News in Thurrock

Stephen Metcalfe.

EAST Thurrock MP Stephen Metcalfe has written today to thank schoolteachers and support staff across his constituency for their hard work and understanding during this outbreak of coronavirus ahead of a phased return of year groups from 1 June.

The letter of thanks to schools across the South Basildon and East Thurrock constituency coincides with 'Thank a Teacher Day', where students express their gratitude to teachers across the country. Students have been voting in National Teacher Awards, which will be announced once schools have reopened to all children.

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The photograph of the new recruits was taken at the Fire Service College, before the social distancing rules were implemented.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed 16 new recruits into the service.

The latest whole time squad completed their training last week. The 16 new recruits were put through their paces on an intensive training course at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire and at ECFRS' Service Training Centre in Witham, preparing them to take on roles across the service and begin the development phase of their career.

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Neil Ruch

TRIBUTES have been paid from Thurrock by colleagues in the East of England Ambulance Service following the death of a Basildon-based paramedic who has died of coronavirus.

Neil Ruch, who worked at Basildon Ambulance Station passed away on Monday after contracting Covid-19. He had been very ill for some time and had been on a ventilator in intensive care in Basildon Hospital since April.

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TWO Purfleet women and a man from Grays have been committed to Basildon Crown Court for trial after pleading not guilty to threatening violence during an incident in Purfleet on Tuesday, 5 May.

The prosecution successful argued in an initial appearance at Basildon Magistrates' Court that the nature of the incident was so serious because of the nature and seriousness of the offence, their previous record and character and the strength of the case that they be remanded in custody.

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THIS Saturday will see the result of a collaboration between a Thurrock musical group for youngsters and the world's top-rated brass band.

Last weekend should have seen the Cory Band from South Wales perform in Grays at the Civic Hall after earlier filling a guest slot at the Indoor Music Games which was to have been sponsored by Thurrock Marching Brass at the Basildon Sporting Village.

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