Prison van on fire in Chelmsford
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Van carrying prisoners engulfed by flames

19 August 2013 Last updated at 17:26 BST

Three prisoners were left handcuffed by the side of a road after a security van carrying them became engulfed in fire.

Security firm Serco said its van was at the junction of the A414/B181 near Chelmsford when the fire broke out at about 13:00 BST.

The male inmates waited handcuffed to each other for a replacement vehicle to complete their journey from Harlow to court in Chelmsford.