FIREFIGHTERS battled a blaze after arsonists set light to a shed causing a grass fire on Canvey marshes.

Nine firefighters from Canvey were called out to tackle the blaze at 6.54pm following reports of a field on fire.

The fire spread from a bird hide and was extinguished by 8.09pm.

A spokesman for the fire service said: "It was started deliberately."

Full story in Thursday's Echo.