Teachers’ karaoke raises cash for hospital

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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.

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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Michael Haastrup

10:21am Monday 21st April 2014

A MAN has appeared in court accused of murder.

Police bosses defend rising use of Tasers

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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"

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: 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".

Joseph inspired to cycle to help animals

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Joseph  raised £300 for an animal charity

3:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A PUPIL at Herringham Primary School raised £300 for an animal charity by riding five miles on his bike dressed as a fox.

Murder trial update

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Whitchurch teacher cleared of having sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

THE trial date for a man accused of murdering his grandfather has been changed.

Pub cash for soldier’s fund

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Dennis Mason (L) with pub landlords Michael and Tanya.

12:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

STAFF and customers at the Crown and Anchor pub raised money at a beer festival in memory of a solider from the village killed in Afghanistan.

VIDEO: Outrageous reality TV filmed in Leigh

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Tequila auditioning for a role on Golden Ladies

10:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A GROUP of “outrageous” older women could soon be challenging Towie for reality TV ratings.

Triplets in treble joy

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Three-sy does it – L-R: Rory, William and Timothy.

8:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

ONCE, twice, three times a winner...William James became the third recipient of a Jack Petchey award, following in the footsteps of his two brothers.

Drunk set fire to a woman's flat door after she refused to sleep with him

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Drunk set fire to a woman's flat door after she refused to sleep with him

4:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A DRUNK set fire to a woman’s front door after she refused to have sex with him.

Friends take on the Gauntlet to help Little Havens

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Billericay schoolchildren raise £1,600 for Little Havens Hospice

2:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GROUP of friends is celebrating after completing a gruelling mud challenge which saw them raise £3,000 for Little Havens Hospice.

East Thurrock United FC to buy ground from council

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: East Thurrock United's current ground, Rookery Hill.

12:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

EAST Thurrock United’s dreams of building a new home in Stanford-le-Hope moved a step closer when Thurrock Council agreed to sell it the proposed site.

Can Basildon be a business hotspot?

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Is Basildon the best place to live now?

12:56pm Friday 18th April 2014

Basildon Council wants to build on Basildon’s strong enterprise standing and build it into the commercial hotbed for the South East. The Echo asked two leading politicians if they think this is achievable?

Healthy report for Purfleet GP practice

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Service manager at the centre Yvonne Wright

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

PURFLEET Care Centre, in Tank Hill Road, has been given a clean bill of health by the Care Quality Commission.

100 years of loving Grays!

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Irene with her son Hayden and daughter Daphne

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

DESPITE having lived on the other side of the world for almost 50 years, Irene Howell still loves Thurrock.

Commuters: "Greater Anglia investment just tinkering around edges"

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Basildon Councillor Michael Mowe who welcomed the investment but feels Greater Anglia bosses must listen to what people want. Pic: Paul Watson

7:00am Friday 18th April 2014

PASSENGERS in Essex have labelled the decision to keep Greater Anglia in charge “controversial”.

Trash fire spreads to outbuildings

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seeks on-call firefighters

8:05pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FIRE FIGHTERS have tackled a blaze at two outbuildings tonight after a rubbish fire spread out of control.

Youth orchestra hits high notes

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Youth orchestra hits high notes

6:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

YOUNG musicians have won praise for a performance which turned the Southend Youth Orchestra into a roaring success.

Deal to move pupil unit to new £2.8m academy

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: The Culver Centre on Daiglen Drive

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A SCHOOL for vulnerable children will be improved and moved from South Ockendon to Tilbury.

Work on c2c line over Easter

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Work on c2c line over Easter

3:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

COMMUTERS will face disruption at Pitsea this Easter holiday.

Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Retired Essex Police dog looking for new home

3:43pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Charlie, the eight-year-old Cocker Spaniel is part of the Essex Police Dog Unit, which provides countywide support to specialist operations and supports officers in their day to day efforts to keep crime down.

Unmarked police car stolen

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Motorcyclist killed in crash

3:07pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN UNMARKED police car belonging to the Metropolitan Police has been stolen near Brentwood.

Council apologises over school shake-up 'mess'

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Lib Dem leader Graham Longley outside the former Renown Centre for Learning

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

SOUTHEND Council has been forced to apologise after bungling a planned shake-up of its school for troubled children.

Fashion shows a hit with Lakeside shoppers

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Fashion shows a hit with Lakeside shoppers

12:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

STORES at Lakeside displayed their spring and summer collections as the centre put on 19 fashion shows over the weekend.

How can we clean up our beaches?

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: How can we clean up our beaches?

12:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014

During a two-day litter-pick 40 volunteers filled at least one bin bag of rubbish each from Southend’s beaches.

Iconic 130-year-old Southend seafront building to be demolished

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: The clubhouse in Southend Cliff Gardens

10:56am Thursday 17th April 2014

A HISTORIC Southend seafront building is to be demolished as it is sinking.

Unbelievable price of new beach huts revealed

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Trevor Smith outside his new beach hut at East Beach, Shoebury

8:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

NEW beach huts planned for Shoebury are up for grabs after the first batch sold for more than £27,000 each.

£128,000 boost for community hall revamp

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: £128,000 boost for community hall revamp

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

BASILDON Council has secured more funding in its quest to renovate a community hall.

West Ham star walks from court after evidence goes missing

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: James Tomkins arrives at court

4:15pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN ATTEMPT to prosecute a Premiership footballer failed to get off the ground after vital evidence was lost.

Over-40s urged to have health check

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: NHS 111 to take over running of out of hours dental calls

6:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

County Hall bosses are encouraging residents to attend free NHS health check sessions to ensure they are fit and healthy.

Nearly nine in ten kids get into parents’ favoured primary school

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Ray Gooding at County Hall

5:23pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

NEARLY nine in ten children starting primary education this summer will be going to their parents’ school of choice.

Hunt for Easter eggs at Grays Shopping Centre

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Egg-cited – Julie Webb at the Fragrance Shop

5:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHILDREN visiting the Grays Shopping Centre on Saturday will get the chance to hop along on an Easter egg hunt with a stilt-walking Easter bunny.

Organised crooks breaking into warehouses to flytip lorry loads of waste

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: One of the warehouses in Grays targeted

4:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

ORGANISDED "enviro crooks" are thought to be behind a string of industrial-sized waste flytippings in south Essex.

Hen do returns to surprise at Southend Airport

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: The men waiting at Southend Airport

2:44pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

BRIDE-TO-BE Nikki Cross was greeted with a surprise as she returned to Southend Airport from her hen weekend in Spain.

Unemployment falls again in Thurrock

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

12:46pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE number of people claiming out-of-work benefits has fallen again in Thurrock.

British Airways and fuel firm to land in Thurrock creating hundreds of jobs

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: An artists' impression of the proposed waste-to-jet fuel centre

10:09am Wednesday 16th April 2014

MORE than 1,000 jobs will be created by building a ground-breaking centre that will see landfill rubbish turned into aircraft fuel.

Extension to Abellio Greater Anglia's train franchise agreed with £20m investment planned

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: There is disruption on the Greater Anglia service to Southminster

9:35am Wednesday 16th April 2014

GREATER Anglia bosses are investing more than £20million into train services across Essex after agreeing a two year extension to their franchise.

Hospital staff underpaid by up to £1,380

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: Cuts - Southend Hospital

8:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

SOUTHEND Hospital staff are paid as much as £1,380 a year less than their counterparts at every other NHS organisation in the country.

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