A former UKIP and Conservative MP from Essex has been found guilty of tricking elderly constituents into signing electoral forms backing local candidates.
Bob Spink, who served as Tory MP for Castle Point in Essex for 12 years before defecting to the pro-Brexit party in 2008, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of four counts of submitting false signatures on nomination forms, a type of electoral fraud.
Spink, 69, of Benfleet in Essex, showed no emotion as the jury foreman returned majority verdicts on all four counts he faced.
He will be sentenced in the New Year.
Mr Spink was the MP for Castle Point, which covers the Canvey Island and Benfleet area of Essex, from 1992 until 1997 and 2001 until 2010.
We've been meeting the regional finalists for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain ITV fundraiser award. Our East winner is Jane Allen.Read the full story ›
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All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the East. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.
Next up it’s Jane Allen from Canvey Island in Essex. Jane has brought joy into hundreds of children's lives since she lost her own daughter.
Essex police are appealing for help to find a missing sixteen year old from Canvey Island.
Samantha Clarke was last seen at her home on Thursday evening ( 6th October).
Officers are extremely concerned for her welfare as she has never been missing before. She is thought to be in the Southend area.
Anyone who has seen Samantha should call the 101 number.
- She is 5ft 5ins tall
- Medium build
- Shoulder-length brown hair with slight blue tinge
- Wearing a green parka style coat with fur hood
- May have been carrying a black and white diamond patterned holdall bag
The family of Kelly Pearce, who was killed in Canvey Island yesterday afternoon say she was "big hearted and full of life".Read the full story ›
Firefighters in Essex have been working on new ways to reduce the risk of flooding in Canvey Island in Essex.
In July 2014 people living on Canvey were rocked by an enormous amount of rain. A month's worth fell in the space of a few hours causing many homes and businesses to flood.
It was a stark reminder of the storm surge that hit the island in 1953 killing 59 people.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service is looking a new ways of draining the area.
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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found starved and collapsed in an alleyway in Canvey Island, Essex.
The young male staffie cross, named Wispa, was discovered in the alley between First Avenue and Edith Close on Thursday (2 April).
He was wearing a lead and collar but was not microchipped, and it is believed he was just wandering loose and then collapsed as he was so weak.
He was taken to a vet for emergency treatment and is making a slow but sure recovery.
“I am amazed Wispa was still alive, he was so thin and in such an awful state. You could see all his ribs very clearly.
“We think he probably was just abandoned somewhere and was walking and straying until he just collapsed.
“He could not even get to his elbows to stand when he was brought in, but he is eating and drinking well and has already made such great progress over the weekend. He can sit up and hold his head now, which he couldn’t before. And yesterday he even had a short walk into the garden - which is amazing progress and more than we at first hoped for.
“The staff at the vets where he is being kept called him Wispa after the chocolate because it was Easter, and because he has such a quiet and gentle nature despite the horrible hand he has been dealt.
“We would really like to hear from anyone who knows anything at all about how he came to be dumped so callously in such a horrible state, on 0300 123 8018.”
The Conservatives won the Castle Point constituency in Essex at the 2010 General Election with a majority of nearly 8,000 votes.Read the full story ›
An elderly pensioner and a man in his 40's were treated by paramedics after escaping a house fire in Essex.
Crews were called to the property on Canvey Island by a neighbour who saw the house was filled with smoke.
The pensioner in her 80's and the man suffered shock and smoke inhalation.
It's thought the fire broke out in the bedroom. A joint Police and Fire Service investigation is being carried out to establish the cause.
The police watchdog has told the family of a man who died after falling from a jetty in Essex while being escorted by police that it will hold a "rigorous inquiry" into his death.
Steven Bore was arrested for not paying council tax at a houseboat in Canvey Island on February 17.
As the officers were escorting him from the boat in Smallgains Marina he fell from the jetty onto an embankment. Mr Bore was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
Staff from the Independent Police Complaints Commission have met his family to talk about their investigation.
IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen said: "We will conduct a rigorous inquiry to examine the actions of the police officers... including why officers executed the warrant at midnight, their interaction with Mr Bore, how they escorted him along the jetty and what they did after he fell."