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Little Egrets flourish in Essex

A Little Egret at Writtle Credit: Writtle College

Recent flooding may have caused problems across the county but one species seems to be enjoying the watery conditions.

At Writtle College near Chelmsford numbers of Little Egret are on the rise and the recent high water levels seem to be encouraging them out into the open.

Due to the fact that it still only breeds at a limited number of sites in this country the Little Egret is on the RSPB’s amber list of birds.

Appeal for witnesses after two fatal collisions

Police in Essex are appealing for witnesses after two fatal collisions on Friday. A male driver, believed to be in his 30s and from Chelmsford, died after his silver Citroen Xsara was in collision with a silver Volkswagen Caddy just before 6.45pm on the A414 Ongar Road in Writtle.

The female driver of the van suffered serious leg injuries and was taken by ambulance to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. In the second collision in Buckhurst Hill a motorbike rider in his 20s died at the scene.

His blue Yamaha was in collision with a black Renault Trafic van outside Monkhams public house, at about 9.50pm. A 33-year-old man from Romford was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and released on bail.

Search for missing Essex man continues

Essex Police is continuing its search for Adam Holgate, 38, who has been missing since Saturday (August 4). Credit: Essex Police

Police are continuing to search the Essex countryside for a man who has been missing since Saturday morning.

38-year-old Adam Holgate's car, a black Seat Ibiza car, was found abandoned on a farm track near Writtle with the engine running. Officers have been searching woods and farmland nearby.