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Traveller spokesman's bail extended during rhino horn probe

Echo: Sheridan failed to stop the clearance of Dale Farm before moving to Smithy Fen

6:14pm Saturday 19th April 2014


Russel Brand claims he "dodged Essex train fare"

Echo: Russell Brand

4:19pm Saturday 19th April 2014

SOUTH Essex comedian Russell Brand has reportedly admitted dodging a train fare in the county after he "couldn't be bothered".

Dog's life saved by a routine blood test and fatal disease is on the increase

Echo: Saved - Megan Collins cuddles Spike, who was found to be sufering from lungworm

3:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A FAMILY pet was saved from a potentially dangerous operation after a Rayleigh vet carried out a simple blood test.

Car smashed into newly built fence

Echo: Essex Police have closed the road

3:59pm Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE are trying to trace a motorist who drove from the scene of an accident after smashing into a newly put up fence.

Family pay tribute to murder victim as he is named by police

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

1:56pm Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE have named the victim of a Braintree murder as new dad Michael Haastrup.

Murder trial update

Echo: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

THE trial date for a man accused of murdering his grandfather has been changed.

Conservatory destroyed by early hours fire

Echo: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seeks on-call firefighters

11:49am Saturday 19th April 2014

A CONSERVATORY was destroyed at a home after a fire in the garden spread to the building.

VIDEO: Outrageous reality TV filmed in Leigh

Echo: Tequila auditioning for a role on Golden Ladies

10:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A GROUP of “outrageous” older women could soon be challenging Towie for reality TV ratings.

Family left homeless after blaze at house

Echo: Under control - firefighters at the scene in Mellow Purgess, Laindon

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A FAMILY have been left homeless after their roof collapsed during a blaze at their home.

Drunk set fire to a woman's flat door after she refused to sleep with him

Echo: Drunk set fire to a woman's flat door after she refused to sleep with him

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A DRUNK set fire to a woman’s front door after she refused to have sex with him.

Police claim first success in boy racer crackdown

Echo: Police patrol Roscomon Way, Canvey after nabbing someone at the weekend with PCSO Nadia El-Hatimi St Mark McQuade and PCSO Ian Pealling

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

POLICE are celebrating their first successful move in the fight against boy racers in Canvey.

Friends take on the Gauntlet to help Little Havens

Echo: Billericay schoolchildren raise £1,600 for Little Havens Hospice

2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GROUP of friends is celebrating after completing a gruelling mud challenge which saw them raise £3,000 for Little Havens Hospice.

Benfleet man arrested for drink driving following three-vehicle crash on A127 at Rayleigh Weir

Echo: Firefighters tackled a blaze in Wormbridge this morning.

1:53pm Friday 18th April 2014

A 62-year-old man from Benfleet has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a three vehicle pile up on the A127 this morning.

Police search for alleged meat thief

Echo: Do you recognise this man?

1:08pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN is alleged to have stolen £50 worth of meat from a Benfleet Co-Op.

My cake creation won a gold medal, but web acclaim is the icing on the cake

Echo: Worldwide hit - claire Anderson with her cake

1:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A CAKE decorator’s creation has gone global – with more than 28million people admiring her five-tiered masterpiece online.

Tyres worth £100k stolen

Echo: Police arrest man following serious sexual assault in Runcorn

1:52pm Friday 18th April 2014

MORE than £100,000 worth of tyres have been stolen from a depot in a double sting.

Can Basildon be a business hotspot?

Echo: Is Basildon the best place to live now?

12:56pm Friday 18th April 2014

Basildon Council wants to build on Basildon’s strong enterprise standing and build it into the commercial hotbed for the South East. The Echo asked two leading politicians if they think this is achievable?

Pupils win business challenge in Essex

Echo: Parents anger as they are told head as quit by text

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

DELIGHTED pupils have been crowned winners of a tough business challenge.

Rochford fears possible merger with Wickford

Echo: Keith Hudson

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ROCHFORD Council fears overdevelopment in Wickford could lead to it merging with Rawreth.

Porter Steve's national role

Echo: Porter Steve's national role

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

AN inspirational hospital porter has been taking centre stage to share his experiences of the NHS.

The headstone hunter

Echo: The headstone hunter

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

JEANE Trend-Hill’s hobby is anything but conventional. The 47- year-old visits cemeteries across Europe – to take photographs of tombstones.

Commuters: "Greater Anglia investment just tinkering around edges"

Echo: Basildon Councillor Michael Mowe who welcomed the investment but feels Greater Anglia bosses must listen to what people want. Pic: Paul Watson

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

PASSENGERS in Essex have labelled the decision to keep Greater Anglia in charge “controversial”.

Man found guilty of killing his mum

Echo: Man found guilty of killing his mum

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A STUDENT has been cleared of murdering his mum, but has been found guilty of knifing her to death.

Trash fire spreads to outbuildings

Echo: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seeks on-call firefighters

8:05pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FIRE FIGHTERS have tackled a blaze at two outbuildings tonight after a rubbish fire spread out of control.

"We're going to start policing our own streets"

Echo: Terry Coppins – set up a website for people to report any suspicous behaviour

6:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A RESIDENT has set up a crimefighting web community after being burgled because he says the police are too overstretched to deal with it.

Ten tonne rubbish fire classed as deliberate

Echo: Fire crews were called to a tarmac machine which was on fire on Tuesday evening.

6:32pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A RUBBISH fire was started deliberately in Billericay this afternoon.

Rayleigh MP visits Wallasea Island bird sanctuary project

Echo: Mr Francois aboard a ship transporting the soil to Wallasea Island

6:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

RAYLEIGH and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently visited the project to turn Wallasea Island into one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Europe.

Youth orchestra hits high notes

Echo: Youth orchestra hits high notes

6:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

YOUNG musicians have won praise for a performance which turned the Southend Youth Orchestra into a roaring success.

Cyclist involved in crash with car

Echo: Heart-warming act of honesty

5:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CYCLIST in his fifties has been involved in a crash with a car this afternoon.

Man arrested in connection with murder of Southend man in Braintree

Echo: Police arrest man following serious sexual assault in Runcorn

5:33pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man who was stabbed last night in Braintree died in hospital.

Rochford businesses to get a boost with first ever summit

Echo: Library filer dated 20/04/2003 of English One Pound Coins. Children have seen pocket money levels rise by more than four times the rate of inflation over the last year, the Halifax bank said Friday April 1, 2005. Two-thirds (66%) of seven-to-16-year-olds

5:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ECONOMIC growth in the Rochford district will be given a kick start later this month as the district council host their first ever business summit.

Fox cubs killed in back garden

Echo: Fox cubs killed in back garden

5:26pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FOUR fox cubs were brutally killed in a back garden with a blunt instrument.

Blind football given boost by Hawkwell Athletic

Echo: On the up - Craig Leverington, Chairman of Hawkwell Athletic Football Club, Matt Leverington, Footballer and Steve Dowding, club secretary

5:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BLIND football is being given a boost by a Hawkwell football club as they hold a taster session.

Alston: hate crime is no stageshow

Echo: Nick Alston will be answering your questions

4:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ESSEX Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has called on victims of hate crime in Southend to report the offences to police.

Travellers suffer because of dirty toilets and litter-strewn floors

Echo: Reported faults - councillor Ann Jones at Southend Travel Centre

4:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

SOUTHEND Council has been accused of neglecting a “squalid” bus station after doors were left broken for almost three weeks.

Save up to £700 by shopping smart and recycling, say Essex County Council

Echo: Extra recycling boxes made available

4:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

HOUSEHOLDS can save up to £700 if they follow Essex County Council’s latest recycling advice.

Work on c2c line over Easter

Echo: Work on c2c line over Easter

3:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

COMMUTERS will face disruption at Pitsea this Easter holiday.

Cash boost for south Essex charities

Echo: ECC Awards 43 - CASTLEPOINT - Alex Dobinson (Canvey Island Youth) Cllr Maryse Isles (Mayor of CP), KT, Abigail Capper, Gemma Papworth (Essex Marching Corps)

3:27pm Thursday 17th April 2014

CHARITIES in south Essex have been given more than £18,000.

Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home

Echo: Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home

3:43pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Charlie, the eight-year-old Cocker Spaniel is part of the Essex Police Dog Unit, which provides countywide support to specialist operations and supports officers in their day to day efforts to keep crime down.

Unmarked police car stolen

Echo: Motorcyclist killed in crash

3:07pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN UNMARKED police car belonging to the Metropolitan Police has been stolen near Brentwood.

Police search for £800 make-up thief

Echo: Do you know this man?

2:58pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MAN is wanted in connection with an £800 alleged theft from high-street chain store Boots.

Plumber who put lives at risk sentenced

Echo: webpix court justice

2:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PLUMBER has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 240 hours of community work after carrying out illegal and unsafe gas work at two fried chicken shops in Southend-on-Sea.

Council apologises over school shake-up 'mess'

Echo: Lib Dem leader Graham Longley outside the former Renown Centre for Learning

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

SOUTHEND Council has been forced to apologise after bungling a planned shake-up of its school for troubled children.

Money to burn - Southend sees rise in disposable income from before the recession

Echo: MONEY MATTERS: Finance management is now being taught as part of the school curriculum

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

SOUTHEND has seen an above average increase in disposable household income according to new figures.

Basildon man who battered ex and left her for dead found guilty of attempted murder

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

12:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MAN who battered his ex-partner and then left her for dead, has been found guilty of attempted murder.

How can we clean up our beaches?

Echo: How can we clean up our beaches?

12:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014

During a two-day litter-pick 40 volunteers filled at least one bin bag of rubbish each from Southend’s beaches.

One thousand worshippers gather for mosque opening

Echo: Holding the floor - Imaan Shakyh Mahmudul Hasan

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

ONE THOUSAND people turned out for the grand opening of a mosque in Southend yesterday.

Iconic 130-year-old Southend seafront building to be demolished

Echo: The clubhouse in Southend Cliff Gardens

10:56am Thursday 17th April 2014

A HISTORIC Southend seafront building is to be demolished as it is sinking.

Phil Collins' daughter 'coming in the air' for Southend Film Festival

Echo: P. H. Moriarty talking to Southend Mayor Sally Carr at the Odeon cinema for the launch of the Southend Film Festival.

10:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

PHIL Collins' daughter is jetting in for Southend's film festival's sixth season.

Trophy blaze of glory for majorette troupe

Echo: Victorious – the Laindon Suzettes proudly show off their haul of trophies

10:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THEY’RE so good that even a blaze at their base couldn’t stop a majorette troupe from winning enough trophies to fill a cabinet.


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