Essex

'Safety' repairs at Southend pier

Southend Pier
Image caption Ice, snow and freezing temperatures are blamed for damage to Southend Pier

Southend Pier has re-opened after repairs were carried out following damage caused by freezing temperatures.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council said the extreme weather caused "health and safety" issues which have now been resolved.

The Essex landmark closed on Christmas Eve after it was hit by electrical problems and fire hydrants froze solid.

The pier was closed to enable contractors to work on the structure, the council said.

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