Southend has seen the biggest rise in house prices among the country's major towns and cities over the past year.
According to the Halifax the average selling price in the seaside resort was 14.8% higher than the previous year, rising to £198,418 by the end of 2012, compared with an improvement of 2.1% on average across the whole of Essex.
Basingstoke in Hampshire experienced the second biggest rise in house prices with a 14.7% gain, while three more towns within commuting distance of London - Rochester, St Albans and Dartford - make up the top five.
One man has died and another has been taken to hospital after their dinghy capsized at sea. The two men, aged 71 and 73, were rescued by Southend RNLI after Thames Coastguard received several phone calls from members of the public at 2:45pm.
The rescue team discovered one man clinging to the boat 300 yards off the coast of Thorpe Bay, Southend, while the other had begun to drift away in the current.
A man has died after falling from a roof during a Halloween night out.
It is believed the 26 year old, from Southend, had been at a Halloween night at a bar shortly before the fall in the town's Marine Parade in the early hours of yesterday.
He was taken to Southend Hospital where he later died.
A police spokesman said: "Police are not treating his death as suspicious but are preparing a report for the coroner on his movements prior to the incident."
Police want to speak to anyone who was in the area at about 3am.
Witnesses should contact Detective Sergeant Ian Howitt at Southend on 101.
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Two men who were caught on camera during an attempted robbery in Southend are being hunted by police.
The pair were filmed threatening staff with a hammer at Mallard Jewellers on Wednesday. They burst into the shop just before 10am but fled in a blue Peugeot 106 empty handed.
The number of people flying from Southend has rocketed since Easyjet moved to the airport in April.
More than a hundred thousand passengers have travelled through the airport over the last two months.
Southend Council is setting up a new committee to find out about noise levels and flight numbers.
If you travel to Southend today and stumble across Wiltshires' Stonehenge don't think you've taken a wrong turning.
This life sized inflatable replica is visiting the town as part of the celebrations leading up to the Olympics.
The giant blow up creation was made by the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller and is touring the UK.
Take a look at these people - who seem to be making the most of their opportunity to bounce back in time!
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