It's been announced today that Essex PCC Roger Hirst will take on responsibility of the local fire and rescue service.
Two Charged Over Southend Stabbing
Two men have been charged over a stabbing in Southend that has left a teenager in critical condition in hospital.
A 19 year-old man from London was found with a stab wound to his chest on Napier Avenue at around 2.15pm on Saturday, 13 February.
21 year-old Troy Lewis, from, Odessa Road in London, and 25 year-old Nathan Sylvester, from Cornwallis Gardens in Hastings in East Sussex were both arrested.
Lewis has now been charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.
Sylvester has been charged with grievous bodily harm.
Both men are due at Southend Magistrates' Court this morning.
Essex Police says it is still looking for a third man.
He is described as "having an olive skinned complexion, 5ft 10ins tall, with closely cropped hair. He wore a black puffa jacket, black hooded top, blue jeans and black trainers".
Detective Inspector Danny Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "The incident happened in a busy residential area at the junction of Napier Avenue and Queens Road.
"We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened or has any information that could assist with the investigation".
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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