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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.
Visitors watched wakeboarders perform flips and spins at the Festival Wakeboard Park at the former Aquatels lake behind Basildon’s Festival Leisure Park.
The park’s action-packed grand opening took place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Crowds watched pro-riders perform stunts and visitors also enjoyed music and entertainment and were able to book special introductory sessions for the adrenaline-fuelled watersport.
Official Site: festwake.co.uk
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.
Update 10 May 2011:
Official Site: festwake.co.uk
Update 20 Dec 2011:
WATERSPORTS fans will be able to wakeboard and swim outdoors after plans to transform a Basildon lake were approved.
Sports firm JVP Leisure has been given the green light to turn Aquatels lake behind Festival Leisure Park, off Cranes Farm Road, in Basildon, into a haven for thrillseekers.
THRILLSEEKERS could soon enjoy adrenalin fueled fun on a lake as a firm bids to bring wakeboarding to Basildon.
JVP Leisure has bought the lake behind Festival Leisure Park, off Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, and could now create a wakeboarding facility.
Several local fishermen, who are opposed to the plans, have set up a Facebook page called “Save Aquatels Fishery”.
Basildon will welcome Japanese sports stars as the country’s swimming team splashes down in the town before next year’s Olympics.
The squad will use the £38million Sporting Village, in Gloucester Park, to prepare for the Games – while their gymnastics team could tumble into town, too!
The Japanese decided to pick Basildon after being impressed by the quality of the village’s international- sized pool when they visited. Talks are under way on the possibility of the gymnasts also training at the complex.
It will see Japanese swimmers using the 50m pool during periods between July 20 and 31.
A TEENAGE boy was lucky to escape with his life after falling while train surfing.
The 17-year-old, from Basildon, clung on to a carriage as the train travelled three miles between Leigh and Benfleet stations.
A passenger spotted the boy fall as the train pulled into Benfleet station, at about 4.45am on Friday, and called 999.
Police and two ambulance crews arrived by the c2c railway line soon after the call.
The boy had suffered head and back injuries and some blood loss as well.
He was immobilised, treated and then taken to Southend Hospital. The teenager is believed to be in a stable condition.
A SHOPPING centre has ensured it will play host to the FIFA World Cup, whether England bag the iconic trophy or not.
The Eastgate Shopping Centre is championing its World Cup celebrations by displaying a 12ft-high replica of the gold statuette.
The impressive sculpture has gone on show in the upper mall, near Next, and is made entirely out of cardboard.
Artist Alistair Smith spent weeks crafting it and his handiwork has already scored a big hit with shoppers.