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Pensioner and man escape house fire

An elderly pensioner and a man in his 40's were treated by paramedics after escaping a house fire in Essex.

Crews were called to the property on Canvey Island by a neighbour who saw the house was filled with smoke.

The pensioner in her 80's and the man suffered shock and smoke inhalation.

It's thought the fire broke out in the bedroom. A joint Police and Fire Service investigation is being carried out to establish the cause.

IPCC holding "rigorous inquiry" into jetty death

The police watchdog has told the family of a man who died after falling from a jetty in Essex while being escorted by police that it will hold a "rigorous inquiry" into his death.

Steven Bore was arrested for not paying council tax at a houseboat in Canvey Island on February 17.

As the officers were escorting him from the boat in Smallgains Marina he fell from the jetty onto an embankment. Mr Bore was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Staff from the Independent Police Complaints Commission have met his family to talk about their investigation.

IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "We will conduct a rigorous inquiry to examine the actions of the police officers... including why officers executed the warrant at midnight, their interaction with Mr Bore, how they escorted him along the jetty and what they did after he fell."


Homes evacuated after gas leak

Around thirty people were evacuated from their homes on Canvey Island, Essex yesterday afternoon following a gas leak. It happened when a car damaged a gas box on the outside of a home. Firefighters worked alongside Gas Board engineers to repair the damage. It was fixed after two hours work.

RAF helicopter in sea rescue

An RAF Seaking rescue helicopter was sent out by the Coastguard in Essex on Wednesday evening to help find a boat that had run aground.

A 20ft motor boat with three people on board was heading from Canvey Island to Harwich when the incident happened.

The helicopter located the boat on the Foulness Sands and offered to winch the three men to shore, which they declined.

The Coastguard gave them safety advice, but they insisted remaining onboard and continuing their passage once refloated, albeit without having any charts, VHF radio or flares onboard.

– Thames Coastguard