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This morning`s top stories for Essex
EX COUNCIL LEADER REPORTED TO POLICE
Tendring District Council's reported its former leader to Essex Police following allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Peter Halliday resigned last Friday.
The local authority says it's now up to Police to decide whether an investigation should be launched.
MONEY FOR CHILDCARE
Councils in Essex have been given more than 20 million pounds to provide free childcare for two year-olds.
The Deputy Prime Minister's also announced the county will get nearly 4 million pounds to help pay for free school meals for all infants.
HOSPITALS TRUST LOOKS FOR NEW BOSS
The Essex hospital at the centre of a cancer scandal is looking for a new Chief Executive.
The Colchester Hospitals Trust has parted company with its Chief Executive, Doctor Gordon Coutts, by mutual consent.
Police are currently investigating claims staff were bullied into falsifying data in order to meet targets.
Added by news on 19/12/2013 10:18:34
Wednesday afternoon's top stories for Essex
The under-fire Colchester Hospitals Trust has parted company with its Chief Executive.
A statement from the Trust says Doctor Gordon Coutt's won't return from his current period of sick leave.
Police are currently investigating claims staff were bullied ino falsifying data in order to meet targets.
Speaking of his decision, Dr Coutts said: "I realise that this is an extremely difficult time for the Trust as it seeks to understand where it has failed patients in the past and seeks to rebuild the confidence of patients, the public and stakeholders in the many excellent services it offers.
"Underpinning this will be the need to lead and support staff to deliver high quality and safe services. I regret that there have been problems in the Trust's cancer services.
"As Chief Executive I always took my responsibility for what happened in the organisation very seriously. I am sorry that some of our patients were let down and that what has happened may have damaged local people's confidence in their hospitals."
He added: "I am extremely proud to leave behind a highly competent and dedicated leadership team that I am confident will take forward the improvements currently underway in the Trust.
"I should also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the many excellent staff who work so hard for patients and who I know will ensure that any lessons learned from the recent events will reinforce the Trust's commitment to deliver the very best and consistent patient experience."
Dr Sally Irvine, Chair of the Trust, passed on her thanks to Dr Coutts on behalf of the Trust and its staff for his work and commitment during his time in the post.
Another Essex NHS trust is being put into special measures because of worries
about the safety of patients.
The Care Quality Commission says there are long-standing issues with the A and E departments - at Queen's Hospital in Romford and King George Hospital in Ilford.
The CQC says the emergency units are at times unsafe because of staffing problems.
Essex Police could be investigated by the IPCC over the Ian Watkins child sex abuse case.
The former Lostprophets frontman has been sentenced to 35 years after admitting a string of offences.
The police watchdog wants more details of the information the Essex force had and what was passed to their colleagues in South Wales.
A second person's been arrested in connection with a stabbing in Chigwell - which has left a 16 year-old boy critically ill in hospital.
The 20 year-old man's been bailed following the incident on the Limes Estate earlier this month.
A 17 year-old boy's previously been arrested and bailed.
Around thirty pensioners had to be evacuated from a care home in Laindon after five cars caught fire.
Crews were called to Helmore Court last night after reports the vehicles were alight and the flames were spreading to the building.
One person had to be treated for the effects of breathing in smoke.
The cause is believed to be deliberate.
Essex Police say there's been a rise in the number of people reporting hate crimes.
Figures show there's been a forty six per cent jump over the last year.
The force is putting the increase down to better awareness.
Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason said: "It has been widely
acknowledged that hate crime within the UK has been vastly under-reported for a
long time so I am extremely encouraged by this report.
"This clearly shows that the steps we have taken in Essex to address this issue have had an effect. They are beginning to work and victims are becoming more confident in reporting hate crimes to the police.
"In particular we have seen a significant rise in the number of victims of disability related hate incidents coming forward whereas in the past there had been virtually none.
"We know there is more to be done which is why we recently launched our 'Stop the Hate' initiative.
"We will continue to work in partnership with others who have expertise in the field, to ensure victims feel supported, and know that they will be dealt with in a sensitive and professional manner.
"It is important to raise awareness among the wider community and for everyone to realise that hate crime and bullying will not be tolerated."
Added by news on 18/12/2013 15:01:30
The top stories for Essex this morning
'Clocking In' row rumbles on
The Deputy Prime Minister is calling for a major reform of the House of Lords in the ake of the latest revelations about Lord Hanningfield.
Nick Clegg's angry the disgraced former Essex County Council leader admitted 'clocking in' at the Lords for 20 minutes so he could claim a 300 pound allowance.
Relief for Stansted campaigners
Campaigners against a second runway at Stansted are welcoming the news the airport's been left off the shortlist of options being considered to increase capacity in the UK.
Stop Stansted Expansion says they're 'greatly relieved' the idea's been put on hold until at least 2030.
They also say they'll will now focus on helping communities around the two favoured sites - at Heathrow and Gatwick.
Added by news on 18/12/2013 11:51:30
Tuesday afternoon's top stories for Essex
A proposed new airport in the Thames Estuary hasn't been ruled out.
The Airports Commission says it'll look again at the plans for a super-hub on the Isle of Grain next year.
But, it's dismissed the idea of any expansion at Stansted for at least the next 20 years.
Instead, it's preferred option is for a third runway at Heathrow - or a second at Gatwick.
The disgraced former leader of Essex County Council's describing the
latest controversy over his allowances as a "storm in a
Lord Hanningfield - who was jailed for fiddling his expenses - is accused of "clocking in" for less than an hour so he can claim his 300 pound daily attendance money.
The Peer says it helps pay for the work he does as a member of the House of Lords.
Two women have been arrested in connection with a shooting a travellers site near Brentwood.
The pair are being held on suspicion of assisting an offender following the incident in Navestock in August.
Francis O'Donoghue's currently in custody charged with two counts of attempted murder.
The judge in the Woolwich murder trial's ruled one of Fusilier Lee
Rigby's alleged murderers has offered no legal defence.
Michael Adebolajo - who's from Romford - claimed to be a soldier of Allah, and that he was justified in carrying out the killing.
Added by news on 17/12/2013 14:03:18
BREAKING - Airports plan unveiled
The Airports Commission’s published its interim report into into airport capacity in the UK.
But, there'll be no further expansion at Stansted - yet.
It says there may be a case to re-examine the need for a second runway at the Essex terminal by 2050.
The Commission's also ruled out shortlisting any of the Thames Estuary options because there are too many uncertainties and challenges surrounding them at this stage.
However, it'll undertake further study of the Isle of Grain option in the first half of 2014 and will reach a view later next year on whether that option offers a credible proposal for consideration alongside the other short-listed options.
Instead, the report recommends a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow.
The Commission will set out its recommendations on the process for decision making on additional capacity beyond 2030 in its final report due to be published after the General Election.
To view the Interim Report, visit the Airports Commission’s website.
Added by Nick Hull on 17/12/2013 09:05:23