The High Court has granted a temporary injunction to Harlow council allowing them to stop unauthorised traveller encampments.
Harlow and Essex County Council applied to the High Court for the injunction to prevent travellers using two illegal sites in the town.
They have also applied to protect more than 400 other vulnerable areas. .
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The Prime Minister has been in Essex to talk about the latest part of the Conservative election pledges.
David Cameron has announced plans to build 200,000 new discounted starter homes. Prices would be capped at £250,000 outside London.
Labour have said the homes will be built far from amenities and close to industrial areas.
"Some of the UK's biggest property developers have signed up - including Barratt and Taylor Wimpey," said Mr Cameron in a speech in Colchester.
"I can announce today that the next Conservative government would build not just 100,000 starter homes, but 200,000 starter homes, giving more young people the security of owning a home, rewarding hard work, making this a country where if you put in, you will get out."
Labour is committed to increasing the number of new homes being built each year to 200,000 by 2020 by threatening to take land from developers who fail to use it, doing more public sector building and building a new generation of garden cities.
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The East of England Ambulance service has lost equipment worth more than £215,000 in the past two years.
The service said the problem of losing items is a "significant problem" to the trust.
Between 2012 and 2014 the trust say they have lost 30 special laptops costing £2,500 each and 10 defibrillators worth £90,000.
They have also lost 64 thermometers worth £72 each, 16 blood glucose monitors and a stretcher worth more than £8,000.
Perhaps the most bizarre lost item the trust misplaced was a vomit bowl.
The data was released following a Freedom of Information request from a member of the public.
Trust manager Karl Edwards, blamed "dynamic" and "chaotic" situations for equipment being left at the scene and said the focus was placed on giving the best possible care.
"That's why we're putting a great deal of focus into making sure we put practices and measures in place to minimise this going forward."
The items were all classified as "lost" rather than stolen, the trust confirmed.
It said it did not know how many of the items had subsequently been found.
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Some of the most overcrowded prisons in England and Wales are right here in our region, according to prison reform campaigners. The Howard League for Penal Reform analysed data from the Ministry of Justice. It shows the HMP Prisons in Norwich and Chelsmford are over capacity by around 100 prisoners each.
Police are appealing for information after a man in his 40s was found with serious head injuries at Halstead in Essex. Officers were called to Butler Road shortly after 2.30am on Saturday 28th February. The man was taken to the Royal London Hospital where he remains in a critical condition. It's thought he'd been at Scenarios nightclub earlier in the evening
And as striking as some of the designs at last week's London Fashion Week may be, if you're over the age of 50, chances are you wouldn't want to wear them.
But in Essex, the designers of tomorrow are challenging the fashion industry's focus on styles and figures most people find unachieveable. Wesley Smith went to see the designs.
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