• Barnet 1, Southend United 3

    MATT Paterson came in from the cold to fire 10 man Southend United to a 3-1 triumph at Barnet tonight. The striker has been made available for loan by Blues boss Paul Sturrock and failed to make the Scotsman's last three match-day squads.

  • Daring to start up in the property market

    ANYONE who launches a new mortgage company in the present climate has to be a bold spirit, but Paul Flavin believes he has the right formula. Before the sub prime mortgage crisis and world financial crash, Britain had 55,000 mortgage companies. The number

  • Dressed up for success

    RUSSIAN fun-seekers are trading their furs for fancy dress, sold and dispatched from Essex. All Fancy Dress has seen business grown by 20 per cent over the previous year, partly thanks to a growing wave of orders from Russia. Matt Foden, marketing

  • Wealth from the arts

    BRINGING together art, digital technology and business is the aim of the new Digital Exploration Centre, based in Chalkwell Park, Westcliff. It is modelled on a similar project, Ars Electronica, which has helped to regenerate the Austrian town of

  • Care home residents let music into their lives

    ALISON Yarham’s new business Music for Health is designed to reinvigorate the lives of residents in care homes. Based on many years research into the therapeutic effects of music, Music for Health provides a structured programme of sound and movement

  • Grand revamp hopes grow as council lifts time limit

    A DEAL-BREAKING planning condition which halted the redevelopment of a landmark building in Leigh has been lifted by Southend Council, leading to hopes work on the project could soon recommence. The Grand Hotel, in Broadway, secured planning

  • Dame Helen’s home town truths

    DAME Helen Mirren has slated her home town of Southend saying it is a place where people get drunk, fight and have casual sex. Speaking to the Daily Express, the 65-year-old actress compared the town to American TV series Jersey Shore which

  • Businesses in Basildon are bucking recession

    BUSINESS in Basildon is bucking the national trend and thriving despite the country's financial blues. Pharmaceutical firm Waymade Healthcare has bought new premises and plans to expand, while premises left empty following the demise of Visteon last

  • Police send letters to their most wanted

    POLICE are writing to every suspect in Southend who has an outstanding warrant against them. The letters are sent out automatically when a warrant is issued and urge the receiver to give themselves up. It is for people who have failed to appear

  • Authorities to turf nightmare neighbour out of her home

    A NIGHTMARE neighbour is being evicted after making life a misery for people living near her on an estate. An order has been issued to remove Debbie Howard, from the Four Rivers Estate, Shoebury, because of her raucous parties. Large groups of youngsters

  • Making way for new development in town

    A FORMER office block is being demolished to make way for redevlopment. Drivers on the A127 and in Christopher Martin Road, Basildon, will have seen the building formerly used by First Data being flattened. Work on the demolition started after First

  • Being a ballet dancer is the love of my life

    BUZZING with excited chatter and body heat from so many ballerinas piled together getting ready for the show, the room is a picture of organised chaos. I roll up my ballet tights, put on the leotard, lace my pointe shoes, put on the long ballet dress

  • Life in the cyberworld

    AN essential part of modern living or a creepy waste of time? KELLY BUCKLEY and LOUISE MACKENZIE look at the ups and downs of Facebook. Facing up to an addiction, by Kelly Buckley “FACEBOOK is like crack”, a friend once said to me after forcing

  • Burglar swipes heroes’ medals

    A HEARTLESS burglar stole military service medals belonging to three generations of a family. A devastated family found a raider had smashed the back door to get inside, rampaging through the home in Buckerills, Pitsea, and pocketed £2,800 of valuables

  • Concord host Billericay in derby clash

    BILLERICAY boss Craig Edwards has challenged his players to restore some local pride against Concord at Thames Road this evening. The teams play each other for the third time in 11 days on Canvey tonight following their engrossing FA Cup replay which

  • Pupils test language skills with cafe treat

    YOUNGSTERS learned the importance of foreign languages at a special event. St Thomas More High School for Boys, Westcliff, held an international activity day after hearing it had won an International School Award from the British Council for its excellent

  • Updated: Scouts group has Tshirts stolen

    POLICE have recovered a batch of T-shirts which were stolen from a Scouts group. A crook got into an unlocked car in Bellevue Road, Southend, and took the 12 blue T-shirts along with a small amount of cash and a black tool box containing colouring

  • Clohessy wants win to edge nearer to Wembley

    SEAN Clohessy wants to move a step closer to Wembley by beating Barnet tonight. Southend United take on the Bees in the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. And Clohessy would love to enjoy a long run in the competiton.

  • Updated: A13 death crash man named

    A MAN who died in a horror crash on the A13 has been named. Robert Forman, 67 of Calvert Drive, Basildon was driving his Nissan on the A13 near Thurrock when he collided with a lorry at 6.50am on Tuesday. The crash happened at around

  • Residents revisit the fabulous fifties at care home

    PEOPLE at a care home in Benfleet relived the Fifties during celebrations to mark UK Older People’s Day. Staff at the Oakdale Residential Home chose the decade as its theme for residents, who often talk about the era they most loved. A former Royal

  • Pirates coach urges players to learn lessons

    ESSEX Pirates’ head coach Tim Lewis is urging his players to learn from their double drubbing over the weekend. Pirates were seen off 102-69 by MK Lions in the BBL Trophy at the Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre on Saturday night. And

  • Business Secretary visits south Essex superport

    BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable is visiting south Essex today to hear how thousands of new jobs are being created at a deep sea port and logistics park. Dr Cable will visit the London Gateway site at Corringham which will have created 700 new jobs by

  • Councillor’s skydive to save charity office

    A CANVEY councillor is exchanging the confrontational atmosphere of the council chamber for an altogether different adrenalin rush as she gears up for a skydive in aid of a struggling charity. Joan Liddiard, who represents the Canvey Island Independent

  • Art club celebrates securing new home

    AN art group – founded by a former drug addict – which aims to help others improve their lives has found a home for its weekly sessions. Ricky McCarthy, 48, was addicted to drugs for 20 years dabbling with amphetamines, cocaine, crack and ecstasy as

  • Funding threat fuels fears preschool may shut down

    FUNDING for a new preschool is under threat, sparking fears it could be forced to close. Winter Gardens Preschool, in the grounds of Winter Gardens Primary School, Haven Road, Canvey, had planned to replace its current temporary facilities

  • GP fears for quality of care in shake-up

    A GP has enlisted the help of his MP in a quest to ensure bureaucracy within the health service does not affect the quality of patient care. Dr Krishna Chaturvedi, who has a 3,200-patient surgery in Southbourne Grove, Westcliff, met Southend

  • Driving instructor’s road sign safety fear

    A DRIVING instructor fears signposts that have been sawn in half are an accident waiting to happem. Tariq Musaji, 42, of London Road, Billericay, has noticed numerous road signs around Billericay, Basildon and Wickford, where he conducts his lessons,

  • Blues could be missing first choice strikers

    SOUTHEND United could be missing both their first choice strikers for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash at Barnet. For Barry Corr (hip) and Blair Sturrock (hamstring) face late checks on their fitness. And they could well both