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Two rescued from library fire

Firefighters rescued two people after a fire broke out in the library of a sheltered accommodation block at Rayleigh in Essex late last night (Saturday). When they arrived in Tendring Avenue crews reported the library was fully alight.

One of the couple they rescued, an 80-year-old man, was treated by ambulance crews for the effects of inhaling smoke. Using breathing apparatus and hose reels the crews managed to put the fire out just after midnight.

Man attempts to rob betting shop

Essex Police are appealing for information following an attempted robbery at Ladbrokes in Witham. A man entered the betting shop in Newland Street at around 3.50pm yesterday (Saturday) , and handed a note over to the cashier demanding money.

No money was handed over and the man left empty handed. He is thought to have made off in the direction of Lockram Lane.

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Firefighters save two from burning kitchen

Firefighters carried two unconscious people out of a flat following a kitchen fire at Harlow in Essex in the early hours of this morning (Sunday). Crews in breathing apparatus carried the man and woman out of the block within minutes of arriving at the incident.

They were treated by ambulance crews. Three fire crews went to the fire in Rectory Wood and used two hose reels to extinguish the blaze.

Castle Park murder- woman released on bail

James Attfield

A woman arrested by detectives investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester’s Castle Park has been released on police bail. The 27-year-old from Colchester has been bailed pending further enquiries until Tuesday, April 15.

Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone with information to contact them as they continue to piece together 33-year-old James’ last movements on the evening of Friday, March 28 and the early hours of Saturday, March 29.

Special trained family liaison officers are continuing to support James’ family.

Police appeal after supermarket theft

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Essex Police are appealing for help in tracing three men they want to speak to in connection with a theft from Tesco in Thorpe-le-Soken High Street.

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Wine, crisps and chocolate Easter eggs were stolen from the warehouse at the supermarket at around 11.20am on March 10.

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Police appeal after burglary

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a man captured on CCTV they want to speak to in connection with a burglary at Basildon in Essex.A house in Waldringfield was broken in to between 11pm on February 16 and 6am on February 17, and a woman’s handbag stolen.

A bank card belonging to the victim was then used at a cash point in Whitmore Way, Basildon. The bag and its contents were then thrown in a bin in The Upway and later recovered.

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Residents evacuated during fire in Colchester

Firefighters tackle a blaze an a disused stable block in Colchester

Local residents were evacuated as firefighters in Colchester tackled a large blaze in a derelict building early today. Seven fire appliances were called to the fire at a former stable block in Roman Circus Walk just after midnight.

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Around 30 people living nearby were evacuated as the building was well alight. A turntable ladder was called in and it took nearly five hours before the fire was extinguished. Crews remained at the scene damping down this morning. The cause hasn't been established yet.

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Milkman assaulted on his rounds

Detectives are investigating a robbery at Leigh in Essex where a milkman was assaulted by an armed man. It happened yesterday afternoon (Friday) in Willow Close.

The victim was in his milk van when a man in a crash helmet came running towards him and demanded that he hand over money. The victim refused and he was hit on the head. The suspect ran then off.

Police arrest Colchester woman in connection with James Attfield murder enquiry

James Attfield.
James Attfield. Credit: Essex Police

Police investigating the murder of James Attfield in Colchester have arrested another person in connection with the enquiry.

Mr Attfield was struck down in Castle Park and was stabbed more than 100 times.

A 27-year-old woman from Colchester has been arrested and is currently in custody.

A man was arrested last week, but was released without charge.

Read more: Police issue CCTV of 23 people they want to trace

Essex: Devastated mother's desperate search to find missing autism support dog

A mother from Bradwell in Essex says she's been left heartbroken after a puppy her son was given to help with his autism has gone missing.

Rex, a six-month-old American bulldog, hasn't been seen since last Wednesday.

Rex is a registered autism support dog for Mari's five-year-old son Tim.

"From the minute that he saw him his eyes just welled with tears and he was smiling and he said "Mummy, look this is Rex." He named him within two minutes," Mum Mari Wood told ITV News Anglia.

"That's the hardest bit, knowing that I don't know where he is and I don't know when he is going to come back."

Read more: Mum heartbroken after son's puppy goes missing

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