A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
Basildon: Lightning Strikes Houses
Two houses have caught fire in Basildon after being struck by lightning.
Four crews were called to tackle the flames after lightning started fires in the loft space of the homes on Brimsdowne Avenue.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service said the fires started around 8.10pm last night (Saturday) and werer put out after 20 minutes.
No one was injured.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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