Archive for March, 2010
A MAN is preparing for a court fight with Basildon Council following a row about a £32.21 council tax bill.
Father-of-four, Simon Wallis, 34, is fuming after receiving a court summons.
The glazier has been out of work since last September with a back problem and has been claiming benefit to cover his council tax bills.
But he says he never received the bill and the first he knew of it was when a court summons came through his door on Wednesday morning.
He says he happily paid the council tax charge, but refuses to fork out for the £45 council administration fee which comes with the summons.
An 18-year-old man has been charged with the theft of 24 manhole covers stolen in the course of an hour in Essex.
A total of 46 covers were taken from streets on the eastern outskirts of Basildon on Saturday.
Police said the man, of no fixed address, has been bailed to appear at Basildon magistrates on 12 November.
The county council said it has begun installing new covers, which cost £10,000.
24 manhole covers in 1 hour = 150 seconds per cover!