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Praise for police after traveller chaos in South Essex

Echo: Nick Alston will be answering your questions

6:14pm Monday 1st September 2014

ESSEX Police’s response to an invasion of travellers in Southend and Canvey has been praised.

'On yer bike' - Take to two wheels and celebrate National Cycle to Work Day

Echo: CYCLISTS: Should bicycle riders be forced to take out insurance against accidents?

3:13pm Monday 1st September 2014

SWITCH four wheels for two on Thursday (September 4) and celebrate National Cycle to Work Day.

New Southend car park set to open in time for Christmas shopping

Echo: LIVE: Southend Council budget

3:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

PARKING in Southend should become a little easier as of next Friday as a new car park is set to open.

Delivery office opens on Sundays


1:39pm Monday 1st September 2014

A DELIVERY office will be open on Sundays from this weekend.

Police restructure begins today

Echo: Chief Constable Stephen Cavanagh

1:14pm Monday 1st September 2014

HUNDREDS of police officers are returning to neighbourhood teams this week as part of a major restructure of Essex Police.

Mercedes worth £35k stolen from street

Echo: webpix police arrest

11:27am Monday 1st September 2014

A CAR worth £35,000 was stolen from the roadside after a burglary.

Islanders offer to be keyholders for flood pumps


10:00am Monday 1st September 2014

VOLUNTEERS are lining up to offer to be keyholders for Canvey’s flood pumps.

Residents asked for views on proposed Wickford development

Echo: Chaos at Basildon Council budget meeting

9:56am Monday 1st September 2014

COUNCIL bosses are pressing ahead with plans for a new development of homes, shops and a community centre.

‘Mindless’ flooding driver is cautioned


9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A “MINDLESS FOOL” who filmed himself driving through floodwaters on Canvey, deliberately splashing people, has been handed a police caution.

Council’s red light for eight new flats


5:54pm Monday 1st September 2014

A CAR dealership should not be converted into flats, according to town councillors.

She looks fine...but this is what Beth endures


8:00am Monday 1st September 2014

THE parents of a seriously ill girl have released a bold picture showing how a rare condition affects her on a daily basis.

Time to inspect all the drains, says Castle Point MP


8:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN MP is calling for a full review of Castle Point’s drainage system as she fears it cannot cope with average rainfall.

Time to get Southend's clocks fixed?


8:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A BROKEN timepiece may be correct twice a day...but a retired mayoral chauffeur is on a crusade to get Southend’s working around the clock.

Minister opens first railways academy


7:00am Monday 1st September 2014

PROSPECTS College has unveiled the UK’s first advanced technology college – focused on building Britain’s railways and roads for the next 60 years.

Faith leader defends Islamic centre plan


6:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN ISLAMIC group is hoping to set up a new centre in a former Basildon call centre office – but insists it would not be a mosque.

Turning the Ice Bucket Challenge on its head


6:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A WOMAN has turned the ice bucket challenge on its head, by pledging to survive on a single bucket of water each day for a week.

Southend student, Nathaniel, 15, is a magician in the making


6:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A TEENAGER has set sights on giving magicians like Dynamo and David Blaine a run for their money.

Woman badly burnt in chip pan fire


4:49pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A WOMAN was left with severe burns to her face, arms and chest after she attempted to tackle a chip pan fire.

Police searching for driver who fled crash scene

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

1:04pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A DRIVER ran away after ploughing his car into a roundabout.

Updated: Travellers leave Canvey


10:30am Sunday 31st August 2014

A GROUP of travellers have left Canvey following a weekend of chaos.

Grab an Echo grant for your community group

Echo: Echo logo

10:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

A HELPING hand is being offered by the Echo to help community groups and good causes.

Tories rubbish move to dump waste firm Cory


8:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

OPPOSITION Tories on Southend Council claim they would have grilled a waste firm instead of just dumping them.

Commercial Feature: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Echo: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

7:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Drunken yobs face boot from ALL pubs


6:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

DRUNKEN yobs causing problems in Billericaywill be banned from all the town’s pubs.

Please help to find the man who did this to me


6:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

THESE shocking photos show the devastating injuries a father suffered after he had acid thrown in his face.

Summer school whodunnit


4:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

BUDDING forensic scientists spent a week taking fingerprints, inspecting crime scenes and solving mysteries.

Updated: Man charged with dangerous driving after woman knocked down in Southend


3:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

POLICE are urging potential eyewitnesses to come forward after a woman was hit by a lorry.

New Wickford swim centre is on track

Echo: Picture from stock

2:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A NEW swimming and fitness centre is on track for its October launch.

New date for retrial of man accused of killing his grandad

Echo: Chelmsford Crown Court

12:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A DATE has been set for a re-trial of a man accused of murdering his grandad.

Towie's Arg safe and well after being reported missing

Echo: 'I'm the Ian Beale of TOWIE': Arg on his new book, naked selfie and Bluewater signing

11:11am Saturday 30th August 2014

THE Only Way Is Essex star James Argent is "safe and well" after he was reported missing.

Gavin 2 Stacey challenge sets off


10:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

SCORES of fundraisers saddled up in Billericay as they got set to ride all the way to Barry Island, in Wales.

Blaze leaves family homeless


1:13pm Saturday 30th August 2014

A FAMILY have been left homeless after their house went up in flames.

Firefighters tackle car blaze


9:36am Saturday 30th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS rushed to Chalkwell Avenue, Westcliff, after a car set alight.

Coastguard called to help drifting kite surfer

Echo: Coastguard rescues Southend kitesurfers

9:24am Saturday 30th August 2014

A RESCUE operation was launched following concerns about a drifting kite surfer at East Beach, in Shoebury.

Help out at reserve

Echo: WILDLIFE: Great Traston Meadows Nature reserve boosted by Gwent Wildlife Trust project

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

PEOPLE are needed to keep Noak Bridge Nature Reserve ship-shape.

Tories' shock at purple defection


6:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

TORY MPs in south Essex have been warned “none of your seats are safe” after a Conservative swapped sides for Ukip.

Young street dancers reach TV final tonight


6:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

TALENTED youngsters have danced their way into the finals of a TV dance competition.

Antony’s visit to site of his family tragedy


7:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A MAN paid a fact-finding visit to Shoebury Garrison after discovering his great grandfather died there in a freak accident.

40-year fight to see if pregnancy testing pill affected son's heart


6:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A MOTHER is backing a campaign for a public inquiry into the use of a pregnancy testing drug which is alleged to have caused terrible deformities in children.

Rayleigh sporting club still hopes to stay put


5:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

MEMBERS of a sports and social club are hoping Countryside’s proposed new homes won't scupper their club’s hopes of an extended lease on the site where it is based.

"Has anybody seen the gullies being cleared?"


4:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

ANGRY residents and councillors called into question work being carried out to stop further flooding.

Street dancers are the world champions – five times over


3:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

TALENTED youngsters are celebrating after have returning from a street dance competition as world champions.

Burglars stole £5,000 during burglary in Basildon


2:57pm Friday 29th August 2014

BURGLARS stole £4,000 of jewellery and £1,000 cash from a house during a burglary in Basildon.

Burglars cause £1,000 damage in raid

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

2:45pm Friday 29th August 2014

BURGLARS caused £1,000 of damage during a burglary in Billericay.

My hell after baby born at 24 weeks


1:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

A MOTHER has described ten weeks of hell as her first child struggled to survive after being born just 24 weeks into the 40-week pregnancy.

500 homes for West of Rayleigh


12:30pm Friday 29th August 2014

A MAJOR new housing estate with 500 homes and its own primary school, nursery, shops and clinic could be built just outside Rayleigh.

Do you recognise this man? Attempted robbery in Chelmsford


11:33am Friday 29th August 2014

POLICE want to identify this man in connection with an attempted robbery in Fairfield Road, Chelmsford.

Blood testing to stay local


11:34am Friday 29th August 2014

A PARTNERSHIP between Southend and Basildon Hospitals to deliver pathology services in south Essex has been given the go ahead.

Woman found guilty of benefit fraud

Echo: Pair arrested for filming in Basildon Magistrates' Court

10:09am Friday 29th August 2014

A BENEFIT fraudster has escaped a jail term after failing to declare she was living with her partner.

Sit in a wheelchair for 12 hours for £40


9:19am Friday 29th August 2014

A MAN wants to raise money for charity by pushingawheelchair along the seafront for 12 hours - but he needs a passenger.



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