South Essex News
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Fantastic performances at Scouts and Guides show
Southend Scout and Guide Gang Show once again put on a show to remember by performing their biennial variety show It?s a Date.
Blaze tears through house in Southend
Firefighters were called to a house in Southend as flames engulfed the first floor.
Police make two arrests following car chase in Basildon
Two persons have been arrested after the Police Operational Support Group were involved in a lengthy pursuit in Basildon last night.
Primary school?s delight with ?good? Ofsted rating
A school is delighted after maintaining its ?good? rating from Ofsted.
In the courts: cases from across south Essex
Here are some of the latest court results from south Essex court cases.
Appeal after historic sex abuse claims made against dead teacher
Allegations of historical sex abuse have been made against a teacher who worked at a primary school for decades.
Drug dealers jailed after "cuckooing" home of vulnerable woman
Two drug dealers who ?cuckooed? the home of a vulnerable woman in Basildon to sell Class A drugs have been jailed for two and a half years.
Bomb disposal called in after police find weapons and a deactivated mine
BOMB disposal experts were called to a home in Westcliff after police uncovered a cache of weapons and explosives.
'High impact' snow warning issued for Essex
Next week looks like it will be a VERY cold one
Catch new Carmen opera
YOU know the story.. a feisty gypsy girl, a handsome matador and a naive soldier.. but next month brings the chance to catch a more unique production of George Bizet's masterpiece, Carmen.
From Holly to Berry...Lipstick on your Collar show has it covered
STEP back in time to the golden era of music where the jukebox roared and feet didn?t touch the floor.
Jazz club night will honour George Duke
THE top drawer jazz five-piece who make up the band Reach For It, will be paying homage to the late George Duke at the next Jazz Mix club night.
It?ll be all bite on the night at Piranha Lounge in Southend
IT'S dank, it's dark, it has a sense of the forbidden, of the late-night shebeen, of the secret and furtive, of a place where the impossible is possible and all fantasy is there for the taking..."
Dispersal order issued for town ahead of suspected illegal car cruise event
A Section 35 dispersal order has been put in place for the Pipps Hill area of Basildon following information that an unauthorised car cruising event had been planned for this weekend.
New music festival announced in Chelmsford on the same weekend as retired V festival
A new music festival has been announced for this summer in Chelmsford.
Rough sleeper found dead in the doorway of former Argos site in Chelmsford
Ambulance a police crews have been called to Chelmsford high street following reports that a man has been found dead.
Have your say on the future of the 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.
Life-saving defibrillator to honour Tony
THE family of a respected former Mayor are fundraising to buy a defibrillator - after his life was saved by the equipment 11 years ago.
Thieves steal three cars during burgling spree
Almost £70,000 worth of cars were stolen in the middle of the night from people's homes in Wickford.
Unadopted roads facing darkness
RESIDENTS living in unadopted roads on Canvey say they are ?being forgotten?.
Tree preservation order after residents extend their gardens into woodland
Basildon Council has agreed to put a tree preservation order on some woodland after reports residents were extending their back gardens into the wood without permission.
'Strong fumes are not coming from Oikos'
A LIQUID storage terminal has said 'strong smells' of fumes are not coming from the site, after residents complained.
Beloved grandfather drowned while more than three times over the drink drive limit
A man who was found dead on Westcliff beach sadly drowned after being more than three times over the drink/drive limit, a coroner's court heard.
ITV's CelebAbility needs contestants for £5k gameshow
Get your squad and try to win some cash
Bestselling kid?s book Dear Zoo roars to the Palace Theatre
BY JAMES RAMPTON
Coffee shop hands out free coffee on Random Act of Kindness Day
A coffee shop showed the power of a small act of kindness as it offered out free coffee to its customers.
Thieves dump car ten minutes after burglary
A stolen car was dumped at a petrol station within ten minutes of being taken.
Rochford Ukip defectors in new party bid
FOUR district councillors have left Ukip and started a new political party.
Mother died of sepsis after a miscarriage
A HUSBAND has told of his heartbreak after his wife died from sepsis shortly after having a miscarriage.
Calls for CCTV after flytipping on estate
RESIDENTS were left fuming after waste including a saw was dumped in the middle of a Pitsea housing estate.
Over running engineering work causing train delays
Over runnning engineering works are causing train delays this morning.
Crash blocks A127 in Southend
The A127 eastbound is blocked following a crash.
Trains heavily delayed due to trespassers on track
Trains have been heavily delayed this morning due to trespassers.
Southend councillor: ?Armed teachers would deter school shooters in America?
A gun-owning councillor has spoken out in support of Donald Trump?s controversial claim that arming teachers could prevent school shootings.
Work finally begins on Grand Hotel restoration
WORK has finally begun on transforming Leigh?s iconic Grand Hotel - despite last-minute bids to derail the restoration.
Council to forcibly remove four caravans from traveller site
BASILDON council is planning to forcibly remove four caravans from the controversial Hovefields traveller site.
Southend Council full council meeting
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Tributes paid to man found dead in Basildon
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' with food writers Mimi and Sam
Focus on taste and flavour above everything else
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
Cheese is big business!
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.
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