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Concern after 'vulnerable' man goes missing in Chelmsford

Richard Goodbody. Credit: Essex Police

Police in Essex say they're concerned for the welfare of a 'vulnerable' man who has gone missing from Chelmsford.

45-year-old Richard Goodbody was last seen at around 9.15pm last night.

He is described white, of slim build, 5ft 8ins tall with short brown hair.

He was wearing a dark blue, short-sleeved shirt, blue jeans and dark grey trainers.

Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.


Tributes to police officer who died on duty

Inspector Mark Estall died on duty. Credit: Essex Police.

Essex police have paid tribute to an officer who died on duty.

Inspector Mark Estall of the Force Support Unit was on duty at the Boreham operational base just outside Chelmsford on Thursday January 5.

Colleagues tried to help him after he was taken ill, but despite their efforts, and those of paramedics and air ambulance staff, he died.

The 45-year-old officer had served with the force for nearly 27 years.

Chief Supt Rachel Nolan, head of Operational Policing Command based at Boreham, said: "Essex Police has lost one of our great officers. Always professional, invariably cheerful and a highly skilled member of the force.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”

– Chief Supt Rachel Nolan

Flags around the force were flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.

Territorial Army centre evacuated over bomb scare

The centre has been evacuated. Credit: PA

The Territorial Army centre in Chelmsford was evacuated today following reports that a suspicious package was found there.

A cordon was put in place at the Colchester Road site and a bomb disposal team were called in to assess the situation.

It was examined and found it posed no threat to the public.

Campaigners stage protests over rail fares increase

Campaigners outside Chelmsford station today. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Protests have been taking place at train stations across the region over the rise of rail fares.

Campaigners gathered outside Chelmsford station this morning to show their anger.

On Greater Anglia trains, the average price rise is about 1.8% - lower than the national average.

There were delays and cancellations this morning because of over-running engineering works that began over the festive period.

Cats rescued from burning Essex home

Wickfield Ash in Chelmsford. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two cats were rescued from a burning house in Essex.

Firefighters were called to the property at Wickfield Ash in Chelmsford just after 6.30pm on Boxing Day.

They found the first floor or the house were 50% alight and the entire home was heavily smoke-logged.

The crew were able to rescue two cats and get them outside.

It is thought the fire was started accidentally.


Chemicals could be involved in Chelmsford car deaths

The Ambulance service have confirmed that two people have been found dead in a car in Chelmsford.

Emergency services including hazardous substance response teams were called to Fox Crescent earlier this morning. There are now reports that chemicals could be involved in the incident.

Two people have been found dead in a car at Fox Crescent in Chelmsford Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust received a call today at 11.03am to reports of an incident on Fox Crescent in Chelmsford.

We dispatched our hazardous area response team (HART), two ambulance crews, three ambulance officers, and a rapid response vehicle"

– East of England Ambulance Service

Essex residents asked to give views on new development

St Peters college closed in 2011 Credit: Chelmsford City Council

Residents in Essex are being asked to give their views on plans for the development of the former St Peter's College site in Chelmsford.

It closed in 2011 and Essex County Council is developing plans for two new special schools, open spaces and housing.

Essex County Council is developing plans for two new special schools, open spaces and housing on the former St Peter's College site Credit: Chelmsford City Council
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