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Two teenagers arrested in connection with Chelmsford murder

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Police investigating the murder of a man in a Chelmsford park yesterday, have made two arrests.

A 17-year-old boy from Chelmsford and a 19-year-old man from Maldon were arrested in the early hours of this morning on suspicion of murder.

They are currently in police custody.

A man from Chelmsford died in hospital after he was stabbed in Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, at around 3.15pm on Thursday.

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to contact detectives on 101 or email

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Ambulance crews prepare for 'Black Friday'

Ambulance crews gear up for 'Black Friday' Credit: ITV News Anglia

The number of calls to the East of England Ambulance service are up 11% compared to 2013 and that is before 'Black Friday' gets underway tonight.

Crews call the last Friday before Christmas 'Black Friday' as people make the most of what is for some, their last working day before Christmas.

There were 700 more callouts than average last Saturday and it's expected that figure will be exceeded tonight.

For special safety guidelines issued by the ambulance service. Click here.

Eight homes evacuated after two gas mains ruptured during collision

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Eight homes were evacuated in Hockley in Essex last night after an 1,000 metre exclusion zone was set up following a road traffic collision which ruptured two gas mains.

The gas mains were hit just after 8pm in Rectory Road.

One man, who was the driver of the vehicle and in his 20s, was treated at the scene.

Fire crews checked the area and residents were allowed back into their homes at 9.30pm.

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New East Anglian ambulance chief sought

Anthony Marsh is to step down as interim Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The head of the East of England Ambulance Service is to step down in the coming months as the search for his sucessor begins less than a year after he started the job.

Anthony Marsh became interim Chief Executive of the Trust in January, tasked with improving ambulance response times. Also Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service, he faced criticism over his quarter of a million pound salary.

His appointment was meant to last for up to two years, but the trust has already advertised for a replacement. Mr Marsh will stay until a successor is found.

Essex says cuts challenge will be tough

Essex County Council faces a £49m cut in government funding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex County Council is facing the biggest cut in government funding in the Anglia region with nearly £49 million lopped off its budget.

Early assessments of the Local Government finance settlement, which sets out how much money each local authority will receive from the government in 2015/2016, indicate the Essex could be facing a cut of around 13 per cent on its funding.

“Every successive round of cuts makes the challenge harder. We have already secured so many efficiencies. We will continue to work creatively with our dedicated and innovative officers to find new solutions but make no mistake – it will be tough.”

– Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance, Essex County Council

Murder investigation launched after teenager stabbed in Essex park

Murder investigation launched in Chelmsford, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex police have begun a murder enquiry after a man believed to be in his late teens was stabbed in Oaklands Park in Chelmsford.

It happened at 3.15pm on Moulsham Street. The man who is believed to be from Chelmsford, was taken to Chelmsford's Broomfield Hospital where he later died.

The murder investigation has been launched by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

A police cordon has been put in place at the scene.

The suspect is described as white, 6ft tall, of medium build and wearing a dark coloured top.

Anyone with information should contact Chelmsford CID on 101.

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