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Benefit cheat handed curfew after swindling £30,000

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

10:17am Friday 24th October 2014

A FRAUDSTER admitted swindling nearly £30,000 of benefits.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Councillor quits Labour party

Echo: Daniel Munyambu wants to be Kenyan president

5:49pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A COUNCILLOR has quit the Labour party to join an alliance with two former members.

Local firms help Echo winner furnish her home


3:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A HOME makeover is taking shape thanks to generous donations from local businesses.

We’re all so proud of our Reece


10:50am Saturday 18th October 2014

AN “inspirational” and “courageous” young man has lost his battle against two aggressive brain tumours.

Raiders stole our lifeline car during break-in rampage

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

6:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN ELDERLY couple have been left without their “lifeline’’ after a series of car crimes while streetlights were out.

Hospital boss to head safety drive

Echo: Basildon Hospital's chief executive Clare Panniker

8:00am Friday 17th October 2014

BASILDON Hospital’s chief executive has been chosen to head a Government safety drive.

Our family home has sewage seeping in


7:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

FAMILY has been forced to seal their doors and walls with tape, curtains and wallpaper to stop raw sewage seeping into their house from their flooded garage.

DIY SOS team transforms sick Brandon’s home


6:00am Friday 17th October 2014

THE family of a boy with severe epilepsy have told how their lives changed overnight after a crack team of DIY experts transformed their home.

Colourful new market to bring crowds to Wickford

Echo: Wickford Market

12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

WICKFORD’S new market will officially open for business this weekend.

Celebrity chef’s 5-star menu for hungry tots


7:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

A NURSERY has teamed up with a celebrity chef to create a five-star menu for tots.

30 jobs created at discount pet store


8:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

THIRTY jobs have been created as a new discount pet store prepares to open its doors.

Extra help for needy patients


9:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

HEALTH workers have launched a training video to help patients who have learning disabilities.

Residents’ £200 gift to hospital baby unit


11:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

SERIOUSLY-ILL babies are set to benefit from vital newequipment thanks to a generous donation of more than £200 from a residents’ association.

Mobility scooter is stuck in floodwater


6:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

A MOBILITY scooter rider had to be rescued by firefighters...after they got stuck in a flooded underpass.

Ex-minister challenges court costs after lying about speeding

Echo: Former Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne.

11:00am Friday 10th October 2014

SHAMED former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne is to appeal against court costs he was ordered to pay after lying about speeding on the M11 in Essex.

Day hospice helps patients develop skills and learn to make the most of their lives


4:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

A NEW day hospice is helping patients with terminal illnesses make friends, grow in confidence, learn new skills and make the most of their lives.

Paul’s meals on wheels


9:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A BUSINESSMAN has teamed up with a charity to help tackle food poverty.

Mr Bean dream trip comes true for Ned


6:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

A YOUNGSTER who was diagnosed with severe epilepsy at the age of just six was whisked off to Cannes to see his dream become a reality.

Revamp will mean Vange Post Office is open for more hours

Echo: Sunday opening hours piloted at Darlington Post Office delivery office

11:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

CUSTOMERS are set to benefit from a raft of changes after a major Post Office revamp.

No new school plan as Wickford set to grow


6:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

UP to 1,200 new pupils could be squeezed into two bursting schools as Wickford prepares for a surge of new homes.

Market starts move to revamped base


6:30am Wednesday 8th October 2014

TRADERS are celebrating after the first phase of the new Wickford Market opened for business.

£7k Dry Street fight fund raised in week


6:30pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

DETERMINED residents raised £7,000 in just one week to continue their 18-year battle to stop hundreds of homes and save a treasured beauty spot.

Gee-whizz! The head working wonders to lift school number 2


1:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

DANIEL Gee certainly appears to relish a challenge.

Funeral flutter for betting grandad brings in £5,000


8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

A BELOVED grandad left more than just memories when his family had an unexpected £5,000 windfall on the day of his funeral.

Grace had surgery at two days she is flourishing at school


9:30am Friday 3rd October 2014

A YOUNG girl who fought to stay alive when she was first born has started her second year at school.

Pub’s go-ahead to build on green belt


7:00pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A PUB has won its four-year battle to expand on green belt land.

Troubled school is thrown into chaos after its head quits


9:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TROUBLED primary school has been thrown into chaos after its headteacher resigned.

Call for action over cooking oil polluters


7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

RESTAURANT owners who pollute the River Crouch in Wickford by illegally disposing of cooking oil should be prosecuted, a councillor has urged.

New centre to lead war on hate crimes


4:00pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

VICTIMS of hate crime who are too scared to turn to police can now report attacks to staff at Basildon Council’s headquarters.

New team to look into Laindon Centre

Echo: Laindon shopping centre could be put up for sale

11:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

A TRIO of Basildon councillors has been asked to look at ways to revamp the rundown Laindon Centre and help its struggling businesses.

Hospice shop set to find a new site


9:00am Monday 29th September 2014

A CHARITY shop forced to close to make way for a coffee shop looks set to find a new home.

Relief as 140 green belt homes are turned down in Benfleet


12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS are breathing a sigh of relief after the latest plans to build housing on green belt land were unanimously turned down.

Benfleet’s oldest house is saved


7:30am Friday 26th September 2014

THE oldest house in Benfleet has been saved from demolition...for now.

Dry Street campaign is facing cash crisis

Echo: Last attempt to save Dry Street

9:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

stop 725 homes being built on a beauty spot could be forced to give up their last-ditch battle if they cannot raise £5,000 by the end of this week.

Alan and Elaine’s big fat...Echo wedding!


7:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

A LOVE-STRUCK couple who met while delivering newspapers for the Echo are now to tie the knot – nearly 30 years after they lost touch.

Scrapping school crossing is crazy


10:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

ANGRY parents have hit out after a school crossing patrol on a busy road on Canvey was scrapped.

Fun day for little Harry raises £4k


9:30am Friday 12th September 2014

FAMILIES turned out to support a fun day to raise cash for a youngster battling a rare condition.

Traders are queuing up to grab a stall at new-look market


5:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

TRADERS are queuing up to bag a spot on the new-look Wickford Market.

Huge haul from cannabis raids


6:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

MORE than £115,000 worth of drugs have been taken off the streets following a week of raids.

I won’t let crippling condition stop me taking on Himalayas


6:00pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A FITNESS fanatic is set to embark on an 18-day mountain trek after being diagnosed with a crippling condition.

I fear for my life when abusive ex is allowed back


5:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

A VICTIM of domestic violence fears for her life as her abusive ex will soon be able to walk back into her home.

Cops find drug farm in home


6:00am Monday 8th September 2014

A BUNGALOW in a quiet street in Pitsea has been transformed into a drugs factory.

Fundraisers have given my Reece a chance of life


5:30pm Friday 5th September 2014

A YOUNG man battling two brain tumours has finally started potentially life-saving treatment following months of fundraising.

Cheryl’s stud muffin says: We want to rule the world


6:00am Friday 5th September 2014

TWO South Essex singers aim to become superstars after getting through the first round of X Factor auditions.

Drug stash man jailed

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

1:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A FORMER addict who selfmedicated with illegal drugs has been jailed for eight months.


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