The latest stories from the Essex section of the BBC News web site.
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The lawyer for former N-Dubz singer and X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos asks for an assault charge against her to be dropped.
Ali Carter hoped to take it easy after recovering from cancer. But top-16 rankings, World Championship ambitions and bills got in the way
Police in Essex appear to be opting for a novel way to make their presence felt - by blasting out a rap song from a Chelmsford patrol car.
The East of England Co-operative Society may be separate from the national Co-operative group but it is also facing challenges.
A woman in her 70s is seriously injured as a BMW car crashes into a home in Essex.
Nick Clegg pits his party's "optimism and openness" against the "fears and falsehoods" of isolationists at the launch of the Lib Dem campaign for the European elections.
Fireball world champion Sam Brearey returns to the 470 for the first time in five years in a bid to reach the Olympics.
A teenage boy who carried out a "campaign of rape" against his younger sister is given a 10-year custodial sentence.
A body supporting NHS groups in the eastern region is to fold at the end of September.
England skipper Alastair Cook hits 127 as Essex bat out a draw on the final day against Surrey at The Oval.
Police arrest a 27-year-old man in connection with the murder of a man who was stabbed 102 times in a Colchester park
Small dairy farmers are warning that cut-price milk promotions in supermarkets could put them out of business.
The government is investing £13m to help car-maker Ford to develop more fuel-efficient engines.
The Health and Safety Executive confirms it is investigating how a forklift truck at a port collapsed into a suspected sinkhole.
The British Horseracing Authority will asses separate applications from Chelmsford and Newcastle for the 2015 calendar.
Essex head coach Paul Grayson says big-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder could prove to be a "box office" signing.
Tourist attractions across the East of England benefit from a late Easter bank holiday and good weather to more than double year-on-year visitor numbers.
Skipper Graeme Smith makes 65 as Surrey reply to Essex's 306 all out with 217-6 on day three at The Oval.
The mystery of an escaped ostrich-like bird called a rhea has a new lead.