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Essex firefighters start three days of strikes

Firefighters and 999 operators in Essex are starting three days of strike action today over cuts to frontline staff.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out in protest at plans to cut up to 200 jobs. The service says back up plans will be in place but is warning people to take extra care.

Alex Chinn-Shaw is from the Fire Brigades Union.

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Police searching for young dad Bradley Arthur find a body

Police searching for young dad Bradley Arthur, who's been missing since News Year's Day, have found a body.

Bradley Arthur Credit: Essex Police

Officers say the body has yet to be identified, but the search for the 24-year-old has been suspended. Bradley’s family has been told.

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Bradley, who lived in Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, was last seen at a house party at around 4am on New Year's day.

He had been celebrating with friends at Orsett Hall. Police say the body was found in a ditch off Manor Road in Grays.

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Photos show coffins being lifted from church graves

Photos show coffins being lifted from church graves during a previous building works. Credit: Michael Cartlidge

Images passed to ITV London appear to show photographic evidence of remains being removed from graves at Loughton Baptist Church in Essex.

Photos show coffins being lifted from church graves during a previous building works. Credit: Michael Cartlidge

The images were taken during previous building works for nursery not from the reported new build of a vicar's home.

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