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Conservatives increase majority on Castle Point council

The Conservatives have boosted their majority on Castle Point council Credit: ITV Anglia

The Conservatives have boosted their majority on Castle Point council - the area of south Essex that includes Canvey Island.

UKIP lost both their seats and saw their share of the vote slump from 27% four years ago to just 4%.

The Conservatives beat a Canvey Island Independent by just one vote in the Canvey Island West ward.

The Tories have had an overall majority in Castle Point since 2015.

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Former Essex MP convicted of electoral fraud

Bob Spink was the Conservative MP for Castle Point from 1992-97 and 2001-08 before defecting to UKIP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/PA Images

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.

Pride of Britain East Nominees: Jane Allen

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Kate Prout

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.

Police 'extremely concerned' for welfare of missing teen in Essex

Samantha Clarke is missing from her home in Canvey Island, Essex Credit: Essex police

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

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New plans in place to reduce risk of flooding in Essex

Homes and businesses were flooded in Canvey Island in July 2014. Credit: ITV News

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.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Liz Summers

Shocking photos of dog found starved in alleyway

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).

Wispa collapsed because he was so weak. Credit: RSPCA

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.

Wispa couldn't even get to his elbows to stand. Credit: RSPCA

“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.”

– RSPCA inspector Caroline Richardson
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