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Massive steel beams lifted into place for latest stage of viaduct construction

How the new Chelmer Viaduct will look. Credit: Essex County Council.

The latest stage of a £28m project to replace the Chelmer Viaduct in Essex has begun.

From today, cranes will be putting huge steel beams - weighing up to 52 tonnes each - in place across the river. They will form the new bridge deck of the viaduct across the River Chelmer at Chelmsford.

The work - which includes the demolition or the existing viaduct, three lanes of carriageway and a shared footway and cycleway - is due to finish next winter.

Man due in court charged with firearms offence

A man is due to appear in court today charged with a firearms offence after an incident in Harlow at the weekend.

Essex Police were called to the Willowfield area of Harlow on Sunday afternoon. They have charged 25-year-old Shea Kenny of Abbeydale Close in Harlow with grievous bodily harm with intent, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. He has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.

Five other men who were arrested in connection with the incident were questioned and later released without charge, and face no further police action.


20th V Festival gets underway in Chelmsford

The 20th V Festival in Chelmsford is getting underway with 70,000 people expected over the weekend.

This year Essex Police will be targeting 'legal highs' and will have officers monitoring the entrances and exits.

ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu has spent the day at the festival as preparations continue for a weekend of music.


Man stabbed close to children's playground

The attack happened close to a children's playground Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been stabbed in Chelmsford close to a children's playground.

The man, who is in his 20s, was stabbed following an argument with five men near a playground between Fifth Avenue and Arun Close on Saturday 4th July between 2pm and 3pm.

The victim, who lives in the local area, made his way towards the Anglia Ruskin University where he collapsed. He was treated by ambulance crews and taken to hospital by air ambulance. He's now been released from hospital.

A 55-year-old man from Chelmsford was arrested late last night on suspicion of GBH.

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