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A third of voters turn out for elections to Southend Borough Council

The Conservatives are defending a tiny majority of just one in Southend. It's a majority the party lost at the last election in 2012 but re-gained after a defection.

Wanted man on the run

A man believed to live in Southend who is wanted in connection with the theft of a stash of guns has gone on the run after smashing a van into police cars to evade armed officers.

Police say Mark Box is 'dangerous'. The 29 year old is wanted in connection with the theft of thousands of pounds worth of shotguns and rifles from a lorry parked in an industrial estate in Basildon in April.

He is thought to have been driving a Volkswagen van.



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.

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