Dame Helen Mirren, who was born in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, has been awarded a Bafta Fellowship.
Police are stepping up the search for a missing man from Southend as fears grow for his safety.
Two Peter Sellers films, thought to have been lost, are to be shown in public for the first time in more than 50 years.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will officially open Southend Airport's new terminal extension today.
A commemorate plaque will be unveiled to mark the finale of the £120 million revamp which has taken six years to complete.
During his visit, he will tour the airport and have a chance to meet and talk to representatives from all the major airlines operating from London Southend Airport, local MPs', members and officers of Southend and Rochford Councils'.
The Environment Agency has hailed the success of a ten month project that has improved the quality of bathing water in Southend ahead of the summer season.
Bathing water quality in Southend was affected by pollution from several sources.
One of the main causes was over 130 properties not properly connected to the foul water drainage system, including a new block of 40 flats.
Southend is now one of the Environment Agency's top five bathing water locations in the South East.
A fire has destroyed an MOT centre in Southend-on-Sea in Essex.
The blaze started on the Temple Farm Industrial Estate in Fletchers Square at around 7pm yesterday.
The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. An investigation is underway.
#Ilford -UPDATE- We hope to open the mainlines (fast trains to Southend, Colchester, Norwich etc) open within 30 minutes. GK
Essex Police has unveiled plans for a £6m revamp of Southend Police Station.
The work will include extending the building and refurbishing the custody area.
The cells date from the 1960s and are no longer fit for purpose. If planning permission is granted the work should be completed by 2016.
Detectives are investigating a stabbing in Southend which has left a man fighting for his life in hospital.
Police had been contacted by the ambulance service shortly after 2am on Sunday 16 March following reports that a man had been stabbed on Southchurch Road.
Officers arrived and found a 24-year-old man from the Rayleigh area with a stab wound to his abdominal area. He was taken to hospital by paramedics and is currently in a critical, life-threatening condition.
Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: "We have established that this man was attacked near The Slug and Lettuce bar...We believe two white men in their early 20s are responsible for this assault and are looking to identify them.
Anyone with information in connection with this stabbing is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Up to 555 new jobs could be created or safeguarded in Southend after confirmation that a new multi-million pound City Deal has been agreed.
The Southend-on-Sea City Deal, agreed between the Government, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership, will also provide support to 1,350 small and medium sized businesses across South Essex.
The deal sets out £6 million worth of public and private investment aimed at redeveloping deprived parts of Southend and create a business hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Detectives in Southend are investigating an aggravated burglary at a property in Highfield Grove, Westcliff last night (Thursday 27 February).
At around 8.30pm two men forced their way into the address armed with a 'bladed weapon' and another item, believed to be a screwdriver, and demanded money.
The 34 year old man at the address was stabbed in the leg and received other minor cuts. A three figure sum of money was stolen.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who has any information about this incident or knows who is responsible to contact Dc Andy Copley, CID at Southend Police Station on 101.
Alternatively information can be given via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A survey has found London Southend Airport saw a 57.1% increase in its passenger numbers from 2012 to 2013, the largest growth of any European airport.
The survey of more than 300 airports across Europe was compiled by Airline Network News & Analysis.
The news comes in the week the £10 million extension to the London Southend Airport terminal completed and became totally operational.