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December 13, 2017 9:30 AM ‘Driving standards should improve in wake of crashes’

Standards of driving on Canvey are below par and need to be improved, the town’s mayor has claimed following a series of serious crashes. In yesterday’s Echo alone, there were reports of a 14-year-old girl being thrown over a car’s bonnet while she attempted to cross the road, and a report on a fatal collision between a man in his 80s and a car. And as a result 8

December 13, 2017 6:02 AM Migrants to Bolton tell their stories of loss and hope in Souls Migrated

A NEW documentary explores the lives of people who left their homeland to settle in Bolton. Souls Migrated: A Story of Loss and Hope has been produced by Bolton-based Women in Neighbourhoods, which received a £10,000 Heritage Lottery Fund to share the experiences of those who moved from different parts of the world to Bolton. The short documentary was shown 9

December 13, 2017 5:00 AM Is there a shortage of 2nd class stamps as Xmas cards get posted

A Post Office branch in Durham has run out of 2nd class stamps - and blamed a national shortage. Customers at the Newton Hall branch, located inside a Maccolls newsagent, were told about the lack of stamps in a handwritten notice. But bosses at the Post Office say there is NO national shortage of stamps. They are now trying to find out why the notice 8

December 13, 2017 2:01 AM Children forced to walk to school without coats in freezing temperatures as headmaster insists on strict 'our jacket or no jacket' rule and BANS high street-bought alternatives

The Head Teacher of Patcham High School in Brighton has told pupils they have to wear school regulation jacket (pictured) Pupils of a Brighton school are being forced to fork out £32 on an approved coat if they want to stay warm this winter. Patcham High School has banned pupils from wearing all high street-bought jackets which could prove to be a cheaper 8

December 12, 2017 10:47 PM West Brom boss Alan Pardew admits interest in Liverpool striker Danny Ings ahead of club recruitment meeting

Alan Pardew will hold his first recruitment meeting at West Bromwich Albion this week and has admitted Liverpool’s Danny Ings is a player he admires. Pardew wants to add to his strikeforce and Ings might be made available when the window opens due to Jurgen Klopp’s array of forward options. Grzegorz Krychowiak’s future at West Brom is also set to be discussed 9

December 12, 2017 9:13 PM PepsiCo backs Elon Musk's electric truck as it preorders a record breaking 100 Tesla Semis

PepsiCo Inc has reserved 100 of Tesla Inc's new electric Semi trucks, the largest-known order of the big rig, as the maker of Mountain Dew soda and Doritos chips seeks to reduce fuel costs and fleet emissions, a company executive said on Tuesday. Tesla has been trying to convince the trucking community that it can build an affordable electric big rig with the range 10

December 12, 2017 3:59 PM Drug addict walks free from jail after his 100th conviction

Many of his previous convictions were for violence A drug addict notched up his 100th criminal offence when caught by police with heroin and crack cocaine, a court has been told. John Sparks, 40, admitted possession of 3.8g of heroin and 1.04g of cocaine when he appeared before a judge at Exeter Crown Court. The offence put Sparks in breach of a suspended 8

December 12, 2017 12:00 PM Havens charity shop marks 25 years of fundraising

Havens Hospices’ charity shop in Hockley has celebrated its 25th birthday. The shop in Spa Road sells clothes, toys and household items donated from the local community. Since opening its doors in 1992, the branch has raised nearly £2.5 million for the hospices which provide specialist care for seriously ill adults, children and their families 8

December 12, 2017 10:46 AM Crime drama Bancroft marred by mumbling, say viewers

Sarah Parish’s new crime drama Bancroft has come under fire from viewers who claimed the first episode was plagued by mumbling and poor sound quality. Many said they could not fully enjoy the action in the ITV thriller because they could not hear the dialogue well enough. “Is it me or is the sound really quiet and muffled?” asked one person on Twitter 8

December 12, 2017 10:45 AM James Blunt: I pretended I’d played church organ at royal wedding

James Blunt has confessed he tricked people into thinking he had played the church organ at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The You’re Beautiful singer told Good Morning Britain that he edited his own Wikipedia page. “After Prince William’s wedding, I did change my Wikipedia page to say that I played the church organ at that,” he said. “Everyone 8