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Chemical unit called in after bleach spilled in road crash

Essex Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with a chemical spill after a lorry crash in Rayleigh. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive

Essex firefighters are dealing with a chemical spill after a lorry crash on the A127 near Rayleigh.

A drum containing 25 litres of sodium hypochlorite, which is used to make bleach, has tipped over and split inside the lorry and the liquid is leaking onto the roadway.

Four fire engines and a specialist chemical incident unit are at the scene at Rayleigh Weir working to make the area safe and stop the chemical entering the rivers and drains.

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Police searching for wanted man from Essex

Mark Bradford is wanted in connection with four shop lifting offences. Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for help to find a wanted man from Essex.

Mark Bradford, 47, is wanted in connection with four shop lifting offences at the Asda store in Priory Lane, Rayleigh.

He is described as:

  • 5ft 6ins tall
  • Medium build
  • Short, brown thinning hair
  • Stubble
  • Cuts and scars on face

He is unemployed and has contacts in Southend.

Essex: A1245 fully reopens following huge tyre fire

Crews were called to the Fairglen Interchange in Rayleigh. Credit: Dom Adams

A road in Essex which has been closed since Monday night following a huge tyre fire, has fully reopened.

Police shut the A1245 near Rayleigh as a result of heavy smoke blowing across the carriageway.

Fire crews leave scene of major tyre blaze

Fire crews are this evening preparing to leave the scene of a tyre fire in Essex - two days after it first broke out.

The blaze near the A130 at Rayleigh caused disruption for thousands of drivers and rail passengers yesterday.

Firefighters have been working with diggers to break up the tyres and extinguish the flames.

Essex Fire Service said crews planned to return at midnight to monitor the site.

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Road to re-open following tyre fire

The A1245 southbound between the Fairglen interchange and the Carpenters Arms roundabout will reopen at 4pm today, according to Essex Police.

Firefighters at the scene of the fire in Essex Credit: Dom Adams

The contraflow system between the Fairglen interchange and the A130 will remain in place to restrict the flow of traffic.

The northbound carriageway remains closed while fire and other agencies manage the on-going incident. It is hoped that the northbound carriageway will reopen tomorrow morning.

Police are still advising motorists to avoid the area if possible as traffic is expected to be heavy.

Video: Aerial footage shows Rayleigh tyre fire still burning

Roads are closed and people have been told to stay indoors as firefighters in Essex continue to tackle a tyre fire near Rayleigh.

Crews were called to the Fairglen Interchange last night - and the fire's still burning.

The road alongside it which connects to the A127 and A130 has been closed in both directions, and train services between Southend Victoria and Wickford aren't running because of the smoke.

Click below to watch the video (Pictures courtesy of BJG Rescue)

Firefighters tackle huge tyre blaze in Essex

Firefighters have spent the entire night at the scene of a huge tyre fire near the Fairglen Interchange on the A130 in Essex, and are still tackling the blaze this morning (Tuesday).

Emergency Services at the scene Credit: Dom Adams

"A pile of tyres covering an area of 50 metres by 20 metres and stacked two metres high is alight. Crews are using three ground monitors and one main jet to control the blaze."

– Incident Commander, Essex Fire and Rescue
The fire well alight overnight Credit: Dom Adams

Crews from Rayleigh Weir, Leigh, South Woodham, Basildon, Southend, Orsett Foam, Maldon and Stansted are at the scene.

It's taken hours to get it under control because the tyres were so tightly packed together.

The fire is having a major impact on nearby roads and rail links - the A1245 between the A127 and A129 is likely to stay closed all morning, as is part of the Southend to London rail line because it's so close to the fire. Service is suspended between Southend Victoria and Wickford. It's not expected to reopen before midday.

Crews from across Essex are at the scene Credit: Dom Adams
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