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Police squad turn into team of DIY volunteers


7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

ABOUT 50 police officers from across the county worked flat out to help renovate a crime victim’s home for his seriously ill wife.

‘We’ll bomb your shop and kill your family’


5:25pm Monday 21st July 2014

THREE yobs face jail after threatening to bomb the Subway sandwich shop on Billericay High Street and kill the owner’s pregnant wife and son.

Tories told to rethink East Square plans


1:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

UNIMPRESSED opposition councillors have told the Tories to go back to the drawing board with plans for a multi-million pound town centre makeover.

Consultants takeover Towngate Theatre

Echo: Towngate Theatre

7:00am Monday 21st July 2014

CONSULTANTS are being brought in to run Basildon’s Towngate Theatre after the sudden exit of its manager.

Lightning stike in Billericay suspends trains

Echo: Record number of trains arriving on time

4:12pm Sunday 20th July 2014

Lightning has struck a signal in Billericay, shutting down rail services to and from Southend.

90 year-old shop in line for top award


4:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A FAMILY-RUN clothing store is in the running for a prestigious fashion prize.

Woman raped in 'vicious' attack in Basildon underpass

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

2:09pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A WOMAN was attacked and raped in a ‘vicious assault’ in a Basildon underpass.

Downsize sweetener turned sour


12:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

A FAMILY who were persuaded to move to a smaller council home by the promise of a £1,500 sweetener have now been told they were never entitled to any cash.

Reader pic: Electrical storm lights up South Essex

Echo: Lightning!

11:28pm Friday 18th July 2014

Hearing an approaching storm on Friday evening I hotfooted it up Church Hill in Laindon and captured the most spectacular electrical storm I have ever seen. Hope you can use the photo - this is looking South towards Langdon Hills.

Burglars steal safe from newsagents

Echo: MAN ASSAULTED: Police are hunting a man who assaulted a man who intervened in an altercation in Redcar

4:57pm Friday 18th July 2014

BURGLARS stole the safe from a newsagents.

Council meeting descends into chaos

Echo: Mayor of Basildon Mo Larkin will receive the British Empire Medal

12:14pm Friday 18th July 2014

A COUNCIL meeting had to be halted for more than half an hour after spats between councillors saw the talks descend into chaos.

Former vicar charged with drink driving offences, sexually assaulting a paramedic and assaulting a policeman

Echo: Pair arrested for filming in Basildon Magistrates' Court

11:05am Friday 18th July 2014

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

One person taken to hospital following crash outside Laindon Library


10:35am Friday 18th July 2014

ONE person was taken to hospital following a crash outside Laindon Library last night.

Extreme weather alert! TWO warnings issued


8:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

TEMPERATURES are set to soar...before a huge storm batters south Essex.

Costa kills off beloved Wickford charity shop


6:03pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A CHARITY shop is being forced to close after 17 years – to make way for a coffee shop.

Car goes into flats in Laindon


4:29pm Thursday 17th July 2014

EMERGENCY services rushed to Laindon after a car drove into a block of flats.

Robbers hold knife to victim’s throat


11:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

ROBBERS held a knife to a man’s throat then frogmarched him to a cash machine.

Friends and family rally to help Reece


6:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE determined family of a man with two brain tumours are trying to raise thousands of pounds to help keep him alive.

Crossing tolls suspended following lorry smash

Echo: M25 traffic

5:00pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE Dartford Crossing tolls have been suspended following a four-lorry smash.

Traffic queues to Nevendon following accident on A127

Echo: Police are investigating a collision that injured two people yesterday

9:35am Wednesday 16th July 2014

RUSH hour traffic on the A127 came to a standstill this morning following an accident between a car and a lorry.

Family in David and Goliath battle with Government over "their land"


9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FAMILY is locked in a David and Goliath battle with a Government agency over land it needs to develop a massive business park.

Doctor accused of sex offences


6:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

A DOCTOR hired by police to examine victims of sexual assaults is accused of inappropriately touching patients, a professional misconduct hearing was told.

Police find haul of drugs during Wickford drugs bust


4:14pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

POLICE discovered a haul of class A and B drugs during a drugs bust in Wickford.

Government to look in more detail at new crossing options before making decision

Echo: The Dartford Crossing

11:09am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE Government is to take a closer look at the options for a new Thames river crossing before announcing a preference.

Video: Sole searching for the truth behind estuary fish stocks

Echo: David Alexander and Josh Hatton

10:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

BOSSES at London Gateway have insisted that their huge programme of making the river deeper has not affected fish stocks in the Thames.

'Farce' claim over second cinema bid in Basildon town centre


9:30am Tuesday 15th July 2014

TORIES on Basildon Council have been accused of “farcical’’ behaviour after it emerged the Eastgate Shopping Centre wants to build a cinema about 500 yards from where the Tories plan a movie house.

Basildon Council officers are given 'blank cheques'

Echo: Chaos at Basildon Council budget meeting

9:15am Tuesday 15th July 2014

BASILDON Council has been accused of giving unelected officers “blank cheques” with plans to let them spend £1million without approval from councillors.

Champ might give up if park closes


6:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A CHAMPION motocross rider could be forced to give up the sport if a controversial activity park closes.

Peter leaves his thoughts for posterity


9:00am Monday 14th July 2014

THE legacy of a dedicated charity worker will live on after he dies, thanks to a landmark anniversary celebration.

Neighbours oppose school venue plan


8:00am Monday 14th July 2014

ANGRY neighbours are strongly opposed to a school’s plans to use its hall as an entertainment venue in the evenings.

Pensioner jailed over huge illegal tip


4:02pm Friday 11th July 2014

A PENSIONER has been jailed for six months for refusing to clean up a huge illegal rubbish dump he admitted running.

Bomb squad drafted in to remove "undetonated bomb" found on a building site

Echo: nswebpix police crime tape

11:02am Friday 11th July 2014

A BUILDING site has been evacuated after a suspected bomb was discovered.

Chelsea Football Club's billionaire owner behind jet fuel centre plans

Echo: Roman Abramovich

9:43am Friday 11th July 2014

CHELSEA FC owner Roman Abramovich is involved in the plans to bring a state-of-the-art waste-to-jet fuel centre to Thurrock, the Gazette has learned.

£2m trickster jailed


6:12pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A MAN has been jailed for eight years after a £2 million fraud.

Field to forks with TV farmer


2:30pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A FAMOUS farmer spent the day at a top south Essex spot, promoting healthy eating to youngsters.

Sacha Baron Cohen in Tilbury shooting new film

Echo: Sacha Baron Cohen

1:16pm Thursday 10th July 2014

HOLLYWOOD comedy star Sacha Baron Cohen is in Tilbury filming.

School’s teamwork triathlon challenge


8:30am Thursday 10th July 2014

DEDICATED teachers and pupils are cycling, running and swimming to help pay for a £200,000 state-of-the-art playground.

Tilbury becomes Grimsby...with film stars set to shoot next Baron-Cohen film in town

Echo: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher

5:57pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

HOLLYWOOD film stars, including Sacha Baron-Cohen, could be bound for Tilbury to shoot scenes for a new film.

Did you witness alleged sex assault on train?

Echo: Police seek witnesses to Barnt Green burglary

11:48am Wednesday 9th July 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to an alleged sex attack on a train.

Warning after toxic algae found in Basildon lake

Echo: Basildon Council removed a section of trees, hedges and shrubbery from Northlands Park, Pitsea.

1:51pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

Toxic algae has contaminated the lake in a popular Basildon beauty spot.

Now Bass backtracks over plans to block off busy road

Echo: Rodney Bass, county councillor for highways, has urged those who are invited to take part to complete the survey.

1:30pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

HIGHWAYS bosses have done a U-turn on controversial plans to block off awell-used road.

A few gifts for Prince George


12:00pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

TALENTED craftsmen and women showed off their skills by creating goodies for Prince George.

Come in, the water’s lovely –and it’s free!


8:30am Tuesday 8th July 2014

MORE than 40,000 free swimming lessons are being offered to Basildon youngsters.

Head’s mission to get school back on track


6:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A HEADTEACHER is staying upbeat about the future of a troubled primary school.

Patient pedal power


5:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

NURSES and patients will cycle 52 miles to raise vital funds for heart charities.

Our Ryan’s a star


2:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

INSPIRATIONAL youngsters were honoured during an awards ceremony.

£155million boost for roads and transport in South Essex.

Echo: A13 could be widened to three lanes

1:36pm Monday 7th July 2014

WORK is set to begin on three major transport schemes in South Essex after the Government agreed to plough in £155.8m of funding.

Life beneath the giant cranes: A behind the scenes look at London Gateway

Echo: London Gateway

7:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

LONDON Gateway’s huge cranes tower over the south Essex landscape.

Long delays on A127 following accident


9:50am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MOTORISTS are facing long delays this morning following an accident on the A127.

Can you help cops find man who tried to break into Basildon home?

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

5:03pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A WOMAN opened her window blind to find a man trying to break in to her home.



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