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Hundreds of guns seized from licenced holders over domestic vioence fears
Hundreds of guns seized from licenced holders
Essex Police has removed 220 guns from licensed firearms holders after a review identified concerns about their suitability to possess them because of domestic abuse.
The force launched Operation Wishbone following a series of incidents elsewhere in the UK in which lawfully held firearms had been used in domestic related murders and other serious incidents.
Deputy Chief Constable Derek Benson commissioned the review to check whether any firearms licence holders in Essex had been the perpetrator of domestic abuse, even if they had not been arrested, charged, or been found guilty of an offence.
Chief Inspector Tom Simons, who was responsible for the Wishbone team, told us: "The purpose of the review was to identify licensed firearms holders where we had information to suggest they might have been involved in perpetrating domestic abuse.
"If there were concerns, we took steps to remove guns, ammunition and certificates where we believed there was a danger to public safety"
All 24,500 licence holders in Essex were subject of review; 777 people were visited to check if it was still suitable for them to legally possess weapons. 24 had their licences revoked and a further 26 surrendered their licences - leading to the seizure of 220 shotguns and other firearms.
A further 86 owners were given warnings about the manner in which they stored their guns following home visits.
The 24 revocations also included three registered firearms dealers who are no longer trading after having their licences removed.
Judge throws out planning challenge
The High Court`s rejected a challenge by a member of the public who was trying to quash one of Rochford District Council`s key planning documents.
There`d been an objection to the site allocations plan which guides long term development.
The person said there`d been a lack of consultation on the proposals but a judge dismissed the case.
Armed gang rob bookmakers
A gang armed with a garden fork have got away with around a thousand pounds from a betting shop in Harlow.
The incident happened at BetFred in the Tye Staple shopping centre on Friday.
Four masked men threatened staff and forced them to hand over the money from a safe.
All four were wearing black clothing and black balaclavas. One was wearing a fluorescent jacket and another man is thought to have had a beard.
Any witnesses who have not yet contacted police, or anyone with any information about the men, should contact officers at Harlow CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Man charged with arson
A man`s due in court today in connection with a fire at a flat in Clacton.
20 year old Bobby O` Sullivan of Groom Park is charged with arson with intent to endanger life following the blaze on Friday.
A 42-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with the incident has been bailed until February 28 pending further enquiries.
MP calls for improvemwents to railways
The issue of ongoing problems for rail travellers through Chelmsford is to be raised in Parliament.
Local MP Simon Burns says it's unacceptable that users have seen performance hit by broken down freight trains, over-running engineering work, track faults and suicides.
Added by Nick Hull on 22/12/2014 14:12:01
UPDATE; Missing girl found,teenager charged with murder & arrests after flat fire
Youngster charged with murder
A teenage boy has been charged with murdering a man in Chelmsford.
18-year-old Ashley Woolley died in hospital after he was stabbed in Oaklands
Park on Thursday afternoon.
The 17-year-old also faces a charge of threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.
UPDATE; Missing girl found
The 12 year old girl who went missing from Great Wakering on Friday has been found safe and well.
Tina McKenzie was found at an address in Shoebury last night.
Arrests after flat fire
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire at a flat in Clacton.
A person living there was taken to hospital and treated for leg burns in the blaze which broke out at the apartment at Groom Park on Friday.
Quad biker seriously injured
A quad biker`s been seriously injured in a crash on Canvey.
The 37 year old man suffered chest injuries after losing control of the machine in Castle View road on Friday.
Essex district "a good place to live"
The Uttlesford district is in the top ten of the fifty highest local authority areas in the country with the best quality of life.
A survey by the Halifax shows it was at number 6.
Added by news on 21/12/2014 10:00:32
Two charged with sex offences against children & drink driver jailed after fatal crash
Two charged with sex offences against childrenTwo people have been charged with sex offences against young boys and girls in Basildon. Following a complex enquiry involving a number of victims under 16, Grant Francis and Hayley Morgan were charged when they answered police bail on Wednesday, December 17. Francis, 28, of St James Road, Vange, was charged with one count of rape, one count of attempted rape, two counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, three counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13, two counts of engaging in non-penetrative sexual activity with a girl aged 13 to 15, two counts of assaulting a girl under 13 by penetration, one count of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, one count of assaulting a female aged 13 and over by penetration, two counts of sexual assault, three counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child. His co-accused, Morgan, 20, of Longmead, Pitsea, was charged with two counts of causing or inciting a girl under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child under 13, one count of sexual assault, one count of making an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child, one count of taking an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child and ten counts of distributing an indecent photograph or pseudo photograph of a child. Both have been released on police bail to appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on January 29. ** Drink driver jailed after fatal crash A man has been jailed for four years following a fatal road crash in Bicknacre. Nicholas Weston, a 22-year-old fence erector from Pedlars Path, Danbury, appeared for sentence at Chelmsford Crown Court, yesterday (Friday December 19.) At a previous hearing he had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and also causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The court had heard that Weston lost control of his Ford Escort van which struck a tree at Leighams Road, Bicknacre shortly after 9:30pm on Saturday, September 28, 2013. One of four passengers, 18-year-old William Andrews from Shirebourn Vale, South Woodham Ferrers, was certified dead at the scene. Another passenger, Joshua Cumberland, now aged 19, from Drywoods, South Woodham Ferrers, was seriously injured. In addition to the jail sentence, Weston was also disqualified from driving for eight years and told he would have to pass an extended test at the end of his disqualification. DS Catherine Offord of the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit said after the hearing: "This was a very tragic incident and my thoughts are with William's family, especially on the approach to another Christmas without their son. "Nicholas Weston made the conscious decision to drive whilst over the prescribed limit that evening and that ultimately affected his ability to drive the van. "He carried his passengers in a dangerous manner and sadly this resulted in the death of William and Josh being seriously injured. "This is yet another reminder of the dangers of drink-riving as it affects the driver's ability to comprehend and react. "Essex Police is actively running a Christmas campaign against drink-driving but drinking and driving is not acceptable at any time of the year. "I would also like to make people aware that dangerous driving is not restricted to the manner of driving but also to the manner in which passengers are carried. "Nicholas Weston carried his passengers in a vehicle which was not designed to carry them and they had no seatbelts to restrain them as they travelled in the rear of his van. "Accepting that they all got in there of their own accord it is a warning to drivers that the responsibility still falls on them when such consequences occur."
Added by Nick Hull on 20/12/2014 08:39:58
Watchdog releases details of Paedophile teacher inquiry & 2 held after stabbing and dumped horse 'put to sleep'
Watchdog releases details of Paedophile teacher inquiry
The Police watchdog has been giving more details of its investigation into the case of Southend paedophile teacher Martin Goldberg.
The IPCC inquiry will look at the delay in Essex Police responding to information passed to them by the National Crime Agency.
It will also try to find out why he wasn't arrested when officers first went to his home on September 9th - the day before he was found dead.
Two held over park stabbing
Police investigating a fatal stabbing in Chelmsford are continuing to question two teenagers.
The pair, aged 19 and 17, were arrested in the early hours of this morning.
Another teenager was attacked in Oaklands Park yesterday afternon but died later in hospital.
Dumped horse put to sleep
The RSPCA`s appealing for information after a sick horse - found apparently dumped in a road - had to be put to sleep.
The animal was disocvered at Wick Country Park in Wickford earlier this month.
The charity says it was so frail and thin it couldn`t stand.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died and a schoolgirl was seriously injured in 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.
Homes evacuated after car crashes into gas mains
Eight homes had to be evacuated after a crash in Hockley in which a car ruptured gas mains.
The incident happened on Rectory Road last night.
Millions less for County Council
The leader of Essex County Council is pledging to do all he can to maintain services - despite a 49 million pound cut in government funding next year.
David Finch says that equates to slashing around 15 per cent off its budget compared to last year.
More staff at Essex Police look like losing their jobs after the Crime Commissioner Nick Alston said an increase in the Police precept element of council tax wasn't enough to make up their shortfall.
Added by Nick Hull on 19/12/2014 13:23:29
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