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Shop staff threatened by armed robbers in Essex

The thieves were armed with a crowbar and hammer. Credit: PA

Shop staff were left shaken after being threatened by armed robbers in Halstead, Essex.

Four men - armed with a crowbar and hammer - walked into the Co-Op on Abels Road at around 8pm yesterday (17 January).

They forced staff to open the office safe and stole a four-figure sum of cash, before fleeing.

The men are described as wearing all black. Their faces were covered by scarves.

Police carried out a search of the area, but they could not find the suspects .

Officers are investigating whether it is linked to other robberies the Braintree district in recent months.

"This was a frightening incident for the members of staff involved.

"Essex Police will not tolerate people causing fear and threatening violence, and we are confident we will find the people responsible. "We believe the local community can play an important part in bringing these people to justice and I would urge anyone with any information about this incident or any others to come forward."

– Detective Inspector Mark Cadd, Essex Police

One arrest following Islamic centre arson

One man has been arrested by police still need to trace this person. Credit: Essex Police.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson at an Islamic centre in Braintree.

The Al-Falah centre at Silks Way was targeted by two people in the early hours of Sunday, January 8.

A 21-year-old man from Braintree was arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life and has been released on bail until March 13.

Police still want to identify a second person seen on CCTV at the centre.


Man arrested in connection with armed robbery in Bocking near Braintree

The men were armed with a crowbar, monkey wrench, and screwdriver. Credit: PA.

A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Bocking near Braintree.

Four men went into the Chelmsford Star Co-Op in Church Street on Friday December 16.

They were armed with a crowbar, monkey wrench, and screwdriver.

They threatened staff and took a three-figure sum of cash from the till and cigarettes worth a three-figure sum.

A 21-year-old man from Witham was arrested on suspicion of robbery on December 27. He was released on bail until March 4, pending further enquiries.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Braintree fire: Mother and daughter died together

Alina (far right) and Emilia (front left) died in the fire. Credit: Essex Police

An inquest into the mother and daughter who died in a house fire in Braintree has found they died together in the same room.

Alina Kordaszewska and her daughter Emilia died a few days before christmas after the fire was started by a candle in the lounge.

Their house was completely destroyed in the fire.

The provisional cause of death for both Alina and Emilia was breathing in smoke.

Tributes paid to mother and daughter who died in fire

Rafal Kordaszewski with his children Emila and Milena Kordaszewska and wife Alina Kordaszewska. Credit: Essex Police

Tributes have been paid to a mother and daughter who died in a house fire at Braintree in Essex

Emergency services were called shortly before 10.45pm on Wednesday December 21 with reports of a fire in South Street, Braintree.

Two women aged 43 and 18 had managed to get out of the property before emergency services arrived. They were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.

A 41-year-old woman and an 11-year-old girl were trapped inside and died at the scene.

Formal identification has yet to take place but police have provisionally identified them as Alina Kordaszewska and her daughter, Emila Kordaszewska.

Forensic post mortem examinations were completed yesterday, Friday December 23, and the provisional cause of death was smoke inhalation.

A joint fire and police investigation has concluded the cause of the fire was started by candles in the lounge. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

The house in Braintree

Alina and I were married for nearly 20 years.

We grew up together as children and married when we were 21. We had our first daughter, Milena, 18, then our youngest daughter, Emila.

We came to England ten years ago and moved to Braintree.

Alina was a very quiet person but had lots of friends at her workplace, Tyco Electronics, where she worked for nine years.

Emila went to John Ray Junior School and started at Notley High School in September. She had lots of friends and she was always trying to help people.

Alina and Emila were very much loved and we will miss them greatly.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and everything they have done for us.

We have had so much support from our friends and the community; we are overwhelmed by their generosity. Friends have also brought us clothes and food and have helped us with housing.”

– Alina’s husband, Rafal Kordaszewski


Police officer assaulted after returning from scene of fatal house fire

The officer had just returned from the scene of the fatal fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A police officer has been assaulted after returning from the scene of a fatal house fire in Braintree.

He had been on duty at the house where a mother and daughter tragicallty lost their lives in a fire.

As he returned to Braintree Police Station in the early hours of Thursday December 22nd, he came across an injured man. Whilst he was trying to help him two men attacked him.

Other officers were called to help and one of the officers was also assaulted by one of the suspects. Both police officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer and possession of a blade in a public place.

A third man arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer is still being questioned.

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