Archive for September, 2011
The boss of two Basildon companies which went into liquidation owning investors £1.2million has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Matthew Ames, 36, from Goldfinch Lane, Thundersley, was arrested by City of London Police on suspicion of fraud by false representation and fraudulent trading.
He was bailed until the new year, pending further inquiries.
The police probe followed an Echo investigation in two of his companies Forestry for Life Limited and The Investor Club.
Update 05 Dec 2012:
Matthew Ames, 37, from Goldfinch Lane, Thunderlsey, who ran both businesses from a converted farm barn in Dunton Road, Laindon, has been charged with two counts of fraudulent trading.
FOOTBALL teams playing in the Basildon Sunday League have been left high and dry after thieves broke into changing rooms and stole copper piping from the showers.
Thieves targeted the facilities at the Langdon Hills Recreation Ground, in New Avenue, Langdon Hills, which had only recently been given a facelift.
Update 10 May 2011:
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Update 20 Dec 2011:
WATERSPORTS fans will be able to wakeboard and swim outdoors after plans to transform a Basildon lake were approved.
Sports firm JVP Leisure has been given the green light to turn Aquatels lake behind Festival Leisure Park, off Cranes Farm Road, in Basildon, into a haven for thrillseekers.
THRILLSEEKERS could soon enjoy adrenalin fueled fun on a lake as a firm bids to bring wakeboarding to Basildon.
JVP Leisure has bought the lake behind Festival Leisure Park, off Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, and could now create a wakeboarding facility.
Several local fishermen, who are opposed to the plans, have set up a Facebook page called “Save Aquatels Fishery”.
THE opening of a new Army-themed laser quest centre in Basildon will open in October, three months behind schedule.
The £750,000 centre, influenced by popular computer game Call of Duty, will offer sessions to children aged six and over.
Sonja Davies, 45, was claiming both council tax and incapacity benefit from Basildon Council.
But Davies, of Brackendale Avenue, Pitsea, failed to declare to Basildon Council she had £115,000 in her bank account.
The cash included a £4,000 payment for a personal injury and more than £28,000 she had saved while working.
Yet between August 2004 and January 2010, she illegally claimed nearly £14,000, made up of nearly £5,000 in council tax benefits and £9,000 in incapacity benefits.
She was given an 18-month conditional discharge at Basildon Crown Court and ordered to pay £500 in costs.
She will also have to pay back all the cash she took.
THIEVES stole hundreds of metres of copper cable, wiping out a power station and phone lines.
The thieves struck at the Southfields Business Park in Southfields, Laindon.
They forced their way into a substation, which is a small building distributing power to nearby consumers, before ripping out the copper earth cables.
On Tuesday, thieves dug up and stole 280 metres of underground phone cable from Victoria Road, Laindon.
FIVE illegal workers have been arrested following a raid on an Indian restaurant.
Officers from the Local Immigration Team for the UK Border Agency swooped on the Moza Indian Buffet, in Festival Leisure Park, Basildon.
Immigration checks revealed that five Bangladeshi men were illegally working.
Two men aged 31 and 32, had overstayed their visas, another two men, aged 23 and 29, were working in breach of their visas, while the fifth man, 33, had entered the UK illegally.
The UK Border Agency is now working to remove all five men from the country.
The restaurant faces a potential fine of up to £50,000 unless it can prove the correct pre-employment checks were carried out.
The raid took place shortly after 2pm on Thursday, September 1.
POLICE in Basildon and Thurrock have solved just one of 31 sex attacks in recent months.
The figures, recorded between April and June, also show only four arrests were made after 33 rape complaints in Southend, Castle Point and Rochford.
The statistics mean Basildon and Thurrock officers are officially the worst in Essex for solving rape crimes, with a detection rate of just over 3 per cent.
Det Chief Insp Denise Morrissey, said the poor number of rapes solved was down to victims “leaving it too long to report the crimes”.
Chief Supt Glenn Caton, urged victims to contact police straight away if they are raped.
A GROUP of Irish travellers set up a makeshift camp in Basildon yesterday afternoon.
Eleven caravans were spotted near Festival Leisure Park yesterday afternoon.
The group, from Sligo in Ireland, said they were on their holidays and had broken down.
There was speculation they could be linked to Dale Farm, but they denied this.
An Essex Police spokesman said: “Police spoke to one of the families, who assured they would leave once the repairs were done.”
The group was served notices to leave.
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