Following a report into the failings of Essex Police in dealing with domestic violence the HMIC have published a series of recommendations.
Police investigating the Harlow house fire in which a man lost his wife and five children think the home may have been burgled beforehand.
Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death at a house party.
A police officer has been arrested in connection with an investigation into an allegation of a sexual offence.
The man has been suspended from his post, Essex Police said.
– ESSEX POLICE SPOKESMAN
On Thursday May the eighth Essex Police arrested a man in connection with an investigation into an allegation of a sexual offence.
I can confirm that that man is a police officer. And I can also confirm that that officer has been suspended from his post pending the outcome of the investigation.
The police spokesman would not say whether or not the alleged sexual offence involved a minor.
He also said it is not Essex Police policy to confirm the names of suspects who have not been charged with an offence.
Nobody else has been arrested in connection with the investigation and it is an "ongoing inquiry".
Police are searching for a man armed with a gun, who assaulted a milkman in Leigh, Essex. The milkman was approached while at his van around 3:30am in Willow Close. The suspect demanded money and when the victim refused to hand it over, the offender hit him on the head and ran off.
He is described as being around 5ft 8ins tall wearing a white jumper and a crash helmet with graffiti style writing on it. The victim was not injured but was left shaken.
Police are asking anyone who recognises this jewellery to come forward. The rings and chain were found discarded on the garden wall of a house in Wimborne Road, Southend. Officers suspect it may have been stolen in a burglary but haven't been able to match them to any known break-in.
Anyone who recognises the items should call Southend Police Station.
PC Notley broke down in tears today as she was jailed for four months for falsely claiming that prosecutors had dropped a rape case.
PC Hannah Notley told the alleged victim, as well as her superiors, that the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to pursue the case, when she had never passed the file to them in the first place.
Notley, who had taken on detective duties working as a sexual offences-trained officer at Essex Police CID, was jailed at Southwark Crown Court, after previously pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office between July 6 2011 and April 21 2012.
PC Hannah Notley from Benfleet in Essex, cried in the dock at Inner London Crown Court last month as she pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in a public office.
The 30 year old failed to correct the assumption of her superiors at Essex Police that the case had been investigated and passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service.
She then told the complainant, whose alleged attacker is currently awaiting trial, that it had been decided that no further action would be taken.
She will be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court today.
One man has died and another is in hospital after a shooting at a house in Orsett in Essex. Police were called to the property just after 3pm. The injured man is being treated for gunshot wounds and his condition is not yet known.
A firearm was recovered from the property and police aren't looking for anyone else.
Essex Police have appealed for a mother with a young five-month-old baby to get in touch, as they attempt to find her partner following the death of a man in Chemsford.
Kay Phillips is thought to be travelling with her partner Richard Frost, who officers want to question after a teenager was hit by a car and then stabbed.
– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hall, Essex Police
I am becoming increasingly concerned for the wellbeing and safety of Kay and the baby.
I believe Kay to be a loving and caring mother, but she is currently in circumstances where she has no access to money, has no stable environment and lacks the support of her family.
Her family are deeply concerned and wish her to make contact with police at the earliest opportunity. I would appeal to Kay to go with the baby to her nearest police station.
Police investigating an alleged attempted murder are searching for a 35-year-old man.
Richard Frost is believed to have been at the scene of an incident in Chelmsford, Essex, earlier this month when a 17-year-old boy was allegedly run down by a BMW car and then stabbed twice.
Mr Frost is thought to be travelling in East Anglia with his partner Kay Phillips, 26, and their five-month old son.
Police say Mr Frost has a leg injury and may be using crutches.
He's 5ft 8ins tall, of medium build and has pierced ears and tattoos on his hands.
Miss Phillips is about 5ft 4in tall, with blue eyes and shoulder-length or long dyed blonde hair.
Police are urging members of the public to come forward with any information by calling 0800 0961233 or 0207 1580197
– Superintendent Steve Johnson, Essex Police
As a former member of the dog unit myself, I know the strong bond between a police officer and his dog.
Whilst they are working dogs, they also become a close and important member of the police officer's family. This is a very sad occasion.
Baron had been paired with his handler for the last four years. Essex Police says they had made many arrests together:
– Essex Police statement
He was injured and taken immediately to a veterinary practice but sadly he had to be put to sleep.
The circumstances surrounding this tragic incident are currently being reviewed.
Baron's handler and family are understandably very upset.