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Man sought in connection with alleged sex assault

CCTV shows the man at Thorpe Bay train station in Southend Credit: Essex Police

Police in Southend want to speak to a man who was allegedly seen acting suspiciously at Thorpe Bay train station.

It comes after a woman reported being sexually assaulted in the Acacia Drive area of Thorpe Bay at 10pm on the 6th of November. Officers say they want to know if the man has any information that could help them with their inquiries.

The CCTV images shows a man at the train station at 2.44pm on the 10th of November. Detectives want anyone with information to contact DC Vicky Caine at Southend CID on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Investigations continue after hand grenade found in Hospital

Southend Hospital. Credit: ITV Anglia

Investigations continue after a hand grenade was found in a building at Southend Hospital yesterday.

Police were alerted just before 3.45pm after it was discovered on the first floor of the hospital tower block.

Officers evacuated part of the building, cordons were put in place and army bomb disposal experts made the grenade safe before taking it away for testing.

From our investigation so far there is no indication that this was a malicious attack against the hospital or anyone working or being treated there.

I would like to thank staff, patients and visitors at the hospital for their co-operation yesterday in what was a fast-moving situation. Thanks to them, police and other emergency services were able to work quickly to assess the level of danger and work to keep staff, visitors and a number of vulnerable patients safe.

Our investigation into how the grenade came to be in the hospital continues and if anyone has any information or saw anything suspicious they should contact Southend CID on 101.

– Chief Inspector Simon Anslow


Southend Hospital: Suspected 'hand grenade' removed

An emergency at Southend Hospital over a suspect package has ended police have confirmed.

Essex Police were called to Southend Hospital following reports that an item that looked like a hand grenade had been found in the building.

It was found a member of staff at just before 3.45pm today.

The building was evacuated and army bomb disposal experts took the item away for testing. Enquiries are continuing. Cordons that were in place have now been lifted and people have returned to the hospital.

Southend Hospital evacuated after "suspect package" found in clinic

Southend University Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Hospital has been partly evacuated after a "suspect package" was found in its heart and chest clinic this afternoon.

The bomb disposal squad are at the hospital, and a cordon has been set up around the building.

Part of the tower block has been evacuated as a precaution.

“A suspect package was located in the hospital’s heart and chest clinic this afternoon. We have evacuated the building as a precaution and a 100m cordon is in place.

We continue to assist the police with their investigation at this time.”

– Southend University Hospital

Southend airport granted controlled airspace to reduce environmental impacts

Around a million passengers a year now use Southend airport in Essex. Credit: London Southend Airport

Controlled airpace is to be reintroduced over Southend airport in Essex after an increase in the flights using the terminal.

The move will further safeguard aircraft on approach to and departure from the airport and minimise distance flown to reduce environmental impacts. The airport now has around 1 million passengers a year.

Southend had controlled airspace until 1993 and when it was lifted aircraft could come within 2.5 miles and 2000 feet of the airport without having to talk to air traffic controllers.

“Safety and security are our number one priority. Controlled Airspace safeguards aircraft when they are approaching and departing the airport. Improving our efficiency by getting aircraft in and out of the airport without alterations and delays will also minimise the impact of the airport on the local community and is better for the environment."

– Jason Ivey, London Southend Airport Operations Director


Volunteer police officer 'dragged along by car' in Southend

Police are investigating after a special constable was injured by a motorist at a petrol station in Southend.

Location of incident in Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 24-year-old officer was in a patrol car in Prince Avenue by the Bell pub at around 3am yesterday when he noticed a vehicle reversing the wrong way up the A127 onto the forecourt of the Shell garage.

He went over to speak to the driver and whilst he was holding the handle of the car it drove off, dragging him along. The officer suffered serious cuts and bruises and was taken to Southend Hospital for treatment.

The car is described as a black VW Golf. A 24-year-old man from Leigh has been arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed until Friday 31 January.

Anybody with any information about this incident is asked to contact Dc Rory Scarlett at Southend CID on Essex Police 101. Officers would particularly like to speak to any witnesses or the passengers in the car.

Safe landing for plane forced to divert to Southend using one engine

A twin engine aircraft carrying 28 passengers has been forced to land at Southend Airport using just one of its engine.

The Blue Islands flight from Jersey had to shut down an engine after what was initially believed to be a fire.

The airline has since said a safety warning and not a fire caused the shutdown.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettifer.

Early signs are that 'no fire took place' says Blue Islands' air operator

The Blue Islands twin engine plane which had to be diverted to Southend Airport may not have had a fire in its engine, the company has said.

Flight SI712 from Jersey to London City had to be diverted at around 8.30am this morning after reports of a technical fault mid-air.

Blue Islands says that as a precautionary measure the engine was shut down and the flight followed standard procedure by diverting to Southend.

The aircraft landed safely at 8.28am.

"The aircraft is currently being inspected by engineers at Southend. Initial indications are that no fire took place and it appears to be a false alert. Passenger, crew and aircraft safety is our number one priority at all times."

– Blue Islands

The passengers were transported by road to London City Airport.

Blue Islands is a Channel Islands based airline flying between the UK and the Channel Islands and has been operating since 2006.

Plane lands safely at Southend after an engine fire

Southend Airport, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

Southend Airport, Essex Credit: ITV News Anglia

"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."

– Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick
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