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Man charged with affray and pitch invasion following assault at Roots Hall

The assault happened at Roots Hall. Credit: PA

A man has been charged with affray and pitch invasion following an assault at Southend United's Roots Hall last weekend.

Footage filmed by a supporter at the game appeared to show a fan running towards the stand occupied by Colchester United fans during the Essex derby on Saturday.

39-year-old Mark Coshever has now been charged in connection with the incident and will appear before magistrates on February 24.

Police investigating crowd trouble at Essex derby match

Roots Hall. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police are investigating crowd trouble at the Essex football derby between Southend and Colchester on Saturday.

Footage filmed by a supporter at the game shows a fan running towards the stand occupied by Colchester United fans and apparently throwing punches.

The incident took place towards the end of the League One match at Southend's Roots Hall.

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Two men charged in connection with murder of Essex man

Two men have been charged in connection with the murder of a man in Southend last year.

The body of 67 year old Albert Williams was found at his flat in Cedar Close in August 2015.

His body was discovered when fire crews were called to deal with a fire at the flat. A forensic post mortem established that he had been assaulted and died of internal injuries.

Anthony Smith, 43, of Westcliff, who is unemployed, has been charged with murder and two counts of burglary at Mr Williams address which happened the week before his death. Ismail Celik, 34, of Grays, has been charged with two counts of adding and abetting burglary.

Southend Hospital declares third 'critical incident' in a month

Southend Hospital has declared another Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Hospital has been forced to declare a "critical incident" for the third time in a month.

The latest alert is due to continuing high numbers of acutely ill patients requiring beds while the hospital is already operating at full capacity.

“Like other trusts across Essex and the wider region, we are seeing a surge in acutely unwell patients coming into hospital and needing to be admitted.

We are working closely with our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Southend and Rochford & Castle Point to identify appropriate support for those who need care outside of the hospital setting.

“Our staff at the hospital are working extremely hard to cope with the current pressures while maintaining high standards of care, and I want to again thank staff from every ward and department, profession and grade for their continuing

We have had no choice but to escalate our status again to ensure the safety of our patients and continue to work with our partners in the community to increase capacity."

– Sue Hardy, chief executive,

New lead Chaplain joins Southend Hospital

Reverend David Childs is the new lead chaplain at Southend Hospital Credit: Southend Hospital.

Southend Hospital has welcomed the arrival of a new lead chaplain, Reverend David Childs who was a former parish priest in Essex and Oxfordshire.

He will help deliver a 24-hour on-call service to make sure someone is available day and night.

“I may be the lead chaplain or the face of chaplaincy but there’s a really good team of people around me. It’s a privilege to be in a role where I meet people of every possible outlook, background. You realise ‘wow’ humanity is exciting. I’m also looking forward to getting to know the staff. "

– David Childs

Southend Hospital declares 'critical incident' for second time in a week

Southend Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Hospital has declared a critical incident because of the large number of patients needing admission.

The hospital is already operating at full bed capacity.

At the beginning of this week, the site downgraded its alert from "critical" to "black" in time for the junior doctors' strike but its chief executive said the situation had deteriorated.

“Like other trusts across Essex and the wider region, we are continuing to see large numbers of acutely unwell patients coming into hospital and needing to be admitted. “Our staff continue to work extremely hard to cope with the current pressures while maintaining high standards of care, and I’d like to thank them for their commitment during this difficult period.

“However we have had to escalate our status again to ensure the safety of our patients as we continue to work with our partners in the community.”

"The emergency department is very busy and we have to warn patients that those attending with 'non-urgent' conditions will wait much longer than usual as patients are prioritised according to how unwell they are."

– Sue Hardy, Chief Executive, Southend Hospital.

The hospital has advised people with non-urgent conditions to call 111 or speak to their GP or pharmacist rather than going to A&E.

Read more: How the region was affected by the 24-hour junior doctors' strike.

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Part of Southend beach cordoned off after unexploded device discovery

Southend beach. Credit: PA

Part of Southend's beach has been sealed off after an unexploded device was found there.

A 100m cordon has been put in place near the Breakwater cafe.

Bomb disposal technicians are currently dealing with the ordnance.

Southend's plans for new stadium to go on show

Roots Hall, Southend United's current stadium. Credit: Phil Cole/PA Archive

Plans for a new 21,000-seater stadium for Southend United go on show tonight.

The club is proposing a move from its current site at Roots Hall to Fossetts Farm on Eastern Avenue in the town.

The new stadium would include shops and restaurants plus a hotel and cinema.

Southend United would also like to build two "soccer domes" - one for use by the community and one for its own training. The club says it would be a boost to their hopes of creating an academy to develop young talent for the future.

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