Ford Dunton’s future is sealed by £190m boost

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Ford's Dunton plant

2:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE future of Ford Dunton has been secured after £190million of further investment was announced.

High-speed chase man admits dangerous driving

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

1:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WANTED man has admitted driving dangerously through Southend in a bid to evade the police.

Canvey Remembrance Sunday service plan

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: REMEMBRANCE DAY: A field of poppies will be planted St Cuthbert’s Church, in Darlington, to mark the centenary of the First World War

12:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE remembrance service on Canvey is to take place next month.

Bas Vegas bus to be axed

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Essex County Council

12:42pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A long campaigned for bus route to Bas Vegas is to be axed to save money. 

Canvey and Thundersley pools get top award

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Jobs bombshell - after the Echo's revelations about Waterside Farm, officials have confirmed some staff at Runnymede Pool will be also be offered redundancy

12:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO swimming pools have been given a prestigious pool water quality award.

Nick Alston hits out at claims police can't investigate all suspected paedophiles

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Nick Alston will be answering your questions

11:55am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ESSEX’S Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has hit out at the National Crime Agency after its top boss said it was “unrealistic” to expect police to investigate all cases of paedophilia.

Stolen luxury cars and parts intercepted at Port of Tilbury and London Gateway

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:15pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SIX stolen cars and £280,000 worth of stolen BMW parts were intercepted by specialist police forces at the Port of Tilbury and London Gateway.

Members to discuss the council's set up and the way it elects councillors at meeting tonight

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Thurrock Council

11:33am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

COUNCILLORS will discuss returning to a committee system and implementing elections once every four years at a meeting tonight.

Jodie Marsh's sex talk at Leigh veggie restaurant

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MODEL and presenter Jodie Marsh turned up at a Leigh vegetarian restaurant as she began filming for a new series.

Police and council plan Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night blitz

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Hope Support Services aim to make it a spooky Halloween for Herefordshire motorists.

9:52am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

POLICE will work with Thurrock Council to keep things in order this Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night.

Mayor Mo unveils revamped McDonald's

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

9:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWENTY new jobs have been created after a fast-food restaurant was given a revamp.

Council scraps addresses shake-up

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Playground opens on Five Links estate to make completion of new social housing development

8:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BASILDON council voted in favour of scrapping plans to change hundreds of addresses of homes on the Five Links estate...but went on to say it does not mean the proposals will not go ahead.

Wickford market opens up its latest phase

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WICKFORD has been given a new lease of life as shoppers flock to sample its revamped market.

Students at South Ockendon primary school say goodbye to old willow tree

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

STAFF and students at a South Ockendon primary school are saying goodbye to a much loved willow tree.

Leigh's Bell Hotel at last gets sorted

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Bell Hotel work is finally underway

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE long-anticipated redevelopment of a landmark Leigh hotel is finally under way after years of wrangling.

Masked thugs try to smash in door

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO thugs in Halloween masks smashed a young mother’s front door with a metal pole during a terrifying attempted burglary.

Ofsted gives another Grays primary the thumbs up

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HEAD teacher was left delighted after Ofsted judged his school to be “good”.

Joy as Poundland moves into Pitsea

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: The new Poundland store has opened in Urmston, creating 18 new jobs in the area.

6:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW discount store is to open its doors in Pitsea.

South Essex College graduation

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Live updates as students receive their degrees from South Essex College.

Breast cancer group's Tina single for charity

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

7:07pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A GROUP of ten Thurrock women passionate about raising funds to fight breast cancer are proving to be simply the best!

South Essex women selected for top beauty title

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

7:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THREE women from south Essex have been selected as finalists for the Miss Universe Essex 2015 competition.

Thurrock Councillor accused of benefit fraud standing trial

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Clare Baldwin

6:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Clare Baldwin, who has represented the Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park ward since 2011, has been standing trial at Basildon Crown Court this week over claims she made a false statement in March 2012 with a view to obtaining housing and council tax benefit.

Cricket bat thug jailed for attack

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work

6:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has been jailed for three and a half years for attacking the wrong man with a cricket bat.

Police chase through streets to arrest suspected burglars

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

4:27pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUSPECTED burglars sparked a police chase across Benfleet and Rayleigh when one made off in a taxi.

Man admits Basildon underpass rape

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

2:58pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has admitted raping a woman in a Basildon underpass.

Top police officer charged with making indecent images of children

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Thurrock Chief Inspector Ben Hodder

2:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TOP police officer from Thurrock has been charged with two counts of making indecent images of children.

Flats plagued by venomous false widow spiders

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

2:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FALSE widow spiders are giving residents nightmares after moving into a block of flats.

Gable Hall students succeed in marathon challenge

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

1:59pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

STUDENTS from Gable Hall School took part in a marathon challenge to raise money for charity.

Flood alert issued as tidal surge combines with high winds

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

1:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FLOOD alert has been issued for the coastline from St Peters Flat to Shoebury, as well as the Crouch and Roach estuaries.

Rayleigh and Wickford MP pledges support for Europe referendum

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Mark Francois

1:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN MP has pledged his support in the House of Commons for an In/Out referendum on Europe.

Crime spree boosts campaign to switch on streetlights again

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:30pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PETITION calling for the streetlights to be turned back on received more than 160 new signatures in just one night after a crime spree.

Why did my dog have to be put down?

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

12:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN is distraught after her dog had to be put down two days after visiting the vet with sore ears.

Hurricane Gonzalo: Man escapes after tree falls on car in Rochford

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

11:47am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN has escaped unhurt after a falling tree branch landed on his car as he was driving.

Zombies to take over Southend Pier

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Preparing for zombie fun this Halloween at the Thackray Medical Museum

11:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

HORDES of the undead will stagger from the Southend Pier to the town centre.

Police make further appeal for witnesses following robbery in Grays

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

9:05am Tuesday 21st October 2014

DETECTIVES have made a further appeal for witnesses after a nurse was pushed against a wall and had a handbag snatched from her.

Seevic open evening is most popular yet

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Principal Nick Spenceley outside Seevic College

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

RECORD-BREAKING numbers descended on Seevic College for its latest open evening.

Essex University staff set to take industrial action over pensions dispute

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Essex University

9:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

STAFF at Essex University have voted to take industrial action in a row over changes to pensions.

Three people arrested as more than 80 animals are seized from travellers site

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:47am Tuesday 21st October 2014

MORE than 75 dogs were seized from a travellers site in Aveley after police executed a warrant.

Big fashion brands under one roof off the A127

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:20am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A ONE-STOP fashion shop is set to bring big name brands to a Basildon retail park with a new store boasting Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis under one roof.

Up-and-coming Leigh reaches for the sky

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO new housing developments are close to completion in an area on the up, according to an estate agents.

We’re in the picture! 300 Canvey children will be movie stars

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

8:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

HUNDREDS of children will become film stars in a movie being shot on Canvey.

Local MP supports campaign to bring £50m funding to improve workforce skills

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: South Basildon and Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe has been congratulated by Chancellor George Osborne

7:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN MP is showing his support to bring £50 million funding to improve workforce skills.

Fancy! 30 extra staff to cope with frighteningly successful Halloween

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

6:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FANCY dress business has taken on almost 30 extra workers to cope with demand for ghoulish Halloween costumes.

Southend Council back down over pavement repair bill

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

7:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

SOUTHEND Council has apologised for wrongly sending a householder a repair bill for a pavement which didn’t need fixing.

Southend drug dealer locked up after police sting

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: Essex Police have closed the road

6:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A NOTORIOUS young drug dealer has been locked up for more than two years after supplying an undercover officer with cocaine and cannabis.

Raw sewage floods Joan's driveway

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

5:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A PENSIONER was disgusted to find raw sewage flooding her driveway following heavy rain.

Crisp millionaire - pulled pork flavour nets Westcliff man £1million

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

3:59pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CRISP fanatic has bagged himself £1million from Walkers after winning a national competition to create a new flavour.

Gold earring snatched from elderly woman's ear

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

3:15pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CALLOUS thief snatched a gold earring from a 72-year-old woman’s ear in Grays.

Local firms help Echo winner furnish her home

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

3:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

A HOME makeover is taking shape thanks to generous donations from local businesses.

Free dog chipping in Tilbury this week

Harwich and Manningtree Standard: KEEPING WARM: Smaller dogs and short-haired dogs can particularly benefit from some woolly snugness.

2:32pm Monday 20th October 2014

A FREE dog chipping service is being offered at Koala Park, Adelaide Road, Tilbury, this week.

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