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Murder investigation launched after flat fire in Essex

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman died following a fire in Southend.

Police were called by the fire service to a block of flats in Balmoral Road at about 11.15pm on Saturday May 7.

The ninth floor of the premises was evacuated.

A 30-year-old woman from Southend was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. She died yesterday evening, Monday May 9.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident.

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.

A new PCC for Essex - but the Tories win again

Roger Hirst takes over as Essex PCC. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Conservative candidate Roger Hirst has replaced his fellow Tory Nick Alston as Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

Mr Hirst was already 30,000 votes ahead of his nearest rival, UKIP's Bob Spink, following the first count.

The redistribution of the other candidates' second choices helped push him over the 50% mark, with a total of 135,948 votes.

Bedfordshire's outspoken PCC loses out to Tory candidate

Kathryn Holloway is the new PCC for Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Bedfordshire's outspoken inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner has been beaten by his Conservative rival.

Olly Martins was the only Labour PCC in the region following the 2012 election.

But, following the second count, he today lost the role to Tory Kathryn Holloway by nearly 2,000 votes.


Tories continue to oversee Cambridgeshire Police with new PCC

Jason Ablewhite Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Tories will continue to oversee the police in Cambridgeshire - despite fielding a new candidate for 2016.

Sir Graham Bright stood down after four years in the role from 2012 to 2016.

Conservative Jason Ablewhite was voted in following the second count, beating Labour candidate Dave Baigent.

Family of murdered Luton man say their lives have been torn apart

Kevin Kelly. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

The family of a 27-year-old man who died after he was assaulted in Luton at the weekend say they are devastated.

Father-of-one Kevin Kelly was attacked in Upper George Street at about 5am on Sunday. He died later in hospital.

Today his family said their "lives had been torn apart" by his death.

"We are devastated by the loss of Kevin. He touched so many people's lives and was loved by everyone. His cheeky smile will never be forgotten.

"Kevin was a loving family man who adored his son. He worked hard his whole life and we were all so proud of him when he started his own plastering company. "

– Family tribute to Kevin Kelly.

One man was arrested in connection with the assault.

Tory Police Commissioner re-elected in Hertfordshire

The Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has been re-elected in Hertfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd has been re-elected in Hertfordshire.

Mr Lloyd took 42% of first preference votes compared with the former Labour MP Kerry Pollard coming in second with 27% of the vote.

The Liberal Democrats beat UKIP into third place.

Conservatives win PCC election in Northamptonshire

Conservative candidate Stephen Mold has been elected Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservative candidate Stephen Mold has been elected Police & Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire.

He replaces fellow Tory Adam Simmonds who stepped down from the role after one term in office.

Mr Mold took 41% of the vote in the first count with Labour's Kevin McKeever second on 36%.

Once second preference votes from the rejected UKIP candidate Sam Watts were taken into account, Mr Mold won by more than 9,000 votes.

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