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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.

ROAD: A12, ESSEX

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.

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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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Cyclist's leg broken in crash

Police in Essex are seeking the driver of a car which collided with a cyclist on Highland Avenue in Brentwood this morning, leaving her with a broken leg. The 17 year old's bike was clipped by a car, causing her to fall off. The car did not stop, and police are keen to speak to the driver.

RAIL: GREATER ANGLIA

There are severe delays on trains between Liverpool Street and Norwich, and Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria after a person was hit by a train near Brentwood in Essex.

Tickets are being accepted on local buses, underground and C2C services. Greater Anglia do not yet know when services will be back to normal.

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