Proposals for a new multi-million pound widening project on the A12 have gone on show.
Rise In "Handbag Dogs" Put Into Care In Essex
A dog charity has told Heart there has been a rise in the number of so-called "handbag dogs" put into care in Essex.
The Dogs' Trust says it has had nearly 200 handed in to it from around the county over the last two years, and around 11 a month since the beginning of the year.
It says the most common breed is the long haired chiuhaha.
Kate Brewster, from the Dogs' Trust, says she thinks people are trying to copy celebrities: "You see people - Lady Gaga, Miranda Kerr - out with handbag dogs and designer toy breeds, and people don't necessarily think taking on a dog like that will be a life-long commitment.
"People think the smaller breeds aren't going to be as much work as the larger breeds which isn't true, they still require the same care and attention.
"It's even sometimes just a couple weeks after getting the dog that we'll get a call saying 'actually this is quite hardwork, can you take it in for us?'"
Two men have been jailed for a total of 40 years after an aggravated burglary in Essex, where a man was shot.
Anyone with information about an assault on a man in Chelmsford a month ago, which left him with serious head injuries, is being asked to come forward.
Essex's PCC is proposing a 3.25% increase in the Essex Police part of Council Tax.
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