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Thieves ram raid store stealing cash point
THIEVES have stolen a cashpoint from a store.
?Real life Fagin? uses child to get away with thefts
A BRAZEN thief stole items from a Westcliff convenience store using a young child as a distraction.
Heartbreak as memorials to children removed from Southend Crematorium
HEARTBROKEN parents visiting the burial spots for their beloved children have found all the loving mementoes cleared away.
Three-year-old terrified after yobs throw brick at taxi in Leigh
A THREE-YEAR-OLD was left terrified after yobs hurled bricks at a bus and taxi in Leigh.
Police deny kids are the ?bait? in drug war
A TERRIFIED grandfather claims children are being exploited by dealers and the police - including his 14-year-old grandson - as part of a drugs war.
Man, 82, punched in the face after refusing to give robber his wallet
An 82-year-old man was punched several times in the face after refusing to give his wallet to a robber.
Girl, 12, gets stuck in rocks at Southend's lagoon
A 12-year-old girl had to be rescued after getting trapped in the rocks at the lagoon on Southend seafront.
Vile racist abuse aimed at woman on Ryanair plane
Ryanair has sparked outrage after apparently failing to remove a passenger from a plane after he launched a racist tirade against the woman in the seat next to him.
Man shot in the stomach near Brentwood
A man has been shot in the stomach in Brentwood.
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Queen Victoria was in the 42nd year of her reign, Benjamin Disraeli was Prime Minister while across the pond Rutherford B. Hayes was the 19th president of the United States of America.
Animal antics in Southend in 1939 when a rescue shelter cared for the dogs, cats and even monkeys of war
Number 224 Hamlet Court Road, Southend was once a place offering a lifeline to the many innocent animals who were to become the first casualties of both World Wars.
Weather set to turn - but snow in Essex 'unlikely'
The weather is set to turn cold towards the end of this week - but snow is unlikely, according to forecasters.
?I couldn?t peel a carrot following my brain seizure?
A LEIGH chef who couldn?t peel a carrot after suffering a brain tumour has recovered and will be hosting an intimate dining experience with Raymond Blanc OBE, in aid of the Brain Tumour Research Campaign.
Fire commissioner's U-turn will cost tax payers £100,000 a year
THE head of the fire service has defended the decision to spend an additional £98,657 on rejigging the leadership team to mitigate the new chief's lack of operational experience.
FREE parking in all Rochford Council car parks on Saturdays in December
There will be free parking on the four Saturdays in December in the Rochford district.
Red Arrows to miss next year's Clacton Airshow to tour North America
THE Red Arrows will miss next year's Clacton Airshow as they tour North America.
New gaming centre with sports simulators and karaoke set to open in Festival Leisure Park, Basildon
A gaming centre offering sports simulators, gaming and karaoke is set to open in Basildon.
Avenue Road, Westcliff, to be partially closed for a week
Avenue Road, in Westcliff, will be closed for about a week for emergency repairs.
Best and worst Canvey, Rayleigh and Rochford schools based on GCSEs in 2018
THE best and worst performing state secondary schools in Castle Point and Rochford and Rayleigh based on GCSE results have been revealed.
Best and worst Southend schools based on GCSEs in 2018
THE best and worst performing state secondary schools in Southend based on GCSE results have been revealed.
Best and worst Basildon, Billericay and Wickford schools based on GCSEs in 2018
THE best and worst performing state secondary schools in Basildon based on GCSE results have been revealed.
VIDEO- Sea Life Adventure centre opens new exhibit for saved monkeys
A SEAFRONT attraction has rescued monkeys from a fate of death row at an Italian laboratory.
?Blaine will always be in all our hearts?
A FAMILY who lost their baby boy after he was born 15 weeks premature will treasure the precious memories they were able to create.
Disability campaigner makes the top 100 list for inspirational people
AN INSPIRATIONAL campaigner has been named as one of the most influential disabled people, alongside Warwick Davis and Alex Brooker.
30 minute delays on M25 due to broken down lorry
A broken down lorry is causing long delays on the M25.
Detective sacked for lying during child abuse case
An Essex police officer has been dismissed following a public misconduct hearing held in Southend.
This is the cafe of the year - according to you
A ONE-OF-A-KIND cafe has been named Echo Cafe of the Year ? after being voted for by its customers.
Here's how to stop your child being groomed to deal drugs
A need-to-know guide for parents to stop their children becoming drug dealers or to recognise the signs if they have been recruited by London gangs
Landlords to be offered £5,000 to help solve Rochford's housing shortfall
LANDLORDS will be offered £5,000 incentives to get their properties into shape and help cut the housing waiting list in Rochford.
'It's heartbreaking what happened to twin baby Blaine, but could have been so much worse'
A FAMILY focusing on a twin baby saved while mourning the baby lost have spoken out about their experience in an attempt to help others.
Robbers on Canvey chased off by brave shop owners
TWO thugs attempted to break into a Canvey wig shop, only to be chased off by neighbouring shop owners.
Southend Council pays £50,000 for parking report - but will now create another
SOUTHEND Council has been accused of a ?complete U-turn? after spending more than £50,000 on hiring consultants to create a report on parking document ? in order to create their own.
Child refugees will be given sanctuary in Southend following plea
CHILD refugees will be given sanctuary in Southend following a passionate plea from a 15-year-old Syrian girl.
There are tasty new snacks on trains.... and they're all vegan-friendly
Abellio Greater Anglia have added a tasty new range of snacks to its buffet car.
Stab victim undergoes surgery but remains in serious condition
A MAN has undergone surgery after being stabbed.
Basildon lorry driver admits killing pregnant cyclist in London crash
A lorry driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a pregnant cyclist who was hit by his tipper truck.
Shop celebrates 10th anniversary
AN independent clothing shop is celebrating its 10th birthday.
Bouncy dog Tigger is looking to enjoy a new home soon
Two-year-old crossbreed Tigger has been named as dog of the week by the Dogs Trust in Basildon.
Echo columnist Katy?s mummy blog one of the best
ECHO columnist Katy Pearson?s lifestyle and mummy-life blog has been named as one of 2018?s best parenting blogs.
Taxi driver raises £500 in five hours at Pitsea Tesco for Help for Heroes
A LONDON taxi driver has raised hundred of pounds for an armed forces charity in a matter of hours.
Westcliff High School for Boys raises nearly £13,000 for charity
PUPILS from Westcliff High School for Boys held fundraiser events to raise money for chosen charities close to their hearts.
Chilli team win cooking final
Our small team from Hockley and Hawkwell, Chilli Con Army at the weekend were voted the peoples favourite in the UK Chilli Cookoff Grand final in Devon.
Man treated for smoke inhalation after fire at Bruno?s chip shop
ONE man was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire on Canvey's seafront this afternoon.
VIDEO - cinema forced to evacuate as fire in fish and chip shop sees smoke billowing into sky
A cinema has been forced to evacuate after a fire in a neighbouring restaurant.
12-year-old girl arrested in connection with burglaries in police raids
A 12-year-old girl was arrested during a joint operation between four forces which saw suspected burglars, thieves and robbers arrested.
Insurance brokers' donate money to hospice
A GENEROUS donation has been made to Little Havens Hospice in Benfleet by a local insurance broker.
These teens should be very proud of their work to help sick children
TWO teenagers shaved their hair off for charity.
Thousands of pounds raised with hospice walk
HUNDREDS of walkers joined an event to raise thousands of pounds for a hospice.
'Duchess?s baby news could have waited one day' - column
Our columnist Katy Pearson discusses Prince Harry and Meghan's recent announcement.
Halloween horror and history at record office
IF you are looking to combine horror with history this Halloween then the Essex Records Office is just the ticket.
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