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Conservative majority cut on Essex council as final results come in

The result of the local council election in Epping Forest in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The final result of the local elections in the Anglia region has seen a small cut in the Conservative majority on Epping Forest Council in Essex.

Although voters went to the polls on Thursday, the votes in Epping Forest were only counted on Saturday morning.

The Conservatives made a net loss of two seat cutting their overall majority to 14. There were gains for the Green Party and a local residents group.

Epping Forest has had a Tory majority since 2007 although before that it was a hung council for many years.


Man charged with murdering missing mother-of-three

Natalie Hemming.

A 42-year-old man has been charged with murdering Natalie Hemming - a mother of three from Milton Keynes, who has been missing for four days.

Paul Hemming, of Alderney Avenue, Newton Leys, Milton Keynes, was charged with murder on Friday evening.

He was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder and appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court today. He was remanded in custody to appear at Luton Crown Court on Monday.

Natalie Hemming, 31, was reported missing from her home in Newton Leys by a relative on Tuesday.

Tories take over in Norfolk following PCC vote

Lorne Green is the new PCC for Norfolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Stephen Bett has been ousted as Norfolk police and crime commissioner after years overseeing the county's force.

Mr Bett was ruled out following the first count, after coming fourth, leaving the Tories and Labour to fight it out for the role.

Conservative Lorne Green was eventually voted in with more than 60,000 votes.

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