Winners of Essex Police photography competition revealed

Beach huts at Mersea, pictured by Martin Newman

Beach huts at Mersea, pictured by Martin Newman - Credit: Archant

Winners of an Essex Police photography competition have seen their work on display at the force’s revamped control room.

Almost 1,000 images of the county were submitted in the competition, of which 20 were chosen.

The refurbishment of the control room included replacement of internal and external electrical and data cables and power supplies which keep the room running in the event of a power cut, as well as replacing the floor and furniture were also replaced.

Chief Inspector Jonathan Baldwin said: “The photographs are all of an incredibly high standard.

“There are more than 300 force control room staff who perform an essential role 24 hours a day to ensure the public in Essex are kept safe. The old control room had been in continuous use for almost 20 years.

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“It is important the working environment for the operators is pleasant as well as functional.

“Giving these images of Essex pride of place in the control room will remind our staff of the county they serve every day.”

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Among the winners from north Essex were:

• Jon Dawrant from Clacton, for a picture of Walton.

• Martin Newman from Colchester, with a photo of beach huts at Mersea.

• Guy Gibson from Colchester, with a picture of Wivenhoe.

• Andrea Abbott from Braintree, for a picture of the A12 at Boreham.

• Alex Sheppard from Boxted, with an image of an anchor outside the Harwich Lighthouse Museum.

• Tim Bees from Brightlingsea, for his picture of Bateman’s Tower in the town.

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