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Southend to hold maritime festival for first time

Southend seafront Credit: Southend-end-on-Sea Borough Council

A new maritime festival is to be held in Southend in June for the first time.

The weekend of free activities will be aimed at families and well celebrate the town's maritime history.

It's being organised by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and is being funded with money from the Coastal Communities Fund.

It comes after the council made a bid for the cash in 2013 to improve the seafront economy and profile of the history of the town.

"I am delighted that we have secured external funding to run this event and I am looking forward to being involved and part of it. We have a Film Festival, Folk Festival, and a Jazz Festival so I am very pleased that this year we will also have a Maritime Festival that will explore our important relationship with the water and our wonderful seafront. This will be a wonderful event for all the family with a host of activities that will boost the seafront economy and be a great weekend for residents, businesses and visitors alike. I hope that it is well supported and could lead to it becoming a fixture in the Southend-on-Sea events calendar."

– Graham Longley, Executive Councillor for Enterprise, Tourism and Economic Development

It will take place 6th-7th June


Three football supporters arrested following brawl outside Essex pub

Three men have been arrested following a brawl outside a pub in Southend which left a man with serious head injuries.

Location of fight in Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

Officers were called to East Street at around 7.20pm last night following reports of a group of 15 football supporters fighting in the street near the Railway pub.

A man, believed to be in his 40s and from Suffolk, was found on the floor suffering from serious head injuries. He has been taken to the Royal London Hospital for treatment.

Police contained the disturbance using CS gas. Two men were arrested at the scene. A 33-year-old man from Southend was arrested on suspicion of GBH and a 47-year-old man from Cambridge was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. The door of the pub had been smashed. They are being questioned at Southend Police Station.

Officers made a further arrest at 8.45pm in East Street following enquiries. A 23-year-old man from Westcliff was arrested on suspicion of GBH. He is currently at Basildon Police Station.

East Street has been closed at St Benets Avenue whilst forensic investigations take place.

Man jailed for 8 years for admitting child abduction

Steven Partridge Credit: Essex Police

A man has been jailed for 8-years after admitting child abduction and attempted rape.

23-year-old Steven Partridge of no fixed abode was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court following an incident in Southend in November 2014, involving a 9-year-old girl.

Partridge was given an additional 3-years on licence.

""He put a young girl through a very traumatic experience and I am pleased this man has been taken off the streets so that she can now move forward, and the community will be protected from him for a considerable amount of time. I would like to pay tribute to the way the victim and her family have bravely coped in very distressing circumstances, with dignity and composure.”

– Dc Nicola Mills, Laindon Child abuse investigation team


Eight people charged over nightclub brawl

Eight people have been charged with affray following a brawl at a Southend nightclub last summer.

The fight broke out at Bar Blu on Lucy Road just after 2am on May 18 and eventually involved about 30 people.

Four police officers were injured at the scene. One was bitten.

All four required medical treatment alongside two members of the club's door staff.

All eight people have been bailed and will appear before Southend magistrates next month. They are: Anthony Graham, 26, of Celedon Close, Grays; Nikesha Walker, 28, of High Street South, East Ham; Babatunde Akinrimsi, 20, of Park Avenue, East Ham; Donovan Jones, 41, of Belton Road, Upton Park; Barry Walker-Brown, 26, of Park Avenue, East Ham; Oluwadamilola Akrinrimsi, 26, of Park Avenue, East Ham; Omar Folkes, 20, of Park Avenue, East Ham; and Jose Carlos Dos Santos, 33, of Heygate Avenue, Southend.

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.

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