Eleven crews have been tackling a large fire at an industrial estate in Essex this evening.
Smoke could be seen for several miles from the estate at Lancaster Way in Earls Colne near Braintree.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service say it broke out in a builders yard at about 5 o'clock. Wooden pallets, tar and roofing have been on fire.
Three crews from Halstead, 1 from Coggeshall, Witham, Wivenhoe, Chelmsford, two from Colchester and two from Sudbury were called to the scene.
An aerial ladder platform has been used to pour water on the fire from above.
Crews are now bringing the fire under control and reducing back to three fire engines.
"Crews have done an excellent job to stop this fire spreading to neighbouring businesses. When crews arrived, the fire was well developed. Crews quickly got to work tackling the fire in multiple fronts and got the whole area surrounded. The fire is almost out, and crews are extinguishing the remaining hot spots. We have scaled the incident back to three fire engines who will remain at the incident dampening down."
Watch footage of the fire filmed by Essex Fire & Rescue Service
Firefighters have been called to a big fire at an industrial estate in Essex.
It broke out on a builder's yard in Earls Colne near Braintree at about 5pm.
The local fire service says wooden pallets, drums of tar and roofing are all alight.
Fire five engines have been sent to the scene and eyewitnesses say the smoke can be seen from several miles away.
Braintree Town missed out on a place at Wembley after losing their National League semi-final to Grimsby.
The Iron had taken a 1-0 lead into the second leg but couldn't hold on.
The part time Essex side had looked solid for more than 70 minutes before conceding a penalty which brought Grimsby level.
So close! We are still very very proud of our team!
It was 1-1 on aggregate at the end of normal time but Braintree were reduced to 10 after Mark Phillips saw red for a second yellow card.
Omar Bogle won it for Grimsby with a header on 110 minutes.
It was the biggest home crowd for Braintree in 60 years.
A 25-year-old man is being treated in hospital after being stabbed in Braintree in Essex.
The man was assaulted and stabbed in the back and hip at the King George’s Playing Field in Dunstable Drive, Braintree on Saturday evening.
He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where is in a stable condition.
A 16-year-old boy from Witham has been arrested on suspicion of GBH and making threats to kill. He was released on bail until 19 June pending further police enquiries.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
Police in Essex have arrested a man after cannabis plants were found near Braintree.
A 54-year-old man has been released on police bail after officers executed of a drugs warrant on The Street in Stisted.
Officers found 22 mature plants and nine younger cannabis plants within outbuildings at the address when they attended just after 9am on Monday 4 April.
Three former care workers are due to be sentenced this morning for abusing elderly residents at an Essex home.
It happened at the Old Deanery in Braintree in 2014.
Lorna Hortilano, Adeshola Adediwura, and Anita Ray - all from Braintree - have pleaded guilty to assault.
They will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.
A teenager from Essex was allegedly dragged across the floor by another man and stamped on the head.
The 16-year-old boy was assaulted in Western Road in Braintree last month.
He suffered cuts and bruises and was sent to hospital.
A 27-year-old man from Braintree was arrested on suspicion of assault on Sunday. He is currently on bail pending police enquiries.
Officers investigating the incident would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the assault.
Essex Police are appealing for help to trace Jai Stead who has gone missing from Braintree.
Jai, 35, was last seen at 8.15am yesterday. He is described as being 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, with short brown hair and a beard. He has a tanned complexion.
He was last seen wearing dark tracksuit bottoms, a dark hooded top, dark polo shirt and a black coat.
Jai is believed to have links to Southend, Wethersfield and Clacton and has used hotels, night shelters and support services offering short term accommodation in the past.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at Braintree on 101.
An arsonist who set fire to a homeless hostel has been jailed for five years.
Ben Wilson, 20, had recently been evicted from the Braintree Emergency Night Shelter for breaking tenancy rules when he started the blaze in February.
One of the people living there - who had been in the shower when the fire alarm sounded - was forced to escape by jumping 15ft from a second floor window onto a passing bus.
The driver, Andy Waterman, was given a Chief Fire Officer's Commendation for his actions after manoeuvring his bus close enough to the building to help.
Wilson, of no fixed address, admitting a charge of arson with intent at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court. He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.
"This was a devastating fire. Wilson acted out of revenge and his actions continue to have an effect on his victims.
"The resident who was forced to jump from the window continues to suffer physical and psychological effects.
"The fire was also devastating for the people involved in the charity than ran the hostel."
A man is today starting an 11 year prison sentence after he was found guilty of three counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.
Kujtin Rexha, 43, of Jeffreys Road, Braintree, denied the charges during the six day trial, which was held at Chelmsford Crown Court. The jury reached a unanimous verdict after eight hours of deliberation.
The court heard that Rexha was arrested in May following an investigation into offences at a car wash in Colchester Road, Little Bentley.
His victim, who is from Romania and was 17 at the time of the offences, was made to sleep in his caravan against her will. Her ordeal lasted two and half months.
Rexha was found guilty of two single counts of rape, plus one count of rape which took place over the two and half month time period, and two counts of sexual assault.
Essex Police raided the car wash after the victim contacted police to say she was being held against her will.
Detective Inspector Leighton Hammett, who led the investigation, said:
"I would like to thank the victim for her bravery in coming forward to report what was happening to her.
She was a vulnerable young woman who had come from to a foreign country and was made to perform sexual acts against her will"