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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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Police appeal for witnesses after crash involving car and pedestrian

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving a pedestrian and a car.

A 52-year-old woman was crossing Longmead Avenue in Chelmsford at about 6.05pm on Monday February 22nd when she was involved in a collision with a small red hatchback.

The driver stopped and got out of his car but left before leaving his details. He was described as white and believed to be aged in his 30s and the car was travelling from Longmead Avenue towards Meadgate Avenue.

The pedestrian, from Chelmsford, was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises.

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A12 traffic at a standstill after pedestrian hit by 'several HGVs'

Traffic is still at a standstill from the Boreham junction. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pedestrian has died after he was hit by 'several HGV's' on the A12 in Essex.

It happened on the southbound carriageway near Chelmsford at around 6.10am today (February 10).

A pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, has died at the scene.

Traffic is still at a standstill and police don't expect the road to be re-opened until later this afternoon.

The northbound carriageway is unaffected.

A12 remains closed after fatal crash

The A12 is likely to remain closed for much of the morning. Credit: PA

The A12 is expected to remain closed through this morning's rush hour after a fatal crash on the London bound carriageway.

It happened at junction 17 (A130/Howe Green) just after 6am. Police say the collision involved a pedestrian and several HGVs. The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, has died at the scene.

The southbound carriageway at junction 17 remains closed and is not expected to open until the afternoon. There are currently 12 mile tailbacks, with congestion past Witham.

The northbound carriageway is unaffected but officers ask motorists not to rubberneck to allow a continuous flow of traffic.

Essex taxi driver stabbed by customer

Investigations are underway after a taxi driver was stabbed by a customer in Essex.

Officers were contacted shortly after 7.50pm yesterday, (Wednesday February 3) with reports the victim had been injured with an unknown object in Oliver Way.

The driver, who is believed to be in his 50's, was taken to hospital with an injury to his right arm. It is not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect – who was collected by the driver at Chelmsford train station - stole cash and attempted to steal the car keys, before running off towards the Newland Spring estate.

Police searched the area and enquiries are ongoing to locate the suspect.

He is described as white, aged in his mid-30s and of stocky build. He wore a white and green hooded top with jeans.

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact Essex Police.

Milestone in £150 million scheme to transform Chelmsford

It's hoped that a new multi-million pound redevelopment in Chelmsford will help the city compete with the shopping centres of London.

A ceremony today marked the final brick being laid at the new John Lewis store.

Once finished it will cover a floor area equivalent to four football pitches.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

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