Archive for July, 2010
RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard after a six foot long Boa Constrictor escaped from its owner.
The deadly snake escaped from the bathroom window of a home in Barnfield, Wickford.
Although the reptile’s bite is not poisonous constrictors do bite if attacked and wrap themselves around their prey, crushing them to death.
However the missing snake is not fully grown and has been described as a “danger to small animals” by its owner.
Essex Police’;s wildlife liaison officer has consulted speacialists and the RSPCA over the missing snake.
Anyone who spots it should call 999 immediately and not go near the animal.
UPDATE 26th August 2010: Snake has been found
A MAN was forced to hand over cash at knifepoint during a robbery in Gloucester Park.The 34-year-old victim was approached in the park at 3.10pm on Wednesday and forced to hand over cash.
A HEROIN addict who gouged a woman’s eyes after breaking into her home has been jailed for three years and three months.
Julie Beale, 41, a mum-of-four, carried out the terrifying assault on the woman at her home in Ravenscourt Drive, Basildon, in the early hours of May 18.
The woman was asleep on her sofa downstairs and woke to find Beale crawling about on her hands and knees.
A MAN could become the first person in Basildon to be prosecuted for failing to recycle properly.
Basildon Council is drawing up a magistrates’ court case against the Noak Bridge resident, who has yet to be named.
He failed to pay a £75 fixed penalty notice, issued last month, for failing to recycle properly after receiving two warnings.
It comes as a review of the first six months of district-wide compulsory recycling revealed 2,365 official warnings about recycling offences have been sent out.
Initial warnings were sent to 2,261 homes, with 104 of these households then receiving a formal warning letter – the stage before fines are implemented.
Residents are usually warned if they put out black sacks, destined for landfill, if they contain recyclable items.
A WOMAN who swapped gymnastics for looking gorgeous for a living is hoping to be crowned Miss England – and wants your vote.
Pascal Craymer, 23, from Leigh, was a member of the British junior gymnastics squad and represented her country until a knee injury forced her to give up the sport, aged 16.
Now a professional model, Pascal was crowned Miss Southend, and will take on 59 other women for the title of Miss England, with the winner announced on September 1.
BELEAGURED Basildon Hospital bosses have paid £175,000 out in compensation after a man was wrongly diagnosed with leukaemia and told he had just a year to live.
Anthony Moore, 46, was actually suffering peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the central nervous system.
It is believed to have been caused by prolonged and unmonitored administration of Linezolid – a drug used to treat MRSA – at the hospital.
Medics had earlier wrongly diagnosed MRSA in an infected wound and treated it with Linezolid.
A CLAMPING company is threatening to block an MP’s drive because of his opposition to their tactics.An employee of LBS Enforcement, based in Westcliff, has said they will target Rayleigh Tory MP Mark Francois and accused him and Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge of “condoning motorists who park where they like”.
Both MPs have spoken in the past against LBS, which has been clamping motorists across south Essex for more than 18 months.
The claims were made in comments beneath a story on the Echo website about the company using a VAT number belonging to Barclays Bank.
It is the first time LBS has broken its silence since the Echo revealed its had 19 outstanding county court judgements against it from drivers worth almost £14,000.
Check out the Echo comments for this article at the link above, entertaining read…
A TEENAGER who accidentally blinded his best friend during a fight in which he slashed another man 11 times with a broken bottle has avoided jail.
Charlie Robbins, 18, of River View Close, Laindon, was handed a suspended prison sentence yesterday for wounding William Green on the doorstep of his home, also in River View Close, at around 1am on August 29 last year.
Basildon Crown Court heard Mr Green’s half-brother Anthony Williams, 19, was accidentally hit in the face by a piece of glass from the bottle during the attack, causing him to lose the sight in his left eye.
Robbins acknowledged he had drunk around eight beers and some rum before the incident, which occurred when he had gone to the house of his former best friend after a night out to play computer games.
A BLOOD-soaked man confronted police officers with a meat cleaver in one hand and a knife in the other, a court heard.
They arrived after Steven McGran, 38, was seen wielding the weapons on his doorstep and shouting: “Come on, who wants it?”
They tried to subdue him with tear gas as he came towards them aggressively, but he quickly shook off its affects before retreating back into a house in Whitmore Way, Basildon.
Police were called after neighbours reported he had had a blazing row with his partner shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day.
TWO more people have been booted out of their homes after a judge decided they were crack dens.
Young mum Dionne Kalebaina, who is in her twenties and has a small child, was forced to leave 63 Powell Road, Laindon.
Meanwhile, mum Deborah Kelly, in her fifties, was also evicted from 129 Long Riding, Basildon.
Both mothers were forced to leave their rented homes after district judge Kevin Gray, sitting at Southend Magistrates’ Court, granted an application by police to close both properties using crack house closure orders.