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?Still a chance to save free IVF at Southend Hospital?
Health bosses have called on families and residents to get involved in the fight to keep free IVF at Southend Hospital.
Taxi driver fined £300 for misusing his partner's blue badge
A TAXI driver who ignored previous warnings about misusing a Blue Disability Badge has been fined £300 plus costs at Southend Magistrates? court.
Al fresco dining could be on the menu at Greggs
A BASILDON bakery is aiming to bring a continental flavour to the town square with a new outdoor seating area.
Full list of flights Ryanair has cancelled because of the pilot shortage
More than 400,000 people are believed to be affected after the budget airline scrapped up to 50 flights a day.
Two vehicle crash closes lane on A130
Two vehicles have been involved in an accident on the A130.
Two people rushed to hospital after crash
Two people were taken to hospital with leg and shoulder injuries after a crash on a road in Stanford.
Youth football club saved by high school
A YOUTH football club on Canvey played its first game at its new home ground after fears the club would have to fold from the league.
Hammers fans outraged over Christmas rail works nightmare
WEST Ham fans have expressed outrage over the planned closures on the Southend to Liverpool Street train line which could ruin their plans for the Christmas fixtures.
Commuters face 'complete nightmare' on trains over festive period due to rail improvement works
COMMUTERS travelling from Southend Victoria to London Liverpool Street are facing a complete nightmare over the frantic festive period due to ongoing rail improvement work.
Dog trained to sniff out child abuse images used for first time by Essex Police
A dog specially trained to sniff out digital storage data devices which could be harbouring child abuse images has been used for the first time by Essex Police.
Drug dealers found with £25,000 worth of drugs jailed
THREE drug dealers, found with nearly £25,000 worth of drugs, have been jailed.
Shoplifter attempts to hit worker with wine bottle as he flees shop
A man attempted to hit a shop worker with a wine bottle as he attempted to leave without paying for bottles of alcohol he was trying to smuggle it out.
Paedophile former teacher jailed for four years for sexually assaulting girl under the age of 13
He will also be subject to a five year sexual harm prevention order and put on the sex offenders list for life.
£250k cannabis farm is found after fuse box catches fire
POLICE uncovered a £250,000 cannabis farm.. in the cellar of a former pub after a fuse box caught fire.
Police reject calls to work with vigilante paedophile hunters
ESSEX Police has rejected calls from the UK?s top child protection officer to look at working with vigilante paedophile hunters.
Drivers who tried in vain to save cyclist?s life praised for their efforts
MOTORISTS who desperately tried in vain to save a crash victim have been praised for their efforts.
Swan Housing wins award for regeneration projects
Swan Housing Association and its architects Pollard Thomas Edwards and CF Moller won a prestigious housing award for their regeneration projects in Basildon.
Two chimneys set to be demolished at Tilbury Power Station
TWO chimneys at Tilbury Power Station are set to be demolished next week in the seventh controlled demolition at the site.
Army cadets share their experiences at open day
BASILDON?S army cadets shared their knowledge and experiences when they held an open day to the public.
Clock?s restoration project is underway
THE restoration of an historic clock is well under way, thanks to charity donations and a Southend firm.
Fun for all the family at first motor show
FANS of cars and motorbikes flocked to a motoring show in South Essex.
?My message in a bottle reached the Netherlands?
A SCHOOLGIRL received a pleasant surprise when a message in a bottle that she threw off Southend Pier ended up being picked up more than 200 miles away... in the Netherlands.
Famous crime-fighting dog sadly loses cancer fight
A RENOWNED crime-fighting dog has lost his fight with cancer, just weeks after retiring from Essex Police.
EastEnders fans: Have we missed an episode?
EastEnders fans were left questioning whether they had missed an episode after a character who underwent a heart operation was seen sitting in a cafe.
FA standard sports pitch unveiled as part of £190,000 improvements
An FA standard sports pitch has been unveiled in Billericay as part of a refurbishment costing £190,000.
Hero teaching assistant who saved a child's life is nominated for an award
A MODEST teaching assistant told how she is ?truly honoured? to be nominated for a national award after saving a child?s life.
Four men smash way into elderly man's home before hitting him in the face with crow bar
Police are hunting four suspects after they smashed their way into an eldery man's home yesterday morning.
Disability campaigner who featured on The Undateables up for national award
A DISABILITY campaigner and artist, who featured on TV?s ?The Undateables?, has been nominated for a national award.
Why emigrating to rural France was the best thing we ever did for our family
"Had I have stayed in Essex, I would?ve gone bonkers"
Creator of Bob the Builder speaks at school
THE creator of popular children?s characters Bob the Builder, PAW Patrol and Fifi and the Flowertots has given an inspirational speech at a primary school.
Number of complaints made against Essex Police revealed
Essex Police has seen a 30 per cent reduction in the number of complaints made against the force to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
How much debt is usual for where you live?
Consumer debt has risen by a worrying 10 per cent in the past year.
New park cafe has been opened
A NEW cafe has been opened in Wickford?s Memorial Park.
Residents face losing access to mobile library services
If the council was to replace them, each new vehicle would cost £60,000 a year to lease and run, making £420,000 in total.
Teen, 18, beaten and stabbed by vicious knife gang
A teenager was attacked by a gang of up to six men ? and suffered knife wounds to his leg.
Financial trouble for Toys R Us in America sparks concerns for UK stores
There are concerns over the future of a major toy retailer after the company filed for bankruptcy protection in America and Canada.
New sports hall to boost learning at Southend school
PLANS to build a new state-of-the-art sports hall at a school have been unveiled.
Ambulance service second biggest spender on private ambulances at £14m
AMBULANCE bosses spent more than £14million on private ambulances to speed up response times and transport patients to hospital.
This is the road where one in six drivers break the limit
ONE in six motorists are breaking the law by speeding at an accident blackspot - Yet the authorities have refused to install a speed camera.
Lane closed after accident near Noak Bridge
A lane on the A127 has been closed due to an accident that happened near to Noak Bridge.
Accident stalls traffic on A13
An accident at the Five Bells Interchange has stalled traffic on the A13.
Footpaths not ready as people move in
CLAIMS have been made that contractors have failed to comply with building agreements by not finishing footpaths in time for people moving into new homes.
Burglars yank gold bangles from woman in home raid
AN Asian woman was subjected to a terrifying raid in her own home by masked robbers who yanked gold bangles from her wrists.
Campaign to help get Angel, 9, back on track
A KIND-HEARTED woman has been fundraising to help a little girl, who has suffered hair loss, regain her confidence.
Woman declared medically fit to leave hospital - but died just 72 hours later
THE family of a woman who died three days after being discharged from hospital as ?medically fit? say they are still waiting for answers nearly eight months after her death.
House set on fire after liquid poured through letterbox and ignited
A house has been set on fire after a liquid was poured through a letterbox and ignited.
Teenager stabbed during gang attack of up to six men
A teenager has been attacked by a gang of up to six men and has suffered stab wounds to his leg.
Christmas commuters and shoppers set for train chaos with TEN day closure
COMMUTERS are bracing themselves as part of the train line into London Liverpool Street is set to close for TEN days.
Victim needs metal plates in his face after serious assault
A MAN who was left with a fractured skull and cheeks after an attack has spoken out about his ordeal.
Poundstretcher 'will be a welcome addition to town centre'
ROCHFORD councillors are expecting the opening of a new pound shop in Rayleigh to benefit the town centre.
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