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Care home abuse allegations latest & Police enforce domestic violence orders
Care home abuse allegations latest
Four women - arrested in connection with allegations of abuse at the Old Deanery care home in Braintree - have answered bail.
Police advised three they've been reported for offences and are due back in court next month.
Another woman will face no futher action.
Police enforce domestic violence orders
Essex Police say they've used new legislation to protect women at risk of domestic violence 54 times in the last 8 weeks.
Officers now have powers to order suspects to leave the places where the incidents happend and to ban them from returning.
To find out more about the Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse campaign please click HERE
Castle Point floods latest
Agencies say they'll work more closely together in a bid to prevent further flooding in Castle Point.
The council, Environment Agency and Anglian Water have met to discuss Sunday's deluge - which damaged a number of properties.
Army & Navy to get makeover
The Army and Navy junction in Chelmsford is to get a multi-million pound makeover.
Work will take place at night for seven months starting in September, but highways bosses say there will be some disruption.
It's hoped the improvements, along with the impending reconstruction of the Chelmer Viaduct and River Bridge, will ease traffic flow.
Calls for Stansted debate
A campaign group's calling for a debate on plans for the future of Stansted Airport.
Stop Stansted Expansion says there needs to be proper consultation on any further development of the terminal.
Car crashes into petrol station shop
Firefighters have released two people, trapped after a car collided with the shop at the BP petrol station on the A12 at Kelvedon.
Petrol pumps and the power supply to the shop both had to be isolated as crews worked to release the casualties.
Added by news on 30/07/2014 13:20:31
More young adults living at home in Castle Point & Official backing for MPs call for Canvey flood inquiry
More young adults living at home in Castle Point
Castle Point has been named as one of the areas where more young people than anywhere else in the UK are forced to stay living with their parents because they can't afford ot rent or buy.
Figures from housing charity Shelter show 45 per cent of 20 to 34 year olds are still at home.
Official backing for MPs call for Canvey flood inquiry
There's growing support for the independent investigation into the recent flooding on Canvey.
Local MP Rebecca Harris says the new Environment Secretary and head of the Environment Agency, who she invited to visit the island recently, are both backing her calls to find out why it happened.
The Cabinet Office has agreed to set up a fully independent official investigation which will be led by the Her Majesty's Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government.
When the report is complete, Mrs Harris and Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin are planning to chair a meeting with all the local agencies and authorities who deal with flooding to settle who has to do what to solve the problem for the long term.
Meanwhile, the clean-up's continuing in parts of north Esex hit by flooding after the downpours early yesterday.
Colchester murders appeals
Police investigating two murders in Colchester are again appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Detectives want to speak to anyone who may have talked to Jim Attifeld on social media before he was stabbed in March.
Meanwhile, officers hunting Nahid Almanea's killer in June want to talk to people who regularly visit the Salary Brook Trail nature reserve.
Floods clean-up continues
The clean-up's continuing after more flash floods in Essex.
Dunmow and Thaxted were worst hit by the storms early yesterday morning with around an inch of rain falling in an hour.
People had to be rescued from homes and cars, and train services were
cancelled in parts of the county.
Parts of Suffolk, Sussex and north west London were also affected while some flights were delayed and cancelled at Gatwick.
Essex MP's half brother in court
The half-brother of Maldon MP John Whittingdale's due in court over
historical sex abuse allegations.
66 year-old Charles Napier from Dorset's accused of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency.
Fire hits recycling plant and industrial estate
Fire crews have been tackling a major blaze in Basildon overnight.
The alarm was raised around 0130 this morning when flames were spotted at a recycling plant on Hovefields Avenue.
Around 300 tons of scrap metal were involved.
Seven appliances from across south Essex were called out with the fire finally extinguished around 0640.
The cause is unknown at this stage, ECFRS and the police will carry out an investigation.
Meanwhile, around a dozen cars have been damaged in a fire at an industrial estate near Clacton.
A number of skips and timber were also involved in the blaze in St Osyth overnight.**
Diesel drivers to pay extra?
There's more bad news for Essex commuters heading into London.
Drivers of diesel cars could be forced to pay an extra 10 pounds - on top of the congestion charge - to comply with European rules on clean air.
Cash boost for roads
An extra £17.5 million is being spent on repairing roads in Essex.
The county council's published a list of 700 it's to bring up to scratch.
You can see the list HERE
Added by news on 29/07/2014 12:58:51
Essex hit again by flooding & VIDEO: Tulisa 'suicidal' over 'Fake Sheikh' drugs case
Floods hit Essex again
Heavy rain, thunder and lightning have been causing problems again this morning across Essex.
Fire crews have been called to more than 20 incidents since around 3am.
Worst hit has been Thaxted where there's been flash flooding, leading to the collapse of a road.
At 07:30hrs two fire appliances remain in Thaxted and are continuing to pump water out of the affected areas and properties.
Crews also reported cars were stranded in flood water on the B184.
Tulisa 'suicidal' over 'Fake Sheikh' drugs case
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos revealed she was suicidal after being charged with drugs offences.
The singer has told Sky News a sting by a Sun on Sunday journalist took her to her lowest point.
The case was thrown out of court in Chelmsford last week.
Watch the full interview HERE
Firm fined over death of worker
A North Essex farming cooperative's been told to pay nearly £130,000 in fines and costs after a worker was crushed to death by a hydraulic trailer.
A report found dangerous working practices were 'routinely' happening at Dengie Crops Limited.
The firm had already been prosecuted three times for health and safety failings BEFORE David Dow's death in 2012.
Woman abused on train
A woman's been sexually assaulted on a train in Essex.
The 23 year-old was targetted as she slept between Prittlewell and Southend Victoria in the early hours of Friday.
Big rise in profits for Ryanair
Ryanair - which operates flights from Stansted - says profits during April, May and
June rose by 152 per cent compared to the same time last year.
The airline made £156 million after tax.
Chief executive Michael O'Leary says the good results have been brought about because of extra passengers, fuller flights and shaved costs.
Rents in London double than rest of UK
Rents in London have reached double those across the rest of the UK for the
first time ever, according to research.
Tenants in the capital face average monthly payments of £1400.
In the East, the average is almost £800.
Added by news on 28/07/2014 12:25:09
Man charged over fatal crash & More money for superfast broadband
Man charged over fatal crash
A man's been charged with causing death by dangerious driving following a crash near Chelmsford.
One of Nicholas Weston's passenger's died when his van hit a tree in Bicknacre last September.
The 22 year-old from Peddlars Path in Danbury's due back in court next month.
More money for superfast broadband
Essex is to get a cash boost to quicken up internet speeds.
Councillors have agreed to spend an extra £20 million extending Superfast Broadband across the county.
Added by news on 27/07/2014 08:15:13
Man charged with rape & man questioned in connection with fatal crash
Man charged with rape
A man`s been charged with rape and actual bodily harm after an incident in Basildon town centre.
23 year old Nathan Morgan of no fixed address is accused of the offence at the underpass near Broadmayne earlier this month.
Man questioned after fatal crash
A 45 year-old motorist continues to be questioned in connection with a crash in South Woodham Ferrers in which a motorcyclist died.
He was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the incident on the A132 yesterday morning.
Man arrested after crash
A 29 year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving following a crash in Loughton.
A pedestrian's in hospital following the incident on Goldings Hill yesterday.
His injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.
Family pay tribute to Nahid
The family of Nahid Almanea - murdered in Colchester last month - say she was a dignified person - who respected her Saudi heritage.
Police are still hunting the 31 year-old's killer.
Added by news on 26/07/2014 09:44:13