A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Miniature Ponies Make Break For Freedom
Three miniature ponies have made a break for freedom in Essex after would-be thieves tried to steal them.
Police say someone tried to steal the three miniature Shetland ponies from a field in St Mary's Lane in West Horndon near Brentwood.
Between 10am and 10.30am on Monday, March 12, it is believed that suspects tried to steal the ponies by getting them into a van, and they escaped.
They have since been recovered after roaming for more than 24-hours in a country park in Brentwood.
Insp Neil Barrett from Essex Police said: "This has caused a considerable amount of stress and upset for the owner, who has been looking for the ponies since they went missing. We are keen to speak to anyone that was in the area at the time that may have seen this van or know who is responsible. Thankfully the ponies were unharmed, but it could have turned out very differently."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police at Grays police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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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