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Southend Council full council meeting
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Tributes paid to man found dead in Basildon flat
The inquest into a man, who was known to the mental health unit, has opened.
Man arrested after being confronted by vigilante ?paedo hunters?
A MAN has been arrested for child grooming offences after being confronted by vigilante paedophile hunters.
B&M store in Basildon opens its doors at last
THE B&M in Basildon town centre has finally opened.
WARNING: How to keep your animals safe as pets die of deadly disease
A vet has issued a warning to rabbit owners to have their pets vaccinated against a deadly disease which killed 14 bunnies.
?No stress? Cape Verde is full of nice surprises
By Lauren Taylor, Press Association
Six of the best Eastern European wines
These bargain buys offer a great taste of this exciting region's wines, says Sam Wylie-Harris.
Cooking up a middle-aged spread
The key to really eating well, and not forcing yourself to eat sad salad after sad salad - particularly when you hit the mid-life stage - is to focus on taste and flavour above everything.
Spending more on fewer clothes is the key to style
Our style expert reveals seven fail-safe fashion choices and how to shop them.
Say cheese! Get set for a festival like no other
GONE are the days when spotting a chunk of Edam or brie on your cheeseboard after posh meal might seem exotic.
Fighting their corner for great food and atmosphere
ON a standard Saturday afternoon, almost 800 shots of coffee are sold at the newest spot on Leigh?s Broadway.
Trainee detective lands £10k in damages after suing Essex Police
She had initially claimed for £500,000
Cleaning to take place on dual-carriageway
Thurrock Council?s street cleansing and grounds maintenance teams are starting work to tidy up Thurrock?s section of the A13.
Iconic statue targeted by vandals AGAIN
Parks and culture staff at Southend Borough Council are appealing for information to track down a vandal who has damaged the often-targeted Queen Victoria statue.
Man arrested for drug offences after raid on home
A MAN has been arrested and a haul of the suspected Class B drug cannabis has been seized following the execution of a warrant by the South Operation Raptor team.
Councillors? campaign against cigarette butt litter
A CAMPAIGN to keep plastic off the beach and out of the sea has seen councillors get together to discourage people from dropping cigarette butts.
Norwegian man dies following an MDMA overdose while on trip to Essex
A 21-year-old Norwegian man died from a drug overdose during a visit to Essex.
Man jailed and banned from town after racist rant at community worker
A MAN has been jailed and banned from the town for a hate crime after racially abusing a community worker in a shopping centre.
?Councillor?s conduct must be looked into?
Basildon Council must reopen an investigation into conduct of the de facto leader of the council, the Conservative chief has insisted.
Travellers occupying area in Kenningtons Park
Traveller have set up camp in Kenningtons Park, according to reports on social media.
Push to build 7,500 homes 'not possible' as two projects receive cash boost
THE number of sites earmarked for housing in Rochford has been called into question in the wake of a Government grant to deliver two development projects.
Large pothole blocking junction in Rayleigh
A large hole is blocking a road junction in Rayleigh.
Police help keep night life safe for weekend revellers
POLICE Specials carried out an operation to ensure there was a safe night life in a busy town centre.
Push to build 7,500 homes ?not possible?
The number of sites earmarked for housing in Rochford has been called into question in the wake of a Government grant to deliver two development projects.
Bypass blocked due to jackknifed lorry
The Stanford-le-Hope bypass is currently blocked due to a jacknifed lorry.
Stansted Airport submits application to raise passenger limit by 8 million
It is said the move would create 5,000 on-site jobs.
No extra police for Canvey - despite there being the cash for them
CANVEY Town Council has thousands of pounds set aside for extra policing on the island...but has now been told the scheme has been put ?on hold?.
MP questions Oxfam boss about scandal
AN MP has questioned the Oxfam chief executive on sexual exploitation scandal whilst at an international development select committee emergency session.
National firm take over Fun Factory
A POPULAR soft play centre has closed for refurbishment as it becomes part of a nationwide company.
Firefighters battle "deliberate" blaze in building stairwell
Fire crews were called to battle a deliberate blaze in the stairwell of a building late last night.
Overturned lorry causing queues of traffic
An overturned lorry is causing delays ths mornig.
Tributes flood in for ?gentleman? cabbie
Tributes have been paid to a ?gentle, caring? taxi driver following his sudden death.
Weapons, cash and drugs seized in raids
WEAPONS, drugs and cash were seized after synchronised raids took place across three Essex towns.
Fears for welfare of rough sleepers as temperatures set to plummet
EXTRA efforts will be made to ensure the safety of rough sleepers following warnings of plummeting temperatures.
Fears for the future of ?too popular? Leigh Folk Festival
THE CHAIRMAN of the Leigh Folk Festival says the colossal free event - which draws in crowds of an estimated 20,000 to the area - has reached a serious crisis point, with its future hanging in the balance.
A13 to close tonight for final repairs to 'Dangerous' sinkhole still causing a problem for residents
A sinkhole on a busy A road has still not been repaired - and is causing a nightmare for drivers.
Expert warns Essex cold spell could bring snow as bad as 2010
Sub zero Siberian conditions are predicted across Essex from Sunday which could last for weeks.
These KFCs in Essex have REOPENED as chicken shortage solved
KFCs are back open today after a chicken shortage closed all but 7 in Essex.
Exclusive: have a sneak peak inside the new Basildon B&M store opening Thursday
THE Echo have obtained a sneak peak inside the town centre?s newest store ahead of its grand opening tomorrow.
Do you have memories of the Albany and Sunlight laundries?
DO you have any memories of the Albany Laundry in Leigh or the Sunlight Laundry in Westcliff? If so, artist Bridget Smith wants to invite you for a coffee and a chat.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers at the Palace Theatre
ROLL up roll up to see the Last of The Red Hot Lovers, on at the Palace Theatre now until this Saturday, February 24.
Soul II Soul will perform debut album live at Cliffs
IT'S back to life on the road for iconic band Soul II Soul who will be touring the UK this year, with a show stopping first at the Cliffs Pavilion.
Come and tour soup kitchen
A WELL-KNOWN Southend musician has spoken out to encourage the local community to take a tour of a brand new soup kitchen set up on a Southend building site, in a bid to raise awareness and help tackle homelessness in the town.
Frank Turner?s album was inspired by sad Clive James poem
FOLK singer-songwriter Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming seventh studio album Be More Kind.
Veteran who hoarded for 40 years has his home back
Home is where the heart is
Special constable chases man who left scene of car crash
A Special Constable chased and detained a man after he left the scene of a traffic collision in Southend.
Adorable photos of school's Chinese New Year celebrations
Cherry Tree Primary School did it in style
Man sent to prison for six months after punching victim, 61, in face and breaking his nose
A man has been sentenced to six months in prison for a random attack against a man at Leigh railway station.
Police want to speak to these three about conspiring to burgle
Police want to speak to these three men in connection with an operation into conspiracy to commit burglary.
Veteran who hoarded for 40 years has his home back
BEFORE two charities stepped in, a blind Army veteran?s home was overrun with boxes, books and old paperwork.
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