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Police 'concerned' for mother with young baby

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.

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.

– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Hall, Essex Police

Man hunted after Essex stabbing

Richard Frost and Kay Phillips. Credit: Essex Police

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

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Dog killed in training paired with handler 'for four years'

Baron had been paired with his handler for the last four years. Essex Police says they had made many arrests together:

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.

– Essex Police statement

Police dog dies after falling from roof during exercise

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.

Baron, a five-year-old German Shepherd, who died yesterday Credit: Essex Police

Police launch manhunt after robber flees court

Police are looking for Ricky Kerry after he fled the court dock Credit: Essex Police

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.

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Essex Police 'must do more to protect women from domestic abuse'

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.

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HMIC: More action need to tackle domestic violence

Domestic abuse is a very serious crime, as the tragic cases of Maria Stubbings, Christine Chambers, her two-year-old daughter Shania and Jeanette Goodwin demonstrate. And it's absolutely vital the police get the handling of these cases right for victims.

Essex Police should be recognised for taking the positive step of asking for this issue to be reviewed, and the force has taken a number of important steps to address how domestic abuse cases are handled.

However, there is still more work to do to ensure that victims get the best possible service from their force.

– Zoe Billingham, HM Inspector of Constabulary
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Essex Police 'committed on tackling domestic violence'

This report recognises the substantial steps that have been taken to make sure suspects are arrested at the earliest opportunity, that calls are dealt with quickly and that intelligence is developed to identify those at greatest risk.

But I also recognise that it highlights several areas where we need to streamline our processes, improve communication, and provide a better service to victims.

There has been some really positive work done so far and I have already acknowledged that there is still much work to be done.

We are very conscious that we must get our response right every single time.

We are committed to helping victims of domestic abuse and we would urge anyone suffering at the hands of a violent offender to contact us immediately.

– Essex Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh
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