Water leak disrupts computer systems at Essex Police HQ

PUBLISHED: 12:28 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 14:19 17 June 2016

Essex Police HQ in Springfield, Chelmsford

Essex Police HQ in Springfield, Chelmsford


A water leak has caused disruption to computer systems at Essex Police headquarters.

The leak has occurred in a building housing servers at the HQ in Springfield.

Police said their systems are operational, but people wanting to report non-emergency crimes or incidents may experience minor delays on the 101 number.

There may also be delays in officers making contact following the report.

Emergency 999 calls are unaffected.

Engineers are on site, and contingency plans put in place to prioritise the most urgent calls, the force added.

Essex Police has also apologised for any inconvenience caused.

The force is planning to sell its HQ site under transformation plans from the police and crime commissioner.

A new headquarters building was planned under previous commissioner Nick Alston, though newly elected commissioner Roger Hirst has indicated support for a merger with the county’s fire brigade HQ at Kelvedon Park.

Have you been affected by the phone delays? Email will.lodge@archant.co.uk.

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