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Essex Police sack two officers following criminal convictions

The two men were dismissed with immediate effect following disciplinary hearings Credit: Essex Police

A force has sacked two police officers after they were convicted of criminal offences.

PC Stephen Tilley from Rayleigh in Essex, was given a 22-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, after being convicted of misconduct in public office last month.

The offence related to him sending an "intimate" image to a woman he met while on duty.

Chief Inspector Ben Hodder, 34, from Thurrock, was given a six-month jail term, suspended for two years, after admitting one count of making indecent images of children last week.

Today Essex Police Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh ordered that both men be dismissed with immediate effect following disciplinary hearings.



Father found dead in Tesco car park 'had been there for a month'

A father found dead in the back seat of his car at Tesco had been there for a month. An inquest heard how the body of 50-year-old Behar Brace was only discovered when a cleaner at the Gallow's Corner branch in east London reported a bad smell.

London 24 says Behar Brace had problems with alcohol and gambling and had previously tried to kill himself.

Our sympathies are with the gentleman’s family and friends. We’re sorry the vehicle wasn’t noticed sooner and are looking into the matter.

– Tesco statement

Man attacked and robbed in Grays

A man has been robbed of a three figure sum of cash as he walked along a street in Grays.

Essex Police believe the victim was hit over the head by five or six men who attacked him.

It happened near the roundabout of Sherfield and Argent Street by Grays Riverside Park at around 12.20am on Sunday 22 March.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact CID at Grays on 101.

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