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Breaking news Casualty as car hits 'no entry' sign


11:09pm Friday 1st August 2014

A YOUNG man has been injured after a car crashed into a 'no entry' sign.

Thief steals ring from stroke victim’s finger


7:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

THIEVES are believed to have stolen a woman’s engagement ring from her hand while she was being treated in hospital for a stroke.

TOWIE star's friend overdosed on "killer" crack cocaine

Echo: Mick Norcross outside Southend Civic Centre

6:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN was found dead in a Southend lock-up after overdosing on “killer crack”

A127 crash dad died of ‘natural causes’


5:30pm Friday 1st August 2014

A loving father who lost control of his car on the A127 died of natural causes, it has emerged.

Flood has washed away road surface

Echo: Residents brand road "worst in Canvey"

5:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

FLOOD-HIT residents are demanding action to repair potholes which have been uncovered since the water receded.

Breaking news UPDATED: Crash closes one lane of A13 Pitsea

Echo: webpix police arrest

4:51pm Friday 1st August 2014

AN accident involving a car and a motorbike closed one lane of the A13.

Finally...the Laindon Centre ‘is to be sold’

Echo: Laindon shopping centre could be put up for sale

4:30pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE Laindon Centre is close to being sold off to a developer, it has been revealed.

Christmas tree cash plea by friends


4:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

TWO lifelong Stanford le- Hope friends are bidding to raise £1,000 so the town can have a Christmas tree this year.

Police search for teen after he breaches suspended sentence


3:40pm Friday 1st August 2014

Police are asking for the public’s help to trace a teenager who has breached his suspended sentence.

Car parking costs go up across Rochford district

Echo: Councillor Dean Cohen tests out the meters

2:42pm Friday 1st August 2014

CAR parking charges will increase in Rochford District Council pay and display car parks on Monday, August 4, as a result of budget constraints.

Dogs’ centre celebrates Ralph, its 200th adoption


2:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

STAFF at the new £7.3million Dogs’ Trust Centre, in Wickford, are celebrating after finding new owners for their 200th homeless animal.

Police hunt for men in CCTV pictures after child's bike theft


1:22pm Friday 1st August 2014

POLICE are searching for two men in connection with the theft of a child's bike in Westcliff.

Staff spring a pizza surprise for Jodie, 13


1:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

A TEENAGER battling a rare form of cancer was the guest of honour at the opening of a new pizza takeaway.

What to do this weekend: Top 10 events on in south Essex

Echo: REALITY: Mario Falcone

12:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

Need something to do with the family? Fancy watching some music and sipping beer in the sunshine? We've gathered together a host of events going on this weekend in south Essex. 

Southend named as one of the most expensive places to stay

Echo: Crowds rush back to Southend-on-sun

11:04am Friday 1st August 2014

SOUTHEND has been named as one of the most expensive places to holiday in the UK, according to a bookings website.

Our candles are in memory of heroes of the Great War


11:00am Friday 1st August 2014

MANY people light a candle to remember a loved one, but two women have gone one step further to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

Burst water main in Laindon

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

11:25am Friday 1st August 2014

HOMES have been left without water after a six inch main burst in the early hours of the morning.

Overwhelmed! Our joy at £25k to buy drug treatment for Reece

Echo: Tom Bowdidge with his head of hair

10:51am Friday 1st August 2014

A STAGGERING £25,000 has been raised in a month-and-a-half to help a 21-year-old man who is suffering from two brain tumours.

Rayleigh's rubbish collection goes to help charities


10:00am Friday 1st August 2014

CHARITIES in Rayleigh have been cleaning up, thanks to a new cash for trash initiative.

Grant rushes to the aid of woman who collapsed by road


9:30am Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN came to the aid of a young woman after he spotted her collapsed at the side of a busy road.

Rochford Tories accused of 'gagging' their rivals


8:30am Friday 1st August 2014

OPPOSITION councillors have blasted a decision taken by Tories in Rochford to ban them from calling in cabinet decisions.

Stop the closure of Tarpots bank branch


8:00am Friday 1st August 2014

ANGRY councillors have started a petition to save a high street bank branch from closure.

I can't get married after 15 years in the UK


7:30am Friday 1st August 2014

A BRIDE-TO-BE has been told she cannot marry because she is not a British citizen – despite having lived here for 15 years.

Southend Pier's the backdrop for new stamp set

Echo: Pair stuck in mud under Southend Pier

7:00am Friday 1st August 2014

SOUTHEND Pier is to feature in a new set of stamps released by the Royal Mail.

‘Desperate’ charity conman is jailed


6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A “DESPERATE” formerly homeless man protested as he was sent to prison for conning people out of cash by claiming he was collecting for charity.

Four hospital experts' £1m NHS con

Echo: Basildon Hospital is ordering its security staff to issue the £40 fines in a bid to stop people parking inconsiderately.

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A SPECIALIST heart consultant and three of his staff have been found guilty of charging Basildon Hospital £1million for work they never carried out.

Thunderstorms expected in Canvey this weekend

Echo: Tom Defty

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

RESIDENTS can expect thunderstorms and sunshine as the mixed weather continues.

Woman 'killed by jealous ex-partner'

Echo: In a coma - Leanne Meecham was stabbed in her home in Park Street, Westcliff

6:00am Friday 1st August 2014

A YOUNG woman was stabbed in the throat after telling her jealous ex-boyfriend she was seeing someone else, a court has heard.

UPDATED: Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street line trains delayed after person hit at Romford

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

5:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

TRAINS in and out of London Liverpool Street are delayed after a person was hit by a train at Romford. 

New hope for Old Leigh Regatta weekend?


7:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A COMMUNITY event could be salvaged from the ashes of Old Leigh Regatta after Leigh Lions Club stepped in.

Luxury hotel set to open on seafront in November


5:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FORMER fishermen’s cottages are being transformed into a luxury seafront hotel in a £450,000 revamp.

Taxpayers' cash used to buy back flat - years after council sell-off


5:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Taxpayers' cash has been used to buy back a flat in a town centre tower block – years after the authority sold it off.

Wonder Whitlock wins his THIRD gold medal of Commonwealth Games


4:50pm Thursday 31st July 2014

MAX Whitlock won his THIRD gold of the Commonwealth Games as he was crowned men's floor champion in Glasgow.

Latest round of fire strikes announced

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

4:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are to hold their latest series of strikes over pension reforms.

Gift card giveaway for first customers to new TK Maxx

Echo: COMPETITION: Win £100 to spend at Kidderminster TK Maxx

4:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

LUCKY customers are in with a chance of winning gift cards when a new store opens in Basildon.

Success story of pupil reading team


4:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

BUSINESSES have been praised for giving up their time to help children get into reading.

Pharmacy open for business


4:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A NEW-LOOK pharmacy has opened in Billericay.

Mum organises a seawall stroll in aid of Summer, five


3:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A YOUNG mum has raised £780 for a fiveyear- old girl suffering with cancer.

Ambulance service failing target


3:26pm Thursday 31st July 2014

AMBULANCES in Essex are failing to get to some of the most critical patients on time, according to figures.

Tracy and pals make pier walk for Danny's fund


3:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FIVE friends completed a 25-mile walk from Canvey to Southend Pier and back to raise money for charity.

Hospital staff get their just rewards


2:30pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FRONTLINE hospital staff have been awarded for acts of kindness.

Tattooist arrested on suspicion of online harassment: Conspiracy theorist Chris Spivey claimed Lee Rigby death was a hoax

Echo: TRIBUTES: Lee Rigby

1:35pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A BLOGGER who claimed online that the murder of soldier Lee Rigby had been a hoax has been arrested on suspicion of harassment.

Southend’s own Skywalker can’t use her Jedi powers on passport office evil empire

Echo: Speculation is growing that original trio could make a return

1:05pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A WOMAN who changed her middle name by deed poll to “Skywalker” as a joke has been told by the Home Office she cannot change her name on her passport.

Great Scott! It's a graffiti masterpiece


1:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A TALENTED graffiti artist has transformed part of a children’s hospice with a stunning jungle scene.

Guns taken during burglary


12:54pm Thursday 31st July 2014

GUNS have been stolen from a house on Canvey.

£10,000 donation for Reece


12:57pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A FOUNDATION has announced it is giving £10,000 to a young man with two brain tumours who is fighting to stay alive.

Generous George buys pals first aid course


12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

GENEROUS schoolboy George Sutton has come up with a lifesaving way to spend £200 he won as part of an award– he’s sending 29 of his classmates on a first aid course.

Update: Police investigating attempted murder, raid homes across Basildon

Echo: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

11:24am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Metropolitan Police’s flying squad arrested three people on suspicion of attempted murder and armed robbery during a dawn raid in Basildon.

Mugged Marie's search for have a go heroes


11:10am Thursday 31st July 2014

A WOMAN who was mugged while on her mobility scooter is trying to find the have-a-go heroes who ran to her aid.

Charity's heartache as raiders strike for third time in year


11:03am Thursday 31st July 2014

A CHARITY is counting the cost after being hit by burglars for the third time in a year.

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