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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.


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.


Car stolen from ambulance station while crews on 999 calls

An Essex ambulance station was raided by thieves while crews were out on 999 calls. They got into the empty station in Brentwood on Tuesday afternoon by forcing a window, then stole a car and a number of mobile phones.

Gary Sanderson from the East of England Ambulance Service said "This is a despicable act to carry out and especially whilst our crews are out saving lives in the community... Words cannot describe how the crews feel about the thefts."

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