• Matt Abbott

  • Matt Abbott, Chief Reporter
  • Matt has been a reporter at the Thurrock Gazette since March 2012 and is currently chief reporter.


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IN PICTURES: Sun shines as stars come out for borough's celebration

Thurrock Gazette:

9:35am Monday 28th July 2014

THE sun shone over Grays Beach park as national and local stars came out for Thurrock Festival 2015.

Man shot and wounded with an air gun in Grays

Thurrock Gazette: Essex Police closed the station as part of £2.5million cuts.

4:26pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN was shot with an air gun as walked to Grays town centre.

Car set alight in Chafford Hundred

Thurrock Gazette:

2:32pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A CAR in Chafford Hundred had its window smashed before being set on fire.

Chemical spillage at supermarket after vehicle overturns

Thurrock Gazette: ESSEX: Four year fire dispute ends

1:56pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN required treatment after inhaling battery acid fumes which wafted through the air after a cleaning vehicle overturned in a supermarket car park.

6,000 litres of illegal alcohol intercepted at Port of Tilbury

Thurrock Gazette: Alcohol seizure at PoT

12:59pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A 6,000-litre haul of Nigerian spirits was in intercepted by Border Force officers at the Port of Tilbury.

Fire Authority accuse firefighters of "misleading the public" over cuts

Thurrock Gazette:

7:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

ESSEX Fire Service bosses have hit out at Grays firefighters’ attempts to “mislead the public” over cuts at the station.

Help find missing terrier Gillie

Thurrock Gazette: Gillie

10:21am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A FAMILY is calling for help in finding a beloved Yorkshire Terrier who went missing.

King pleased with progress after tough Pompey test

Thurrock Gazette:

12:26am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SIMON King enjoyed the pro test posed by Portsmouth.

Thurrock vs Portsmouth

Thurrock Gazette:

7:15pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Live text commentary as Thurrock welcome League Two club Portsmouth

Manure fire in Corringham

Thurrock Gazette:

6:20pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 20 tonnes of manure caught fire in Corringham.

Thurrock MP welcomes London crossing consultation

Thurrock Gazette: Campaigning – Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price, foreground, at Orsett Heath

9:19am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

TRANSPORT for London are consulting on a number of options for new river crossings in East London.

100-year-old school has two reasons for a celebration

Thurrock Gazette: Marina Cole at Aveley

10:00am Friday 18th July 2014

AVELEY Primary School received its best Ofsted report in more than 12 years...days after celebrating its 100th anniversary.

Work starts on new costume centre

Thurrock Gazette:

11:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

WORK has started on the Royal Opera House costume centre, the latest addition to the High House Production Park.

Festival and college open day set to bring town to life

Thurrock Gazette:

9:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

GRAYS town centre is due to come alive this weekend for the town’s annual street festival.

Essex County Council angry at crossing decision delay

Thurrock Gazette: Councillor Kevin Bentley, deputy leader of Essex County Council, said the funding already brought into the county was fantastic, especially in the tough economic climate.

11:28am Wednesday 16th July 2014

ESSEX County Council is disappointed that the Government is to delay making an announcement on where a new River Thames crossing will be located.

Transport Association hits out at Government's "failure to provide definite answer" on crossing

Thurrock Gazette: Is this how the free-flow toll system at the Dartford Crossing will look?

11:25am Tuesday 15th July 2014

ONE of the UK's largest trade associations has hit out at the Government's "failure to provide a definite answer" over a new river crossing and urged it to make a decision "sooner rather than later".

Government to look in more detail at new crossing options before making decision

Thurrock Gazette: The Dartford Crossing

11:09am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE Government is to take a closer look at the options for a new Thames river crossing before announcing a preference.

Video: Sole searching for the truth behind estuary fish stocks

Thurrock Gazette: David Alexander and Josh Hatton

10:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

BOSSES at London Gateway have insisted that their huge programme of making the river deeper has not affected fish stocks in the Thames.

South Ockendon academy "good" as tide begins to turn with borough's primary schools

Thurrock Gazette: Private pre-school closes ahead of damning Ofsted report

7:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

KENNINGTON Primary Academey has been rated "good" by Ofsted.

Bomb squad drafted in to remove "undetonated bomb" found on a building site

Thurrock Gazette: nswebpix police crime tape

11:02am Friday 11th July 2014

A BUILDING site has been evacuated after a suspected bomb was discovered.

Tilbury becomes Grimsby...with film stars set to shoot next Baron-Cohen film in town

Thurrock Gazette: Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher

5:57pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

HOLLYWOOD film stars, including Sacha Baron-Cohen, could be bound for Tilbury to shoot scenes for a new film.

Firefighters battle rubbish fire in Aveley

Thurrock Gazette: ESSEX: Four year fire dispute ends

6:31pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

FIRE crews spent more than an hour battling a blaze in Avely field that they suspect was started on purpose.

E-fit released of man after woman attacked while in her car

Thurrock Gazette: E fit of man wanted in relation to Ockendon assault

8:46am Monday 7th July 2014

POLICE have released an e-fit image of a man they are tracing after a woman was punched in the face "several times" while in her car.

Life beneath the giant cranes: A behind the scenes look at London Gateway

Thurrock Gazette: London Gateway

7:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

LONDON Gateway’s huge cranes tower over the south Essex landscape.

Meeting over football club's new ground plans

Thurrock Gazette: East Thurrock United's current ground, Rookery Hill.

9:55am Friday 4th July 2014

A MEETING has been scheduled to update residents on East Thurrock United’s bid to move their home ground.

PICTURES: Village's fayre makes light of the Dark Ages

Thurrock Gazette: Horndon F&F

6:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

CROWDS flocked to Horndon- on-the-Hill for the village’s annual weekend-long Feast and Fayre.

Alfie the dog sniffs out illicit products

Thurrock Gazette:

4:04pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A DOG with a nose for tobacco sniffed out thousands of illicit products in Grays.

Road closed after female driver attacked by passenger travelling in another car

Thurrock Gazette:

12:46pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A MOTORIST was punched in the face "several times" during a vicious attack by a man who had been travelling in a car behind.

MP candidate urges Government to act over town centre level crossing

Thurrock Gazette:

12:13pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE Government is being urged to help transform a level crossing in Grays...and in turn, unlock the town centre's potential.

X Factor stars and a Pussycat Doll on the bill for this year's T Fest

Thurrock Gazette:

9:37am Tuesday 1st July 2014

X FACTOR stars Danyl Johnson and Misha B are joining Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt on the bill for this year's Thurrock Festival.

Three million illegal cigarettes seized at Purfleet

Thurrock Gazette: cigarettes seized at Purfleet

9:46am Sunday 29th June 2014

AN ATTEMPT to smuggle more than three million cigarettes into the UK has been foiled by Border Force officers at the Port of Purfleet.

Strawberry Tea event in memory of Diana

Thurrock Gazette: Hundreds attend Diana Hale funeral

7:00am Sunday 29th June 2014

THIS year’s Strawberry Tea event at Davy Down will be in memory of a hard-working and much-loved councillor who past away last year.

Top Eagles tribute swooping in on the Thameside

Thurrock Gazette: Top Eagles tribute swooping in on the Thameside

9:00am Friday 27th June 2014

A BAND widely regarded as the best Eagles tribute act are to play in Grays.

Schools get almost £30k for WW1 studies

Thurrock Gazette: Pupils from the schools involved - Samuel Willett blows a trench whistle, front

6:00am Friday 27th June 2014

LUCKY youngsters at four Thurrock schools are set to enjoy six fun-filled months learning about World War One thanks to a £27,500 grant.

Eagle-eyed scout leader prevents hut from total destruction

Thurrock Gazette: West Yorkshire fire strike passes without major incident

7:31am Thursday 26th June 2014

A SCOUT hut in Tilbury would have been destroyed by fire had it not been for an eagle-eyed group leader spotting the blaze from a nearby tower block.

Dad raises five-figure sum for diabetes charity after son's diagnosis

Thurrock Gazette: Dad raises five-figure sum for diabetes charity after son's diagnosis

12:00pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A DAD was inspired to raise thousands of pounds for a diabetes charity after his son was diagnosed with the condition.

Wait on crossing decision, MP urges minister

Thurrock Gazette: Is this how the free-flow toll system at the Dartford Crossing will look?

9:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

THE MP for Thurrock has written to the transport secretary urging him to hold off on making a decision over where a new Thames river crossing is located until the full impact of free-flow tolling is known.

Holocaust survivor visits Stanford secondary school

Thurrock Gazette: Holocaust survivor visits Stanford secondary school

6:50am Wednesday 25th June 2014

A HOLOCAUST survivor dropped in at the Hassenbrook Academy on D-Day.

Thurrock businesses and politicians call for A13 funding

Thurrock Gazette: Traffic leaves the A13 after the crash

4:27pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

THURROCK'S biggest buisnesses and politicians are joining forces in a bid to secure additional funds needed to widen the A13.

North Stifford woman killed in hit-and-run

Thurrock Gazette: nswebpix police crime tape

12:48pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A WOMAN from North Stifford died in a hit-and-run as she attempted to protect an elderly man she was walking with.

UPDATED: Driver cut free from lorry after M25 smash

Thurrock Gazette: traffic on M25

10:25am Tuesday 24th June 2014

THERE are long delays clockwise on the M25 approaching Junction 30 for Lakeside and Thurrock services involving two lorries.

Pothole money "not enough" claims Thurrock's roads chief

Thurrock Gazette: Letter: Potholes are being tackled

6:35pm Monday 23rd June 2014

THURROCK’S roads chief said the Government hasn’t given the council enough to fix the borough’s pothole-riddled roads.

Man charged with dangerous driving after pedestrian left with serious injuries in February

Thurrock Gazette: The scene at Dock Road, Grays

10:27am Monday 23rd June 2014

A MAN has been charged with causing injury by dangerous driving following police investigations into an incident in February.

Upbeat 1966-themed ball next up for fundraiser Jonjo

Thurrock Gazette: The Upbeat Beatles

9:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014

AN INSPIRATIONAL youngster is hosting a World Cup themed-ball...and getting a little help from his friends - a Beatles tribute act.

Grays man pushes himself in triathlon for blood cancer charity

Thurrock Gazette: Mark Lee

11:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

A GRAYS man pushed himself to the limit in a triathlon - but finished smiling after raising £2,000 for a blood cancer charity.

Talented local line up for Stanford Festival

Thurrock Gazette: The Heaters are one of the bands on the bill for the festival

8:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

A LINE-UP of popular local bands and artists will take to the Stanford Music Festival stage in a fortnight’s time.

Council anti-social behaviour and alcohol crackdown planned in Ockendon

Thurrock Gazette: ALCOHOL TROUBLE: New courses tackle drink-related crime

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

A NEW scheme targeting alcohol misuse and anti-social behaviour is to be launched in South Ockendon.

CCTV: Do you recognise these two?

Thurrock Gazette: Co-op theft

3:41pm Friday 20th June 2014

DO you recognise these two? Police want to speak to them about a theft of whiskey from a Co-Operative store in Corringham.

New cranes swing into use at Port of Tilbury

Thurrock Gazette: News cranes at Port of Tilbury

12:14pm Friday 20th June 2014

TWO new container cranes are operating at the Port of Tilbury's container terminal.

Firefighter warning after Stanford kitchen blaze

Thurrock Gazette: Fire crews tackle kitchen blaze

11:09am Friday 20th June 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning about taking care while cooking after they attended a fire in a Stanford-le-Hope kitchen.


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