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.
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.
A police dog has died during a training exercise in Essex. Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd working for Essex Police, was taking part in the exercise with his handler at a disused building near Chelmsford yesterday when he fell from a flat roof.
Police have launched a manhunt after a 19-year-old fled a court dock as a judge was about to send him to jail.
Unemployed Ricky Kerry ran from the dock at Southend Crown Court after being sentenced to 28 months in prison for robbery, Essex Police said.
A spokesman added: "He made off on foot at just after 12.45pm in the direction of Baxter Avenue. He was wearing a grey tracksuit and has brown eyes."
It is understood that Kerry, of Jones Close, Southend, escaped through heavy double doors at the entrance to the court and down two flights of stairs.
Security guards chased him but could not catch him.
Police said Kerry was being sentenced for a robbery in Sutton Road, Southend, in April in which he punched a man and took his mobile phone.
Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101.
Essex Police has been told it must do more to protect women from abusive partners.
It follows strong criticism of the way the force handled three cases, in which women died. Maria Stubbings, Christine Chambers and Jeanette Goodwin were all murdered by their ex-partners.
Essex Police says it is committed to helping victims of domestic abuse and acknowledges that more needs to be done to streamline processes and improve communication.