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Rail misery as power lines come down

Overhead electric wire damage causing delays Credit: Network Rail

Rail commuters are facing major delays between Kings Cross and Peterborough on the trains this morning.

There's overhead line problems, which means a highly reduced service on Virgin, Great Northern and Grand Central trains through there to London.

Delays on First Hull and Grand Central Trains between Kings Cross and Peterborough Credit: Network Rail

Some lines have now re-opened, but passengers are still being advised to travel from St Pancras.

A replacement bus service is running between Hitchin and Peterborough.

There's been problems on the line since Monday evening Credit: Network Rail

There's a reduced service on Abellio Greater Anglia trains between Southend and Liverpool Street.

That's due to fallen tree on the line and overhead line problems between Wickford and Shenfield.

Two police officers taken to hospital following Southend crash

The Police officers have been taken to hospital. Credit: PA

Two police officers have been taken to hospital after their car was involved in a crash on Southend seafront this morning.

The marked Skoda was hit by two other vehicles in Shorefield Road in Westcliff just after 10am.

At the time of the incident, they were involved in a search for what police believe was a stolen Mercedes which had left the scene of another collision in Western Esplanade.

One of the officers was left with only minor injuries while the other is being treated for a head injury and possible broken arm.

Two 24-year-old men from Leigh have been arrested in connection with the incident on Western Esplanade, while the crash involving the police car is being treated as a separate incident.


Essex Police hunt rapist on the run from court

Adrian Horwat was convicted of rape. Credit: Essex Police

A convicted rapist from Essex has gone on the run following his trial at Southend Crown Court.

Adrian Horwat, 21, from Southend, was convicted on Monday 14 March.

Horwat absconded from the court while on bail awaiting the jury's decision on four other matters which he was later found not guilty of.

Anyone who has details of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.

Patients face delay at 'extremely busy' Southend Hospital

Southend Hospital is experiencing high demand. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Hospital is warning that its accident and emergency department is "extremely busy" at the moment.

Some patients with non-urgent conditions may have to wait longer than usual to be seen by a doctor.

The Trust is reminding people only to visit A&E if they are seriously unwell or critically injured.

Sue Hardy, chief executive at Southend University Hospital, said: "The emergency department is very busy and we have to warn patients that those attending with 'non-urgent' conditions will wait much longer than usual as patients are prioritised according to how unwell they are.

"We would like to remind anyone who is unsure of the best course of action to always ring NHS 111 for health advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or to speak with your GP or pharmacist."

Elderly woman injured in crash dies

A woman in her 80s from Southend who was involved in a crash on Western Esplanade last week has died.

Police say the woman, was taken to the Royal London Hospital along with a man in his 80s at around 3pm on February 11. She died on Friday evening, February 12.

The man remains in hospital.

Two charged over Essex stabbing

Two men have been charged after a man was stabbed in Napier Avenue, Southend.

Officers were called at 2.15pm on Saturday February 13 after a 19-year-old man from London was stabbed in the chest.

He was taken to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Troy Lewis, 21, who's unemployed, of Odessa Road, London, was charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply.

Nathan Sylvester, 25, a labourer of Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings, East Sussex, was charged with grievous bodily harm.

They're appearing at Southend Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Police want to trace a third man in connection with the investigation.

He is described as having an olive skinned complexion, 5ft 10ins tall, with closely cropped hair. He wore a black puffa jacket, black hooded top, blue jeans and black trainers.

The incident happened in a busy residential area at the junction of Napier Avenue and Queens Road.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened or has any information that could assist with the investigation.”

– Detective Inspector Danny Stoten, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate


Man charged with affray and pitch invasion following assault at Roots Hall

The assault happened at Roots Hall. Credit: PA

A man has been charged with affray and pitch invasion following an assault at Southend United's Roots Hall last weekend.

Footage filmed by a supporter at the game appeared to show a fan running towards the stand occupied by Colchester United fans during the Essex derby on Saturday.

39-year-old Mark Coshever has now been charged in connection with the incident and will appear before magistrates on February 24.

Police investigating crowd trouble at Essex derby match

Roots Hall. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police are investigating crowd trouble at the Essex football derby between Southend and Colchester on Saturday.

Footage filmed by a supporter at the game shows a fan running towards the stand occupied by Colchester United fans and apparently throwing punches.

The incident took place towards the end of the League One match at Southend's Roots Hall.

Two men charged in connection with murder of Essex man

Two men have been charged in connection with the murder of a man in Southend last year.

The body of 67 year old Albert Williams was found at his flat in Cedar Close in August 2015.

His body was discovered when fire crews were called to deal with a fire at the flat. A forensic post mortem established that he had been assaulted and died of internal injuries.

Anthony Smith, 43, of Westcliff, who is unemployed, has been charged with murder and two counts of burglary at Mr Williams address which happened the week before his death. Ismail Celik, 34, of Grays, has been charged with two counts of adding and abetting burglary.

Southend Hospital declares third 'critical incident' in a month

Southend Hospital has declared another Credit: ITV News Anglia

Southend Hospital has been forced to declare a "critical incident" for the third time in a month.

The latest alert is due to continuing high numbers of acutely ill patients requiring beds while the hospital is already operating at full capacity.

“Like other trusts across Essex and the wider region, we are seeing a surge in acutely unwell patients coming into hospital and needing to be admitted.

We are working closely with our Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Southend and Rochford & Castle Point to identify appropriate support for those who need care outside of the hospital setting.

“Our staff at the hospital are working extremely hard to cope with the current pressures while maintaining high standards of care, and I want to again thank staff from every ward and department, profession and grade for their continuing

We have had no choice but to escalate our status again to ensure the safety of our patients and continue to work with our partners in the community to increase capacity."

– Sue Hardy, chief executive,
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