A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Chigwell: Couple Homeless After Flat Fire
An investigation is now underway following a fire in Chigwell which has left a couple homeless.
The blaze broke out at around 3:30am today (Tuesday May 29th) in a first floor flat in Copperfield.
The fire was extinguished by 4:30am.
Leading Firefighter Darren Waite from Loughton fire station said:
"The fire had started in a first floor flat, the residents had called 999 and got safely out of the flat before the arrival of the fire service. The building contained eight flats and smoke had affected some of the neighbouring properties.
"The crews quick actions prevented the fire from spreading to the other flats.
"Crews made a check of the adjacent flats to make sure that everyone was accounted for and led to safety a woman from one of the flats. Fortunately no one was hurt at the incident.
"The couple who lived in the flat where the fire had started have been made homeless following the fire."
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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