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Braintree murder victim was new father

Michael Haastrup Credit: Essex Police

Police carrying out an investigation into a murder in Braintree have identified the man who died as Michael Haastrup, aged 24, from Southend. His family have issued a tribute to Michael who had recently become a father.

They said: "Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him. He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

"He was loved by many and helped people when he could. He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."May his humble soul rest in peace."

Michael will be formally identified by HM Coroner when a inquest into his death is opened.

A 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of his murder currently remains in custody being questioned by detectives.

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been bailed.

London Southend Airport terminal extension official opening

London Southend Airport.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will officially open Southend Airport's new terminal extension today.

A commemorate plaque will be unveiled to mark the finale of the £120 million revamp which has taken six years to complete.

During his visit, he will tour the airport and have a chance to meet and talk to representatives from all the major airlines operating from London Southend Airport, local MPs', members and officers of Southend and Rochford Councils'.

Environment Agency hails success of Southend bathing project

Southend is now one of the Environment Agency's top five bathing water locations in the South East. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Environment Agency has hailed the success of a ten month project that has improved the quality of bathing water in Southend ahead of the summer season.

Bathing water quality in Southend was affected by pollution from several sources.

One of the main causes was over 130 properties not properly connected to the foul water drainage system, including a new block of 40 flats.

Southend is now one of the Environment Agency's top five bathing water locations in the South East.

Southend MOT centre destroyed in blaze

Crews tackle a blaze in Southend. Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue

A fire has destroyed an MOT centre in Southend-on-Sea in Essex.

The blaze started on the Temple Farm Industrial Estate in Fletchers Square at around 7pm yesterday.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. An investigation is underway.

Aftermath of a fire in Southend. Credit: Essex County Fire and Rescue

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Man critically ill following Southend stabbing

Map showing an area in Southend where a man was found stabbed Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives are investigating a stabbing in Southend which has left a man fighting for his life in hospital.

Police had been contacted by the ambulance service shortly after 2am on Sunday 16 March following reports that a man had been stabbed on Southchurch Road.

Officers arrived and found a 24-year-old man from the Rayleigh area with a stab wound to his abdominal area. He was taken to hospital by paramedics and is currently in a critical, life-threatening condition.

Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Simon Werrett, said: "We have established that this man was attacked near The Slug and Lettuce bar...We believe two white men in their early 20s are responsible for this assault and are looking to identify them.

Anyone with information in connection with this stabbing is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

More than 500 jobs for Southend with City Deal

More than 500 jobs could be created in Southend after confirmation of a City Deal by the government Credit: ITV News Anglia

Up to 555 new jobs could be created or safeguarded in Southend after confirmation that a new multi-million pound City Deal has been agreed.

The Southend-on-Sea City Deal, agreed between the Government, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership, will also provide support to 1,350 small and medium sized businesses across South Essex.

The deal sets out £6 million worth of public and private investment aimed at redeveloping deprived parts of Southend and create a business hub for entrepreneurship and innovation.

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