Breaking news UPDATED: Man charged with murder as family pay tribute to victim

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

1:56pm Saturday 19th April 2014

POLICE have named the victim of a Braintree murder as new dad Michael Haastrup.

Gunman robs Chinese takeaway delivery man

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Dhaba Lane Indo-Chinese 4 Course Dinner with E17popup Project

5:03pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A CHINESE food delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint when he was lured to a street with a false order.

Casino team set for 24 hours on street

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Do you know this man?

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Do you know him?

12:42pm Sunday 20th April 2014

DETECTIVES want to trace this man in connection with a vicious street mugging.

Well-known name stands for election in Leigh

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Man cut from van after early hours road smash

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seeks on-call firefighters

10:32am Sunday 20th April 2014

A MAN had to be cut free from a van after it crashed on the A13 in the early hours.

Confession from a serial burglar

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Chelmsford Crown Court

9:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

A SERIAL burglar has been jailed for stealing more than £30,000 of property.

Traveller spokesman's bail extended during rhino horn probe

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Sheridan failed to stop the clearance of Dale Farm before moving to Smithy Fen

6:14pm Saturday 19th April 2014

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Russell Brand claims he "dodged Essex train fare"

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Dog's life saved by a routine blood test and fatal disease is on the increase

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Saved - Megan Collins cuddles Spike, who was found to be sufering from lungworm

3:00pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A FAMILY pet was saved from a potentially dangerous operation after a Rayleigh vet carried out a simple blood test.

Murder trial update

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Conservatory destroyed by early hours fire

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service seeks on-call firefighters

11:49am Saturday 19th April 2014

A CONSERVATORY was destroyed at a home after a fire in the garden spread to the building.

VIDEO: Outrageous reality TV filmed in Leigh

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Family left homeless after blaze at house

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Under control - firefighters at the scene in Mellow Purgess, Laindon

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

A FAMILY have been left homeless after their roof collapsed during a blaze at their home.

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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Benfleet man arrested for drink driving following three-vehicle crash on A127 at Rayleigh Weir

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Firefighters tackled a blaze in Wormbridge this morning.

1:53pm Friday 18th April 2014

A 62-year-old man from Benfleet has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a three vehicle pile up on the A127 this morning.

My cake creation won a gold medal, but web acclaim is the icing on the cake

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Worldwide hit - claire Anderson with her cake

1:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A CAKE decorator’s creation has gone global – with more than 28million people admiring her five-tiered masterpiece online.

East Thurrock United FC to buy ground from council

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Tyres worth £100k stolen

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Police arrest man following serious sexual assault in Runcorn

1:52pm Friday 18th April 2014

MORE than £100,000 worth of tyres have been stolen from a depot in a double sting.

Can Basildon be a business hotspot?

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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?

Pupils win business challenge in Essex

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Parents anger as they are told head as quit by text

11:00am Friday 18th April 2014

DELIGHTED pupils have been crowned winners of a tough business challenge.

Rochford fears possible merger with Wickford

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Keith Hudson

10:00am Friday 18th April 2014

ROCHFORD Council fears overdevelopment in Wickford could lead to it merging with Rawreth.

Healthy report for Purfleet GP practice

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Porter Steve's national role

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Porter Steve's national role

9:00am Friday 18th April 2014

AN inspirational hospital porter has been taking centre stage to share his experiences of the NHS.

The headstone hunter

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The headstone hunter

8:00am Friday 18th April 2014

JEANE Trend-Hill’s hobby is anything but conventional. The 47- year-old visits cemeteries across Europe – to take photographs of tombstones.

100 years of loving Grays!

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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"

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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”.

Man found guilty of killing his mum

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Man found guilty of killing his mum

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

A STUDENT has been cleared of murdering his mum, but has been found guilty of knifing her to death.

Trash fire spreads to outbuildings

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

"We're going to start policing our own streets"

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Terry Coppins – set up a website for people to report any suspicous behaviour

6:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A RESIDENT has set up a crimefighting web community after being burgled because he says the police are too overstretched to deal with it.

Ten tonne rubbish fire classed as deliberate

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Fire crews were called to a tarmac machine which was on fire on Tuesday evening.

6:32pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A RUBBISH fire was started deliberately in Billericay this afternoon.

Rayleigh MP visits Wallasea Island bird sanctuary project

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Mr Francois aboard a ship transporting the soil to Wallasea Island

6:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

RAYLEIGH and Wickford MP Mark Francois recently visited the project to turn Wallasea Island into one of the largest bird sanctuaries in Europe.

Youth orchestra hits high notes

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Cyclist involved in crash with car

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Heart-warming act of honesty

5:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CYCLIST in his fifties has been involved in a crash with a car this afternoon.

Rochford businesses to get a boost with first ever summit

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Library filer dated 20/04/2003 of English One Pound Coins. Children have seen pocket money levels rise by more than four times the rate of inflation over the last year, the Halifax bank said Friday April 1, 2005. Two-thirds (66%) of seven-to-16-year-olds

5:12pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ECONOMIC growth in the Rochford district will be given a kick start later this month as the district council host their first ever business summit.

Deal to move pupil unit to new £2.8m academy

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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.

Fox cubs killed in back garden

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Fox cubs killed in back garden

5:26pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FOUR fox cubs were brutally killed in a back garden with a blunt instrument.

Blind football given boost by Hawkwell Athletic

Maldon and Burnham Standard: On the up - Craig Leverington, Chairman of Hawkwell Athletic Football Club, Matt Leverington, Footballer and Steve Dowding, club secretary

5:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BLIND football is being given a boost by a Hawkwell football club as they hold a taster session.

Alston: hate crime is no stageshow

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Nick Alston will be answering your questions

4:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ESSEX Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has called on victims of hate crime in Southend to report the offences to police.

Travellers suffer because of dirty toilets and litter-strewn floors

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Reported faults - councillor Ann Jones at Southend Travel Centre

4:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

SOUTHEND Council has been accused of neglecting a “squalid” bus station after doors were left broken for almost three weeks.

Save up to £700 by shopping smart and recycling, say Essex County Council

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Extra recycling boxes made available

4:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

HOUSEHOLDS can save up to £700 if they follow Essex County Council’s latest recycling advice.

Work on c2c line over Easter

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: 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

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Motorcyclist killed in crash

3:07pm Thursday 17th April 2014

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

Plumber who put lives at risk sentenced

Maldon and Burnham Standard: webpix court justice

2:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PLUMBER has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 240 hours of community work after carrying out illegal and unsafe gas work at two fried chicken shops in Southend-on-Sea.

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