More than half a billion pounds for social care across Essex but an extra 3% council tax levy will pay for it.
Billericay: Dangerous Chemicals Stolen
Thieves who stole a barrel containing chemicals are being urged not to open it and to call the police instead.
The drum was taken from a dry-cleaners on Western Road in Billericay this afternoon.
It contains a liquid called Percoethylene which Essex Police have said is dangerous if inhaled or ends up being dumped in the waterways.
Anyone who spots a blue metal drum is being urged not to touch it or its contents and to contact Essex Police immediately on 999.
Tendring praised for support to those affected by flooding threats.
Flood-threatened residents have expressed relief on Essex's coast as a feared storm surge failed to deliver the chaos expected.
Evacuees escaping a predicted high tide and severe weather, which could cause mass flooding in a small Essex village, have begun arriving at a rest centre.
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