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£100k booze raid on Essex warehouse

Scene of the raid

Raiders have escaped with around £100,000 worth of alcohol following a break in at a warehouse near Southend in Essex.

The break-in happened at Montine Foods on Purdeys Way industrial estate in Rochford sometime between Thursday evening and Friday.

The gang stole a lorry to escape with the wine and spirits.


Dramatic blaze on a fishing boat

Fishing boat destroyed by fire Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters in Essex were called out to a fishing boat on fire at a boatyard near Rochford. The 23 foot long boat was well alight by the time crews from Hawkwell and Rayleigh arrived at Paglesham Boatyard.

They used two hosereels from a nearby jetty and managed to put the flames out after half an hbour but the boat was destroyed

Police issue pictures of stolen jewellery

Stolen jewellery Credit: Essex police

Essex police have issued photographs of jewellery taken following an armed raid by three men in Rochford on February 15.

They used a sledgehammer to break the window of RJ Yeo and took items worth thousands of pounds. Police hope that someone may recognise the pieces being offered for sale.

Stolen jewellery Credit: Essex police
Stolen jewellery Credit: Essex police

Council wins car park award

Car parks win award Credit: Press Association

Rochford District Council in Essex has been awarded the Safer Parking Award Scheme Park Mark.

The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers

at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.


Two councils to get Government bin collection cash

Only a handful of authorities bid for Government bin cash Credit: PA

A £250 million Government pot to pay councils to keep or reintroduce weekly bin collections is only funding a handful of local authorities to switch back - including two from our region.

Rochford District Council in Essex and Great Yarmouth Borough Council in Norfolk have successfully bid for cash from the Communities and Local Government's weekly bin collection fund.

The scheme was first announced before last year's Tory Party Conference by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to encourage councils to maintain or return to weekly bin collections, which he describes as a "basic right".

Island clean-up

The clean-up volunteers Credit: Rochford District Council

More than 20 people have been helping clean-up Wallasea Island in Essex.

The team included volunteers from Rochford District Council, staff from local McDonalds restaurants and members of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

They collected a total of 24 bags of rubbish.

Rochford armed robbery: CCTV released

Police have released this CCTV image Credit: Essex Police

Essex police have released a CCTV image of two men wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Rochford.

It happened at the Mace Stores on Ashingdon Road on 12 June. A member of staff was injured as the men stole cash, alcohol and cigarettes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

Essex: Wood chip fire in Rochford

A pile of wood chippings 15 metres high is on fire at Rochford in Essex.

Crews were called to Hall Road just before 8pm on Friday night and ten fire appliances were sent to the scene.

By 9pm it was decided that the fire would be allowed to burn out in a controlled manner, and by this morning three crews remained to monitor the situation.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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