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Sepsis survivor mum tells story at NHS event
IT will be a day that Hockley mum Tracy Ralph will never forget.
Thieves target woman, 91, in Iceland store
THIEVES distracted a 91-year-old woman and stole her purse while she was shopping.
Southend?s Film Festival marks tenth anniversary
The man behind Southend Film Festival has spoken of his pride in the event, which marks its tenth anniversary this weekend.
24-year wait ends with new £100k stand
AN ATHLETICS club is set to get a new seating area costing almost £100,000 - after 24 years of waiting.
Two years... 500 events... and £32,000 for charity!
A FORMER mayor is ready for life after office after attending a total of 500 events and raising about £32,000 for his nominated charities.
Rhiann, 10, is helping the charity which saved her
A 10-YEAR-OLD girl who received life-saving treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital is urging others to host a Bake it Better sale to raise vital funds for the hospital?s children?s charity.
Concerns over poor upkeep of land plot
ANGRY families claim hanging trees could cause serious injury or even death after new land owners have let it fall into disrepair.
Tough questions for council over parking attitude
THE new chairman of Southend Seafront traders Association will be putting questions about parking and development to Southend Council.
MP makes ?sexist? complaint official
A south Essex MP has made a formal complaint against the speaker of the House of Commons over claims he made offensive comments to a fellow conservative MP.
Primary School celebrates opening of new sensory garden
A PRIMARY school celebrated the opening of its brand new sensory garden after winning a grant to fund its creation.
Three sheds destroyed in fire
Firefighters stopped a home being gutted after a fire destroyed three sheds.
Loud training flights frustrate residents
FED-UP residents are complaining about the noise from low flying planes taking part in training flights near Southend Airport.
Loved ones? graves may now be moved
RELATIVES could have to pay more than £250 to repair loved ones? gravestones... or find them moved.
Bike thug throws bricks at woman cowering in car
A VIOLENT thug throw a brick at a woman and smashed her car windscreen.
Mum?s threatened with jail after son misses seven months of school
A MOTHER faces the threat of jail and must fork out almost £500 for persistently failing to send her child to school.
Woman, 88, hit by van thanks people who stopped to help
AN elderly lady was knocked off her mobility scooter while using a zebra crossing - and now wants to thank everyone who stopped to help.
Bid to stop illegal parking menace at Trafford House
PLANS are being drawn up to install bollards and a no waiting zone area outside a block of town centre flats to stop illegal parking.
Court tells flasher he must not approach women
A PERVERT has been told he must not approach women or girls in public after being convicted for flashing strangers from his car.
Tributes flood in for man who died in tragic accident
FRIENDS and family have raised thousands to pay for the funeral of a man who died in a tragic accident.
Inquest opens into death of Chris May, whose body was found after 3 years
The inquest into the death of Chris May has opened this morning.
Charity shops being targeted by thieves
High street charity shops in Billericay are being plagued by thieves stealing the donations that people leave outside.
Man turns life around, thanks to soup kitchen
A man who spent many months living homeless on Southend?s streets has managed to turn his life around... and he says it?s mainly thanks to the hard work of volunteers at the town?s One Love Soup Kitchen.
Lecturer wins prestigious award for inspiring teaching
A LECTURER has won a prestigious award for his teaching and leadership.
?Fundraising event will be the best yet?
AN ISLAND rugby club is preparing for a major annual fundraising event in aid of a children?s charity.
Unique crazy golf course with restaurant and bar now open
A NEW indoor crazy golf course with a difference has opened.
Dancing queen takes eight first places at comp
A talented schoolgirl is set to compete in a national dance competition after beating competitors five years her senior.
Consultation has not stopped NHS worries
More than 4,000 people have given their verdicts on plans for an overhaul of the way health care is delivered in Essex.
Fun for almost 400 people at Be Active Health Day
Hadleigh Park welcomed more than 400 people from across the county to a free, ?Be Active Health Day? organised by Sport For Confidence in association with Essex County Council.
Essex Boys killer has life tariff cut after 'exceptional' behaviour in jail
A GANGLAND killer who was jailed for life over the Essex Boys murders has had his sentence reduced by a High Court judge because of his "exceptional" behaviour in prison.
?No patients died due to ambulance delays?
No patients died as a result of ambulance delays this winter but three were caused serious harm, according to indepedent analysis.
Man knocked unconscious in unprovoked street attack
Police are investigating following an assault in Southend.
Road reopens but traffic still queuing after crash on A127
THE A127 has reopened after a crash involving a lorry and a car.
Pollution concerns at Chalkwell beach
CONCERNS about pollution in the sea off Chalkwell have been raised.
Man BANNED from contacting his neighbours for two years
A MAN who terrorised his neighbours has been banned from making contact with any of them for two years.
Trendy late night bar has opened in Leigh
A NEW late-night trendy bar and restaurant has opened in Leigh.
Officers to be dedicated to town centre after murder
A NEW team has been launched to help tackle the increase in violence in Southend?s town centre following last week?s murder.
Two arrested for GBH after daylight axe fight in street
TWO men have been arrested for grievous bodily harm after a axe was brandished during a street fight.
Two men charged after violent hostel attack
Two men have been charged following a violent robbery in Southend.
Convicted killer who failed to return to prison after home leave wanted by police
POLICE are appealing for help to track down a convicted violent killer who failed to return to prison after taking home leave.
Con artist is found guilty of a funeral cash scam
A SERIAL con artist has been found guilty of taking thousands of pounds from innocent retirees who thought he was preparing their funerals.
Teen targeted during violent park attack
An 18-year-old was threatened with a knife during a traumatic robbery in a Southend park.
3 volunteers celebrate a year at soup kitchen
One year ago today, three concerned volunteers took drastic action to improve the welfare of the homeless in their town.
Filmmaker?s first short to premiere on Sky Arts
A budding director will see his first short film premiered on Sky Arts after he beat hundreds of filmmakers to get funding.
?Please help us get pupils an £8,000 swing?
MOTHERS of children who attend a special needs school are fundraising for a wheelchair swing for their playground.
Eyesore gas store set to be removed
A RUSTING gas container is set to be demolished - much to the relief of residents.
?Public is behind NHS changes in Essex? - health bosses reveal
THE public is backing a planned NHS revamp in Essex, health bosses have claimed.
First aid training centre set to open
A COMMUNITY group that supports the ambulance service will soon be opening a special centre to hold public lifesaving training sessions.
Coaches parking in street ?a problem?
FRUSTRATED residents are calling on coaches to stop parking in their road as it is noisy and damaging the pavement.
Neighbourhood rallies to fix elderly lady?s vandalised car
An elderly lady was in tears after her car window was smashed in during the early morning.
Reptile and creepy crawly encounters for day centre
Members of a day centre were able to get up close and personal with a range of reptiles and other animals.
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