A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Braintree MP Quits After Sex Scandal Allegations
Just hours before the Conservative party conference starts, Braintree MP, Brooks Newmark, has resigned over allegations he sent explicit photos of himself to an undercover reporter.
Cabinet Office minister Brooks Newmark has resigned as minister for civil society after reportedly sending explicit pictures of himself online to an undercover newspaper reporter in a tabloid sting.
The Tory MP for Braintree stepped down after learning that the Sunday Mirror was about to publish details of their exchanges.
In a statement the Braintree MP says he remained "a loyal supporter of this government".
His resignation comes hours after fellow Tory MP Mark Reckless said he was quitting the party to join UKIP.
A Downing Street spokesman said Prime Minister David Cameron had accepted Mr Newmark's resignation as a minister.
Mr Newmark, 56, said: "I have decided to resign as minister for civil society having been notified of a story to be published in a Sunday newspaper.
"I would like to appeal for the privacy of my family to be respected at this time.
"I remain a loyal supporter of this Government as its long term economic plan continues to deliver for the British people."
Mr Newmark, who has been the MP for Braintree since 2005, became minister for civil society in July.
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A five-year-old boy has suffered life-threatening injuries when a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.
A man who set a fire on the ninth floor of a block of flats in Southend, killing a neighbour and her unborn child, has been made subject of a hospital order.
Heart can reveal since so called 'legal highs' were banned last May - Essex Police have made 9 arrests relating to the supply or possession of the drugs.
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