Two dead horses are found dumped by the roadside at two separate locations in the area, leading to concerns being voiced over animal welfare as many owners face financial pressure.
One of the horses was found on School Road between Stanford Rivers and Toot Hill while the other was discovered at Banks Lane, close to Gaynes Park.
Police reveal that a scam in which one victim lost more than £5,000 to fraudsters has spread locally with reports of more than 20 cases in the west Essex area in the last two months.
The scam in which telephone callers pose as police to trick, or attempt to trick elderly victims into revealing their banks details is steadily increasing.
Car thieves are targeting Toot Hill once again with several vehicles being taken from the village within the past two months.
In the latest episode, a Ford eight-seat minibus was taken from the parking bays in front of Barnmead. It follows another two incidents when Land Rovers where stolen from outside properties at The Moat and Epping Road.
It is understood the vehicles may have been stolen to order by gangs who export them to eastern Europe.
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