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Permits to be introduced for vans and trailers at the Linford tip
Van drivers and motorists towing trailers will soon need permits to use the Linford Civic Amenities Centre after a motion was passed by Thurrock Council's Cabinet.
Buy a meal for the homeless at Railway pub
A Southend pub is now offering discount meals for the homeless which can be bought in advance by paying customers.
Boy, 8, finds large machete in a park
A father has spoken of his horror after his eight-year-old son found a large machete ?gleaming on the ground? in a park.
Tree surgeon conmen fleece elderly victims
A GANG of conmen posing as tree surgeons are believed to be targeting elderly residents across south Essex to fleece them of cash.
Town centre patrols to curb crime rise
AN increased police presence will be visible across Basildon town centre this week.
Police: ?Get evidence on the trouble makers?
POLICE bosses have urged residents to collect evidence on antisocial youths - and not to take the law into their own hands as anger mounts against trouble-making yobs.
Large pothole closes lane on the A12
A large pothole has closed one lane of the A12 on the northbound carriageway.
Police raids have found Class A drugs in Southend
Officers have executed drug warrants in two locations where they found Class A drugs.
Greater Anglia staff set for latest strike over guard dispute
GREATER Anglia staff will strike on December 27 as part of a dispute over train guards.
Our guide to a very Merry local Christmas
One minute it?s October, the next we?re halfway into December racing against the clock counting down to the big day.
Our readers get their pets in the festive spirit with cute Christmas costumes
IT is December again and like every year, Christmas has taken over everything? even animals.
Peter Kay 2018 tour cancelled due to family circumstances
Peter Kay's first live stand-up tour in eight years has been cancelled due to "unforeseen family circumstances", the comedian has said.
Second person rescued from Buttsbury Wash in two days
Firefighters were called out to rescue a man from Buttsbury Wash today, only a day after they had rescued a motorist from the same location.
Cinemas to screen Star Wars: The Last Jedi from midnight
Hundreds of UK cinemas will open late into the night as they welcome fans to the first public screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Dreams come true for young carpenter
A man with a passion for making things with his own hands has seen his dream come true.
When will the meteor shower fly over south Essex?
The skies over south Essex could be lit up by shooting stars tonight as the Geminid meteor shower reaches its peak.
?Sea defence must be plan?s priority?
MAINTAINING Canvey?s sea defence must be a priority when redeveloping the seafront, the Environment Agency have stated.
Woman diagnosed with cancer hopes to take on marathon
A woman who is suffering from cancer is hoping to defy her illness and take part in a marathon.
New scheme to minimise patient waits and maximise available ambulances
Minimising patient waits and maximising the ambulances available in the community is the aim of a new scheme launched this week.
Gina smashes 1,000 mile cycling target
A KEEN cyclist has become the first person to complete a charity?s 1,000-mile bike challenge, reaching the target in less than a month.
Former model fights life-changing illness
A 26-YEAR-OLD woman who is facing early menopause because of a debilitating condition has begun a petition to raise awareness.
Choir puts on concert
A Gift of Song concert will take place on Saturday, December 16 at St James the less Church, London Road, Hadleigh
Attend church?s popular christingle service
church is set to host another popular Christingle event later this month.
?Social media is vital... but don?t be caught out?
SOCIAL media is a minefield, but one councillors must affectively navigate to succeed, it has been claimed.
?Driving standards should improve in wake of crashes?
STANDARDS of driving on Canvey are below par and need to be improved, the town?s mayor has claimed following a series of serious crashes.
Wigs galore! Help for the cancer patients losing hair
AN INNOVATIVE new project has been launched to support those who have lost their hair through cancer treatment.
Contracts for yobs who tormented cows
YOBS who tormented cattle at a small farm have been identified after an ?overwhelming? response from the community.
Ravens store will be a bar and restaurant
A FORMER department store is set to become a bar and restaurant.
Travellers pitch up near cemetery
TRAVELLERS have pitched up on a site, built fences, and tarmacked the area, leaving residents fearing that more caravans could turn up.
Crew?s fun day raised £1,400
THE crew at Leigh fire station organised a successful open day which managed to raise £1,400 for charity.
World famous brand open pop up at Southend Airport
An Essex brand that is known across the world is opening a pop up shop at Southend Airport throughout the Christmas period.
Police officer in court on grooming charge
A SERVING police officer has appeared in court after allegedly arranging to meet with a 15-year-old boy.
Girl, 14, thrown on car bonnet in hit-and-run
THE hunt is on for a hit-and-run driver who crashed into a 14-year-old girl who was thrown onto his car bonnet.
Firefighters rescue freezing cold man from flooded ford
Firefighters rescued a man suffering from shock and potential hypothermia after his van became trapped in 3ft of freezing cold water.
MP's chief of staff "abused position to rape woman in Houses of Parliament" court told
A Conservative MP's chief of staff abused his position to rape a woman in the Houses of Parliament, a court has heard.
School pupils set to enjoy another day off as host of closures announced
Thousands of school children enjoyed a day off yesterday, and it looks like many will enjoy another today.
223 cars stopped during Operation Christmas Presence
A roads policing operation close to Lakeside shopping centre found 54 drivers not wearing seatbelts despite the recent poor conditions.
Students play at Chinnerys
South Essex College Music students took to the stage at Chinnerys in Southend to show off their talent.
Councillor arrested following disturbance in Horndon-on-the-Hill
A UKIP councillor was arrested on suspicion of common assault following a disturbance in Horndon-on-the-Hill.
Met Office issues yellow ice warning as temperatures continue to drop
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice across the county for tonight.
Brush up on your consumer rights in the run up to Christmas
Want to get your money back on faulty or unwanted gifts? Here?s what you need to know.
First year performance students tell the tale of the African Queen of Mupili
A SOUTHEND drama school wowed audiences once more with a colourful end of year performance.
Pathway to success initiative is launched
A BREAKFAST event marked the launch of a new initiative aiming to ensure young people are aware of all the opportunities available to them.
Cash will help stop domestic violence
DOMESTIC abuse prevention in south Essex and a youth club will benefit from cash grants from the Echo?s owners.
Havens charity shop marks 25 years of fundraising
Havens Hospices? charity shop in Hockley has celebrated its 25th birthday.
Sunday snow puts a dampener on Monday
FLIGHTS from Southend were grounded, a host of schools stayed closed and there were lengthy delays and queues on the roads as the snowy aftermath continued to affect south Essex yesterday.
Clubhouse plans for park are now shelved
Plans for a sports pavilion and bar in Leigh?s Blenheim Park have been shelved.
Pupils are given a taste of the Royal Marines
The Royal Marines Visibility Team visited Westcliff High School for Boys to put some Year 10 PE students through their paces.
Southend Airport launches four new routes to European destinations
easyJet, the UK?s leading airline, has today announced it will operate four new routes to Bordeaux, Prague, and Dubrovnik and Pula in Croatia from Southend Airport in 2018.
Little Hannah?s Christmas wish is for her dad Tim to get better
A little girl isn?t asking for presents or chocolate this Christmas - she just wants her dad to get better.
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