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Fire forces temporary closure of shopping centre

Several fire engines were called to the Royals Shopping Centre Credit:
The Royals had to be evacuated because of the fire Credit: Steven Quy

A shopping centre in Southend is closed after fire broke out in one of the shops.

Firefighters from across South Essex were called to The Royals Shopping Centre just before noon.

The fire started in one of the shops and the sprinkler system activated. Shoppers were asked to leave the centre.

Crews used one hose to put out the fire

The centre has tweeted that it's closed for the time being.

Fire crews put out the fire in a shop Credit:


Pride of Britain East Nominees: Michael Son

Video report by ITV News Anglia’s Kate Prout

All this week we're announcing our nominees for the ITV Fundraiser of the Year in the East. We asked for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity. The winner will be heading to the glitzy Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards later this month.

We meet our final nominee Michael Son - a London cabbie from Westcliff-on-Sea near Southend - who has raised millions for underprivileged children.

Southend University Hospital still on critical alert

Southend University hospital is still on critical alert Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend University hospital is still on critical alert due to a high number of unwell patients arriving at the hospital.

They've had to cancel a number of routine operations and are advising people not to go to A&E unless if it's urgent.

“We have cancelled some routine operations today (12 October) and have contacted the patients affected. We will continue to review our status at regular meetings with our clinicians and partners throughout the day to ensure that we continue to provide safe care for the patients using our hospital.

“I must emphasise that patients attending Southend A&E with non-urgent conditions will not be treated in the department. These patients will be advised and assisted by our specialist Emergency Department Navigator to book an appointment with their own GP or to seek care and treatment advice from a pharmacist.”

– Yvonne Blücher, Chief Nurse at Southend University Hospital

Elderly couple found dead at flat in Essex

Police are treating the deaths as unexplained while they investigate. Credit: ITV Anglia

The bodies of an elderly couple have been found at a flat in Essex.

Police were called to Eastwood Road at Leigh-on-Sea, near Southend, yesterday evening because of concerns about the welfare of the pair.

Both were declared dead at the scene. Officers are treating the deaths as unexplained while they investigate.


Police appeal for missing Southend girl

25-year-old Kirstie Southcott Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find Kirstie Southcott, who is missing from her home in Southend.

25-year-old Kirstie was reported missing on Sunday (9 October) and there are concerns for her welfare.

She was last seen wearing a grey hooded jumper with black ripped jeans, a black denim sleeveless jacket and black and white Vans trainers.

Major fire at Southend school 'not deliberate'

Firefighters tackle the blaze yesterday. Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

It's been confirmed a major fire at a school in Southend yesterday wasn't started deliberately.

12 crews were sent to the Cecil Jones Academy and firefighters had to use water from a nearby swimming pool to help bring it under control.

Firefighters have been dampening down overnight in a bid to save as much of the building as possible.

Crews worked in extremely arduous conditions at this incident, and did an excellent job to contain the fire to the one building.

We were also made aware that the building contained a science lab which had some hazardous materials.

Although the room was far away from the fire, crews entered the building and removed these materials for the safety of the incident.

The fire investigation has been carried out, and we can confirm that there wasn't any malicious or suspicious circumstances.

– Incident Commander Neil Fenwick

The academy's CEO Bev Williams says the school will be open tomorrow for GCSE results day.

Firefighters tackle blaze at a school in Essex

Fire crews were tackling a fire on the roof of a building that's part of the Cecil Jones Academy Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue

Essex fire and rescue have been tackling a fire at a school in Southend this evening.

Crews were called at 4.30pm to the Cecil Jones Academy on Eastern Avenue. The roof of the two storey building was alight. 12 fire engines attended the scene.

The fire is now out and no one is believed to have been injured.

12 fire engines attended the scene Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue

Burglar jailed after getting locked inside the shop she was trying to rob

Justine Roberts Credit: Essex Police

A woman from Essex who ended up locked inside the shop she was trying to rob has been jailed for more than two years.

Justine Roberts threatened a cashier at the East Street Convenience Store in Southend with a 12-inch kitchen knife. She helped herself to alcohol, cigarettes and cash before realising the victim had fled and shut her inside.

Police arrived to find the 41-year-old inside, drinking vodka.

She admitted robbery and was sentenced to two years and four months in jail.

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