Archive for February, 2011
A PILE of 11 rotting foxes has been left by a Thundersley road, leaving nearby neighbours outraged.
The decomposing bodies have been laying in a car layby in Windermere Road for the past fortnight, and the mound has been gradually added to in recent days.
Residents in the area do not know who is behind the killing, but are desperate for them to stop.
Jo Reeves, of Ullswater Road, said: “Last week I counted eight but there’s eleven now.
“Most of us have lived here for years, and we get on very well with the foxes.
“Over the past few months they’ve started disappearing.
A TEENAGER has been given an Asbo after he went on a booze-fuelled rampage.
George Long caused so much trouble on Bonfire Night last year, police sought the order.
The 16-year-old had punched five different people in and around Wickford High Street in just 24 hours.
Basildon Magistrates’ Court agreed to a two-year antisocial behaviour order which bans him from drinking in the street.
Long, of Carlton Road, Wickford, is also banned from being drunk in a public place and harassing anyone.
LEAKING sewers near a popular park are causing a stink for residents living around the area.
People living close to Victoria Park, Laindon, say drains in Wayletts have regularly overflowed for years. And, although Anglian Water comes out to deal with the problem, it is only a short-term fix.
Dog walkers claim their pets have been ill as a result of running through the sewage.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It is at three separate sites, and it has been going on for years.
“Our children are walking through this, our dogs are walking through this. It is not very pleasant. There are whole areas of the park you can’t get through.
A HOMELESS man helped into accommodation by the Echo could be forced back on to the street.
Rough sleeper John Masser, 42, was forced to live in a shed in Long Riding, Basildon, during the severe snow last December.
After contacting the Echo and saying he feared he was going to die, Mr Masser was found accommodation in Arne Court, Basildon, by Basildon Council.
He was later moved to Rylands hostel, in Laindon, but has now been told he must move out because he does not fit the council’s housing criteria.
Following guidelines from the Housing Act 1996, council officers said they do not feel Mr Masser is vulnerable or destitute enough to be given a room, despite him suffering from depression, which he receives medication for.
A CHILDREN’S party descended into a riot after drunken youngsters, some as young as 12, went on the rampage.Stunned police arrived at the Lamb and Lion, in Station Road, Westcliff, to find children behind the bar serving their own booze.
Officers even had to close Westcliff station after alcohol-fuelled youths risked their lives running along the train tracks.
Extra officers needed to be drafted in, from as far away as Benfleet, as police struggled to keep the rowdy mob under control.
The party got out of control after details of the bash were apparently leaked on Facebook.
And, instead of the 50 children organisers had expected – 150 youngsters turned up.
Now police have served official papers on the pub, informing staff the venue will face a review of its licence.