ANDY Lloyd became a prisoner in his own home after a breakdown left him too scared to go outside.
YOUNGSTERS proved they were good sports by taking part in a It's a Knockout-themed day at Runwell Primary School. Eager enthusiasts, aged four to 14, enjoyed a wide range of fun-packed games - among the school holiday activities organised by the Extended Schools Service.
BETTER street lighting is needed in the Westborough area of Westcliff, according to concerned residents.
DOG owners in Southend are being reminded their animals need to have a collar and contact tag by law.
TWO Basildon charities can continue their good work, thanks to grants from Essex County Council's Millennium Fund.
MOTORBIKE scramblers riding their bikes illegally through woods in Hockley and Hawkwell are threatening public safety, police officers have warned.
A £1MILLION handout will help create more public play areas in Thurrock.
AN absorbing day's play on Friday saw Middlesex pass the Essex total of 276-6 with one wicket and 8.1 overs remaining to record victory by one wicket in this two-day friendly at Chelmsford.
A PECKISH pooch with a penchant for posh chocolates had a ruff Easter...after she wolfed down 2lb of dark chocolate and nearly died of poisoning.
THE myths and misconceptions surrounding gipsies and travellers is the subject of a new film.
ESSEX should feel the benefit of Ravi Bopara's winter of hurt as they seek to mould their youngsters into a promotion-winning outfit.
THE three-way battle for the title is no closer to being settled after all three contenders pulled off victories at the weekend.
COASTGUARD staff are to strike for two further days following their first ever walkout last month.
SOUTHEND'S White Ensign moved back into the leadership in the Premier Division title race with a 2-0 success over Epping at Eastwoodbury Lane.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC student has turned to fashion industry tricks in an effort to make art seem sexier.
HIGHWAYS officials are refusing to repair a pothole-pitted country lane because of concerns about travellers living nearby.
JAY Howard turned in a solid drive to secure his first finish of the season in the IndyCar Series in America.
ROCKS' hopes of climbing out of the Ryman Premier League relegation zone took a big hit with this defeat at Rookery Hill.
MILLERS' 14-match unbeaten run came to an end at Ryman Division One North promotion-chasing Edgware on Saturday.
TWO controversial refereeing decisions and a poor home performance handed bottom club Ilford a potential relegation lifeline at Burroughs Park on Saturday.
ALAN Curbishley has admitted he has no idea when up to eight West Ham players - including star striker Craig Bellamy - will be fit to return from injury.
WEST Ham manager Alan Curbishley spent his free weekend in Italy scouting new talent and catching up with new technical director Gianluca Nani.
WEST Ham star Kieron Dyer's comeback from a double leg fracture has been scuppered by a shin problem.
MORE than £1million in Government grants will be handed out to councils across south Essex to help business growth.
THE boss of a waste firm has been fined £10,000 for dumping and burning toxic waste without a licence in Rayleigh.
CANVEY Island's bid to make the play-offs looks certain to go the final Saturday of the season in three weeks' time.
WALKING past the window of this recruitment agency, you could be forgiven for thinking you're in Warsaw, not Southend.
SEEING double has become an increasingly common experience, thanks to the rise in the number of multiple births.
THURROCK twice came from behind to finish 3-2 victors over second place Eastbourne Borough in an entertaining Blue Square South game at Ship Lane.
GRAYS thundered on with a tremendous comeback victory against promotion-chasing Burton Albion.
FREE tickets for Saturday's Blues match are now on offer to community groups, schools and charities across Southend.
THE day that changed my life, was the day I got the job as a dancer for Spirit of the Dance - an Irish dance spectacular.
THEY say the family that plays together stays together.
Premier Division RUNWELL Old Boys were 2-0 up in the first half through goals by Rivers but had to hang on in the second half when Beacon Hill Rovers pulled one goal back.
SATURDAY'S clash at Gresty Road was goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan's 344th game for Southend United.
WORKERS across Basildon and Thurrock united to raise precious funds for a hospice.
A CANCER survivor and award winning author joined Britain's athletes to carry the Olympic flame through London.
UNITED States international Jonathan Spector cannot wait to come up against old friends and foes when West Ham take on the MLS All-Stars this summer.
A MAN named Shroot finallly shot down Billericay Town's hopes of making the end of season play-offs for a third time in four seasons.
TILBURY picked the wrong time to turn in one of their worst performances of the season and have lost control of their own destiny, with relegation from the Ryman Division One North staring them firmly in the face.
CREWE Alexandra manager Steve Holland took full responsibility for his side's poor display against the Shrimpers on Saturday.
BLUES defender Lewis Hunt is unlikely to play again this season after picking up a hernia problem.
LEE Barnard is hoping his partnership with James Walker can fire the Shrimpers to promotion.
A FURIOUS MP is accusing Post Office chiefs of deliberately dragging their feet and not revealing financial data that could potentially save a number of post offices.
DARRYL Flahavan helped maintained the Shrimpers push for promotion with a remarkable performance at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
FORMER Southend Carnival chairman Mike Steptoe can already look forward to taking up a seat on Rochford District Council.
FOUR children were rescued by their father from a house fire in Southend.