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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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Mother and daughter killed in Braintree fire named locally

Alina and Emilia Kordaszewska pictured with members of their family.

The mother and daughter killed in a house fire in Braintree last night have been named locally.

Alina Kordaszewska and her daughter Emilia were trapped in their house on South Street after it caught fire.

Two other women managed to escape and were taken to hospital.

Woman and child killed in Braintree house fire: the latest

  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

A woman and child killed in a house fire in Braintree were thought to be members of a Polish family who were well known locally.

They were described as "lovely" and "bubbly" by friends and neighbours, who have laid flowers outside the house.

Fire investigators are still on site to work out why the fire broke out last night.

Crews were called to South Street about 11.45pm last night to find the house well alright.

Two women managed to escape, but another woman and a child were unable to be saved from the burning building.

Chief Constable on 'heartbreaking incident' in Braintree

The Chief Constable of Essex Police has sent his "love and prayers" those affected by a house in Braintree last night, in which a mother and child were killed.

Stephen Kavanagh said not being able to save lives was the "saddest part" of what he does.

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Two killed in Braintree house fire: the latest from the scene

ITV News Anglia reporter Kate Prout is in South Street, Braintree, where a woman and child were killed in a house fire last night.

Two other women managed to escape and were taken to hospital.

Bishop of Chelmsford 'praying' for all involved in house fire

The Bishop of Chelmsford has tweeted of the "very sad news" of the deaths of a woman and child in a house fire in Braintree.

The Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell said churches in the Chelmsford Diocese are "praying for all involved".

The fire broke out at a home in South Street late last night. Two women managed to escape, but a woman and a child were trapped inside.

Braintree MP 'shocked' by deaths of woman and child

The Braintree MP James Cleverly says he's "shocked" by the deaths of a woman and a child in a house fire in the town overnight.

Two women managed to escape the fire on South Street, but another woman and a child couldn't get out.

Woman and child die in Braintree house fire

Firefighters tackle the blaze in Braintree last night. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

A woman and a child have died following a house fire in Braintree.

It broke out in South Street just before 11pm last night and several emergency services were sent to the scene.

Two women managed to escape and were taken to hospital, but a woman and a child were trapped inside and couldn't get out.

The condition of the two people taken to hospital isn't known yet.

The Police and the Fire Service will now carry out a joint investigation to try and establish the cause of the fire.

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