Essex County Council building evacuated
Essex Police established a cordon around an Essex County Council
building in Colchester on Friday, June 29,
2012 following reports of a strange smell in the area and
people feeling unwell.
The building in The Crescent was evacuated and a cordon put in
place to allow colleagues from the Essex County Fire and Rescue
Service to carry out an assessment of the area following a call to
police at 12.40pm.
The fire service has been unable to identify any hazardous
The East of England Ambulance Service has not been able to
identify any particular cause or reason for these people becoming
In total 29 people were assessed at the scene and then went
home, while three were taken to hospital for further
Cordons are now being lifted.
Discussions will now be held with the Health Protection
If anyone who was involved in today’s incident and has a genuine
concern for their health they should ring NHS Direct on 0845 4647
in the first instance to get advice.