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Roots Hall fire 'was deliberate', say police

The fire at Roots Hall Credit: Southend United / Twitter

Police say a fire in the car park of Southend United's stadium was started deliberately.

Firefighters were called to Roots Hall around 5.55pm on Tuesday 30 April.

A fire had started in a corner of the club's car park at Victoria Avenue, damaging a large amount of artificial turf.

Police say the cost of the damage caused could be a six-figure sum.

Officers want to hear from anyone with information.

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'All's wool that ends wool' as sheep saves itself during river rescue attempt

The sheep safe on the river bank in Southend. Credit: Southend Coastguard

A team from Southend coastguard along with fire crews hiked for two miles to help a sheep struggling in an Essex River, only to see it swim to safety.

Heading to Bridgemarsh Marina in Althorne the coastguard team were there to help with a potential animal rescue with Essex County Fire & Rescue Service.

They joined the firefighters on the two mile walk to help the stranded sheep.

But it turned out the sheep didn't need their help after all.

The Coastguard teamed up with the fire service for the rescue attempt. Credit: HM Coastguard, Southen

"We thought the writing was on the wool for the animal, but our reader-sheep will be pleased to know that no team members had to go out on a lamb to effect a rescue, as the sheep - through shear force of will - swam flam-buoy-antly to shore. We think it had come down for the day from Baa-king. All’s wool that ends wool."

– HM Coastguard, Southend-On-Sea
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