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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.

CCTV images released after attack in Southend

CCTV from a takeaway in Southend Credit: Essex police

Essex police has released CCTV images of four men they want to trace after a man in his 20s was left with a fractured skull after he was assaulted in Southend.

It happened in Essex Street near the junction of Chichester Road on Monday 18th August.

The victim suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

Police are trying to identify four men Credit: Essex police

Anyone who recognises the four men from the CCTV images should contact Pc Chris Flynn at Southend CID via Essex police 101, or the can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111

Police investigating Southend attack release CCTV images

Detectives investigating an assault which took place in Southend have issued CCTV images of four people they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

First CCTV image issued by police Credit: Essex Police
Second CCTV image released by police Credit: Essex Police

It happened in the early hours of Monday 18 August in Short Street. A 20-year-old man was on his way home from at night out at the Churchill's Bar in the town when he was approached by a group of men who started assaulting him, knocking him to the ground, where he continued to be punched and kicked.

The victim, who is in his 20s and lives locally, returned home but was admitted to hospital a few days later when his condition worsened. Doctors found that he had a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

The attack happened in Essex Street, near the junction with Chichester Road at around 2am. It is believed to have been an unprovoked attack.

Anyone who recognises the four men from the CCTV images taken from a Southend takeaway store is asked to contact Pc Chris Flynn at Southend CID via Essex Police 101 or they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Southend man wanted by police

Police want to hear from anyone who knows the current whereabouts of Reece Ellis, aged 21, from Southend.

Reece Ellis Credit: Essex Police

Ellis failed to answer police bail while under investigation for offences of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder and possessing cannabis with intent to supply. He is also wanted for careless driving and failing to stop for police.

Ellis is known to frequent the Southend area and is described as white, 5ft 11in tall and of stocky/muscular build. He has short straight brown hair and a round scar on the web of his right hand.

Members of the public should not approach Ellis if they see him but call Southend police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Teenagers arrested over suspected yacht club arson are bailed

Alexandra Yacht Club at Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two teenage boys who were arrested in connection with a fire at a former yacht club in Southend have been bailed.

Emergency services were called to the Alexandra Yacht Club building at Clifftown Terrace on Saturday night.

Two teenagers, aged 16 and 17 and both from Westcliff, were arrested on suspicion of arson but have been released on bail until next month.

Two boys arrested following fire at former yacht club

Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with a fire at a former yacht club building in Southend.

Location of yacht club building fire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Emergency services were called to the Alexandra Yacht Club building at Clifftown Terrace at about 11.45pm on Saturday 23 August.

Two boys aged 16 and 17, both from Westcliff, were arrested on suspicion of arson after being stopped by police in Westcliff at about 3am on Sunday.

They remain in custody today.

Two arrested after crash between cars and motorbike

Police are investigating a crash between two cars and a motorbike in Southend which led to the arrest of two motorists.

Scene of the crash in Southend Credit: ITV News Anglia

A red Ferrari, a black Mercedes and a black Honda motorbike all struck each other on Eastern Avenue near its junction with Sutton Road shortly before 8pm last night.

The male motorcyclist, who lives locally and is in his 20s, was taken to Southend University Hospital by paramedics after sustaining non-life-threatening chest injuries.

The drivers of the Ferrari and the Mercedes were arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving dangerously. The two men, who live locally and are aged 21 (Ferrari) and 41 (Mercedes), are now on police bail.

Anyone with information can contact investigating officers at Southend Road Policing Unit on 101.

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