Man taken to hospital after being shot outside a boxing event at the Brentwood Centre.
Southend: Shop Owners Protest Over Business Rates
Shop owners in Southend are protesting this morning (Thursday March 14th) against rising buisness rates.
They are calling for the Government to scrap a planned increase in next week's budget.
There are concerns jobs could be lost and shops will close if the proposed 2.6% rise goes ahead on April 1st.
Andrew Allison, National Grassroots Coordinator for the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "Local retailers across Essex are suffering from the crippling level of business rates.
"Many have been forced to close and jobs have been lost as businesses struggle to make ends meet.
"Empty shops make for an unattractive environment that can have a negative impact on even the most successful of businesses.
"The Government should abandon its planned increase in business rates before any further damage is done to the local economy."
A woman in her 20's has been threatened and robbed by a gunman in Colchester.
Chairman of luxury property group has been accused of fraud by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).
The people of Essex are being urged to have their say in the potential change in the way Essex Police and Essex County Fire & Rescue Service is governed.
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