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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.

N-Dubz star denies "Dappy slapping" Chelmsford clubber

Echo: N-Dubz rapper Dappy

10:51am Wednesday 19th March 2014

N-DUBZ star Dappy has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assualt by beating at a Chelmsford night club.

Louis inspires Margate to win over Billericay

Echo: Craig Edwards - saw his side beaten at Carshalton Athletic

5:06pm Saturday 15th March 2014

A JEFFERSON Louis inspired Margate ran out winners against a Billericay side struggling for consistency.

75-year-old Billericay man charged with West Hanningfield caravan park pensioner's murder

Echo: Ronald Mayne

8:56am Tuesday 11th March 2014

A MAN has been charged with the murder of a pensioner found with serious head injuries at a caravan park in West Hanningfield.

Broker gunned down at Shenfield station thought he was going to die

Echo: robin clark

2:28pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

A SUCCESSFUL city broker who was shot by a hitman at Shenfield station thought he was going to die.

Blues and U’s players in moustache face-off

Echo: John White

6:00am Wednesday 13th November 2013

WHEN Colchester United and Southend United go head to head it is always explosive.

Taxi driver sells nearly 7,000 copies of debut novel

Echo: Taxi driver sells nearly 7,000 copies of debut novel

5:30pm Friday 30th November 2012

A POPULAR taxi driver has managed to sell nearly 7,000 copies of his debut novel after being snubbed by agents and publishers.

I ditched City career to teach kids sport

Echo: David Ascott – gave up a high-flying City job to teach sport to children

7:00am Sunday 9th September 2012

A SPORT-loving dad is happier than ever after trading in his £90,000-a-year City job for a basic wage teaching youngsters how to play dodgeball David Ascott turned his back on his 20-year -career in London after becoming disillusioned with working for some of the capital’s biggest banks and financial firms.

Cheers! Mail order beer firm is coming to town

8:00am Thursday 30th August 2012

A NEW mail-order beer business is coming to the borough after a boom in online sales.

Emily gets her grades – despite a year in hospital

Echo: Off to university – Emily Wallington

9:20am Monday 20th August 2012

AN inspirational teenager has fought her way back from the brink to win her dream university place, after missing out on a year of school.

Rayleigh man murdered in Chelmsford

Echo: Renewed appeal for witnesses after West Norwood stabbing

6:31pm Sunday 19th August 2012

A MAN from Rayleigh has been found murdered at a house in Chelmsford. The 39-year-old, who has not been named by police, was found in a house off the A414 London Road in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Disgraced Lord Hanningfield wants prison reform

Echo: Lord Hanningfield

6:00am Monday 6th August 2012

DISGRACED peer Lord Hanningfield has revealed he is looking to use his prison experience to help others.

Our caravan trip to see Olympic Games

Echo: Great atmosphere – Derek and Marion Stewart

8:00am Sunday 5th August 2012

EXCITED Olympic visitors have made Barleylands their temporary home as the Caravan Club hosts more than 300 caravans. The Caravan Club, which has 160 sites in the UK, has a base at the Billericay attraction for the duration of the Games. More than 1,000 people with tickets for London 2012 events have pitched up and are sleeping at the site after travelling to the capital to watch the sporting achievements. The site is only 2.7 miles from Billericay station, which has a direct line to Stratford, home of the Olympic Park, which is just a 25-minute ride away. Sporting fans from Sweden, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, France, Ireland, Great Britain and more have gathered at Barleylands. The Caravan Club has put on activities for those on the site, including lessons from the Mayflower Archers. Two Olympic diehards have travelled down from Nottinghamshire to be closer to the action. Derek Stewart, 63, and wife Marion, 62, arrived last Friday for the opening of the Games.

Now craft village goes it alone to launch art trail

Echo: Countdown – Donna Phelps, with one of her paintings, and Katy Willett, from Hazle’s Pottery Barn, at the Barleylands Craft Village which launches its first solo art trail

6:00am Friday 3rd August 2012

ARTISTS will display their work as Barleylands Craft Village launches its third art trail.

Dementia unit to be a leader in its field

7:30am Thursday 2nd August 2012

A FLAGSHIP health unit for dementia patients across south Essex is to open in Billericay.

Rise in number of traveller pupils at Crays Hill school

7:00am Wednesday 1st August 2012

MORE traveller children are now going to Crays Hill Primary School than before the Dale Farm eviction, new figures show.

Anger over phone mast planned in front of Billericay sign in Stock Road

Echo: Rural – proposed site of the new phone mast

8:00am Friday 27th July 2012

TOWNSFOLK fear plans for a new phone mast could blight people’s view of Billericay if it is put up in front of the town sign.

Poll: Olympic travel - have your say

Echo: ROAD TO NOWHERE: Life in Worcester would be better if our roads were able to cope, according to the survey (24059002)

1:22pm Monday 23rd July 2012

WILL you work from home during the Olympics to avoid travelling on roads or public transport?

Blind swimming legend inspires schoolchildren

Echo: Impressive – Chris Holmes with children from Buttsbury Junior School, in Billericay

3:00pm Wednesday 18th July 2012

BRITAIN’S best-ever Paralympic swimmer proved he’s a deep thinker as well as a record breaker when shared his inspiring success story with south Essex youngsters.

Dad's memory inspires David's fundraising

Echo: Seven Sisters walker David Harley who is raising money for Parkinson's UK

1:26pm Wednesday 11th July 2012

A LOVING son hopes his dad was watching over him as he battled gail force winds and pouring rain to raise money for charity.

Antonio’s England call-up to cook for footballers

Echo: Antonio Viscariello – going to Estonia

9:30am Wednesday 4th July 2012

A SOUTH Essex chef is winging his way to Estonia to serve up some tasty dishes for England’s best young footballers.

Billericay axeman jailed for four-and-a-half years

Echo: Paul Hyde

7:00am Monday 2nd July 2012

A MAN who went on a rampage with a 4ft axe, causing £48,000 of damage to houses and cars, has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

£800 boost for Stock horse sanctuary

Echo: Grateful –  Val Carnaby is thanked by Remus Sanctuary volunteers

9:00am Tuesday 12th June 2012

SPLASHTASTIC! A charity wet and wild event raised £800 for the Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary.

34 jobs are lost as supermarket to close

Echo: Closing – the Somerfield store in Billericay

7:40am Saturday 9th June 2012

WORKERS are reeling from the news their jobs are to go as a supermarket shuts.

Boss, 54, dies in work tragedy

8:10am Thursday 7th June 2012

A COMPANY boss died when he was crushed by a container in a horrific incident at work.

Women urged to run in the Race for Life

10:00am Wednesday 6th June 2012

WOMEN are can joing the fight against cancer by joining the region’s biggest ever race in Basildon.

Billericay MP’s fun event raises £42,000

Echo: Starting the walk – John Baron, wearing a patriotic T-shirt, leads the fundraisers

7:30am Wednesday 30th May 2012

A TORY MP has thanked hundreds of people who supported his annual fun walk to raise cash for charities.

Mum goes into labour on hols...and private jet gets her home in nick of time

Echo: The Airmed plane

9:00am Tuesday 29th May 2012

AN EXPECTANT mum had to be rushed home from a European holiday on a private medical jet after her baby decided to arrive three months early.

Commuters: We're not getting the service we pay for at Billericay station

Echo: Commuters: We're not getting the service we pay for at Billericay station

7:20am Tuesday 22nd May 2012

CONCERNS have been raised about the service on offer at a £1.4million revamped train station.

Billericay to get a giant cash and carry

8:00am Tuesday 15th May 2012

A GIANT cash and carry is going to be built in an industrial estate warehouse.

Grubby takeaway: Ocean Queen owner avoids jail

Echo: Filthy – conditions in the kitchen of the Ocean Queen takeaway restaurant in Billericay

8:00am Wednesday 2nd May 2012

aTHE owner of a grubby takeaway where inspectors found stashes of dirty equipment and uncovered meats stored alongside vegetables has narrowly avoided going to jail.

Billericay Town's Nicky Morgan walks onto pitch to cheers from fans

Echo: Nicky Morgan greeted by fans

8:05am Monday 30th April 2012

A GOALKEEPER left partially paralysed in a late-night attack made an emotional return to his club to help his team-mates celebrate their first title win in 32 years.

  • 250 redundancies at joinery company

    Echo: Closed for business – the 150 year-old firm in Radford Way, Billericay

    9:00am Monday 23rd April 2012

    NEARLY 250 workers from a 150-year-old construction firm have been made redundant.

    Updated: Man dies in Billericay crash

    8:55am Saturday 21st April 2012

    Police have named the 18-year-old who died following a crash in Western Road, Billericay.

    Keeper Nicky will get to see the final game

    2:00pm Saturday 31st March 2012

    A GOALKEEPER paralysed after being attacked outside a bar has vowed to walk back onto the pitch with teammates for the last game of the season.

    Driving instructor wins battle over road signs

    Echo: Mission accomplished – Tariq Musaji with MP Mark Francois

    6:50am Thursday 22nd March 2012

    A DRIVING instructor has successfully campaigned for misleading road signs to be corrected.

    Troubled pub stays open ...but opening hours cut

    Echo: New Mayflower pub  in Billericay – its troubled history means it will now have to obey strict regulations if it is to continue operating

    6:00pm Tuesday 13th March 2012

    A PUB which neighbours claim has made their lives a living hell has had its opening hours cut.

    MP John Baron shows off his X-rays for lung cancer charity

    Echo: Transparency - Mr John Baron with his X-ray

    6:10pm Monday 12th March 2012

    AN MP has been making an exhibition of himself for a good cause.

    Plans for Harry's Bar in Billericay approved

    12:01pm Wednesday 7th March 2012

    A BAR owner is celebrating after councillors approved plans for a new tapas bar in Billericay.

    Will WH Smith help High Street trade?

    Echo: Moving in – the shop in Billericay High Street which will become WH Smith

    11:00am Thursday 1st March 2012

    A NEW WH Smith store is to open in a shopping centre, bucking the national economic gloom.

    Volunteers to host Pancake Race in Billericay for Little Havens

    2:16pm Monday 20th February 2012

    VOLUNTEERS are holding a pancake race to raise money for a children’s charity.

    Axeman goes on the rampage

    Echo: Axeman goes on the rampage

    7:50am Friday 17th February 2012

    AN axeman went on the rampage, trashing his neighbours homes and cars before holding the weapon to one woman’s throat. DON'T MISS YOUR ECHO TODAY FOR OUR FOUR-PAGE SPECIAL REPORT

    I set myself little goals each day,my next one is to pick up a cup of tea on my own

    Echo: Undergoing rehabilitation  – Nicky Morgan is making good progress

    7:00am Tuesday 7th February 2012

    A FOOTBALLER feared paralysed when he was attacked outside a nightclub has taken his first steps.

    Lorry collision causes chaos for commuters

    10:02am Monday 6th February 2012

    COMMUTERS are suffering major delays as trains have been brought to a standstill.

    Sarah determined to raise awareness of Cot Death Society

    Echo: Memories – but Sarah is raising funds for charity

    2:00pm Tuesday 31st January 2012

    YOU have a baby boy and everything is perfect. Four months later, you take a rare night off, leaving him in the care of his grandparents.

    Harry steps in with panto to help Reece

    Echo: All smiles – Harry and members of the panto cast

    11:30am Monday 30th January 2012

    A BIG-HEARTED teenager is hoping to change the fortunes of “a-lad-in” need.

    Illiterate at my e-book is beating all of the top names

    Echo: Bestseller – Paul Connolly

    10:00am Monday 23rd January 2012

    PAUL Connolly is outselling some of the world’s best-known authors and his memoir is set to be made into a film – not bad for someone who was illiterate until he was 25.

    Elderly woman suffers smoke inhalation following Billericay fire

    5:54pm Monday 16th January 2012

    AN ELDERLY woman was taken to hospital after her electrical heater caught fire.

    Drunk driver killed our Sam...the pain will never go away

    Echo: The AA said less severe weather could see a rise from last year's record low drink-drive casualty rate

    9:00am Thursday 22nd December 2011

    JUST one more drink – the four words which could send someone’s world spiralling out of control.

    Can Mary’s ideas save south Essex town centres?

    Echo: Feeling the pinch – Southend High Street

    12:00pm Friday 16th December 2011

    HIGH street traders battling the economic gloom have welcomed TV retail guru Mary Portas’s calls to restore vitality to town centres.



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