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Chemical unit called in after bleach spilled in road crash

Essex Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with a chemical spill after a lorry crash in Rayleigh. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

Essex firefighters are dealing with a chemical spill after a lorry crash on the A127 near Rayleigh.

A drum containing 25 litres of sodium hypochlorite, which is used to make bleach, has tipped over and split inside the lorry and the liquid is leaking onto the roadway.

Four fire engines and a specialist chemical incident unit are at the scene at Rayleigh Weir working to make the area safe and stop the chemical entering the rivers and drains.

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Essex firefighters set further strike date in dispute over job cuts

Essex firefighters walking our on a previous strike. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Fire Brigades' Union in Essex has announced a further strike on Thursday 6 August in their long-running dispute over cuts.

The union says Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) faces budget cuts which will see 187 job losses.

“Our service has suffered cut after cut. These attacks are nothing less than a dismantling of the fire and rescue service in Essex.

"If ECFRS are allowed to continue decimating our frontline service, the public will have to wait longer for their fire engines to arrive in an emergency. It is only a matter of time before there are casualties."

– Alan Chinn-Shaw, FBU

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