An infestation of caterpillars across the region has turned sites including Southend Cemetery into spooky looking scenes.
A couple got back from honeymoon to find their Southend home had been repainted "Mr Blobby" style.
Research from the charity Age UK shows 1.3 million people over the age of 65 are suffering from malnutrition.
Southend has failed to make the short list for City of Culture 2017.
Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay are the chosen four.
The announcement by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey follows a meeting of the independent advisory panel chaired by Phil Redmond at which a total of eleven bids were considered.
Mr Vaizey said: "I want to congratulate the four shortlisted cities who have made it this far, and indeed all eleven cities who put time and great effort into submitting bids."
Delays of up to 15 minutes on Greater Anglia services between Norwich and Liverpool Street, between Clacton-on-Sea and Liverpool Street and between Southend Victoria and Liverpool Street due to an earlier signalling problem.
Police are appealing for witnesses following a stabbing at Southend in Essex which left a man with serious injuries.
Officers were called to York Road, at the junction with Hastings Road, last night following a report that a man in his forties had received a stab wound to his face and neck.
The victim, who is from Southend, was taken by ambulance to Southend University Hospital, with a wound very close to a main artery.
He underwent surgery this morning and is now in a stable condition.
Detective Sergeant Tanya Bailey said: "This man’s life was put on line and we could have been looking at a potential murder investigation if it had not been for the quick actions of the paramedics.
Police are looking for a man in his 40s of Turkish appearance.
This is the sight that greeted a honeymoon couple when they got back to their home in Southend.
Steve and Hayley O'Rouke's terrace house was given an unexpected Mr Blobby style makeover.
Mr O'Rourke's brother Russell got to work Crinkley Bottom-style in a revenge prank after he'd returned from his own honeymoon to find a brick wall built across his drive.
A newly-wed couple returned from honeymoon to find that their home had been painted bright Pink in the style of Mr Blobby.
The Daily Mirror reports how Steve and Hayley O’Rourke, 32 and 31, from Southend discovered the prank after their two week honeymoon
The groom’s brother Russell, 35, planned the Mr Blobby-style paint job in revenge for a similar joke six years ago.
See full story here http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mr-blobby-home-prank-honeymoon-1903094
Train operator C2C which operates from Shoeburyness and Southend into London has had its franchise extended by 16 months.
C2C is the most punctual train operator in the country, running over 97 per cent of its services on time.
C2C also came top of a national passenger survey. It has plans to upgrade a number of stations with better facilities for passengers.
One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down minibus on A127 Southend Arterial Road out of town at A1015 Rayleigh Road / Bridgwater Drive (Kent Elms Corner), congestion to B1013 Nestuda Way (Tesco Roundabout).