Casino team set for 24 hours on street

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Casino team set for 24 hours on street

4:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A GENEROUS team of casino workers are spending 24 hours on the street to raise money for a homeless charity.

Water quality at Southend beaches revealed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A packed Jubilee Beach

3:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

SIX of Southend’s beaches have won the official seal of approval for their water quality.

Well-known name stands for election in Leigh

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Carole Mulroney outside Leigh Town Council offices

12:00pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A CAMPAIGNING former chairman of Leigh Town Council is standing for election to Southend Council.

Confession from a serial burglar

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Chelmsford Crown Court

9:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A SERIAL burglar has been jailed for stealing more than £30,000 of property.

Russell Brand claims he "dodged Essex train fare"

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Russell Brand

4:19pm Saturday 19th April 2014

SOUTH Essex comedian Russell Brand has reportedly admitted dodging a train fare in the county after he "couldn't be bothered".

Joseph inspired to cycle to help animals

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Joseph  raised £300 for an animal charity

3:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A PUPIL at Herringham Primary School raised £300 for an animal charity by riding five miles on his bike dressed as a fox.

Pub cash for soldier’s fund

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Dennis Mason (L) with pub landlords Michael and Tanya.

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

STAFF and customers at the Crown and Anchor pub raised money at a beer festival in memory of a solider from the village killed in Afghanistan.

Murder trial update

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

THE trial date for a man accused of murdering his grandfather has been changed.

VIDEO: Outrageous reality TV filmed in Leigh

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Tequila auditioning for a role on Golden Ladies

10:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A GROUP of “outrageous” older women could soon be challenging Towie for reality TV ratings.

Triplets in treble joy

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Three-sy does it – L-R: Rory, William and Timothy.

8:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ONCE, twice, three times a winner...William James became the third recipient of a Jack Petchey award, following in the footsteps of his two brothers.

Drunk set fire to a woman's flat door after she refused to sleep with him

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Drunk set fire to a woman's flat door after she refused to sleep with him

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A DRUNK set fire to a woman’s front door after she refused to have sex with him.

Friends take on the Gauntlet to help Little Havens

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Billericay schoolchildren raise £1,600 for Little Havens Hospice

2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GROUP of friends is celebrating after completing a gruelling mud challenge which saw them raise £3,000 for Little Havens Hospice.

East Thurrock United FC to buy ground from council

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: East Thurrock United's current ground, Rookery Hill.

12:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

EAST Thurrock United’s dreams of building a new home in Stanford-le-Hope moved a step closer when Thurrock Council agreed to sell it the proposed site.

Can Basildon be a business hotspot?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Is Basildon the best place to live now?

12:56pm Friday 18th April 2014

Basildon Council wants to build on Basildon’s strong enterprise standing and build it into the commercial hotbed for the South East. The Echo asked two leading politicians if they think this is achievable?

Healthy report for Purfleet GP practice

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Service manager at the centre Yvonne Wright

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

PURFLEET Care Centre, in Tank Hill Road, has been given a clean bill of health by the Care Quality Commission.

100 years of loving Grays!

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Irene with her son Hayden and daughter Daphne

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

DESPITE having lived on the other side of the world for almost 50 years, Irene Howell still loves Thurrock.

Commuters: "Greater Anglia investment just tinkering around edges"

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Basildon Councillor Michael Mowe who welcomed the investment but feels Greater Anglia bosses must listen to what people want. Pic: Paul Watson

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

PASSENGERS in Essex have labelled the decision to keep Greater Anglia in charge “controversial”.

Trash fire spreads to outbuildings

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seeks on-call firefighters

8:05pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FIRE FIGHTERS have tackled a blaze at two outbuildings tonight after a rubbish fire spread out of control.

Youth orchestra hits high notes

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Youth orchestra hits high notes

6:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

YOUNG musicians have won praise for a performance which turned the Southend Youth Orchestra into a roaring success.

Deal to move pupil unit to new £2.8m academy

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The Culver Centre on Daiglen Drive

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A SCHOOL for vulnerable children will be improved and moved from South Ockendon to Tilbury.

Work on c2c line over Easter

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Work on c2c line over Easter

3:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

COMMUTERS will face disruption at Pitsea this Easter holiday.

Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home

3:43pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Charlie, the eight-year-old Cocker Spaniel is part of the Essex Police Dog Unit, which provides countywide support to specialist operations and supports officers in their day to day efforts to keep crime down.

Unmarked police car stolen

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Motorcyclist killed in crash

3:07pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN UNMARKED police car belonging to the Metropolitan Police has been stolen near Brentwood.

Council apologises over school shake-up 'mess'

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Lib Dem leader Graham Longley outside the former Renown Centre for Learning

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

SOUTHEND Council has been forced to apologise after bungling a planned shake-up of its school for troubled children.

Fashion shows a hit with Lakeside shoppers

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Fashion shows a hit with Lakeside shoppers

12:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

STORES at Lakeside displayed their spring and summer collections as the centre put on 19 fashion shows over the weekend.

How can we clean up our beaches?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: How can we clean up our beaches?

12:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014

During a two-day litter-pick 40 volunteers filled at least one bin bag of rubbish each from Southend’s beaches.

Iconic 130-year-old Southend seafront building to be demolished

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The clubhouse in Southend Cliff Gardens

10:56am Thursday 17th April 2014

A HISTORIC Southend seafront building is to be demolished as it is sinking.

Unbelievable price of new beach huts revealed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Trevor Smith outside his new beach hut at East Beach, Shoebury

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

NEW beach huts planned for Shoebury are up for grabs after the first batch sold for more than £27,000 each.

£128,000 boost for community hall revamp

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: £128,000 boost for community hall revamp

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

BASILDON Council has secured more funding in its quest to renovate a community hall.

West Ham star walks from court after evidence goes missing

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: James Tomkins arrives at court

4:15pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN ATTEMPT to prosecute a Premiership footballer failed to get off the ground after vital evidence was lost.

Over-40s urged to have health check

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: NHS 111 to take over running of out of hours dental calls

6:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

County Hall bosses are encouraging residents to attend free NHS health check sessions to ensure they are fit and healthy.

Nearly nine in ten kids get into parents’ favoured primary school

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Ray Gooding at County Hall

5:23pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

NEARLY nine in ten children starting primary education this summer will be going to their parents’ school of choice.

Hunt for Easter eggs at Grays Shopping Centre

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Egg-cited – Julie Webb at the Fragrance Shop

5:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHILDREN visiting the Grays Shopping Centre on Saturday will get the chance to hop along on an Easter egg hunt with a stilt-walking Easter bunny.

Organised crooks breaking into warehouses to flytip lorry loads of waste

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: One of the warehouses in Grays targeted

4:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

ORGANISDED "enviro crooks" are thought to be behind a string of industrial-sized waste flytippings in south Essex.

Hen do returns to surprise at Southend Airport

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The men waiting at Southend Airport

2:44pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

BRIDE-TO-BE Nikki Cross was greeted with a surprise as she returned to Southend Airport from her hen weekend in Spain.

Unemployment falls again in Thurrock

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

12:46pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE number of people claiming out-of-work benefits has fallen again in Thurrock.

British Airways and fuel firm to land in Thurrock creating hundreds of jobs

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: An artists' impression of the proposed waste-to-jet fuel centre

10:09am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MORE than 1,000 jobs will be created by building a ground-breaking centre that will see landfill rubbish turned into aircraft fuel.

Extension to Abellio Greater Anglia's train franchise agreed with £20m investment planned

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

9:35am Wednesday 16th April 2014

GREATER Anglia bosses are investing more than £20million into train services across Essex after agreeing a two year extension to their franchise.

Hospital staff underpaid by up to £1,380

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Cuts - Southend Hospital

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

SOUTHEND Hospital staff are paid as much as £1,380 a year less than their counterparts at every other NHS organisation in the country.

Secret Southend: 10 things you might not know about Southend

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Author Dee Gordon

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

What don't you know about Southend? 10 hidden gems of the Essex seaside town revealed.

£1m seafront lagoon in jeopardy

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: An artist's impression of the artificial lagoon

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

PLANS for a £1million artificial lagoon on Southend seafront could be in jeopardy after a proposed revamp of Sealife Adventure was delayed.

LIVE: Cray Wanderers vs East Thurrock Utd

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: John Coventry

7:42pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Live text updates from Courage Stadium as Rocks look to retain their Ryman Premier League status.

DC duo ordered to reimburse the public purse

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jackie Doyle-Price

6:04pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

TWO of the main players in the now defunct Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation have agreed to pay back £60,000 to the public purse.

You can be fighting fit at martial arts centre in Tilbury

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Official opening – the Martial Academy and Wellness Centre is up and running in Civic Square

9:48am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NEW community centre is aiming to get the people of Tilbury back on their feet and fighting fit.

New Bishop of Brentwood "excited" about the job

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: New Bishop of Brentwood "excited" about the job

9:48am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE Brentwood Diocese has named its new Bishop - a former scientist and teacher.

Site of flats for vulnerable youngsters revealed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Southend YMCA's Syrie Cox, Tom Moulton and Mark Withers below the new flats in Hamlet Court Road

9:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

VULNERABLE young people will get a new home in Westcliff thanks to help from volunteers who slept rough in temperatures of -4C.

Hospital's whopping agency bill revealed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Cuts - Southend Hospital

7:30am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WHOPPING £29million has been spent on agency staff by Southend Hospital in the past four years, the Echo can reveal.

Flybe cancels flights from Southend Airport

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Flybe sells runway space to EasyJet

7:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

FLYBE has cancelled flights from Southend Airport to Cologne after only a week as rival Ryanair announced flights from Stansted.

Sam is chosen to represent Scouts around the world

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Flying the flag – Canvey Scout Samuel Tudor

8:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

A CANVEY teenager is travelling across the globe to fly the flag for Castle Point Scouts.

A showcase for Southend firms

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Opening ceremony – Sir Teddy Taylor cuts the ribbon

7:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

FORMER Southend MP Sir Teddy Taylor opened the first Discovering Business in Southend exhibition.

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