Essex Police say they still want to find out what happened to Stuart Lubbock who died at Michael Barrymore's home near Harlow in 2001.Read the full story ›
Entertainer Michael Barrymore is entitled to "more than nominal" damages against Essex Police over the wrongful arrest which he says destroyed his career, a High Court judge has ruled.
The comedian and TV presenter was arrested and detained in June 2007 on suspicion of the rape and murder of 31-year-old Stuart Lubbock, who was found in the swimming pool at his home in Roydon near Harlow six years earlier.
Mr Justice Stuart-Smith, sitting in London on Friday, ruled against the force, which had argued that Mr Barrymore should only receive a nominal payout.
A High Court judge ruled he was entitled to "more than nominal" damages from police over a wrongful arrest he says destroyed his career.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
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.
A judge is to decide the amount of compensation to be paid to entertainer Michael Barrymore by Essex Police.Read the full story ›
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.
Essex Police is late monitoring 400 sex offenders after a report finds some improvement in how the force deals with child protection.Read the full story ›