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Half way through Essex fire cuts consultation

Essex Fire Service has to save £7m a year. Credit: Press Association.

A public consultation about what cuts Essex Fire Service should make has reached its half-way point.

The service has to save £7m a year until 2020. People in the county are being asked for their opinions about different plans that could achieve that.

All three options would scrap jobs and remove fire engines.

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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.

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.

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