A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Brentwood: Two Jailed For Pig Cruelty
Two slaughtermen from Essex caught on camera stubbing cigarettes out on pigs' faces and hitting them with a baton have been jailed.
Piotr Andrzej Wasiuta, 30, of Cecil Court, Jones Close, Southend, was locked up for six weeks.
His colleague Kelly Smith, 40, a father-of-three, of Church Road, Hadleigh, Benfleet, was jailed for four weeks after hitting the pigs with a "slapper".
He hit one pig 30 times in 62 seconds.
The duo were captured on film by the animal rights' group Animal Aid abusing the pigs at Cheale Meats at Orchard Farm in Little Warley, Brentwood, during March and April last year.
Wasiuta admitted three charges, and Smith admitted two, of causing unnecessary suffering under the Animal Welfare Act.
The chairman of the bench, John Newgas, told the men their behaviour was gratuitous.
Animal Aid's Head of Campaigns, Kate Fowler said: "We are satisfied that Wasiuta and Smith have now been brought to justice.
"Their acts of cruelty were inexcusable and caused untold suffering to animals who were already scared and vulnerable."
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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