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Police chase through streets to arrest suspected burglars


4:27pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUSPECTED burglars sparked a police chase across Benfleet and Rayleigh when one made off in a taxi.

Man admits Basildon underpass rape


2:58pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has admitted raping a woman in a Basildon underpass.

Top police officer charged with making indecent images of children

Echo: Thurrock Chief Inspector Ben Hodder

2:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TOP police officer from Thurrock has been charged with two counts of making indecent images of children.

Flats plagued by venomous false widow spiders


2:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FALSE widow spiders are giving residents nightmares after moving into a block of flats.

Flood alert issued as tidal surge combines with high winds


1:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FLOOD alert has been issued for the coastline from St Peters Flat to Shoebury, as well as the Crouch and Roach estuaries.

Rayleigh and Wickford MP pledges support for Europe referendum

Echo: Mark Francois

1:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN MP has pledged his support in the House of Commons for an In/Out referendum on Europe.

Crime spree boosts campaign to switch on streetlights again


12:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PETITION calling for the streetlights to be turned back on received more than 160 new signatures in just one night after a crime spree.

Fire crews tackle arson attack at Southend house

Echo: fire engine north yorkshire service - zxc

12:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS put out a blaze after a deliberate fire spread to a terraced house in Southend

Why did my dog have to be put down?


12:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN is distraught after her dog had to be put down two days after visiting the vet with sore ears.

Hurricane Gonzalo: Man escapes after tree falls on car in Rochford


11:47am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has escaped unhurt after a falling tree branch landed on his car as he was driving.

Man crushed to death while repairing van


11:31am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has been crushed to death in a freak accident while working on his transit van.

Zombies to take over Southend Pier

Echo: Preparing for zombie fun this Halloween at the Thackray Medical Museum

11:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

HORDES of the undead will stagger from the Southend Pier to the town centre.

Seevic open evening is most popular yet

Echo: Principal Nick Spenceley outside Seevic College

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

RECORD-BREAKING numbers descended on Seevic College for its latest open evening.

Essex University staff set to take industrial action over pensions dispute

Echo: Essex University

9:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

STAFF at Essex University have voted to take industrial action in a row over changes to pensions.

More than 300 homes and firms left without phone lines


8:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MORE than 300 homes and businesses lost their phone lines and internet service after underground cables were deliberately damaged.

Stroke victim says hospital is working wonders


8:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

DAVID Wallings is a lucky man. The 47-year-old suffered a stroke last January while doing the washing up.

Big fashion brands under one roof off the A127


8:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A ONE-STOP fashion shop is set to bring big name brands to a Basildon retail park with a new store boasting Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis under one roof.

Three major restaurants sign up for huge Southend seafront scheme

Echo: Kids Eat for £1 at Frankie and Benny's

8:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Three big-name restaurants have signed up to help create Southend’s new leisure park, set to rival Bas Vegas.

Up-and-coming Leigh reaches for the sky


8:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO new housing developments are close to completion in an area on the up, according to an estate agents.

We’re in the picture! 300 Canvey children will be movie stars


8:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

HUNDREDS of children will become film stars in a movie being shot on Canvey.

Former soldier is running 399 miles from Scotland


6:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FORMER soldier is tackling a gruelling run to raise money for a young woman who lost her leg in a horrific bike crash.

Fancy! 30 extra staff to cope with frighteningly successful Halloween


6:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FANCY dress business has taken on almost 30 extra workers to cope with demand for ghoulish Halloween costumes.

Southend Council back down over pavement repair bill


7:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

SOUTHEND Council has apologised for wrongly sending a householder a repair bill for a pavement which didn’t need fixing.

Southend drug dealer locked up after police sting

Echo: Essex Police have closed the road

6:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A NOTORIOUS young drug dealer has been locked up for more than two years after supplying an undercover officer with cocaine and cannabis.

Burglars ransacked home and stole £18k of jewellery, cash and paperwork


5:13pm Monday 20th October 2014

BURGLARS stole £18,000 from a bungalow and doused the floors with fabric conditioner.

Raw sewage floods Joan's driveway


5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A PENSIONER was disgusted to find raw sewage flooding her driveway following heavy rain.

40 volunteers raise £3,000 for Harp in cardboard box challenge


4:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

MORE than 40 brave volunteers slept alongside Southend’s homeless when they took on the Cardboard Box Challenge and raised £3,000.

Thugs armed with baseball bats and a meat cleaver rob terrified woman

Echo: Worker attacked with 'meat cleaver' in chip shop robbery

4:07pm Monday 20th October 2014

Yobs armed with baseball bats and a meat cleaver bust into a home in Southen, robbing a terrified woman.

Crisp millionaire - pulled pork flavour nets Westcliff man £1million


3:59pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CRISP fanatic has bagged himself £1million from Walkers after winning a national competition to create a new flavour.

Local firms help Echo winner furnish her home


3:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A HOME makeover is taking shape thanks to generous donations from local businesses.

Cancer con woman who got free wedding admits fraud


2:20pm Monday 20th October 2014

A WOMAN conned friends and strangers out of thousands of pounds of donations, goods and services by falsely claiming she had terminal cancer, a court heard

Jack is 'shadow' MP for Castle Point


1:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A YOUNGSTER is following in the footsteps of his local MP...for his work experience.

Passengers asked to leave a plane because it was too heavy


12:47pm Monday 20th October 2014

Southend Airport passengers asked to leave an easyJet plane that was too heavy to fly.

Olympic swimmer encourages Essex to get active


12:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

OLYMPIC swimmer and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Mark Foster came home to Essex to launch a new fitness initiative.

Sixth form takes shape


11:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AN EXPANDED sixth form centre is taking shape.

Award-winning animal images used to reduce fatal accidents among the young


9:30am Monday 20th October 2014

AN award-winning road safety campaign will be launched in Essex to help reduce fatal and serious injury crashes involving young or inexperienced drivers.

Counting the cost of the flooding


9:00am Monday 20th October 2014

THE flooding in South Essex this summer devastated parts of the county, leaving businesses, roads, and homes in ruin.

Updated: Man taken to hospital after five-car accident


8:38am Monday 20th October 2014

A SERIOUS accident involving five vehicles has trapped commuters by bringing the A127 to a standstill.

Girl depends on specialist apps and device to communicate


8:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A THIEF stole a “lifeline”

Who did pay what for war memorial?


7:30am Monday 20th October 2014

A ROW has broken out over who paid what to refurbish Canvey’s war memorial.

Southend MP's anger at top public sector pay


7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AN MP has condemned the “absolutely outrageous” scale of salaries paid to senior public sector officials and those with “non jobs” at a time when cuts were being made to services.

Cameron hails officers for preventing petrol station explosion


6:30am Monday 20th October 2014

TWO police officers who saved a man from burning to death and prevented a petrol station from exploding have been saluted for their courage.

Woman, 82, escapes as her home is hit by gas explosion


6:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AN 82-YEAR-OLD woman was rescued from her home after a gas explosion destroyed her conservatory, blew out a wall and ripped a door off its hinges.

Seafront development to create more than 100 jobs


6:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A new development on Southend seafront will bring up to 110 jobs and signals a huge “vote of confidence” in the town, according to business leaders.

Largest ship to sail on the Thames docks at London Gateway

Echo: Edith Maersk

7:37pm Sunday 19th October 2014

ONE of the biggest ships in the world - and largest to ever sail on the River Thames - docked at London Gateway.

Man dies after car crashes into a wall


6:26pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A MAN died after his car crashed into the wall of a house in Stanford-le-Hope.

Helping rough sleepers


4:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A NEW service has been set up to help rough sleepers in the area, with more than 30 people thought to be sleeping rough in south Essex.

Bonfire night pets tips


2:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

AN animal expert is advising pet owners to remain calm and keep their pets safe during fireworks season.

Coastwatch station plan

Echo: St John Ambulance offers free first aid demonstrations

12:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

PLANS to change the St John’s Ambulance Centre in Canvey into a coastwatch station will be discussed by councillors.

Man denies trying to steal fuel from pipeline

Echo: Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work

10:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

A LITHUANIAN lorry driver has pleaded not guilty to attempting to steal £250,000 from a fuel pipeline in Brentwood.



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