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Deputy Chief Constable of Essex Police to face gross misconduct hearing

Essex Deputy Chief Constable Matthew Horne is facing a gross misconduct hearing

The Deputy Chief Constable of Essex, Matthew Horne is to face a gross misconduct hearing after an investigation into claims he was verbally and physically abusive towards colleagues.

The allegations were referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission earlier this year.

Now the investigation has been completed the IPCC have decided there is case to answer on three of the allegations but a fourth has been dismissed.

The hearing will be arranged by Essex Police in due course.

40 arrested as police crackdown on knife crime

The initiative was part of the nationwide Operation Sceptre Credit: Essex police

Almost 20 weapons have been seized by police and 40 people have been arrested as part of a national initiative to tackle knife crime.

Officers and Special Constables from local policing teams executed warrants, carried out roadside checks and high-visibility patrols.

They also visited 50 schools and more than 70 retail premises.

In total 12 knives, including a sword and a machete were seized, as well as seven other weapons, including a hammer, a dumbbell, and an iron bar.

It is not acceptable to carry a knife on our streets. It does not make you safer, it puts lives at risk, and it could result in you being sent to prison.

I don’t want the communities of Essex or those who carry knives to be under any illusions – our work to tackle this is does not stop now the week of action is over.

The whole community has a role to play in tackling this issue and we also need members of the public to contact us if they know of someone who is carrying a knife.

– Assistant Chief Constable Andy Prophet

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Over 50 arrested in Essex in drink-driving crackdown

More than fifty people have been arrested in summer anti-drink driving crackdown in Essex

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.

– Adam Pipe, Essex Police

Police say they had to destroy escaped cow in Essex

Essex Police say they had to destroy an escaped cow to protect the public

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.

– Supt Nick Morris, Essex Police

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 investigating fatal crash

Police in Essex are investigating the death of a man who was found in a car at South Woodham Ferrers.

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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Man arrested over armed security van raid

Police outside the scene Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

Armed robbers escape with six-figure sum from supermarket

Two security guards were held at gunpoint at Asda in Witham, Essex Credit: Chris Myers

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.

Armed robbers have stolen a six-figure sum from a supermarket in Essex. Credit: Google Map/Street View
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