A five-year-old boy has suffered life-threatening injuries when a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.
Rape Reports In Essex Double Since 2010
The number of reports of rape to Essex Police have nearly doubled in the last five years, according to figures released this morning.
A report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary shows there were almost 900 in 2014/15, up from nearly 450 in 2010/11.
The figures also show almost a third of reports last year were for offences against children.
Essex Police says the rise shows more people are confident about coming forward to report crimes however.
Detective Chief Inspector Scott Cannon said: "Things like serial rapists and stranger rapes remain extremely rare.
"A large number of these offences are historical and are happening in domestic abuse environments.
"They will continue to increase and we will continue to support victims and ensure we continue to properly investigate these crimes.
"There is every likelihood that those number of offences will continue to increase for the foreseeable future.
"That will be viewed a success. The more people who come forward to report these offences, the more chances we have to identify offenders and bring them to justice".
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.
Prince Harry's visited Epping Forest as part of a conservation project. See the pictures here.
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