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Nahid murder investigation latest & MPs doubts over Crossrail
Nahid murder latest
Police - investigating the murder of Colchester student Nahid Almanea - are following up a number of potential new leads.
Detectives say they've been encouraged by the response to last night's Crimewatch appeal.
The 31 year old was stabbed to death last month.
Another man arrested in Shammi death investigation
A seventh man's been arrested in connection with the death of a shopowner from Chigwell - who was pushed under a lorry.
Shammi Atwal was trying to stop and armed gang from robbing his cash and carry in Barking last October.
Six men have already been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to a total of more than 71 years.
Environment Agency happy with flood response
The Environment Agency is insisting it did all it could to minimise the impact of Sunday's floods.
Canvey was worst hit - with more than 200 properties badly affected.
But, officials say all pumps were operating but the rainfall was so extreme it overwhelmed the system.
No major stroke unit in Southend
It's emerged concerns about the performance of the East of England Ambulance Service were behind the decision not to go ahead with a new super-unit for stroke victims.
Local medical experts were planning on developing the current unit at Southend Hospital.
But, they opted instead for a million pound upgrade at Basildon.
MPs doubts over Crossrail
A group of MPs has found there are "considerable risks" in delivering the £15.8 billion Crossrail programme - which will have a terminus in Essex - by its target time of 2019.
The Public Accounts Committee says it's particularly concerned about the
transition from building the railway to operating it, and the delivery of the
Man dies in A127 crash
A man's died in a crash on the A127 at Basildon.
Police were called just before 7pm last night following reports a car had left the Southend-bound carriageway near the junction with the A129.
The male driver of the vehicle, who is believed to be from south Essex, died at the scene.
It is thought that no other vehicles were involved.
Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to officers are asked to call Essex Police on 101.
Witnesses sought over rape
Police investigating a rape in Basildon are urging anyone with information to come forward.
A 26 year-old woman was attacked in an underpass off Broadmayne on Friday night.
Man burned after boat blast
A man's in hospital with severe burns after an explosion on a boat in Essex.
The air-ambulance was called to Tollesbury Marina on Monday.
Man hurt in loft fall
A man in his 30s has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a loft in Southend.
It's understood he sustained a 'significant back injury' at the house on Prospect Close yesterday morning.
Busy day for Coastguard
Five people have been treated for cuts to their legs and feet after walking out onto the mud flats near Southend Pier.
Meanwhile, a man's been rescued after getting lost and cut off by the tide as he walked the shoreline from Harwich to Walton.
Bomb disposal teams have been called in to detonate an unexploded device on the beach at Shoebury.
A controlled explosion took place near Barge Pier yesterday.
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Help for Canvey flood victims & Police praised over cuts
Help for Canvey flood victims
Residents on Canvey affected by Sunday's floods are being promised help.
The county council says its arranging discussions with its partners after around 200 properties were hit.
The island's library has also been badly affected.
Wickford swimming pool also remains closed.
The Environment Agency says drains couldn't cope with the torrential rain.
To visit the Castle Point Borough Council website for advice please click HERE
To go to the Essex County Council website click HERE.
Meanwhile - a special meeting to discuss flood issues in Rochford has been postponed.
The Environment Agency and Essex County Council say they're too stretched following Sunday's deluge.
The District Council set up the special advisory group - which also includes Anglian Water - ealrier this year to focus on tackling surface water drainage issues.
Police praised over cuts
A new report says Essex Police are on course to make savings of nearly £50m.
The police watchdog - the HMIC - also says cuts are being made while frontline crime fighting is protected.
To read the full report for Essex Police, along with the national review, please click HERE
Man jailed for armed robberies
A man's been jailed for nearly four years after admitting three armed robberies at shops in central Essex.
Police have described 23 year-old Jaymes Lang - from Snowdrop Close in Witham
- as a 'ruthless criminal'.
Fresh appeal over Jim murder couple
Police are once again urging a couple - seen on a bench near to the scene where Jim Attfield was murdered in Colchester - to come forward.
The 33 year-old was stabbed more than a hundred times in Lower Castle Park in March.
Find out more HERE
Motorcyclist serious after crash
A motorcylcist's in a serious but stable condition in hospital following a crash near Ongar.
The 24 year-old came off his bike in Dunmow Road in Beauchamp Roding on Friday.
Tree falls on to house
A 20 foot tree's fallen on to a house in Colchester.
Fire crews say no one was injured in the incident in Lexden Mews this morning.
Ambulance service has busy weekend
The East of England Ambulance Service has revealed last weekend was its busiest of the year so far.
Operators received nearly 6,500 calls over the two days - with an extra 700 on the Saturday alone.
The hot weather's being blamed for the rise.
X Factor star added to V Festival line-up
James Arthur's been added to the V Festival line-up in Chelmsford.
The former X Factor winner will perform at Hylands Park in August - along with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheran and Chic.
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ESSEX FLOODS: Pictures & Video
FLOODING: Canvey worst hit as fire service receives hundreds of calls
Essex Fire and Rescue Service has revealed they received more than 500 calls during yesterday's torrential rain.
400 of those were from Canvey where numerous properties were flooded.
A number were also hit by lightning and two structures collapsed.
At one stage, ECFRS had seven pumping appliances focussed on the south east corner of the island where the flooding was most severe, along with six duty officers, its Urban Search and Rescue team, water rescue specialists and a high volume pump.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill told us that the first calls came in at around 3pm yesterday afternoon and it wasn't until 3:30 this morning that they were able to scale back to normal service on Canvey.
He went on to say: "There was some frustration that with such widespread flooding, our crews were unable to pump out properties because there was just nowhere to pump the water away but we are comfortable that we did everything we could to make sure people were and remained safe."
Other areas hit by floods included Wickford, Waltham Abbey and Rayleigh, though flood related incidents came in from right across the County.
The A and E unit at Southend Hospital was forced to close for a time as well.
The flooding coincided with the latest FBU stoppage - with two more walkouts today - between 6am and 8am this morning and between 5pm and 7pm this evening.
Meanwhile, Essex Police have criticised some motorists for the way they were driving yesterday.
A number went through floodwater causing waves which went into peoples' homes.
Many roads quickly became impassable during the downpour - with drains unable to cope.
The Environment Agency says the sheer volume of rain overwhelmed the system, with 60 millimetres falling in a very short period of time.
To find out what to do before, during and after a flood click HERE
(Pod image: ECFRS, other images: Essex Police. Annette Taylor, lightning image & video below : Brett Vernon)
Meanwhile, work on a £36m flood defence scheme on the Essex coast starts today.
The project - between Claction Pier and Holland Haven - is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.
It's mainly being paid for by the Environment Agency.
Developer jailed for health and safety failings
A developer's been sentenced to two and a half years in prison for failing to protect his staff at a building site in Colchetser.
Middlesex man Eze Kinsley was investigated after reports from locals last February - that debris kept falling from height.
Missing Harlow boy found
Police say a Harlow boy who went missing's been found safe and well in London.
15 year-old Gary Akister disappared last Wednesday.
Distraction burglar jailed
A man's starting a five year prison sentence for a string of distraction burglaries on elderly residents in North Essex.
The 28 year-old - from Cambridge - came up with a variety of reasons to gain entry to his victims' houses in Harlow and Saffron Walden.
Electric car charger comes to Colchester
Electric cars can be charged up in Colchester from today.
The power point at the football stadium is the second of three to go live in the county.
Added by news on 21/07/2014 13:11:21
Woman raped in Basildon & More storms for Essex?
Woman raped in Basildon
A woman's been raped in a Basildon underpass.
The 26 year-old was attacked near Broadmayne on Friday night.
Police are hunting a white man in his mid-20s - who was wearing jeans and a hoodie.
More storms for Essex?
Essex is bracing itself for more storms later (Sunday PM) - though we're being told the worst of the bad weather's over.
One house in Holland-on-Sea - and another in Chelmsford have been left severely damaged after being struck by lightning.
A number of others were also hit.
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Family left homeless following lightning strike & thousands of jobs in the county supported by tourism
A family of four has been left homeless after lightning struck their house in Holland on Sea.
The Fire Service went to the property on Keswick Avenue in the early hours of this morning.
Crews were also called out to a roof alight at a house in Barlows Reach in Chelmsford last night after it was struck by lightning.
Also the garage of a house in Clacton Road in Elmstead was hit by a lightning strike earlier this morning.
Meanwhile motorists are being warned of flooding after the overnight rain in Essex.
There`s likely to be surface water on a number of roads in the county.
Good news for seaside resorts
More than 5,000 jobs in Southend and Clacton are supported by tourism - according to new figures.
Researchers say the seaside tourism industry's continued to grow, despite pressures on the rest of the economy.
It's being put down to a rise in people going on so-called 'staycations'.
Hunt for missing teenager
Police are searching for a 15 year old boy who`s gone missing from Harlow.
Gary Akister -originally from Kent- was last seen on Wednesday and also is known to have acquaintances in London, Norfolk and Suffolk.
He is described as black, 5ft 8ins tall, stocky build with black curly hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and grey Adidas top and black Nike trainers.
Anyone with any information about his current location is urged to contact Essex Police on 101.
Ex pastor charged with assault
A former church pastor will appear in court next month - charged with assaulting a paramedic in Billericay.
31 year-old Lee Stephens - who's since moved to Northern Ireland - is also accused of sexually touching another paramedic at the scene of a crash - which happened on Queens Park Avenue in April.
Added by news on 19/07/2014 10:21:12