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Wave of iconic poppies flows into Southend seafront

The eye-catching installation at Shoeburyness in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

After flowing down the walls of the Tower of London, the iconic poppy sculpture has made its way to Essex.

It has taken two weeks to installed the flowers at the Barge Pier in Shoeburyness, near Southend.

The area was chosen to host the exhibit because it was one of the first towns in the country to be targeted by German airshops during the First World War.

Called Wave, the installation is one of two sculptures touring the country. They were both part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit that drew millions of people to Tower of London in 2014.

The poppies were once part of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red exhibit at the Tower of London. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Iconic Tower of London poppy sculpture visits Southend

Millions of people flocked to the Tower of London to see the exhibit in 2014. Credit: PA

The iconic poppy sculpture that went on display at the Tower of London in 2014 is coming to Southend.

People will be able to see it at the Barge Pier in Shoeburyness from this week until June.

Southend was chosen because it was one of the first town's in the country to be targeted by German Zeppelin airships in the First World War.

The sculpture will be on show until 25 June.

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Southend robbers go on crime spree in a Ford Fiesta

The robbers targeted two shops before crashing the car in Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Robbers went on a crime spree through Southend in a Ford Fiesta.

Police were first called to reports of a theft at The Broadway just before 1.45am on Sunday (April 9).

Two men forced their way into a shop and stole cash from the till.

They went on to use the car to reverse into a shop front at Shaftesbury Avenue, where they attempted to steal a till, before crashing the vehicle on Northumberland Crescent and fleeing.

The Fiesta has been recovered by police and officers are appealing for witnesses.

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.

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.

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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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