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Southend man wanted by police

Police want to hear from anyone who knows the current whereabouts of Reece Ellis, aged 21, from Southend.

Reece Ellis Credit: Essex Police

Ellis failed to answer police bail while under investigation for offences of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder and possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He is also wanted for careless driving and failing to stop for police.

Ellis is known to frequent the Southend area and is described as white, 5ft 11in tall and of stocky/muscular build. He has short straight brown hair and a round scar on the web of his right hand.

Members of the public should not approach Ellis if they see him but call Southend police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Teenagers arrested over suspected yacht club arson are bailed

Alexandra Yacht Club at Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two teenage boys who were arrested in connection with a fire at a former yacht club in Southend have been bailed.

Emergency services were called to the Alexandra Yacht Club building at Clifftown Terrace on Saturday night.

Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17 and both from Westcliff, were arrested on suspicion of arson but have been released on bail until next month.

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Two boys arrested following fire at former yacht club

Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with a fire at a former yacht club building in Southend.

Location of yacht club building fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency services were called to the Alexandra Yacht Club building at Clifftown Terrace at about 11.45pm on Saturday 23 August.

Two boys aged 16 and 17, both from Westcliff, were arrested on suspicion of arson after being stopped by police in Westcliff at about 3am on Sunday.

They remain in custody today.

Two arrested after crash between cars and motorbike

Police are investigating a crash between two cars and a motorbike in Southend which led to the arrest of two motorists.

Scene of the crash in Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

A red Ferrari, a black Mercedes and a black Honda motorbike all struck each other on Eastern Avenue near its junction with Sutton Road shortly before 8pm last night.

The male motorcyclist, who lives locally and is in his 20s, was taken to Southend University Hospital by paramedics after sustaining non-life-threatening chest injuries.

The drivers of the Ferrari and the Mercedes were arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving dangerously. The two men, who live locally and are aged 21 (Ferrari) and 41 (Mercedes), are now on police bail.

Anyone with information can contact investigating officers at Southend Road Policing Unit on 101.

Police appeal for witnesses following bag snatch in Southend

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman had her bag snatched in Southend.

It happened at around 11.45am on Thursday, July 24, in Queensway. The victim, a 67-year-old woman from Westcliff was on her way to work when she was approached by a man on a bike.

"The man grabbed the victim's bag and she was dragged to the ground. She tried to hang onto it and there was a struggle. She suffered extensive bruising to her right under arm and had large grazes on her right knee and right wrist. He got away with her bag and its contents. The victim has been left very shaken as a result of what happened."

– Dc Sam Boyd, Investigating Officer

The black bag contained the victim's mobile phone and purse. The suspect is described as white, aged between 21 and 40, had black, cropped, receding hair and was carrying a black canvas bag over his shoulder. He was riding a bike.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Dc Sam Boyd at Southend CID via Essex Police 101 or they can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Couple sentenced for handling stolen goods

A man from Southend who pleaded guilty to handling stolen items following a number of burglaries in Southend has been placed under night-time curfew.

Mark Barrett and his girlfriend Nicola Finnigan were charged in January with the offences after officers found them to be in possession of jewellery which they believed to have been stolen during burglaries in the Southend, Basildon and Rochford districts.

The 34-year-old unemployed man pleaded guilty to four counts of handling stolen goods while the 32-year-old unemployed woman pleaded guilty to five counts of handling stolen goods. The pair lived at Fairmead Avenue in Westcliff and both pleaded at Southend Crown Court.

Mark Barrett was sentenced to 15-month in prison, suspended for two years, he was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work. Nicola Finnigan was handed a 12 month sentence, suspended for one year.

Anyone who believes they have been the victim of a burglary or who has been offered jewellery in unusual circumstances should contact Southend police station on 101, email andy.copley@essex.pnn.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Family pay tribute to murder victim Hassan Mohammed

Hassan Mohammed Credit: Essex Police

The family of man stabbed to death in Southend have paid tribute to him.

Hassan Mohammed, who was 24, died in Southend Hospital on Tuesday, after he was stabbed in York Road. His family said "that no words can describe what they have been going through since his death".

One man has been charged with his murder. He'll appear at Southend Magistrates court tomorrow.

Essex: Six arrests following Southend stabbing

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death in Essex last night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death in Essex last night.

A 26-year-old from London received two stab wounds at about 7 o'clock yesterday at York Road in Southend.

Six people, who are all male and aged between 17 and 19, have been arrested in connection with the death.

Health regulator critical of Southend A & E department

The health sector regulator Monitor, has ordered Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to make a series of urgent steps after failing to make improvements in services for its patients.

The hospital's been branded one of the worst performing accident & emergency departments in the country.

The trust says it is focused on improving services and is working with Monitor to make changes.

Click below to watch a short clip from Adam Cayley, Monitor.

Southend hospital has the worst performing A & E in the country says regulator

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Health regulator, "Monitor", has described Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as having the worst performing accident and emergency department in the country.

Monitor has now ordered urgent steps to be taken after it says the Trust failed to make improvements in services for its patients.

Some of the criticisms of the Trust are that it fails to see most A & E patients within four hours, which is the national target, and it fails to ensure that most have to wait less than 18 weeks for an operation.

Monitor's Regional Director Adam Cayley said. "This trust has one of the worst performing A&E departments in the country....It is unacceptable that patients have to wait. Monitor will not hesitate to step in and make changes to the leadership if the trust does not improve."

The Trust has been working with Monitor to tackle the issues since December 2012.

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chairman Alan Tobias, said. "We believe we are now in a much stronger position to tackle these issues and will e working hard to achieve all the undertakings and requirements we have set with our regulator."

"I am under no illusion and want to assure our local community we must and will get this right because it is in the best interests of our patients, which is what drives the board of the trust."

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