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Patio heater catches fire


9:21pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PATIO heater caught fire after a faulty hose led to a gas leak.

Driver trapped after collision with post


5:10pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

AN accident involving a single car has closed part of a main road.

Updated: Four arrested as man suffers head injuries in pub brawl

Echo: Figures released following freedom of information request

8:30am Monday 11th August 2014

A MAN has been left with serious head injuries after a brawl spilled out of a pub into the street.

Rayleigh pub evacuated after roof catches fire

5:57pm Sunday 12th May 2013

A BUSY pub was evacuated after a workmen accidentally set fire to its roof.

Workmen spark blaze in derelict Rochford mill

5:48pm Thursday 29th November 2012

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a derelict building after workmen accidentally set it alight.

Financial Advisor thwarts £200,000 fraud

3:36pm Thursday 15th November 2012

A FINANCIAL advisor thwarted a £200,000 scam after spotting an offer was too good to be true.

Gunpoint robbery: Police release CCTV footage

11:06am Thursday 15th November 2012

POLICE have released CCTV footage of a gunpoint robbery at a convenience store.

Motorists to face £60 fines for bad parking

Echo: Motorists to face £60 fines for bad parking

6:00pm Friday 9th November 2012

THOUGHTLESS motorists are being warned they could face a £60 fine for parking which puts children’s lives at risk.

Trouble-free Halloween in Rochford

4:59pm Friday 2nd November 2012

ROCHFORD enjoyed an almost trouble-free Halloween, according to local cops.

Rayleigh football club could be moved to make way for homes

3:00pm Friday 2nd November 2012

A football club could be moved to make room for hundreds of new homes. Rayleigh Town Sports and Social Club has leased the 11-acre site off London Road, Rayleigh, since 1971.

Search for thieves who stole meat and baby milk in Hockley

Echo: Search for thieves who stole meat and baby milk in Hockley

3:12pm Wednesday 31st October 2012

A search has begun for two thieves who stole meat and baby milk in separate incidents at the same shop.

Greensward Academy rebuild gets the go-ahead

Echo: Greensward Academy rebuild gets the go-ahead

11:10am Wednesday 31st October 2012

Plans to rebuild part of a secondary school as part of a £15.5million revamp have been given the green light. Greensward Academy, in Hockley, has now started working on bringing the proposals to life after Rochford District Council approved its application. Half of the school’s Sixties building will be replaced with state-of-the-art facilities including up-to-date IT equipment in a new learning centre as well as parking for staff and visitors.

Hole lot of anger over cash for road repairs in Rochford

3:00pm Monday 29th October 2012

Cash to fix pothole-filled roads isn’t being dished out fairly, according to some councillors. Figures released for the last three years show Rochford received £920,000 for the last three years whereas Colchester received £3,230,000.

Rochford Art Trail launches this weekend

3:21pm Friday 26th October 2012

The Essex Summer of Art 2012 Rochford Art Trail is taking place from Saturday 27th October to 3rd November, marking the finale of an artistic season that has inspired, entertained and amazed visitors from across the county.

Rochford residents given energy-saving advice

9:20am Friday 26th October 2012

Rochford District Council is taking part in Big Energy Saving Week which is a collaboration between Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust, Government, energy suppliers and other voluntary and charitable organisations.

Cancer survivor urges others to be screened

Echo: Cancer survivor urges others to be screened

9:00pm Thursday 25th October 2012

Elaine Trott describes the moment she was told she was suffering from breast cancer. The mum-of-four from Ashingdon has her youngest son, Charlie, to thank for alerting her to breast cancer.

Rochford District Council to create traveller's site in Rawreth

Echo: Rochford District Council to create traveller's site in Rawreth

11:11am Tuesday 23rd October 2012

A council will build a traveller’s site so it can clear illegal pitches across the district. Rochford District Council is planning to build the 15-pitch site on land known as Michelin’s Farm off the A130 in Rawreth near to the A127 Fairglen Interchange.

Callous crooks steal jewellery from Rochford home

2:00pm Wednesday 24th October 2012

A devastated husband has spoken of the moment he discovered burglars had smashed their way into his home and stolen his late wife’s wedding ring. Gordon Ogden arrived home and found the double-glazed back door to his bungalow in Sutton Road, Rochford, near to the junction with Sutton Court Drive, had been smashed and the jewellery gone.

Twelve-year-old girl accosted in Rochford

3:26pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012

A TWELVE-YEAR-OLD girl was accosted by a stranger in the street who made an indecent comment.

Police appeal after Rochford burglary

11:04am Saturday 20th October 2012

Thieves smashed their way into a bungalow in Sutton Road, Rochford, yesterday afternoon and stole jewellery and cash.

Rochford District Council rewarded for its work with animals

12:00pm Thursday 18th October 2012

Rochford District Council has been given the RSPCA’s silver Stray Dogs Footprint and the silver Animal Welfare Principles Footprint awards.

Rayleigh vets urges people to microchip pets after surge in strays

12:20pm Thursday 11th October 2012

YourVets24 in Brook Road, Rayleigh, has seen a 40 per cent increase in the number of cats and dogs brought in.

Car parking charges at Hockley Woods start next month

11:10am Thursday 11th October 2012

Ticket machines have already been installed at the Hockley Woods car park in a bid to deter people that work nearby clogging it up.

Hullbridge to keep Post Office

11:40am Wednesday 10th October 2012

Hullbridge Post Office, in the Budgens convenience store, will close on October 17 and residents were worried it would not be replaced - leaving them with no service. A spokesman for Post Office confirmed they were “confident” a new post office would be opened and there would only be a “short period” that the village would be without a post office.

Female footballer Lauren wins scholarship to America

5:00pm Sunday 7th October 2012

FOOTBALL fanatic Lauren Tate is living her dream of playing the sport in America.

New police inspector takes over in Rochford

6:00pm Saturday 6th October 2012

A NEW police inspector has taken over in Rochford district....and has burglars, shoplifters and graffiti taggers firmly in his sights.

Rayleigh students learn about textile recycling

Echo: Rayleigh students learn about textile recycling

10:20pm Friday 5th October 2012

Textiles Awareness Day was held at Sweyne Park School in Sir Walter Raleigh Drive, Raleigh.

Residents warned about burglar alarms in Rochford

1:01pm Friday 5th October 2012

Rochford District Council has been made aware of some residents receiving calls from a company selling burglar alarms.

Brother to walk from Ashingdon to Wales in memory of sibling

11:00am Friday 5th October 2012

David House is leaving his brother’s former home in The Chase, Ashingdon, today, Friday, October 5, to walk to Boduan in North West Wales.

Thousands of pounds up for grabs in Rochford

2:54pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012

Rochford District Council is asking local groups to apply for grants of up to £1,500 for projects and schemes that will make a difference to the community.

Nominations for Rochford's Citizen of the Year open

9:05pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012

Rochford District Council has opened nominations for its Citizen of the Year awards. The awards are presented by the council to recognise and acknowledge people of all ages in the district for their hard work or outstanding achievements

Gas leak fears led to Rayleigh store’s closure

Echo: Sainsbury’s at Rayleigh Weir

10:00am Friday 28th September 2012

A SUPERMARKET at Rayleigh was evacuated after a suspected gas leak.

Asda worker stole £2,000-plus from store

1:20pm Thursday 27th September 2012

A SUPERMARKET worker who stole more than £2,000 from her employer has appeared in court.

No new homes on Coombes Farm site in Rochford

Echo: Campaigners are celebrate after a judge threw out an appeal to build of homes on land, near Coombes Farm

3:00pm Tuesday 25th September 2012

JUBILANT campaigners have spoken of their relief after a High Court judge rejected a developer’s plea to build on green belt in Rochford.

Battle to save the Hullbridge post office

Echo: Unhappy villagers – Hullbridge residents outside the post office in Ferry Road

12:00pm Tuesday 25th September 2012

ANGRY villlagers are set to loose their post office despite a fight to keep it open.

Ford Brentwood volunteers help get learning garden growing

Echo: Staff from Ford volunteering in the garden at the Hamelin Trust project

11:30am Tuesday 25th September 2012

A NEW greenhouse and potting shed have been installed at a charity gardening project.

Judge rejects developers plea to build hundreds of homes in Rochford

1:30pm Friday 21st September 2012

The High Court judge has ruled against Cogent Land LLP's ambition to build hundreds of homes on Coombes Farm, Rochford.

Updated: 16-year-old boy dies after being struck by train in Rayleigh

Echo: Ryan French

11:30am Thursday 20th September 2012

Ryan French, 16, died after he was hit by a train between Rayleigh and Hockley. The family of the former Sweyne Park School pupil say they are "devastated" by his death.

Pals from Basildon and Rayleigh ready for charity English Channel swim

Echo: All set – Chris Cox and John Livemore are preparing for their big challenge

9:00am Sunday 16th September 2012

TWO pals are planning to swim across the English Channel to raise at least £10,000 for charity.

Updated: Hockley Woods car park closed for five weeks

2:41pm Tuesday 11th September 2012

Rochford District Council will close it from 7pm on Sunday, September 16 for the essential maintenance work.

MP supports Hullbridge scouts campaign

Echo: MP supports Hullbridge scouts campaign

3:01pm Monday 10th September 2012

The First Hullbridge Scout Group had a stand at the Hullbridge regatta, organised by the Hullbridge Up River Yacht Club, and Mark Francois, Rayleigh and Wickford MP, stopped by.

Police forensic teams search Hockley home.

2:47pm Friday 7th September 2012

Police forensic teams have been searching a house in Hockley.

Firms fear loss of trade during bridge closure in Rochford

Echo: Preparation – work starts on Sutton Ford bridge

9:00am Tuesday 4th September 2012

BUSINESSES on an industrial estate have vowed to stay open, despite roadworks leaving them marooned for four weeks.

Cost of keeping drains flowing cut by £700,000

Echo: Submerged – workers struggle to ease flooding at Fairglen junction, just off the A127

8:30am Tuesday 4th September 2012

FUNDING to clear and repair drains across Essex has plummeted by nearly £700,000 in the past five years, it has been revealed.

YouTube film shows brutal street attack

Echo: Disturbing – the victim is tended to by onlookers

11:00am Thursday 30th August 2012

A SICKENING video of a man being brutally attacked in Rayleigh High Street has been posted on YouTube.

Teenager accosted in Rayleigh

1:03pm Thursday 30th August 2012

A TEENAGER was accosted in Rayleigh High Street by a man in a van.

Kennels couple say they are facing ruin

Echo: Chris and Susan Taylor

9:00am Monday 27th August 2012

A COUPLE have been ordered to close their kennel business because they have neither planning permission nor licences to look after dogs there.

Update: Police release name of murdered Rayleigh man

Echo: Update: Police released name of murdered Rayleigh man

12:42pm Monday 20th August 2012

POLICE have issued the name of a Rayleigh man believed to have been murdered at the weekend.

Wave and Pay available at Rochford car parks

10:49am Monday 20th August 2012

Rochford District Council has introduced the “Wave and Pay” scheme into all of its car parks.

Resident feared a wood chip fire in Rochford 'six months ago'

8:00am Sunday 19th August 2012

COUNCIL bosses were warned a wood chip pile was dangerous 18 months before it was engulfed by 60ft flames, a resident says.



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