A man from Colchester who befriended and sexually abused a young child has been jailed for seven years.
Essex Children's Centre Cuts Set To Be Approved
Plans which would see huge cuts to the number of children's centres in Essex look set to be approved.
Under the proposals the number of children's centres - where services are provided fulltime - would be cut from 37 to 12.
They would be called 'Family Hubs' and there would be one based in each district.
In addition, the number of 'delivery sites' - which provide services part time - would be reduced from 38 to 25.
This is despite the results of a consultation showing the public broadly is against the plans.
Essex County Council said: "The new way of working will give greater flexibility to practitioners, allowing them to respond to the needs of families and to allow work with families where they want to receive support, for example in their homes or in clinics or play areas etc.
"Being more flexible and more innovative in the way in which services and support are delivered will allow providers to increase the engagement with priority groups and those with whom the system currently fails to effectively reach".
The proposals will be voted on by the County Council's cabinet this morning.
A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
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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