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News & Sport for week commencing Saturday: January 25

     Budding young scientists, Grace Boroughs, Freya Perry, Ava Readman and Anna White, in year seven at Felsted School will be competing in the March national final of the "Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Competition", in Birmingham, after claiming victory in a regional competition with a scheme aimed at cutting plastic waste. The quartet made it through after winning the Eastern final with their "Sanitary Shark" project, which was built to collect plastic waste from the oceans.

     One of the new intercity trains that will be in passenger service by Easter has been brought into service on the Colchester line running between Norwich and London Liverpool Street. The new trains are part of a 600million investment for the region, and have 757 seats, power and USB sockets, free fast Wifi, air conditioning and improved passenger information screens.

The trains also have gold standard accessibility features, including a lower floor and a retractable step at each door to bridge the gap between the train and platform.

     Police are planning to crackdown on unruly youths thought to be behind a number of anti social incidents in Braintree.
A number of videos and posts have shown incidents of anti-social behaviour, that many fear are being caused by the youths. The town's community policing team has issued a plea for information as it prepares to address concerns raised.

And now for the sport


Braintree lost 1-nil, at home, to Tonbridge Angels thanks to an own goal in the 46th minute.

Meanwhile . . .
Witham beat Grays Athletic 1- nil on 11th


Braintree Futsal Club has been awarded 1,000 as part of the Persimmon Homes Essex Community Champions scheme. The club, based at Notley Sports Centre, applied for the funding to purchase new kit and equipment for an upcoming tournament. The national match-funding scheme seeks to support groups and charities working to improve the quality of life or environment for local people.


Braintree beat Old Cooperians by 11 points to 7 in their opening match of the new year on 11th, and were due to play Barking, away, on 18th.

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