A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
More Help For Sex Abuse Victims In Southend
A new dedicated helpline is now running in Southend to support victims of sexual abuse.
It's the first time the town's had one since the 1990s with the nearest centre up until now in Thurrock.
SOS Rape Crisis has been set up to help support and offer free counselling to women and girls over the age of 14 who have been the victim of sexual assault or violence.
They now have a telephone helpline running on Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings.
Kate Harriss from SOS Rape Crisis told Heart: "We're expecting to receive around 300 calls in the first year of operation.
We're now looking for more volunteers so we can extend the service further on more days in the week.
The helpline number for anyone needing support is 01702 303232"
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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