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Fire crews deal with flooding in Essex

Pictures of flooding on the A12 Credit: Mikey Faulkner

Fire crews in Essex dealt with more than 30 flooding incidents in Southend on Friday night after the county was hit by heavy rain.

The Service received more than 100 calls to flooding incidents between 9.30pm and 11.30pm.

Crews were called to flooding in homes and businesses and on the roads.

Three people had to be rescued from the basement of The Cornucopia pub on Marine Parade. A woman and two men were trapped in the cellar of the pub. An ambulance was called for the woman who had suffered a suspected fractured shoulder after falling.

Meanwhile six people were rescued from their cars which were trapped in flood water at the junction of Woodgrange Drive and Thorpe Hall Road.

The Sealife Centre on the Marine Parade was also hit by flooding and the roof of the Pearl Dragon Restaurant collapsed under rain water. No-one was injured.

The Environment Agency is warning of more rain today (Saturday.)


Alice Gross: Biggest search operation since 7/7

Alice Gross. Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Scotland Yard has confirmed that the hunt for missing schoolgirl Alice Gross is the biggest search operation since the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

The Metropolitan Police has been searching for the 14-year-old since she went missing on 24 August. They've deployed 600 officers from eight forces to search nine square miles of open land and 3.4 miles of canals and rivers.

Police release CCTV footage of missing man

Desmond Carr. Credit: Surrey Police
Desmond Carr. Credit: Surrey Police

Police are becoming concerned for the welfare of a 55-year-old man from Ewell in Surrey. Desmond Carr was reported missing by his family on 18 September at around 5pm.

CCTV footage has been released of Mr Carr using public transport. He was last seen at Clapham Junction station on Platform 13, just before 11.30am on 19 September. It's believed he may have got a train to Sussex, possibly Eastbourne.

He is also known to have links in the Brighton and St Leonards-on-Sea area. Mr Carr is described as extremely vulnerable.

Anyone who has information that could help this investigation should call Surrey Police on 101.

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Missing British couple in Mexico named

The British couple missing in Mexico have been named as Paul Whitehouse and Simone Wood.

Paul Whitehouse is one of two Britons missing after a hurricane in Mexico. Credit: Facebook

The BBC reports friends of the couple saying they were on a yacht which capsized off the coastal town of La Paz on the Baja peninsula.

Mr Whitehouse, from Wolverhampton, is reported to have been working as a scuba diving instructor in the resort for about a year.

The Foreign Office has said it is providing consular assistance to the families "at this difficult time".


Twelve-year-old missing girl from Surrey

Lily Webster. Credit: Surrey Police

Police are trying to trace a missing twelve-year-old girl from East Horsley in Surrey. She was last seen leaving her home on 18 September in the early evening.

Lily is described as white, female, approximately 5 feet tall with a medium build. She has blue eyes and long light brown/blonde hair. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing black leggings, a black zipped cardigan and Nike Trainers.

If anyone has information regarding her whereabouts they should call 101, the Missing People Charity on 116 000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Gorilla Run hopes to break record as it returns to city

The Gorilla Run returns to London today. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Uri Geller and Bill Oddie will join hundreds of runners as they dress up as gorillas and jog across the city - all in the name of charity.

The London Great Gorilla Run returns today for the 11th year and organisers are hoping to set a new record with more than 1,000 people taking part.

The event is run by The Gorilla Organization and raises money to help protect gorillas and preserve their habitat.

"We have been overwhelmed by the amount of interest we've received in the past but the public's help is needed more today than ever before. It is for a serious cause but, let's be honest, running through London dressed as a gorilla is a lot of fun."

– Ian Redmond, The Gorilla Organization chairman.

As well as event patron Bill Oddie and Uri Geller, Boris Johnson's father, Stanley, is expected to take part.

The runners will pass iconic sites includes St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

Boxer Groves returns to the ring

George Groves returns to the ring later today. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

George Groves returns to the boxing ring later today for the first time since his second straight defeat to fellow Brit Carl Froch.

The Hammersmith sportsman lost his world title bout against the Nottinghamshire fighter at Wembley in May.

Today he faces Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse for the European super-middleweight belt.

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