Talks to reach a settlement between fire chiefs and unions in Essex have failed.
The conciliation service Acas met with both sides yesterday over threats of strike action over changes to working practices. At the moment the first walk out will take place on Thursday.
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Spring has arrived as the sun comes out and temperatures rise to 16ºC by Saturday
There'll be a lot of cloud at first this morning but the sun should break through in many places this afternoon.
The cloudy skies will remain tonight but at least temperatures will stay frost-free.