A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Church Warden From Loughton Jailed For Defrauding Millions
A former church warden who defrauded friends and fellow parishioners out of £5.3 million has been jailed.
Patrick Coppeard, 49, admitted fraud by false representation between 2008 and 2013 while he was church warden at St John's in Buckhurst Hill, Essex.
Today he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court where he was jailed for six years, Essex Police said.
Investigating officer Detective Constable John Vickers said: ``Coppeard preyed on his closest friends and family for his own gain.
``He has devastated the lives of a considerable number of people.''
Many of his 62 victims were in court to hear him sent to prison.
The former employee of Merrill Lynch investment bank was arrested last year after voluntarily attending a police station.
It is understood Coppeard, of Spring Grove, Loughton, has since stood down from his position with the church.
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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