52 people have been arrested during the first two weeks of a police summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign in Essex.
The campaign started on June 1 and will run until June 30.
During the first fortnight, 35 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving offences and 17 on suspicion of drug offences.
Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police, said:
Driving while under the influence of drink and drugs ruins lives and devastates communities.
I believe the people of Essex find this kind of behaviour completely unacceptable and I would urge anyone who knows of someone who drink or drug drives to contact us.
Police in Essex say they had no choice but to destroy one of two cows that escaped from a field in Billericay.
It happened yesterday morning and the other animal still hasn't been found.
Superintendent Nick Morris said
We tried, along with the farmer, everything we could to capture one of the animals but it became increasingly distressed, aggressive, and unpredictable. The safety of the public is paramount and officers were forced to humanely destroy it.
There have been no further sightings of the second cow. Anyone who sees the cow in the Billericay or Stock area should not approach it but contact the police.
Police in Essex are investigating the death of a man who was found in a car at South Woodham Ferrers.
Police were called yesterday afternoon after a black Jaguar X-Type Sport was found in a small embankment off the A132 Burnham Road.
The driver a 66-year-old man from the Burnham area was pronounced dead at the scene.
It's believed he had been driving towards the South Woodham Ferrers area when it left the road.
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A man has been arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a security van in Witham.
The 34-year-old from Romford was arrested by officers including specialist firearms officers in Billericay High Street last night. He's currently in custody for questioning.
The Witham raid took place on Wednesday morning with reports two security guards were robbed at gunpoint by three men outside Asda in Highfields Road.
The suspects got away with a six figure sum of money.
Police are still appealing for anyone with camera footage or photographs to come forward.
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Three robbers, one believed to be armed with a shot gun, have escaped with a six figure sum of cash after holding up security guards at a supermarket in Essex.
Detectives are investigating the armed robbery on a security van at 8.40am at Asda in Highfields Road, Witham.
The guards were delivering cash to the store when they were approached by three men, all wearing balaclavas, who demanded they hand over the money.
The guards handed over a six figure sum of money and the suspects fled the scene in a black 4 x 4 vehicle, possibly a BMW X6. No shots were fired and no-one was injured.
Armed officers were sent to the scene and carried out a search of the area. The search for the suspects is continuing.
The Ambulance service have confirmed that two people have been found dead in a car in Chelmsford.
Emergency services including hazardous substance response teams were called to Fox Crescent earlier this morning. There are now reports that chemicals could be involved in the incident.
"The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust received a call today at 11.03am to reports of an incident on Fox Crescent in Chelmsford.
We dispatched our hazardous area response team (HART), two ambulance crews, three ambulance officers, and a rapid response vehicle"
A road has been sealed off in Chelmsford after a young couple were found dead in a car this morning.
Ambulances, police cars and fire engines were called to Fox Crescent at around ten o'clock.
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said:
"I just saw two people slumped over in the car, a boy and a girl. Both youngish from what I could see.
In a short statement police confirmed they are investigating
Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 11.15am today, Monday December 5, to Fox Crescent in Chelmsford. Two people, a man and a woman, were found in a car and are believed to have died. Police are at the scene making enquiries.
Police are hunting a man wearing a hooded top after a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked home from a night out in Chelmsford.
The attack happened in the early hours of Monday 3 October. The woman left Chelmsford town centre after a night out with friends and walked home alone.
She was approached by a man wearing a hooded top who seriously sexually assaulted her in an alleyway. The exact location of the alleyway is not known and officers are carrying out a number of enquiries to establish where the assault happened.
"The victim is extremely distressed and she is being looked after by specially trained officers.
"We are making a number of enquiries today but in particular we would like to speak to anyone who may have found a cardboard pouch containing tobacco and a blue and silver lighter with a map of Cyprus on it and a beige hair bobble anywhere between the city centre and the police station.
"We think that person may have vital information that could assist us and we would like them to come forward.”