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NEW powers enabling the police to stop people drinking alcohol in 159 Basildon streets will come into force on January 2.
The designated public place order aims to tackle alcohol-related antisocial behaviour in Basildon town centre, but also covers roads in St Martin’s, Nethermayne, Lee Chapel North and Fryerns to prevent nuisance drinkers simply moving to spot nearby.
Under their new powers, police officers, police community support officers and some trained community workers will be able to ask people to stop drinking and hand over their booze if they are causing a nuisance.
If they refuse, they could be arrested or fined up to £500.
The town centre, particularly St Martin’s Square and the bus station, has been plagued by drunks who harass and intimidate passers-by.
A MAN is due in court after allegedly stealing a truck which smashed into a car showroom after a police chase.
John Beaney, 52, of Oak Road, Crays Hill, is charged in connection with an incident in which a stolen vehicle struck a police car and crashed into a motor sales site, after an off road chase.
The truck was later followed by police before crashing on the A127 near Basildon.Police were called after a Toyota pick-up truck was taken from Mansted Gardens, Rochford on Wednesday.
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.
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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.
LINK: Latest news on the eviction direct from Echo News.
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Adrian Curtin, 22, was one of two people arrested as 350 yobs went on the rampage in the town centre last Tuesday (9 August 2011).
The youngsters were copying the riots in London and across the UK, but thanks to a large police presence, there was only minor damage to shops, and a boat hut was set alight.
Curtin, was approached by two police officers and as he was already subject to a suspended sentence, he ran off. He was later wrestled to the ground and continued to struggle.
Curtin admitted one charge of resisting arrest and two counts of shoplifting relating to the theft of alcohol from Bargain Booze and Asda in Basildon in May and August this year.
Mitigating Coral Fitzgerald said Curtin has slipped into a “downward spiral” after being made redundant from his job with delivery firm DHL.
He was jailed for 14 weeks.
A 17-year-old boy, arrested on suspicion of breaking into the bowling pavillion at Gloucester Park during the trouble, remains on police bail.