A woman from Chelmsford, who couldn't leave her own home because of a crippling fear of spiders, now shares her living room with 57 tarantulas.
Gemma Wright was afraid to look at a picture of a spider let alone be in the same room as one. But a few years ago she decided to face her fears - now she couldn't imagine life without the creepy crawlies.
A dog is due to to be put down after it attacked an 11-year-old boy in Chelmsford and left his face disfigured.
The attack happened as the boy was visiting owner Stuart Harris’ son at his home in January.
Mr Harris from Crocus Way in Chelmsford, pleaded guilty to owning a dog that was dangerously out of control.
The court's ordered him to pay £5,000 compensation to the boy who was left scarred after Digby bit his face. He's received 22 stitches to his injuries.
The attack was the second the dog had carried out on a child.
Images of Chelmsford's new leisure centre have been released. The complex which will be built on the existing Riverside Ice & leisure Centre site will have a ten lane pool, two teaching pools and pool with flumes.
There'll also be a gym and fitness studios.
The work will start in summer 2017 and is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.
The current leisure centre will stay open through the build.
"The new Leisure Centre will be designed to provide access to the widest possible cross-section of the community under the principle 'The Best Leisure Offer for the Most People', providing an affordable family-friendly attraction suitable for all. Later this year we will be able to see the designs coming together and I hope at this point people will be inspired at the thought of having this fantastic facility in our city centre."
A 24-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a pensioner in Chelmsford.
Michael McDonald of Tennyson Road, will appear before magistrates today. He was charged last night following four days in custody.
Brian Hurry, 78, was found dead at his home in Bramwoods Road on Saturday, June 18.
A post-mortem examination found a provisional cause of death as head injuries caused by blunt force trauma.
Detectives investigating a murder in Chelmsford have named the victim as 78-year-old Brian Hurry.
Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.
A post-mortem examination and inquest opening are yet to take place.
A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 70s was found dead in Chelmsford.
Officers were called to Bramwoods Road shortly after 5pm yesterday (Saturday June 18).
Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have now declared the death suspicious and three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
In custody this morning is a 43-year-old man, a 41-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man, all from Chelmsford.
Enquiries are continuing today at the scene and a cordon remains in place.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Harlow major investigation team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry is due to open 'The National Flower Show' at Hylands Park in Chelmsford later.
The food writer and TV presenter will also judge a competition to make a floral cake for the Queen's 90th birthday.
A 32 million pound road bridge in Chelmsford is fully open to traffic this morning.
The new three-lane Chelmer Viaduct aims to cut congestion on the A138 and boost the local economy.
It replaces the old two-lane bridge which was built in the 1930s.
Police are hunting two teenage boys after a rock thrown at a car from a bridge on the A12 in Essex smashed the windscreen.
The victim was driving a red Fiat Punto under a bridge near the junction with the B1002 at Ingatestone on Saturday 9 April when he saw two teenage boys on the bridge.
A large rock was thrown, which hit the windscreen, causing it to splinter on the driver’s side. The driver, a 52-year-old from Heybridge, was unhurt.
Officers carried out a search of the area police are still trying to track down the suspects. They were thought to be aged in their early teens, wore dark coloured clothes and had bicycles.