A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Man Guilty Of Smuggling Tilbury Immigrants
A man has been found guilty of smuggling 35 immigrants in to the UK through Tilbury Docks.
35 Afghan Sikhs, including 15 children, were found inside the container at Tilbury Docks on August 16.
A 40-year-old man called Meet Singh Kapoor died during the cramped crossing, and his body was found at docks in Essex.
Four men have been on trial at Basildon Crown Court - all deny organising the operation.
The jury today found Taha Sharif, who is Kurdish and was living in Tottenham, London, guilty of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK, the court confirmed.
Stephen McLaughlin, 34, and Timothy Murphy, 33, both of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Martin McGlinchey, 47, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, all deny the same charge.
The jury hasn't yet reached a verdict on these counts and judge John Lodge said he would now accept a majority verdict.
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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