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Family of five made homeless by Essex blaze

The fire was at Rochford Road in St Osyth, near Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A family of five has been left homeless after a fire destroyed their Essex house.

Firefighters were called to Rochford Road at St Osyth, near Clacton, at about 11.15pm on Friday March 11.

It took nearly two hours to put out the blaze which destroyed the first floor of the terraced house and left the ground floor smoke damaged.

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Merging police and fire frontline services to boost efficiency

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has met with the county's Fire and Rescue Service to discuss closer collaboration. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex has met with the county's Fire and Rescue Service to discuss closer collaboration.

The government says that amalgamating emergency services and sharing resources will increase efficiency.

But the Fire Brigades Union says it's about cost cutting and could put the public at risk. The argument is that fire and rescue and police services work well together already.

It's looking at how, through closer collaboration - like shared buildings and management structures, this could be improved. But the fear is to what extent that amalgamation goes and whether it should be done under the governance of a Police and Crime Commissioner.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer

Man charged with assaulting police officer after car fire incident

A 36-year-old man has appeared at court charged with assaulting an officer, dangerous driving and failing to stop for police following an incident in which a car caught fire.

A man has appeared in court charged with assaulting a police officer after a car fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A car was spotted by police in the Felixstowe area on Monday 15 February and it was followed by officers.

It then stopped in Levington and caught fire. A man was pulled from the vehicle by officers but a constable was assaulted, sustaining a wound to his head that required hospital treatment.

Robert Sutherland, from Felixstowe, has been charged with assaulting a police officer, driving a Ford Mondeo dangerously on the old A45 at Levington, and failing to stop for police.

He has now been remanded in custody until 16 March.

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Blaze destroys furniture warehouse

Warehouse fire at Stanway, Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A furniture warehouse in Essex has been destroyed.

Firefighters were called to the building at Turkey Cock Lane at Stanway, near Colchester, just before 6am on Sunday.

Crews remained there for for more than three hours tackling the blaze which had engulfed the entire building.

Cargo ship on fire off Norfolk coast

Two Coastguard helicopters, a lifeboat and two other vessels are assisting the crew of a ship which is on fire off Cromer. Credit: HM Coastguard

Two Coastguard helicopters, a lifeboat and two other vessels are currently dealing with a ship fire off the coast of Cromer.

The seven crew of the ship are currently still on board and trying to keep the fire under control. An additional Coastguard rescue helicopter from Humberside is on scene along with the Cromer RNLI Lifeboat.

The UK Coastguard received a mayday message, broadcast at 5.20 this morning to report that the vessel, which is carrying wheat to Rotterdam, had a fire in its accommodation.

"The crew are still on board the vessel and keeping the fire under control. However, we have a rescue helicopter hovering above as well as a lifeboat on scene so that, should the need arise, they can evacuate the ship.

"The Humberside Fire and Rescue fire fighting crew will be on scene soon and will assess the fire at that point.”

– Ian Guy, UK Coastguard
The ship with a cargo of wheat was heading for Rotterdam. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A mayday relay message was immediately broadcast and several vessels responded offering their assistance.

Two of these are now on scene with the vessel.

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