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Fatal crash as van hits lamp post in Essex

Fatal crash at Leigh on Sea near Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A driver has died after her van crashed into a lamp post in Essex.

Police were called to the junction of New Road and Hadleigh Road in Leigh-on-Sea, near Southend, just before 5.30am Saturday morning (July 1).

A woman, in her 40s, died at the scene.

The road is closed and drivers are being asked to avoid the area while emergency services continue their investigation.

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Extra patrols along Southend beach on Bank Holiday weekend

Hundreds will flock to the beach as the weather sets to get warmer Credit: ITV News Anglia

Extra patrols will be in place in Southend over the Bank Holiday weekend.

It's to make sure people are kept safe on the beach and roads during the busy period.

Visitors are being warned of potential delays to the seaside town.

Southend-on-Sea is one of the region's most popular seaside destinations and welcomes more than six million visitors each year.

Our preparations are all about providing a safe and pleasant visitor experience that leaves people wanting to return to our town.

We want to make it as easy as possible for visitors to reach the seafront, respond swiftly if children become lost from their parents, keep our town and award-winning beaches as clean as possible and prevent people coming to harm when visiting the beach.

– Scott Dolling, Director for Culture, Tourism and Property at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Thousands visit wave of poppies on Southend seafront

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

Almost 45,000 people have visited an iconic poppy sculpture on Southend seafront.

The flowers have been at the Barge Pier in Shoeburyness for four weeks.

The area was chosen to host the exhibit because it was one of the first towns in the country to be targeted by German airships 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 exhibition will be on display until the end of June.

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Teenager in court over Southend stabbing

An 18-year-old man is appearing in court charged in connection with an alleged incident in Southend during which a 17-year-old boy was stabbed.

Police were called to The Kursall on Saturday night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Nes Kisoka, of Eastern Esplanade, Southend, has been charged with wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Two boys were stabbed following a disturbance between a large group of people at a party at The Kursaal, just after 1am on Saturday.

A 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries, while a second victim, aged 17, was taken to hospital in London. He remains in hospital but his injuries are no longer considered life threatening.

Detectives continue to seek witnesses to the disturbance. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Serious sexual assault in Southend

Police are investigating a serious sexual assault in an underground car park close to Wood Grange Drive in Southend at approximately 2.30am this morning.

Serious sexual assault in Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 18-year-old woman was approached by a group of men close to a roundabout near to the Kursaal along the seafront.

She got into a black car belonging to one of the suspects who tried kissing her, she was then assaulted, knocked unconscious and attacked.

Detectives would particularly like to talk to three male cyclists in the area who helped the victim shortly after the attack.

The suspect is described as having tanned skin, aged in his early to mid-20s with dark black hair and was wearing a black tracksuit.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Adult Sexual Assault Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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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