The Southend-on-Sea film festival opens its curtains today screening more than forty old and new films from across the globe.
The seventh annual event will last five days and gets underway with the World Premier of 'Age of Kill'- an edgy thriller featuring a host of British stars.
A cyclist who knocked a woman down while riding on the pavement on Southend seafront has been given a four month suspended sentence. Jason Hurrell was riding on Marine Parade in February when he collided with Olivia George. She suffered a serious head injury and spent several weeks in hospital.
Jason Hurrell was sentenced to a period of four months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months and to carry out two hundred hours of unpaid work. He had pleaded guilty to the offence of causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving at an earlier hearing.
A127 Southend Arterial Road in both directions closed due to flooding at A1245 Chelmsford Road (Fairglen Interchange).