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Man arrested following sex attack on nine-year-old girl in Southend

Police have arrested a man after a nine-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in an alleyway in Southend, Essex.

Police had issued an urgent appeal to trace Steven Partridge, 22, following the incident just of Scratton Road on Monday 10 November.

The man, arrested in Harlow earlier today, has been taken to Southend police station for questioning.

The victim, a girl aged nine from Southend, was found by a member of the public who called the police.

She is being cared for by specially trained police officers. She has suffered a sexual assault and we are doing everything we can to look after her following this traumatic ordeal.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Tracy Hawkings


Police seek boys who broke museum window

Prittlewell Priory Museum Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are appealing for information after a window was smashed at the Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend.

The window was broken between 3.50pm and 4pm on Saturday October 18. It is not known how the window was broken but the cost of repairing it was estimated at £1,200.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to a group of three boys, aged approximately 10 to 13, who were seen running away from the location shortly afterwards. One of them was described as wearing a checked shirt. Anyone with information can call PC Craig Burles at Southend Police Station on 101.

Police seek hit and run driver after crossing crash injures woman

The crossing where the woman was hurt Credit: ITV Anglia

Police are looking for the driver of a red car involved in a hit and run on a pedestrian crossing which left a 72-year-old woman in hospital.

The crash happened in Southend at 2.15pm on Friday November 7. The woman was on the zebra crossing on Sutton Road, near the junction with Eastern Avenue.

She's in a serious but stable condition in Southend Hospital.

The car did not stop after the collision and we urgently need to trace the driver. If anyone witnessed what happened or they know of someone who drives a red car which is now damaged I would ask them to get in touch. Alternatively we would ask the driver of this car to contact us.

– Sgt Damon Bainbridge, of the Essex Police Serious Collision Unit

Man arrested on suspicion of murder released on bail

Angela Millington Credit: Essex Police

A 51-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman from Essex whose remains were found on marshland by a group of ramblers has been released on bail. The body of Angela Millington was washed up on Foulness Island near Southend back in June with DNA tests only recently confirming her identity. Police say they've had reports of possible sightings of Angela in Southend in January and February. They're looking into the possibility she was living with someone at the time and want that person to come forward.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of human remains on Essex island

Angela Millington. Credit: Essex Police

A 51-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman from Essex whose remains were found on marshland by a group of ramblers.

The body of Angela Millington was washed up on Foulness Island near Southend back in June, but DNA tests have only recently confirmed her identity.

Angela Millington's remains were found on Foulness Island. Credit: Essex Police

Police initially weren't sure how she died, but now a man from Westcliff-on-Sea has been taken to Southend Police Station for questioning in connection with the discovery.

"I have been very encouraged by the number of calls we have had from people in the Southend area and the information they have given us has opened up a number of lines of enquiry.

We have made an arrest today in part as a result of information from the public.

However I would still encourage people who know anything about Angela to continue to contact the incident room by calling Essex Police on 101 and then extension 470173."

– Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, Essex Police


Murder investigation launched following discovery of human bones on Essex island

Angela Millington. Credit: Essex Police

A murder investigation has been launched after the bones of a woman washed up on the coast of Essex.

They've been confirmed as the remains of 33-year-old Angela Millington from Southend.

The bones were found by ramblers as they walked on Foulness Island. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The bones were found by ramblers as they walked on Foulness Island.

Detectives are now working to find out exactly how she died.

"I would appeal for anyone who knew Angela to come forward. The last definite sighting of her was when she visited a housing officer in Westcliff on November 21.

Money was also drawn out of her bank account on that day. Her mobile phone has not been used since the end of November and we have not found any of her clothing or belongings.

Angela was known to associate with street drinkers and local homeless people. There was a sighting of her by a police officer in the Porters Grange area of Southend on January 6 but we have no definite details of her movements since November 21.

The expert reports indicate that she did not die on Foulness but was either taken there or the body was carried there in the tide.”

– DCI Simon Werrett, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate

Long-running campaign reaps rewards as Southend Airshow return date is announced

The Southend Airshow in 2009. Credit: PA

A campaign to bring back the Southend Airshow has been a success, with a date set for the return of the event.

The last Airshow took place in 2012 and last year Southend Borough Council cancelled the event due to budget cuts and a lack of sponsorship.

Now, after an independent campaign to bring it back, it will now be called "The Southend Airshow and Military Festival".

It will take place on the weekend of 12th-13th September 2015.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Southend Airshow & Military Festival will be the highlight of Summer 2015.

The team has worked incredibly hard over the last year and a half to create a fully costed, workable and sustainable event that Southend can be proud of and put the town on the map.

We will have more announcements to come, but for now we hope the whole town is as excited as we are that the Airshow is back!"

– Thomas Curtis, Director of Media and Communications

Man, 46, punched in the face for £40 in Essex

Police would like to identify this man pictured below in connection with a robbery that took place in a block of flats in Southend.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Essex Police

A 46-year-old man was punched in the face and had £40 stolen from him in Chiltern Flats in Coleman Street.

It happened at around 2am on Monday, August 11. The victim, who is local but has no fixed address, did not require hospital treatment.

The suspect is described as a white man with short brown hair and is aged around 42. He was wearing a dark blue jacket and beige trousers.

Do you recognise this man? Credit: Essex Police

Anybody who recognises the man is asked to contact Dc Rory Scarlett at Southend via Essex Police 101. They can also leave information anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man armed with knife gets away with £600

Robbery in Cluny Square Credit: ITV Anglia

Detectives are appealing for information following a robbery at a Southend store last night.

Police were called to the One Stop Shop in Cluny Square at around 10.50pm on Monday 29th September following reports from the store staff that they had been robbed minutes earlier.

A man walked into the store, brandished a knife at the two store workers and demanded money from the till. He got away with around £600 in cash and left the scene on foot. There were no other people in the shop at the time and no one was injured.

The suspect is a white man in his 20s who wore a grey hooded top tied tightly around his face.

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