• Bogus callers in credit card scam

    BOGUS callers have been operating a credit card scam which has affected people in Southend. A person claiming to be from a credit card company rings the victim and tells them their card has been compromised. They provide details such as the account

  • Burglars strike twice in the same street within days

    BURGLARS struck two homes in the same street within a few days of one another. The properties in Lymington Avenue, Leigh, are also within a few doors of each other, leading to concerns the crimes are linked. At some point between 8pm on Saturday, January

  • Concern over above-inflation council tax rise

    OPPOSITION leaders have raised concerns about the above-average council tax rise announced as part of the latest Southend Council budget. Tory leader Nigel Holdcroft announced this week council tax would increase by 3.95 per cent for 2010-11, more than

  • Yob on train to face a rail ban

    A THUG who assaulted a ticket inspector on a train faces a ban from the railways as well as a spell behind bars. Scott Cootes, 25, pleaded guilty to assaulting ticket inspector James Greaves between Wickford and Rayleigh stations and then threatening

  • Three children rescued from burning house in Southend

    HEROIC firefighters rescued three children from a smoke-filled bedroom in a burning house. The youngsters, aged one, four, and six, were rescued by firefighters from a house in Princes Street, Southend. It is thought the fire started

  • Pupils jump on bus to make movie

    PUPILS at a primary school on Canvey have created their own movie during a special media day. Northwick Park Primary was visited by the I-Bus, a minivan packed with the latest media technology including video cameras, laptops and editing equipment. Pupils

  • 60-bed care home at office block refused

    PLANS to convert an old Southend office block into a 60-bed care home have been refused by councillors. Runwood Homes wants to turn the Victoria House office block in Victoria Avenue into a nursing home, with shops and a cafe. The proposal was also

  • Bank clerk turned drug dealer

    A DRUG dealer found with a stash of cocaine and a sawn-off shotgun has been jailed for five years. Mthatshelwa Mabandla, 22, was a bank clerk with excellent prospects until he fell in with the wrong crowd in Southend, a court heard.

  • Final farewell to Southend cabbie

    A PROCESSION of taxi drivers paid tribute to a colleague who died of a heart attack. The funeral of Dave Ford, 62, of The Grove, Southend, was held yesterday and between 30 and 40 taxis followed his hearse from his home to Southend Crematorium