"Have fun in a safe environment" is Essex Police's message to festival-goers this year as Chelmsford gears up for the V Festival.
Hornchurch: Man Charged With Pensioner's Murder
A man has been charged with the murder of an elderly woman who was attacked in her home in Hornchurch.
77-year-old Rosemary Shearman was found by neighbours in Platford Green on Tuesday (3 September).
A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had now authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Thomas Blazquez, 50, with her murder.
The alarm was raised after a taxi driver called at Ms Shearman's address by appointment on Tuesday morning as she was due to go on holiday.
When the taxi driver received no response he contacted neighbours who entered the address at around midday before calling the emergency services.
Blazquez will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court today (Monday 9 September).
Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals could soon become one under plans to merge.
Two fairground workers have pleaded not guilty to charges they face over the death of a school girl on a bouncy castle in Essex.
An aircraft hangar has been damaged in a blaze at Southend Airport.
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