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A FIRE investigation is under way after a large factory blaze.
A YOUNG family were lucky to escape after their lounge floor caught fire as they were sleeping.
FLOODING is likely as a severe weather warning is issued for Essex.
TWO teenagers remain in custody in connection with the knife murder of a man in Southend.
THOUSANDS of Christmas shoppers were evacuated after an abandoned suitcase sparked a bomb scare.
THE Southend Bach Choir and the Band of the Essex Yeomanry are performing tonight at St Saviour’s Church in Kings Road, Westcliff.
MASCOT Buddy Bear will be organising charity games at the Royals Shopping Centre, Southend, this weekend.
A HEADTEACHER has been praised for taking swift action to turn around his school.
THE Canvey Island Independent Party has refuted claims its members had signed up with Ukip.
NEW cooling systems have been installed at Canvey’s pumps to stop them overheating in heavy rainfall.
CHRISTMAS shoppers have been reminded they can park for free in Rochford District Council's car parks all day on December 6, 13 and 20.
BILLERICAY comic Lee Evans has announced he will retire to spend more time with his family.
THIEVES are breaking into homes and stealing cars before dumping them nearby.
A SOCIAL club for older people is set to reopen after a legal wrangle forced a three-month closure.
A YOUNG couple are suing a five-star Turkish resort after their romantic getaway was ruined by a stomach bug.
TWO members of the ambulance service have been honoured for the lifesaving treatment they gave to a young woman involved in a horrific motorbike accident.
NEW checks are to be carried out by police officers to avoid a repeat of the Martin Goldberg scandal.
MP John Baron has told the Echo exclusively he will stand for the Conservatives in the general election, despite repeated speculation he is about to join Ukip.
A HOSPITAL nursery branded “inadequate” after a child was rushed to A&E following an overdose is now rated “good”.
A family crisis set Jackie on a mission to help prisoners learn how to read.
A GERMAN man was arrested at Tilbury Docks on suspicion of smuggling 2.5 million cigarettes into the UK.
FINAL preparations are under way for Canvey’s annual Christmas lights switch-on.
A THIEF went into a convenience store to steal more than £60 worth of...washing tablets.
We speak to chef David Jarrett about feeding punters on the gambling floor of Southend's Rendezvous casino.
ESSENTIAL flood prevention work is being carried out by contractors in Rayleigh.
A MASKED gang held up a convenience store at knifepoint.
CANVEY Town Council is organising awards to recognise individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to the quality of life for residents on the island.
A MAN from Westcliff arrested on suspicion of murdering Angela Millington, whose remains were found on Foulness Island in June, has been bailed again.
A MAN remains in a serious condition after he was punched to the ground.
THE Lions Club of Rayleigh is looking for new members to help raise funds for the community and charities.
OUR X Factor hopeful Lauren Platt has vowed to prove her critics wrong after losing favour with the bookies.
TWO teenagers are in hospital with serious injuries after a car ploughed into a family home.
FIVE girls were taken to hospital this evening after entering the water off Barge Pier, Shoebury at around 7.30pm this evening.
AN empty Southend office block could be transformed into 60 apartments.
DOZENS of star struck fans flocked to the Victoria Shopping Centre to meet their idol this afternoon.
STEP aside Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff, Canvey has its very own Baywatch.
THE funeral of much-loved Southend kickboxer Joe Emmons will be held next week.
Detectives investigating an incident in Basildon where three men were subjected to racial abuse and assaulted would like to identify the people in this CCTV image.
DETECTIVES are hunting a violent robber who is targeting women in Laindon following a string of night-time muggings.
THESE potential witnesses to the attempted rape of a nine-year-old are being urged to come forward by police.
THE first 113 of what could end up being 600 homes on a Canvey caravan park has moved a step closer after a planning application was submitted.
A HUGE solar farm generating enough energy to power 4,125 homes could be built in Canewdon if plans are approved.
A TEDDYbear collection is set to reach a staggering £100,000 when it goes up for auction.
A NEW 2.5million block of flats will open in Leigh on Monday.
A new exhibition at the Beecroft Art Gallery will showcase an internationally-renowned artist whose early promise was nurtured in Southend.
SOUTHEND Council is offering support to food businesses in the borough so that they can be prepared for new rules aimed at protecting allergy-sufferers.
HOSPITAL staff could not have known that a baby who died hours after being delivered by caesarean had been compromised up to 12 hours earlier, a coroner has ruled.
COMMUTERS were out in force at Laindon station yesterday to protest against planned rail cutbacks.
ROYAL British Legion volunteers have been helped in counting their 2014 Poppy Appeal donations by staff at Rochford District Council.
CUSTOMERS and staff were evacuated after fire broke out at a Thorpe Bay cafe.
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