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Essex Police want to talk to a man in connection with a fraud investigation after reports that he withdrew a three-figure sum from another person’s account in Great Dunmow on March 20, using a fake passport.

A red double-decker bus in Hatfield Heath which was destroyed in a fire staged music production courses for “at risk” youths, with the aim of “ending gang violence in London”, according to its owner.

Novelist Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, which controversially tackled assisted dying, will be discussing her latest book at Hart’s Books in Saffron Walden.

A woman from Hempstead whose dog suffered deep wounds after becoming entangled in a barbed wire fence wants to use the experience to encourage all dog owners to attend canine first aid courses.

A man from Saffron Walden is to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court this morning (April 25) charged with four offences.

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Novelist Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, which controversially tackled assisted dying, will be discussing her latest book at Hart’s Books in Saffron Walden.

Two powerful women walk on to the stage in identical clothes, black velvet trouser suits. There is a thrill of tension. One will play Mary Stuart, Mary Queen of Scots, the other will play Queen Elizabeth I. The audience doesn’t know who will play who, and neither do they. At each performance, the spin of a coin will decide. When the courtiers bow to the queen, the die is cast, the play starts.

Everything that opera can do is here. English Touring Opera’s double bill of short Puccini operas, which reached Cambridge Arts Theatre this week (April 16-21) included the tragic Il Tabarro (the cloak) and the comic opera Gianni Schicchi named after a character who deceives all the others to do a good deed.

There may be a more amusing version of The Marriage of Figaro than this one from English Touring Opera, but I haven’t seen it and don’t expect to. This ingenious English translation by Jeremy Sams rhymes and it’s cheeky. When Antonio, the gardener describes seeing a man fall out a woman’s bedroom window and he’s asked where the is man now, he sings: “I don’t know, he buggered off.”

On the first night of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895 the story goes that the father of Oscar Wilde’s lover, Bosie, planned to disrupt the play by throwing rotten fruit. Wilde got wind of the plan and The Marquess of Queensbury was refused entrance to the theatre. If the playwright had seen this production by The Original Theatre Company, he might have welcomed him in.

Sport

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners defied conditions at the hottest-ever London Marathon to post some impressive times.

Dunmow Rhodes battled to a 3-3 draw with Division One side Sporting 77 in their Braintree & North Essex Sunday League Invitation Trophy clash.

Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners were out in force as the first Great Dunmow parkrun was held around the Recreation Ground last Saturday.

Dunmow Atlantis wimming club’s seniors took centre stage at the Essex Masters Championships.

Grange Farm & Dunmow Runners took on four trail races over Easter.

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