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Politics

Jackie Doyle Price and Polly Billington defiant on UKIP poll »

BOTH Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle Price and Labour candidate, Polly Billington have poured cold water on the Lord Ashcroft poll that predicted a UKIP victory in Thurrock in the 2015…

23-07-2014 - 7:13 am / 6 Comments / Read More »

UKIP councillor Robert Ray pleads not guilty to drink-drive charge »

THE LEADER OF Thurrock UKIP, cllr Robert Ray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of drinking and driving. The 65-year-old councillor appeared at Basildon magistrates court on Tuesday morning. …

22-07-2014 - 12:13 pm / Comments Off / Read More »

Take some time out in summer hols to vote for local education hero »

WITH school out for summer now is the perfect time for parents and pupils to nominate their local education hero or inspiration for recognition. Well over 50 nominations have already…

22-07-2014 - 11:22 am / No Comment / Read More »

Poll has UKIP set to take Thurrock in 2015 General Election »

A NEW poll commissioned by Lord Ashcroft today has revealed that UKIP is currently on course to make history in the constituency of Thurrock next year by electing a UKIP…

22-07-2014 - 11:18 am / 7 Comments / Read More »

Chadwell travellers given 24 hours notice to move on »

THE GROWING problem of travellers illegally encamping in Thurrock and surrounding areas continued as Essex Police gave a group who had encamped in Chadwell St Mary, 24 hours to move…

21-07-2014 - 5:07 pm / 2 Comments / Read More »

Essex Fest: Thurrock Council detail the conditions they failed to meet. »

THURROCK Council have detailed the conditions that the aborted two day festival called Essex Fest failed to meet. The two specific requirements of the licence that the Essex Fest organisers…

21-07-2014 - 3:57 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Thurrock Labour fight against cuts to Grays fire station »

FIRE fighter Andrew Knowles said: "Essex Fire Authority should reconsider their decision as soon as possible. Grays has more high risk sites than in the whole of Hertfordshire, and yet…

21-07-2014 - 10:28 am / 2 Comments / Read More »

Labour candidate Polly: “Govt. has come to its senses over A13″ »

"THE local Tory MPs have failed their communities for years on this: it is the sensible practical arguments of Thurrock Labour that have won out, thanks to the wide support…

21-07-2014 - 9:01 am / 5 Comments / Read More »

Labour candidate praises Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions »

LAST Friday morning I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with staff and customers of Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions who offer real choice and control to people with…

21-07-2014 - 7:53 am / No Comment / Read More »

Council warns over copy-cat websites »

TRADING standards officers at Thurrock Council are joining national colleagues warning people about the dangers of using so-called “copycat” websites – especially around applying for passports. Cllr Phil Smith, the…

18-07-2014 - 11:09 am / No Comment / Read More »

Lakeside act to evict travellers from land near Chafford Hundred »

KATE Miller, General Manager (Operations) at intu Lakeside: "We have been working with both Thurrock Council and local police to address the illegal occupation of the coach park which…

18-07-2014 - 10:54 am / 5 Comments / Read More »

South Essex College handed keys to the door »

IT ALL getting very exciting as the countdown continues until South Essex College opens its doors. Skanska have now handed over the keys to the college as it is on…

18-07-2014 - 7:46 am / No Comment / Read More »

Result! Eight jailed for seven years each over failed Lakeside heist »

EIGHT men have today been jailed for seven years after pleaded guilty to stealing watches and jewellery worth nearly £2m from a jewellery store in Thurrock. …

17-07-2014 - 5:34 pm / 1 Comment / Read More »
Headlines

Police probe after arson attack on car in Chafford Hundred »

POLICE officers in Grays are appealing for information after a car was deliberately set alight in Hawkins Drive, Chafford Hundred…

24-07-2014 - 11:36 am / No Comment / Read More »

Fake Fest set for his weekend »

A TORNADO of tribute acts are heading to Blackshots this weekend. Amongst the tribute acts are: Oasish (Oasis). The Noel…

24-07-2014 - 10:56 am / No Comment / Read More »

Ockendon residents continue to criticise Thurrock Council over mould problems »

TWO OF Thurrock's high-profile campaigners have continued to campaign for better housing conditions in both South Ockendon and the rest…

24-07-2014 - 10:45 am / No Comment / Read More »

Plot to smuggle 6,000 litres of booze into UK foiled at port of Tilbury »

AN attempt to smuggle almost 6,000 litres of Nigerian spirits into the UK – which would have cost the Government…

24-07-2014 - 9:46 am / No Comment / Read More »

Thurrock primary schools: Improvement, improvement, improvement »

CONGRATULATING the head teachers, staff and children, Cllr Kent added: “Non-stop good news is an impossibility, but over the past…

24-07-2014 - 9:12 am / No Comment / Read More »

UKIP support Labour over workfare ban (and two Conservative motions as well) »

THURROCK UKIP are slowly finding their feet in Thurrock. After being elected, they have all been busy setting up their…

24-07-2014 - 8:42 am / No Comment / Read More »

Man fined for selling counterfeit goods at Grays market »

MAGISTRATES have convicted a man of knowingly selling counterfeit CDs at Grays market following a court case brought by Thurrock…

24-07-2014 - 7:35 am / No Comment / Read More »

Does this explain why the “waste disguised as bales of hay” in Purfleet are still there? »

Over the last fifteen months, a number of residents have contacted us to ask why they were still here. We…

23-07-2014 - 3:53 pm / No Comment / Read More »

MP Stephen Metcalfe gets Westminster promotion to become Chris Grayling’s crime advisor »

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, has secured a promotion in the latest Government reshuffle. As…

23-07-2014 - 3:17 pm / 1 Comment / Read More »

Long delays on M25 after fuel spillage »

POLICE are advising motorists to avoid the anticlockwise carriageway of the M25 between junctions 28 and 27 following a two…

23-07-2014 - 12:55 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Aveley’s young people set for the high seas! »

COME October, 13 of Aveley’s young people will be setting sail and manning the good ship Faramir. For three…

23-07-2014 - 12:41 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Is the Thurrock Citizens Advice Bureau under threat of closure? »

TO BE FAIR, it was clearly written on the label. Back in 2012, council leader John Kent, when discussing cuts…

23-07-2014 - 10:31 am / No Comment / Read More »

Mayor praises Proctor and Gamble for Beat the Street effort »

A TEAM of 55 staff at the Purfleet based company have regularly walked into the top ten of the game’s…

23-07-2014 - 10:12 am / 1 Comment / Read More »

“Labour candidates could learn from Baroness Smith” says Orsett councillor »

AN ORSETT councillor has advised the two Labour candidates that straddle her ward to follow the example of Baroness Smith…

23-07-2014 - 8:42 am / 1 Comment / Read More »

Hollywood star Russell Brand takes another trip to Grays »

RUSSELL Brand made an unannounced visit to Grays yesterday and as usual garnered a great deal of attention. The Hollywood…

23-07-2014 - 7:25 am / No Comment / Read More »

20 tonnes of manure set on fire in Corringham »

THE incident commander reported that the heap was 50% alight when they arrived. Crews used one main jet and two…

23-07-2014 - 7:01 am / No Comment / Read More »
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Sport

Swimming: West impresses in Open Water champs »

SEVEN swimmers from Thurrock competed at this year’s East Region Open Water Championships. The day was really nice up to the last event (5km) when the lightning struck and heavens opened. Tilly Geggus swam in a tough race and finished 2nd in Essex…

23-07-2014 - 3:39 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Cricket: Thurrock outclass Little Baddow »

THURROCK won a thrilling match at home to Little Baddow by 11 runs. The hosts batted first on a humid day at Blackshots and gained two batting points in their total of 178. Number nine Clarke Wren came to the crease and smashed his way…

23-07-2014 - 12:52 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Football: Westcarr the star as Fleet sunk by Pompey »

THE highly anticipated friendly encounter between Thurrock and Portsmouth produced a memorable night at Ship Lane. A double from Pompey's new striker, Craig Westcarr, gave the visitors the win but it was the valiant Thurrock defending that shone throughout the game. …

23-07-2014 - 12:45 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Football: Clear out continues at Grays Athletic »

IT looks like there is no room for sentiment in Grays Athletic's new boss, Jody Brown's regime as a number of players, old and new have been shown the door. The former captain and assistant manager, Lee Flynn, is one of several players released by…

23-07-2014 - 12:19 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Speedway: Kent Kings are coming to Lakeside »

IT IS true local derby action this Friday, 25th July, at the Arena Essex Raceway as the Vortex Hammers take on the Kent Kings in National League action. …

23-07-2014 - 12:10 pm / No Comment / Read More »

Cricket: Belhus buckle in the heat »

BELHUS won the toss and elected to bat first on a sweltering afternoon in North Stifford. The wicket offered significant assistance to the fives bowlers during the first hour of play and the home side made a steady but sedate start to their innings. However…

21-07-2014 - 6:58 am / No Comment / Read More »

Speedway: Lightning strikes for the Hammers »

AGAINST a back drop of lightning strikes around the Arena Essex Raceway on Friday evening the Vortex Hammer dug deep to snatch a 47-43 point victory with a dramatic comeback over an Eastbourne team who were six points in the lead after ten heats. …

21-07-2014 - 6:54 am / No Comment / Read More »

Football: Dockers start off their pre-season »

ON a warm afternoon at Lodge Avenue, Tilbury started there pre season with a 1-1 draw against an experienced Barking side. Two first half goals saw the sides share the Peter Webster Trophy for the second successive year. …

21-07-2014 - 6:48 am / No Comment / Read More »

Cricket: Stanford pipped by West Essex »

STANFORD played host to West Essex this week and despite a creditable batting performance were left to rue a string of dropped catches as the visitors blasted their way to a seven wicket victory. …

21-07-2014 - 6:44 am / No Comment / Read More »

Arena Essex: Caravans of chaos hit the arena »

Arena Essex’s annual Caravan race took place on Sunday with its usual brand of all out chaos erupting as soon as the green flag was waved. Ian Phillips was the first to lose his caravan as Sophie Unwin and John Golden combined to spin him…

21-07-2014 - 6:40 am / No Comment / Read More »
Communities

Help find Gillie the yorkshire terrier »

HIS name is Gillie and he is 13 years old. He has been my grandad's constant companion since my nan passed away two days before…

22-07-2014 - 7:29 am / No Comment / Read More »

Tiny Toes pitter-pattering to Orsett Hall »

THE Tiny Toes Show is a brand new Baby & Toddler Event which is coming to Thurrock in October 2014. Taking place at Orsett…

22-07-2014 - 7:19 am / No Comment / Read More »

Grays Street Festival shines in the sun »

IT WAS a lovely day for a street festival and the crowds flocked to see a variety of acts on Grays High Street. It is…

22-07-2014 - 7:13 am / No Comment / Read More »

Birds of Prey to swoop on Orsett Show »

IMPERIAL have a host of birds including the tiny "CHAOS", a burrowing owl from the United States, right up to the mighty "ZEPHYR", a female…

21-07-2014 - 9:10 am / 1 Comment / Read More »

Unfurl the flags as Kinetika open at High House »

KINETIKA'S launch day at the High House Production Park was well attended with the Mayor of Thurrock Cllr Steve Liddiard among the guests. …

21-07-2014 - 8:53 am / No Comment / Read More »

Cardiac patients donate vital equipment to Basildon hospital »

CARDIAC patients have donated a piece of vital equipment to the hospital which saved their lives. Representatives from the Hearts and Minds charity returned to…

21-07-2014 - 8:34 am / No Comment / Read More »

Thurrock’s Youth Orchestra forge an entente cordiale »

THIRTY young musicians from Thurrock Youth Orchestra and Thurrock Youth Big Band showed off their talents in France earlier this month. It was as part of…

21-07-2014 - 8:27 am / No Comment / Read More »

Thurrock Art Society exhibition at The Swan »

THE summer exhibition of the Thurrock Art Society is on at the Swan Gallery in Horndon on the Hill. The exhibition runs from July…

21-07-2014 - 8:00 am / No Comment / Read More »

It is Big Lunch time again in Grays »

ORGANISERS of the sixth Grays Big Lunch are planning a day of family fun at the end of the month. Wednesday, 30 July is the…

18-07-2014 - 8:36 am / No Comment / Read More »
Communities

Help find Gillie the yorkshire terrier

HIS name is Gillie and he is 13 years old. He has been my grandad's constant companion since my nan passed away two days before Christmas. He is absolutely heart broken …

22-07-2014 - 7:29 am / Read More »
Lifestyle

Classic cars coming to Corringham Village Hall

DOZENS of classic cars are coming to Corringham Village Hall (CVH) on Saturday (July 19th). It will be more Corringham Graffiti than American Graffiti as every make and model of car you can think of will…

18-07-2014 - 7:34 am / Read More »
History

Stanford-le-Hope community keep the home fires burning

THE STANFORD-LE-HOPE community have once again turned to the medium of film to entertain, educate and inform the local community. This time they have recognised the sacrifices made by the men who went off to fight…

23-06-2014 - 9:35 am / Read More »
Football

Football: Westcarr the star as Fleet sunk by Pompey

THE highly anticipated friendly encounter between Thurrock and Portsmouth produced a memorable night at Ship Lane. A double from Pompey's new striker, Craig Westcarr, gave the visitors the win but it was the valiant Thurrock…

23-07-2014 - 12:45 pm / Read More »
Business

Footasylum heads for intu Lakeside

AS the £9 million Food Court refurbishment at intu Lakeside nears completion, designer footwear and clothing store Footasylum has joined the centre, with L’Occitane and Hugo Boss relocating and signing new leases. Footasylum has opened next…

16-07-2014 - 10:18 am / Read More »
Crime

Police probe after arson attack on car in Chafford Hundred

POLICE officers in Grays are appealing for information after a car was deliberately set alight in Hawkins Drive, Chafford Hundred on July 17 around 1.25am. The car, a black Ford Focus, was parked on the…

24-07-2014 - 11:36 am / Read More »
Health

Cardiac patients donate vital equipment to Basildon hospital

CARDIAC patients have donated a piece of vital equipment to the hospital which saved their lives. Representatives from the Hearts and Minds charity returned to Basildon Hospital‟s Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) with the £7,000 automated chest compression…

21-07-2014 - 8:34 am / Read More »
Thameside Theatre

Thameside panto auditions this Saturday…oh no it’s not..etc etc

POLKA Dot Pantomimes and Thurrock Council are presenting the fairest Panto of them all for 2014/2015 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – a spectacular pantomime for all the family whether you are 3 or…

02-07-2014 - 6:15 am / Read More »

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