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Essex rogue builders jailed

A gang of rogue traders who left dozens of elderly people penniless by overcharging them for shoddy building work have been jailed.

The group, who operated around Clacton and Colchester in Essex, targeted their victims between 2009 and 2013.

Many lived alone, had dementia or were seriously ill.

Detectives and trading standards officers built their case around 42 victims aged 65 to 99 but believe the actual number of victims may total about 140.


Search for missing man called off after body is found

Police have called off a search for a missing man after a body was found in the sea near Clacton.

Officers believe that the man found at Holland Haven is 63 year old Ronald King, who had not been seen since Friday May 16.

Relatives of Mr King have been informed.

DI Russ Cole, who was leading the search said: "Sadly we believe the body found today is Mr King and we are still awaiting formal identification".

Woman clings to car as thief drives off

A woman has been seriously injured after thieves stole her car and drove off - with her still clinging to it.

It happened at about 2.30pm this afternoon at Curling Tye in Basildon.

A man stopped the victim, claiming there was something in the road.

As the driver, from Basildon, got out of her grey Honda CR-V estate to have a look, he jumped into the driver’s seat and drove off with the woman clinging to the vehicle.

She was thrown from the car and is currently in Basildon Hospital with serious injuries.

The thief is described as wearing a dark hooded top and dark bottoms.


Evidence of sex abuse found in former teacher's home

Potential home buyers uncovered evidence of child sex abuse in the house of a former teacher as they viewed a property.

Images were uncovered in a house at Chapel Road, in Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex, which had previously belonged to retired teacher Christopher Dobson.

After his death his next of kin had decided to sell the property but when the prospective buyers began cleaning they found incriminating evidence and alerted police.

Essex Police are now trying to establish the extent of the unmarried 70-year-old's alleged offending.

Mr Dobson, who had no children and was also involved in youth football, died in December 2012.

Det Ch Insp Mark Hall, who is leading the investigation, said: "It is my belief that Christopher Dobson committed serious criminal offences against children over a period of years."

Essex Police to start wearable video camera trial

Bodycams as won by Norfolk Police Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police officers in Essex are going to be kitted out with body-worn video cameras to help investigate domestic abuse cases.

The three month trial, which is due to start next week, uses equipment similar to those pictured above.

It is hoped the new approach will lead to more convictions for domestic violence.

Police save elderly women from burning building

Two police officers have been praised for saving two elderly women from a burning building in Humber Road, Chelmsford, last night.

The officers had to break into the property and braved choking smoke to rescue the two women, one in her 70s, one in her 80s, who were trapped in an upstairs bedroom.

The women were taken to Broomfield Hospital as a precaution .

Superintendent Glenn Maleary from Essex Police said : "These officers yet again demonstrate the courage expected of our police, they have taken themselves into danger to protect and rescue others."

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