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Anger as restaurant closes at short notice


8:48am Thursday 21st May 2015

CUSTOMERS have been left out of pocket after a restaurant suddenly closed – less than eight months after opening its doors.

‘Our home raided as we were asleep’


7:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

A FAMILY are terrified to sleep in their own home after they were targeted by burglars.

‘Mr Carnival’ will be missed by many


6:00am Wednesday 20th May 2015

THE former chairman of Basildon and Pitsea Carnival has died after dedicating more than 50 years of his life to the community.

WI veteran Margaret passes away at 91


4:00pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

A MUCH-loved Women’s Institute president has died aged 91.

Ouch! Free vasectomies could be snipped

Echo: South Worcestershire CCG on target to make £3.1 surplus

2:00pm Monday 18th May 2015

FREE vasectomies could be given the snip as the NHS is forced to cut costs.

Two muggings in 9 hours sparks new street crime fear

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

10:00am Saturday 16th May 2015

A YOUNG man was threatened at knifepoint in broad daylight during a terrifying street robbery.

Hunt for sentimental jewellery stolen in Billericay burglary


1:28pm Friday 15th May 2015

Detectives are appealing for help from the public to find jewellery and watches of great sentimental value stolen in a Billericay burglary.

A long time ago but not so far away... Do you remember when Star Wars fever first gripped south Essex?


6:00pm Monday 18th May 2015

Images from the Echo archive shows Star Wars fever grip south Essex in the Seventies and Eighties.

Two young girls followed and chased on their way to school

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

1:21pm Thursday 14th May 2015

PARENTS are being urged to be vigilant after two young girls were followed on their way to school.

Basildon Hospital celebrates International Nurses Day


12:20pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

NURSES and widwives brought a smile to the faces of patients and colleagues as they celebrated their much-loved profession.

BGT judges wowed by Lauren’s brother


6:00am Wednesday 13th May 2015

THE younger brother of X Factor star Lauren Platt is set to follow in her footsteps after wowing more talent judges with his impressive dance moves.

Boots to open Basildon hospital pharmacy by autumn

Echo: Basildon Hospital

12:30pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

BASILDON Hospital has released more details of its planned partnership with pharmacy chain Boots.

£2.7m Basildon hospital plan moves step nearer

Echo: Basildon Hospital

12:00pm Monday 11th May 2015

PLANS for a £2.7million revamp of Basildon Hospital's main entrance are a step closer after details of a new pharmacy emerged.

Community groups invited to apply for grants of up to £2,000

Echo: Chaos at Basildon Council budget meeting

4:38pm Thursday 7th May 2015

COMMUNITY groups are invited to apply for cash grants of up to £2,000.

Police release CCTV of vacuum cleaner thieves


3:06pm Thursday 7th May 2015

POLICE are trying to trace two people accused of stealing a Dyson vacuum cleaner from a Basildon supermarket.

Group’s bouquets are bringing cheer: A floral art club is leaving bunches of blooms around Canvey


9:00pm Thursday 7th May 2015

BOUQUETS of flowers have been left dotted around Canvey in a bid to spread some community cheer.

Canvey fire couple: We’re touched by love of the community


8:30am Thursday 7th May 2015

A COUPLE whose house was badly damaged in a blaze praised strangers for coming to their aid.

Pitsea's Valerie Lodge will close on May 22


8:00am Thursday 7th May 2015

A POPULAR day centre for mental health patients will close later this month because there is no money to keep it going.

Basildon set to get state-of-the-art IMAX cinema screen

Echo: Autism-friendly cinema screening

10:36am Tuesday 5th May 2015

BASILDON is set to get a state-of-the-art IMAX screen.

Waymade: We’re staying in Basildon


6:00pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

A MAJOR pharmaceutical firm has insisted it is commited to Basildon, despite more than 200 workers facing redundancy.

New secondary to open in Basildon next year


8:00pm Thursday 30th April 2015

A NEW secondary school is set to open its doors in Basildon next year.

IN PICTURES: American-style outdoor cinema in Pitsea


12:30pm Thursday 30th April 2015

FANS of Americana enjoyed a Saturday night with a twist at a drive-in cimema and classic car event.

The shining stars in our community


11:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

THREE “shining stars” have been honoured for their outstanding contribution to the community.

We’ll do all we can to help Tracy recover


9:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

FRIENDS and colleagues of an inspirational mum joined forces to help her realise her dream of walking again.

Islanders offer help to homeless woman

Echo: FOX HEAD: A Hartlepool man posted a picture of a fox's head impaled on a spike onto social networking site facebook

7:30am Wednesday 29th April 2015

CANVEY residents showed true community spirit after joining forces to help a homeless woman get off the streets.

There is a health crisis in Wickford


6:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

FRUSTRATED patients and doctors have admitted health care in Wickford is at crisis point because of the growing population.

Fears for the future if firm leaves Basildon


6:00am Tuesday 28th April 2015

A SENIOR councillor fears Basildon would be taking a backwards step if a major business shed jobs or left the town for good Kevin Blake, deputy leader of Basildon Council, has admitted it would be a “huge loss” for the borough if Waymade Healthcare, based in Miles Gray Road, shut its doors for good.

Residents’ victory in street name fight


5:00pm Tuesday 28th April 2015

DETERMINED residents have won a battle against council plans to rename streets on their estate.

IMD Legion dance group wow Britain's Got Talent judges: Basildon & Wickford schoolgirls through to next round


4:47pm Monday 27th April 2015

THE future is looking bright for two south Essex schoolgirls after they wowed celebrity judges to make it through to the next round of Britain's Got Talent.

Updated: Road re-opens after being closed because of burst water main

Echo: CLOSED: A burst water main has led to the closure of Sticker Lane, Bradford

10:35am Saturday 25th April 2015

A BURST water main is causing major delays for motorists at the Fairglen Interchange.

Police release efit of Grays burglar


10:05am Saturday 25th April 2015

POLICE have released an efit of a burglar who stole jewellery from an elderly homeowner.

Police release efit of Hadleigh street robber


8:43am Saturday 25th April 2015

POLICE have released an efit of a man who punched a woman in the face and pushed her to the floor during a terrifying street robbery.

Police probe bingo hall drugs claims


8:00am Monday 27th April 2015

POLICE are to investigate claims Class A drugs are being taken at a popular south Essex bingo hall.

Streetlights to go back on at station


4:00pm Monday 27th April 2015

STREETLIGHTS in some parts of Wickford will be switched back on throughout the night after a string of safety concerns were raised.

Trying out Olympic legacy at Hadleigh


7:00am Friday 24th April 2015

A GROUP of lucky youngsters got to experience Hadleigh’s new mountain bike track before it opens to the public.

Skate park closes due to vandalism


10:00am Friday 24th April 2015

A POPULAR skate park has been closed after being targeted by vandals.

Don’t shy away from bowel cancer test


4:00pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

WHEN it comes to our toilet habits, many people in Britain are reluctant to share too much information.

Voice star Hollie and her sister pitch travel idea


10:00am Thursday 23rd April 2015

THE Voice star Hollie Barrie has teamed up with her sister to pitch a business idea to billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson.

Boom time for Basildon


6:00am Thursday 23rd April 2015

FIRST-time buyers are flooding into Basildon to pick up properties as major regeneration projects take shape, new figures show.

Animal cruelty cases on the up in Essex


12:10am Wednesday 22nd April 2015

ANIMAL cruelty cases have surged in Essex with reports of beatings, poisoning and even starvation.

Commuters face delays after woman hit by train

Echo: Passenger taken ill, delaying trains

5:20pm Tuesday 21st April 2015

COMMUTERS are facing delays on the c2c line after a woman was struck by a train.

Car park’s homes are rejected again


5:00pm Friday 17th April 2015

PLANS to build houses on the site of a former pub car park have been thrown out for a second time.

Free test for your heart in Billericay


8:00pm Friday 17th April 2015

A YOUNG man whose heart stopped for 25 minutes has raised £8,500 to host an ECG screening clinic.

Daredevil gran Esther is flying high


2:00pm Friday 17th April 2015

A BRAVE grandmother is set to fly through the air strapped to the top of an aeroplane to raise cash for a carers charity.

Councillor defends throwing out surgery application


11:00am Friday 17th April 2015

A COUNCILLOR has hit back after plans to build a new £2million doctor’s surgery in Wickford were thrown out.

Road is ‘accident waiting to happen’


6:00am Friday 17th April 2015

CALLS have been made for a dangerous road to be repaired before someone is seriously hurt in a crash.

VIDEO: Labour leader Ed is down with the kids, say weight-loss twins


6:00am Thursday 16th April 2015

IDENTICAL twins who became internet sensations after shedding 19 stone between them are helping youngsters get interested in politics.

Wickford school in mourning as Tommy dies aged 15


8:00am Thursday 16th April 2015

A SCHOOL and community have been left in shock after a schoolboy died suddenly during the Easter holidays.

Found - the man who saved Hollie


8:46am Monday 13th April 2015

A SOLDIER who brought a teenage girl back from the dead has spoken of the moment he rushed to her rescue.

Pothole-ridden road is fixed by residents


6:00am Friday 10th April 2015

FED-UP neighbours showed some real community spirit by getting together and repairing a pothole-ridden road.


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