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September 15, 2018 1:08 AM Blackpool’s the new Vegas in £100m deal

BLACKPOOL is tipped to become the “Las Vegas of the North” after a massive £100 million makeover was unveiled yesterday. The huge cash injection from regional and government funds will “breathe new life” into the Lancashire town’s shops, hotels and infrastructure. The investment will also fund a £7 million road upgrade, a new museum, and the expansion 5

September 13, 2018 3:08 PM SNOW IN AFRICA: Giraffes, elephants and antelopes covered in blanket of white

THESE bizarre images show giraffes, elephants and antelopes trudging through thick SNOW after freak storms hit the African savannahs. While several mountain ranges in North Africa see snowfall on a regular basis it is very rare for snow to settle at lower altitudes, especially on the savannahs. In January snow was reported near the Algerian town of Aïn Séfra 9

September 13, 2018 10:42 AM Skripal suspects: 'We were just tourists in Salisbury'

Two men named as suspects in the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy in the UK claim they were merely tourists. The men, named as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, told the RT channel that they went sightseeing in Salisbury but returned to London within an hour. They are accused by the UK of trying to kill Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter 12

September 12, 2018 7:09 AM Turkey earthquake: 5.2 tremor hits by British holiday hotspot Antalya

TURKEY has woken up to a 5.2 magnitude earthquake rocking the country this morning, around 92km from the popular tourist city of Antalya on the south coast of the country. Turkey, situated on major seismic fault lines, is regularly hit by earthquakes and the Aegean coast has witnessed several quakes since the beginning of 2017. In August 2017, an earthquake 7

September 11, 2018 1:28 PM 'Canvey's police force is at crisis point'

After unpacking and sorting the mail I settled down with a cuppa to read through the week’s Echos, I don’t cancel them as I like to catch up on the local news. I read the usual stories of the antisocial behaviour on the island ranging from arson to the throwing of a brick at a bus. It all made dismal reading but the headline saying Canvey Town Council 6

September 8, 2018 7:00 AM This is when Southend's seafront fireworks will return

In our weekly BID column, Alison Dewey reveals when the fireworks will return, and moe fun activities to welcome autumn. Now that the kids are back in school, it doesn’t mean that the fun’s over in Southend. There’s still plenty to look forward. Along with the change in the weather and the beautiful changing colours of the trees, another sure sign that autumn 11

September 8, 2018 5:02 AM Sir David Crausby MP wants to talk

The surgeries, which Sir David is calling his Constituency Conversation, start on September 17. Sir David said: “I don’t want to spend my autumn just listening to more political speeches at the party conferences. "I want to talk with Boltonians about the issues affecting their lives, the community and our country. "I look forward to meeting lots of local 11

September 7, 2018 11:17 AM Residents angry at plans for new homes in Hove

Two previous applications to build a three-storey five-bedroom house in place of the bungalow in Tongdean Road were refused. One neighbour, Elaine Noble, raised concerns about increased noise due to more people living on the site. She said: “There will be a huge increase in noise and disturbance both during the building work but also when the flats and maisonette 9

September 6, 2018 12:53 AM Japan hit by ANOTHER shattering earthquake

JAPAN has been rocked by a second earthquake, which hit the northern island of Hokkaido, just hours after it was struck by a devastating quake which triggered massive landslides and left one person dead. The fresh earthquake hit 29km east of Tomakomai, a coastal city on Hokkaido. According to US earthquake specialist Charles Richter this is likely to have caused 22

September 5, 2018 5:00 PM Join Joe Longthorne in '50 years in showbiz' gig

SINGER and impersonator Joe Longthorne MBE, is on his way to the Palace Theatre to celebrate 50 years of song and laughter. Famed for an endless repertoire of the voices of the world’s top singers, Shirley Bassey being one of the most famous impressions he does, the dame herself has been reported as saying “Joe can do me better than I can do myself 10