I'm trekking in the Sahara for charity

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A BANKER is set to take on the challenge of a lifetime to raise funds for dementia sufferers.

Diwali is sweet and 'light' work

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

11:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

HUNDREDS of Hindus celebrated Diwali, the festival of lights, at the Baps Shri Swaminarayan temple, in Queensway, Southend.

Breaking news County councillor claims free food is justified because he works so hard

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Rodney Bass, county councillor for highways, has urged those who are invited to take part to complete the survey.

10:45am Thursday 30th October 2014

A SENIOR councillor, who claimed nearly £1,000 of free food at Essex County Council's canteen, has insisted it shows how hard he works.

Town centre car dealer undergoes £250,000 revamp

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

10:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

A CAR showroom in Grays town centre is undergoing a revamp...and rebrand.

Escaped horses cause traffic chaos on A127

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Traffic jam on the A3 near Kingston

10:17am Thursday 30th October 2014

TWO horses who escaped from their field onto the A127 caused havoc for motorists.

Blogger admits child porn arrest

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

10:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL internet writer has revealed he has been arrested on suspicion of child porn offences.

Police appeal: Man threatened with knife in Stanford-le-Hope

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

9:49am Thursday 30th October 2014

POLICE are investigating an attempted robbery in Stanford-le-Hope which saw a man threatened with a knife.

Bikes worth thousands stolen in spate of 20 burglaries

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: police

9:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

POLICE are urging homeowners to be on their guard after a spate of 20 shed and garage burglaries with thousands of pounds’ worth of items taken.

Woman cut from wreckage after Southend car crash

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Pic credit: East of England Ambulance Service Trust

8:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS had to cut a woman free from her vehicle after an accident in Southend yesterday evening.

County Hall boss: It's up to you to help us save £237 million

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: County councillor David Finch, head of finance at Essex County Council.

8:05am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE leader of Essex County Council has asked you to help it save £200,000 a day by picking up litter or checking on elderly neighbours.

Warning drone-users need to be educated

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

AN AERIAL film-maker who uses drones to video local landmarks believes education is the key to avoiding further incidents like the near-miss at Southend Airport.

Was Afghanistan war worth the losses?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

After the end of combat operations in Afghanistan, and the loss of 453 troops who died in the war, was the sacrifice really worth it?

Gym thief forced me to go home in towel!

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A WOMAN had to go home from a gym wrapped in only a towel after a thief stole her clothes.

Hospital missed man's bladder cancer until it was too late

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Basildon Hospital is ordering its security staff to issue the £40 fines in a bid to stop people parking inconsiderately.

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A MAN missed out on the chance to extend his life by six months because doctors failed to diagnose him with cancer.

Mark makes splash at Sporting Village

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

FORMER Olympic swimmer Mark Foster inspired youngsters at a half-term swimming academy.

Southend to Switzerland as airline launch new route from airport

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

HOLIDAYMAKERS in south Essex are just a short hop from Switzerland after a new route was launched from Southend to Bern.

Man finds stolen van...via Facebook

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

A BUILDER has praised and thanked the Grays community for the help he received in locating his stolen van.

Man dead following Grays house fire

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Parked cars are delaying fire crews in Ongar (file image).

6:45pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A man has died in a house fire in Grays.

RAF jets escort plane to Stansted airport

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A bid to halt the expansion of Stansted airport has failed

6:11pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

RAF jets escorted a cargo plane to Stansted Airport after communication with the aircraft was lost. 

My boy didn't die in vain in Afghanistan - father of fallen Thurrock hero

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Nicky Mason

4:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE father of a fallen Thurrock war hero spoke this week of the pride he feels for his son, after British troops left Afghanistan after 13 years.

FOULNESS MURDER: New photos of scene released

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

4:11pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a Southend woman have released photos of the area where her bones were found.

A13 widening works set to move a step closer

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A13 could be widened to three lanes

3:41pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

PLANS to get the ball rolling on work to widen the A13 are set to get Thurrock Council's backing next week.

Orsett Cock roundabout re-opened following crash

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Police Slow road sign

2:48pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE Orsett Cock roundabout is closed following a collision.

Pub of the Year accolade for Little Thurrock boozer

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

1:53pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A LITTLE Thurrock pub has been named CAMRA'S Pub of the Year for South West Essex.

Russell Brand meets then retweets the song-star Thurrock Breast Cancer campaigners

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Thurrock Breast Cancer Campaigners with Russell Brand (sub)

1:34pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

IT’S been quite a week for Breast Cancer Campaign fundraisers in Thurrock.

VIDEO: Two men jailed after throwing blind man onto tracks at Chelmsford station

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

1:10pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

TWO men have been jailed after a vile attack, which saw a partially-blind man and his brother thrown on to the tracks at Chelmsford station.

Christopher Biggins to light up Southend this Christmas

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

ACTOR and pantomime star Christopher Biggins will be the big attraction as he turns on Southend’s Christmas lights next month.

Murder investigation in Southend as woman's body is found

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

10:20am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A MURDER investigation has been launched after the remains of a woman’s body were found.

Council leads £370,000 fraud investigation

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Thurrock Council

10:24am Wednesday 29th October 2014

TWO people were arrested following a complex investigation into an alleged £370,000 social care fraud which targeted four local authorities.

Air pollution under the microscope in Rayleigh

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

10:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

AIR pollution levels in Rayleigh are set to be monitored and reduced.

UPDATED: Two vehicle smash on busy A127 junction

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

9:16am Wednesday 29th October 2014

AN ambulance is at the scene of a road crash, believed to involve two vehicles.

Lorry and car collide on A127 in early hours

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:40am Wednesday 29th October 2014

EMERGENCY services a crash between a lorry and a car on the A127 at Kent Elms Corner in the early hours of this morning.

Pilots demand better protection from rogue drones

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

PILOTS have demanded greater protection against the risk of drone collisions a day after it emerged one nearly hit a plane coming into land at Southend Airport.

Composer, 22, gets John Barry award

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

7:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A COMPOSER has been awarded the first John Barry scholarship in memory of the Oscar winner, who was best known for the James Bond soundtracks.

Residents round on Ockendon turbine plan

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Banks Renewables are seeking planning permission for four wind turbines to be installed near Hamsterley

6:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

PLANS to build two 250 foot tall wind turbines on green belt land in Ockendon are being opposed by residents.

Sex trial hears men plied girls with drink and drugs

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

TWO men plied underage teenage girls with alcohol and cannabis to sexually exploit them during months of abuse, a court heard.

Families still living in tower block ten months after council ruled it unsuitable

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Brooke House

7:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

FAMILIES are still living in a notorious tower block...ten months after Basildon Council deemed it unsuitable for young children.

First-time parents to be offered support and advice in new partnership

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Evie Ottaway and Isabel Noble, both born on the 30 July 2014, making it the second time their mums gave birth on the same day. See Ross Parry copy RPYBIRTH : Two mums who became best friends when their babies were born on the same day have repeated the do

6:24pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

FIRST-TIME teenage parents across Thurrock can now benefit from support, advice and home visits to help them to ensure their babies get the best start in life.

Southend Pier fire

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Pier is closed to save cash...do you agree?

6:06pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

EMERGENCY services were called to Southend Pier after a blaze broke out this evening. 

Councillors scoffed £20k of food

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: BELLISSIMO Puttenesca pasta, a classic Italian favourite with anchovies, capers and olives

6:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

ESSEX County councillors scoffed their way through more than £20,000 worth of free food at County Hall last year, new figures have shown.

Who can stop lorries driving up our road?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

5:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

FED-UP residents are calling for action against lorries being driven up their road.

Man's ear bitten off in 'random' town centre attack

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Bradford Crown Court

2:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A MAN had part of his ear bitten off when he was attacked in Southend High Street, a court heard.

Drunk yobs threaten pensioner in bus station

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

1:56pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A 73-YEAR-OLD man who was threatened by drunken yobs at Southend’s town centre bus station has called for more police action.

More than 3,000 shed from council house waiting list

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:51pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

BASILDON Council has shed more than 3,000 people from its social housing waiting list after tightening up its eligibility for homes.

Fishermen to bid for £1.5m of EU funding

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A GROUP of fishermen are trying to secure £1.5million of funding to make old Leigh a viable fishing village for the next 50 years.

Man calls 999 and says: ‘I’ve a gun and I’m going to shoot someone’

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: webpix court justice

11:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A MAN called 999 saying he had a gun and was going to shoot someone during an alleged attack on two women.

MORE delays in West Thurrock as lorry sheds load of bricks on M25

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: M25 traffic camera

10:49am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A LORRY shed a load of bricks approaching the QEII Bridge on the M25.

£3million ambulances join Island's fleet

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

10:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

THAMES Ambulance Service celebrated a £3million investment with the launch of six new ambulances.

Do you know this woman?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: CCTV woman wanted for theft

9:25am Tuesday 28th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for help to tracing a woman they want to speak to in connection with three incidents of shop lifting from Tesco Express in Tilbury.

Bailey is dancing his way to the top

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

9:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A TALENTED youngster is body popping his way to the top after competing in an international hip-hop competition.






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