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Hospital staff underpaid by up to £1,380

Echo: Cuts - Southend Hospital

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

SOUTHEND Hospital staff are paid as much as £1,380 a year less than their counterparts at every other NHS organisation in the country.

Popular park to get toilets for summer

Echo: New facilities – John H Burrows recreation ground in Hadleigh

6:30am Wednesday 16th April 2014

TEMPORARY toilets are to be installed at a popular Hadleigh park.

Fabulous baker girl's marathon cake double

Echo: Marathon cake - Hayley's winning creation

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CAKE-MAKING runner had double success as her baking won a gold medal at an international cake show before she completed her fifth marathon.

Ten marathons in eight days - Westcliff runner finishes marathon task in style in London

Echo: Medals of honour - Dean ran 262 miles in eight days

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

WESTCLIFF’s runner Dean Ovel is taking a well-earned break after completing his tenth marathon in eight days.

Man rammed girl’s head into oven door

Echo: police officer rear

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN accused of trying to murder his ex-girlfriend said he “lost control” during an argument, a court has heard.

£1m seafront lagoon in jeopardy

Echo: An artist's impression of the artificial lagoon

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

PLANS for a £1million artificial lagoon on Southend seafront could be in jeopardy after a proposed revamp of Sealife Adventure was delayed.

Secret Southend: 10 things you might not know about Southend

Echo: Author Dee Gordon

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

What don't you know about Southend? 10 hidden gems of the Essex seaside town revealed.

LIVE: Cray Wanderers vs East Thurrock Utd

Echo: John Coventry

7:42pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Live text updates from Courage Stadium as Rocks look to retain their Ryman Premier League status.

Police called out to three vehicle accident near Noak Bridge

Echo: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

7:11pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

POLICE were called to an accident on the A127 Eastbound near Noak Bridge at around 6.30pm.

Three men to appear in court over assault charges

Echo: webpix court justice

6:45pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THREE men are due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court next month to face charges of affray and assault.

Delayed again - Traders rejoice as controversial Rochford District parking charges go back to council for further discussion

Echo: Delighted - Carl Watson, left, president of Rayleigh chamber of Trade, and Jeff Stanton, of Hockley Chamber of Trade and Commerce

6:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

TRADERS are celebrating after Rochford District Council postponed plans to bring in Saturday afternoon parking charges.

Firefighters tackle house fire in Hullbridge

Echo: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

5:51pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have been called to a fire at a house in Hullbridge.

Man dies at market

Echo: Man dies at market

5:52pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MAN has died after collapsing at Basildon Market.

We're hoping for a new war memorial

Echo: We're hoping for a new war memorial

5:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NEW war memorial could be built on Canvey in time for this November’s Remembrance Sunday service.

Now bedroom tax ‘martyr’ can stay!

Echo: Now bedroom tax ‘martyr’ can stay!

4:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A FAMILY who are hundreds of pounds in arrears with rent on their Basildon Council house because to the bedroom tax can keep their home.

Council: let us put cameras in your homes

Echo: Southend tourism director Lisa Ferne says Southend has become so popular with film crews she needs a register to process all the requests in time

3:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

SOUTHENDERS are being asked to sign up to put their homes on the big screen after the council was inundated with requests from film crews.

£400,000? And the rest - Flood campaigners urge for long-lasting measures after Anglian Water pledge wedge for flood defences

Echo: Silt concerns - Rawreth Flooding Action Group chairman Peter Plummer in Beeches Road

2:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FLOOD victims are hoping to benefit from £400,000 of new drains being laid by Anglian Water.

Blazing rubbish - Fire crews called to extinguish blaze at Southend recycling centre

Echo: False alarm for fire services

1:49pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FIRE crews were called to a Southend council recycling centre this morning to extinguish a blaze of rubbish.

How Danny’s fund helped Lilybet take her first steps back to recovery

Echo: How Danny’s fund helped Lilybet take her first steps back to recovery

1:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FOR any parent, nothing ever quite beats seeing your child taking their first few tentative steps.

Transsexual crippled with pain from botched sex change operation made false police report

Echo: Miranda Lee

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A TRANSSEXUAL who complained to police she was being abused by yobs after having a sex change operation has pleded guilty to wasting police time.

11 arrested in drug raids

Echo: 11 arrested in drug raids

10:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

POLICE have raided drug dens across the borough in response to tip-offs about suspicious activity.

New Bishop of Brentwood "excited" about the job

Echo: New Bishop of Brentwood "excited" about the job

9:48am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE Brentwood Diocese has named its new Bishop - a former scientist and teacher.

Sea defence concerns after bad winter weather

Echo: Sea defence concerns after bad winter weather

9:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

ISLANDERS are worried about the state of Canvey’s sea defences after finding signs of damage to its seawall.

Site of flats for vulnerable youngsters revealed

Echo: Southend YMCA's Syrie Cox, Tom Moulton and Mark Withers below the new flats in Hamlet Court Road

9:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

VULNERABLE young people will get a new home in Westcliff thanks to help from volunteers who slept rough in temperatures of -4C.

Quadruple bypass won't stop my 154ft challenge

Echo: Dave Walkre - ready to abseil 154ft

8:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

AFTER undergoing gruelling heart surgery most people would be taking it easy.

Hospital's whopping agency bill revealed

Echo: Cuts - Southend Hospital

7:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WHOPPING £29million has been spent on agency staff by Southend Hospital in the past four years, the Echo can reveal.

Flybe cancels flights from Southend Airport

Echo: Flybe sells runway space to EasyJet

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

FLYBE has cancelled flights from Southend Airport to Cologne after only a week as rival Ryanair announced flights from Stansted.

Flash mob celebrate 20 years at the top

Echo: Flash mob celebrate 20 years at the top

6:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

SOUTHEND YMCA celebrated its 20th anniversary by staging a “flash mob” event in the town’s High Street.

Mum ‘beaten in front of her tot’

Echo: The police element of council tax could rise

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NEW mum was attacked in front of her baby by her ex-boyfriend so brutally she required emergency surgery to stop bleeding on the brain, a court has heard.

New business park could be built on Canvey fields

Echo: New business park could be built on Canvey fields

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A HUGE business park could be built on Canvey if plans are given the green light.

Gunman beats up milkman in 3.30am robbery

Echo: Gunman beats up milkman in 3.30am robbery

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MILKMAN was hit over the head by a man armed with a gun.

Sam is chosen to represent Scouts around the world

Echo: Flying the flag – Canvey Scout Samuel Tudor

8:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A CANVEY teenager is travelling across the globe to fly the flag for Castle Point Scouts.

A showcase for Southend firms

Echo: Opening ceremony – Sir Teddy Taylor cuts the ribbon

7:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

FORMER Southend MP Sir Teddy Taylor opened the first Discovering Business in Southend exhibition.

Dude, where's my classic car? - £50,000 Mercedes stolen by couple

Echo: Upset - Stephen Habermel

6:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A PUBLISHER is distraught after his classic car – worth £50,000 – was stolen from an underground car park.

Only Fools and Horses‘props return to the pier

Echo: Only Fools and Horses‘props return to the pier

6:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE gold watch which finally made the Trotter family millionaires in the TV sitcom Only Fools and Horses is to go on show on Southend Pier.

Family hit by Benfleet break-in on holiday return

Echo: webpix police arrest

5:46pm Monday 14th April 2014

TWO Benfleet homes were broken into over the weekend with more than 40 items stolen including a large screen TV.

American bulldogs found emaciated in barren cages in Southend garage

Echo: American bulldogs found emaciated in barren cages in Southend garage

4:55pm Monday 14th April 2014

A SOUTHEND couple have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to their two dogs.

Toddler group organiser Claire up for two awards

Echo: Having a ball – Claire Ostermeyer celebrates her nominations in a ball pool with some of the youngstersin her Safari Tots Toddler Group

4:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A MUM-OF-TWO is celebrating after reaching the final stages of a coveted awards scheme after being nominated by parents of her Hadleigh toddler group.

Coroner hits out at Essex ambulance service for failing mum

Echo: RESPONSE DEBATE: How long should patients in non life-threatening emergencies wait for an ambulance?

4:04pm Monday 14th April 2014

A CORONER has hit out at the East of England Ambulance Service for a series of failures in the care of Trudy Glenister.

An honour Carol never expected...

Echo: Carol with her MBE insignia

3:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

CAROL Compton, laughs as she recalls her reaction to the news she was to be made an MBE for services to children and families She says: “Every year, when the honours list was announced, we would joke in my family and complain, saying, ‘oh, we’re not there, again!’”

Residents furious after developer fells tree...for a third drive

Echo: Residents say the tree, which was 80 years old, should not have been felled

2:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

OUTRAGED residents have hit out at Essex County Council for allowing a developer to cut down an 80-year-old tree.

Lidl's plans for new Eastwood store given the boot, by one vote

Echo: An artist's impression of the planned development

1:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new Lidl supermarket in Eastwood have been thrown out by councillors – by a single vote.

Councillor: Back grammars or go elsewhere

Echo: James Courtenay

12:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

PRIMARY headteachers should not work in Southend if they oppose grammar schools on ideological grounds, a senior Tory councillor has said.

Rochford bin collection dates for Easter

Echo: Rochford bin collection dates for Easter

11:50am Monday 14th April 2014

Bin Collections over Easter Bin Collections across the Rochford District will remain unchanged over Easter.

Support grows to save lollipop men and women

Echo: Libraries and lollipop patrols face axe in latest council cuts

11:00am Monday 14th April 2014

SUPPORT is mounting for the Echo’s campaign to save the county’s lollipop men and women.

Gang forced me to kill my mother

Echo: Chelmsford Crown Court

10:00am Monday 14th April 2014

A MAN told how he didn’t murder his mum – but was forced to kill her by a ruthless gang.

County Hall making in-roads to sort Canvey's flooding troubles

Echo: Fixing the problems – county councilor Ray Howard at the pumping station by the Dutch Cottage, in Canvey Road

9:00am Monday 14th April 2014

COUNTY Hall is planning to map every drain on Canvey as a way to deal more effectively with flooding.

Please can we sort out this pavement!

Echo: Concern - Mr Bull in his wheelchair in Rectory Road, Hadleigh

8:00am Monday 14th April 2014

A MAN has started a petition in an attempt to persuade the county council to fix a dangerous footpath in Hadleigh.

Tank joins battle to save Jotmans

Echo: Firepower – the tank, with councillor Andrew Sheldon on board, backs up residents, councillors and Castle Point MP Rebecca Harris, fifth from left, at the threatened green belt site

7:00am Monday 14th April 2014

A TANK descended on Benfleet as scores of incensed campaigners rallied against plans for hundreds of homes in their neighbourhood.

New crocodile enclosure branded 'rainbow warehouse'

Echo: An artist's impression of the planned development

6:30am Monday 14th April 2014

SEALIFE Adventure has been told to redesign a planned large-scale extension to the Southend seafront attraction.



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