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Multi-million pound Essex road upgrade to be unveiled

Essex County Council is upgrading the Fairglen Interchange. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Multi-million pound plans to upgrade some of the Essex road system will be unveiled later this month.

Essex County Council is upgrading the Fairglen Interchange, where the A127 meets the A130.

It connects towns such as Basildon, Chelmsford, Southend and Thurrock.

They are hoping to make it suitable for use until 2045.

Former Ipswich striker agrees Southend United move

Frank Nouble in action for Coventry City. Credit: PA

Southend United have signed former Ipswich Town striker Frank Nouble on a deal until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old was recently released by League One rivals Gillingham after joining them on a short-term contract in the autumn.

Nouble has also played for the likes of West Ham and Coventry City in a nomadic career, as well as enjoying a spell at Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.

Meanwhile, Colchester United have signed Cardiff City forward Eli Phipps for an undisclosed fee.


Hospital wards re-opened after diesel leak

Wards closed by a diesel spillage at Southend Hospital have now been re-opened. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The wards at Southend Hospital that were closed when diesel leaked from a storage tank on the top floor have now re-opened.

Mums and babies had to be evacuated from the maternity unit whilst the leak was contained.

The diesel is used for the hospital's standby heating system should the gas supply fail.

The NHS Trust is undertaking a full investigation of the incident.

"The diesel fuel in the top floor plant room is essential to ensure that we can provide continuous heating for our patient areas should the primary gas system fail, and is standard practice.

"We have worked closely with the Environment Agency and a Specialist Contractor, who we called to assist us at the time of the incident yesterday, and have cleaned up the spill which has reduced the strong odour.

– Jan China, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The hospital is investigating how the diesel leaked from the heating system. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The diesel has leaked into a nearby river, Prittle Brook, and barriers have now been put in place to contain the spillage.

Health boss thanks neighbouring hospitals as major incident comes to close

The major incident declared at Southend Hospital after a serious fuel leak is over, officials have said.

The Maternity Ward and two additional ward areas had to be evacuated earlier as diesel spilled from a tank on the third floor.

The fire service attended and the leak is now contained, though hospital staff say 'an odour continues to affect' certain areas.

“Hospital staff and the Emergency Services responded rapidly to the fuel leak this afternoon, and worked extremely hard in taking precautionary safety measures by evacuating patients from some of our wards in the affected part of the hospital.

I must emphasise that no patients, visitors or staff on the hospital site suffered any harm as a result of the leak.

We are very grateful to our neighbouring hospitals across the region, who have accepted both maternity patients and emergency ambulances while the hospital has been closed.

– Neil Rothie, Medical Director at Southend Hospital

Hospital fuel leak has been contained

Southend Hospital says the huge fuel leak in their maternity unit has been contained but a number of wards have been affected.

It's thought over 5000 litres of diesel leaked into the unit.

The hospital is still asking patients not to attend if possible.


Large diesel leak sparks major incident at hospital

Parts of the hospital have been evacuated Credit: ITV Anglia

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has declared a major incident due to a large diesel fuel leak on the third floor of the Cardigan Wing.

The Fire Service are working with hospital staff to manage the incident.

The hospital says the safety of patients and visitors is our absolute priority at this time. Patients and visitors have been evacuated from affected areas and other areas have been partially evacuated as a precaution.

Our Emergency Department is closed and ambulances are being diverted to other hospitals in the region. We are asking patients and visitors to please stay away from the hospital at this time to allow the emergency services to safely manage the incident.

– Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The hospital says further updates will be released as it has them.

18-year-old man stabbed in Southend

The victim says he was stabbed following a disturbance outside a bar. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after an 18-year-old man was stabbed in Southend.

The teenager was taken to hospital at around 12pm on Saturday (26 November) with a puncture wound to his side.

He told hospital staff he was injured during a disturbance outside a bar in Eastern Esplanade in the early hours of that morning.

A 17-year-old man has been charged with assaulting a police officer, breach of the peace and a public order offence. He's due to appear at Basildon Youth Court on 30 December.

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