• Essex: Firefighters' strike alert

    A fire union chief for south Essex today claimed national strike action was "inevitable" if firefighters' pay demands were not met. The claim comes after hundreds of firefighters from across the UK took part in a protest march in Belfast in support of

  • Brentwood: Pensioners want council change on passes

    Angry pensioners are waiting to see if council bosses take on board their plea for a change of heart over axing the subsidy for full fare bus passes. A delegation of pensioners met senior members and officials from Brentwood Borough Council last week

  • Soccer: Ryman League Round-Up (Division One North)

    Harlow moved third in the Division One North standings yesterday with a narrow 2-1 home win over Wembley. Substitute Dale Archer's double reversed a 1-0 half-time deficit presented by Chris Perisimou's strike for the North London club. Archer's first

  • Walton: Train crash

    Up to 400 rail enthusiasts were believed to be aboard a train which hit the buffers at Walton on the Naze station this afternoon. About 30 were injured in the collision when the accident happened at 1.50pm. At least one person was taken to hospital following

  • Essex: Helping shape future plans

    More than 1,100 people and organisations have given their views during a 14-week consultation into the future of health services across north Essex. And an independent initial analysis of the feedback will take place next month, with the public again

  • Thurrock: Golden celebration

    A former mayor and mayoress of Thurrock have celebrated their golden wedding. Arthur and Diana Clarke marked 50 years of marriage with a family party. The couple, who were Thurrock's first citizens in 1985/86, met at a scout and guide social at North

  • Soccer: Canvey Island 3-1 Hitchin Town (Ryman League Premier)

    Brothers in arms David and Neil were the heroes on Saturday, as Canvey finally kick-started their promotion quest with victory over Hitchin Town. Having slipped to the foot of the Ryman Premier after their midweek thrashing by Bishop's Stortford, the

  • Soccer: Ryman League Round-Up (Premier Division)

    Heybridge Swifts failed to halt St Albans' winning run, falling 2-0 at Clarence Park this afternoon in the Ryman League Premier. Defeat drops the Swifts into the relegation places, with only only one point to show from their opening three league matches

  • Colchester: Missing Foetus - hospital probe

    A hospital was today investigating the disappearance of a foetus after a woman suffered a miscarriage. The woman miscarried at Colchester General Hospital, said a hospital spokesman. A statement from the hospital said: "Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust

  • Weeley: Motorist dies in accident

    A woman died today when her car ploughed into a tree. The accident happened at about 6.20am today, on the A133 at Weeley, near to a Little Chef restaurant. The car was spotted by an ambulance crew who were on their way to work. Firefighters from Colchester

  • Cricket: Eagles stay in promotion hunt

    Graham Napier hit the winning runs on his home ground as Essex kept their promotion dreams alive in Norwich Union League Division Two. The Colchester-born batsman was joined at the crease by Andy Flower as Essex Eagles beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks

  • Orsett, Tilbury: Firefighters promote smoke alarms

    Firefighters from Orsett have been at the ASDA Tilbury store, to promote the use of smoke alarms. Station officer Barnie Musto tells John and Julie Berry, from South Ockendon, and their 11-year-old son Shaun about the benefits of having smoke alarms installed

  • Southend: Keith hailed a lifesaver

    Police have praised a quick-thinking man who saved another's life after finding him collapsed in a Southend street. Keith Piggot, of Burdett Avenue, Westcliff, was travelling down Victoria Avenue at 1.30pm on Friday looking to buy a washing machine when

  • Southend: Police plea after girl, 18, raped

    An 18-year-old girl was raped on a walkway at the top of Southend High Street, police revealed today. Now they are appealing for witnesses to anything suspicious in the area of Victoria Plaza, or on the circular ramp down to the High Street where the

  • Soccer: Aldershot 3-0 Braintree Town (Ryman League Premier)

    Aldershot knew too much for Braintree on Saturday, running out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Recreation Ground. It could have been so different however, if Tommy Noble had enjoyed greater luck in front of goal in the opening quarter. Instead, his efforts

  • Great Warley: Blaze hotel revamp ends

    Refurbishment work to a hotel gutted by fire, is near completion, and it is hoped the New World hotel will open its doors once again on October 1. Ian Hilton, the owner of the site in Great Warley vowed to fully restore the premises within a year. He

  • Speedway: Arena Essex 47 - 45 Isle of Wight

    Arena Essex beat Isle of Wight 47-45 on Friday night at the Purfleet Raceway in this Premier League encounter but the closeness of the final score line belied the authority of the home side. Three race wins apiece from Leigh Lanham and Colin White plus

  • Jaywick: Residents revved up over car blocks

    Residents in Jaywick are getting all revved up over cars blocking the entrance to their homes and have demanded urgent measures to tackle the problem. People living in Garden Road are finding it hard to park anywhere near where they live or gain access

  • South Essex: Railway chaos probe to start

    An urgent investigation has been launched into what caused more than 24 hours of rail chaos for south Essex commuters. The c2c line was closed between Pitsea and Benfleet after around three miles of overhead cables crashed down onto the track and thousands

  • Colchester: Roman graves discovered at hospital site

    A Roman cemetery dating back to the third and fourth century AD has been discovered by archaeologists beneath the demolished St Mary's hopital. Colchester Archaeological Trust has unearthed the graves of about 30 former Colcestrians as they investigate

  • Braintree: Pub pussies need a home

    Caring homes are needed for four cats and kittens abandoned outside a country pub. Melissa and Daryl Heffer took over The Compasses, Pattiswick, near Braintree, ten weeks ago. Mrs Heffer said a strange tortoiseshell cat first visited the pub last Sunday

  • Cricket: Stephenson century gives Essex victory

    A century from John Stephenson has helped Essex to a four-wicket victory over Durham at Colchester's Castle Park. The win in the County Championship Division Two keeps Essex in the promotion hunt. Having been set a target of 321 runs for victory by the

  • Harwich: Dutch are coming!

    The second part of a bridge-building weekend between Harwich and Holland is fast approaching So far 150 people from the Hook of Holland are expected to arrive in Harwich at the end of the month. A choir and accordion band will stage a free concert at

  • Grays: BMW driver is attacked

    Detectives are hunting a man who viciously assaulted a BMW motorist by stabbing his hands. The incident happened on Friday afternoon when the man was dragged out of his car in Moore Avenue, Grays, by drivers of a white van and a white Ford Mondeo. One

  • Soccer: Ryman League Round-Up (Division One North)

    Harlow Town climbed into the promotion places in Ryman Division One North with Bank Holiday Monday's comfortable win at Hemel Hempstead Town. The Essex side join Hornchurch at the top of the table with three wins and a draw from their first four league

  • Thurrock: Open access

    Thurrock Council's efforts to improve local people's computer skills have come right to its own doorstep. The latest access point open to the public is in the council's own Civic Offices, in New Road, Grays. The suite opened recently and among the first

  • Ramsey: Fire crews rescue horse from hole

    An inquisitive horse had to be rescued after falling into a 6ft deep hole. Thomas, a 25-year-old stallion, went to investigate the building of a drive and garage at a smallholding in Wrabness Road, Ramsey, when he fell in. Firefighters and builders worked

  • Southend United 2-1 Cambridge United

    THE Shrimpers were today toasting a successful bank holiday weekend after back-to-back wins. Rob Newman's men defeated Oxford 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Mark Rawle and picked up another three points with a 2-1 victory over Cambridge United at Roots Hall

  • Essex: Love-sick tortoise finds female company

    Never has a tortoise moved so fast. Gulliver the love-sick reptile must have thought it was his lucky day as he was presented with not one, but two females Despite not seeing another tortoise for more than 20 years, he knew exactly what he wanted and

  • Essex: Burglar stole to feed heroin habit

    A burglar netted more than £250,000 from a series of antiques thefts from isolated properties throughout Essex. Ronald Brown targeted retired and vulnerable people during the four months before he was caught. Very little of the property he stole was recovered

  • Soccer: Rawle joy at Blues win

    Southend United goalscorer Mark Rawle dedicated Saturday's 1-0 Third Division win at Oxford to his Shrimpers team-mates. The 23-year-old front-runner's first-half header earned Blues their first League win of the season at the fourth attempt at the Kassam

  • Essex: Safety assurance from education authority

    Following the tragic events in Soreham a spokesman for Essex LEA has said parents should be reassured that stringent measures are in place to protect school children. All staff or people who work with school children are checked under new measures introduced

  • Pitsea: Baby snatch bid is foiled

    Police were today hunting a man who tried to snatch a two-year-old boy from his mother's car. The man tried to force down the window of a black BMW parked in Pound Lane, Pitsea, before fleeing when confronted by the 27-year-old woman. The woman, who had

  • Soccer: Wakering game cancelled by 'lack of rain'!

    Great Wakering Rovers were left kicking their heels on Saturday when the match referee ruled that the St Chad's pitch was not fit for their Division One North derby at Tilbury. The Dockers received a £30,000 summer grant to carry out work on their troublesome

  • Mersea: Thousands turn up for regatta

    Thousands of boating enthusiasts turned out to enjoy the finale of Mersea Week the town regatta. Saturday marked the end of a week of events and races and is a day of fun and games, which sees people paddling with shovels, sailing backwards and tackling

  • Clacton: Trouble mars airshow fun

    A day of fun was marred when violence broke out in Clacton. More than 80,000 people attended the town's 11th air show on Thursday and Friday. But violence flared on Friday night as two people were attacked in separate incidents and there were a number

  • Soccer: East Thurrock United 0 - 4 Barking (Ryman First North)

    East Thurrock United's poor start continued when they slumped to a 4-0 defeat to visitors Barking. The East Ham-based side were the whipping boys of their division just last season, though their shrewd summer transfer activity looks to be paying dividends

  • Grays: Car park roof drama

    Police were today hunting a man who threatened to throw a teenage Asian girl from the top of a south Essex multi-storey car park. The man - also Asian - dragged the girl from toilets at the car park in Grays town centre, and forced her up several flights