Emergency response police teams have been moved back to Braintree but overall North Essex has lost officers.

In the latest policing shake up- as the force tries to cut £42million from its budget- a 999 response hub has been placed back in the town.

As part of the initial reform in March last year eight hubs had been created with Stanway and Dunmow being the nearest to the district.

But in the two months post reform failures to reach the district’s 999 victims within target rose, with Witham fairing particularly badly as missed targets almost quadrupled.

Other changes brought in on January 10 this year include a dog unit being moved from Dunmow to Braintree, and a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) being based at the town’s police station.

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