If you enjoyed our relatively warm winter be warned - so did the slugs and snails. Millions are on their way to a garden near you.Read the full story ›
Train services on the nearby Southend to Liverpool Street line are also not running between Rayleigh and Wickford due to the smoke.Read the full story ›
David Cameron has toady announced 27 new Free Schools in the capital - pledging more to come if the Conservatives win the General Election.Read the full story ›
Clouds will thicken, bringing light rain and a strong breeze later today.Read the full story ›
Police are appealing for information about a man who sold his motorbike before going missing more than a week ago.
Lee Leonard, 51, has also taken his passport but does not have medication which he needs to take regularly.
He went missing from his home in Stambridge Road in Rochford, Essex but police believe he may be in London.
He has not been seen since 7am on February 28 and his family are very concerned for his wellbeing.
Lee is 5ft 6ins tall, of heavy build and with short shaven light brown hair and stubble.
He was wearing jeans and a black leather jacket when he disappeared.
"Our enquiries to date would suggest that Lee is still within the UK and that he may be in the London area.
"He has medical conditions which he needs to take regular medicine for and we do not believe he has access to those.
"Lee's disappearance is totally out of character and the longer he is missing, especially without access to his medication, the more concerned for him we are becoming. "If Lee sees this appeal I would ask him to make contact with the police or his family to let us know he is okay."
If anyone has seen Lee, or knows of his whereabouts, please call police on 101.
Most places will stay dry with sunny spells and varying cloud in the west.Read the full story ›
A house in Romford was destroyed today. Firefighters were called to Rodney Way in Romford, early this morning. The property was being refurbishment at the time.
The house was under refurbishment and had been completely stripped out. Fortunately, it was unoccupied at the time it collapsed and no-one was injured.
Had it collapsed when the builders working on the house were inside, they may not have been quite so lucky.
The building fractured the incoming gas supply main when it came down, so eight people from neighbouring properties were evacuated and a temporary 50 metre exclusion zone has been put in place.
As soon as the gas supply has been isolated, the exclusion zone will be lifted and residents will be able to return to their homes.
Martin Stew has the lunch time weather forecast.