It's been announced today that Essex PCC Roger Hirst will take on responsibility of the local fire and rescue service.
RSPCA Says Essex In Top 10 Cruellest Counties
An animal charity says Essex is in the top 10 cruellest places in the country.
The RSPCA says it recieved more than 4,600 complaints of animal cruelty in 2015, placing the county seventh.
The charity says most of the calls it had were about the treatment of dogs, but others related to horses, birds and exotic animals.
Dermot Murphy, Assistant Director for the Inspectorate, said: "People think of dogs as man's best friend but these statistics tell a different story. They are by far the most abused animal in this country and we investigate more complaints related to them than any other species.
"The stories we are telling today show a snapshot of the horrific level of cruelty we have seen in the last year, which have to be some the most extreme cases I have ever heard of".
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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