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Eight homes evacuated after two gas mains ruptured during collision

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Eight homes were evacuated in Hockley in Essex last night after an 1,000 metre exclusion zone was set up following a road traffic collision which ruptured two gas mains.

The gas mains were hit just after 8pm in Rectory Road.

One man, who was the driver of the vehicle and in his 20s, was treated at the scene.

Fire crews checked the area and residents were allowed back into their homes at 9.30pm.

Assault victim dies in hospital

A man who was seriously assaulted in south-east Essex at the weekend has died in hospital.

Essex Police says it has now launched a homicide investigation following the death of the 41-year.

He was found unconscious in the Broad Walk area of Hockley, near Basildon, just before 7am on Saturday.

Glen Cooper was arrested in Westcliff later that day and charged with causing grievous bodily harm.

The 36-year-old warehouseman, from Broad Walk in Hockley, appeared at Southend Magistrates Court on Monday.

He was remanded in court custody and will appear at Basildon Crown Court in May.

A post-mortem examination is being carried out to discover the cause of death of the victim.


Man 'critical' after being found unconscious

Detectives have launched an investigation after a man suffered serious head injuries following an incident in Hockley, Essex.

The 41 year old was discovered unconscious in the Broad Walk area by a member of the public just before 8am yesterday morning (Saturday 1 February).

He was taken to Southend Hospital but was transferred to Queens Hospital in London. He is in a critical condition.

A 36-year-old man from Hockley is currently at Southend Police Station helping officers with their enquiries.

Police would like to speak to anybody who has any information or who witnessed how the man came about his injuries.

If you can help with any details please call detectives at Southend CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Body found in search for missing man

Police officers in Southend searching for a missing man have discovered a body in woods in Hockley. A member of the public called police to the scene near Bullwood Approach and ambulance crews declared the man deceased at the scene. Police say the death's not suspicious.

The family of missing man Mark Barnes have been informed that a man's body has been found.