A report on level crossing safety has said Network Rail admitted its behaviour towards bereaved families "has been appalling".
The children of an Essex couple have won a fight for compensation after an accident which saw their father killed and their mother injured.
Charley Spriggs has won a Princess Diana award after swimming the Channel to help the hospital that saved her grandfather's life.
Harlow's MP claims UKIP has done the Conservatives a favour by cleansing the party of people with extreme views.
In an interview with The House magazine, Robert Halfon MP said there was a sinister element to Nigel Farage's UKIP party and accused one of its MEPs of supporting a policy which was "akin to the Nazis".
Mr Farrage dismissed the MP's comments and warned his party could add Harlow to its list of target seats.
Mr Halfon said he was pleased that Tories with "those kinds of views" were defecting to UKIP.
"In many ways UKIP have done us an enormous favour because they're cleansing people from the Tory party that had these kinds of views, which is great because I don't want people who have those kinds of views in my party. So good luck to them, really," he said.
Seven members of staff have been suspended from a care home in Essex after concerns were raised about the treatment of residents.
A spokesman for The Old Deanery at Braintree said a full investigation had been launched and representatives were in contact with the local authorities.
Relatives of residents at the home were made aware of the concerns about staff at a meeting earlier this week.
The head of Network Rail has made a "full and unreserved apology" to families bereaved by level crossing accidents, including one on the Hertfordshire/Essex border.
It follows a report by the Transport Committee which said Network Rail had shown a "callous disregard" to the families of Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson, who were killed at Elsenham crossing in 2005.
Network Rail said 94 potentially dangerous level crossings in the Anglia region had been closed, since 2010.
The chief executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne, has made an "unreserved apology to those who have been let down" by the authority's failings in managing the risks of level crossings.
Speaking on Daybreak, Mr Carne also apologised for the behaviour of Network Rail in dealing with the bereaved.
In response, Chris Bazlinton - father of Olivia Bazlinton, who died at a level crossing in 2005 - said he was "encouraged" by the comments and would be holding Network Rail to account.
Mr Bazlinton added: "I think the future is bright. I think this report will lead to much safer railways."
Firefighters have set up a 200m exclusion zone in Takeley, near Bishop's Stortford, as they tackle a blaze at a scrapyard.
Crews were called to the site at Dunmow Road just before 4.30pm today.
Essex Fire Service said the blaze was thought to involve a number of acetylene and oxygen cylinders.
Passengers who were injured when a freak wave hit a cruise ship killing an elderly man from Colchester have instructed lawyers to investigate 'possible safety failings.'
James Swinstead was killed when water crashed through restaurant windows on the Marco Polo as storms hit the English Channel last month.
Several issues, including concerns over safety announcements, have been put forward to marine lawyers.
The ship's owners say they won't comment on the allegations due to ongoing investigations
Tickets to the V Festival in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, have gone on sale for Essex residents this morning.
The pre-sale, which is only available to people who have an Essex postcode, is open for 24 hours before tickets go on general sale at 9am on Friday morning.
Over 170,000 people attended last year's event.
Justin Timberlake and The Killers are the headline acts on the 16 and 17 August.
It's been revealed that Essex County Council has paid £230,000 in compensation to a teacher who slipped on a sachet of ketchup.
The payout, revealed under the Freedom of Information Act, was the largest made by the council over two years.
The second largest was to a staff member who slipped on a wet floor twice in one day.
The council says it investigates all compensation claims fully.