SIX people have been evicted from their homes by county court bailiffs.
The five tenants and their landlord were found living in squalid conditions at Claremont Farm, Burnt Mills Road, Basildon.
The two houses and the farm are owned by Deborah Dobbie and managed by Tony Cooper, 44, and the repossession order was served due to mortgage arrears.
Animals, including three pigs and two ponies kept at the back of the properties, were removed by volunteers from Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society based in Pitsea.
The tenants carried out about six dogs with them.
A BODYBUILDER who locked his wife and one-year-old daughter in a loft has been jailed for nine years.
David Bell would keep wife Zara and daughter prisoners in their attic, while he worked out at the gym.
She barely had enough food to feed her daughter and the pair had to sit, soaked in their own urine, for hours on end over a terrifying three-week period.
The terrified mum only managed to escape from her life of terror when she smuggled an old mobile phone into the loft and called police while her husband was out.
Steroid-user Bell, 26, repeatedly beat his wife at their family home in Brackley Crescent, Pitsea.
Prosecuting, Andrew Jackson said: “He subjected his wife, on a daily basis, to what we say was savage and sustained beatings using his fists, feet and weapons.”
UPDATE 12 July 2011:
Daily Mail: After one beating, the court was told he forced Zara to stand in front of a mirror and sneered: ‘I don’t suppose you recognise yourself do you?
Mirror: David Bell, 26, forced his wife to have sex with another man then attacked her in a jealous rage after watching a video he made.
UPDATE 13 July 2011: Echo article with pictures of the victim and more in depth information.
THE first person has been arrested for drunken behaviour in Basildon town centre under tough new dispersal powers.
Police arrested the 52-year-old, from Basildon, outside Iceland, near the bus station at 1.25pm yesterday (Friday 08 July 2011).
The man had previously been moved on by police for drunken behaviour and was warned he would be arrested if he returned to the shopping centre within 24 hours, under new dispersal powers introduced a week ago.
A police spokeswoman said: ”We were called to complaints about drunken behaviour outside some shops near the bus station.”
Update 28 July 2011:
“The police didn’t provide any evidence that he was ever given an order to disperse. I can’t prosecute without any evidence.”
Eviction notices have been served on families living illegally at England’s largest travellers’ site.
Basildon Council has given people living on 51 unauthorised pitches at Dale Farm, Essex, until the end of August to leave.
More than 400 travellers currently live at the former scrapyard.
About half of the 100 pitches do not have planning permission. Travellers began to set up pitches illegally on the greenbelt land in 2001.
The notice requires them to vacate the land or the council will enter and dismantle the camp.
Policing the clearance of what is thought to be the largest traveller site in Europe could cost up to £9.5m.
MORE than 800 shopping trolleys have been stolen from one supermarket in 12 days – costing a massive £64,000.
The stainless steel cars are thought to have been snatched to be sold on for scrap metal.
Cops have launched an investigation into the theft at Asda in Basildon, Essex.
Spokesman Jo Newbould said: “Large numbers of trolleys have been taken from our supermarket.”
Police are investigating why they were stolen, they obviously weren’t used to take their shopping home in.
via The Sun
PLANS to build four restaurants in Basildon’s Festival Leisure Park have been approved by councillors.
The new crescent-shape of cafes will be in front of the main entrance and aims to create a “piazza” area between the new and existing buildings with widened pavements as well as two new taxi ranks, lighting and planters.
It is hoped 85 jobs will be created by the new development.
Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said he was pleased the new development was going ahead.
A swan has been found decapitated at a park in Essex and a large dog is suspected of being responsible.
The male swan was found by dog walkers at Northlands Park in Basildon on Saturday morning.
The swan’s head and neck were missing and bite marks were found on the body, council animal control officer Sarah Moran said.
“We examined the body and it appears the swan was either killed or at least moved by a big dog,” she said.
“The bite marks were too big for a fox and the chances of a fox attacking a swan are very slim.
Youths with their dogs were spotted in the park on Friday evening.
Update 5 July 2011:
A female swan at Northlands Park has been relocated today after animal control officers fear for the swan’s safety.
Just days after the swan’s mate was found decapitated at Northlands Park, the Council and RSPCA received a number of complaints of yobs throwing stones at the bird.
The swan has now been re-located to a secure location where she has access to two lakes in private grounds.
via: Basildon Council
POLICE are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Swan Mead Park, Church Road, Basildon at 10pm on Saturday.
Two suspects knocked over a 22-year-old man by head butting him and punching the side of his head and ribs.
His Iphone was stolen and he suffered severe bruising and his friend, a 17-year-old boy also suffered bruisng and a black eye.
The two suspects are a black man, aged 16 to 20, with shaven hair, a black bandana, a black jacket and blue jeans.
The second suspect is a white man, aged 16 to 20 with blonde hair and wearing light coloured clothing.
A TEENAGE girl was punched in the head and face during a violent night-time robbery in Basildon.
The 19-year-old was grabbed by the throat and knocked to the ground outside Swan Mead park, in Church Road, at about 10.30pm on Tuesday.
The victim, who needed hospital treatment, sustained broken teeth, a split lip and a severely bruised and swollen eye. Her black Samsung Galaxy S mobile, worth £300, was taken during the attack.
The suspect was a black man, aged 19 or 20, with short cropped hair, of a slim or skinny build, 5ft 7ins to 5ft 8ins tall and wearing a jacket.
A PROLIFIC crook, who broke into 22 homes in a month, has been jailed for three years.
Nathan Odley went on his crime spree earlier this year, but was arrested after leaving behind crucial forensic evidence at the scene of two break-ins.
Odley, of no fixed abode, left blood smeared on a broken window, days later, on March 1, Odley struck again, this time he left a screwdriver, which left police with vital forensic clues.
On March 4, Odley was arrested in Basildon where he was found wearing a silver Armani watch he had taken from a Billericay burglary.
Odley, who admitted two counts of burglary, also asked for 20 other offences – including 17 other burglaries and three attempted burglaries which he carried out between January 6 and February 4 – to be taken into consideration at the hearing.