Corringham street has slowest broadband in UK

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Internet highway: 15,000 Muswell Hill residents will be able to enjoy super-fast broadband with fibre-optic technology

12:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

A STREET in Corringham has been found to have the slowest broadband speed in the UK.

Pop Up literary festival set for Purfleet

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Giant pop up book at Pop Up festival

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A FESTIVAL of children’s literature is set to Pop Up in Purfleet.

225 guns seized as cops cancel licences

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Chief Constable of Essex Police Stephen Kavanagh

3:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

HUNDREDS of firearms have been seized after a review of gun licences in Essex.

Certificate row nearly made me homeless

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Sarah Edmonds with her birth certificate and son Jake

2:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A ROW over a birth certificate saw a woman and her young son threatened with being kicked out of temporary accommodation because she couldn’t prove her nationality.

Police failed too many victims of abuse...we had to change

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Chief Constable Stephen Cavanagh

12:56pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

I WALKED into a door. I was playing netball and a ball hit me in the face. She hit me first and I was just protecting myself. He didn’t mean to do it and he said he is sorry.

Uncertainty remains over future of Pegasus club - two weeks before closure

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: More uncertainty over future of much-loved Pegasus Club

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A POPULAR sports and social club is set to close its doors next week - with its future very much in the balance.

Award for architect behind Purfleet studios

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: High House artists studios

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE architects behind the £1.8million building in Purfleet has won an award.

Missing heroes are added to memorial

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The restored and refurbished memorial which sits between the Bata buildings and East Tilbury's primary schools

10:21am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A REDEDICATION service is to be held for those whose names adorn a World War Two memorial in East Tilbury.

Schoolgirl attacked in the street

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

10:06am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLICE in Southend are appealing for witnesses after a man tried to rob a school girl as she walked to a bus stop.

Air pollution deaths in south Essex revealed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Smog over Basildon Hospital

10:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AIR pollution kills 375 people a year in south Essex with many more having years shaved of their lives, health experts estimate.

Vince Cable visits Basildon, securing thousands of jobs

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Vince Cable visits Basildon

8:08am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PROJECTS that will put Formula 1 technology into buses and diggers and develop the next generation of engines are to receive money from a joint £1 billion Government-industry fund.

Call for new health centre in Westcliff

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Councillors Paul Van Looy, Sally Carr and practice manager Lorna Salmon outside the health centre

8:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MORE walk-in health centres should also be opened to reduce the number of patients visiting Southend Hospital, says one of the governors.

Student paramedics safe for calls says standards chief

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Marcus Bailey, interim consultant paramedic

7:30am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

FOUR hundred student paramedics are being recruited directly by the region’s ambulance service because it can’t get enough qualified medics from the universities.

Ambulance chiefs must 'climb Everest' to get service back on track - MP

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Priti Patel MP  - "These horrible fatalities are completely unacceptable."

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AMBULANCE service managers are facing an uphill struggle to bring the service up to scratch because of past mistakes, an Essex MP has claimed.

Should urgent care centre be revived to ease A&E crisis?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Lib Dem councillors Ted Lewin and Graham Longley

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SOUTHEND Hospital should bring back plans for an urgent care centre to ease the burden on its stretched A&E department, a councillor has said.

A13 smash causing rush hour delays

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: A Citroen Berlingo was involved in an accident near Bromyard.

6:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

TRAFFIC is slow on the A13 eastbound following a two vehicle crash near the dual-carriagway's junction with the M25.

Free flow work starts tonight

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: the dart charge logo

5:36pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Drivers are reminded advance construction work starts tonight, Tuesday, April 22, ahead of a new scheme aimed at improving journeys at the Dartford Crossing.

Southend flights diverted due to fog

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The consultation on the airport and Environs Joint Area Action Plan being prepared by Southend and Rochford council’s has been extended.

1:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FOUR Southend Airport-bound flights were diverted because of fog on Sunday night, leading to long delays for hundreds of passengers.

Top 10 moments from Southend Shakedown

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Crowds flock to the seafront

12:10pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Huge crowds turned out on Southend seafront on Bank Holiday Monday as glorious sunshine beamed down for the 16th annual Southend Shakedown.

Andrew targets £25k for medical equipment

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Benfleet Physiotherapy owner Nigel Kimpton

12:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A RETIRED businessman with a rare brain disease is raising money for a £25,000 piece of equipment.

Train firm wants food bank donations from customers

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Changing trains – the c2c line which runs from south Essex to Fenchurch Street is up for grabs as the franchise expires.

11:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A TRAIN operator has launched a food bank appeal at all of its stations.

Save £700 with Essex County Council

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Essex County Council

10:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

HOUSEHOLDS can save up to £700 if they follow Essex County Council’s latest advice.

Council warning over cold-call odd-job traders

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Tonight's Thurrock Council meeting back at Civic Offices on New Road

9:51am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THURROCK Council is warning people to beware of people knocking at their door claiming to be tradesmen offering to do work.

Work to begin on Tilbury distribution park

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The London Distribution Park plan from the air

9:19am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

PORT bosses are hopeful an enormous distribution park, creating more than a thousand jobs, could be operational by the end of the year.

Pixie Lott, Tinie Tempah & Ceelo Green among 14 acts added to V Fest 2014

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: STAR ACT: Pixie Lott

9:20am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POP stars including Pixie Lott, Tinie Tempah and Ceelo Green have been added to the bill of V Festival 2014.

Cadet’s African dream

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Hopeful – Josephine Fisher

9:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CADET is battling against more than 20 others across the country in a bid to win a prestigious award and a trip to South Africa.

Queen coming to Chelmsford

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Blackburn Cathedral for Maundy service 17/04/2014

8:48am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

The Queen will be visiting Chelmsford on Tuesday, May 6.

Former Towie star starts work at Grand Hotel

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The Grand Hotel in Broadway, where workmen have started clearing vegetation

7:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WORK has started on a longawaited £4.5million revamp of Leigh’s derelict Grand hotel.

Seafront surge as thousands turn out for Southend Shakedown

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Crowds flock to the seafront

5:23pm Monday 21st April 2014

TRADERS enjoyed a bumper Easter business bonanza as thousands of people flocked to the seafront as an annual biker event rolled into town.

Is this jewellery yours?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: jewellery found in tilbury

5:09pm Monday 21st April 2014

POLICE are looking for the owner of mystery jewellery found dumped in a Tilbury garden.

Kelly hopes she can win her first singing contest

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Kelly Knight – aiming for a career in the music industry

5:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

A SINGER who first took to the stage 18 months ago has made it to the finals of a talent contest.

Naomi taught 10,000 people to swim

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Bowing out from full-time coaching – Naomi Pilkington with student Sam Downing

4:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

A PASSIONATE swimming teacher whose students won gold medals at the Special Olympics is retiring after a successful career spanning three decades.

Hero saves disabled man from robber

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Police arrest man following serious sexual assault in Runcorn

3:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

A HEROIC member of the public came to the aid of a disabled man as he was being robbed in an alleyway.

Council plea for early diagnosis: 56% of people with HIV in Southend unaware for four years

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Southend's Civic Centre

2:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

CALLS have been made for HIV to be diagnosed earlier as more than half of people in Southend with virus are unaware for at least four years.

Teachers’ karaoke raises cash for hospital

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Teachers’ karaoke raises cash for hospital

1:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

SCHOOLTEACHERS have been singing their hearts out for a children’s charity.

Tot taken from mum adopted

12:00pm Monday 21st April 2014

THE daughter of a mentally ill Italian woman, controversially forced to give birth by Caesarean section in Essex has been adopted.

Tories attacked over town plans

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Man dies at market

11:00am Monday 21st April 2014

TORIES on Basildon Council have been accused of rushing through crucial town-centre plans, just weeks before elections could see the party kicked out.

UPDATE: Man appears in court over murder of Southend man Michael Haastrup in Braintree

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Michael Haastrup

10:21am Monday 21st April 2014

A MAN has appeared in court accused of murder.

Police bosses defend rising use of Tasers

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Cops to train 200 more officers with Tasers

10:00am Monday 21st April 2014

POLICE in Essex are nowusing stun guns nearly three times a week – and their use is increasing.

Family fashion shop is 90-years strong

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Anniversary year – N Shelley staff Julie Cimpey, Laura Phipps and Maggie Cousens

9:00am Monday 21st April 2014

AN independent family-run shop is gearing up to celebrate an impressive 90 years in Billericay High Street.

New pound coin to beat fakers has a hidden cost

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Not happy – the Happidrome’s Martin Richards says the new pound coin will leave him out of pocket as he will have to change and reprogramme all the slots on his machines

8:30am Monday 21st April 2014

Half a billion new “forge-proof” £1 coins will be introduced in 2017 in a bid to beat counterfeiters, but PAUL NIZINSKYJ finds the cost to Southend Council, which will have to replace every parking meter mechanism, and businesses, including seaside arcade slot machines, could be steep...

Dave packs a punch in world record bid

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Striking a blow for a good cause – Dave Kates

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

DAVE Kates is attempting to set a world record – for throwing the most punches in an hour.

Half the staff at Futures have left

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Hit Squad drafted in to rescue Futures College

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

MORE than half the staff at a troubled school will have left by the summer as a new executive board makes major changes, the Echo can reveal.

First new council homes since 1988

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Delighted – councillor Wendy Goodwin in Long Road

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

A BLOCK of flats on Canvey is set to be turned into council homes – the first to be created in Castle Point for more than 25 years.

Payback time for the care Holly is getting

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Phil Scott will undertake 12 months of challenges for Great Ormond Street Hospital

6:00am Monday 21st April 2014

THE mum of a brave little girl fighting a rare illness is determined to pay a hospital back for the amazing care her daughter has received.

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".






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