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Southend's iconic pier has had to temporarily close due to heavy snowfall in the town.
The local Borough Council tweeted the news this morning.
Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world, stretching 1.3 miles into the Thames estuary.
Plans for a major business park have taken a step forward after Southend-on-Sea Borough Council received nearly £20m from Government.
The news was announced this morning by Local Growth Minister, Andrew Percy, who announced a government cash injection of £102 million for capital projects for the South East.
The money will go toward the Airport Business Park Southend. The project is expected to attract firms from the medical technology, aviation, advanced engineering and manufacturing sectors.
Police are appealing for help to find a wanted man from Essex.
Mark Bradford, 47, is wanted in connection with four shop lifting offences at the Asda store in Priory Lane, Rayleigh.
He is described as:
- 5ft 6ins tall
- Medium build
- Short, brown thinning hair
- Cuts and scars on face
He is unemployed and has contacts in Southend.
Multi-million pound plans to upgrade some of the Essex road system will be unveiled later this month.
Essex County Council is upgrading the Fairglen Interchange, where the A127 meets the A130.
It connects towns such as Basildon, Chelmsford, Southend and Thurrock.
They are hoping to make it suitable for use until 2045.
Southend United have signed former Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble on a deal until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old was recently released by League One rivals Gillingham after joining them on a short-term contract in the autumn.
Nouble has also played for the likes of West Ham and Coventry City in a nomadic career, as well as enjoying a spell at Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.
Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed Cardiff City forward Eli Phipps for an undisclosed fee.
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The wards at Southend Hospital that were closed when diesel leaked from a storage tank on the top floor have now re-opened.
Mums and babies had to be evacuated from the maternity unit whilst the leak was contained.
The diesel is used for the hospital's standby heating system should the gas supply fail.
The NHS Trust is undertaking a full investigation of the incident.
"The diesel fuel in the top floor plant room is essential to ensure that we can provide continuous heating for our patient areas should the primary gas system fail, and is standard practice.
"We have worked closely with the Environment Agency and a Specialist Contractor, who we called to assist us at the time of the incident yesterday, and have cleaned up the spill which has reduced the strong odour.
The diesel has leaked into a nearby river, Prittle Brook, and barriers have now been put in place to contain the spillage.
The major incident declared at Southend Hospital after a serious fuel leak is over, officials have said.
The Maternity Ward and two additional ward areas had to be evacuated earlier as diesel spilled from a tank on the third floor.
The fire service attended and the leak is now contained, though hospital staff say 'an odour continues to affect' certain areas.
“Hospital staff and the Emergency Services responded rapidly to the fuel leak this afternoon, and worked extremely hard in taking precautionary safety measures by evacuating patients from some of our wards in the affected part of the hospital.
I must emphasise that no patients, visitors or staff on the hospital site suffered any harm as a result of the leak.
We are very grateful to our neighbouring hospitals across the region, who have accepted both maternity patients and emergency ambulances while the hospital has been closed.
Southend Hospital says the huge fuel leak in their maternity unit has been contained but a number of wards have been affected.
It's thought over 5000 litres of diesel leaked into the unit.
The hospital is still asking patients not to attend if possible.