A police officer has been dismissed from Essex Police for gross misconduct after admitting criminal offences.
Woman Killed In M11 Crash
A woman has been killed and two people are seriously hurt in crash following a crash on the M11 in Essex.
Drivers have been told to avoid a section of the motorway linking London with Cambridge after the serious crash, which happened at around 3.30pm.
The 79-year-old female victim, who was a passenger in the car, has died.
Essex Police say a man and a woman who were in the vehicle have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Officers initially believed the crash had involved several vehicles, due to the amount of debris on a stretch of the M11 near Epping in Essex.
However they have now said only a heavy goods vehicle and a car collided.
Specialist officers are currently at the scene, on the southbound carriageway between junctions six and seven.
The police spokesman said: "It is a serious collision, and there have been serious injuries.
A woman who was a passenger in the car has died. Two other people who were in the vehicle have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.''
The northbound carriageway has also been closed so an air ambulance can land.
Drivers are being advised to avoid the area, with the road expected to be at least partially closed until 10pm.
Peter from Braintree, who drove past the scene, told Heart: "It's the first time I've ever seen them put screens up to shield an accident.
"Cloths have also been thrown over the top of cars to cover-up what's happened inside.
"There are just pieces of cars everywhere.
"It's taken me more than an hour to get past the accident scene."
A five-year-old boy has suffered life-threatening injuries when a suspected learner driver crashed into him in Saffron Walden.
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.
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