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Essex: Double killer dies in hospital

09:31 12 February 2013

David Oakes

David Oakes

A MAN ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison for torturing and murdering his former partner and two-year-old daughter has died.

David Oakes, 50, was jailed last year after Chelmsford Crown Court heard he went to Christine Chambers’s house in Braintree, where he subjected her to “degrading assaults” before blasting her and their daughter Shania with a shotgun.

Today, the Ministry of Justice confirmed that Oakes had died from natural causes after being taken to hospital.

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Rail passengers travelling between London to Ipswich this morning are facing delays after ‘trespass incident’ between Colchester and Marks Tey.

The A14 Orwell Bridge will remain open today as Storm Doris looks to have passed - but it was a busy night for the emergency services as they dealt with the aftermath.

This year marks the 47th annual Ipswich to Felixstowe Road run - and as the organisers make their final preparations we look back to a particularly popular run in May 1995.

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