A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Essex Footballer Raises Cash For Japan
Takumi Ake is raising money for the British Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan.
The Chelmsford City midfielder has described the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear explosions in his home country as "like something out of a film."
Although his family and friends are fine, the 26-year-old's set up the 'Tako Fund' to do what he could to help.
Tak said: "Since the earthquake happened I've been thinking about the ways I can help Japan. I'm fortunate enough to play football in this difficult time. Everyone's behind me and it's an absolutely amazing feeling."
More than £2,000 has already been raised via www.justgiving.com/tako
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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