A woman thought to be the last to give birth maternity unit in Clacton fears halting births there puts some expectant mothers at risk.
A posthumous George Medal for gallantry has been awarded to an off-duty police officer who was shot dead in Essex.
More than a month after an explosion destroyed two homes in Essex, the cause of the blast is still not known.
Road closures + cordons will remain in place overnight + will be reviewed in the morning #ClactonExplosion
A man and a woman who suffered serious burns after an explosion in Clacton earlier today are currently in a stable condition in hospital.
The pair were rushed to the St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns at Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford.
Broomfield Hospital say that they are continuing to carefully monitor both patients and that there will be no further updates today.
Essex Police say that a woman and a man have been taken to the specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford where they are being treated for "serious burns."
However, their injuries are not though to be life-threatening at this stage.
A further seven people are in hospital with minor injuries, taking the total to nine, not ten as was previously thought to be the case.
An eyewitness has likened the trail of destruction left by a gas explosion in Clacton today to a nightmare movie scene.
10 people have been taken to hospital following a blast which 'flattened' two houses on Cloes Lane.
Darren Elsey lives nearby to where the tragic incident occurred.
"It was just rubble, it was like the stuff you see in films," he said.
"You don't expect to see that six doors away from your house.
"It's unbelievable. It was just rubble, rubbish and burning everywhere."
The Assistant Chief Fire Officer of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has admitted that domestic gas could have been the cause of a serious explosion in Clacton this morning.
ACFO Paul Hill went on to say that an investigation into the incident is now underway, and although a gas complication looks to be the cause of the blast, investigators can't be certain until the examination is complete.
"At the moment, it it looks like it involved domestic gas," he said.
"But we can't be sure until we've finished the fire investigation."
Tendring District Council has set up a reception centre in Clacton to offer support for residents who were evacuated from their homes earlier today following an explosion in the town.
The Council has been asked to take 13 people who live in the surrounding properties affected by the blast.
The evacuees will be brought to the centre, at Clacton Town Hall, by minibus with the transport
being arranged by Essex County Council.
Nigel Brown, TDC’s Communications Manager, said: “We are getting the Essex Hall
ready to take those we have been asked to accommodate at the request of Essex
“They will be made comfortable and looked after by volunteer staff at the Council for
as long as is necessary.”
Fire crews are continuing to battle a blaze caused by an explosion in Clacton, Essex, earlier today.
Two houses were 'flattened' and another was badly damaged.