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Detectives investigating a street robbery in Southend have released an e-fit of a man they want to identify.

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Aircraft crash lands at airport

A light aircraft has crash landed at Southend Airport.

One person was on board at the time and treated by ambulance crews this morning. The aircraft was made safe by the Airport fire team.

The Cessna plane had a heavy landing and bounced onto the runway before landing on the grass. The pilot evacuated once the plane hit the ground and walked away from the crash. There was no fire.

– Assistant Divisional Officer Martyn Hodder, Southend Station Commander,


A third of voters turn out for elections to Southend Borough Council


Total votes cast in local elections is 43,454. Turnout is 32.95%.

The Conservatives are defending a tiny majority of just one in Southend. It's a majority the party lost at the last election in 2012 but re-gained after a defection.

Wanted man on the run

A man believed to live in Southend who is wanted in connection with the theft of a stash of guns has gone on the run after smashing a van into police cars to evade armed officers.

Police say Mark Box is 'dangerous'. The 29 year old is wanted in connection with the theft of thousands of pounds worth of shotguns and rifles from a lorry parked in an industrial estate in Basildon in April.

He is thought to have been driving a Volkswagen van.


Braintree murder victim was new father

Michael Haastrup Credit: Essex Police

Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend. His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.

They said: "Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

"He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."May his humble soul rest in peace."

Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.

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