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From the Echo tonight :

A MAN has denied shooting a commuter at a train station.

Brian Wall, 61, pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of IT consultant Adam Mapleson, 25, at Rayleigh train station, in May last year.

Mr Mapleson was waiting to catch a train to work when he was shot in the chest as he st-epped into help a female security guard during an alleged robbery. He was rushed to hospital where surgeons saved his life.

At Chelmsford Crown Court yesterday, Wall, of Elstow Road, Dagenham, denied the attempted murder of Mr Mapleson.

Wall and co-defendants Terence Smith, 49, of Point Road, Canvey, and Leonard Smith, 50 of Dagmar Road, Dagenham, all denied conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to possess firearms.

Both charges relate to the period from September 2006 to April 2008.

Wall is also charged with robbery and possession of a firearm in connection with a ?125,000 robbery in Becton, East London, in February 2000.

All three men were remanded in custody.

They are due to stand trial on February 16.

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  • From the Southend Standard today:

    AN ARMED robber has been found guilty of shooting commuter Adam Mapleson at Rayleigh railway station.

    A jury at Chelmsford Crown Court found Brian Wall, 61, guilty of committing grevious bodily harm with intent during a botched armed robbery on a cash-in-transit van at the station.

    During the attack, commuter Adam Mapleson, 26, was shot point-blank in the chest when he tried to intervene.

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