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Snow forces Southend pier closure

Southend pier is out of bounds for the time being Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

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Multi-million pound cash boost for Southend

Southend Airport

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 searching for wanted man from Essex

Mark Bradford is wanted in connection with four shop lifting offences. Credit: Essex Police

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
  • Stubble
  • Cuts and scars on face

He is unemployed and has contacts in Southend.

Multi-million pound Essex road upgrade to be unveiled

Essex County Council is upgrading the Fairglen Interchange. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

Former Ipswich striker agrees Southend United move

Frank Nouble in action for Coventry City. Credit: PA

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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Hospital wards re-opened after diesel leak

Wards closed by a diesel spillage at Southend Hospital have now been re-opened. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

– Jan China, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The hospital is investigating how the diesel leaked from the heating system. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The diesel has leaked into a nearby river, Prittle Brook, and barriers have now been put in place to contain the spillage.

Health boss thanks neighbouring hospitals as major incident comes to close

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.

– Neil Rothie, Medical Director at Southend Hospital

Hospital fuel leak has been contained

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.

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