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Five men arrested after teenager stabbed to death

A 19-year-old man was found with fatal stab wounds Credit: PA

A teenager has been stabbed to death in Chelmsford.

Police were called to an address in East Hanningfield Road in Rettendon Common just before midnight on Saturday 11 March, following reports of a disturbance.

Police and ambulance staff found a 19-year-old man had suffered stab wounds. He later died at the scene.

Five men, aged between 21 and 42 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

Police would like to offer reassurance that violent crime of this nature in Chelmsford is rare and there is no current risk to the public.

Officers are conducting a search of the area and an investigation is ongoing.

  • Police urge any witnesses or those with information to contact DCI Stuart Smith on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Family of prison suicide victim takes case to Justice Secretary

Dean Saunders electrocuted himself in Chelmsford Prison in 2016.

The family of an Essex man who took his own life in prison say they'll keep fighting to stop others suffering in the same way.

Dean Saunders from Basildon was found dead in his cell at Chelmsford prison in January 2016. He was been suffering from mental health problems.

His family has now met the Justice Secretary and Norfolk MP Liz Truss after an inquest last month found serious failings with his care at the prison.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson


Mosque opens its doors to more than 300 visitors

The day was a big success. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Muslim community in Chelmsford welcomed more than 300 people to the Central Mosque today to give them a better understanding of Islam.

It comes after a reported increase in hate crimes and Donald Trump's recent travel ban.

The Chelmsford Muslim Society says there's been a need to engage with the local community for some time.

It's been really good, really positive.

Some people have never been here before, one or two people have and quite a few people will have been surprised about how similar the religion is with Christianity and with Judaism so for us it's been really nice, really positive.

– Ayman Syed, Chelmsford Muslim Society

Prisons minister admits 'staffing challenges' at Chelmsford

Chelmsford Prison has been subject to damning reports from government inspectors. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The prisons minister has admitted Chelmsford prison has "staffing challenges".

The admission by Sam Gyimah came in a meeting with the town's MP Sir Simon Burns, who was raising issues following damning reports from government inspectors.

Among the conclusions was that greater drug use among inmates was leading to higher levels of violence.

Mr Gyimah also said Chelmsford Prison was a priority site for officers to be equipped with body cams to help carry out their duties.

Multi-million pound Essex road upgrade to be unveiled

Essex County Council is upgrading the Fairglen Interchange. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Multi-million pound plans to upgrade some of the Essex road system will be unveiled later this month.

Essex County Council is upgrading the Fairglen Interchange, where the A127 meets the A130.

It connects towns such as Basildon, Chelmsford, Southend and Thurrock.

They are hoping to make it suitable for use until 2045.

Police 'concerned' for welfare of missing teenager

Patrick Habimana was last seen on 6 January. Credit: Essex Police

Police are "concerned" for the welfare of a missing teenager from Essex.

17-year-old Patrick Habimana was last seen on 6 January.

He is from North Weald, but he has links to Chelmsford and the Redbridge area of London.

Officers are urging anyone who knows of his whereabouts to get in contact.


'Dangerous' drugs found in Chelmsford

Potential batch of dangerous drugs in circulation in Chelmsford.

Essex Police are warning members of the public about a potentially dangerous batch of drugs after a number of incidents in the Chelmsford area.

A man and a woman were found unwell in a vehicle on Langton Avenue after police were called to concerns for their welfare. They have been taken to hospital for treatment.

Police also received reports of concern for the welfare of a man in Rainsford Road and a man in Duke Street.

Investigating officers believe all three incidents are drug-related.

Detective Inspector Matt Cornish is warning people who have bought heroin or cocaine in Chelmsford in the last 24 hours to throw them away. He also wants people to tell the police where they bought them so they can find those responsible and remove these drugs from circulation.

We are concerned there may be a potentially dodgy and dangerous batch of drugs currently being sold in the area which pose a direct threat to the safety of those who’ve bought them and are using them.

– Detective Inspector Matt Cornish

Sun's reflection starts house fire - leaving elderly couple homeless

Fifth Avenue, Chelmsford. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Firefighters say a blaze in a bedroom in Chelmsford was started by the sun's reflection on a mirror.

Crews were called to Fifth Avenue just before 1pm yesterday afternoon.

Smoke was billowing from a first-floor front window and the elderly couple living there have been made homeless.

Investigators found the sun's reflection had caused an intense beam of heat which set fire to nearby curtains or clothing.

"To minimise the risk of fire it's important to make sure mirrors and other reflective objects such as crystal and glass ornaments should be kept out of direct sunlight.

"It's also vital to make sure that you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home."

– Stephen Harrison, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.
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