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Essex Chief Fire Officer is sacked

David Johnson has been dismissed

Essex Fire Service has announced the sacking of its chief Fire Officer. The news was revealed in a short statement released by the service.

“With immediate effect, today (Tuesday 25 April) David Johnson has been dismissed as Chief Fire Officer for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. This dismissal follows a robust process in compliance with the law in relation to statutory officers”.

Mr Johnson was suspended from his post two years ago.

Sir Alan Haselhurst steps down after 40 years as MP

Stepping down after 40 years Credit: PA Images

The region's longest serving MP Sir Alan Haselhurst is stepping down after 40 years at Westminster.

The Conservative was first elected as the MP for Saffron Walden back in 1977. The former Deputy Speaker said that initially he had been ready to stand again, but today issued this statement:

"I have had time during the last seven days to consult many people, not least my family and reflect on the unexpected situation which has arisen. Whilst I have no doubt as to my capacity and commitment to carry out my representative duties I have begun to recognise that it might test the friendship and goodwill of so many people whose support I have enjoyed if I sought to do so for a further five years. I feel now that my initial instinctive response was premature and that I should not after all seek re-election for the Saffron Walden constituency in whose debt I am for the privilege of being granted 40 years’ service.

– Sir Alan Haselhurst

Figures reveal more people are relying on foodbanks

People are continuing to use foodbanks Credit: PA

More than 114,000 emergency food supplies have been given to people in the East by Trussell Trust foodbanks.

The number of people in crisis has risen within the last year. Over 40,000 of the three day food parcels were given to children.

Foodbanks across the region are working hard to stop people going hungry in areas of rollout, by providing food and support and working closely with other charities to provide holistic support.

Arron Banks will NOT fight Clacton at the General Election

Arron Banks spent the day in Clacton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Former Ukip donor Arron Banks has announced that he will not fight Clacton at the next general election.

The millionaire businessman had previously suggested he would contest the Essex seat after clashing with its MP Douglas Carswell.

But he has now thrown his support behind a local Ukip candidate after Mr Carswell announced he was standing down.

The announcement came after he spent the day in the Essex town. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mr Banks said the outgoing MP, who won the seat twice for Ukip but later quit the party, was a "hugely divisive figure and let a lot of people down in Clacton"

He said: "Douglas Carswell is the epitome of a nasty little career politician who didn't give two hoots for the area.He stood originally for Ukip because he knew they would win the seat in a general election. He used Ukip and did nothing for Clacton."

Mr Carswell said he would be voting Conservative on June 8 as he announced last week that "it is time for me to move on to other things".

Mr Banks has backed local councillor Jeff Bray and will give the local party cash for the campaign.

"Both myself and Nigel will be campaigning hard in Clacton and I have agreed to give the local party financial assistance to fight the election."

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Arron Banks meets local Ukip councillors

Arron Banks meets local UKIP councillors at Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Clacton on Sea.

The millionaire Ukip donor Arron Banks has met local Ukip councillors at Lifehouse Spa and Hotel in Clacton on Sea.

He is hoping he will be approved by national executive committee on Wednesday as Ukip candidate for Clacton in the general election.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

The former Ukip donor has admitted he knows “nothing at all” about Clacton.

He is hoping to replace Douglas Carswell who is standing down as an MP.

Teenager who attacked a man with baseball bat is jailed

Elias Taylor Credit: Essex Police

A man who hit a father with a baseball bat twice in an attack in Essex has been jailed for four years.

Elias Taylor, 19, of Kelvedon Road, Tiptree, was sentenced for GBH with intent following a 3-day trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

He was one of three men who visited an address in Chestnut Way, Tiptree, in September 2015 armed with a baseball bat.

This was a particularly nasty attack with the victim being struck twice with a weapon. He suffered a deep cut to his forehead that required hospital treatment and stitches. Taylor has shown no remorse for his actions and his not guilty plea meant his victim had to wait longer for justice"

– Investigating officer Pc Vicki Fairchild

One suspect remains unidentified and anyone with information can contact Colchester CID on 101.

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