THICK black smoke was seen billowing over Rochford tonight after a huge fire broke out.

Firefighters are tackling a fire at a recycling centre in Purdeys Way, Rochford.

Crews from Southend and Leigh were initially sent to the scene.

On arrival, firefighters requested a further three crews from Rochford, Hawkwell and Shoeburyness fire stations to assist with the fire, which was affecting approximately 100 tonnes of refuse.

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Firefighters are extinguishing the fire in sections.

A spokesman for Essex County Fire & Rescue Service said: "If you live nearby, please keep your windows and doors shut as lots of smoke is coming from the scene."

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