A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Essex Coastguard Closure Confirmed
Ministers have confirmed the coastguard centre at Walton-on-the-Naze is one of eight around the UK to close by 2015.
Co-ordination centres will also be shut cat Swansea, Portland in Dorset, Clyde and Forth in Scotland, Liverpool, Great Yarmouth and Brixham in Devon, with a loss of 159 jobs.
But shipping minister Mike Penning insisted the changes would result in a "modernised, nationally networked, fully resilient'' service.
A new central Maritime Operations Centre (MOC) will be located at Fareham in Hampshire, Mr Penning said in a statement to MPs.
The blueprint confirmed today significantly waters down the Government's original closure plans, but shadow shipping minister Jim Fitzpatrick said: "I have no doubt these proposals are at least partly driven by financial constraints.''
He added: "In a number of communities out there now there will be real disappointment and even anger today.''
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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