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Labour loses all seats in Rochford as Tories hold a reduced majority

Conservatives remain in overall control despite losses. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Labour has lost all its seats on Rochford council as the Tories held onto overall control.

But it was not all good news for the Conservatives, who lost six councillors taking their majority down to three.

UKIP, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the independent candidates all benefited from Labour and the Tories' losses.

Eight year old recovering after dog attack in Essex

Police are appealing for information after an eight year old boy was bitten by a dog at Rochford in Essex.

It happened sometime between 3.15pm and 3.45pm on Friday, January 15th in St Clare Meadow.

The boy was walking with an adult friend when they were pair approached by a teenager who was holding two Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dogs who were both light in colour. One had brown markings.

The dogs started growling at the young boy and one of them bit him on his left arm below the elbow.

He was taken to hospital by the woman who was with him and his wound was treated.

The teenager and the dogs walked off towards St Clare Meadow in the direction of the play area.

He is described as white, aged between 12 and 14-years-old, around 5ft tall with short, dark hair.

Anybody who knows who the boy is or who has any information about what happened is asked to contact the police on 101.


£100k booze raid on Essex warehouse

Scene of the raid

Raiders have escaped with around £100,000 worth of alcohol following a break in at a warehouse near Southend in Essex.

The break-in happened at Montine Foods on Purdeys Way industrial estate in Rochford sometime between Thursday evening and Friday.

The gang stole a lorry to escape with the wine and spirits.


Dramatic blaze on a fishing boat

Fishing boat destroyed by fire Credit: Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters in Essex were called out to a fishing boat on fire at a boatyard near Rochford. The 23 foot long boat was well alight by the time crews from Hawkwell and Rayleigh arrived at Paglesham Boatyard.

They used two hosereels from a nearby jetty and managed to put the flames out after half an hbour but the boat was destroyed

Police issue pictures of stolen jewellery

Stolen jewellery Credit: Essex police

Essex police have issued photographs of jewellery taken following an armed raid by three men in Rochford on February 15.

They used a sledgehammer to break the window of RJ Yeo and took items worth thousands of pounds. Police hope that someone may recognise the pieces being offered for sale.

Stolen jewellery Credit: Essex police
Stolen jewellery Credit: Essex police

Council wins car park award

Car parks win award Credit: Press Association

Rochford District Council in Essex has been awarded the Safer Parking Award Scheme Park Mark.

The Safer Parking Scheme is an initiative of the Association of Chief Police Officers

at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities.

Two councils to get Government bin collection cash

Only a handful of authorities bid for Government bin cash Credit: PA

A £250 million Government pot to pay councils to keep or reintroduce weekly bin collections is only funding a handful of local authorities to switch back - including two from our region.

Rochford District Council in Essex and Great Yarmouth Borough Council in Norfolk have successfully bid for cash from the Communities and Local Government's weekly bin collection fund.

The scheme was first announced before last year's Tory Party Conference by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles to encourage councils to maintain or return to weekly bin collections, which he describes as a "basic right".

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