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Police remain at scene of rape & missing pensioner found safe and well
Men arrested in connection with rape released without charge
Police remain at the scene of a rape in Maldon.
Officers are also working through information given to them by the public following Saturday's attack.
Two men - arrested in connection with the incident - have been released without charge.
Missing pensioner found safe and well
An 82 year old west Essex man who went missing after visiting Whipps Cross hospital with a relative has been found safe and well.
Phillip Hackney from Chigwell was discovered in Leyton after beign outside overnight.
He's now being checked over back at Whipps Cross.
Fatal crash victim named
Police have named the man who died in a crash in Rayleigh at the weekend.
22 year old Oliver King from Leigh was killed following the collision in Hockley Road on Sunday.
A 31 year old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
First new council house in Southend for over a quarter of a century
Southend`s first new council house for 26 years opens its doors today.
The property`s been built on Bournemouth Park Road.
Officials say they`re looking to build more in the near future.
Police rider hurt in collision
A police motorcyclist has escaped serious injury after being involved in a collision with a car he was trying to stop on the A13.
The incident happened yesterday afternoon near Aveley.
The BMW drove off but then hit a wall near a roundabout.
An 18 year old from Grays has been arrested on suspicion of attempted GBH, dangerous driving, theft of a vehicle and possessing a weapon.
Knife amnesties launched
Knife amnesties are being launched in north Essex today.
People in the Colchester and Tendring districts are being urged to hand in their bladed items to their local police stations.
Detectives say no questions will be asked.
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Local authority backs council tax freeze & 13 men in prison after new laws introduced to protect people from domestic violence
Council tax freeze backed
Essex County Council`s backed plans to freeze council tax for the fifth successive year.
Councillors are also supporting proposals to spend money on roads, schools and flood defences.
The recommendations will be discussed at the local authority`s budget meeting two weeks from today.
New domestic violence laws result in 13 arrests
13 men have been sent to prison in Essex since new laws were brought in to protect people from domestic violence.
Police have issued over 200 Domestic Violence Protection Notices in the last eight months.
The new legislation allows officers to ban suspects from victim's homes, and stop them contacting them.
Maldon 'rape' - 2 arrested
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of raping a woman in Maldon. The pair - a 26 year old local man and a 23 year old from London - were detained last night. A woman in her 20s has alleged she was attacked in an underpass on Saturday.
Police stations set to close
Essex's Crime Commissioner is ruling out a major overhaul of ageing police stations.
Nick Alston says the £30 million cost of bringing them up to scratch can't be justified.
Nor can the annual £1.7 million to maintain them.
Options being considered include selling some buildings, the creation of 'hubs' in local council areas and sharing accomodation with more fire stations.
Ambulance boss hits out at delays
The Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance service has branded handover times at hospital A&E departments 'intolerable.'
Doctor Anthony Marsh has prepared the following report for the Trust's board:
"We are making good progress with our performance recovery, but there are a significant number of considerations affecting our ability to meet the national standards. The Trust is operating under severe pressure of high activity vastly exceeding the contract levels agreed with our commissioners. Recent days during the winter have seen emergency call activity more than 25% higher than the same day compare to the previous year.
Activity during the month of December was 10% higher than last year.
We are also experiencing significant pressures from other parts of the healthcare system.
The delays in hospital handover preventing ambulances from responding to further patients are reaching intolerable levels. The graph below shows the number of equivalent shifts regularly lost through these delays which are outside of our control, but that prevent us from responding to the next emergency call we may be holding.We have lost the more than 2,400 shifts during 2014 to hospital handover delays, the equivalent of 7 ambulance shifts every day.
The operational teams are heavily engaged in this area with regular escalation to Commissioners, Local Area Teams, Trust Development Authority and NHS England to escalate our concerns on our ability to deliver a safe service to patients.
Praise for ambulance staff
Front line staff with the ambulance service that serves Essex are being praised for their professionalism and care.
A survey carried out by the East of England Trust reveals that 98% of patients that called 999 were either 'Satisfied' or 'Very Satisfied' with the treatment they received.
Girl badly hurt in disturbance
Police are appealing for witnesses after a New Year's Eve disturbance in Chelmsford.
An 18 year old girl suffered serious facial injuries in the incicdent on Tindall Street.
The teenager, from Rayleigh, lost one tooth and will need extensive dental work to save a number of others.
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New indoor play area at Adventure Island to open at Easter & Transport Secretary visits Dartford Crossing
Indoor play area to open at Easter
A new 5 million pound indoor play area at Adventure Island in Southend is to open this Easter.
There`ll be five new rides, games, entertainments, and food outlets.
100 jobs will be created when the facility opens on the site of the old Blackbeard's Galleon.
Meanwhile plans have been announced for a new development on the former Esplanade Pub site on the Westeren Esplanade in Southend.
The 15 million pound scheme will include 24 new apartments, a restaurant and underground car park.
Transport Secretary at Dartford Crossing
A senior government minister's been visiting the new look Dartford Crossing.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin viewed how work to remove the old payment booths as a result of Dart Charge being introduced is progressing.
He also saw the new road layout, which is due to be completed in the Spring.
45 people protected through Clare`s Law
45 people in Essex were warned their partner has a violent past last year through Clare's Law.
The legislation which came in last March allows people to find out if their other halves have a history of domestic abuse.
It was named after Clare Wood who was murdered by an ex-boyfriend six years ago.
Man dies in road crash
A man has died following a collision in Rayleigh in the early hours of this morning (Sunday, January 25.)
A silver BMW coupe car travelling along Hockley Road in Rayleigh was in collision with a telegraph pole at around 3.15am this morning.
A man in his 20s from Leigh was declared dead at the scene. Two girls, aged 17 and 18 from the Hockley area were taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.
A 31-year-old man from Rochford has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in custody.
The vehicle was heading towards Hockley from Rayleigh when the collision happened.
Anyone who saw the vehicle before the collision or the incident itself should contact officers at the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101.
Police investigate alleyway 'rape'
Police are appealing for information after a woman reported she was raped in an alleyway near Tesco in Maldon.
The woman, aged in her 20s from the local area, was walking away from the Fullbridge supermarket in the underpass at Mill Lane, when she was approach by two men between 5.45pm and 6.15pm last night, Saturday, January 24.
She was dragged in to bushes and was raped. A cordon has been established at the scene and investigations by detectives are on-going.
The woman is being supported by specially trained officers.
The first suspect is described as of Asian or Indian appearance, around 30-years-old, 5ft9ins to 5ft 10ins tall with stubble on his face and was wearing a Superdry jacket which has a green logo. He is the one suspected of the rape.
The second man with him was slightly taller than the first and wore a black coat and a hooded top with the hood up.
DCI Simon Werrett told us: "Initial investigations have established the same men may have been seen acting suspiciously in the area earlier in the day. I need to speak with anyone who may have seen or spoken to the men.
I would also like to speak to anyone who was in the area between 5.30pm and 7pm who may have seen anything. I have a team of detectives obtaining information about the suspects to enable us to arrest them as soon as possible.
"Maldon is a safe town to live in and I appreciate how shocking an incident like this will be to the community. I am working with the local policing commander to ensure patrols in the area are increased to both reassure residents but also to gather information about those responsible.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact detectives at Chelmsford on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Car park kiosk robbed
Police are hunting a man from Chelmsford after a car park kiosk was broken into and thousands of pounds were stolen.
The incident happened at the Meadows car park in Baddow Road last week.
Detectives want to speak to 33 year Lithuanian Marius Drozdovas in connection with the theft.
Drozdovas is also known as Marius Brozdovaiskas and has connections to Chelmsford and Thetford in Norfolk.
He is described as white, of chubby build, with short dark hair. He is Lithuanian and speaks with an accent.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Pc Graham Thomas at Chelmsford police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Priti's rail plea
Witham`s MP`s calling on Network Rail to make sure weekend maintenance work doesn't lead to weekday delays.
Tracks and overhead cables are being upgraded over the next couple of months.
Pritti Patel says it would be unacceptable for commuters if services overrun.
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Flood alert issued & Southend`s apparently disappearing foreshore
A flood alert`s been issued in Essex.
The Environment Agency says flooding`s possible from Saint Peters Flat to Shoebury including the Crouch and Roach Estuaries.
The forecast high water is due at Clacton at 2:30 this afternoon.
Southend`s foreshore eroding?
Southend Borough Council's taking steps to try and solve the mystery of its apparently disappearing foreshore.
There have been numerous claims in recent years that the seafront is eroding.
But now officials say they need solid evidence of changes.
Councillor Martin Terry, Executive Councillor for Public Protection, Waste and Transport, said: "The foreshore plays an important role in the town`s economy, supporting the local fishing industry and tourism. It is also designated as a site Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its abundance of habitats and wildlife, so it is important that we are aware of any changes to it. I welcome this study and look forward to its findings once it has been completed."
Councillor Mark Flewitt, Chairman of the Place Scrutiny Committee, which is leading the study, said: " Our foreshore is recognised as an area of national and international importance. We are urging members of the public to come forward with any information they can provide on any changes that they may have noticed. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who may have old photos or documents about the condition of the foreshore so that these can be used as part of our evidence base for the study. The information provided by residents will also help formulate the questions that will be put to the professional bodies. "
Residents can submit evidence via an online web portal on the Council s website at www.southend.gov.uk/foreshoresurvey, by email to email@example.com or in writing to the Democratic Services Department at the Council offices.
The study is scheduled to be completed with a publication of a report on the Committee`s findings later in the Spring.
Owner of newsagents attacked during attempted robbery
The owner of a newsagents in Benfleet`s been attacked during an attempted robbery.
The incident happened at Shree News in the High Road on Wednesday.
A man punched the victim in the head and chest and tried to open the till but smashed it on the floor.
He also tried to steal cigarettes.
The suspect is believed to be around 5ft 6ins tall and is thought to have had an Irish accent.
Anybody with any information is asked to contact Pc Keith Draycott at Southend on Essex Police 101.
People can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via an Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
Added by news on 24/01/2015 10:13:45
Chef & manager jailed after woman dies from food poisonng & elderly man dies in car crash
Pair jailed after woman dies from food poisoning
A chef and his manager have been jailed for perverting the course of justice
after a woman died from food poisoning following a Christmas dinner in Essex.
Mehmet Kaya and Ann-Marie McSweeney forged safety records after the incident at the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch in 2012.
They've been given a combined term of 2-and-a-half years in prison.
Elderly man dies in car crash
An elderly man's died in a collision between two cars in South Ockenden.
The crash happened at around 8.15pm last night (Thursday, January 22.)
A blue Ford Focus estate was in collision with a black Ford Kuga.
The driver of the Focus, a 77-year-old man from Upminster, was declared dead at the scene.
A 50-year-old South Ockendon woman who was driving the Kuga was taken to the Royal London Hospital for treatment for injuries which are not thought to be life threatening.
The road was closed for around six hours whilst the vehicles were recovered and investigations were carried out at the scene.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or anyone with any other information is asked to contact the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on Essex Police 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Essex Police are launching a new video to help prevent youngsters being bullied online.
The film will be shown at schools in Basildon to start with before being rolled out to other parts of the county.
Cyberstop will be used in their anti-bullying workshops to highlight the issue in Basildon schools before rolling it out across other boroughs/districts.
The video was developed by Basildon Youth Council with support from the Community Involvement Team at Basildon Council, Essex Youth Service and Essex Police.
One dead in collision
One person's died after a crash in South Ockenden.
The collision happened on North Road just after 8-30 last night.
A second person had to be freed from the wreckage of the crash.
Airshow to be expanded
The Clacton Airshow is to be expanded to a four day event this year.
The flying takes place on Thursday and Friday the 27th and 28th August.
But, a new food and drink festival will now run over the weekend.
Cyclist hurt in suspected hit and run
A cyclist`s been injured in a suspected hit and run in Harlow.
The rider was involved in a collision with a car on Southern Way earlier this month.
The driver didn`t stop at the scene.
Added by news on 23/01/2015 14:10:06