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A BASILDON man was left with a fractured eye-socket after a vicious unprovoked assault at a nightclub.
Police believe the 22-year-old victim had been in the Havana Bar VIP area at the Ivory Rooms, in Laindon Road, when he accidentally knocked into someone. He apologised but was then headbutted in the face, leaving him with a fracture to his left eye socket.
The attack happened last Friday (3 May 2013) at the Ivory Rooms, in Laindon Road, Billericay between 11.15pm and midnight.
Police are treating the attack as grievous bodily harm and are calling for witnesses.
The suspect is described as a white man, about 5ft 9 ins to 5ft 10ins tall, with short brown hair, and aged about 18 to 22. He is of large muscular build and was wearing a white T-shirt with large dark lettering on the front.
A FUGITIVE wanted in the USA for kidnapping and trying to kill his ex-girlfriend fled to Basildon and took a job at Asda in the Eastgate.
Sean Lopes, 47, led a double life by setting up home with a new family in Lanham Place on the Felmores estate while on the run for attacking ex-girlfriend Amanda Hopkins, 22, in New York back in 2004.
He was arrested this week after the authorities caught up with him in Kent where he was working as a manager at a Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Shocked neighbours on the Felmores estate said they had no idea Lopes was on the run.
A MAN suffered a broken arm after two men set on him in an unprovoked attack in daylight outside a Basildon fast-food outlet.
The attack happened outside McDonald’s in Basildon town centre on 7.30pm on Friday (03 May 2013) when a 41-year-old was punched, kicked, and stamped on by two men in a seemingly unprovoked incident.
The victim was first taken to Basildon Hospital, but then was later treated at a London hospital for a broken arm.
The two perpetrators are described as white, in their late teens or early twenties, and 6ft tall.
POLICE have launched a probe after a secret spy camera was found concealed in the changing room of a popular gym.
The camera was set up directly facing a toilet and would have filmed gym users changing.
One member of Fitness First in Festival Way, Basildon, said they were outraged that, after overhearing staff talking about the sinister discovery, members of the gym have yet to be officially told.
The fitness centre has now reported the incident to police who are investigating.
The camera, which is cleverly disguised as a wall hook for towels and clothes, was found in the disabled toilet by staff.
A TEENAGER was dragged to the ground by her hair and punched during a terrifying attack.
The victim, a 19-year-old woman, was walking through Basildon town centre with friends at 8.15pm on Thursday April 18 when the attack happened.
She was approached by a gang of girls who asked her for money. One of them then grabbed her by the hair and they fell to the ground.
The attacker then repeatedly punched the victim and her two accomplices also joined in the attack.
All three teenage girls are white and aged between 15 and 17.
BASILDON town centre is in for a boost with developers looking to bring two new outlets into empty buildings.
The Echo understands that former Cahoots bar which now stands empty in the Westgate shopping park, is set to become a fitness centre after being boarded up for about two years.
Basildon Council has been in talks with Anytime Fitness – which operates 24 hour gyms – for the firm to take over the empty building and a planning application to change the use of the site has recently been passed.
As well as this, a proposal to turn the former Co-op Travel shop in East Walk into a restaurant has also been submitted to the authority.
Councillors have regularly criticised the town centre’s lack of eateries, with the Tory administration’s £1billion masterplan designed to create a night-time economy for Basildon town centre by opening restaurants, bars, and a cinema over the next few years.
A 24-year-old woman is believed to have been assaulted by four men between 6.30pm and 7.30pm on Sunday, March 17, 2013.
The woman was walking along Clay Hill Road when she was pulled onto the nearby golf course.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault to contact them.
The men are all described as white and were wearing dark tracksuits and gloves. One of the men was wearing a tracksuit with yellow stripes down the arms. All of the men were wearing black gloves apart from one man who was wearing gloves that were lighter in colour, possibly green.
The men all ran off into a nearby field after the assault.
The woman is being supported and interviewed by specially trained officers.
via Woman sexually assaulted in Basildon (Essex Police).
A MAN was blinded in his right eye after he was struck with an iron bar whilst playing football.
The 35 year-old, from Basildon, was playing in a six-a-side football match at Basildon Sporting Village in Cranes Farm Road, on February 19.
He was assaulted by a group of spectators at about 9pm, who struck him in the face with an iron bar causing serious injuries to his right eye.
“This was a horrific attack and happened after a group of rival spectators attacked the player and manager of the six-a-side team.
A 16 year-old boy from Basildon and a 15-year-old boy from Billericay were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
A NEW college for Basildon town centre has been given the green light by councillors.
Residents and councillors packed out the council meeting on Tuesday evening to discuss the plans to build the £30million South Essex College in the town.
The plans had been earmarked for approval and now conditional planning permission has been granted.
But the proposals met with fierce opposition from campaigners who said an agreement would likely mean the old college in Nethermayne will be sold off to allow a major housing development of up to 850 homes on land, including the neighbouring Dry Street wildlife haven.
A MAN was found dead in a van at Festival Leisure Park on Thursday evening. (17 Jan 2013)
Police, Fire and Ambulance services were called to the scene on Cranes Farm Road at 8.05pm following reports of concern for a 50-year-old man.
Paramedics subsequently declared the man to be dead after discovering him in a van. Police are not treating the death as suspicious and the coroner has been informed.