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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


Pensioner and man escape house fire

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.

IPCC holding "rigorous inquiry" into jetty death

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."

Homes evacuated after gas leak

Around thirty people were evacuated from their homes on Canvey Island, Essex yesterday afternoon following a gas leak. It happened when a car damaged a gas box on the outside of a home. Firefighters worked alongside Gas Board engineers to repair the damage. It was fixed after two hours work.


RAF helicopter in sea rescue

An RAF Seaking rescue helicopter was sent out by the Coastguard in Essex on Wednesday evening to help find a boat that had run aground.

A 20ft motor boat with three people on board was heading from Canvey Island to Harwich when the incident happened.

The helicopter located the boat on the Foulness Sands and offered to winch the three men to shore, which they declined.

The Coastguard gave them safety advice, but they insisted remaining onboard and continuing their passage once refloated, albeit without having any charts, VHF radio or flares onboard.

– Thames Coastguard