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.
#ClactonExplosion Electricity will be be turned off in Cloes Lane, affecting the whole street for some time.
A serious gas explosion in Essex has resulted in ten people being taken to hospital, with two seriously injured.
Two homes were said to be "flattened" by the blast at Cloes Lane in Clacton and a third was badly damaged.
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"Critical care has been given to two people following a house explosion in Clacton. They have been taken to Broomfield Hospital. Eight others have been taken to Colchester General Hospital (CGH) following the incident in Cloes Lane this morning.
"A man, believed to be in his 70s, was airlifted to Broomfield Hospital in a life-threatening after being anaesthetised on scene by air ambulance paramedics. A woman, believed to be in her 50s, was taken to Broomfield with severe burns.
"The other casualties were taken with serious and minor injuries to CGH. Injuries include burns, and trauma injuries such as broken legs."
#ClactonExplosion 19 houses evacuated; 10 in Cloes Lane + 9 in Dedham Ave. 10 casualties; 1 is life-threatening, 2 in a severe condition.
A total of 10 people were injured in an house explosion in Clacton, Essex, two seriously, East of England Ambulance Service said today.
#ClactonExplosion - the evacuation of properties is now complete and the Gas Board are in attendance assessing the scene.
The Assistant Divisional Officer of the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Lee Palfreyman, says that everyone has now been accounted for following a major explosion in Clacton earlier today.
A number of people were missing immediately after the incident but those fears have now subsided.
Essex Fire & Rescue:- Clacton Explosion - Assistant Divisional Officer Lee Palfreyman, incident commander,... http://t.co/EalUNF0iC9
Just spoken to my Nan who lives near Cloes Lane in Clacton. She heard a huge explosion near new housing development. Now having a cuppa.
Essex Fire Service has tweeted:
#ClactonExplosion - Five people have been taken to hospital, one with life threatening injuries.
#ClactonExplosion - five people are being assessed on scene by ambulance paramedics.
#ClactonExplosion - the blast flattened two houses and badly damaged a third.