Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals could soon become one under plans to merge.
Southend: Fears For Missing Swimmer
Police are trying to contact the family of a man believed to be missing at sea after his clothes were found on a beach in Southend.
The Coastguard, RNLI and police marine unit launched a major search along the coast off Southend at 11.30am yesterday (Thursday August 30th).
An RAF helicopter was deployed along with two lifeboats and a police boat after members of the public spotted a man in difficulty in the water.
Clothing and personal items were found nearby.
But a Coastguard spokesman said: "After a comprehensive search nothing was found and units were stood down.''
Police say the items found belong to a 52-year-old man from London and officers are trying to locate his next of kin.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Southend on 101.
Two fairground workers have pleaded not guilty to charges they face over the death of a school girl on a bouncy castle in Essex.
An aircraft hangar has been damaged in a blaze at Southend Airport.
Residents and businesses are being encouraged to tell Essex County Council whether they can access superfast broadband.
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