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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.

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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.

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)

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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

Essex: Man dead and teenage girls injured in Rayleigh crash

A man's died and two teenage girls were injured when a silver BMW hit a telegraph pole in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's died and two teenage girls were injured when a silver BMW hit a telegraph pole in Essex.

It happened at 3am this morning on Hockley Road in Rayleigh.

A 31-year-old man, from Rochford, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The dead man, in his 20s, was from Leigh-on-Sea near Southend. The girls, aged 17 and 18 and from Hockley, suffered minor injuries..

Man assaulted outside club in Rayleigh in Essex

Man assaulted outside club in Rayleigh in Essex.

A man has been left with serious injuries after he was assaulted outside a nightclub in Rayleigh in Essex.

Police were called to Rayleigh Golf Club in Hullbridge Road which is attached to the club just before 1.30am on Saturday, after reports a fight had broken out in the car park after a singles night.

Three men from the Corringham and Langdon Hills areas were injured. One of them, a 29-year-old from Corringham, is in a serious but not thought to be life threatening condition at Southend Hospital.

"Enquiries are continuing and we are going through CCTV and witnesses statements. However, I would ask anyone who has not spoken to police so far to come forward. They may have seen what happened outside or they may have witnessed something inside the club earlier in the evening.”

– Dc Glen Crosby of Southend CID

The police helicopter was used to search the local area for five men, who witnesses said had left the scene after the incident.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Dc Glen Crosby at Southend CID via Essex Police 101 or they can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Driver in hospital after acid attack

A man from Rayleigh in Essex is in hospital after acid was thrown in his face following a row with another motorist.

Essex Police said he had originally been involved in a "short verbal exchange" with another driver at at the Rayleigh Weir roundabout on 3rd June.

The same people had a "further argument" approximately 15 minutes later on Kingsmere in Thundersley during which the acid was thrown in his face.

A 30-year-old woman and a 28-year-old have been arrested on suspicion of assault . They are on police bail pending further inquiries.

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