A report on level crossing safety has said Network Rail admitted its behaviour towards bereaved families "has been appalling".
The children of an Essex couple have won a fight for compensation after an accident which saw their father killed and their mother injured.
Charley Spriggs has won a Princess Diana award after swimming the Channel to help the hospital that saved her grandfather's life.
A London firm has been ordered to pay more than £250,000 for safety failings after a worker was killed by a large concrete beam during a dangerous lifting operation in strong winds at a hospital construction site in Essex.
Guilherme de Oliveira, 44, from Portugal, sustained fatal crush injuries in the incident at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford on 10 November 2008.
Bouygues UK Ltd, the principal contractor for an extension project at the hospital, was sentenced today (26 February) after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified serious safety breaches in their lifting operations.
HSE concluded that there was inadequate planning and supervision of the work. Had a suitable management procedure been in place and followed there would have been the opportunity to properly consider the deteriorating weather conditions and then take the tower cranes out of operation.
Bouygues UK Ltd was fined £175,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.
"Stena Line can confirm that two passengers are currently missing from the 09:00 sailing from Harwich to Hook of Holland.
The two passengers are believed to have jumped overboard at approximately 09:45 today. The passengers were travelling on the Stena Britannica.
Stena Line can confirm that 92 passengers are currently onboard the Stena Britannica, along with 81 crew. The Stena Britannica has been assisting the Thames Coastguard in the search for the two passengers and has now been released to resume its crossing to Holland."
The ferry is due to arrive in Holland at 6.40pm.
A major air and sea rescue operation has been stood down after reports that two people went overboard from a Stena Britannica ferry off the Essex coast this morning.
The Coastguard says they had a call just before 10am this morning from a witness saying they'd seen two people go overboard.
RNLI lifeboats were involved in the search, along with a number of other vessels including fishing and tug boats.
The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham was also used. A search was carried out along the shoreline as well.
The Coastguard is satisfied that it has carried out a full search and unless new information comes out, the units have been stood down.
A large air and sea rescue operation is underway after reports that two people came off a ferry just off the Essex coast.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says it happened just before 10am this morning about a mile out of Harwich, as the ferry was heading outbound.
RNLI lifeboats are also involved in the search, along with a number of other vessels including fishingboats and tug boats, that were in the area at the time.
The RAF search and rescue helicopter from Wattisham is also involved.
An RAF search and rescue helicopter and three RNLI lifeboats are searching off the coast of Harwich after getting reports that two people had come off a ferry.
Then RNLI says it happened about a mile off the Harwich coast, as the ferry was heading outbound.
Also helping in the search are tug boats and other vessels that were in the area at the time.
It happened just before 10am this morning.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a man wanted on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
Alex Stephens, 31, has been linked to addresses in Finchley Road and Palmerston Road in Westcliff and Jones Close and Chiltern Flats in Southend.
The aggravated burglary happened on Thursday 5 December 2013 at Grampian flats, Balmoral Road, Southend.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stephens should call Dc Layla Barker at Southend CID on 101.
Emergency services at the scene of a serious road crash on the A1114 Baddow bypass at Great Baddow.
Police were called at 7.25am following reports of a multi-vehicle collision on the Chelmsford-bound carriageway just before the Great Baddow turn-off.
Traffic is being diverted and the road is likely to remain closed for several hours. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
The schools adjudicator has overturned a decision to close a school in Essex.
The county council had agreed to close the Deanes School, in Thundersley, near Southend, over concerns about falling pupil numbers - despite protests from parents, pupils and teachers.
The school's governing body appealed against the decision and today schools adjudicator David Lennard Jones upheld that appeal.