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Troubled school is Academy

A Thurrock primary school has been taken out of special measures and has become an Academy. On 1 October, Corringham Primary School, which was judged...

Lauren’s marvellous medicine

A GENEROUS businessman has pledged to donate a portion of his profits to help a friend with terminal cancer. Support has flooded in for Upminster...

Emergency care check for Romford hospital

A REVIEW of emergency care services in east London has taken place ahead of an important CQC inspection at Queen’s Hospital in Romford next...

“Were lives lost?” asks MP over hospital row

BOROUGH MP Jackie Doyle-Price has asked if lives might have been saved had action been taken earlier over failing standards at Basildon Hospital. She was...

Grays nurse is crowned UK’s ‘most inspirational’ woman

A 78-year-old nurse from Grays has been named the UK’s ‘most inspirational’ woman in this year's national Inspiration Awards. Southend University Hospital diabetes nurse Jackie...

Sex offender sent back behind bars for breach

A CONVICTED paedophile who sexually assaulted two young boys has been jailed for seven months after making contact with children. Timothy Edmeades, 37, was jailed...

Raising awareness for mental health

TO raise awareness of mental health conditions and the help available to sufferers, a number of events are being held across Barking and Dagenham...

Barking and Dagenham councillor owes £2k in unpaid parking fines

A BARKING and Dagenham councillor is in the spotlight after it emerged she owes more than £2000 in unpaid parking tickets in the borough...

Location change for bail hostel?

THE search for new approved premises for the Felmores bail hostel could be widened to beyond Basildon. Basildon Council's cabinet will be given recommendations to...

Fight is on to save Bowers Gifford greenbelt land

THE fight to save greenbelt land in Bowers Gifford from a 750 home development looks set to continue with a public inquiry slated for...

Thurrock Council leader speaks up over plans to gag campaigns

A Bill before MPs that would ban local authorities from campaigning against Government policy, even if they have overwhelming local backing, is being criticised...

Chemical leak uncovers possible drug production

POLICE arrested a man after discovering a suspected drugs production following a chemical incident in Chelmsford that left five people in hospital. Police and other...

MP helps club after rent increase scare

A Dagenham sporting club has been saved from closure with the help of local MP Jon Cruddas. The Dagenham Police and Community Boxing Club...

Spaces to be sold in Havering

HAVERING Council’s cabinet members have given the nod to sell off seven open spaces across the Borough. The areas in Dorking Road (Gooshays), Harlow Garden...

Driver died after crane toppled on the docks

A CRANE driver died after the crane he was driving toppled over at Tilbury Docks, an inquest heard. Ian Campbell, 45, from South Ockendon died...

Emails spark cover-up row on damning hospital report

BASILDON and Thurrock Hospitals Trust has found itself in the middle of a political slanging match after allegations of a cover up over its...

Man fined after crash involving a parked car

A MAN has been ordered to pay nearly £400 after crashing into a parked car following a police chase through the streets of Canvey. Michael...

Armed raiders strike at Tilbury betting office

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a bookies in Tilbury. Two men entered Corals, on the Broadway, at around 8.30pm...

Deciding the future of school buses

RESIDENTS have until the end of the month to take part in a consultation over cuts to school bus services. The public consultation by Essex...

DC staff on patchwork and jewellery courses

Former staff of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation were sent for patchwork, pottery and jewellery making lessons at the taxpayers’ expense, a Government investigation...

Car stealing trio are jailed thanks to raids

A TRIO of car thieves have been jailed following intelligence-led police raids in Rainham and Dagenham earlier this year. The three men were arrested...

Businessmen set for trial over £5.8m scam

TWO businessmen accused of being embroiled in a £5.8million VAT scam will stand trial next year. Company director Richard Ponsford, 35, and Michael Woodward, 28,...

Hot meals in Basildon are scrapped

HOT meals for the over 50s in day centres across Basildon will stop by 31 December 2013, Basildon Council has decided. At Basildon Council’s full...

Grays cop caged for false passport application

A police officer from Grays who falsely signed a passport application to allow his wife to remain in the UK has been jailed for...

Child sex man from Romford caged at last

A MAN who received a suspended sentence of just eight months for having sex with a 13-year-old girl has had his sentence upgraded to...

Mum tells of trial relief

A MUM has spoken of the trauma of seeing her sons go through a murder trial and her relief after one was acquitted. The other,...

New act to tackle metal theft begins

A NEW Government Act to help tackle metal theft is due to come into effect this week. The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 allows Basildon...

Budd show inspires Mead to victory

Thamesmead Town 1, East Thurrock United 0 AN outstanding performance by Thamesmead’s current goalkeeper and an error by a former popular incumbent of the Mead...

Gulls take point from low key encounter

Carshalton Athletic 1, Canvey Island 1 CANVEY Island came away from Colston Avenue with a point after a low key draw. Simon Thomas had put Canvey...

Urchins too strong for Grays

Grays Athletic 1, AFC Hornchurch 5 URCHINS extended their unbeaten run to 15 with a dominating performance at Mill Field. The visitors laid down their intentions...
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