Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has declared a major incident due to a large diesel fuel leak on the third floor of the Cardigan Wing.
The Fire Service are working with hospital staff to manage the incident.
The hospital says the safety of patients and visitors is our absolute priority at this time. Patients and visitors have been evacuated from affected areas and other areas have been partially evacuated as a precaution.
Our Emergency Department is closed and ambulances are being diverted to other hospitals in the region. We are asking patients and visitors to please stay away from the hospital at this time to allow the emergency services to safely manage the incident.
The hospital says further updates will be released as it has them.
Police are appealing for witnesses after an 18-year-old man was stabbed in Southend.
The teenager was taken to hospital at around 12pm on Saturday (26 November) with a puncture wound to his side.
He told hospital staff he was injured during a disturbance outside a bar in Eastern Esplanade in the early hours of that morning.
A 17-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer, breach of the peace and a public order offence. He's due to appear at Basildon Youth Court on 30 December.
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A 15-year-old girl has gone missing from Southend in Essex.
Police are concerned for her welfare. Officers say Hannah Hodges-Smith has links to Colchester, Stratford and St Pancras areas of London.
She was last seen at 7.30am on Wednesday November 9 and her family.
Anyone who has seen her or knows of her whereabouts is asked to call police on 101.
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Southend Airport has struck a deal with the airline CityJet which could see up to 600,000 new passengers pass through the airport.
CityJet will start running flights from Southend to 18 new destinations in Spring next year.
Andrew Tinkler from Stobart Group, which owns the airport, says passengers will benefit from a greater choice.
"At the moment there's something like 19 new destinations. This includes another 18, so there's more choice for our customers to have a fast, efficient, sleek service."
Two men after in hospital they were stabbed in Southend, Essex.
It happened at York Road at about 9.40pm last night (26 October).
One man is in a more serious condition than the other.
Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Southend last night.
Emergency crews were called to London Road at about 11.15pm. They found a man - believed to be in his 30s - with stab injuries to his lower body.
The man was taken to Southend University Hospital for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Detectives believe the stabbing happened at Napier Avenue.
The suspected attacker is described as a black man in his mid-20s, who was wearing a hooded top and jeans.
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