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Man arrested over Tilbury container migrants & toddler critical after collision
Tilbury Container UPDATE: Man held
A man's being held on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of an immigrant found in a shipping container at Tilbury.
The 34 year old from County Londonderry was arrested after the discovery at the weekend.
A separate investigation is under way after 15 foreign migrants were found locked inside a lorry in Somerset yesterday.
A German man has been arrested.
Toddler critical after collisison
A 22 month old boy remains in a critical condition in hospital after he was involved in a collision with an ice cream van in Harlow.
The incident happened in Northbrooks on Monday.
Grenades found on beach
Signs are being put up on beaches in Dovercourt after two wartime hand grenades were discovered.
Members of the public found the explosives at the weekend.
Officials believe they may have been exposed following high winds and tidal movements.
Added by Nick Hull on 20/08/2014 06:58:36
U`s in action
Colchester United are back in League One action tonight.
The U's are away to Notts County.
Added by news on 19/08/2014 15:14:09
Arrest made in connection with immigrants in shipping container at Tilbury & unions furious about rail fare increase
Arrest made in connection with immigrants in shipping container
Police in Northern Ireland have made an arrest in connection with the death of a man at Tilbury Docks.
He was one of a group of 35 Afghan immigrants discovered inside a shipping container on Saturday.
The 34 year old man, from County Londonderry, is being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the UK.
Unions furious about rail fare increase
Unions are warning an increase in rail fares next year will have a devastating impact on Essex commuters.
Season tickets from Chelmsford to Liverpool Street are set to go up by 131 pounds a year from January.
The TUC says it`s concerned many people won`t be able to afford it.
Police staff survey into social media mis-use
It's been revealed that Essex Police have refused to give any details about how many of its staff have been investigated for breaking guidelines on how to use websites like Facebook and Twitter.
Figures from the Press Association show 800 cases across the country, ranging from inappropriate pictures to sackable offences.
Around 1 in every 10 of them led to someone losing their job, resigning or taking early retirement.
4 people treated after fire
Four people have been given medical treatment after a fire in Dunton.
The blaze broke out in a hay shed yesterday.
All four were treated for the effects of breathing in smoke while two suffered burns.
Quad biker critical after crash
A quad bike rider`s in a critical condition in hospital with serious head injuries after a crash in Shenfield.
The man`s vehicle collided with a telegraph pole in Hall Lane on Sunday.
Added by news on 19/08/2014 15:06:43
VIDEO: More details emerge of Tilbury container tragedy & crews tackle major blaze in wood pile
More details emerge of Tilbury container tragedy
13 children, including a one year old, are among 35 Afghan immigrants who
were found in a shipping container in Essex.
Video has also emerged of the group being discovered. Watch it HERE
The moment the terrified immigrants were released was filmed by a witness on his mobile phone at Tilbury Docks.
Women can be heard crying while young children look frightened.
This is the latest statement we have been given by Essex Police:
"Essex Police can confirm that the number of people found inside the container at the Port of Tilbury is 35, including the man that died.
Four people are still in Southend Hospital, where it is thought they will
remain overnight. Their details are being determined.
The other 30 people are still being spoken to about their ordeal. Once this is
finished they will be passed into the care of the Border Force.
They include nine men and eight women aged between 18 and 72-years-old.
They also include 13 children, aged between one and 12-years-old.
The post mortem examination on the deceased man was carried out today (Sunday) at Basildon Hospital. The cause of his death is subject to further tests. He is believed to be in his 40s.
Police and Border Force officers are continuing with their enquiries into this
One man in the group was found dead.
Police are investigating how they got into the container which arrived on a
ship from Belgium.
Read more HERE
Crews tackle major blaze in wood pile
More than 40 firefighters are tackling a major blaze involving thousands of tons of wood at Mount Nessing.
The alarm was raised just before seven this morning.
Appliances from Brentwood, Basildon, Rayleigh, Ingatestone, Billericay and Southend are at the scene.
The incident commander reports that the wood pile covers an area of 50m by 30m and is 15m tall and contains around 5,000 tonnes of wood.
The top of the pile in the middle is well alight.
Two suspected arson attacks in same street
A man`s been arrested on suspicion of arson after two fires in Southend.
The first was at flats in London Road last night and the second at apartments above the Tesco Express store in the same street this morning.
Yesterdays blaze caused a number of untis to be evaciated after a gas pipe was ruptured.
Arrests at V Festival
Police say 72 arrests were made at the V Festival in Chelmsford over the weekend.
The majority were for drugs offences.
Meanwhile thousands of people attended the event at Hylands Park which feature big names like Justin Timberlake.
Airport consultation coming to an end
A consultation`s continuing into plans for major development around Southend Airport.
Officials say thousands of jobs could be created if the plans get the go ahead.
The deadline for submissions is September 25th.
Children 'harrassed' on train
Police are hunting a man who harrassed two youngsters on an Essex train.
The pair were said to be intimidated by his 'inappropriate comments' between Harlow and Stratford in May.
Security guard praised for sea rescue
A security guardatAdventure island in Southend is being praised after saving a woman at risk of drowning in the sea.
Nick Singer swam out to the woman and brought her safely back to shore after being alerted by members of the public at Three Shells Beach.
Added by news on 18/08/2014 15:11:53
Investigation continues after immigrants found at Tilbury Docks & Manics apologise for V cancellation
Investigation continues after immigrants found at Tilbury Docks
Police are hoping to question a group of immigrants found inside a shipping container at Tilbury docks.
They're trying to find out how they were trafficked into the
One man died and 34 others needed hospital treatment.
The container came from Zeebrugge in Belgium; authorities there believe they've identified the lorry that delivered it to the port.
(Pic courtesy Sky News)
Manics apologise for V cancellation
The V Festival at Chelmsford's enetring its second day.
The Manic Street Preachers have apologised for cancelling their set at Hylands Park last night - after getting stranded in Hungary.
No further action against Addison investogation cops
The Met Police will take no further action against 10 of its officers - who were being investigated by detectives - looking at the circulation of obsecne images via mobile 'phone.
The operation's already seen the sacking of 37 year-old Rayleigh man - James Addison.
Added by news on 17/08/2014 08:12:19