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Murder inquiry launched after man dies from stabbing

Pyenest Road. Credit: Google Street View

A murder inquiry has been launched after man died following a suspected stabbing, Essex Police say.

We believe the victim had walked up the pathway, where he was found, from Southern Way and was attacked close to Holly Field near the Pyenest Road end of the track.

A forensic post-mortem will be carried out in the near future to establish the cause of death but all the information we currently have suggests our victim has been stabbed and this is a murder enquiry.

– Detective chief inspector Marina Ericson, from Essex Police’s serious crime directorate, speaking to the Evening Standard


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.

Policeman held over 'sex offence'

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.

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".

Armed man assaults milkman in Essex

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 recover jewellery stash in Southend

The collection of jewellery found in Southend Credit: Essex Police

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.

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