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BREAKING Man stabbed in city park, Rider dead and girl critical after crash & Pair charged after PO robbery
BREAKING Man stabbed in city park
A man's been stabbed in Chelmsford.
He's been taken to hospital but his condition isn't known.
Police have sealed off part of Oaklands Park and are searching for the suspect.
Anyone with informaitonis asked to contact polic eon 101.
Rider dead and girl critical after crash
A motorcyclist has died and a schoolgirl's suffered serious injuries following a collision in Braintree.
The 16-year-old - who was walking along the road at the time - has been airlifted to the Royal London where her condition is described as critical.
The driver of a car - which was also involved in the crash - was unhurt.
Pair charged after PO robbery
Two men have been charged in connection with an armed robbery at a post office in Pitsea.The pair, aged 40 and 36, both from Dagenham and both unemployed, have been remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates in Basildon. ** Police strike action suspended
A planned strike by police staff in Essex next week has been called off.
Members of Unison - which includes 999 and 101 call handlers - were planning to walk out on Monday in a row over pay.
But, the stoppage has been suspended to allow more talks.
Cost of policing to rise
The number of police officers in Essex is to be slashed - again.
Crime Commissioner Nick Alston says part of the 8 million pound cut in central government funding can be offfset by an increase in the force's council tax precept next year.
But, he says the vast majority of the rest will have to be found through frontline and back office job losses.
Reports on cancer scandal welcomed
The Chief Executive of Colchester Hospital Trust is welcoming two reports that clear bosses of forcing staff to falsify patient cancer records.
Dr Lucy Moore says she's pleased that neither their own independent review - or one overseen by the health regulator - found any evidence of data manipulation.
However, she's also admitted that improvements still need to be made.
Sexual assault on train
A woman's been subjected to a 40 minute sexual assault while she was asleep on a train travelling from Liverpool Street and Clacton.
British Transport Police say the 33 year old woke up to find a man touching her inappropriately.
He then got off at Witham.
Added by Nick Hull on 18/12/2014 17:02:42
Hospital cleared in two reports over cancer patient records
Hospital cleared in two reports over cancer patient records
A report's cleared Colchester Hospital Bosses of forcing staff to falsify patient cancer records.
However, the study, published at 1pm today, found there were question marks over 16 cases.
But, it says there's no evidence of any intent to change the information to meet government guidelines or targets.
A second report, overseen by the health regulator Monitor, has also cleared the Trust of any wrongdoing.
However, it says the 10 month-long investigation showed serious management failings.
To go to the Colchester Hospital Trust website click HERE
Bookers targetted by armed raiders
Staff at a bookmakers in Burnham-on-Crouch have been robbed at gunpoint.
A man went into Ladbrokes in Station Road on Sunday with what`s thought to have been a shotgun and demanded money.
The robber escaped with cash from the till.
Major incident averted after blaze
Fire bosses say a major incident was averted after a blaze outside a cardboard box factory on Canvey Island.
Crews were called to the business on the Charfleets Industrial Estate yesterday.
A senior firefighter's told us: "We could have been there for days if the flames hadn`t been brought under control quickly."
The cause is under investigation.
Money to prevent flooding on roads
More than a hundred thousand pounds of extra funding is being made available to try and reduce flooding on roads around Braintree.
The money - from Essex County Council - will be spent on 13 of the worst hit areas
Work will range from gulley cleansing to culvert repairs and the creation of new ditches.
Busy time at airport
Stansted Airport`s experienced its busiest November in eight years.
New figures show passenger numbers increased by 26 per cent- to almost 1 point 6 million.
That`s a rise of more than 327,000 compared to the same month last year.
Consultation on train services
Rail users are being urged to have their say on the Greater Anglia franchise.
A public consultation's underway - asking for people's thoughts on what the service should look like in the future.
The current deal with Abellio ends in October 2016.
For more on the consultation go to https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/east-anglia-rail-passenger-franchise
Consultation responses should be sent to;
Added by Nick Hull on 17/12/2014 13:50:27
Third perosn dies after crash, Nine treated after a chemical leak & Council to pay for lights switch-on?
Third perosn dies after crash
A man who was in a critical condition in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, following a collision in Braintree has now died.
The man, aged in his 20s from Gosfield, died last night (Monday, December 15.)
It now means the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit is investigating three deaths in connection with the collision in Gosfield Road, Braintree, on Sunday (December 7.)
Officers continue to appeal for any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw the blue Ford Fiesta before the crash to contact the investigation team on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nine treated after a chemical leak
Nine people have been treated after a chemical leak at a garden nursery in Nazeing.
The four women and five men have been seen by ambulance crews called to the site on Epping Road.
Tests carried out by the ECFRS DIM (Detection, Identification and Monitoring) team has revealed that there is a high level of carbon monoxide in the storage room.
Firefighters are ventilating the building.
Council to pay for lights switch-on?
An Essex council is to decide whether to vote on whether to paying for its street lights to be switched back on at night.
Tendring District is investigating the cost of the move - which could be almost 130 thousand pounds a year.
They're also asking the police, fire and ambulance services for their views on the effect the switch off has had.
Man seriously injured in crash
A man's in hospital after a serious crash in Chelmsford.
The 60 year old suffered what have been described as life-threatening injuries following the collision in Broomfield between two cars yesterday afternoon.
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email email@example.com
The Prince of Wales is in Essex today.
Prince Charles is visiting the University of Essex in Colchester before going on to West Hanningfield.
More calls for devolution
Tendring District Council's the latest to come out and back Essex County Council's bid to win more powers from Whitehall.
The government's under pressure to widen devolution in the wake of the Scottish referendum.
Added by Nick Hull on 16/12/2014 17:04:45
Town shamed over public transport & 'Flasher' targets boy & girl
Town names and shamed over public transport
Research by The Campaign for Better Transport shows Colchester is one of the hardest in the country to get about for people without cars.
Colchester ranked lowest for accessibility and planning. Out of all the towns and cities, residents in Colchester are least likely to be able to get to primary school, work or the town centre by walking or public transport.
Recent development has also been spread around the edges of the town, meaning longer journey times.
Peterborough and Milton Keynes have also been named and shamed for their poor public transport facilities.
Meanwhile, London, Manchester and Liverpool have emerged as the easiest places to get aorund.
The study compares how different towns and cities measure up in areas including public transport provision, facilities for cycling and walking, and land use planning policies that support sustainable transport.
Read the full report HERE
'Flasher' targets boy & girl
Police are tryign to trace a man who indecently exposed himself in front of a 13-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy in Basildon.
The incident happened in a field close to Winifred Road in Basildon at 4pm on Friday December 12.
The youngsters were walking along a public footpath in the field when the man had approached them from the opposite direction.
He had indecently exposed himself but did not say anything or approach the pair and they returned home safely.
The suspect is described as white, aged in his 40s, and was wearing blue jeans, a black hooded zip up top and Nike Airmax trainers.
Police carried out a search of the area after the incident was reported but no trace of the man was found.
Anyone with information is asked to call PC Emily Lurton at Basildon Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
UKIP candidate quits over offensive remarks
The high-profile UKIP candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock has quit the party after insulting gay, Chinese and Essex people.
Kerry Smith was recorded during a phone call making offensive comments about gay party members, and making insults against Chinese people.
He also joked about shooting people from Chigwell.
He's apologised - saying he was under stress and taking strong pain killers.
String of unexpected baby deaths prompts warning
Parents across Essex are being urged not to sleep with their babies.
The warning comes after a number of unexpected baby deaths across the county in recent months.
Officials say co-sleeping, sleeping position or surface have all been factors.
Simon Hart, Independent Chair of the Essex Safeguarding Children Board said: " Christmas is a time many people want to go out and celebrate, so it`s really important that if you`re using a baby-sitter you are confident they know the Do`s and Don`ts of safer sleeping for babies. Even if they`re just watching your child while they nap, sleeping precautions should be followed all day not just at night-time. If we can educate people about the dangers of poor sleeping conditions, and prevent just one more tragic death, the campaign will be worth it."
Mike Gogarty, Chair of the Southend, Essex and Thurrock Strategic Child Death Overview Panel said: " The death of a child is always tragic and too many sudden and unexpected deaths occur because of co-sleeping, incorrect sleeping position and surface. These tragic deaths could be easily avoided by following safe sleeping advice for babies during all nap times not just night time."
Added by Nick Hull on 15/12/2014 14:52:12
M25 fatal crash update - 2nd man arrested being cared for by mental health professionals ,man robbed at knifepoint on train & elderly woman rescued from fire at her bungalow
Fatal crash update
Police say the second man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving on the M25 is being cared for by mental health professionals.
The man was arrested at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow after the crash early on Tuesday morning.
One man died when a car and four lorries collided between junctions 26 and 27.
Knifepoint robbery on train
A man's been robbed at knifepoint on a train at Tilbury.
Police say a man held the weapon to his throat and demanded cash.
He - and a woman he was with - got away with just ten pounds on Wednesday the 19th of November.
Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference E-SUB/B4 of 12/12/14. Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Pensioner rescued from blaze
A woman in her eighties has been treated for the effects of breathing in smoke after a fire at her bungalow on Canvey .
An investigation`s now under way into the cause of the blaze at the home on Marine Approach yesterday.
Added by news on 14/12/2014 10:33:44