Southend

Virtual marathon offer after shock Southend run cancellation

HAVENS Hospices say they have been “bowled over by the generosity and kindness of the general public” following the news that the charity’s Southend Marathon has had to be cancelled. The Run to Remember Marathon had been due to take place on Sunday, 12 March, but has been postponed for this year after the council […]

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Assurances given that A&E plans will “save more lives”

LEADING clinicians have assured anyone concerned at proposed healthcare changes that no local A&E units in Mid and South Essex will be closed. The message came in response to increasing speculation in the national media about the future of A&E departments across the country. Dr Ronan Fenton, joint medical director for the Success Regime and […]

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Southend Hospital’s Maternity Unit up for national award

THE Maternity Unit at Southend University Hospital (SUH) has been shortlisted for a national award from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM). The unit has been shortlisted for its progress in promoting antenatal colostrum expression during the latter part of pregnancy, for mothers with a specific medical need such as those with diabetes. Julie Newby, […]

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Charity have to pay £6,000 to remove Southend squatters

A CHARITY has had to pay out around £6,000 after squatters ignored a notice to quit. Darren Davies, 34, has been homeless for three years and initially moved into the former Havens Hospices charity shop with his partner on 31 January. However, while the charity shop has closed, the upstairs of the premises are still […]

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Age no barrier for Southend woman who rejoins Labour Party at 97

A 97-YEAR-OLD Southend woman has rejoined the Labour Party after personally witnessing the current strain on the NHS while recently in hospital. Bernice Smith attended a demonstration two weeks ago held by Southend Labour calling for the protection of Southend Hospital from the downgrading of their A&E unit, and more generally cuts nationwide to the […]

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Burglars caught on dash cam sentenced to more than six years

TWO burglars, who were caught on Dash Cam leaving the scene of their crime, have been jailed for more than six years. Scott Osborne, 24 and 32-year-old Ronnie Tretton were sentenced to 42-months and 32-months respectively at Basildon Crown Court after admitting a charge of burglary. The court heard that between 12.50pm and 1.45pm on […]

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