5:58 pm, Tue 13 Mar 2012 Girl dies after school game
Girl's death: she was struck by rugby ball
A statement from Woodlands School in Basildon said: "Leonie Nice, a year 7 pupil, was catching a rugby ball in a PE lesson when she was hit in the chest by the ball. Leonie keeled over and appeared to go into a fit. Our trained first-aiders gave CPR at the scene and the ambulance arrived quickly"
5:56 pm, Tue 13 Mar 2012 Girl dies after school game
Girl dies after being struck by ball
A 12-year-old girl died today after being struck by a ball at a school in Basildon, Essex, the East of England Ambulance Service said. More later
7:17 am, Tue 28 Feb 2012 Council Leader Loses Out
Council leader confronted by protesters
The Leader of Basildon Council was confronted by Dale Farm protesters as he attended an awards ceremony last night.
Mr Ball was nominated for the title of Council Leader of the Year in recognition of his role in the eviction of travellers from Dale Farm.
He lost out to Sir Richard Leese of Manchester City Council in awards held at Westminster City Council by the Local Government Information Unit.
Mr Ball was confronted by Dale Farm protesters as he went to leave the venue.
Essex County Council's David Finch won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance.