Election 2012: Brentwood

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats made gains on Brentwood Council and cut the Conservative majority.

CCTV released of suspected armed raider

Police investigating an armed robbery at the Santander bank in Brentwood last month have released a CCTV image of a possible suspect.

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Man due in court after Essex shooting

Francis O'Donoghue
Francis O'Donoghue Credit: Essex Police

A man is due in court today charged with the attempted murder of two men at a travellers' site in Essex.

Police had been looking for 27-year-old Francis O'Donoghue since August, after two men were shot in Navestock near Brentwood. Both men needed surgery for their injuries.

O'Donoghue was finally arrested on Friday night. He is due to appear before magistrates in Southend in Essex this morning.

Essex Police appeal for wanted man

Francis O'Donoghue

Essex Police have made a national television appeal to help trace a man wanted in connection with a double shooting.

Francis O'Donoghue is Essex Police's most wanted man - they want to speak to the 27-year-old following the attempted murder of two of his neighbours in Navestock near Brentwood.

Detectives appealed for information on the BBC's Crimewatch programme last night.


Train services return to normal following major disruption

First Capital Connect train services suffered major disruption yesterday

First Capital Connect train services in our region are getting back to normal today.

There was severe disruption yesterday on lines from King's Lynn, Peterborough and Cambridge into London, after a signalling upgrade further up the line failed to work as expected.

Network Rail says the problem should now be resolved.

Man wanted in connection with double shooting

Francis O'Donoghue

Essex Police are searching for a man in connection with a double shooting.

Francis O'Donoghue, 27, is of average build and speaks with an Irish accent.

Two men were shot and injured on farmland in Navestock near Brentwood at around 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.

They are both being treated in hospital and are in a stable condition.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Essex Police on 101. If anyone knows of Mr O'Donoghue's whereabouts, they are advised to call 999.

Essex police hunt gunman

It is believed a gunman is on the loose in Essex, after two men were shot and injured.

It happened on farmland in Navestock near Brentwood at around 3.30pm yesterday afternoon.

The two men suffered gunshot wounds to the legs. They are being treated in hospital and are both in a stable condition.

Police say they are searching for Francis O'Donoghue, 27, in connection with the incident.

He is described as white, about 5ft 11in and in his late 20s. He is of average build, with short-brown hair, protruding ears and speaks with an Irish accent.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call Essex Police on 101, or 999 if they know of Mr O'Donoghue's whereabouts.

Warning over heating oil thefts

Police in West Essex have warned residents with oil-fired heating to be on their guard against fuel thieves operating in the area.

About £6,000 worth of oil has been stolen from storage tanks in 12 incidents in rural areas near Chelmsford and Brentwood since the beginning of March. Amounts of oil taken have ranged from 200 litres to 1,500 litres which was valued at £1,000.

Officers are now urging all oil fuel users to ensure that their security measures are adequate. They are also urging all residents in rural areas to be on the look-out for any vehicles, particularly vans or any vehicle carrying tubing, plastic or metal tanks or any form of liquid containers.



Closed in both directions at Brentwood after an accident between junction 12 (A1023/Chelmsford Road) and junction 11 (M25). A car going northbound collided with the central reservation. An air ambulance is at the scene.

Entire 425-page council file blanked out

Nearly an entire 425-page document sent out by Brentwood Council was blanked out Credit: ITV Anglia / Hannah Pettifer

An Essex councillor who asked for access to a council report was astonished to find nearly single one of the 425-pages was blacked out.

Russell Quirk made the request to Brentwood Council in Essex under the Freedom of Information Act but nearly all the words were redacted.

Mr Quirk was trying to find out about plans to build a cinema complex next to The Sugar Hut, a nightspot make famous by the ITV2 programme The Only Way Is Essex.

Crews tackle Essex house fire

Fire crews have been tackling a blaze at a house in Brentwood in Essex.

They were called to the property on Snakes Hill at about 12.30 on Sunday 4 November. They found that the whole of the ground floor was alight, and both floors heavily smoke logged. The Ambulance Service gave one elderly person medical treatment.

The fire had been brought under control by about 1.45pm, by which time firefighters had discovered a gas leak. The Gas Board is now assessing the property, and everyone has been accounted for.

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