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Man arrested in connection with Southend flat fire investigation

A 47-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Se in Essex has been arrested by police this afternoon.

His arrest forms part of the investigation into the death of a 30-year-old expectant mother who died in hospital yesterday.

He has been taken to Rayleigh Police Station for questioning where he currently remains.

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Murder investigation launched after flat fire in Essex

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman died following a fire in Southend.

Police were called by the fire service to a block of flats in Balmoral Road at about 11.15pm on Saturday May 7.

The ninth floor of the premises was evacuated.

A 30-year-old woman from Southend was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries. She died yesterday evening, Monday May 9.

The fire is being treated as suspicious and police are investigating the circumstances leading up to the incident.

Gains for Tories and Labour on Southend Council

Southend council under no overall control Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Conservatives have made two gains and Labour have made a single gain on Southend Council but it's still hung with no one party having enough seats to out-vote all the others.

The Conservatives are still the largest party but two short of an overall majority.

The Tories lost their overall majority in Southend in May 2014.

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Rail misery as power lines come down

Overhead electric wire damage causing delays Credit: Network Rail

Rail commuters are facing major delays between Kings Cross and Peterborough on the trains this morning.

There's overhead line problems, which means a highly reduced service on Virgin, Great Northern and Grand Central trains through there to London.

Delays on First Hull and Grand Central Trains between Kings Cross and Peterborough Credit: Network Rail

Some lines have now re-opened, but passengers are still being advised to travel from St Pancras.

A replacement bus service is running between Hitchin and Peterborough.

There's been problems on the line since Monday evening Credit: Network Rail

There's a reduced service on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Southend and Liverpool Street.

That's due to fallen tree on the line and overhead line problems between Wickford and Shenfield.

Two police officers taken to hospital following Southend crash

The Police officers have been taken to hospital. Credit: PA

Two police officers have been taken to hospital after their car was involved in a crash on Southend seafront this morning.

The marked Skoda was hit by two other vehicles in Shorefield Road in Westcliff just after 10am.

At the time of the incident, they were involved in a search for what police believe was a stolen Mercedes which had left the scene of another collision in Western Esplanade.

One of the officers was left with only minor injuries while the other is being treated for a head injury and possible broken arm.

Two 24-year-old men from Leigh have been arrested in connection with the incident on Western Esplanade, while the crash involving the police car is being treated as a separate incident.

Essex Police hunt rapist on the run from court

Adrian Horwat was convicted of rape. Credit: Essex Police

A convicted rapist from Essex has gone on the run following his trial at Southend Crown Court.

Adrian Horwat, 21, from Southend, was convicted on Monday 14 March.

Horwat absconded from the court while on bail awaiting the jury's decision on four other matters which he was later found not guilty of.

Anyone who has details of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.

Patients face delay at 'extremely busy' Southend Hospital

Southend Hospital is experiencing high demand. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Hospital is warning that its accident and emergency department is "extremely busy" at the moment.

Some patients with non-urgent conditions may have to wait longer than usual to be seen by a doctor.

The Trust is reminding people only to visit A&E if they are seriously unwell or critically injured.

Sue Hardy, chief executive at Southend University Hospital, said: "The emergency department is very busy and we have to warn patients that those attending with 'non-urgent' conditions will wait much longer than usual as patients are prioritised according to how unwell they are.

"We would like to remind anyone who is unsure of the best course of action to always ring NHS 111 for health advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or to speak with your GP or pharmacist."

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