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Former council employee jailed for £200K fraud


4:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

A former employee of Chelmsford City Council has been jailed for three years having admitted fraud and theft totalling over £200,000.

100 new Heybridge homes will lead to even more flooding, residents warn


5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Heybridge residents fear flooding will worsen if a proposal for 100 homes on a flood zone gets the go ahead.

Building catches fire and is completely smokelogged in Hall Road, Southminster

Gazette: Fire Engine (11715962)

4:33pm Friday 31st October 2014

A single storey building was ablaze earlier this afternoon in Hall Road, Southminster.

IN PICTURES: More of our readers spooky snaps


3:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Our readers are busy carving their pumpkins and putting on their scariest costumes for the most frightening night of the year. 

Residents angered by planning application for 220 Southminster homes


1:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

Developers have angered Southminster residents by resubmitting an outline planning application for more than two hundred homes.

Man rescued by coastguard after becoming stranded on causeway to Osea Island

Gazette: A man had to contact the Coastguard on his mobile phone as his VHF radio on board was not working

12:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A man was rescued by the Coastguard after becoming stranded on the causeway to Osea Island. 

Frustrated applicant will appeal controversial funeral home planning rejection


10:30am Friday 31st October 2014

A funeral director spoke of frustration after his planning application was rejected on emotional grounds and has vowed to appeal.

Plume bake off raises vital funds for hospice


9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

An “amazing array” of cakes were sold off to raise vital hospice funds.

Man and woman left feeling unwell after carbon monoxide leak in their home.

Gazette: ONGAR: Fire on school roof

8:55am Friday 31st October 2014

Firefighters tended to a man and woman after they became unwell following a carbon monoxide leak in their home.

Man arrested in connection with Angela Millington's death after bones discovery on Foulness Island


9:01am Friday 31st October 2014

Police have arrested a 51-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea this morning on suspicion of the murder of Angela Millington.

Plume pupils test Olympic VeloPark


5:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Plume School pupils received expert coaching at London 2012 legacy venue, Lee Valley VeloPark.

Spook-tacular events take place tomorrow


4:41pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A ghoulishly good time can be had by all as a series of scary Halloween events take place tomorrow (Oct 31).

IN PICTURES: Readers send us their spooky snaps this Halloween


3:01pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Our readers have been busy carving and decorating pumpkins in preparation for Halloween. 

Police renew appeal in connection with Foulness Island bones discovery


1:53pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Detectives have received several calls from members of the public following their appeal for information into the death of Angela Millington.

Essex Police ask youngsters to be respectful of community this Halloween


1:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Essex Police are asking children and young people to be respectful of others this Halloween and if possible prearrange trick or treat visits.

Mum celebrates after completing testing Iron Man World Championships


1:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A petite mum has shown her strength after competing in the Iron Man world championship in Hawaii.

SPOTLIGHT: Are dogs naturally dangerous or is it the fault of the owner?


10:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

As dog owners face being handed Asbos for having dangerously out-of-control pets and with a number of high profile dog attacks recently, the Standard decided to investigate whether readers thought dogs were born dangerous or it was the fault of the owners.

Maldon's £1.2m shot in the arm as major improvements and crazy golf get go ahead


9:15am Thursday 30th October 2014

Maldon will be benefitting from about £1.2m worth of major improvements and a new venture.

Bradwell residents mount campaign against caravan park plans


9:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

Residents have mounted a campaign against a caravan site amid fears it could turn their village into the next Jaywick.

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

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.

UPDATED 10.40am: All lanes reopen following fatal A12 crash

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.

Tillingham to hold extraordinary meeting over 90 homes plan

Gazette: Today marks the start of the seventh National Apprenticeship Week.

5:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

An extraordinary meeting will be held after a proposal for 90 homes.

Grandmother who Sellotaped undercooked boiled egg back together hopes to cook up a storm in Disaster Chef 2014


3:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A grandmother who once tried to Sellotape an undercooked boiled egg back together is hoping to improve her kitchen skills enough to be crowned the winner of Disaster Chef 2014.

Dengie University of Third Age group celebrates first birthday with double number of original members


1:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

The Dengie’s University of the Third Age (U3A) celebrated its first anniversary with a birthday cake and more than double the number of members the group started with.

Primary pupils wear yellow to raise nearly £500 for Unlock a Life for Lockey


12:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

Primary school children raised £470 for Unlock a Life for Lockey in memory of inspirational Laughlin Whiteley.

Speech therapist mum crochets tiny clothes for premature babies


10:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014

One mum-of-two combines losing weight and helping premature babies.

Body worn cameras help convict more violent partners in Essex

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

9:00am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Body worn cameras have helped to convict more violent partners in Essex.

Detectives launch murder investigation after woman's bones are discovered on Foulness Island


8:39am Wednesday 29th October 2014

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the bones of a Southend woman.

Burst water main causes traffic chaos in Latchingdon


5:40pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A burst water main has caused chaos for motorists as road works put in place to fix it cause long delays. 

Half a million items missing from Essex libraries


5:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Almost half a million items are missing from libraries in Essex.

Essex Police to take "firm" approach over Halloween anti-social behaviour


3:26pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Halloween should be a fun event not an excuse for anti-social behaviour – that’s the message from Essex Police in the run up to the spooky festival.

Family and friends walk their way towards raising more than £1,000 for charity in memory of beloved daughter


3:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A group of friends walked their way towards raising £1,000 in memory of a beloved daughter.

Two drivers steal more than £100 worth of fuel from Tesco petrol station

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

1:30pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

Drivers stole more than £100 worth of fuel from a Tesco petrol station over the weekend.

People line the streets to pay their respects to inspirational Laughlin Whiteley


12:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

The final journey of an inspirational little boy brought his home town to a standstill as a community paid their respects.

Rock thrown through car window causes £150 worth of damage

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

10:30am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A rock thrown through a window caused £150 worth of damage to a car.

Commuters faced traffic chaos after an imitation grenade was spotted on a roundabout


9:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

An imitation grenade caused traffic chaos after police closed junctions to a roundabout.

Maldon District Council spends more than £1K on refreshments


6:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

In the last financial year, Maldon District Council spent nearly £1,000 on corporate hospitality, including refreshments, lunches and a floral tribute.

Police are growing "increasingly concerned" for missing girl, 16


5:23pm Monday 27th October 2014

Police are growing concerned for the safety of a 16-year-old girl missing from her home in Chelmsford.

LED trial is unlikely to change Essex night lighting policy

Gazette: Action to repair broken street lights

3:56pm Monday 27th October 2014

Energy-saving LED streetlights will be trialled next year, but it is unlikely to affect Essex’s controversial part-night lighting policy.

Mirror smashed and bonnet keyed in attack on car on Maldon High Street

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

1:30pm Monday 27th October 2014

A car was damaged and a ‘c’ was carved into the bonnet outside a block of flats overnight last Friday.

Grandmother shaves off her hair to raise money for charity in support of her sister who is battling cancer


12:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

A grandmother has shaved off her hair in support of her sister after she lost her hair following cancer treatment.

Man attacks car as driver tries to reverse on high street

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

11:19am Monday 27th October 2014

A man attacked a car as the driver tried to reverse on Maldon High Street.

District council advertises £87K role with 30 days holiday

Gazette: Maldon district: Government cost saving report offers nothing new, insist district council

9:00am Monday 27th October 2014

Maldon District Council is currently advertising an £87,000 role with a “generous relocation allowance” of up to £6,000.

We need to investigate all suspected paedophiles, says police boss

Gazette: Nick Alston

9:00am Monday 27th October 2014

Essex Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has hit out at the National Crime Agency after its top boss said thousands of paedophiles will escape investigation.

Olympic star relives childhood holiday to Burnham in BBC programme

Gazette: Looking back: Fatima Whitbread confronts memories of a troubled childhood Growing up in Care

2:24pm Sunday 26th October 2014

She's travelled the globe as an athletic champion and came third in 2011’s I’m A the Australian jungle.

Trains score 92.5% for punctuality

Gazette: Record number of trains arriving on time

9:00am Sunday 26th October 2014

Nine out of ten mainline train services are running on time.

Gardeners encouraged to take part in Royal British Legion led campaign

Gazette: Aster plants for Gina...Pics:Nigel Holland (11158103)

5:00pm Saturday 25th October 2014

Essex gardeners are being encouraged to take part in a national Royal British Legion campaign.

Newly refurbished library reopens with state-of-the-art equipment and new books


1:30pm Saturday 25th October 2014

A library is now full of new books and state-of-the-art equipment after closing for a month to be refurbished.

Tesco refutes rumours they have pulled out of The Cups

Gazette: Maldon: Tesco launches appeal to bring Express store to town

10:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

Tesco has refuted claims that it may have pulled out of the new site at The Cups.

Police try to predict crimes in Essex before they happen

Gazette: Essex Police have closed the road

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

Police officers in Essex are trying to predict crimes before they happen.



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