A memorial service will be held tonight for a pregnant woman who died after a suspected arson attack in Southend.
The 30-year-old was on the ninth floor of a tower block in Balmoral Road Southend when the fire broke out on Saturday 7th May at about 11.15pm. The expectant mother died in hospital on Monday 9th May.
Essex Police have arrested a forty-seven-year-old man from Westcliff-on-Sea in connection with their murder inquiry.
"This is an important development in our enquiries but this is very much a continuing investigation and we would appeal for anyone with information which could help us to get in touch. Whatever you have heard or seen, even if you don’t think it is significant, we need to know.”
Chief Inspector Simon Anslow from Essex Police said investigators were keeping their minds open as to the reasons why the fire in the block of flats might have happened.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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Essex Police have issued an appeal for help to find a man who has gone missing from Southend.
Richard Green aged 37 was last seen on Friday 21 August. He has no fixed address. Officers say he has sent some text messages to people that have prompted concerns for his safety.
He is described as being white with a slim build, a bald head and stubble. When he was last seen he was wearing a grey jumper, blue jeans and a pair of white trainers.
Anyone with information about Richard Green's whereabouts is asked to contact Essex Police at Westcliff on 101.
More than a hundred young ballet dancers are waiting in the wings this week, for the opportunity of a lifetime. After nerve wracking audtions, they've been hand picked to perform alongside profesional dancers at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend. They'll be performing Coppelia with the English Youth Ballet. Andrea Thomas has been watching them rehearse. She spoke to Janet Lewis MBE, English Youth Ballet's Director and Lisa Kawa-Akembo from Southend University Hospital.
A man has been airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries after being found with stab wounds in Park Road in the Westcliff area of Southend.
Essex Police were called to the incident just before 4.30pm on Tuesday 2nd June. The victim, man in his 30s, was given treated by paramedics and emergency doctors from the air ambulance at the scene.
Officers believe the man was stabbed at a nearby scrapyard in Park Lane and staggered to Park Road where he was discovered.
"I am looking for two men who are believed to be responsible for the attack on this man.
"I would ask anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in the area or who has any other information to contact detectives as soon as possible.”
Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at the Brentwood Major Crime Team by telephoning 101 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wanting to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A man arrested over the murder of a woman whose body parts were found washed up on an island has been released on bail.
The 51-year-old from Westcliff-on-Sea was held by Essex Police on Friday over the killing of Angela Millington, 33, from Southend.
The remains of Ms Millington, who had no fixed address and was known to mix with street drinkers and homeless people, were discovered by ramblers on Foulness Island, Essex, on June 21.
It is not known how long her remains had been on the marshy island. She was identified by DNA and detectives believe the remains had been carried to the island by the tide.
Police said the arrested man had been released until November 17 pending further inquiries.
Officers working on the investigation also said they have received reports of possible sightings of the victim in Southend in January and mid-February this year.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, of the Kent and Essex serious crime directorate, said: 'We continue to receive valuable information from the public and we are currently looking into the possibility of her living or associating with someone in February this year. We are keen to trace this person so urge them to get in touch.'
A tenth male has been arrested over the murder of a man who died in a street stabbing. Hassan Mohammed, 24, from Camberwell, south east London, was found dead in York Road, Southend, Essex, at about 7pm on Monday. He had suffered two stab wounds.
A 17-year-old from Southend was arrested by officers last night at an address in Burdett Avenue, Westcliff. He is being questioned at Southend police station. Three other males, one aged 17 and two aged 18, and from north London, who were arrested on Wednesday remain in custody.
Six males aged between 17 and 19 who were arrested on Monday have now been released with no further action in relation to the murder, police added. Witnesses should contact detectives at Southend on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Businesses in Southend are being urged to sign up to get support from a 6-million pound investment pot. It's part of the Southend City Deal signed last week with the Government. It aims to create news jobs, provide business space and help local companies grow.
The signing of the City Deal was the culmination of a lot of hard work and means that exciting times lie ahead for the council, the local enterprise partnership and also local businesses. Funding will be used to provide business support and advice, specialist innovation support and grant advice. We will also be taking forward the exciting redevelopment of the former Central Library and have committed to purchasing empty sites to regenerate the area."
According to Essex Fire Service, around 22lb (10kg) of explosives were involved in the blast, which occurred at a weapons testing centre at MoD Shoeburyness, near Southend.
The weapons testers were freed by MoD officers in an armoured personnel carrier, but there were no injuries.
Five fire crews attended the incident, which happened at around 11am today.
A spokesman for QinetiQ, the private defence contractor that runs the Blackgate Road munitions centre, said:
"No-one was hurt in the incident at our environmental test centre and we are conducting a full investigation into what happened as is part of our standard safety procedures."