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Crash on A12 near Chelmsford - pic: Colin Shead ‏@SgtColinShead

Breaking UPDATED: A12 closed in both directions after crash, southbound expected to open soon, northbound will remain closed until early tomorrow morning

Hammer-wielding robber holds up Canvey takeaway and steals £500

Hammer-wielding robber holds up Canvey takeaway and steals £500

Can you help? Family of missing Lauren Cannon, 15, are desperate for news

Grandmother appeals for help as concern grows for missing schoolgirl Lauren Cannon, 15

UK power working to resolve power cut affecting 3,000 homes on Canvey

UK power working to resolve power cut affecting 3,000 homes on Canvey

Autumn Statement 2015: Chancellor vows "economic and national security" will be at heart of plans

UPDATED Autumn statement: George Osborne scraps cuts to tax credit and police funding

All aboard the Santa Special at Epping and Ongar Railway

13 Christmas events in Essex to get you in a festive mood

Is this your jewellery? Police hope to trace owners after burglaries in Southend

Is this your jewellery? Police hope to trace owners after burglaries in Southend

Accident blocking northbound A130

Accident blocking northbound A130

Professor Kypros Nicolaides, right, with consultant of fetal medicine, Mandeep Singh with mum Kiri Thomas, and seven-month-old Annabelle-Rose who was helped into the world by the expert team at the Southend Hospital fetal medicine unit

Professor visits fetal medicine unit on its first anniversary

Dunton Community Association secretary David Llewellyn wants the open space to be retained

Plans for 6,000 home Basildon suburb revived as council carries out land surveys

Councillors Barry Palmer and Barry Campagna insist that vandals who have defaced the seawall will not have their way

"We won't let vandals ruin the seawall", say Canvey councillors

Stephen Metcalfe

Which south Essex MPs want to bomb Syria?

A Farewell Santa event held at the Langdon Hills Country Park earlier this year

Christmas has been cancelled for Langdon Hills Country Park as festive cuts bite

Planning applications for south Essex

Planning applications for south Essex

Therese Hunt passed all of her exams despite being unable to hold a pen or use a computer

Billericay woman gains master's degree, despite being unable to walk or feed herself



Fistfuls of medals – Shaun Mitty with his gold and silver medals

Mitty targets hat-trick of golden judo medals

Great show - Oliver Dingley

Dingley beats Daley to secure first Irish triumph

Hero to rival – Tom Daley greets Shoebury’s Tyler Humphreys after they competed against each other in Ireland

Starlet Tyler takes on diving superstar Tom Daley

Heat - The Leigh runner takes on some fluids

Desert Queen Elisabet is unrivalled in Oman Marathon victory

Match-winning strike – Alfie Hibbard crashes a shot home to give Old Southendians the win

Old Southendian's title charge rolls on

At the double – Joe Hall scored twice for S&B’s second team

Southend & Benfleet slump to narrow loss against Chelmsford

New formation gives Southend platform for victory

New formation gives Southend platform for victory

Solid - James Morgan

Rochford romp to win over Saffron Walden

Phil Brown applauds Blues' fans at the end of the game at Boundary Park

Brown hails attacking prowess in five star win at Oldham

Jack Payne celebrates scoring for the Shrimpers

Match report: Oldham Athletic 2, Southend United 5

Southend United celebrate Jack Payne's opening goal

Blog: Oldham Athletic 2, Southend United 5

The line-up - How Southend United are lining up at Oldham Athletic

Team news: Southend United unchanged at Oldham Athletic

Phil Brown - has hit out at Oldham Athletic’s ticket strategy ahead of tonight’s clash at Boundary Park

Brown astounded by Oldham's ticket strategy

Bilel Mohsni leaves the field after being sent off at Oldham Athletic

'All hell broke loose' when Blues last went to Boundary Park


National Sport

John Terry is likely to miss Chelsea's trip to Tottenham with an ankle injury sustained in the win at Maccabi Tel Aviv

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill: We need to keep this momentum going

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal have their fate back in their own hands

Arsene Wenger challenges Arsenal to right Champions League wrongs in Athens

Great Britain's Andy Murray during a practice session at the Flanders Expo in Ghent

Leon Smith: Jamie Murray has been just as important to GB in Davis Cup

Eoin Morgan's England are bidding to add T20 success to their ODI series win over Pakistan

Eoin Morgan urges England players to keep pushing boundaries

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