A plane carrying 28 passengers on its way from Jersey to London City Airport has landed safely after an engine fire.
The twin propeller 'Blue Islands' plane, which also had 3 crew members onboard, was diverted to Southend Airport in Essex at about 8.30am.
Essex Fire & Rescue Service said that the automatic systems on the plane extinguished the fire before it landed at around 9.00am.
Nobody was hurt and firefighters inspected the engine to make sure it was safe.
"This was a text book operation. The fire was out by the time the plane touched down and no-one appears to have been hurt.The plane landed safely on one engine and automatic fire suppression systems on board had completely extinguished the fire. This had the potential to be an extremely serious incident but everything which should happen in a situation like this did and the plane was able to land safely."
A plane flying from Jersey to London City Airport has had to be diverted to London Southend Airport due to 'technical difficulties'.
The 'Blue Islands' plane requested permission to land at Southend at around 8.30am.
It landed safely at 9.00am and was met by emergency services.
They were stood down shortly after landing and all 28 passengers onboard left the plane safely and are now being taken to London City Airport.
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A worker at a takeaway restaurant was attacked during an armed robbery in Southend.
A man armed with a knife demanded cash from the victim at Burger King just before 6.55am on Saturday 6th December.
The 25-year-old staff member received an injury to his left hand and was taken to hospital for treatment. Police have since recovered a knife from the scene.
The suspect is described as white, of slim build, 5ft 11ins tall and aged around 40. He had a bald head and wore a dark jacket and dark jeans.
Police believe he may have had some blood on his clothing when he left the scene.
Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a man in Southend.
A 16-year-old boy from Thurrock and a 17-year-old boy from Basildon will appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court today, Monday, November 24th.
They're charged with murdering 24-year-old Anton Levine from Dagenham who died at a property in St Ann’s Road on Wednesday, November 19th.
A post mortem examination showed that Mr Levine died as a result of a stab wound. Another man, also aged 24, was also stabbed. He remains in a stable condition in hospital.
Police are still appealing for anyone with information about a group of men running through Swanage Road in Southend at about 10.30pm on November 19th to contact them.
Police investigating the murder of a man in Southend have arrested three teenagers in connection with the inquiry.
A 19-year-old man from Southwark, a 17-year-old from Basildon and another 17-year-old, who gave no address, were arrested in the early hours of Friday 21 November in Southend and Basildon.
They are being questioned over the murder of a 24-year-old man in a flat in St Ann's Road in Southend on Wednesday evening. Another 24-year-old man is currently being treated in hospital for stab wounds.
"I would like to thank the public for their assistance so far. If they do have any information and have not yet spoken to police please call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
A 22-year-old man from Southend, arrested by officers on Thursday, is still being questioned. All four are being held in police stations across south Essex.
A 22-year-old man from Southend has been arrested in connection with a murder in the town which took place inside a flat in St Ann’s Road.
He is currently being questioned in connection with the murder at the local police station.
A 24-year-old man, believed to be from the Dagenham area, was declared dead at the scene last night. Another man, also aged 24, whose background is not known, is currently being treated in hospital for stab wounds. His condition is described as stable.
A police cordon currently remains in place in St Ann’s Road whilst detailed forensic examinations continue.
A post mortem is due to be carried out tomorrow.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation after two men were found stabbed in Essex.
Officers were called to St Anns Road, Southend, at about 10.30pm last night.
They found one man dead and another with stab wounds. He is in critical condition in hospital.
The road has been closed while forensic examinations are carried out.
"I would urge anybody who has information about this murder to contact the investigation team at Southend."
Two men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for sexually exploiting girls in Southend.
Colin Trotman, 45, of Wetherell Road, Hackney, was jailed for 10 years for rape, and four years for each offence of sexual activity with a child and the two counts of facilitating permission of child sex offences. He was also jailed for six months for production of cannabis. All to run concurrently.
Glenn Dyett, 56, was jailed for six years for each of three counts of sexual activity with a child, all to run concurrently.
There can be no excuse for the actions of Colin Trotman and Glenn Dyett. They are clearly manipulative, dangerous men who have now been sentenced and will have many years to reflect upon the utter distress they have caused to many people.
A man has been charged in connection with the sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl in Southend on Monday 10 November.
Steven Partridge, 22, of no fixed address, who was arrested at Harlow on Wednesday, was charged with attempted rape and child abduction.
He is due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ this morning.