This week in 2001 police were searching for a woman who tried to snatch a 5-year old child from Sainburys supermarket in Southend.
Meanwhile, as Basildon reeled in the wake of another week of severe weather, Met Office officials said flooding in Essex had been so bad because of the county’s predominately clay landbase. Experts were warning the situation could get worse.
Elsewhere, on February 13, 2001, an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale hit El Salvador, killing at least 400. On February 16, allied planes launched airstrikes on Baghdad.
The top selling single of this week was Whole Again by Atomic Kitten and the number 1 album was Dido with No Angel.
At the UK box office the top grossing film this week 16 years ago was the Mel Gibson comedy What Women Want.