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Thurrock remains hung with UKIP and Tories neck and neck

UKIP gained 6 seats in Thurrock Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thurrock Council in south Essex remains hung with UKIP and the Conservatives tied as the largest party in 17 seats. Labour, which once ran the council, has 14 seats.

UKIP could so easily have been the largest party after coming within one vote of snatching Little Thurrock Blackshots from the Tories.


Shoplifting CCTV: Can you name this man?

Can you name this man? Credit: Essex Police

Police in Thurrock are issuing a CCTV of a man wanted for questioning in connection with the theft of meat from the Co Op in Aveley in April.

Several joints of pork and beef were taken on three separate occasions between April 11-15.

The suspect is described a white man, aged in his early 20s with short, dark brown hair and was carrying a large blue holdall which he concealed the items in, making no effort to pay.


Giant cranes to arrive in Essex

The first cranes arrived at the London Gateway earlier this year

A number of giant cranes are due to arrive at a new deep-sea container port in Essex. It is the second delivery of cranes to the London Gateway in Thurrock. The first cranes arrived earlier this year and were transported upright on a ship.

They are the biggest ever cranes to be delivered to the UK. They weigh 2,000 tonnes and stand at 138 metres tall - that is two and a half times the height of Nelson's column. In fact, they are so tall it would be possible to roll the London Eye under the lifting arm.

Once the port is fully operational, London Gateway will have 24 cranes on the quayside.

One person dead and five taken to hospital after M25 crash

One person has been killed and five people including a child have been taken to hospital after a crash on the M25 near Lakeside in Essex.

The crash involving three lorries and five cars happened around 12.30pm and the southbound carriageway is closed.

"Two patients have since been airlifted to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel with life threatening injuries. A further two adults and a child have been taken by land ambulances to Basildon Hospital for further treatment, their injuries are non life threatening."

– East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson

Essex armed robbery appeal

Efit image made of one of the suspects police are hoping to identify Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing for help in identifying one of three men responsible for an armed robbery at a house in Orsett Village, Thurrock.

It happened between 7.30am and 7.50am on December 14, when two female occupants of the property were threatened by the men, who had knives, and demanded money.

They were left shaken but uninjured. They stole a silver ladies Rolex watch and a white Blackberry mobile phone. The men were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered.

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