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Pedestrian killed on A12, Stansted cargo plane incident & lorries in long running road rage incident
Report criticises Southend A&E
The A & E department at Southend Hospital's been heavily criticised in a new report by the Care Quality Commission.
Inspectors found many areas were dirty - including equipment - and unsafe medicine control.
They also found a lack of suitably qualified nursing staff and a serious lack of consultants on duty.
Pedestrian killed on A12
A pedestrian's died after being hit by a number of vehicles on the A12 in Essex.
The incident happened around 3am between Boreham and Hatfield Peverel.
The A12 is closed northbound (0900) on that stretch.
The victim is a man, believed to be in his 20s.
Diversions are in place but motorists are asked to avoid the area if possible.
One lane, southbound, is also closed which is causing delays.(0900)
Any witnesses to the collision or anyone who can help with any information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on Essex Police 101 or email email@example.com
Stansted cargo plane incident latest
It's been revealed RAF fighter jets threatened to shoot down a Latvian cargo plane before escorting it into Stansted airport.
The incident led to scores of reports of a sonic boom heard across Essex and Kent.
The Typhoons were scrambled after air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft as it approached London.
Efit released after rape
Police investigating an attempted rape in Harlow have released an efit of a man they want to speak to.
A 65 year-old woman was attacked on Southern Way a month ago.
Officers believe the man is still in the Harlow area and would like to hear from anyone who recognises the e-fit or believes they may have seen him.
The man pictured is described as white, aged in his mid-20s, 5ft 4in to 5ft 5in tall, of small to medium build, with short dark hair and was wearing a blue checked shirt and light trousers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at the West Sexual Offences Investigation Team on 101 or contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Lorries in long running road rage incident
Police are appealing for witnesses after an altercation between two lorries on the M11 between Harlow and Epping.
The incident started just before Midday on Monday (October 27) when a white and blue Volvo HGV with a blue trailer forced a white Mercedes HGV with a red trailer on to the hard shoulder and on to the grass while travelling towards Epping.
The altercation continued along the M25 and the A127 towards Basildon, when the Mercedes was forced in to the central reservation by the Volvo and the male driver then produced a crowbar, leaned out of his window and attacked the other lorry.
Officers say there all happened while the vehicles were driving on a busy dual carriageway at 50mph.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Mike Bignell at Chigwell Roads Policing Unit on 101.
Added by news on 30/10/2014 14:06:21
Fighter jets escort plane into Stansted & Bones find leads to murder inquiry
Fighter jets escort plane into Stansted
Typhoon fighter jets have escorted a Russian-built cargo plane into
The aircraft - from Latvia - is now safely on the ground in Essex.
Stansted says the airport is open and operating as usual.
Earlier, the sonic boom created by the jets was heard across a large part of south east England, with Kent police attributing it to 'RAF activity'.
UPDATE 1800 - From Essex Police...
Military jets were deployed on a precautionary basis when a Lithuian registered cargo plane was diverted to Stansted.
This was due to a loss of communication with the aircraft.
The aircraft landed safely at Stansted airport at around 5.20pm on Wednesday October 29.
All three people who were on board have been spoken to by police, it was established that everything was in order and reason for the short loss of communication was due to a change in airspace jurisdiction.
Essex Police is not investigating the incident and the aircraft
will be able to continue its journey to Birmingham when it is ready.
Murder inquiry launched after bones found
Detectives are trying to piece together the final movements of a Southend woman - who's death has sparked a murder inquiry.
Bones belonging to Angela Millington were found washed up on Foulness Island in June.
The last definIte sighting of the 33-year-old STILL ALIVE was last November.
DCI Simon Werrett has told us: "The last definite sighting of her was when she visited a housing officer in Westcliff on November 21. Money was also drawn out of her bank account on that day. Her mobile phone has not been used since the end of November and we have not found any of her clothing or belongings."
Anybody with any information is asked to contact the dedicated incident room on 01702 470173 during office hours or 101 outside of those times.
Essex one of the worst for health complaints
A new report's revealed Essex has had the second highest number of serious complaints about the health service in th eocuntry.
The Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman says only London had more.
One involved a man who was wrongly told he had terminal cancer by doctors working for Mid-Essex Hospitals.
Parents' worries over school costs
New research has found more than 100,000 families in Essex are struggling to meet the costs of their children's schooling.
The Children's Society says the county's parents are spending a total of more than £175 million on things like uniform, books and trips.
Council cracking down on Travellers
Councillors in Harlow say they're doing all they can to move on travellers from four illegal encampments in the town.
Nine caravans on Westfield will be issued with paperwork later ordering them to move on.
Meanwhile, those on Third Avenue and Station Road were given a deadline of today to leave.
You can find more information on unauthorised encampments as well as frequently asked questions HERE
Man held after 'threats to kill'
Police have arrested a man from Basildon on suspicion of threats to kill and assault after an incident in Tyefields, Pitsea.
The 61-year-old man from Pitsea was arrested following an argument in the street on Friday evening (October 24.)
Officers investigating are appealing to trace some window cleaners who were working in the area at the time.
These people or anyone else with information is asked to contact Dc Tony Thomas at Basildon police station on 101.
Third man arrested over Braintree disturbance
A 25 year-old man's been arrested in connection with a disturbance in Braintree.
Two other men have been bailed in connection with the incident - in High Street earlier this month.
Three people were injured.
Skateboard park gets official status
An Essex skatepark has become a protected heritage site, in recognition of its cultural importance.
The Rom skatepark in Hornchurch is the first facility of its kind in Europe and only the second in the world to achieve listed status.
Heritage bosses say the1978 concrete construction is an important example of youth culture in the UK.
Added by news on 29/10/2014 18:13:15
Airshow to return in 2015 & Man sexually assaulted in Clacton
Airshow to return in 2015
The Southend Airshow is to return next year.
The inaugural Southend Airshow & Military Festival will take place on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of September.
The event hasn`t taken place for the last two years after the council withdrew funding
However, the new organisers say they`ve now raised the right amount of money and secured enough attractions.
The return of the event has been a dream for Thomas Curtis and John delaney.
Thom told us: "There is no doubt in my mind that Southend Airshow & Military Festival will be the highlight of Summer 2015."
John: "It's been a long haul to get here and I am delighted we can now look forward to an Airshow in Southend for 2015."
Man sexually assualted in Clacton
A 20 year-old man's been sexually assaulted in Clacton.
The incident comes as police investigate a series of reports of young boys being accosted in the town.
Detectives believe the same man's responsible for all five.
Huhne loses M11 speeding legal challenge
Former MP Chris Huhne's lost a legal challenge over his prosection for giving speeding points - picked up on the M11 in Essex - to his then wife.
Court of appeal judges have said the former cabinet minister MUST pay more than £77,000 following the incident in 2003.
Both he and Vicky Pryce have served prison sentences.
Arrests in foreign criminal crackdown
Fifteen people have been arrested in an operation targeting foreign criminals in Essex.
Albanian, Vietnamese, Polish and Romanian nationals are among those in custody.
Cannabis plants worth around £1.5 million have also been seized
Blunkett defends 'swamped' Defence Secretary
David Blunkett says Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was right to say coastal towns like Southend and Clacton were suffering from an influx of immigrants.
The former Labour home secretary has told the Daily Mail, even though it's controversial, it can't be ignored.
Mr Fallon later admitted he was "a bit careless" by saying resorts were being 'swamped by people coming from within the EU.'
'Grenade' causes travel chaos
What's believed to be a hand grenade has been found on a roundabout in south Essex.
The discovery led to the police closing the roads on the A130 - A127 junction.
Drivers were also being advised to avoid the area.
However, the item has since turned out to be imitation and all road clsoures have been lifted.
Missing woman found
A woman who was missing from her home in Clacton has been found.
Helen Ryan, 42, was found this morning (Tuesday, October 28) safe and well in the Clacton area.
Employee admits £250k council theft
A former manager at Chelmsford City Council has admitted stealing nearly £250,000 from the local authority.
David Archer put the money into his personal account between 2004 and 2007 - but claimed it had gone to organisations working on behalf of the council.
He's now awaiting sentence and the court will look to get the money back.
Girl, 16, missing with man
It's thought a teenage girl - missing from Chelmsford for nearly two weeks - could be with a 24 year-old man.
Police say 16 year-old Courtney Anderson and Luke Ratcliffe might be in east London.
Meanwhile, a 42 year-old woman's gone missing from Clacton.
Helen Ryan disappeared on Saturday; police say she doesn't have a car or any money with her.
Added by news on 28/10/2014 16:06:23
Efit released in Clacton accostings investigation & Remote controlled helicopter flown next to Southend-bound plane
Efit released in Clacton accostings investigation
An Efit's been released of a man police want to speak to in connection with series of apparent accostings of young boys in Clacton.
Extra patrols are being mounted across the town during half term - with parents and children being urgend to remain vigilant.
A 53-year-old man from Colchester's been arrested and bailed.**
Remote controlled helicopter flown next to Southend-bound plane
An investigation's revealed a remote-controlled quadcopter was deliberately flown at a passenger plane as it was coming in to land at Southend airport.
The pilot reported the model aircraft was just yards away from its wing as he made his descent.
The person responsible was never traced following the incident in May.
Hannah pair back in court
Two Burmese men are due back in court later over the deaths of Essex University student Hannah Witheridge and fellow backpacker David Miller.
They've both retracted their alleged confessions to their murders - after they claimed they were beaten into making them.
Hannah and David's bodies were found on the island of Koh Tao more than a month ago.
Man to be sentenced for plane flares
A man who admitted trying to take eight explosive flares onto a plane at Stansted Airport is due to be sentenced later.
22 year-old Andreas Pierides was stopped on the gangway before a flight to Cyprus in May.
A few months earlier he was spotted on a train reading instructions on how to make a car bomb.
EU migrants - swamping us or not?
The Defence Secretary's backtracked on comments he made earlier saying some communities in Britain are being 'swamped' by migrants from the EU.
A spokesman for the government's since said Michael Fallon could have chosen his words more carefully.
Critics accuse him and the Conservatives of trying to persuade voters they're
tough on immigration ahead of next month's by-election in Rochester and
But many locals in Southend say migrants have benefited the town.
Officers assaulted in Dovercourt arrest
A Harwich teenager's been charged with assaulting two police officers.
They were hurt trying to arrest a 17 year-old boy in Dovercourt on Friday on suspcion of burglary.
£250,000 repairs to Chelmsford Cathedral
Chelmsford Cathedral's to receive nearly £250,000 from the government.
The money will go towards repairing the Tower there.
The grant's coming from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.
Basildon benefits cheat avoids jail
A Basildon benefits cheat - who wrongly claimed more than £30,000 - has avoided jail.
Peter Way's one year sentence was suspended - but the 66 year-old from Sherwood Close in Langdon Hills is facing a six month curfew - and has been told to pay the money back.
Added by news on 27/10/2014 13:53:48
Driver 'could've died' after concrete thrown onto A127 & Concern for missing Chelmsford girl
Driver 'could've died' after concrete thrown onto A127
Police say a driver could've been killed after a block of concrete was apparently thrown from a bridge onto the A127.
The 55 year-old man had to drive over the rubble at Halfway House yesterday - causing 2-thousand pounds worth of damage to his car.
Concern for missing Chelmsford girl
Police say they're worried about a Chelmsford teenager who's gone missing.
16 year-old Courtney Anderson (pictured) was last seen at home on Norfolk Avenue nine days ago.
Jobs boost for Essex
There's a jobs boost for Essex - after a Witham firm announced a venture with a business in China.
EA-RS Group's creating a new solar panel company - which could see 150 posts created over the next five years.
Added by news on 26/10/2014 08:19:20