A PASSIONATE swimming teacher whose students won gold medals at the Special Olympics is retiring after a successful career spanning three decades.
LONG delays have hit the A127 after a car and lorry crashed.
A HEROIC member of the public came to the aid of a disabled man as he was being robbed in an alleyway.
CALLS have been made for HIV to be diagnosed earlier as more than half of people in Southend with virus are unaware for at least four years.
A man appears in court after being charged with the murder of a 24-year-old who had recently become a father.
SCHOOLTEACHERS have been singing their hearts out for a children’s charity.
THE daughter of a mentally ill Italian woman, controversially forced to give birth by Caesarean section in Essex has been adopted.
TORIES on Basildon Council have been accused of rushing through crucial town-centre plans, just weeks before elections could see the party kicked out.
A MAN has appeared in court accused of murder.
POLICE in Essex are nowusing stun guns nearly three times a week – and their use is increasing.
AN independent family-run shop is gearing up to celebrate an impressive 90 years in Billericay High Street.
Half a billion new “forge-proof” £1 coins will be introduced in 2017 in a bid to beat counterfeiters, but PAUL NIZINSKYJ finds the cost to Southend Council, which will have to replace every parking meter mechanism, and businesses, including seaside arcade slot machines, could be steep...
DAVE Kates is attempting to set a world record – for throwing the most punches in an hour.
A BLOCK of flats on Canvey is set to be turned into council homes – the first to be created in Castle Point for more than 25 years.
THE mum of a brave little girl fighting a rare illness is determined to pay a hospital back for the amazing care her daughter has received.
MORE than half the staff at a troubled school will have left by the summer as a new executive board makes major changes, the Echo can reveal.
A CHINESE food delivery driver was robbed at gunpoint when he was lured to a street with a false order.
Heavy rain sees day one of Surrey's match against Essex at The Oval abandoned without a ball bowled.
A GENEROUS team of casino workers are spending 24 hours on the street to raise money for a homeless charity.
People trying to find an escaped 2m-tall bird capable of running at 40mph say they have received a threat to kill it.