Independent candidate Kerry Smith has been re-elected in Basildon Westley Heights in the first result of the night in this year's Local Elections.
Smith won the same seat as a Ukip councillor in 2013, but left the party a year later.
He was the clear winner in this year's count, registering 3,341 votes compared to his nearest challenger Andrew Schrader from the Conservatives who earned 1,329 votes.
Turnout in Westley Heights was 33.62%.
A council is bringing a High Court case to stop an illegal travellers site in Essex that residents fear could be larger than Dale Farm.Read the full story ›
There are fears that travellers are developing an illegal site in Essex that could be larger than Dale Farm.Read the full story ›
Olympic gold medalist Max Whitlock is to receive his MBE at Buckingham Palace later today.
The athlete from Pitsea near Basildon in Essex made history when he won gold in Rio on the floor, doubling his tally less than two hours later with victory on the pommel horse.
Thomas Eastwood, 22, has been sent to prison for 10 years after throwing a corrosive liquid at a man who broke up a fight in Essex.Read the full story ›
Three men have been run over following an early morning street fight in Basildon.Read the full story ›
The family of an 80-year-old grandmother killed in a car crash in Essex have paid tribute to her.
Jean Childs was driving on the A120 at Colchester Road when she was in collision with another car on 27 January. She died at the scene.
Her family say she "enjoyed life to the full" and "loved spending time with her grandsons".
"Mum was a very young and beautiful 80-year-old who enjoyed life to the full.
"She loved spending time with her grandsons, playing cards games, needle work, knitting and anything that was creative.
"She will be remembered for her beehive blonde hair style and for a being a dinner lady at Chapel Hill School for over 20 years."
A puppy farm gang has been spared jail over the fraudulent sale of dogs bred in poor conditions. Warning: some details are distressing.Read the full story ›
A puppy farm gang from Essex is due to be sentenced over the fraudulent sale of dogs bred in poor conditions.
The dogs were advertised online as being home-reared, but were actually kept in cages in dark sheds at an Essex travellers' site, with some dying and others suffering serious health problems.
Three women and a man admitted fraud at an earlier hearing at Basildon Crown Court.
Teresa Wade, 57, Roxanne Montgomery, 33, Tony Hammond, 35, and Victoria Montgomery, 55, are due to be sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday.
Staff at a pizza takeaway in Essex were locked in a store room as armed robbers stole money from the till.
Workers at the Dominos branch at Station Lane in Pitsea, near Basildon, heard knocking at a rear door just after midnight on Friday December 23.
They opened the door and two people walked in - one holding a McDonald's bag covering what appeared to be a handgun.
The two suspects ordered staff to open the till before making them get into a store room and locking them inside with a broom handle. They took the drawer from the till and left.
Both men were white and between 5ft 10in and 6ft tall. One wore a black puffed jacker, black jogging bottoms and a scarf over his face. The second had dark clothing, a hooded top and a striped scarf.