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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.

Tory and Ukip pair up in bid to get better surgery plan


4:30pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A TORY and a Ukip councillor have put their political differences aside to call for improved health services in Wickford.

A luvly jubbly day for Fools and Horses fans


4:00pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ONLY Fools and Horses fans flocked to Basildon to get up close and personal with their favourite characters.

MP Baron: I’m still a loyal Conservative

Echo: John Baron

10:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

TORY MP John Baron has denied rumours he is planning to follow Tory defector Douglas Carswell into Ukip.

Posh nosh at new celeb restaurant

Echo: Chef Mark Baumann

8:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CELEBRITY chef is set to unveil a fine dining restaurant in Billericay – the second of its kind in south Essex.

Blaze guts family home


6:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A FAMILY have been made homeless after a faulty plug socket sparked a devastating blaze.

Woman found guilty of benefit fraud

Echo: Pair arrested for filming in Basildon Magistrates' Court

10:09am Friday 29th August 2014

A BENEFIT fraudster has escaped a jail term after failing to declare she was living with her partner.

Thieves smash taxi while stealing car


8:00am Friday 29th August 2014

A TAXI driver has been unable to work after his cab and his wife’s car were damaged in a botched theft.

Join the pub crawl to help kids in need

Echo: Smugglers' rumours at Lobster Smack

7:00pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A RECORD-BREAKING pub crawl is coming to south Essex.

New Kings Park club set to get go-ahead


6:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

A CANVEY caravan park finally looks set to get a new bar and cafe.

Help our brave girl to meet Tinker Bell


6:00am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE FRIENDS and family of a brave little girl who was diagnosed with leukaemia have launched a fundraising campaign to make her dream become a reality.

Billericay teenager overwhelmed by support


7:30am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A TEENAGER with a rare blood condition is overwhelmed with the support a charity set up in her honour has received.

Council unable to get roof put back


6:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

BASILDON Council says it is powerless to take action against developers which ripped the roof off a centuryold landmark without permission.

Guide dog mauled by Staffie as owner walks through Basildon


8:00am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A BLIND pensioner was left shaken after an out-of-control Staffordshire Bull Terrier mauled his beloved guide dog.

My daughter’s blood can just stop flowing


7:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A DEDICATED mum has been inspired to set up her own charity after her daughter had a stroke when she was just 12 years old.

Family donate £600 to help hospital unit


11:00am Monday 11th August 2014

A GENEROUS family donated more than £600 to a hospital ward in memory of a loved one.

We’ve done the dirty work, now help us


8:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

DETERMINED volunteers have cleaned up a Thundersley beauty spot – and now want residents to take responsibility for the area.

Concern as sun sets on 200-year-old pub


7:00am Friday 8th August 2014

A LANDMARK pub is being sold, sparking fears it could be demolished and turned into flats.

Shock at 45-minute wait for ambulance for 80-year-old who fell in street

Echo: Increase in New Year ambulance 999 calls in Essex

5:30pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A GOOD Samaritan has criticised paramedics after an elderly man had to wait nearly an hour for an ambulance.

Work starts on re-building shops gutted by fire


6:30am Wednesday 6th August 2014

A LONG awaited project to rebuild a fire-ravaged shopping parade has finally begun.

17 bedsits plan for office block


5:00pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

PLANS to turn an office block into 17 bedsits could lead to an influx of antisocial behaviour, claim councillors.

Grant will make sure we never do forget the First World War


6:30am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A HERITAGE group has won more than £50,000 in funding for a project aimed at making sure the sacrifices of the Great War are never forgotten.

Pam’s tribute to family war hero


12:00pm Monday 28th July 2014

IT started off as “something small” to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Lollipop man is verbally abused


8:30am Monday 28th July 2014

TERRIFIED parents were forced to call the police after a beloved lollipop man was abused.

Bar sale bid raises town centre fears


6:00am Friday 25th July 2014

A POPULAR nightspot is up for sale, sparking renewed fears for the future of Wickford High Street.

Booming Barleylands plans to supersize

Echo: Barleylands Farmers Market

6:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

BARLEYLANDS Farm wants to expand its craft village to create 15 new jobs.

Lights in Basildon underpass where woman was raped haven't been working for three months

Echo: webpix police arrest

5:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE lights in a dingy underpass where a young woman was raped are still broken.

Tories told to rethink East Square plans


1:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

UNIMPRESSED opposition councillors have told the Tories to go back to the drawing board with plans for a multi-million pound town centre makeover.

90 year-old shop in line for top award


4:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A FAMILY-RUN clothing store is in the running for a prestigious fashion prize.

Downsize sweetener turned sour


12:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A FAMILY who were persuaded to move to a smaller council home by the promise of a £1,500 sweetener have now been told they were never entitled to any cash.

Extreme weather alert! TWO warnings issued


8:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TEMPERATURES are set to soar...before a huge storm batters south Essex.

Costa kills off beloved Wickford charity shop


6:03pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A CHARITY shop is being forced to close after 17 years – to make way for a coffee shop.

Friends and family rally to help Reece


6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE determined family of a man with two brain tumours are trying to raise thousands of pounds to help keep him alive.

Champ might give up if park closes


6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A CHAMPION motocross rider could be forced to give up the sport if a controversial activity park closes.


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