'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here' star Joey Essex was simply amazed when he set eyes on an unusual insect for the first time.
The High Court rules today in a new legal battle against expansion at Stansted Airport.
A judge has branded two men as 'idiots, but not terrorists' after they were cleared of threatening to blow up a plane in mid air.
Essex Police have announced plans to close the force's marine unit.
As part of proposals to save £36 million by March 2017, the force will also cut the number of police dogs from 52 to 40.
Under the plans, which are currently out to consultation, marine officers will be redeployed into other areas and the force is now deciding what marine equipment to keep and what to sell. It currently owns one large vessel, three inflatable boats and two jet-skis.
The dog handling team will now be based at a hub in Sandon. Handlers of the dogs that are being retired will be given the opportunity to keep their dogs as pets, or suitable homes will be found. No dogs will be put down.
It is thought these measures would save the force about £750,000
– Nick Alston, Essex Police and Crime Commissioner
"The Essex Police dogs section will have a broadly similar size to neighbouring forces, such as Kent Police.
"Meticulous planning and excellent partnership working delivered a successful operation to keep our county safe during the tidal surges last week. Even after these changes, I am confident that Essex Police will retain the capability, working with partner agencies, to manage marine incidents."
Emergency services were called after a bus got stuck on the Osea Island causeway in Essex on Friday evening.
It happened at about 6.30pm. The driver had left the island before the tide went out and drove off the road. The vehicle was recovered the next day, there were no reported injuries.
Slow traffic due to an earlier accident on the A12 London bound after J12 A1023 Chelmsford Road / B1002 (Mountnessing / Shenfield). Congestion to J13 B1002 (Ingatestone). All lanes have been re-opened.
Suffolk Police say missing 15-year-old girl, Tiffany Ambrose has been located safe and well in Southend, Essex.
Disruption to flights to and from Stansted Airport due to a technical issue at Swanwick air traffic control. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline.Delays and cancellations can be expected
UK Power Networks have confirmed the following areas in Essex are affected by power cuts:
- Marks Tey
- Little Baddow
- Safron Waldon
- Much Haddam
For advice about what to do if you have a power cut click here
Volunteers from St John Ambulance have been called in to support the evacuation of residents from around 60 streets in Jaywick this evening.
Residents have been advised to leave their homes as part of an evacuation of properties identified to be at risk, after the Environment Agency issued a severe flood warning for the area.
St John Ambulance has provided four ambulances and eight first aiders. The crews will be helping transport people from the area, particularly the elderly, to alternative accommodation or to the rest centre set up at Clacton County High School.
ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu brings you the latest news from Essex ahead of tonight's tidal surge.
The worst coastal surge in more than 60 years could lead to "significant" flooding off coastal areas, officials have warned.
The Environment Agency (EA) has issued 28 severe flood warnings - the highest possible warning, meaning floods could endanger people's lives.
Here is a list of the 22 places in, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk that have been issued severe flood warnings:
1: The Essex coast from Clacton to Lee Wick.
2: The Norfolk coast at Walcott.
3: Some riverside properties on the estuary of the River Deben in Suffolk.
4: Waterside properties in Mistley, Essex and Brantham, Suffolk.
5: The quay area in Ipswich, Suffolk.
6: Felixstowe Ferry and the quay at Bawdsey in Suffolk.
7: The Deben Marshes, near to Felixstowe Ferry, in Suffolk.
8: West Mersea, The Strood and adjacent marshland, in Essex.
9: Southwold and surrounding marshes in Suffolk.
10: The villages of Snape and Iken and surrounding marshland in Suffolk.
11: The Suffolk village of Blythburgh.
12: The seaside area of Aldeburgh and Thorpeness in Suffolk.
13: The Riverside Business Park and Kirkley near Lowestoft in Suffolk.
14: Oulton Broad near Lowestoft in Suffolk.
15: The south bank of Lake Lothing, Bourne Business Park and Mutford Lock, near Lowestoft in Suffolk.
16: The north bank of Lake Lothing, near Lowestoft in Suffolk.
17: Parts of the River Bure in Norfolk.
18: Lowestoft seafront and docks, in Suffolk.
19: Four severe flood warnings for different parts of the River Yare in and around Great Yarmouth.
20: The north Norfolk coast at Salthouse.
21: The north Norfolk coast at Blakeney.
22: The north Norfolk coast at Wells quay.
You can see the latest Environment Agency flood warnings here
Police say that two people found dead in a burning car in Southend last night were a mother and son.
Mother, Catherine Mhlaba, and her 16-year-old son, Beki Ali, were discovered in the blazing vehicle on the Thorpe Bay Esplanade.
Detectives say that they are looking into the possibility that Catherine could have started the fire in her black Vauxhall Vectra in order to kill her son and take her own life.
Essex police said:
"Specially trained officers are supporting the family at this very difficult time.
"These tragic deaths are being investigated by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.
"Their investigation is currently looking at the possibility that Catherine Mhlaba was responsible for killing her son and taking her own life by starting the fire inside the car.
"Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them at Southend on 101.
"They are particularly keen to hear from a dog walker who may have been in the area at about 5.20pm or anyone who may have seen the car at any time either before or during the fire."