An Essex MP has been admitted to hospital after being taken ill following a health setback.
James Duddridge, who has been the MP for Rochford and Southend East since 2005, was appointed a Foreign Office minister in 2014.
His office said he was unwell last year and despite making a good recovery, had suffered a setback and had been re-admitted to hospital.
Mr Duddridge, 43, said he had been overwhelmed by the kind words and well wishes he'd received and is looking forward to returning to work as soon as he can.
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A retired footballer who once played for Southend United has won £5.5 million on the Lotto.
Terry Bradbury, 75, hit the jackpot in Saturday's draw.
Bradbury began his career with Chelsea in 1957 and made 29 appearances for the First Division club.
He moved to Southend United in 1962 for a reported £6,000 before going on to play for Leyton Orient.
Bradbury moved to Wrexham in 1967 before joining rivals Chester, and later worked as a player-coach at Weymouth.
An unemployed man has been charged with murder after another man was stabbed to death in Essex.
Police found a 50-year-old man collapsed in a house on Beedell Avenue in Wescliff near Southend on Sunday night.
46-year-old Carlyle Daley has now been charged, while another man who was arrested in connection with the incident won't face any further action.
A murder investigation is underway after a man was stabbed in Westcliff near Southend last night (July 5).
Police were called to a property on Beedell Avenue at about 9.30pm.
The man, who was 50, was found collapsed in the kitchen.
Two men, aged 46 and 30 and from Westcliff, have been arrested.
"Two men were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.
Enquiries are continuing and a scene guard has been put in place at the property, which is made up of a number of bedsits. This will be in place whilst specialist teams carry out forensic searches."
A woman and two teenage boys have been jailed for the manslaughter of a man in Southend, Essex.
Anton Levin, 24, from Dagenham, died after he was stabbed at Danielle Russell’s home in St Ann's Road on November 19, 2014.
Russell and two boys, aged 16 and 17, were found guilty of manslaughter following a trial that concluded on June 1.
Russell was jailed for 11 years and six months for manslaughter.
The teenagers, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were sentenced to 10 years and four months for manslaughter, and will then be on a five year extended licence upon release.
"This was another unnecessary death linked to gang activity in Essex.
"These defendants have never shown any remorse for the attack and the needless loss of life.
"I am pleased they have been given lengthy custodial sentences, taking them off the streets of Essex.
"Hopefully Mr Levin’s family can now move on with their lives.”
Police have charged a man with murder after another man was stabbed to death in Essex earlier this week.
30-year-old Steven Woodhouse was found near a scrapyard on Park Lane in Westcliff on Tuesday (2 June).
47-year-old Bradley Johnson from Staines in Surrey was charged with murder last night (5 June).
He will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford today.
A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after another man was stabbed to death in Essex.
It happened at a scrapyard on Park Lane in Westcliff on Tuesday afternoon (2 June).
The 30-year-old victim died in hospital yesterday (3 June).
The suspect was arrested in London last night and he will be questioned in Southend today.
"This is a positive development in the enquiry but we believe at least two men were involved in this murder and we are continuing to appeal for witnesses to any suspicious activity in the area to come forward or for anyone who has information which could help us to get in touch."
The Detective Chief Inspector also added that he was still keen to hear more about two men seen running away from the scrap yard in Park Lane at around 4pm on Tuesday shortly before the stabbing was discovered.
The first man is described as white, gaunt looking, of skinny build, 5ft 11ins tall, aged 20 to 30-years-old, wearing a baggy top which may have been white in colour.
The second man was darker skinned.
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Police investigating an attack which left a teenage boy with two black eyes, have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
The 18-year-old from Southend was on a night out at Chameleon club in Lucy Road in the town when the attack happened.
He was approached by a man who punched him twice in the face causing him to fall to the floor. Whilst he was on the floor his attacker then kicked him in the face. The teenager suffered two black eyes and a bloody nose.
Police investigating the attack have been carrying out various enquiries, including examining CCTV footage.
They would now like to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack.
This was a nasty attack and we would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed it and can help us catch the perpetrator.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged around 25, had short black hair and wore blue jeans and a white t-shirt.