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Firefighters rescue three from flat blaze


10:17pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are continuing to battle a blaze at a block of flats after rescuing three people.

New youth council elected in Southend


5:39pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TWO aspiring politicians have been chosen to lead a youth council after their captivating speeches.

Rayleigh Weir lights working again

Echo: Cars were gridlocked back to Rayleigh Weir (file picture)

5:30pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TRAFFIC lights at Rayleigh Weir are now working after almost three weeks of disruption to traffic.

Art and music festival in Hadleigh


5:03pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE Firemusic International Contemporary Music festival reaches an inspirational finale this week with a unique artistic collaboration between music and the visual arts.

We’re camping it up for a worthy cause...the fight against cancer


4:59pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

MEET the drag queens who are fighting cancer – and looking fabulous while doing it.

Essex Police took a month to arrest a man for breaching restraining order

Echo: Man Tazered by police while covered in flammible liquid dies: IPCC INVESTIGATION

4:06pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating why Essex Police took a month to arrest a man for breaches of a restraining order and why officers did not take action sooner.

Happy 90th birthday to Rose


3:06pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FAMILY and friends went above and beyond to ensure a great-grandma enjoyed her 90th birthday, despite being in hospital.

Jailed for driving the wrong way on the M11


10:52am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A JOYRIDER who drove the wrong way on the M11 for 40 miles in a stolen van has been jailed for 15 months.

Battle of Britain remembered in Southend ceremony


10:33am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FORMER servicemen and women and local dignitaries packed a church to remember the fallen of the Battle of Britain.

Drive to make staff set a good example to pupils


9:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

HUNDREDS of teachers and school staff will be on a health kick in Benfleet and Thundersley thanks to an unexpected £80,000 hand-out.

Seevic students honoured for dedication and hard work


7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

MORE than 50 students were honoured for their academic achievements in an awards ceremony.

Strictly's Steve opens new Canvey Wick nature reserve


7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

CROWDS flocked to see Strictly Come Dancing star Steve Backshall officially open the Canvey Wick nature reserve.

Cops’ charity rally across 11 countries


7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FOUR police officers will take part in a police chase of a different kind when they drive through 11 countries in four days in a beaten-up motor.

Rayleigh Weir repairs are costing us money


7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A BUSINESS leader has hit out at ongoing roadworks at Rayleigh Weir which have caused major disruption for motorists and traders.

Anger at Dart Charge introduction delay

Echo: Dartford Crossing free-flow system contract awarded

7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

MOTORISTS, business leaders and politicians are not happy after it was revealed the long-awaited introduction of free-flow tolling at the Dartford Crossing has been delayed.

Southend seafront pub set to become a restaurant


7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A PUB that has stood on Southend seafront for more than 100 years is to be knocked down and replaced with a plush restaurant if the new owners have their way.

Self-confessed "Victor Meldrew" fined for 999 nuisance calls


6:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A NUISANCE 999 caller who describes himself as “Victor Meldrew” has been ordered to pay more than £1,000.

Is Southend’s seafront white elephant driving people away?

Echo: Luxury £1million Nirvana flats on Chalkwell sea front are still empty a year after being built

6:30am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A LUXURY apartment block, which remains empty despite being built two years ago, is annoying neighbours so much, many are moving away.

Southend seafront traders: We must have an inquiry over flooding


6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TRADERS left devastated by another major flooding incident on Southend seafront have called for independent inquiry into the incident.

Anger as death threat yobs get their jail sentence ditched


6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A SHOP owner feels “completely let down” after the yobs who threatened to kill his family had their prison sentences overturned.

Brian Conley plays America's greatest showman in production of Barnum at the Cliffs Pavilion

Echo: Brian Conley plays the title role of Phineas T Barnum in the musical Barnum

6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

KELLY BUCKLEY catches up with the delightfully chatty Brian Conley before he arrives at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff for a production of Barnum.

Caught between a tree and a fun place


6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

DRIVERS were temporarily trapped after a fallen tree blocked a road at one end and a carnival procession barred their exit at the other.

Michael Caine painting in Rochford prompts double-takes from shoppers


5:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A FAMOUS face appeared on a wall by a takeaway, prompting more than a few doubletakes from passers by.

Service cancelled after train breaks down

Echo: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

6:41pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A RAFT of services between London and Southend have been cancelled because of a broken down train.

Drivers facing major delays

Echo: Essex County Council

6:33pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Drivers are facing major delays on the A13 and A127 following a number of accidents earlier today. 

Lancashire comedian to open club in Rayleigh

Echo: Jason Manford is coming to the Theatre Royal in September (8961455)

5:38pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A POPULAR comedian is opening a comedy club in Rayleigh.

Diesel spillage causing delays on Canvey Way

Echo: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

4:30pm Monday 22nd September 2014

MOTORISTS are facing delays along Canvey Way, Canvey, because of a diesel spillage.

CCTV issued after assaulted man suffers fractured skull


1:42pm Monday 22nd September 2014

DETECTIVES investigating an assault where a man received a fractured skull have today issued CCTV images of four people they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

Updated: Man detained by armed cops in Sutton Road, Southend

Echo: police

1:24pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A MAN has been detained under the mental health act following an incident at a house in Sutton Road, Southend.

More than 70 arrested in double drugs sting


12:42pm Monday 22nd September 2014

ANOTHER huge drugs bust has come off by police who have uncovered 250 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine.

Overturned lorry causing delays at Sadlers Farm

Echo: Is the end in sight for Sadlers Farm roadworks?

12:36pm Monday 22nd September 2014

MOTORISTS are facing delays at Sadlers Farm roundabout because of an overturned lorry.

Teen boy shot in York Road in Southend

Echo: webpix police arrest

12:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

POLICE have closed off a road after a teenage boy was shot.

Sponsored sleep outs: the latest charity findraising craze


12:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Fundraising by sleeping ‘rough’ – an idea pioneered by homelessness charity Southend YMCA – has really taken off.

Kitesurfer drifts off course

Echo: Mumbles lifeboat

9:46am Monday 22nd September 2014

SOUTHEND lifeboat crews rescued a kitesurfer who got into difficulties.

Pupils get to quiz their MP


9:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

YOUNGSTERS quizzed their MP on issues from streetlights to the Scottish referendum.

Thieves hit 3 Thundersley homes in a single night

Echo: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

9:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

THIEVES stole hundreds of pounds worth of jewellery after ransacking a woman’s home.

Five are quizzed in immigration swoop in Laindon


9:06am Monday 22nd September 2014

OFFICERS raided a takeaway and a terraced house just yards from Laindon police station.

Can you help? Man fighting for life after hit and run

Echo: police accident

8:20am Monday 22nd September 2014

A MAN is fighting for his life after being hit by a white van in a potential hit and run.

Volunteers’ terror as they come face to face with thief


8:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

A CALLOUS thief stole from a charity before allegedly threatening to assault a passer-by.

Concerns over new estate


7:50am Monday 22nd September 2014

A HOUSING estate may destroy a an ecological habitat in Great Wakering, it has been claimed.

Hotel that will transform eyesore site is delayed


7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

A NOTORIOUS eyesore area will be replaced by a striking seafront vista as a new hotel takes shape.

Should council join traveller unit?


7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

COUNCILLORS discussed how they will deal with travellers illegally pitching up on Canvey.

New Shoebury estate moves a step closer


7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

ALMOST 200 new homes and offices look set for Shoebury after a developer backed down and agreed to hand over cash for schools and roads.

Young carer wants to raise awareness about the dangers of epilepsy


6:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL is determined to raise awareness of the dangers of epilepsy after the death of a close friend.

Woman cut from car after A127 crash this afternoon

Echo: webpix fire engine emergency services firefighter

6:39pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A WOMAN was cut from her car when she lost control on the A127.

Clever girls stranded in sea fog trace footprints back to shore


6:19pm Sunday 21st September 2014

TWO teenage girls on a walk in the sunshine suddenly found themselves stranded when fog rushed in from the sea.

Man on mud sparks sea search


11:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

A SEA search was launched to find a man thought to be stuck in the mud.

Shoebury Park improvements start


8:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

WORK is about to start on an £800,000 package of improvements to Shoebury Park, including a new children’s play area and pavilion.

'Arsonist' torches car in residential area

Echo: webpix fire engine emergency services firefighter

7:59am Sunday 21st September 2014

AN arsonist is believed to be behind a car fire in a field.

War memorial restoration begins


6:30am Sunday 21st September 2014

A MAKEOVER of Southend’s two main war memorials is about to start to protect them for future generations.

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