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Estuary airport plan thrown out & Council denies it's behind festivals being cancelled
No airport in the Estuary
Boris Johnson's plan to build a new four-runway airport on an island in the
Thames Estuary has been rejected.
The Airports Commission - which was set up by the government to consider how capacity in the UK should be expanded - will only look at options at Heathrow and Gatwick.
The London Mayor says he'll fight on.
Tom Croasdell reports:
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Clacton by-election date set
A date's been set for the by-election in Clacton.
It was triggered by outgoing MP - Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP.
He's seeking re-election with his new party - and would become UKIP's first ever Member of Parliament if he wins.
The ballot will take place on October the 9th.
Council denies it's behind festivals being cancelled
Chelmsford City Council's rubbishing claims they're to blame for the cancellation of three music festivals at Hylands Park this month.
The shows were to feature Billy Ocean, Marc Almond, Aled Jones and Wet Wet Wet.
The promoters say the ground conditions weren't good enough after the recent V Festival.
Restructure at Essex Police
Essex Police have introduced major changes ot the way they work across the county.
The restructuring will see 500 officers working at a so-called district hubs - under the direct control of a local commander.
Their main focus will be tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol misuse.
Man fined for West Ham pitch invasion
A man who ran onto the pitch and kicked the ball during the recent West Ham / Spurs game has been fined more than £300.
However, the judge decided not to ban 22 year old Jordan Dunn, from Dover, from attending future matches after he apologised in court for his
"moment of madness."
Added by Nick Hull on 02/09/2014 12:56:01
Travellers prevented from entering town & woman badly burned tackling chip pan fire
Travellers prevented from entering town
Essex Police and Southend Borough Council are being praised for preventing Travellers descending on the resort over the weekend.
This is a statement Essex Police gave us this afternoon:
"Police were called shortly after 5pm yesterday (Sunday, August 31) and asked to attend the Bell Hotel in Southend, following reports of a disturbance involving around 30 people, believed to be of the travelling community.
Officers attended whilst the landlord closed the premises. The force helicopter was dispatched to assist with monitoring the situation as the travellers left the area."
Cllr Martin Terry, executive councillor for public protection, waste and transport, at Southend Borough Council told us:
"Our officers were in constant liaison with the police throughout yesterday afternoon to monitor the situation.
Measures were immediately put in place to ensure that council car parks, parks and other council land would be secured and locked at the end of the day when they were closed to the public.
This is a standard procedure that we have in place to restrict council land from illegal incursions.
"This was a good example of the police and council working well together to achieve a successful outcome."
Woman badly burned tackling chip pan fire
A woman's been badly burned trying to tackle a chip pan fire in Stanford-le-Hope.
The woman suffered severe burns to her face arms and chest after throwing water onto the flames and hot oil.
Sub Officer Kevin Hercock told us: "Incidents like this show how dangerous it is to throw water on burning fat. The water causes the fire to flare up and become much larger and in this case the woman was left suffering terrible burns as a result of throwing water on the fire.
"Incidents like this show how quickly an everyday activity like cooking can become extremely dangerous unless care is taken. It is vital that people pay attention when they're cooking and that if a chip pan or frying pan does catch fire that they never ever throw water on it."
The best thing to do if a fire does break out on a pan is to throw a damp tea towel over it, leave the kitchen closing the door behind you, get everyone safely out and dial 999.
More than half the house fires in the county start in the kitchen Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is asking everyone to make sure that they take extra care so they don't become a killer in the kitchen.
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Government urged to get a move on with airport expansion
Business leaders say airport expansion plans must lead to "spades in the ground by 2020."
The CBI has described the UK's shortage of runway capacity as a ''ticking time bomb'' and says a solution must be delivered.
The plea comes as the Airports Commission is poised to decide on whether or not to support the so-called "Boris Island" Thames Estuary scheme.
Teenagers robbed at knifepoint
Three teenagers have been robbed at knifepoint in Loughton.
The 16 year-olds were also threatened with a baseball bat during the incident in Alderton Hall Lane on Friday.
Jewels stolen in house raid
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a house in Margaret Road, Colchester, was broken into and around £1000 worth of jewellery was stolen.
The break in happened sometime between 7pm and 11pm on Thursday, August 27. Thieves smashed their way into the property via the rear patio doors and helped themselves to a large amount of sentimental jewellery.
Anybody with any information is asked to contact Dc Mark Peacock at Colchester CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Six men threaten to stab woman
Six men have threatened to stab a woman during an attempted robbery in Harwich.
The 35 year-old managed to run away from the group on Fernlea Road on Friday night.
Nothing was taken.
Man dies in A12 crash
A man in his 70s has died after a crash on the A12 at Galleywood.
It's thought he took ill at the wheel on Friday afternoon and hit the central reservation.
Driver flees Canvey crash
Police are hunting a driver who crashed - then fled the scene on Canvey.
Officers say he'd have been walking unsteadily following the incident on Canvey Road on Thursday afternoon.
They also believe he'd have suffered facial injuries.
Added by Nick Hull on 01/09/2014 16:14:25
Ukip on course to win Clacton? & Man charged after Southend crash
UKIP on course to win Clacton?
It's thought UKIP are on course for a landslide victory in the upcoming
by-election in Clacton sparked by the defection of Douglas Carswell (pictured) from the
A poll for the Mail on Sunday claims UKIP could win the with 64 per cent of the vote.
Man charged after Southend crash
A Romanian lorry driver's been charged with careless driving following a crash in Southend - which left a 77 year-old woman in hospital with serious injuries.
43 year-old Marcel Georgescu's due in court tomorrow following the incident on Sutton Road on Friday.
Dog attack in Maldon
Police are hunting the owners of a dog - after it bit a man in Maldon.
The 25 year-old was left with a puncture wound to his stomach following the attack near Morrisons on Monday.
Family homeless after Rayleigh blaze
A family's been left homeless following a house fire in Rayleigh.
Crews were called to Maine Crescent yesterday morning.
Added by news on 31/08/2014 09:42:36
UPDATED Missing TOWIE star 'safe' & Ambulance service fined
Missing TOWIE star 'safe'
The mother of The Only Way Is Essex star James Argent says he has been in contact and is safe and well.
Police revealed they were growing increasingly concerned for the 26-year-old's welfare after he was reported missing.
He was last seen early yesterday morning at his home in Woodford Green.
However, his father says his 'phone was broken and he's now on his way to Blackpool.
(Photo: Arg in our studio as he was presenting his show for us)
Ambulance service fined
The East of England Ambulance Service has been fined £1.5 million for not getting to patients quickly enough.
The penalty's been imposed by local Clinical Commissioning Groups across the region.
Man critical after collision
An elderly pedestrian's in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Southend.
The 73 year-old was involved in a collision with a lorry on Sutton Road yesterday.
A 43 year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
Added by Nick Hull on 30/08/2014 09:31:59
Carswell & Farage back in Clacton & Elderly driver charged over pedestrian death
Carswell & Farage back in Clacton
The Conservative party's dismissing claims 8 more of their MPs are considering following Clacton's Douglas Carswell by defecting to UKIP.
Mr Carswell's back in his constituency today to start his by-election
With him is UKIP leader Nigel Farage - and he's insisting other disaffected MPs could follow.
Elderly driver charged over pedestrian death
A 72 year-old man's been charged with causing death by careless driving - following a fatal crash in Jaywick.
A 55 year-old pedestrian was involved in a collision with a car on Broadway last July.
Alan Baker from Brooklands is due back in court in October.
Police told to improve crime recording
Essex Police has been told it needs to be more accurate in recording crime.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary looked at the force's data from two months in 2013.
It identified 132 crimes took place but only 121 were recorded.
Boris Island to be ditched?
Heathrow's chief executive is urging Boris Johnson to back expansion there
should the 'Boris-island' plan be ditched.
There's speculation the Airports Commission's about to
rule out the London mayor's plan for a new airport in the Thames Estuary.
If that happens, John Holland-Kaye claims Heathrow will be "the only option left in the race".
Added by news on 29/08/2014 14:55:57