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Southend Airport to see up to 600,000 new passengers

Southend could see up to 600,000 more passengers pass through the airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Airport has struck a deal with the airline CityJet which could see up to 600,000 new passengers pass through the airport.

CityJet will start running flights from Southend to 18 new destinations in Spring next year.

Andrew Tinkler from Stobart Group, which owns the airport, says passengers will benefit from a greater choice.

"At the moment there's something like 19 new destinations. This includes another 18, so there's more choice for our customers to have a fast, efficient, sleek service."

– Andrew Tinkler, Stobart Group

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Man hospitalised after stabbing in Southend

Detectives believe the attack happened at Napier Avenue. Credit: PA

Police are investigating after a man was stabbed in Southend last night.

Emergency crews were called to London Road at about 11.15pm. They found a man - believed to be in his 30s - with stab injuries to his lower body.

The man was taken to Southend University Hospital for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Detectives believe the stabbing happened at Napier Avenue.

The suspected attacker is described as a black man in his mid-20s, who was wearing a hooded top and jeans.

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Fire forces temporary closure of shopping centre

Several fire engines were called to the Royals Shopping Centre Credit: www.yoursouthend.co.uk
The Royals had to be evacuated because of the fire Credit: Steven Quy

A shopping centre in Southend is closed after fire broke out in one of the shops.

Firefighters from across South Essex were called to The Royals Shopping Centre just before noon.

The fire started in one of the shops and the sprinkler system activated. Shoppers were asked to leave the centre.

Crews used one hose to put out the fire

The centre has tweeted that it's closed for the time being.

Fire crews put out the fire in a shop Credit: www.yoursouthend.co.uk

Pride of Britain East Nominees: Michael Son

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Kate Prout

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the East. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

We meet our final nominee Michael Son - a London cabbie from Westcliff-on-Sea near Southend - who has raised millions for underprivileged children.

Southend University Hospital still on critical alert

Southend University hospital is still on critical alert Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend University hospital is still on critical alert due to a high number of unwell patients arriving at the hospital.

They've had to cancel a number of routine operations and are advising people not to go to A&E unless if it's urgent.

“We have cancelled some routine operations today (12 October) and have contacted the patients affected. We will continue to review our status at regular meetings with our clinicians and partners throughout the day to ensure that we continue to provide safe care for the patients using our hospital.

“I must emphasise that patients attending Southend A&E with non-urgent conditions will not be treated in the department. These patients will be advised and assisted by our specialist Emergency Department Navigator to book an appointment with their own GP or to seek care and treatment advice from a pharmacist.”

– Yvonne Blücher, Chief Nurse at Southend University Hospital
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