A man has been convicted of conspiring to murder his stepfather in a dispute over the sale of the family home in Colchester.
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".
People in Essex are being asked to vote for Princes Alexandra Hospital's children's ward to be the winner of a competition to get a new state of the art cinema.
The Cliffs Pavilion has confirmed the stars heading to Essex for this year's festive panto, Jack and the Beanstalk.
Anglian Water has become the first water company to trial thermal imaging drones to detect leaking water pipes.
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