Archive for November, 2011
YOBS torched a fast food restaurant causing £16,000 damage.
A probe had been launched into the blaze at Farm Pizza, Clay Hill Road, Basildon.
Police have confirmed the fire was started deliberately.
The yobs set fire to the wooden roof of the fast food restaurant. It was wrecked and food worth £1,000 was also destroyed.
Fire crews from Basildon raced to the blaze and spent around an hour putting it out.
Happened between 11pm on Sunday 27 Nov 2011 and 5am Monday.
A MYSTERY patriot put put his own take on Armistice Day by fixing a giant poppy to the Basildon sign.
Motorists driving passed the well-known landmark were touched by the warm-hearted act of remembrance on Friday.
The massive red poppy was placed on the 5ft high letter “B” in the early hours of Friday.
Councillor Malcolm Buckley, councillor responsible for the environment at Basildon Council, said: “Although we wouldn’t condone this sort of thing normally, I think pretty much all of us were chuffed to see the poppy there.
Bobby Baker, 15, is the mysterious patriot who put the “ahh” in Armistice Day by fixing a giant poppy onto the large “Basilwood” sign off the A127.
SEVERAL people suffered broken bones after a 20-strong gang fight in Vange.
The fight broke out in Swan Mead Park between around 20 teenagers.
One suffered a broken nose while a parent who tried to help suffered a broken hand.
The fight happened at 7pm on Sunday 13th November 2011.
A MAN needed hospital treatment after he was smashed over the head with a hammer.
The 44-year-old was in the Town Square, near the Basildon Centre, when he was set upon by two thugs. One of them then wielded the hammer.
The man was taken to Basildon Hospital for treatment but police said his injuries were not “life changing” and he is not in a serious condition.
A 41-year-old man from Basildon was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, while a 47-year-old, also from Basildon, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.
Both have been released on police bail until December while officers continue to investigate.
A SERIAL burglar who stole more than £1.7million worth of loot during a mammoth crime spree has been jailed.
John Saxton, 24, admitted more than 230 break-ins and thefts across Basildon and Thurrock in 12 months.
The one-man crimewave was only stopped when he came forward and admitted his crimes in a bid to wipe the slate clean.
He was jailed yesterday for 35 months at Basildon Crown Court.
THE Olympic Torch will tour Essex during the build-up to London 2012.
The flame will start its journey through the county by taking in Colchester, Heybridge and Maldon on July 6 next year.
On the same day it will also pass through Rayleigh, Southend, Hadleigh, Basildon and Grays.
A MAN has died after he fell down a flight of stairs outside a Basildon night spot.
Emergency services were called at 12.40am on Sunday (23 Oct) after the 34-year-old local man fell down the stairwell outside The Edge bar that leads from High Pavement down to the Town Square.
Tributes were paid to 34-year-old Tim Mead, of Mistley Path, Vange, as a probe was launched into his death.
Essex Police, who carried out initial investigations into Mr Mead’s death at 12.40am on Sunday, confirmed it was being treated as an accident.
They have prepared and passed a file to the coroner.
Meanwhile, Basildon Council is still looking into the circumstances of Mr Mead’s death.
A MAN who stabbed his brother twice in the chest has been jailed for seven years.
Matthew Ferneyhough, 22, grabbed two large kitchen knives and stabbed brother Luke, 24, during a drunken argument on April 2.
Six months after the attack, Luke is still bed bound in hospital, has limited speech and can only understand simple commands.
The court heard that Luke and Jamie Easterbrook went to flat in Vange Hill Drive, Vange, where Matthew Ferneyhough’s girlfriend lived.
The three men ate together and drank alcohol. Ferneyhough and Jamie went out the buy more alcohol and Luke fell asleep at the flat.
When they got back Luke woke up angry, punched his brother and put him in a headlock.
While trying to defend himself, Ferneyhough went into the kitchen and grabbed the knives and stabbed his brother in the right ventricle of his heart and in a vein leading to the heart.