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Volunteer police officer 'dragged along by car' in Southend

Police are investigating after a special constable was injured by a motorist at a petrol station in Southend.

Location of incident in Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 24-year-old officer was in a patrol car in Prince Avenue by the Bell pub at around 3am yesterday when he noticed a vehicle reversing the wrong way up the A127 onto the forecourt of the Shell garage.

He went over to speak to the driver and whilst he was holding the handle of the car it drove off, dragging him along. The officer suffered serious cuts and bruises and was taken to Southend Hospital for treatment.

The car is described as a black VW Golf. A 24-year-old man from Leigh has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until Friday 31 January.

Anybody with any information about this incident is asked to contact Dc Rory Scarlett at Southend CID on Essex Police 101. Officers would particularly like to speak to any witnesses or the passengers in the car.

Safe landing for plane forced to divert to Southend using one engine

A twin engine aircraft carrying 28 passengers has been forced to land at Southend Airport using just one of its engine.

The Blue Islands flight from Jersey had to shut down an engine after what was initially believed to be a fire.

The airline has since said a safety warning and not a fire caused the shutdown.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer.


Early signs are that 'no fire took place' says Blue Islands' air operator

The Blue Islands twin engine plane which had to be diverted to Southend Airport may not have had a fire in its engine, the company has said.

Flight SI712 from Jersey to London City had to be diverted at around 8.30am this morning after reports of a technical fault mid-air.

Blue Islands says that as a precautionary measure the engine was shut down and the flight followed standard procedure by diverting to Southend.

The aircraft landed safely at 8.28am.

"The aircraft is currently being inspected by engineers at Southend. Initial indications are that no fire took place and it appears to be a false alert. Passenger, crew and aircraft safety is our number one priority at all times."

– Blue Islands

The passengers were transported by road to London City Airport.

Blue Islands is a Channel Islands based airline flying between the UK and the Channel Islands and has been operating since 2006.

Plane lands safely at Southend after an engine fire

Southend Airport, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

A plane carrying 28 passengers on its way from Jersey to London City Airport has landed safely after an engine fire.

The twin propeller 'Blue Islands' plane, which also had 3 crew members onboard, was diverted to Southend Airport in Essex at about 8.30am.

Essex Fire & Rescue Service said that the automatic systems on the plane extinguished the fire before it landed at around 9.00am.

Nobody was hurt and firefighters inspected the engine to make sure it was safe.

Southend Airport, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

"This was a text book operation. The fire was out by the time the plane touched down and no-one appears to have been hurt.The plane landed safely on one engine and automatic fire suppression systems on board had completely extinguished the fire. This had the potential to be an extremely serious incident but everything which should happen in a situation like this did and the plane was able to land safely."

– Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick

Plane diverted to Southend airport with technical difficulties

A plane flying from Jersey to London City Airport has had to be diverted to London Southend Airport due to 'technical difficulties'.

The 'Blue Islands' plane requested permission to land at Southend at around 8.30am.

It landed safely at 9.00am and was met by emergency services.

They were stood down shortly after landing and all 28 passengers onboard left the plane safely and are now being taken to London City Airport.


Robber attacks takeaway worker during burglary

A worker at a takeaway restaurant was attacked during an armed robbery in Southend.

A man armed with a knife demanded cash from the victim at Burger King just before 6.55am on Saturday 6th December.

The 25-year-old staff member received an injury to his left hand and was taken to hospital for treatment. Police have since recovered a knife from the scene.

The suspect is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 11ins tall and aged around 40. He had a bald head and wore a dark jacket and dark jeans.

Police believe he may have had some blood on his clothing when he left the scene.

Two teenagers charged with murder

Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a man in Southend.

A 16-year-old boy from Thurrock and a 17-year-old boy from Basildon will appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today, Monday, November 24th.

They're charged with murdering 24-year-old Anton Levine from Dagenham who died at a property in St Ann’s Road on Wednesday, November 19th.

A post mortem examination showed that Mr Levine died as a result of a stab wound. Another man, also aged 24, was also stabbed. He remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information about a group of men running through Swanage Road in Southend at about 10.30pm on November 19th to contact them.

Three teenagers arrested in Southend murder investigation

Police are investigating the murder of a man in a flat in St Ann's Road, Southend Credit: Google Maps Street View

Police investigating the murder of a man in Southend have arrested three teenagers in connection with the inquiry.

A 19-year-old man from Southwark, a 17-year-old from Basildon and another 17-year-old, who gave no address, were arrested in the early hours of Friday 21 November in Southend and Basildon.

They are being questioned over the murder of a 24-year-old man in a flat in St Ann's Road in Southend on Wednesday evening. Another 24-year-old man is currently being treated in hospital for stab wounds.

"I would like to thank the public for their assistance so far. If they do have any information and have not yet spoken to police please call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– DCI Simon Werrett, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

A 22-year-old man from Southend, arrested by officers on Thursday, is still being questioned. All four are being held in police stations across south Essex.

22-year-old arrested in connection with Southend murder

A police cordon currently remains in place in St Ann’s Road.

A 22-year-old man from Southend has been arrested in connection with a murder in the town which took place inside a flat in St Ann’s Road.

He is currently being questioned in connection with the murder at the local police station.

A 24-year-old man, believed to be from the Dagenham area, was declared dead at the scene last night. Another man, also aged 24, whose background is not known, is currently being treated in hospital for stab wounds. His condition is described as stable.

A police cordon currently remains in place in St Ann’s Road whilst detailed forensic examinations continue.

A post mortem is due to be carried out tomorrow.

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