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South American police believe man involved in drug smuggling


6:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A FATHER-of-two is facing extradition to Peru in connection with a £3million drugs bust, more than two years ago.

Royal Mail confirms Rochford centre will close in January


6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ROYAL Mail has confirmed it will close its Rochford delivery office and move services to Southend in January.

A right dog's dinner - Village pub put on menu for mutts


6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A PUB in Little Wakering has come up with a doggy menu in an effort to attract more canines and their owners in for dinner.

Police chase taxi as suspect flees


6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THREE suspected burglars sparked a police pursuit after one tried to escape in a taxi.

Flooded store back in business


6:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A SHOP has reopened after it was destroyed by floods.

Wilko Johnson 'cured' of terminal cancer


5:49pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Guitarist Wilko Johnson has claimed he has been ‘cured’ of his terminal cancer.

Fake footballer jailed for fraud


5:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A FORMER Southend United youth team player who posed as a Chelsea star to live a Premier League lifestyle has been jailed.

Motorcyclist and bus crash


4:38pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MOTORCYLIST has collided with a bus, leaving the biker stuck under the vehicle.

Council’s new plans to move rubbish bins


4:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SOUTHEND Council is again trying to move rubbish bins from a car park, to make way for the entertainment complex.

Rolex watches taken in burglary

Echo: Who does this watch belong to?

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAUL of high-value watches and jewellery were stolen from a trading estate.

Ford Dunton’s future is sealed by £190m boost

Echo: Ford's Dunton plant

2:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE future of Ford Dunton has been secured after £190million of further investment was announced.

High-speed chase man admits dangerous driving


1:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WANTED man has admitted driving dangerously through Southend in a bid to evade the police.

Canvey Remembrance Sunday service plan

Echo: REMEMBRANCE DAY: A field of poppies will be planted St Cuthbert’s Church, in Darlington, to mark the centenary of the First World War

12:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE remembrance service on Canvey is to take place next month.

Bas Vegas bus to be axed

Echo: Essex County Council

12:42pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A long campaigned for bus route to Bas Vegas is to be axed to save money. 

Canvey and Thundersley pools get top award

Echo: Jobs bombshell - after the Echo's revelations about Waterside Farm, officials have confirmed some staff at Runnymede Pool will be also be offered redundancy

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO swimming pools have been given a prestigious pool water quality award.

Nick Alston hits out at claims police can't investigate all suspected paedophiles

Echo: Nick Alston will be answering your questions

11:55am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ESSEX’S Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has hit out at the National Crime Agency after its top boss said it was “unrealistic” to expect police to investigate all cases of paedophilia.

Stolen luxury cars and parts intercepted at Port of Tilbury and London Gateway


12:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SIX stolen cars and £280,000 worth of stolen BMW parts were intercepted by specialist police forces at the Port of Tilbury and London Gateway.

Jodie Marsh's sex talk at Leigh veggie restaurant


10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MODEL and presenter Jodie Marsh turned up at a Leigh vegetarian restaurant as she began filming for a new series.

Mayor Mo unveils revamped McDonald's


9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWENTY new jobs have been created after a fast-food restaurant was given a revamp.

Council scraps addresses shake-up

Echo: Playground opens on Five Links estate to make completion of new social housing development

8:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BASILDON council voted in favour of scrapping plans to change hundreds of addresses of homes on the Five Links estate...but went on to say it does not mean the proposals will not go ahead.

Wickford market opens up its latest phase


7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WICKFORD has been given a new lease of life as shoppers flock to sample its revamped market.

Leigh's Bell Hotel at last gets sorted

Echo: Bell Hotel work is finally underway

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE long-anticipated redevelopment of a landmark Leigh hotel is finally under way after years of wrangling.

Masked thugs try to smash in door


6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO thugs in Halloween masks smashed a young mother’s front door with a metal pole during a terrifying attempted burglary.

Joy as Poundland moves into Pitsea

Echo: The new Poundland store has opened in Urmston, creating 18 new jobs in the area.

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW discount store is to open its doors in Pitsea.

South Essex College graduation


6:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Live updates as students receive their degrees from South Essex College.

South Essex women selected for top beauty title


7:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THREE women from south Essex have been selected as finalists for the Miss Universe Essex 2015 competition.

Cricket bat thug jailed for attack

Echo: Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work

6:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has been jailed for three and a half years for attacking the wrong man with a cricket bat.

Police chase through streets to arrest suspected burglars


4:27pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUSPECTED burglars sparked a police chase across Benfleet and Rayleigh when one made off in a taxi.

Man admits Basildon underpass rape


2:58pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has admitted raping a woman in a Basildon underpass.

Top police officer charged with making indecent images of children

Echo: Thurrock Chief Inspector Ben Hodder

2:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TOP police officer from Thurrock has been charged with two counts of making indecent images of children.

Flats plagued by venomous false widow spiders


2:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FALSE widow spiders are giving residents nightmares after moving into a block of flats.

Flood alert issued as tidal surge combines with high winds


1:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FLOOD alert has been issued for the coastline from St Peters Flat to Shoebury, as well as the Crouch and Roach estuaries.

Rayleigh and Wickford MP pledges support for Europe referendum

Echo: Mark Francois

1:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN MP has pledged his support in the House of Commons for an In/Out referendum on Europe.

Crime spree boosts campaign to switch on streetlights again


12:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PETITION calling for the streetlights to be turned back on received more than 160 new signatures in just one night after a crime spree.

Fire crews tackle arson attack at Southend house

Echo: fire engine north yorkshire service - zxc

12:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS put out a blaze after a deliberate fire spread to a terraced house in Southend

Why did my dog have to be put down?


12:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN is distraught after her dog had to be put down two days after visiting the vet with sore ears.

Hurricane Gonzalo: Man escapes after tree falls on car in Rochford


11:47am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has escaped unhurt after a falling tree branch landed on his car as he was driving.

Man crushed to death while repairing van


11:31am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has been crushed to death in a freak accident while working on his transit van.

Zombies to take over Southend Pier

Echo: Preparing for zombie fun this Halloween at the Thackray Medical Museum

11:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

HORDES of the undead will stagger from the Southend Pier to the town centre.

Seevic open evening is most popular yet

Echo: Principal Nick Spenceley outside Seevic College

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

RECORD-BREAKING numbers descended on Seevic College for its latest open evening.

Essex University staff set to take industrial action over pensions dispute

Echo: Essex University

9:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

STAFF at Essex University have voted to take industrial action in a row over changes to pensions.

More than 300 homes and firms left without phone lines


8:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MORE than 300 homes and businesses lost their phone lines and internet service after underground cables were deliberately damaged.

Stroke victim says hospital is working wonders


8:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

DAVID Wallings is a lucky man. The 47-year-old suffered a stroke last January while doing the washing up.

Big fashion brands under one roof off the A127


8:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A ONE-STOP fashion shop is set to bring big name brands to a Basildon retail park with a new store boasting Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis under one roof.

Three major restaurants sign up for huge Southend seafront scheme

Echo: Kids Eat for £1 at Frankie and Benny's

8:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Three big-name restaurants have signed up to help create Southend’s new leisure park, set to rival Bas Vegas.

Up-and-coming Leigh reaches for the sky


8:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO new housing developments are close to completion in an area on the up, according to an estate agents.

We’re in the picture! 300 Canvey children will be movie stars


8:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

HUNDREDS of children will become film stars in a movie being shot on Canvey.

Former soldier is running 399 miles from Scotland


6:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FORMER soldier is tackling a gruelling run to raise money for a young woman who lost her leg in a horrific bike crash.

Fancy! 30 extra staff to cope with frighteningly successful Halloween


6:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FANCY dress business has taken on almost 30 extra workers to cope with demand for ghoulish Halloween costumes.

Southend Council back down over pavement repair bill


7:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

SOUTHEND Council has apologised for wrongly sending a householder a repair bill for a pavement which didn’t need fixing.

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