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By Times Reporter in Community News

MEMBERS of the public taking a walk around Two Tree Island last week discovered eight packets of Second World War bullets in the mud. Police and fire crews were called

THE count dpwn is on for the Festival of Southend in Chalkwell Park on May 27 to 29 that will feature some of Southend’s bands along with craft, food, drinks and healing/health ideas. There will also be fun rides for youngsters.

WESTBOROUGH Community Association will hold its next meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 7.30pm at the Royal British Legion Club, Northview Drive, Westcliff – an open forum meeting ‘The Way Forward’. All welcome,

A WESTCLIFF resident has appealed against Southend Council’s refusal to give planning permission to build a part single/part two storey rear extension to a hime at 20 Chadwick Road and relocate an existing outdoor swimming pool.

THE annual general meeting of the Leigh Society will be held tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 7.30pm at Wesley Methodist Church, Elm Road, Leigh followed by a talk from Amy Pryor on the Thames Estuary Partnership, Non members welcome.

MORE than 8,000 illegal cigarettes and over 4kg of illegal rolling tobacco have been seized from shops in Southend as part of a joint operation between Southend Council’s Trading Standards team and Essex Police.

Trading Standards officers and Essex Police were assisted by a specialist sniffer dog unit in carrying out unannounced checks on a number of shops in the town as part of a crackdown on illegally imported and fake tobacco products being sold in the borough.

The illegal consignments will now be destroyed and each of the businesses faces legal ramifications.

SOUTHEND District Pensioners Campaign will hold their next meeting on Wednesday, April 19 from 1.45pm to3.45pm at Avenue Baptist Church Hall, Milton Road, Westcliff when the speaker will be from South East Essex Advocacy for Older People to tell us about their service. Visitors over 55 years old are always welcome, why not come along and make some new friends?

A UNIQUE recycling scheme that recycles the metal from orthopaedic implants following cremations has helped Southend Council to raise £5000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to children fighting life-threatening conditions.

The council’s Bereavement Services team got involved in the recycled metals scheme run by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) to help raise money and be environmentally friendly.

Following a cremation the remains may contain metals from orthopaedic implants such as hip or knee replacements. These metals are recycled through a specialised company contracted by the ICCM with the proceeds shared between a host of charities and organisations, associated with bereavement and bereavement support.

THE next meeting of the Southend and District NHS Retirement Fellowship will take place on April 20 at 2.30pm at the Len Forge Centre, Eastwoodbury Lane when Lucy Lewis will give a talk on ‘A Lady’s life in the Army’.

FOUR people have been charged in connection with an investigation into the production of cannabis in Westcliff.

Officers carried out a warrant at an address in Westborough Road on September 15, 2016 and seized 226 cannabis plants.

Christopher Tame, 40, unemployed, of Wallace Street, Shoeburyness, has been charged with production of cannabis; abstracting electricity; acquiring, using or possession of criminal property; and concealing, disguising, converting, transferring or removing criminal property.

Roy Laidlaw, 49, an architect of High Street, Great Wakering, has been charged with production of cannabis and abstracting electricity.

Jessica Pope, 38, a contract cleaner of Broadclyst Gardens, Southend, has been charged with acquiring, using or possession of criminal property.

Thomas Rae, 21, a plumber,of Royston Avenue, Southend, has been charged with production of cannabis, abstracting electricity and possession of a class B drug ketamine.

They are due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on May 15.

A UNIQUE exhibition is at The Forum Space in Southend until April 30 - a stunning display of 136 model Vulcan bombers, all hand crafted by artist and carpenter John Jarvis.

Each model represents every real Vulcan which was produced during the cold war and which provided Britain with its nuclear deterrent.

Since being diagnosed with terminal cancer, John has prioritised time to address his long standing ambitions as an artist, the fulfilment of which this incredible exhibition attests.

Alongside the fleet of Vulcan models will be nature and still life paintings and works will be available to purchase.

A LEIGH man has been cleared of sexually assaulting a woman

Colin Kent, 63, of Kingfisher Close, Leigh, denied touching woman aged over 16 and attempting to touch a woman aged over 16 on May 9.

He appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court for a trial but prosecutors offered no evidence and as a result the case was dismissed.

A WESTCLIFF man who had a knife in a public place has been spared jail.

Tony Levey, 29, of Bakery Mews Park Street, Westcliff, had a Stanley knife with him at the probation office in Victoria Avenue, Southend, on February 1.

He admitted the offence at Southend Magistrates Court and was handed a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

He was placed under a curfew and ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

A WESTCLIFF man who died after being found unconscious at Rochford Hospital was insufficiently supervised, an inquest heard.

Steven Adams, 42, from Westcliff, was reported missing on October 19, and was found in his car a day later and taken to the mental health hospital in Rochford.

After being sectioned, he was placed on level two observation, the second lowest, which means five checks per hour at irregular intervals.

After his behaviour caused alarm and he intimated his desire to take his own life, he was placed in a different ward, and it was her that he was found unconscious.

He was taken to Southend Hospital, but died two days later.

An inquest at Chelmsford Crown Court heard that a post mortem gave the cause of death as asphyxiation due to hanging.

A MAN with 17 aliases was ordered to pay £100 compensation for assaulting a man in Leigh.

David Fagen, 43, of Mapesbury Road, London, assaulted a man on Christmas Eve 2014, and failed to surrender on bail in October 2016.

He appeared at Southend Magistrate’s Court under his real name and was ordered to pay £300 costs and carry out 150 hours unpaid work.

POLICE have launched an appeal for information about a burglary that took place at a house Pleasant Terrace, Church Hill between March 22 and 27 when intruders gained entrance through a rear patio door,

If anybody can assist police with their enquiries they should contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111,

MEMBERS of the public taking a walk around Two Tree Island last week discovered eight packets of Second World War bullets in the mud. Police and fire crews were called and because of the mud had to use a giant skateboard to retrieve the ammunition, which was later safely disposed of.

WEST Leigh Coun John Lamb, leader of Southend Council will be discussing the council’s budget when he addresses members of Chalkwell Residents’ Association tomorrow (Wednesday) night at 8pm at Alleyn Court Preparatory School in Imperial Avenue, Westcliff. All welcome – visitors £1.

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