A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Colchester: Tributes To Murdered Mum
The family of a woman found murdered in her Colchester home have paid tribute to a "beautiful person and caring mum''.
Mother-of-one Kirsty Humphrey, 23, was pronounced dead at her flat in Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, Essex, last Wednesday morning.
Essex Police said she had been stabbed to death.
Her mother Nicky Humphrey issued a statement on behalf of her and her partner, Michael Plane.
It said: "A light went out the day when Kirsty died. She was a beautiful person who was happy and always smiling. Kirsty loved her baby daughter so much and was a truly caring mum who always put her first.
"Kirsty wasn't just my daughter, she was my best friend and I am so proud to have been her mother.
"The lives of my family and friends have been shattered, along with Kirsty's friends, and will never be the same again.
"None of us will ever recover from this tragedy, our lives are changed forever. But in your memory we will care, guide and look after your darling daughter who is so much like you.
"We will tell her about you every day.''
Her sister Danni Humphrey and stepbrother Jake Plane added their tributes, saying she had an amazing personality and would be sadly missed.
Miss Humphrey's ex-partner Paul Czapla, 24, of Queen Elizabeth Way, Colchester, has been charged with murder.
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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