A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
Clacton: Posthumous George Medal For PC Dibell
An off-duty Essex police officer who was shot dead when he tackled a gunman will receive a posthumous George Medal at Buckingham Palace.
Police Constable Ian Dibell was shot after intervening in a dispute near his home in Clacton in July 2012.
His father Colin Dibell will collect the George Medal, which is awarded to civilians for acts of great bravery, from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Pc Dibell is the first officer in the country to receive the award in 21 years and the first ever from Essex.
Also being recognised in the Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony is Lucy Hodges, a blind sailing world champion who will receive an MBE for her services to blind sailing.
The 37-year-old from Rochford has won a number of medals at international sailing championships and last year sailed Lake Windermere solo to help raise money for the British Blind Sailing Team's travel costs to Japan.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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