Archive for October, 2010
BASILDON council leader Tony Ball wants the Royal Court tower blocks to go out with a bang.
Mr Ball accepts the landmark Laindon blocks cannot be blown up in the way industrial chimneys and some other buildings, have been dispatched in the past.
But he is keen for there to be some sort of demolition ceremony with a “theatrical” explosion to mark the end of the 50-year-old towers.
Once gone, a new community centre, shop and more homes will be developed in their place as part of the area’s regeneration.
Mr Ball said: “Negotiations are under way about this as to what could be done.
“They cannot be blown up in the traditional sense, but I would like to see something more theatrical with a token explosion.”
UPDATE: Royal Court tower blocks being demolished - 10 Oct 2011
FIREFIGHTERS uncovered a cannabis factory after being called there to put out a blaze.
They made the discovery in Polsteads, Vange, after they were called in by police who were investigating a suspected burglary.
They stopped a car, which had been reported as suspicious, but while talking to the driver they noticed smoke billowing out from the window of the house.
Firefighters attended and discovered the property, which is privately rented, was being used to farm the Class B drug cannabis.
It is thought an intruder may have disturbed some of the powerful electronic equipment, which is used to help grow the plant, and caused the fire.
The house had a sophisticated set-up which saw the upstairs filled with hydroponic lamps and watering systems.
The discovery comes just days after police unearthed another cannabis factory in nearby Hereford Walk, on Basildon’s Craylands estate.
Officers found more than 100 cannabis plants worth between £30,000 and £50,000.
Basildon Hospital has paid out £60,000 to a 74-year-old man following a claim of clinical negligence.
The patient, who does not want to be named, made the claim after undergoing major surgery in April 2007 to remove his rectum and colon because he had a chronic bowel condition.
After his operation the man, who lives in Stifford Clays, contracted the superbug MRSA.
His lawyers, Chelmsford-based clinical negligence specialists Gadsby Wicks, claimed he did not need the surgery because his condition could have been treated with medication.
Basildon District residents have now been given the opportunity to have a say about how lap dancing clubs will be licensed.
A draft policy on how the Council will go about licensing sex establishments was presented at last night’s Licensing Committee meeting (21 October 2010).
The Policing and Crime Act 2009 introduced a new category of sex establishment called a “sexual entertainment venue”. The change in the law will allow local authorities to better regulate lap dancing and similar activities, requiring operators of premises where it takes place to apply for a Sex Establishment Licence.
The Council will have more powers of scrutiny over new applications and residents and businesses will be allowed to raise objections.
A FORMER soldier was spat at from a passing car while he was on the Essex leg of a nationwide charity walk.
Eddie Craven, 36, is walking round the UK’s coastline raising funds for a homeless charity, but has been shocked at the welcome he received in Tilbury and Thundersley.
As he walked along the A13 through Thundersley, on Friday, he was spat at by yobs who slowed their car and then sped off.
The previous day, in Tilbury, Eddie, who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Bosnia in the early Nineties, was treated rudely.
Eddie said: “Tilbury was the worst. People shouted abuse at me and were so rude. And for someone to spit at me is just a disgrace.
“Sadly, Essex hasn’t made a good impression on me so far.
“On the other side of the Thames I had people stopping their cars and coming to shake my hand, which is a big contrast to coming here and getting spat at.”
A BUSINESSMAN was jailed for eight years for being involved in a conspiracy to supply and distribute drugs with a street value of £11million.
Frederick Burnham, 52, of Bromfords Drive, Wickford was found guilty of supplying a controlled Class B drug after a trial.
Basildon Crown Court heard he was part of a gang that used his Commercial Convoys site in Baker Street, Orsett, to process 1.46 tonnes of cannabis on June 27 last year.
Burnham was being re-tried after the jury failed to reach a verdict in an earlier case in which seven other gang members were found guilty.
The gang were caught during an undercover operation by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency which found cannabis hidden in pallets of cucumbers in the back of a lorry being driven in from Spain.
A MAN accused of attacking a pensioner on a bus has been charged.
The 28-year-old man from Basildon was arrested and charged with causing actual bodily harm.
It follows an alleged incident on September 17 this year in which a man in his 90s was headbutted while on a bus.
The pensioner received facial injuries and was treated at hospital.
The man will appear at Basildon Magistrates Court next month to face the charges.
Original story @ link below:
A TEENAGER was left terrified after two masked thugs tried to rob her.
The 16-year-old girl was in Gloucester Park, Basildon, when the two would-be robbers approached.
They demanded the victim hand over her phone, but luckily the terrified girl managed to escape and run off, so nothing was stolen.
Both thugs were men who had their faces covered and wore dark clothing.
The attempted robbery happened at 5.20pm on Wednesday 13 October 2010.