Archive for December, 2010
A MAN threatened to set his dog on staff at Laindon railway station.
It happened after a man and woman jumped over the barriers without paying for a ticket.
Staff approached them and asked them to buy a ticket but they refused.
They asked the pair to leave the station but the man then threatened to come back and stab staff.
Det Con Michael Bute. of British Transport Police, said: “The man later returned to the station with a dog, believed to be a cross between a Bullmastiff and American Bulldog.
“The man became abusive towards a member of staff before goading his dog to attack him.”
The staff member was uninjured and the man eventually left of his own accord at about 1pm on Friday November 26.
Detectives have now released CCTV images in an effort to trace those responsible.
SEVEN teenagers in school uniforms attacked a woman and stole her Christmas shopping.
The woman, 44, was walking behind Briscoe Primary School, in Felmores End, Pitsea, when she was set upon by the gang, who punched her in the face and pinched her presents.
The gang of five boys and two girls crept up on their victim from behind, before grabbing her shoulder to make her spin round.
She was then punched in the face, which chipped her front tooth, and left her with a sore cheek.
They also repeatedly kicked her in the shins while they ransacked her shopping trolley of presents she had just bought for her family.
The haul included a DVD player, toys, and some cash worth a total of £300.
SEVENTY per cent of street lights in Basildon could be switched off between midnight and 5am as Essex County Council tries to save £10million.
County Hall bosses have approached Basildon councillors about the blackout proposals after running successful trials in Maldon and Saffron Walden.
The county council now wants to roll out proposals across the rest of Essex within the next 18 months to two years, with Basildon among one of the first boroughs to be approached.
Under the plans only around 30 per cent of lights will remain on throughout the night, along main roads, at roundabouts, in subways and alleyways leading to estates and in areas of high use such as sports centres.
Mr Hume defended the scheme and said there would be a “full and proper” consultation and nothing was imminent.
He said: “In the pilot areas, the two main fears were it would lead to more traffic accidents and crime. However, we found there were no personal injury accidents in the areas and crime actually fell.”
A TEENAGE boy was lucky to escape with his life after falling while train surfing.
The 17-year-old, from Basildon, clung on to a carriage as the train travelled three miles between Leigh and Benfleet stations.
A passenger spotted the boy fall as the train pulled into Benfleet station, at about 4.45am on Friday, and called 999.
Police and two ambulance crews arrived by the c2c railway line soon after the call.
The boy had suffered head and back injuries and some blood loss as well.
He was immobilised, treated and then taken to Southend Hospital. The teenager is believed to be in a stable condition.