A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Colchester Murders Trial Due To Start
The trial is due to start today of a teenager charged with murdering James Attfield and Nahid Almanea in Colchester.
33 year-old James was found with more than 100 stab wounds in Castle Park in the early hours of Saturday, 29 March 2014. He later died in hospital.
31 year-old student Nahid, who was from Saudi Arabia, was attacked in broad daylight while walking to the University of Essex on the Salary Brook Trail on Tuesday, 17 June.
The teenager was arrested in May last year and in January admitted killing both James and Nahid, pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.
He denies murder however, and is due to stand trial at Guilford Crown Court.
The trial is expected to last just over a week.
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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