• Firm’s deal with Russia

    A DEFENCE firm based in Basildon has signed a deal with a major Russian company. Selex ES’s surveillance products will be promoted in Russia after it made the agreement with NIIDAR. Selex, based just off the A127 in Christopher Martin Road,

  • Talks to take place on hazardous chemicals

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to increase the number of harmful chemicals stored on Canvey are due to be discussed at a council meeting on Monday. Canvey Island Town Council will be discussing an application from the Oikos terminal, in Haven Road, to alter

  • Wycombe Wanderers 2, Southend United 1

    SOUTHEND United’s inability to defend set pieces saw them suffer a 2-1 defeat at Wycombe Wanderers this afternoon. Blues looked solid in open play but twice conceded from dead ball deliveries. And, despite Freddy Eastwood bagging a fourth goal

  • Nurse accused of blunders may be struck off

    A NURSE accused of a string of blunders at a private care home in Thundersley could be struck off. Oluwatoyin Thomas, 41, is facing a professional misconduct hearing after being charged by the Nursing and Midwifery Council with offences of incompetence

  • Huge plumes of smoke from Kent fire seen from South Essex

    RESIDENTS across South Essex have reported seeing huge plumes of smoke in the skies from a massive blaze in Kent. Beachgoers in Southend, residents in Canvey and even people living in Thurrock have reported spotting the thick black smoke. The

  • Southend United unchanged for Wycombe Wanderers clash

    BLUES boss Phil Brown has named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon’s game at Wycombe Wanderers, with Mark Phillips again missing out with a groin problem. In his absence, Adam Thompson and Luke Prosser remain at the heart of the back

  • Carnival group gets £500 boost

    CANVEY town council has awarded the Canvey Carnival Association £500 towards next year’s big event. Hundreds of islanders got into the party spirit in July as colourful floats and entertainers took to the island’s streets for the annual event.

  • UPDATED: Violent sex offender hunted by police

    A VIOLENT sex offender wanted by police has been found. Shane Barnbrook, 28, was released from prison in Suffolk on Friday. However he breached the terms of his prison licence by failing to comply with a condition that he must live at a hostel

  • Firefighters free two trapped in crash

    FIREFIGHTERS were called to free two trapped people following a road crash. The collision happened on Noak Hill Road, Billericay, at the junction with Wash Road, at around 9.35am this morning. Fire crews from Basildon and Wickford raced to

  • Rachel Riley waltzes on to Strictly

    COUNTDOWN star Rachel Riley is swapping letters and numbers for waltzes and rumbas after signing up for Strictly Come Dancing. The presenter, from Southend, who recently racked up a milestone 1,000 appearances on the Channel 4 show, will join other

  • I've been cutting hair for 40 years!

    A CANVEY man has proved why he’s a cut above the rest after serving as a barber for 40 years. Phil Moss, of Point Road, Canvey, who turned 66 last week, is celebrating being in businesses for over four decades, cutting hair for families on the

  • Rugby day helps child cancer charity

    STANFORD Rugby Club held a pre-season fundraising day which was attended by East Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe. The club was raising funds for the Paediatric and Adolescent Oncology Research Fund, which seeks to raise awareness of, and research

  • New cafe for teenagers

    A FREE teen cafe for children aged 13 and over has been set up by a local community project. Wakering Young People’s Community Project will host the cafe every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm, at Great Wakering Primary School. The project aims to

  • Gala will save the last waltz for you

    FUSING music and dance from Vienna, the Johann Strauss Gala is coming to the Cliffs Pavilion as part of a nationwide tour. Hosting the performance is the irrepressible showman, Rainer Hersch, who with his inimitable wit and panache will take you

  • Speak to your local cops in Shoeburuy

    A BEAT surgery will be held for local residents in Shoebury. Local officers PC Blaxland and PCSO Toohey will be available to discuss issues and give out crime prevention advice. The meeting will take place on Thursday at the Renown Library.

  • A great show of flower power

    A HORTICULTURAL show held in Great Wakering was a big success. The event, which took place on Monday, was organised by Great Wakering Garden and Allotment Society. Horticultural judge Mike Taylor, and cookery and handicraft judge, Gill le Grys