£150 million development in Chelmsford city centre opens to crowds and a Town Crier's welcome.
Southend Council To Close Local Refuge
The Council in Southend is going to stop paying for a refuge for domestic abuse victims, because not enough local women use it.They want to make sure local money goes to Southend taxpayers, saying that at the moment there is just one Southend woman living in the 22-bed refuge. At the moment, 90% of the council's Domestic Abuse budget pays for the centre, which is taking in women from across Essex because others have been closing down for years. Cllr Lesley Salter, Executive Councillor for Adult Social Care, says: "Along with providing these much needed improved services, it will also ensure that local taxpayers money is being spent helping people from Southend-on-Sea, which is only right. "We are one of the only areas to still have a centralised refuge facility, and as a consequence other local areas that have long since closed theirs are placing their residents in our facility and the council is paying for that." As well as adding £20,000 to the total budget, the council want the money to go to projects that support victims in their own homes, as well as male victims. They stress there will still be emergency spaces for anyone in crisis, but they will be looked after on a case-by-case basis.
Low-cost airline to open its first base in the south of England at the Essex terminal.
Drunken woman who twice urinated on public war memorial in Grays front of onlookers jailed for seven months.
Man who stabbed his mother to death in Maldon has been made the subject of a hospital order for her manslaughter.
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