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Things that go bang in the daytime - Shoebury residents warned of MoD range activity

Echo: Ministry of Defence

6:10pm Thursday 24th April 2014

SHOEBURY residents should not be alarmed by explosions and gunfire for the next two weeks.

Do you feel safe in your home? Rochford partnership targets antisocial behaviour

Echo: Backing - Nick Alston and Jo McPherson

6:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

PART of a happy life is to feel safe in your own home and in your community.

Sick patient accused of stealing Southend A&E electricity

Echo: A&E crisis - ambulances line up outside Southend Hospital

5:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A PATIENT suffering from severe sickness was threatened with police action by Southend Hospital security staff, for charging her phone in A&E.

Council adoption experts consulted over TV show

Echo: HOST: Presenter Nicky Campbell

1:55pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A COUNCIL wants more adoptive parents to come forward after its experts helped advise on a new TV show which starts tonight.

Breaking news UPDATED: Air ambulance lands in Southend after man falls off ladder

Echo: The man was loaded onto the air ambulance in Victory Park

11:20am Thursday 24th April 2014

THE Air Ambulance has landed on Victory Sports ground off Easter Avenue this morning after a man sustained a serious head injury.

Elephant foetus "wasn't to boost business"

Echo: HERITAGE Bacup Natural History Society Museum, above and top, has domestic, industrial, religious and military artefacts

8:30am Thursday 24th April 2014

A BUSINESSMAN accused of using a tiger head and elephant foetus for commercial gain has denied the charges.

Breaking news New Flybe route from Southend to Maastricht

Echo: A warning sounded as a Flybe plane flew too close to the Runcorn Bridge

8:24am Thursday 24th April 2014

FLIGHTS from Southend to Maastricht in the Netherlands will start this summer, the Echo can reveal.

'Help me find the guys who beat me up' - bouncer beaten up at Chinnery's

Echo: Joseph Saunders - beaten yp at Chinnery's

6:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

A DOORMAN was knocked out and savagely beaten by a group of men just 15 minutes after starting his shift.

London Road partially closed in rush hour due to road accident

Echo: Increase in New Year ambulance 999 calls in Essex

5:20pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

LONDON Road in Westcliff is partially closed this evening following a crash between a car and a motorcycle.

Bridge strike causes train cancellations

Echo: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

12:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A LORRY hitting a railway bridge caused a cancellations and delays on the Greater Anglia line from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street this morning.

Greater Anglia morning trains delayed

Echo: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

8:50am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DELAYS of more than an hour have hit the Greater Anglia service to London this morning.

East Beach closed on Easter Sunday as MoD carry out controlled explosion

Echo: Bang: The Royal Navy's bomb disposal experts carry out a controlled explosion (Photo - Paul Edwards)

7:03pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

EAST Beach was closed on Easter Sunday after seven pieces of Second World War ordnance were destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Enid’s home sweet home for 68 years

Echo: Enid Cottis with washing line

5:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A PENSIONER who has lived in the same home for nearly 68 years is the longest-standing tenant of a housing association.

Henry to open his second burger bar

Echo: Henry Burgess

2:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A SOUTHEND burger bar is set to open a second diner and cocktail bar in the heart of Leigh this summer.

'Sandbanksy' revealed as minister

Echo: 'Sandbanksy' revealed as minister

6:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SOUTHEND’S secret “Sandbanksy” revealed himself on Good Friday as he returned to create a special Easter sculpture.

Two taken to hospital after Southend crash

Echo: Two taken to hospital after Southend crash

6:03pm Monday 21st April 2014

TWO people were taken to hospital after a crash in Southend.

UPDATED: Man charged with murder as family pay tribute to victim

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.

Do you know this man?

Echo: Do you know him?

12:42pm Sunday 20th April 2014

DETECTIVES want to trace this man in connection with a vicious street mugging.

Russell 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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crane up in smoke as Rayleigh building business loses £0.5million equipment

Echo: Crane fire at Brook Road estate in Rayleigh

9:14am Thursday 17th April 2014

FIRE crews are in attendance at a blaze on the Brooke Road industrial estate at Rayleigh Weir.

Asbestos dumped outside public toilet

Echo: Risk to the public – construction worker Nigel Low with asbestos dumped outside the public toilets on Elm Road

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BUILDER has hit out at the council for waiting more than two weeks to remove dumped asbestos from a public toilet.

Do it yourself - Housing developer tells Hawkwell residents to repair road after their contractors dug it up

Echo: Angry - residents say developers have ruined their road

7:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

ANGRY residents have been told to fix their road themselves for a second time, despite developers digging it up to build new homes.

Eight cars in three crashes tonight

Echo: IN THE FRONTLINE: Ambulance workers and paramedics are coming under increasing threats of violence

7:42pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

EIGHT cars were involved in three crashes last night.

"Angel" killed by common slapped cheek bug

Echo: Heartbroken: Mum Karen Glover with Tahlia

6:20pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DEVASTATED mum has paid tribute to her “blue-eyed angel” who died suddenly after catching a childhood bug – previously thought to be harmless to fit children and adults.

Gun gang locked up for planning to raid security van

Echo: Patrick Claydon

6:15pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A GUN-WIELDING gang have been locked up a total of 33 years for planning to rob a security van.

Broken down van closes A127 lane

Echo: Man killed trying to cross A127

3:15pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BROKEN down van has blocked a lane on the A127.

From cocktail king to burger restaurant - Leigh nightspot is no more

Echo: Sold - the bar in Leigh Broadway

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A LEIGH nightspot has been sold to make way for a burger bar.

Light and sound show beams out ideas

Echo: Peek at the future - project designer Krithika Ramesh, right, surrounded by visitors to the event

10:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE night sky lit up with images of how a Southend community square could look in the future.

Patriotic crowds celebrate St George's Day

Echo: The parade heads for the church

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

PATRIOTS turned out early this year to celebrate St George’s Day in Southend.

Fabulous baker girl's marathon cake double

Echo: Marathon cake - Hayley's winning creation

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CAKE-MAKING runner had double success as her baking won a gold medal at an international cake show before she completed her fifth marathon.

Ten marathons in eight days - Westcliff runner finishes marathon task in style in London

Echo: Medals of honour - Dean ran 262 miles in eight days

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

WESTCLIFF’s runner Dean Ovel is taking a well-earned break after completing his tenth marathon in eight days.

Three men to appear in court over assault charges

Echo: webpix court justice

6:45pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THREE men are due to appear at Southend Magistrates' Court next month to face charges of affray and assault.

Delayed again - Traders rejoice as controversial Rochford District parking charges go back to council for further discussion

Echo: Delighted - Carl Watson, left, president of Rayleigh chamber of Trade, and Jeff Stanton, of Hockley Chamber of Trade and Commerce

6:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

TRADERS are celebrating after Rochford District Council postponed plans to bring in Saturday afternoon parking charges.

Firefighters tackle house fire in Hullbridge

Echo: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

5:51pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have been called to a fire at a house in Hullbridge.

Council: let us put cameras in your homes

Echo: Southend tourism director Lisa Ferne says Southend has become so popular with film crews she needs a register to process all the requests in time

3:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

SOUTHENDERS are being asked to sign up to put their homes on the big screen after the council was inundated with requests from film crews.






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