Essex one of the top ten places in the country for calls to the RSPCA about organised dog fighting.
Ill Traveller Loses Appeal
Elderly traveller Mary Flynn has lost her appeal court bid to challenge her eviction from the Dale Farm site.
The case was heard as hundreds of residents, bolstered by supporters, barricaded themselves inside the illegal site at Crays Hill near Basildon to resist the mass clearance of the site.
Mrs Flynn, 72, suffers breathing problems and uses an electric nebuliser and has been a crucial protagonist in the bid to stop the clearance.
Her counsel, Stephen Cottle, said today that she was ``too frail'' to be evicted, and "dispossessing'' her of her land would be "disproportionate'' under human rights laws.
But Lord Justice Pill rejected the arguments. He dismissed Mrs Flynn's application for permission to appeal against a High Court judge's refusal last month to grant a temporary injunction to halt or delay the evictions.
Essex's Police and Crime Commissioner is launching a new initiative to prevent youngsters being exploited by gangs.
Abellio selling 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
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