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Man rescued after his car gets stuck in freezing water

Just a foot or two of water is enough to float a car and six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars. Credit: Essex Fire & Rescue

Firefighters were called to help a driver who was trapped in his car in Chelmsford.

Crews from Essex Fire and Rescue arrived at Buttsbury Wash to find his car trapped in 3ft of freezing cold water.

The man was freezing cold and was suffering from shock and possibly hypothermia.

Firefighters waded into the flood waters and rescued the man using an inflatable sledge.

Station Manager Martyn Hare said: "When we arrived, the motorist was still in his car and water had started to fill the footwells."

"It is extremely dangerous for anyone to attempt to drive into flood water without knowing how deep the water is, especially on a morning where temperatures had plummeted to -4."

Every year the fire service rescues dozens of motorists who find themselves trapped after driving into flood water.

The fire service is warning motorists not to drive through flood waters which will reach more than half of their car wheels.

EasyJet launches four new flights from Southend airport

London Southend Airport was ranked Best London airport 2017 by Which? Credit: ITV News Anglia

EasyJet has announced it will operate four new summer flights from Southend Airport next year.

The new routes to Bordeaux, Prague, Dubrovnik and Pula in Croatia means the airline now flies to 20 destinations from the Essex Airport.

  • Bordeaux will start on 25th July and operates three times a week
  • Prague starts on 27 July 2018 and will be twice weekly
  • Dubrovnik starts 28 July 2018 and Pula starts 27 July 2018, which will also operate twice weekly

More than one million passengers travel through the airport every year.

Glyn Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Aviation that owns London Southend Airport says: “I am sure these new easyJet destinations will prove very popular with passengers from Essex and the South East."

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Rail commuters face long delays after vehicle hits bridge

Credit: PA

Commuters face delays this morning after two separate incidents on the region's rail network.

There's disruption on the line between Cambridge and Norwich after a vehicle hit a bridge between Attleborough and Thetford.

And there are delays too on the main Norwich to London line after a track defect at Rivenhall in Essex.

It means Greater Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Colchester, Clacton on Sea, Harwich Town, Ipswich and Norwich will need to use the Liverpool Street bound line in both directions between Marks Tey and Witham and will be subject to delay, cancellation and alteration at short notice.

Passengers are being reminded to check for updates before they travel.

Greater Anglia updates are here. East Midlands Trains updates are here

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Police warn motorists not to drive carelessly in snow

The driver of this car was stopped in Harlow Credit: Inspector Matt Allsop

Police in Essex say some motorists are driving carelessly in the snow.

One Inspector in Harlow tweeted a picture of a car officers had stopped with only a small amount of windscreen visible.

The Highway Code states it's a legal requirement to have a clear view of the road ahead before you set off.

Rule 229 of the Highway Code states:

  • You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows

  • You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible

  • Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly

  • Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users

  • Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.

Emu breaks loose in Essex

The emu was caught on camera running in the snow Credit: Olly Emson

Heavy snow may have been the main topic of conversation in some parts of Essex yesterday, but people living in Tollesbury had something a little more exotic to talk about.

Residents were rather bemused to see an emu running along the snowy streets.

Some posted pictures on social media of the bird named 'Farage', which had escaped from its owner on the other side of Tollesbury Church.

After a chase through the churchyard, the emu was safely captured and returned home.

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