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The mother of a six-month-old boy with Down's Syndrome has spoken of the human impact a planned mass eviction of travellers will have.

Oil site blaze under control

A major blaze at a waste oil storage site was brought under control today after more than 60 firefighters worked through the night.

Will Hawkes: T20 faces make-or-break season after overkill and decline in 2010

County Focus: A cup that once appeared to offer a lifeline to the domestic set-up is more likely to hasten its demise

Huhne file is sent to prosecutors

Essex Police will this week send a case file to prosecutors in the case against the Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, over allegations that he persuaded his estranged wife, Vicky Pryce, to accept three penalty points for speeding on his behalf.

Chris Huhne and ex-wife questioned by police

The Energy Secretary Chris Huhne was interviewed by police yesterday over allegations he tried to evade punishment for speeding.

Police quiz two in Chris Huhne investigation

Police investigating allegations that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne tried to evade punishment for speeding carried out two interviews today.

Police name shooting victim

A man found lying in the street with fatal gunshot wounds was named today, as police arrested a third person in connection with his murder.

Huhne awaits police probe decision

Police will decide this week whether to investigate claims that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne asked another person to take driving penalty points on his behalf for a speeding offence.

Will Chelsea be the new Essex?

Is Britain ready for a series looking at the lives of the young and privileged?

Crossrail close to new chief

Final interviews have taken place for the top job at Crossrail, the £15bn Heathrow-to-Essex rail link, with project programme director Andy Mitchell among the remaining candidates.

Two dead in M11 coach crash

Two people have been killed and several others injured in a crash between a lorry and a coach.

Minor British Institutions: Essex

Is there a county with a readier, headier image than Essex? No. Essex is brash-blonde-bling, a shining cypher for uncomplicated pursuits like shopping, football and nail polishing. Is it really like that? In parts, but then so is Yorkshire.

Stevens skittles Essex after Northeast ton

Kent's Sam Northeast and Durham's Dale Benkenstein registered the first centuries of the Championship season.

Conservative council votes to evict travellers

A Conservative-controlled council has voted to spend millions of pounds of public money evicting travellers from an unauthorised site.

Jack Tweed in court over bar scuffle

The widower of reality TV star Jade Goody appeared in court today accused of using threatening and abusive behaviour.

Business Diary: Essex today, the world tomorrow

Taco Bell's expansion into Britain continues – its target is to have opened 100 stores in this country within five years. Just one question: are they all going to be in Essex? The first Taco Bell in the UK opened earlier this year at the Lakeside shopping centre. Restaurant number two is being opened just down the road in Basildon. Where next for the spicy food folk: Colchester, Saffron Walden or Harlow? And why does Essex have a particular liking for Mexican meals?

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