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Call to man Canvey's pumps

Echo: Ukip councillor Jamie Huntman

7:30am Friday 25th July 2014

CALLS have been made for flood pumps on Canvey to be manned full time.

Rylan featured in National Portrait Gallery

Echo: Rylan Clark

7:00am Friday 25th July 2014

RYLAN Clark is to take his place alongside Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin and the Bronte sisters – in the National Portrait Gallery.

Firms face £20k fine over illegal workers


6:30am Friday 25th July 2014

TWO curry house owners face £20,000 fines for employing illegal immigrants.

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.

Foreign players are ruining the beautiful game... says MP David Amess

Echo: Southend West MP David Amess

6:00am Friday 25th July 2014

A FOOTBALL-LOVING MP has called on fellow fans to boycott top flight matches because there are too many foreign players.

Family's tributes to dad who died in A127 crash


6:00am Friday 25th July 2014

A FAMILY have paid tribute to a “great dad” who died after his car crashed on the A127.

Fire engine called to woman stuck in lift

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

8:18pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A fire crew have been called out to help a woman stuck in a lift. 

Six fire crews called to huge grass fire

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

6:45pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Six fire crews were called to tackle a huge grass fire close to the South Essex College campus. 

Police drugs crackdown a big success

Echo: webpix police generic

6:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

NEARLY 150 charges have been brought against alleged drug dealers across south Essex in one of Essex Police’s most successful drugs busts.

Three people injured in Leigh on Sea collision

Echo: Increase in New Year ambulance 999 calls in Essex

6:04pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Three people were injured in a collision between a car and motorcyclist in Leigh on Sea.

Up to 20 ex St Hilda's students struggling to find new place


5:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

FORMER pupils at a closed private school are in limbo after struggling to get bursaries elsewhere.

Southend-on-Mud is disappearing

Echo: Oyster pickers on Southend foreshore

4:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A NEW investigation into the loss of Southend’s foreshore will take place under the authority’s new council this year.

Lightning blasts a hole in family's home


4:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A FAMILY had a lucky escape when lightning hit their home, causing thousands of pounds damage.

Elijah’s run for Nick


3:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A SCHOOLBOY has raised hundreds of pounds in memory of a marathon runner – and helped smash a £10,000 fundraising target in the process.

Postie Tracey wades through flood water to deliver mail


2:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A POSTWOMAN refused to allow the floods to stop the mail getting through – so she waded through the water to complete her rounds.

Jordan’s footie club


2:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A NEW football club has been launched for disabled people in memory of a teenager who died from a heart attack.

Islander Anne’s action petition


1:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AN online petition has been launched, calling for action to improve Canvey’s drains.

Maggie's M25 Blockade causes traffic chaos

Echo: Maggie Tuttle eventually got matters resolved,

12:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A ROLLING motorway blockade masterminded by a Southend pensioner is causing traffic chaos on the M25.

Gang are targeting sheds and garages

Echo: webpix police arrest

12:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THREE bikes worth £1,000 have been stolen from a house during a spate of garage and shed burglaries, which police believe are being carried out by the same gang.

Taylor's marathon effort in memory of Danny


12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A SCHOOLBOY who ran more than 12 miles in memory of a friend has raised £450.

Environment Agency admits pumps were out for two hours on Canvey

Echo: Canvey island flooding

12:04pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE Environment Agency has admitted a pumping station on Canvey was not working for two hours during Sunday's storm.

Devoted surgeon husband dies saving wife


11:40am Thursday 24th July 2014

A DISTINGUISHED couple who mixed with royalty died together in a swimming pool tragedy.

Can you help police find this man in a wig?


10:49am Thursday 24th July 2014

POLICE want to speak to this man, believed to be wearing a woman’s wig, about the theft of fuel from a petrol station.

UPDATED: Seafront reopened after man falls from Pier Hill Lift


10:43am Thursday 24th July 2014

POLICE closed a section of Southend seafront after a man fell from the Pier Hill lift walkway.

Three Canvey schools damaged by floods


10:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

TEACHERS are pulling together to clear up their classrooms after flood damage left buildings wrecked.

Two more arrests in Southend murder probe

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

9:59am Thursday 24th July 2014

TWO more people have been arrested in a Southend murder investigation.

Man hands himself in after police release appeal for suspected Basildon rapist

Echo: webpix police arrest

9:20am Thursday 24th July 2014

Police have arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of rape after he handed himself in at Grays Police Station.

Top teacher leaves school 'family' after 40 years


9:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A TEACHER is retiring after 40 years teaching in south Essex.

Stolen parking meter dumped on the beach


8:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

AN ASTONISHED dogwalker came across a parking meter while walking on a Canvey beach.

Top Whitehall scientist to look at why Canvey was flooded again


7:30am Thursday 24th July 2014

A LEADING Government scientist is being drafted in to lead an investigation into why Canvey saw some of its worst flooding in years at the weekend.

240 traveller pitches may be forced on Basildon

Echo: EXCLUSIVE: Dale Farm battle to run in to 2013

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

THE NUMBER of traveller pitches in Basildon could triple by 2033 if Essex County Council proposals are forced on the borough.

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.

Police save gran against all odds


6:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

TWO children have thanked the four police officers who saved their grandmother’s life against all odds.

Thief in bag snatch from mobility scooter

Echo: webpix police arrest

6:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A MUGGER who stole a pensioner’s handbag from her mobility scooter was chased through the streets by taxi drivers.

Video: Police appeal to trace man captured on video deliberately splashing people while driving through floods on Canvey


6:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

POLICE want to trace a driver captured on video deliberately splashing people as floods swept into Canvey.

Fire crews called to Temple Court in Southend

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

8:37pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Five fire crews were called to a flat fire in Temple Court, Southend. 

CCTV of man police want to speak to in connection with nightclub attack


7:10pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Detectives investigation a nightclub assault which left the victim with a broken jaw have released a CCTV image. 

Three vehicle crash near Rawreth

Echo: Thirty six officers at Essex County Council pocketed more than £100,000

6:58pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A three vehicle accident is reportedly blocked part of the A1245/A130 roundabout.

Fire crews called to the Kursaal estate

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

5:54pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Fire crews have been called to reports of a flat fire on the Kursaal estate. 

Bailiffs shut down historic Royal Hotel


4:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ONE of Southend’s most iconic buildings has suddenly closed – with bailiffs called in.

Consultants paid £44k by Basildon Council to see where travellers should live

Echo: Judge allows travellers to stay in lane near Dale Farm...for now

4:05pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs are paying tens of thousands of pounds on consultants to draw up a list of where traveller sites should be built across Basildon, Billericay and Wickford.

Councillor ‘should have stepped aside’

Echo: Fresh face: new councillor Simon Hart

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A COUNCILLOR is tonight expected to be banned from taking part in a group to shape the future of new housing in the borough, because his house is next to a major development site.

£26,000 cost of closing Shoebury East Beach

Echo: Risk assessment – Royal Navy experts survey Shoebury East Beach after weapons find

2:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE taxpayer will foot a £26,716 bill for the closure of Shoebury East Beach because of fears over wartime shells.

Tots’ £2,340 for charity


2:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

TODDLERS have raised £2,340 to help save babies’ lives through a series of “sensathon” events.

Rayleigh man dies after A127 crash

Echo: Essex Police have closed the road

1:54pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ESSEX Police have confirmed the man who died after his car left the A127 last night was from Rayleigh.

Image of Alfie sums up spirit of Canvey


1:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A SCHOOLBOY in his wellies with a broom in hand, helping out his neighbours on the first day of the summer holidays, is exactly the kind of community spirit that sums up Canvey.

Flats plan for car site

Echo: Castle Point Council shakes up its meetings

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANS for a three-storey block of flats on a car sales site in Hadleigh have been submitted to Castle Point Council.

Finch to House of Lords: revoke Hanningfield's peerage

Echo: Hanningfield could be suspended from Lords in new storm on expenses

12:42pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE leader of Essex County Council has called on the House of Lords to revoke Lord Hanningfield’s peerage.

Man in court over assault

Echo: Unemployed David Quinn, 49, of Bockingham Green, Basildon, appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court (file picture)

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A FORMER vicar will appear in court charged with assaulting a police officer and sexually assaulting a paramedic after a crash.

Flood forum is cancelled ...because of flooding

Echo: Burst main leaves 38 homes without water

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MEETING to discuss flooding in Rochford district tonight has been cancelled – because of flooding.



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