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Man jailed after assaulting railway staff

Kelvin Mills Credit: British Transport Police

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for six weeks after he assaulted a member of staff at Southend railway station.

Kelvin Mills, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to battery by common assault.

It happened on 26 July at Southend rail station when a member of rail staff prevented Mills from entering the station as he didn't have a ticket. He threw a can of cider at the member of staff, striking him in the chest and covering him with alcohol.

Everyone has the right to travel and work on the rail network without fear or intimidation. Rail staff should be allowed to carry out their duties without being subjected to violence or the fear of violence.

The victim was merely doing his job when he was assaulted by Mills. This was a completely unprovoked attack and the punishment handed down by the court reiterates that violence on the rail network will not be tolerated.

– PC Chris Henschel

One arrest after man found lying in Southend street

A man was found lying in the road in Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man was found lying in the road in a life-threatening condition after being attacked in Southend.

Police were called to Cheltenham Road just before 1am Sunday, August 13.

They found the victim seriously injured. He was taken to Royal London Hospital where he is in a life-threatening condition.

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

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Police investigating arson attack release CCTV of man they want to trace

Essex police investigating an arson attack have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to. Credit: Essex Police

Police investigating an arson attack in Westcliff near Southend have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

The front door of a property in Osborne Road was set fire to at some time between 11pm on 15 April and 6.30am on 16 April.

No-one was injured but the door was damaged. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Southend CID on 101.

Fatal crash as van hits lamp post in Essex

Fatal crash at Leigh on Sea near Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A driver has died after her van crashed into a lamp post in Essex.

Police were called to the junction of New Road and Hadleigh Road in Leigh-on-Sea, near Southend, just before 5.30am Saturday morning (July 1).

A woman, in her 40s, died at the scene.

The road is closed and drivers are being asked to avoid the area while emergency services continue their investigation.

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Extra patrols along Southend beach on Bank Holiday weekend

Hundreds will flock to the beach as the weather sets to get warmer Credit: ITV News Anglia

Extra patrols will be in place in Southend over the Bank Holiday weekend.

It's to make sure people are kept safe on the beach and roads during the busy period.

Visitors are being warned of potential delays to the seaside town.

Southend-on-Sea is one of the region's most popular seaside destinations and welcomes more than six million visitors each year.

Our preparations are all about providing a safe and pleasant visitor experience that leaves people wanting to return to our town.

We want to make it as easy as possible for visitors to reach the seafront, respond swiftly if children become lost from their parents, keep our town and award-winning beaches as clean as possible and prevent people coming to harm when visiting the beach.

– Scott Dolling, Director for Culture, Tourism and Property at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
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