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Thirty homeless after fire destroys flats

The scene of the fire in Chelmsford Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

Thirty people have been left homeless after fire destroyed part of a block of flats in Chelmsford.

The blaze broke out in the top floor of the flats in Harberd Tye on Saturday morning.

Fire crews said their efforts to put it out were hampered by a "poor water supply."

Firefighters dampening down Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service

The Red Cross was called to help a number of people who were left homeless as a result of the fire.

Sub Officer Syd Barrett said "When crews arrived, there was a well developed fire in the roof void of the block which had broken through the roof. The fire did not spread to an adjacent block.

"We made sure the entire building had been evacuated. In all, around 30 people escaped safely from the building but none of them will be able to return because of the damage caused.

An investigation into the fire is underway Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Mansell Wallace: Chelmsford 'needs a younger person'

Chelmsford City FC Credit: ITV News Anglia

Following news of his surprise resignation, outgoing chairman of Chelmsford FC, Mansell Wallace, says he's stepping aside because he believes the club needs 'a younger person' to drive through changes.

In a statement, the 64 year old said "a younger person will have more energy to drive the plans through the next five years and beyond. I feel the time is right as a new appointment can be made in time for the coming season. The new Chairman can influence the organisation with his own ideas."

Man stabbed in the chest in Chelmsford

A woman from Chelmsford is due to appear in court today after a man was stabbed in the chest.

Police were called at about 5am yesterday to reports of a man in his 30s who was wounded inside a house in Burnell Gate, Chelmsford.

He was taken by ambulance to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and later transferred to Addenbrooke's in Cambridge. He is receiving treatment for puncture wounds to his chest which police say are not life threatening.

Naomi Chanovre, 21, of Burnell Gate, will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today charged with wounding with intent.


Snooker ace says he'll fight cancer and thanks fans for support

Snooker star Ali Carter from Chelmsford has thanked fans for their messages after revealing he's fighting lung cancer. The Essex player, who's 34, is to undergo Chemotherapy.

Carter, who suffers from Crohn's disease, last year recovered from testicular cancer to resume his career.


Overwhelming amount of messages of good wishes and support. Too many to thank personally but thank you all so much for all your kind words.


My big match starts tomorrow: Me v Cancer. Going to be a long one but get your money on - I'm up for this one! Biggest match if my life!

Fire at football club house

Damaged club house
Damaged club house Credit: ITV Anglia

A football club house has been badly damaged after a fire broke out in Chelmsford. Crews were called in the early hours to Broomfield Football Club on Broomfield road. The building was 30 per cent alight. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is being carried out.

Damage at the club house in Chelmsford
Damage at the club house in Chelmsford Credit: ITV Anglia

Top snooker player in fresh cancer battle

Ali Carter in action
Ali Carter in action Credit: PA Images

Essex snooker star Ali Carter has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

World Snooker has announced that the 34-year-old from Chelmsford will undergo a course of chemotherapy. He's twice been runner-up at the world championships.

Carter, who suffers from Crohn's disease, last year recovered from testicular cancer to resume his career.

World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson said: "Ali is the toughest competitor I know and having spoken to him over the last few days I can assure everyone he has the fight to get through the battle ahead."

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