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Bridge open for business

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 hunt teens after rock hurled from bridge hits car

A rock was thrown from a bridge onto a car on the A12 at Ingatestone. Credit: Google Maps / Street View

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.

New Chelmsford road bridge replaces 1930s viaduct

The new A138 Chelmer viaduct has opened in Chelmsford. Credit: Highways England

A new £32m road bridge has been officially opened in Chelmsford to replace a viaduct built in the 1930s.

Highways England says it will increase road capacity, help deliver better journeys for drivers and help boost the local economy.

The new three-lane A138 Chelmer Viaduct is 900 metres long and replaces the old two-lane 1930s bridge which is now due to be demolished.

The viaduct was opened by Roads Minister Andrew Jones and will be fully open to traffic from Monday 18 April.

“I am delighted that we have delivered this much-needed new bridge with an extra lane which will help cut journey times for hard-working people in Chelmsford and deliver economic growth.

“Our £15 billion investment in Britain’s roads is all about completing local projects like this which replace ageing infrastructure, and create new capacity at the same time.”

Andrew Jones MP, Roads Minister

Click below to watch a report on the new Chelmer Viaduct by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

Three in hospital and seven arrested after knife incident

Three men were taken to hospital and seven were arrested after a knife incident in Readers Court, Chelmsford. Credit: Google Maps / StreetView

Three men have been treated in hospital for suspected knife wounds following a disturbance in Chelmsford.

Essex Police have arrested seven men, aged between 18 and 25, included the three who were treated in hospital.

Officers were called to Readers Court in the Great Baddow area of Chelmsford at about 9.30pm on Monday 4 April following reports of a disturbance.

Six of the men were detained on suspicion of violent disorder and one for possession of class A drugs. They have been taken to police stations in Chelmsford and Colchester for questioning.

"We have responded swiftly to reports of this disorder and have made a series of arrests.

"We will not permit anyone to behave like this in our city and I anticipate we will be making further arrests as our investigation progresses.

"Anyone taking part in such incidents can expect to find themselves subject to questioning as part of our enquiries.”

– Det Sgt Phil Greaves, Essex Police

Police have cordoned off the area and are carrying out a forensic examination and house to house enquiries.

A number of vehicles and other items recovered at the scene have also been seized.


Police hunting arsonists after five cars set alight

Five cars were set alight in arson attacks in Chelmsford on Thursday night. Credit: PC Alan Conran / Twitter

Police in Chelmsford are hunting arsonists after five cars were set alight in the city.

The fires were set in the Melbourne and Newlands Spring areas on Thursday night with incidents reported on Melbourne Avenue, Bounderby Grove, Tugby Place, Flintwich Manor and St Nazaire Road.

PC Alan Conran of Essex Police said patrols of the Dickens Estate were continuing in an effort to capture the culprits.

Five cars were set alight in arson attacks in Chelmsford on Thursday night. Credit: PC Alan Conran / Twitter

Radio history on display to public

It's being opened due a clause in the development contract. Credit: ITV Anglia.

The original Marconi works in Chelmsford will open its doors the the public for the first time this week.

The building - where radio was first transmitted in the 1890s - is currently being converted into flats.

It is open to the public because developers have to fulfill a clause in their planning agreement to open it up before they are sold off.

The exhibition will be on for three months from Friday

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