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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.

£400,000? And the rest - Flood campaigners urge for long-lasting measures after Anglian Water pledge wedge for flood defences

Echo: Silt concerns - Rawreth Flooding Action Group chairman Peter Plummer in Beeches Road

2:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FLOOD victims are hoping to benefit from £400,000 of new drains being laid by Anglian Water.

Blazing rubbish - Fire crews called to extinguish blaze at Southend recycling centre

Echo: False alarm for fire services

1:49pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

FIRE crews were called to a Southend council recycling centre this morning to extinguish a blaze of rubbish.

Transsexual crippled with pain from botched sex change operation made false police report

Echo: Miranda Lee

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A TRANSSEXUAL who complained to police she was being abused by yobs after having a sex change operation has pleded guilty to wasting police time.

Flash mob celebrate 20 years at the top

Echo: Flash mob celebrate 20 years at the top

6:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

SOUTHEND YMCA celebrated its 20th anniversary by staging a “flash mob” event in the town’s High Street.

Gunman beats up milkman in 3.30am robbery

Echo: Gunman beats up milkman in 3.30am robbery

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MILKMAN was hit over the head by a man armed with a gun.

Dude, where's my classic car? - £50,000 Mercedes stolen by couple

Echo: Upset - Stephen Habermel

6:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A PUBLISHER is distraught after his classic car – worth £50,000 – was stolen from an underground car park.

American bulldogs found emaciated in barren cages in Southend garage

Echo: American bulldogs found emaciated in barren cages in Southend garage

4:55pm Monday 14th April 2014

A SOUTHEND couple have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to their two dogs.

An honour Carol never expected...

Echo: Carol with her MBE insignia

3:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

CAROL Compton, laughs as she recalls her reaction to the news she was to be made an MBE for services to children and families She says: “Every year, when the honours list was announced, we would joke in my family and complain, saying, ‘oh, we’re not there, again!’”

Residents furious after developer fells tree...for a third drive

Echo: Residents say the tree, which was 80 years old, should not have been felled

2:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

OUTRAGED residents have hit out at Essex County Council for allowing a developer to cut down an 80-year-old tree.

Lidl's plans for new Eastwood store given the boot, by one vote

Echo: An artist's impression of the planned development

1:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans for a new Lidl supermarket in Eastwood have been thrown out by councillors – by a single vote.

Councillor: Back grammars or go elsewhere

Echo: James Courtenay

12:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

PRIMARY headteachers should not work in Southend if they oppose grammar schools on ideological grounds, a senior Tory councillor has said.

Not on our land: Campaigners launch legal bid to stop Rochford District Council building 2,785 new homes

Echo: Legal challenge - Linda Kendall

12:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have secured a legal review of Rochford Council’s plans to build thousands of homes afterawoman stumped up cash to pay for it.

Two people rescued in sheltered accommodation fire

Echo: Man rescued from flat fire after being trapped

7:46am Sunday 13th April 2014

TWO elderly people were rescued after a fire broke out in the library of a sheltered accommodation block.

Group taking part in gruelling trip

Echo: Striders - Elisha Letley from Simply Stride, Emma Hamilton and fellow trekkers Diane Burns, Karen Turrell, Janet Evenden and Debbie Whitehead, with Matt Letley from Simply Stride

6:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

FUNDRAISERS are limbering up for a gruelling trek across the Sahara to raise cash for Havens Hospices.

Amusement park cover up rule to protect families' blushes

Echo: Marc Miller - asking Adventure Island vistors to cover up

3:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

MEN are being told to keep their shirts on this summer as Adventure Island brings in a dress code to spare the blushes of families.

Milkman assaulted in Leigh by gun-wielding attacker

Echo: webpix police arrest

9:05am Saturday 12th April 2014

A MILKMAN was beaten over the head by an armed assailant in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Park revamp campaign pays off

Echo: Ron Woodley in the park

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

PERSISTENCE has paid off for Southend councillors who fought hard to win a package of improvements in Southchurch Park.

Iron left on leads to house fire in Hullbridge

Echo: Fire crews tackled a car fire in Bringsty.

6:41pm Friday 11th April 2014

TWO fire crews attended a house fire in Hullbridge this afternoon after an iron was left on too long.

Fallen power lines close Little Wakering road during Friday rush hour

Echo: Epsom Downs Road, closed earlier this year by fallling trees

6:34pm Friday 11th April 2014

FALLEN power cables closed Barling Road in Little Wakering for three hours earlier this afternoon.

Thug punched man after urinating up a wall

Echo: Bar remains open despite fears over future

11:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A DRUNKEN thug was fined and ordered to pay compensation after viciously beating a litter picker.

Mum treated by student paramedics bled to death

Echo: RESPONSE DEBATE: How long should patients in non life-threatening emergencies wait for an ambulance?

8:30am Friday 11th April 2014

A PREGNANT woman bled to death after two student paramedics waited 40 minutes before taking her to hospital, an inquest heard.

'Council is betraying our children' - councillor

Echo: Congested roads – Ric Morgan in Somerset Avenue, Westcliff

7:30am Friday 11th April 2014

A COUNCILLOR walked out of a meeting, claiming he could no longer sit on a committee that presented “betrayal of primary school pupils” as a success.

UPDATED: Broken down horsebox blocks A127

Echo: Bedford TL Horsebox

7:41pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A BROKEN down horsebox on the A127 has blocked one lane Westbound at the junction with the A128.

Bus driver gets hero award for helping young girl

Echo: Hartley Milner and Rachel Baldwin present Jacqueline Hastings with her award

7:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A BUS driver who helped a lost little girl to get home has been rewarded for being an “unsung hero”.

UPDATED: Overturned car blocks Southend road at rush hour

Echo: Dunmow: Woman cut free from vehicle

6:10pm Thursday 10th April 2014

AN overturned car is blocking Cambridge Road in both directions at the junction with Westcliff Avenue in Southend.

Disability group champion Lord Rix hosts premier of film

Echo: Dedicated - Southend Hospital's learning disabilities comittee members with Lord Rix, centre, and nurse Sarah Haines, thirdf rom left

6:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

FINDING your way about a busy hospital can be a daunting task, but for those with learning difficulties it can be twice as hard.

Drink drive victim caught over limit

Echo: Nicholas Jackson was handed a four-month jail term but had served that time in custody on remand

5:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A YOUNG woman who fractured her spine after falling victim to a drink-driver has been sentenced for driving over the limit herself.

Fire crews rescue man who crashed car into cafe

Echo: Fire crews rescue man who crashed car into house

3:36pm Thursday 10th April 2014

TWO fires crews were needed to rescue a man from his car after it collided with a house in South Street, Rochford.

Car crash in Westcliff

Echo: Woman cut from wreckage of car after A120 crash

1:12pm Thursday 10th April 2014

TWO cars crashed in Westcliff earlier today.

Cliffs UB40 gig postponed - singer loses voice

Echo: Cliffs UB40 gig postponed - singer loses voice

11:23am Thursday 10th April 2014

TONIGHT’S UB40 concert has been postponed after the lead singer lost his voice.

Prison wing to reopen after overcrowding problem

Echo: Chelmsford prison, where Charles Joseph Revell was hanged

10:23am Thursday 10th April 2014

A WING at Chelmsford Prison is to reopen as bosses look to resolve an overcrowded cells.

Passenger numbers grow and more routes planned - why things are soaring at Southend Airport

Echo: Passenger numbers grow and more routes planned - why things are soaring at Southend Airport

9:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

SOUTHEND Airport is well and truly on the up with ambitious plans to serve more than five million passengers by 2020.

Man wanted after 19-year-old woman chased and kicked repeatedly in the head

Echo: Jamie Wernham

8:36am Thursday 10th April 2014

A MAN suspected of carrying out a brutal attack on a woman in a supermarket car park is wanted by police.

Cadbury bring rain to sunny Southend

Echo: Although it wasn't raining during the shoot, it was very windy.

8:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

SUNNY Shoebury was turned into a sodden beach scene on Tuesday as film crews working for Cadbury made it rain for a new advertisement.

Patients wait for hours to be seen - Southend Hospital bottom of A&E table

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

5:30am Thursday 10th April 2014

SOUTHEND Hospital had the worst record in the country last month for keeping patients waiting to be seen in its A&E department.

easyJet announces winter flights to holiday hotspots

Echo: easyJet says it flew more passengers in October

5:14pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

BUDGET airline easyJet its winter schedule from Southend Airport, including an increase in flights to Tenerife.

Seawall wins approval despite opposition

Echo: Seawall wins approval despite opposition

3:41pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL 7ft seawall across Shoebury Common has been approved, despite massive opposition.

Woman stole DVDs from Argos

Echo: Woman stole DVDs from Argos

10:02am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A WOMAN is suspected of stealing DVDs from Argos in the Victoria Shopping Centre in Southend.

Bicycle stolen

Echo: Bicycle stolen

9:59am Wednesday 9th April 2014

POLICE want to speak to this man over the theft of a bicycle from the Royals Shopping Centre in Southend.

You're shameless: Wealthy dad fails in appeal to dodge jail after not paying child support

Echo: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

9:00am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A DAD who dodged paying a penny of child support while £1.3million passed through his bank account has failed to convince top judges he should be freed from prison – to care for his kids.

EXCLUSIVE: Sledgehammer attack on health centre

Echo: Hammer attack on health centre

6:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A MAN walked into a health centre and smashed up the reception with a sledgehammer, terrifying staff.






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