It's been announced today that Essex PCC Roger Hirst will take on responsibility of the local fire and rescue service.
Murder Investigation Launched After Waltham Abbey Shooting
A murder investigation has started after a man was shot in broad daylight in Waltham Abbey.
Police were called to reports of a man seen with a gun and then shots being fire in the car park of the Marriott Hotel on Old Shire Lane at around 9.50am.
Officers found a man in his 20s injured. He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.
The road has been closed at the junction of Honey Lane and is expected to stay that way for much of today.
An Essex Police statement said: "Armed officers have secured the location and detectives are currently speaking to witnesses to establish the exact circumstances of what has happened.
"No-one has been arrested at this time and enquiries are on-going. Essex Police are also liaising with the Metropolitan Police and other surrounding police forces".
"Chief Superintendent Luke Collison said: "Essex Police has mobilised a number of officers including armed units in response to this incident. At this time there is no evidence to suggest that there is any threat to the wider public or any link to terrorism.
"We will be constantly reassessing the information we receive as the investigation progresses to ensure that the safety of the public remains paramount.
"If anyone was at the hotel or in the area of Old Shire Lane area at the time of the shooting and has information of use to our enquiry I would urge them to contact us on 101."
A chief Essex medic has told Heart all local councils and CCGs are now coming together to tackle mental health.
Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
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