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Sixth formers receive their A Level results across south Essex
Thousands of teenagers will be getting their A Level results and finding out if they have secured their university course
Police appeal after autistic teenager with love of the Royals goes missing
A vulnerable 17-year-old who was last seen in Pitsea has now been found.
Poisonous algae found in reservoir
SUMMER activities have been suspended at Hadleigh Country Park's reservoir after a poisonous form of algae was found in the water.
Calls for CCTV after underpass assault
A WOMAN has been mugged in an underpass - and residents are calling for greater security measures in the 'problem' area.
Exotic animals pay a visit to dementia centre
A HOST of exotic creatures paid a visit to a Rochford centre for people with young onset dementia.
Over £2million spent so far on Basildon's housing plan - and it still isn't finished
More than £2million has been spent in less than four years to put together Basildon?s still unfinished development plan.
Three men arrested in connection with "series of offences" in Vange
Three men have been arrested in connection with a series of serious offences in Vange.
Mini-van fire causes damage to home
A house has been damaged after a mini-van caught fire while parked outside.
Family's 'relief and trepidation' as police search lake after Patricia Finnie's disappearance
DETECTIVES in wetsuits are searching a lake following the disappearance of wife and mother Patricia Finnie.
Historic Ship could be reopening soon
A HISTORIC pub that closed suddenly could be reopening soon after huge interest was shown by buyers.
Anger at homeless camp and flytipping at graveyard
FURIOUS residents are calling for action to deal with homeless people ruining a cemetery.
Man denies rape of victim with learning issues
A ROUGH sleeper raped a victim with learning disabilities after forcing his way into his room, a court heard.
Tomorrow?s £399 million super jackpot could see the UK?s biggest ever win
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Police search lake in connection with disappearance of Patricia Finnie
Police have today searched a lake in Shoebury in connection with the disappearance of Patricia Finnie.
Police appear to be searching lake in public park
Police have been seen this morning near a lake in a popular public park.
Armed brawl breaks out between two groups
AN ARMED brawl between gangs with machetes and other weapons broke out on the streets.
Officers called about safety of man arrest three people for series of offences
Officers responding to concerns for the safety of a man have arrested three people for a series of offences, including false imprisonment and possession with intent to supply.
Delays on c2c line due to broken rail
Due to a broken rail at Upminster some c2c train services are going to be delayed.
Funeral held for much-loved Chloe who died in her sleep
DOZENS of mourners attended the emotional funeral of a young mother who died suddenly in her sleep.
Hundreds enjoy disability sport and fun day
DOZENS of clubs and groups came together to compete in an annual sports day and fun festival for disabled people in Benfleet.
Redundancy payout figure tops £500k
A COUNCIL has spent more than half a million pounds in redundancy payments during the past two years.
Gas company steps in to save stolen plaques
A GAS company will replace more than 20 stolen memorial plaques at a seafront.
Free gin on offer at Brentwood high street pub
A HIGH street pub is offering free gin this weekend.
Rail commuters face 3.2 per cent price rise
Commuters face an unwelcome 3.2 per cent price hike in rail fares, which will add more than £110 to the cost of an annual season ticket to London, from Southend next year.
Flyover closed for power supply repairs
A BUSY flyover has been closed due to power supply issues.
Car fire close to train station
Heavy traffic has formed around Benfleet train station after a car fire.
Delays on A127 as caravan removed
There are long delays on the A127 while a dumped caravan is removed.
Thousands of residents flock to annual carnival beer festival event held at school
AN ANNUAL beer festival attracted thousands of visitors in the run up to a town?s carnival.
Organisers excited for Hadleigh?s summer fayre
HADLEIGH is getting ready for its summer fayre next month.
Electric post vans will soon be delivering mail in south Essex
A NEW fleet of electric postal vans has been introduced at Hockley?s Royal Mail delivery office as the business attempts to reduce its carbon footprint.
Man charged with number of offences after police standoff
A man has appeared in court following an incident in Station Road, Westcliff, on Sunday, August 12.
Knife amnesty bin unveiled on Canvey
A new knife amnesty bin has been unveiled on Canvey.
Man in mobility scooter exposes himself to woman
A man in a mobility scooter has indecently exposed himself to a woman.
Sugar and veg recalled over listeria concerns
An urgent recall has been issued for a number of items over fears they may spark a listeria outbreak.
Patients reveal their struggle to speak to surgeries on phone
PATIENTS in south Essex are struggling to get through to their GP surgeries over the phone to book appointments, according to a patient survey.
Burglar, 18, targeted elderly homeowners
A TEENAGER has been jailed after burgling two elderly victims and stealing cash and jewellery.
?Help me to raise cash for life-saving drugs?
A WOMAN suffering from stage four Hodgkin?s Lymphoma hopes to raise £50,000 to keep her alive.
Plaques for lost loved ones taken at seafront
ISLANDERS have been left furious after vandals smashed memorial benches and took plaques at the seafront.
Allotment waiting lists grow like the veg
SOUTH Essex has become a little bit more green with a surge in residents wanting their own allotment.
Charity?s play area vandalised
VANDALS targeted a children?s play area run by an animal charity.
Mum's warning after daughter gets tattoo done by unlicensed artist
A MOTHER has spoken of her panic when she discovered her underage daughter had been tattooed by an unlicensed artist.
We discovered love over dialysis machine
A COUPLE from Leigh is looking forward to a bright future together after they underwent life-saving transplants within weeks of each other.
Best and worst of GPs revealed
THE best and worst performing GP surgeries across south Essex have been unveiled after the results of a nationwide patient survey were published.
Here are the best and worst GP surgeries in south Essex
The best and worst GP surgeries in south Essex have been revealed.
Gang try to set girl?s hair on fire at train station
YOUNG girls were set upon by a gang of out of control youths who tried to set fire to their hair at a train station.
Council pays £400,000 in redundancy payments in one year
Basildon Council paid out more than £400,000 in redundancy payments last year following a restructure which was aimed at saving the council around £250,000.
Yobs destroy bus stop near to shops
MINDLESS yobs destroyed a popular bus shelter overnight.
Annual dog show proves a success
DOG owners and their canine companions joined together for a dog show.
Peter to cycle for New Life Wood
A CANCER survivor who almost died from meningitis has raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
Here is where you can enjoy tea and cake to help end cancer
It is just over a month to go until people across the world are raising a cup of tea and a slice of cake to ending cancer.
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