target royal jeweller

Chelmsford Weekly News: Police outside the jeweller to the royal household in London's Mayfair following a smash and grab raid by thieves reportedly carrying metal baseball bats.

3:47pm Thursday 29th January 2015

A jeweller to the royal household was today targeted by smash and grab raiders in a violent attack.

Union boost for Labour war chest

Chelmsford Weekly News: Unite has got behind Labour's election campaign

3:47pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Unite is to donate £1.5 million to the Labour Party's campaign funds, the union has announced.

Officer issues police funds warning

Chelmsford Weekly News: Policing Minister Mike Penning said falling crime levels showed forces were able to absorb funding reductions without harming front-line performance

3:47pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Continued funding cuts will leave the police unable to meet public expectations, a senior officer warned after it was revealed that officer numbers had sunk to their lowest level for 14 years.

Police shooting data lost in post

Chelmsford Weekly News: Some of the missing information related to the death of Robert Hamill in Portadown in April 1997

3:47pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Information relating to three judge-led inquiries, including two fatal police shootings, has gone missing in the post, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said.

Walker knew Eriksen would seal win

Chelmsford Weekly News: Christian Eriksen sent Tottenham through to the Capital One Cup final with a late strike against Sheffield United

3:20pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Kyle Walker had no doubt Tottenham were on their way to Wembley when he saw Christian Eriksen running through on goal late on at Sheffield United.

Matthew McConaughey is Born To Run

Chelmsford Weekly News: Matthew McConaughey is Born To Run

3:39pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Matthew McConaughey is to star in true-life story Born To Run.

Hesmondhalgh: Cucumber could shock Corrie fans

Chelmsford Weekly News: Hesmondhalgh: Cucumber could shock Corrie fans

3:18pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Julie Hesmondhalgh says her Cucumber character is very different from Corrie’s Hayley Cropper.

Crouch, Whelan pen new Stoke deals

Chelmsford Weekly News: Peter Crouch has committed his future to Stoke

2:45pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan have signed two-year contract extensions with Stoke, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

Palace add Mutch and Ameobi

Chelmsford Weekly News: Jordon Mutch has left QPR for Crystal Palace

2:07pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Crystal Palace have completed the signings of QPR midfielder Jordon Mutch and former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi.

Gwyneth Paltrow says a vagina steam is a 'must-do' spa treatment

Chelmsford Weekly News: Gwyneth Paltrow says a vagina steam is a 'must-do' spa treatment

1:58pm Thursday 29th January 2015

She described it as an “energetic release”. TMI Gwynnie. TMI.

Rita Ora: I'm excited to be singing at the Oscars

Chelmsford Weekly News: Rita Ora: I'm excited to be singing at the Oscars

1:38pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Rita Ora said she’s “excited” about performing at the Oscars.

Actor Cox leaves Labour for SNP

Chelmsford Weekly News: Actor Brian Cox has attacked the 'empty rhetoric' of leading members of the Labour Party

1:37pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Actor Brian Cox has quit the Labour Party and joined the Scottish National Party.

University considers refund plans

Chelmsford Weekly News: The University of the West of Scotland is looking at introducing a rebate system for fee-paying students who fail to complete their degrees

1:37pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Students who fail their degrees could have their fees refunded under plans being considered by one of Scotland's largest modern universities.

Greenpeace slam Shell's Arctic plan

Chelmsford Weekly News: Greenpeace has criticised Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Alaskan Arctic

1:37pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Environmentalists have hit out at Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic this year.

MPs' 'plan to push over cameraman'

Chelmsford Weekly News: The debating chamber in the Commons, which has been filmed as part of the BBC's season to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta

1:37pm Thursday 29th January 2015

MPs plotted to sabotage a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the House of Commons by pushing over a cameraman, it has been claimed.

Taylor Swift trademarks partying like it's 1989

Chelmsford Weekly News: Taylor Swift trademarks partying like it's 1989

1:28pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Taylor Swift has trademarked certain catchphrases from her new album 1989.

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler spends night in jail

Chelmsford Weekly News: Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler spends night in jail

1:28pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler was arrested following a fight in a US bar.

Downton Abbey fans in shock at reports of the end coming

Chelmsford Weekly News: Downton Abbey fans in shock at reports of the end coming

1:28pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Rumours are circulating that series six could be the last for Downton Abbey.

Marcia Gay Harden: Fifty Shades cast still haven't seen movie

Chelmsford Weekly News: Marcia Gay Harden: Fifty Shades cast still haven't seen movie

1:28pm Thursday 29th January 2015

The Fifty Shades Of Grey movie is so top secret even the cast haven’t seen it.

Energy profit 'up to £114 per home'

Chelmsford Weekly News: The estimated profit is 9% of the average dual-fuel bill

1:17pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Energy companies stand to increase their profits to £114 per household over the next year, even after cutting tariffs in response to dramatic falls in wholesale prices.

Murray aims for fourth time lucky

Chelmsford Weekly News: Andy Murray, pictured, saw off Tomas Berdych in four sets to reach the final in Melbourne (AP)

1:11pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Andy Murray spoke of his pride at reaching a fourth Australian Open final in the last six years after winning a bad-tempered semi-final clash with Tomas Berdych on Thursday.

Broadcasters stick with debate plan

Chelmsford Weekly News: David Cameron, left, claimed the 2010 debates 'sucked the life' out of the election campaign

12:36pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Broadcasters have rejected David Cameron's call for proposed televised debates between the leaders of the UK's main political parties to be moved forward so they take place before the official start of the general election campaign.

Victim makes court plea to burglars

Chelmsford Weekly News: Paul Kohler was savagely beaten at his home (Met Police/PA Wire)

12:36pm Thursday 29th January 2015

A university professor who was savagely beaten in his home by a gang of burglars has faced them in court and demanded they explain "the real reason" he was targeted.

Charles urged to raise concerns

Chelmsford Weekly News: The Prince of Wales arriving in Saudi Arabia on a previous tour

12:36pm Thursday 29th January 2015

The Prince of Wales has been urged to raise "concerns over human rights" during his extensive Middle East tour next month by Amnesty International UK.

Toulon's Armitage in police custody

Chelmsford Weekly News: Steffon Armitage was held at a French police station overnight

12:33pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Steffon Armitage is being held in custody at a French police station, his club Toulon have confirmed.

Rises in fuel duty not ruled out

Chelmsford Weekly News: An energy minister has refused to rule out a rise in fuel duties following a drop in oil prices

12:27pm Thursday 29th January 2015

An energy minister has refused to rule out a rise in fuel duties following a drop in oil prices.

Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson wants Maxine to find love again

Chelmsford Weekly News: Hollyoaks' Nikki Sanderson wants Maxine to find love again

12:20pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Nikki Sanderson wants her Hollyoaks character Maxine Minniver to find love again.

Kim Kardashian reveals what naughty North West did with dad Kanye's phone

Chelmsford Weekly News: Kim Kardashian reveals what naughty North West did with dad Kanye's phone

12:20pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Kim Kardashian says she wants to have a sibling for daughter North West.

Catastrophe to return for series 2

Chelmsford Weekly News: Catastrophe to return for series 2

12:20pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Catastrophe has already been confirmed for a second series by Channel 4.

Mortgage company wins court battle

Chelmsford Weekly News: The mortgage company is linked to the West Bromwich Building Society

12:19pm Thursday 29th January 2015

A financial specialist has lost the latest round of a legal fight with a mortgage company which lawyers say could affect a million people who own buy-to-let properties.

Allardyce frustrated with Senegal

Chelmsford Weekly News: West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, pictured left, has defended the decision to play Diafra Sakho, right, despite the Senegal striker missing the African Nations Cup

12:16pm Thursday 29th January 2015

Sam Allardyce is certain Diafra Sakho will not be banned from turning out for West Ham and has aimed a shot at the Senegalese Football Federation for its handling of Cheikhou Kouyate.

Madonna: Getting 'high' never came naturally to me

Chelmsford Weekly News: Madonna: Getting 'high' never came naturally to me

11:47am Thursday 29th January 2015

Madonna reckons she has never had the stamina to take drugs.

Eddie Redmayne: My 'inappropriate' behaviour

Chelmsford Weekly News: Eddie Redmayne: My 'inappropriate' behaviour

11:16am Thursday 29th January 2015

Eddie Redmayne said Jennifer Aniston could have “slapped” him and his wife for being “stalkers”.

Corrie's Sally Dynevor does not want Kevin back

Chelmsford Weekly News: Corrie's Sally Dynevor does not want Kevin back

11:16am Thursday 29th January 2015

Corrie’s Sally Dynevor doesn’t want Sally and Kevin Webster to get back together.

Galloway urges Cup tie intervention

Chelmsford Weekly News: Bradford City caused one of the biggest FA Cup shocks in recent years by beating Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge

11:12am Thursday 29th January 2015

Sports Minister Helen Grant has been urged to intervene to persuade broadcasters to screen the next step of Bradford City's FA Cup adventure.

Thailand murder-accused cash appeal

Chelmsford Weekly News: David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found dead on a beach on the Thai island of Koh Tao in September (Foreign and Commonwealth Office/PA Wire)

11:12am Thursday 29th January 2015

Two migrant workers accused of killing two British students in Thailand are being held in cramped prison conditions as they seek to raise sufficient funds to ensure a fair trial, campaigners have said.

Sabbath star spends night in jail

Chelmsford Weekly News: Geezer Butler is Black Sabbath's bass player

11:12am Thursday 29th January 2015

Veteran rocker Geezer Butler has spent a night in jail after he was arrested following a fight in a US bar.

Ads surge boosts Facebook profits

Chelmsford Weekly News: For the seventh quarter in a row, Facebook has beaten profit and revenue forecasts, continuing to win more mobile advertising revenue (AP)

11:12am Thursday 29th January 2015

Facebook has posted annual profits of almost three billion US dollars (£2 billion) after a surge in advertising in the final three months of the year.

Clegg cautions over outright win

Chelmsford Weekly News: Nick Clegg has said an outright win for either the Tories or Labour in May's election would jeopardise the country's economic recovery

11:12am Thursday 29th January 2015

Outright victory for either Labour or Conservatives in the general election would put Britain's economic recovery in jeopardy, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has claimed.

David Tennant is a tad excited about Marvel role

Chelmsford Weekly News: David Tennant is a tad excited about Marvel role

11:07am Thursday 29th January 2015

David Tennant has kept schtum about his Marvel character – but said he’s “thrilled” to be playing him.

Brad Pitt in talks to star in Angelina Jolie's new movie

Chelmsford Weekly News: Brad Pitt in talks to star in Angelina Jolie's new movie

10:44am Thursday 29th January 2015

Brad Pitt is in talks to star in wife Angelina Jolie’s next directorial project Africa.

Mourinho stance strengthens squad

Chelmsford Weekly News: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, pictured, continues to defend his players in the face of criticism

10:33am Thursday 29th January 2015

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's unequivocal public support of his players in the face of criticism can only galvanise the squad for the challenges ahead, according to former Blues defender Frank Sinclair.

Grant 'concerned' by swimming dip

Chelmsford Weekly News: Sport England says it is disappointed and concerned at swimming's eight per cent drop which has significantly affected overall participation numbers in sport

10:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

Swimming is facing a significant funding cut after a huge fall in participation numbers over the last year, with 245,000 fewer people taking part in the sport.

Hewitt to retire in 2016

Chelmsford Weekly News: Lleyton Hewitt will retire from tennis after his 20th Australian Open next year

10:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

Former Wimbledon and US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt has announced his intention to retire from tennis after playing his 20th Australian Open next year.

Morgan to enter IPL auction

Chelmsford Weekly News: Eoin Morgan will enter this year's IPL auction

10:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan will enter this year's Indian Premier League auction after admitting his hopes of a Test recall have been "scaled down".

Parling to join Exeter

Chelmsford Weekly News: Geoff Parling will join Exeter in the summer

10:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

England forward Geoff Parling will join Exeter in the summer on a two-year deal, the Aviva Premiership club have announced.

Amir cleared to return in Pakistan

Chelmsford Weekly News: Mohammad Amir has been cleared to return to action in Pakistan

10:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

Mohammad Amir, the convicted spot-fixer, has been cleared for an early return to domestic cricket in Pakistan by the International Cricket Council.

Williams beats Keys into final

Chelmsford Weekly News: Serena Williams reached her sixth Australian Open final (AP)

10:06am Thursday 29th January 2015

Serena Williams overcame a spirited challenge from teenager Madison Keys to become the oldest Australian Open finalist in the open era on Thursday.

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