TEACHERS, classroom assistants and even dinner ladies in Essex were subjected to more than 2,000 physical and verbal assaults by pupils last year.
The Department for Education said 2,346 pupils were suspended over the school year 2009/10 for launching a physical attack or verbal tirade against an adult in their school, with 90 of these permanently excluded.
The figures show Essex has the most pupils attacking teachers in the East of England, with Hertfordshire second at 1,591.
A BASILDON Hospital surgeon lied about the death of his mother because he was worried about failing his surgical exams, a hearing was told.
Sandeep Kukreti, a specialist in trauma and orthopaedics, was given four days of special paid leave from his job in January 2010 after saying his father was seriously ill and he needed to travel to India.
The truth was he was still in the country and revising for the exams he had failed on four previous occasions.
On February 4, he called the manager of the Intercollegiate Specialty Boards, which ran the exams, to say his mother, not his father, had died and he would have to postpone the exam.
When the board pressed for copies of flight tickets he confessed to making up the story, saying he “lost confidence” and wanted to cancel the exams and avoid paying £1,275 fees.
He has now been suspended from practising for four months after being found guilty of misconduct by the General Medical Council.
A CHILDREN’s playground suffered an arson attack in the early hours of Saturday morning. (30 July 2011)
Yobs set fire to the tarmac at Victoria Park, off Bourne Close, in Laindon, at about 5.10am.
Firefighters spent 15 minutes dousing the flames.
Police have launched an investigation.
Update 04 Aug 2011:
NEW play areas across Basildon will stop being built if yobs continue to target them, a furious councillor has said.
Kevin Blake spoke out after thugs targeted yet another of the borough’s playing areas, the third one to be trashed by yobs in as many months.
He said: “It’s just vandalism again.
“These people, I don’t care whether they are young or old, they are just scum.
A hospital in Essex has changed patient communication procedures after cancer records were repeatedly faxed to a member of the public instead of a GP.
Basildon Hospital was reported to the Information Commissioner – the data protection watchdog.
He criticised Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and pointed out that guidelines banned the use of fax machines.
The trust now delivers cancer forms and sensitive material by courier.
The person said that several faxes had been received over a two-year period from the trust and a number of other healthcare providers.
An internal hospital investigation confirmed at least 10 faxes had been sent by mistake, to only one person but from several different internal departments.
via BBC News
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.