Archive for January, 2011
TEENAGERS are being blamed for terrorising a Vange housing estate.
The unruly teenagers have been hanging around in large groups and making life a misery in Ravensfield where they bang on front doors.
They have been emptying the dog poo bin before throwing the contents at each other and at the walls.
Residents raised the issue at the Vange Neighbourhood Action Panel where police set it as a priority to tackle over the next six weeks.
Locals have blamed the trouble on boys from nearby Basildon Lower Academy who hang around the estate during break-times.
Deborah Knight, 36, who lives in Ravensfield, said: “They jump over the fence, swearing and smoking and once they’ve finished they jump back over and go back to school.”
A DISABLED farmer lost his firearms licence after two men suspected of burgling a cannabis factory on his land were allegedly shot.
Edward Tibbs, 62, from Elm Farm, London Road, Crays Hill, suffers from multiple sclerosis and neuralgia.
He believes he accidentally shot the intruders while firing at a fox from his mobility scooter.
It came after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the men’s injuries in August.
Mr Tibbs said at around 4am he was woken by noisy geese from a pen near his home and saw a fox nearby, he then went out on the scooter and fired about three shots at the animal, but must have missed.
The farmer says he had no idea two men were hit by pellets from his shotgun and he heard no shouts or screams.
He also insists he was oblivious to the fact cannabis was being grown in one of several units rented out on his farm.
Mr Tibbs explained: “Shooting is my life. I used to shoot every other day – rats, foxes, pigeons, vermin.”