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Fire Service dealt with 500 flood incidents

Essex Fire Service said firefighters and control operators dealt with some 500 flood and weather related incidents and calls from around 3pm yesterday.

Of those more than 400 were from Canvey Island - the worst hit area in the county. Seven pumping appliances focused on the south east corner of the island where the flooding was most severe.

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Heavy downpours flooded homes

A flooded road in Canvey Island Credit: .

Homes and communities in south-east England were flooded after heavy downpours yesterday, with people stranded in vehicles, roads blocked by rising waters and properties damaged by lightning.

Essex Fire and Rescue Service said hundreds of properties were affected in Canvey Island and resources were stretched as crews were called to incidents in Southend, Harlow and Ongar, compounded by striking union members.

IPCC probe council tax arrest death

The police watchdog has assured the family of a man who died after falling from a jetty when he was arrested for not paying council tax that it will hold a "rigorous inquiry".

Steven Bore was arrested on February 17 after two officers went to a houseboat in Canvey Island at around midnight.

As they were escorting the 31-year-old from the boat in Smallgains Marina, he fell about four feet from the jetty onto an embankment.

Mr Bore was taken to hospital in an ambulance but was pronounced dead at around 2.45am.Staff from watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) have met with his family to explain how their investigation is progressing.

Our independent investigation is progressing well and we have assured family members that we will conduct a rigorous inquiry to examine the actions of the police officers in these tragic circumstances.

– IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen