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Homes in Uttlesford to be protected from flooding

Uttlesford properties to be protected Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A flooding hotspot in the Uttlesford area of Essex is to benefit from a portion of £19 million of funding for flood protection schemes.

Eight schemes are set to take place across Essex in the next five years. The first area to benefit will be Old Mead Lane in Henham which is notorious for flooding during heavy wet weather.

The work will include replacing pipes and installing brick walls and ditch work around homes. The second phase will install a series of flood fences and flood gates to the previously flooded properties.

"After identifying a number of flood protection schemes across the county, we are really pleased to be making a start on helping homeowners to further protect their properties from flooding.

“The village of Henham is the first of many to be progressed forward and we look forward to embarking on more protection schemes in the future.”

– Cllr Roger Hirst, Essex County Council

100 years on from Little Chesterford fire

An exhibition is running in the village hall Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's the hundred year anniversary of the Little Chesterford fire today and the Essex village is holding a week of events, including exhibitions in the village hall and church.

The fire took hold of thatched roofs and destroyed half the village

The fire destroyed nearly half the houses in the village and is believed to have been caused by sparks from a steam track engine.


Eleven burglaries over Christmas in small part of Essex

Essex Police are increasing patrols after eleven homes were burgled in Uttlesford over Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Five took place in Stansted Mountfitchet, five in Clavering and one in Rickling Green

Stolen items from these houses included a Kindle, Apple iPads, Apple ipods, Apple iPhone, jewellery, a camcorder and money.

Insp Colin Cox said: "We will be increasing our patrols in the areas which have been hit and investigating the circumstances to try and trace those responsible.

"I would ask residents to aware of any suspicious happenings in their area and report anything as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.