The Railway Hotel in Pitsea has been demolished to make way for the regeneration of the town, which includes a new Morrisons by Christmas 2014. Market traders have said it seems odd not to see the mock-tudor pub on the skyline but are looking forward to trading on the former Railway site as soon as possible
A BASILDON student who hopes to spend her life combating global warming has won a week-long stay at an American university.
Dannie Slade, 17, will visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the summer.
The teen, who studies law, psychology, geography and Spanish at Palmers College, is one of 50 students from across the UK who won a place on the trip.
She had to complete a series of essays modelled on US college admission exams.
She will stay on campus at MIT, attending lectures and meeting staff and students.
Dannie said the trip would help her decide whether to go to university in the UK or the US.
She said: “I’m keeping my options open. I will apply to both and see what comes back. It would be lovely to go to America, but I would only do it if they offered full financial support.”
What Dannie will study at university will depend on where she goes.
If she studies in the UK, she will study law. But if she wins a coveted spot at a US institution, she will study hydrology. During her trip to Boston, Dannie will meet with representatives from prestigious US universities like Harvard and Yale.
She said: “My favourite subject is geography and I prefer the practical side of it. I would love to work in hydrology. With the world in the state it’s in, with global warming, it’s going to become a lot more important because of increasing flood risks.”
Dannie said she hoped to squeeze in some sightseeing and shopping while she was there.
She said: “I’ve never been to America before so I’m really looking forward to immersing myself in the culture. We were told that last year they went from Boston to New York and did some shopping and saw a Broadway show, so that would be nice.”
Firefighters were called to an alert inside Lakeside shopping centre, West Thurrock, after a smoke canister was set off in a shop and filled the shopping centre’s Debenhams end with smoke.
The building was evacuated by centre staff just after 9:10pm on Tuesday, 7 May 2013, at the north end of the shopping centre, near to Debenhams. Half of the shopping centre was filled with smoke when crews arrived shortly afterwards at the scene, billowed from the first floor.
Four fire crews from Grays and Orsett were called out, and wearing breathing apparatus, they quickly worked to stop the smoke flow, before using high pressure fans to clear the air from the centre of smoke.
At 9:55pm, ventilation was in progress at the centre, but no casualties have been reported.
Picture courtesy of Lorraine Garvey-Farrell
The incident was dealt with by 10:10pm.
Via its Twitter feed, @intuLakeside confirmed the smoke had been released by an anti-theft device that went off in error. “We can confirm that part of the centre was evacuated due to a false alarm this evening #evac the smoke was caused by an anti theft device in one of our shops that went off in error.”
In a statement on intu Lakeside Facebook, the centre said: “We can confirm that due to a false alarm of an anti theft smoke canister going off in one of our shops part of the centre was evacuated this evening before 10pm. The centre will re-open as usual tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am.”
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A second man has appeared in court and has now been charged with the murder of a 35-year-old man in Grays on March 10.
Liam Holden, died after being attacked outside the Euro Lounge nightclub, where he had been spending a night out with friends. He was taken to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, with serious head injuries, but could not be saved and died in the early hours.
Unemployed Ryan Wood, age 21, from Godman Road, Grays was originally arrested on suspicion of murder and bailed until May 22, pending further enquiries, but police re-arrested him on Thursday, April 18, charged with murder and appeared before Magistrates in Basildon on Friday, April 19. He was remanded in custody and will next appear at his next appearance, at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, April 22.
Owen Wood, age 23, already appeared at Southend Magistrates Court last month and has been charged with Mr Holden’s murder. He is also remanded in custody and his next court appearance is on May 13 for a plea and case management hearing.