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.
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.
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.
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.
"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"
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