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New £6m casino opens in Southend


8:31am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A GLITZY new £6million casino has opened in the heart of Southend, marking the final piece of the jigsaw for the renovated Park Inn Palace Hotel.

Thanks to hospital's unique unit, battler Pauline feels like a princess


8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A CANCER sufferer is all set to walk down the aisle after beating the disease.

Volunteers go litter-picking on Two Tree Island


7:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

ABANDONED boats, piles of rubbish and two pairs of wellington boots were cleared from Leigh marshes as part of a community cleanup campaign.

Victorian sun shelter in Leigh Old Town damaged by vandals


7:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE future of a vandal-hit Victorian sun shelter hangs in the balance.

Tris Vonna-Michell is one of four in gallery exhibition


10:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A LEIGH artist has been shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize exhibition.

Boots pharmacist dispensed wrong medication for boy, four


9:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD suffered burns after being given ear drops to treat an eye infection.

Accident near hospital


5:02pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

PRITTLEWELL Chase in Southend is partially blocked following an accident involving a car and a pedestrian.

Rubbish problem rectified


10:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A ROW between Leigh Town Council and those refurbishing the Grand Hotel over rubbish left outside appears to have been resolved.

HMV opens new store in Southend High Street


6:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

A ENTERTAINMENT retailer has opened its new Southend High Street store after a move.

Woman who lost sense of taste treated to top-notch dinner


8:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

A WOMAN who lost her sense of taste for almost 15 years said she had the best meal of her life after winning an Echo competition to dine at one of Southend’s best restaurants.

It was ground- breaking then, and it is now...South Essex College campus celebrates 10th birthday


6:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

TOM KING marks the 10th anniversary of South Essex College's campus in the heart of Southend.

Councillor says new developments could add to problem

1:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

A COUNCILLOR has demanded an overhaul of Southend’s drainage system before any more major new developments are approved.

Six months of roadworks across Southend


11:00am Friday 26th September 2014

MOTORISTS have been warned of a six-month gas main replacement project spanning 15 miles across Southend.

£9,700 Heritage Lottery grant for First World War artwork


10:00am Friday 26th September 2014

A PRIMARY school has put a £9,700 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to good use by creating a colourful mosaic to honour those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Council pulls out of deal to buy Royal Hotel


8:00am Friday 26th September 2014

CONCERNS have been raised about the future of a Southend landmark after the council’s ambitious bid to buy it failed.

Big fight to save our mail service


7:30am Friday 26th September 2014

ROYAL Mail is being urged to scrap plans to remove a parcel collection service after hundreds signed a petition against the move.

Olly's fundraiser after his son's horror forklift accident


7:30am Friday 26th September 2014

A FUNDRAISER took on a 100-mile walk to raise money for the Essex Air Ambulance – to thank them for saving his son’s life.

Bishop of Chelmsford's motivational talk for Belfairs Academy students


8:17am Friday 26th September 2014

HUNDREDS of students were given a warm welcome to the new school year at an event designed to motivate, inspire and promote teamwork.

Revealed: What the new Tesco roundabout will look like


6:00am Friday 26th September 2014

A £4.7MILLION bid to ease congestion at the Tesco roundabout on the A127 in Westcliff is crucial for the future of Southend, council bosses say.

Youth centre to be demolished... for yet another car park

Echo: Mohamed Sidibe outside the Focus Youth Centre

6:00am Friday 26th September 2014

THE last council-run youth centre in Southend is set to be make way for yet another car park.

£4.7m upgrade of A127 in Westcliff is revealed


8:20am Thursday 25th September 2014

DRIVERS will face at least five months of misery as a £4.7million upgrade of one of Southend’s worst junctions takes place.

'Anglian Water only cares about its shareholders, not customers'


8:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

A SENIOR councillor claims Anglian Water is more interested in supporting its shareholders than tackling flooding issues in Southend.

Stroll on! Sun comes out for Southend Hospital's four-mile fundraiser


8:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE sun shone as walkers took to Southend seafront for a four-mile stroll to raise funds for Southend Hospital.

Top of the crops! Crowds turn out for Rochford ploughing match


4:48pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

FARMERS and tractor enthusiasts turned out in force to show who was top of the crops in an annual ploughing contest.

Council pleads: Stop throwing your chewing gum on our streets!


3:16pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

ROCHFORD District Council is encouraging residents to put their gum in the bin, in a litter crackdown.

Concert series set to start


12:16pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

ONE of the UK’s greatest concert pianists will return to Southend on Friday, October 10.

Pictures: Southend's Big Event pulls in the crowds


8:48am Wednesday 24th September 2014

DOZENS of community and faith groups joined together at a summer fair to celebrate harmony and diversity.

Jason Manford to open new Rayleigh comedy club

Echo: Funnyman? You decide

8:38am Wednesday 24th September 2014

COMEDIAN and TV presenter Jason Manford is opening a comedy club in Rayleigh.

Police 'must get tougher to crack crime in Southend's York Road'


7:20am Wednesday 24th September 2014

FURIOUS Southend councillors have called for more stop and searches and zero tolerance on drugs and weapons after the latest York Road attack in which a boy was shot with a BB gun.

Paramedics save man's life as air ambulance lands on pitch

Echo: CYCLING ACCIDENT: The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the incident near Frosterley, in Weardale, shortly before 4pm on Monday. This is a library image

6:30am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A VETERAN footballer suffered a double cardiac arrest near the pitch.

Ex-Blues player builds £14,600 debt posing as a Chelsea player


6:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A FORMER Blues player has admitted racking up £14,600 in unpaid bills by posing as a Chelsea winger.

New youth council elected in Southend


5:39pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TWO aspiring politicians have been chosen to lead a youth council after their captivating speeches.

Rayleigh Weir lights working again

Echo: Cars were gridlocked back to Rayleigh Weir (file picture)

5:30pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TRAFFIC lights at Rayleigh Weir are now working after almost three weeks of disruption to traffic.

Essex Police took a month to arrest a man for breaching restraining order

Echo: Man Tazered by police while covered in flammible liquid dies: IPCC INVESTIGATION

4:06pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

THE Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating why Essex Police took a month to arrest a man for breaches of a restraining order and why officers did not take action sooner.

Battle of Britain remembered in Southend ceremony


10:33am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

FORMER servicemen and women and local dignitaries packed a church to remember the fallen of the Battle of Britain.

Drive to make staff set a good example to pupils


9:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

HUNDREDS of teachers and school staff will be on a health kick in Benfleet and Thundersley thanks to an unexpected £80,000 hand-out.

Southend seafront pub set to become a restaurant


7:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A PUB that has stood on Southend seafront for more than 100 years is to be knocked down and replaced with a plush restaurant if the new owners have their way.

Brian Conley plays America's greatest showman in production of Barnum at the Cliffs Pavilion

Echo: Brian Conley plays the title role of Phineas T Barnum in the musical Barnum

6:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

KELLY BUCKLEY catches up with the delightfully chatty Brian Conley before he arrives at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff for a production of Barnum.

Michael Caine painting in Rochford prompts double-takes from shoppers


5:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A FAMOUS face appeared on a wall by a takeaway, prompting more than a few doubletakes from passers by.

Kitesurfer drifts off course

Echo: Mumbles lifeboat

9:46am Monday 22nd September 2014

SOUTHEND lifeboat crews rescued a kitesurfer who got into difficulties.

Concerns over new estate


7:50am Monday 22nd September 2014

A HOUSING estate may destroy a an ecological habitat in Great Wakering, it has been claimed.

Hotel that will transform eyesore site is delayed


7:00am Monday 22nd September 2014

A NOTORIOUS eyesore area will be replaced by a striking seafront vista as a new hotel takes shape.

Young carer wants to raise awareness about the dangers of epilepsy


6:30am Monday 22nd September 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL is determined to raise awareness of the dangers of epilepsy after the death of a close friend.

Cash boost for local businesses


6:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

BUSINESSES in south Essex are about to get a £1.8million cash injection to help them prosper.

READER PIC: Flooding in Southend

Echo: Mobile Send Your News

10:58am Saturday 20th September 2014

THIS photo was taken just past the Kursaal at about 10pm last night. It was deeper than this but I couldn't take a picture sooner due to it raining so hard. One N-reg clio tried to drive through and broke down mid way and had to be pushed out by local residents. The fire service also turned up to help those with houses in the flood!

Woman drove Karen and tot to hospital after he scalded himself with tea at park picnic


6:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

A YOUNG mum who ran screaming into the street after her toddler was burnt with scalding tea wants to find the good Samaritan who stopped to help, so she can thank her.

Death of a woman who sued hospital for misdiagnosis


8:00am Friday 19th September 2014

A WOMAN who sued Southend Hospital after A&E doctors repeatedly failed to spot her cervical cancer has died.

popular business next to the A127 has a price tag of £2.4m


5:49pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ANYONE who has ever dreamed of owning their own go-karting track should get their wallets out now to take advantage of a rare opportunity.

Popular teacher's death shocks his colleagues and students


7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

A SCHOOL community has been left in shock after the sudden death of its deputy head.

'Biggest ever' town centre homes plans on the horizon


6:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

SOUTHEND Council will next week kick off a ‘once in a generation’ regeneration project to transform the face of a whole estate.



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