I'm trekking in the Sahara for charity

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette: 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.

Escaped horses cause traffic chaos on A127

Halstead Gazette: 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.

Accident survivor sees medics battle to save her life on TV show

Halstead Gazette:

10:13am Thursday 30th October 2014

A YOUNG woman has relived the moment her leg was amputated in a horror crash after featuring in Channel 4 show 24 Hours in A&E.

Blogger admits child porn arrest

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

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

Night out at new Southend casino earns punter £5,000

Halstead Gazette:

10:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE new Grosvenor Casino, in Southend, handed over a £5,000 prize to a lucky winner, who promptly shared his winnings with his mates.

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

Halstead Gazette:

9:49am Thursday 30th October 2014

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

Delays after crash on the A13 at Pitsea

Halstead Gazette: Traffic jam on the A3 near Kingston

9:13am Thursday 30th October 2014

COMMUTERS are facing delays this morning following an accident at Pitsea.

Bikes worth thousands stolen in spate of 20 burglaries

Halstead Gazette: 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

Halstead Gazette: 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

Halstead Gazette: 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

Halstead Gazette:

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?

Halstead Gazette:

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?

UPDATED 10.40am: All lanes reopen following fatal A12 crash

Halstead Gazette: Police want to talk to the driver of a silver car who failed to stop after a crash

8:03am Thursday 30th October 2014

A MAN has died after being hit by cars on the A12.

Gym thief forced me to go home in towel!

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Southend to Switzerland as airline launch new route from airport

Halstead Gazette:

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.

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

Halstead Gazette: 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

Halstead Gazette:

6:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

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

Man dead following Grays house fire

Halstead Gazette: 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

Halstead Gazette: 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. 

FOULNESS MURDER: New photos of scene released

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette: 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.

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

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Man jailed for 11 years threatening couple with gun during burglary

Halstead Gazette:

12:53pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A man from Basildon has been jailed for 11 years after being found guilty of committing an aggravated burglary at the home of a neighbour while armed with an imitation firearm.

Christopher Biggins to light up Southend this Christmas

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Public demand forces council u-turn

Halstead Gazette: Rochford Market Square could lose some parking spaces

10:51am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Public demand has led to a council u-turn in Rochford.

Murder investigation in Southend as woman's body is found

Halstead Gazette:

10:20am Wednesday 29th October 2014

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

Air pollution under the microscope in Rayleigh

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Bogus former soldier preys on the elderly

Halstead Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

8:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014

THREE elderly residents have been scammed out of hundreds of pounds by a conman posing as an Army veteran.

Pilots demand better protection from rogue drones

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Wood’s ‘quicksand’ trapped my horse

Halstead Gazette:

6:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A WOMAN and her horse narrowly escaped disaster after being sucked into a pit of mud.

Sex trial hears men plied girls with drink and drugs

Halstead Gazette:

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.

PA fleeced boss of £166k to pay hubby’s gambling debts

Halstead Gazette: Basildon Crown Court heard on Tuesday Mrs Hall did not tell the Department of Work

6:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

who fleeced her boss out of more than £166,000 has narrowly avoided jail.

Fire crews tackle shed and garage blaze

Halstead Gazette:

8:30pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS battled a shed and garage fire behind a house in Billericay

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

Halstead Gazette: 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.

Southend Pier fire

Halstead Gazette: 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

Halstead Gazette: 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?

Halstead Gazette:

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

Halstead Gazette: 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

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Council spends £2.6million on new streetlights

Halstead Gazette:

12:50pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

SOUTHEND Council is to spend £2.65million replacing the borough's streetlights with brighter LED lighting – while the rest of the county remains in darkness.

More than 3,000 shed from council house waiting list

Halstead Gazette:

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.

Strip club for town centre?

Halstead Gazette: Echo logo

12:40pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A new strip club could open in Southend town centre.

Freemasons stage an open day at their HQ to prove they have nothing to hide

Halstead Gazette:

12:30pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE Freemasons have been the subject of plenty of conspiracy theories over the years.

Fishermen to bid for £1.5m of EU funding

Halstead Gazette:

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 arrested for threats to kill in Pitsea

Halstead Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

12:36pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Police have arrested a man from Basildon on suspicion of threats to kill and assault after an incident in Tyefields, Pitsea.

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