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Fire unions set to strike

Firefighters will walk out between 7pm and midnight tonight Credit: ITV News Anglia

Fire Brigades Union members across the region will be out on strike once again this evening.

Tonight's strike takes place between 7pm and midnight.

Further action is planned for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, in an ongoing dispute over pension reforms.

Parents begin fundraising campaign for fire-ravaged school

Parents of children at a school in Essex which was destroyed by fire over the weekend have started a fundraising campaign to help rebuild it.

The start of term has been delayed for nearly 300 pupils at John Ray Infant School in Braintee because of the blaze.

Essex County Council has pledged to rebuild the school "as soon as possible" and alternative arrangements are being made for children to make sure they do not miss too many lessons.

An investigation into the fire has found it was started accidentally.

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Start of new term delayed by school fire

Essex County Council has said the John Ray Infant School in Braintree will not be open next week after it was destroyed by fire.

Councillors have met to decide on temporary accommodation for the school as soon possible. However, the school will not be able to open on Tuesday September 3 as planned.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: "I am very sad for the community as this very fine school has lost its building.

"The school has excellent leadership and I have every confidence that once we can arrange temporary accommodation they will continue to provide very good education.

"I am also immediately looking into plans for a properly rebuilt school and will be working with the school leadership on this."

Headteacher 'shocked and saddened' by school fire

The headteacher of the John Ray Infant School in Braintree has spoken of her shock after her school was burnt down.

Headteacher Sandra Way said: "I was incredibly saddened and shocked by the fire on Saturday and am disappointed that there will be a delay to the start of the new term.

"We will be working closely with the district and county council to ensure we can start the new school year as soon as possible."

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