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Fundraiser to remember beloved hairdresser raises £16k at the Boatyard


10:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A CHARITY night held in memory of a popular hairdresser is set to raise up to £16,000.

National security is cited as reason for ignoring council permission on height of fence


8:30am Friday 24th October 2014

THE MoD is putting up a 2.4m-high fence along a stretch of rail line for national security reasons – against the wishes of Southend Council.

Major seafront restaurant to be rebuilt in £1.8million transformation


6:00am Friday 24th October 2014

A landmark seafront restaurant is to be transformed with a £1.8million revamp.

South American police believe man involved in drug smuggling


6:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A FATHER-of-two is facing extradition to Peru in connection with a £3million drugs bust, more than two years ago.

Royal Mail confirms Rochford centre will close in January


6:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ROYAL Mail has confirmed it will close its Rochford delivery office and move services to Southend in January.

Wilko Johnson 'cured' of terminal cancer


5:49pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Guitarist Wilko Johnson has claimed he has been ‘cured’ of his terminal cancer.

Fake footballer jailed for fraud


5:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A FORMER Southend United youth team player who posed as a Chelsea star to live a Premier League lifestyle has been jailed.

Fire crews tackle arson attack at Southend house

Echo: fire engine north yorkshire service - zxc

12:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS put out a blaze after a deliberate fire spread to a terraced house in Southend

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.

More than 300 homes and firms left without phone lines


8:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MORE than 300 homes and businesses lost their phone lines and internet service after underground cables were deliberately damaged.

Stroke victim says hospital is working wonders


8:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

DAVID Wallings is a lucky man. The 47-year-old suffered a stroke last January while doing the washing up.

Three major restaurants sign up for huge Southend seafront scheme

Echo: Kids Eat for £1 at Frankie and Benny's

8:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Three big-name restaurants have signed up to help create Southend’s new leisure park, set to rival Bas Vegas.

Former soldier is running 399 miles from Scotland


6:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FORMER soldier is tackling a gruelling run to raise money for a young woman who lost her leg in a horrific bike crash.

40 volunteers raise £3,000 for Harp in cardboard box challenge


4:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

MORE than 40 brave volunteers slept alongside Southend’s homeless when they took on the Cardboard Box Challenge and raised £3,000.

Thugs armed with baseball bats and a meat cleaver rob terrified woman

Echo: Worker attacked with 'meat cleaver' in chip shop robbery

4:07pm Monday 20th October 2014

Yobs armed with baseball bats and a meat cleaver bust into a home in Southen, robbing a terrified woman.

Passengers asked to leave a plane because it was too heavy


12:47pm Monday 20th October 2014

Southend Airport passengers asked to leave an easyJet plane that was too heavy to fly.

Sixth form takes shape


11:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AN EXPANDED sixth form centre is taking shape.

Award-winning animal images used to reduce fatal accidents among the young


9:30am Monday 20th October 2014

AN award-winning road safety campaign will be launched in Essex to help reduce fatal and serious injury crashes involving young or inexperienced drivers.

Counting the cost of the flooding


9:00am Monday 20th October 2014

THE flooding in South Essex this summer devastated parts of the county, leaving businesses, roads, and homes in ruin.

Southend MP's anger at top public sector pay


7:00am Monday 20th October 2014

AN MP has condemned the “absolutely outrageous” scale of salaries paid to senior public sector officials and those with “non jobs” at a time when cuts were being made to services.

Cameron hails officers for preventing petrol station explosion


6:30am Monday 20th October 2014

TWO police officers who saved a man from burning to death and prevented a petrol station from exploding have been saluted for their courage.

Seafront development to create more than 100 jobs


6:00am Monday 20th October 2014

A new development on Southend seafront will bring up to 110 jobs and signals a huge “vote of confidence” in the town, according to business leaders.

Youngsters build novel greenhouse


12:30pm Friday 17th October 2014

A SCHOOL has put plastic bottles to good use by building an eco-friendly greenhouse.

Company apologises after repeated demands for payment


12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

BRITISH Gas has apologised after repeatedly wrongly sending a 75- year-old woman demands for payments of thousands of pounds.

Details unveiled for Remembrance Day parades

Echo: Royal British Legion
Poppy Appeal (9853659)

11:00am Friday 17th October 2014

VETERANS, military personnel and dignitaries will salute the fallen at this year’s Remembrance Day services across south Essex.

Dementia workshop to highlight services


10:00am Friday 17th October 2014

PEOPLE were able to find out about what dementia services Southend Council offers at a workshop.

We ask: Is the Southend seafront development a good thing?


9:30am Friday 17th October 2014

Last week the Echo revealed that Goldfield Developments Limited have finally put a concrete proposal on the table to  regenerate Marine Plaza on Southend seafront, featuring 282 flats split over six blocks, gardens,  and a host of space for bars, shops, and restaurants.

Airport holds fire on screening for Ebola


8:30am Friday 17th October 2014

AIRPORT officials in Southend are monitoring the use of Ebola screening but have no plans to bring in similar measures yet.

Guide Dogs help fundraiser


1:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

AN optician invited guide dogs in to celebrate a week-long fundraiser.

Body image campaign launched


6:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

TWO students have teamed up with fashion designer Joey Bevan to explode the body confidence myths peddled by social media sites and magazines Joey, whose fashion career started at the Southend YMCA pop up charity shop, is working with Kelsey Hibbard and Eleanor Bleach for the Dove Be Real, Body Confidence campaign.

Council orders probe into seafront floods


6:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

An investigation is to be carried out into Southend’s seafront drains after severe flooding which wrecked homes and businesses.

The White Horse is set to reopen as Flaming Grill next month


8:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

ONE of Southend’s most prominent pubs has closed for a £365,000 facelift.

Plans to refurbish seafront kiosk turned down


7:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

AN angry trader has hit out at the council for blocking his plans to revamp a seafront kiosk which he hoped would boost visitors.

Is this Ukip's springboard in south Essex?


6:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

The UKIP victory in Clacton could act a springboard elsewhere in the county, say party members.

Almost £5k to be split between hospital ward and neo-natal charity


5:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

ACOUPLE who lost their first child when he was born prematurely have raised nearly £5,000 to be shared between the hospital ward which tried to save him and a leading neonatal charity.

Children parade for St Michael


2:00pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

AN open-air communion service has been held to celebrate the festival of a school’s patron saint .

REVEALED: First images of the development that will change Southend seafront


6:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

A HUGE development of 282 flats, plus restaurants, shops and bars could be built on Southend seafront ambitious if new plans unveiled today come to fruition.

UPDATED: Trains now running following flood delays

Echo: Cow on the line causes delays between Leigh and Benfleet

11:00am Monday 13th October 2014

A signal failure on the c2c line has forced the rail operater into cancelling a host of train services.

Restaurant owner in legal threat to council over handouts


10:00am Monday 13th October 2014

A SOUTHEND restaurateur has threatened legal action against Southend Council over cash that has been handed out to businesses.

Senseless vandalism takes place ahead of Remembrance Sunday


8:00am Monday 13th October 2014

VETERANS have voiced their disgust after a mindless vandal defaced a memorial to Southend’s war dead.

Builders didn't realise supply went to cottages


9:00am Sunday 12th October 2014

RESIDENTS were left without water after a 160-year-old pipe to their homes repeatedly burst.

Private Bellotti's two-week exercise with Polish Army


10:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

A PARATROOPER from Southend has been on exercise picking up tips from the Polish army.

Police target foreign workers as part of anti-slavery operation


8:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

TWO oyster pickers have been arrested on Southend seafront by police investigating human trafficking and modern slavery.

Health fundraiser


6:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

THERE will be a treat for the taste buds at this year’s Apple Day.

Costa Coffee to open in Thorpe Bay Broadway

Echo: Costa Coffee looks to open branch in Shildon

8:30am Friday 10th October 2014

COSTA Coffee is opening a shop in the Broadway, in Thorpe Bay.

Armed cops swarm house after reports of a gun nside


6:30am Thursday 9th October 2014

ARMED police stormed a house in Southend over reports there was a gun inside.

Reports - busy Southend roundabout floods


12:14pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

Motorists are reporting that a busy Southend roundabout is submerged.

Revealed - the Southend businesses to benefit from taxpayers' cash


12:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

TWENTY-three Southend businesses are sharing in a £1.8million cash bonanza to create new jobs and rejuvenate key areas of the town.

Leigh lad meets celebs at hospital


10:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

A YOUNG patient met a celebrity couple as he helped launch a major development at a hospital which has cared for him for more than a decade.

Traders' fury at council response to flooding


9:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

TRADERS stormed out of a heated meeting with Southend Council officials in an ongoing rowover flooding which wrecked homes and businesses on the seafront.



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