Essex's PCC is proposing a 3.25% increase in the Essex Police part of Council Tax.
Paddle Steamer Marks Pier Reopening
An Essex pier hit by a barge in high winds and heavy swell reopens today (Saturday).
Southend Pier - the world's longest pleasure pier - was hit by a contractor's barge tethered to the structure on September 6th.
A half-mile exclusion zone had been established because of the possibility of debris falling from the damaged area.
The Waverley, which is the only remaining sea-going paddle steamer in the world, will visit Southend to mark the occasion.
There will also be a two-day busking festival which will feature performances from local musicians.
Essex one of the top ten places in the country for calls to the RSPCA about organised dog fighting.
Essex's Police and Crime Commissioner is launching a new initiative to prevent youngsters being exploited by gangs.
Abellio selling 40% of the Greater Anglia rail franchise.
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