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National security is cited as reason for ignoring council permission on height of fence


8:30am Friday 24th October 2014

THE MoD is putting up a 2.4m-high fence along a stretch of rail line for national security reasons – against the wishes of Southend Council.

Suspected burglar snared by residents

Echo: webpix arrest arrests arrested handcuffs police

8:21am Friday 24th October 2014

A SUSPECTED attempted burglar was caught by police after eagle-eyed residents spotted a man acting suspiciously.

Canvey drains pledge: No more quick fixes


6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A HIGHWAYS boss has promised Canvey residents more will be done to clear drains and gullies.

Major seafront restaurant to be rebuilt in £1.8million transformation


6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A landmark seafront restaurant is to be transformed with a £1.8million revamp.

Undercover officers spied on skate park kids


5:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

POLICE and council officers spied on youngsters at a skate park for two months...but failed to get evidence of any crimes.

Call for investigation after racism claim

Echo: Pat Rackley

4:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A UKIP councillor is demanding an investigation after she was accused of making “racist comments” during a council debate.

South Essex commuters consulted on c2c plans to tackle crowding

Echo: Passenger taken ill, delaying trains

2:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

COMMUTERS are being consulted on plans to tackle overcrowding on trains.

Road works will delay bus journeys


2:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

BUS passengers are being warned to expect delays while major roadworks are carried put.

Inspectors praise Benfleet care home

Echo: Care Quality Commission

1:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CARE home previously criticised for failing has had a major turnaround.

Raiders steal £600 of electricals in burglary


12:59pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

BURGLARS stole £600 of electrical items during a break-in.

Couple jailed for stealing thousands from wife's brother


12:35pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A husband and wife from the Basildon area have been jailed for theft and fraud offences following a police investigation last more than three years.

Havens desert adventure


12:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

ADVENTUROUS fundraisers spent a week battling through 40-degree temperatures on a trek through the Sahara to support a children’s hospice.

Campaigners fear life-or-death 999 delays if 500 Rayleigh homes get go ahead


12:00pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

CAMPAIGNERS fear 500 new homes in Rayleigh could cause unnacceptable delays for 999 crews because roads will not cope with more traffic.

Investigation into animals recovered from travellers site in Aveley continues

Echo: ANIMAL WELFARE: The RSPCA prosecuted a 20-year-old woman for causing suffering to her dogs

11:59am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE RSPCA is continuing to investigate after it recovered more than 80 animals from a travellers site in Aveley.

Who stole the Kray twins?!


9:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THEY were notorious for being East London gangsters, but now the Kray twins have become victims of crime themselves – after urban art of the pair was stolen from a derelict building.

Motorcyclist has 'life changing injuries' after bus smash


8:39am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST who was trapped under a bus in a horror smash has suffered life changing injuries.

Ukip ‘coup’ as another defector is welcomed


8:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A FORMER Tory activist who campaigned for MP Rebecca Harris has defected to Ukip.

53-year-old jumped from behind and robbed for £15

Echo: webpix police generic

7:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MAN was jumped from behind by two attackers who robbed him in broad daylight of just £15.

South American police believe man involved in drug smuggling


6:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A FATHER-of-two is facing extradition to Peru in connection with a £3million drugs bust, more than two years ago.

A right dog's dinner - Village pub put on menu for mutts


6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A PUB in Little Wakering has come up with a doggy menu in an effort to attract more canines and their owners in for dinner.

Police chase taxi as suspect flees


6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THREE suspected burglars sparked a police pursuit after one tried to escape in a taxi.

Royal Mail confirms Rochford centre will close in January


6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ROYAL Mail has confirmed it will close its Rochford delivery office and move services to Southend in January.

Flooded store back in business


6:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A SHOP has reopened after it was destroyed by floods.

Wilko Johnson 'cured' of terminal cancer


5:49pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Guitarist Wilko Johnson has claimed he has been ‘cured’ of his terminal cancer.

Fake footballer jailed for fraud


5:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A FORMER Southend United youth team player who posed as a Chelsea star to live a Premier League lifestyle has been jailed.

Motorcyclist and bus crash


4:38pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MOTORCYLIST has collided with a bus, leaving the biker stuck under the vehicle.

Council’s new plans to move rubbish bins


4:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SOUTHEND Council is again trying to move rubbish bins from a car park, to make way for the entertainment complex.

Rolex watches taken in burglary

Echo: Who does this watch belong to?

3:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HAUL of high-value watches and jewellery were stolen from a trading estate.

Ford Dunton’s future is sealed by £190m boost

Echo: Ford's Dunton plant

2:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE future of Ford Dunton has been secured after £190million of further investment was announced.

High-speed chase man admits dangerous driving


1:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WANTED man has admitted driving dangerously through Southend in a bid to evade the police.

Canvey Remembrance Sunday service plan

Echo: REMEMBRANCE DAY: A field of poppies will be planted St Cuthbert’s Church, in Darlington, to mark the centenary of the First World War

12:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE remembrance service on Canvey is to take place next month.

Bas Vegas bus to be axed

Echo: Essex County Council

12:42pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A long campaigned for bus route to Bas Vegas is to be axed to save money. 

Canvey and Thundersley pools get top award

Echo: Jobs bombshell - after the Echo's revelations about Waterside Farm, officials have confirmed some staff at Runnymede Pool will be also be offered redundancy

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO swimming pools have been given a prestigious pool water quality award.

Nick Alston hits out at claims police can't investigate all suspected paedophiles

Echo: Nick Alston will be answering your questions

11:55am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ESSEX’S Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has hit out at the National Crime Agency after its top boss said it was “unrealistic” to expect police to investigate all cases of paedophilia.

Stolen luxury cars and parts intercepted at Port of Tilbury and London Gateway


12:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SIX stolen cars and £280,000 worth of stolen BMW parts were intercepted by specialist police forces at the Port of Tilbury and London Gateway.

Jodie Marsh's sex talk at Leigh veggie restaurant


10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MODEL and presenter Jodie Marsh turned up at a Leigh vegetarian restaurant as she began filming for a new series.

Mayor Mo unveils revamped McDonald's


9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWENTY new jobs have been created after a fast-food restaurant was given a revamp.

Council scraps addresses shake-up

Echo: Playground opens on Five Links estate to make completion of new social housing development

8:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BASILDON council voted in favour of scrapping plans to change hundreds of addresses of homes on the Five Links estate...but went on to say it does not mean the proposals will not go ahead.

Wickford market opens up its latest phase


7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WICKFORD has been given a new lease of life as shoppers flock to sample its revamped market.

Leigh's Bell Hotel at last gets sorted

Echo: Bell Hotel work is finally underway

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE long-anticipated redevelopment of a landmark Leigh hotel is finally under way after years of wrangling.

Masked thugs try to smash in door


6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO thugs in Halloween masks smashed a young mother’s front door with a metal pole during a terrifying attempted burglary.

Joy as Poundland moves into Pitsea

Echo: The new Poundland store has opened in Urmston, creating 18 new jobs in the area.

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW discount store is to open its doors in Pitsea.

South Essex College graduation


6:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Live updates as students receive their degrees from South Essex College.

South Essex women selected for top beauty title


7:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THREE women from south Essex have been selected as finalists for the Miss Universe Essex 2015 competition.

Cricket bat thug jailed for attack

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

6:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has been jailed for three and a half years for attacking the wrong man with a cricket bat.

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.



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