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Lagoon opens on Southend seafront

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A lagoon has official opened on the Southend seafront.

The Three Shells lagoon cost nearly two million pounds but the council says the investment is vital to keep tourism alive.

"This has been a really good partnership between the council, local business and the Coastal Communities Fund which is a government scheme providing communities with an economic strength for their future. This is going to provide new jobs because it keeps people here and is another reason for people to come and visit this part of the world."

– Scott Dolling, Southend Borough Council

Second man charged after corrosive fluid attack

A second man has been charged in connection with an incident in which a corrosive fluid was thrown at a man inside a shop at Westcliff.

A 19-year-old man from Southend suffered chemical burns to his left arm, ear and hand during an altercation at a convenience store in North Road on Thursday June 30.

The victim was taken to Southend General Hospital before receiving further treatment at a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford. He is expected to have further long-term medical treatment.

Archie Harding, who's 19 and from Kursaal Way, Southend was charged with throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and a further charge of affray.

Leban Elmi, who's 22 was charged with possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and affray in connection with the same incident. He's due to appear at Basildon Crown Court on August 4.

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Southend amusement park named in UK's top 10

Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea is named fourth best amusement park Credit: ITV News Anglia

Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea has been named as one of the UK's best amusement parks.

The Essex attraction came fourth in the list and 17th in Europe in the 2016 Travellers’ Choice awards.

Ranking ahead of them were Paultons Park in Hampshire, Blackpool Pleasure beach and Alton Towers.

Take a look at who else made the Top 10:

  • 1- Paultons Park, Home of Peppa Pig World, Romsey
  • 2- Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
  • 3- Alton Towers, Farley
  • 4- Adventure Island, Southend-on-Sea
  • 5- Brighton Pier, Brighton
  • 6- Drayton Manor, Tamworth
  • 7- The Milky Way Adventure Park, Clovelly
  • 8- GreenWood Forest Park, Y Felinheli
  • 9- Legoland Windsor, Windsor
  • 10- West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Bewdley

Eleven people admit their part in pre-match brawl

Colchester United's Community Stadium. Credit: PA wire

Eleven people have admitted their part in a brawl before a football match in Colchester on Boxing Day last year.

Violence broke out at Abbey Gate just before Colchester's match against Southend at the Community Stadium.

Six under 18s and five adults have now pleaded guilty to public order offences. Four adults were banned from matches for between three and four years.

The remaining seven defendants will be sentenced at a later date.

Three other people denied the charges and will face a trial.

Southend's Dan Bentley signs for Brentford

Brentford confirm signing of 22-year-old goalkeeper Dan Bentley from Southend United Credit: PA

Brentford have signed 22-year-old goalkeeper Dan Bentley on a four year deal from Southend United.

22-year-old Bentley came through the Southend academy and made his debut in October 2011.

Bentley had been offered a new deal by Southend but has opted to join Brentford instead.

With Bentley being under 24 years of age, Southend United will be entitled to compensation for the keeper.

Southend Airport has the country's happiest travellers

Southend Airport. Credit: Richard MacGregor/PA Archive

Southend Airport has been named one of the best in Britain when it comes to having happy passengers.

In a survey taken by travellers while they were in the terminal, 85% said they were satisfied with their experiene.

More than quarter of a million people gave their feedback over six months' time.

It is the third year in a row that Southend Airport has come out on top of the Which? survey.

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Man jailed for abusing young boys in Essex

James Kerner was jailed for 13 years. Credit: Essex Police

A man from Essex has been jailed for sexually assaulting two young boys.

James Kerner, 36, of Station Road, Westcliff, was found guilty of six charges against two boys under the age of 13.

Kerner was jailed for 13 years following a trial at Southend Crown Court.

The judge also placed Kerner on the sex offenders' register for life and banned him from ever working with children.

The court heard how he abused his position with the victim's family allowing him access to the children alone where he was then able to abuse them.

His offending was reported to Essex Police in October 2014 after the victims disclosed what had been happening.

Husband's tribute to pregnant wife who died in fire

Stuart and Khabi Abrey Credit: Essex Police

The husband of a woman who died following a flat fire at Westcliff-on-Sea in Essex has described her as an "amazing, beautiful and gentle” person who touched people’s hearts wherever she went.

Khabi Abrey, 30, died in hospital on Monday May 9 following the fire at an apartment block in Balmoral Road on Saturday May 7.

May 9 was the eighth anniversary of Khabi and her 37-year-old husband Stuart’s first meeting.

Stuart and Khabi Abrey Credit: Essex Police

The day I met Khabi I hadn’t even seen her properly but my heart could feel her spirit and I knew she was someone special straight away.

Since then, I haven’t ever wanted to be out of her presence. Her full name Bokhabinyana means ‘radiance’ and she literally shone love everywhere she went.

I didn’t know a human being could be so pure and perfect. She is literally an angel. Where she is now I know she is still alive, still that beautiful person, and still loves me as I still love her.

I know we will be together again when the right time comes for there is no end to life or love.

She was so excited and proud to be pregnant with our daughter KaRa [Ka is Egyptian for ‘spirit’ and Ra means ‘sun] and she was going to be the perfect mum.

Everywhere she went, she touched people’s hearts and I didn’t realise the extent of this until I saw the outpouring of love from the community, which has really touched me and Khabi, and I send a big thank you to everyone for their love.

I have been blessed to have been the one she chose and I don’t really know where to go from here because she was a part of every plan.

I know she wanted me to carry on with my artwork and book, so I will do what I know she wants me to do.

I can’t emphasise enough what an amazing, beautiful, gentle, kind, perfect person she is.

I suppose this world was never good enough for her and she is now free and safe and I will patiently wait until I see her again.”

– Stuart Abrey

Murder and arson charge after pregnant woman dies in flat fire

The flats in Southend where the fire broke out Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of a heavily pregnant mother in Southend, Essex.

Khabi Abrey, 30, died in hospital on Monday 9th May after a fire at a block of flats in Balmoral Road on Saturday night (May 7th).

47-year old Lillo Troisi from Balmoral Road has been charged with murder, arson with intent to endanger life and arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered.

He is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today.

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