Appeal for information after attempted robbery in Westcliff (Posted 23 May 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Westcliff.
The 37-year-old victim had been walking along Silversea Drive with his headphones in when he was approached by a man who demanded his wallet.
The man then patted down his pockets before he felt the victim’s mobile phone.
He demanded the phone and pulled out a knife to reinforce the threat.
But the suspect then fled empty-handed.
Investigating officer, Pc Andy Chant said: "The man was spooked by a passing vehicle and ran off in the direction of Nelson Road.”
The victim, who is from Westcliff, was shoved by the would-be robber as he fled, but was not injured.
The incident happened at about 11am on Tuesday May 7 and police would like to speak to anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the area at the time.
The suspect is described as a white man, in his mid-thirties, and of skinny build. He had short dark cropped hair and was about five feet eight to five feet ten inches tall. He wore blue denim jeans, white t-shirt and a blue lightweight jacket.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Pc Chant or his colleagues at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police hunt bedroom burglar (Posted 21 May 2013)
Police are appealing for information after a woman woke up to find a burglar at the end of her bed.
The woman, who is in her sixties and lives off Shoebury High Street, lunged at the thief after spotting him in her bedroom.
He then grabbed a gold bracelet worth about £500 and fled the property, leaving her on the floor of her bedroom.
The woman, who does not wish to be identified, said: "I woke up because the bedroom door was creaking and I’m a light sleeper. I was sure I hadn’t left a window open but I thought I’d get up to check.
"I sat up to see the burglar on his hands and knees crawling around the end of my bed.
"It was a bit of a shock really. He dived for the jewellery and I made a lunge for him.
"He ran off and I ended up in a tangle of bedclothes at the bottom of the bed.”
The woman is urging people to call police if they spotted anything suspicious in the area at about 5.15am on Sunday May 19 when the burglary happened.
She added: "I was so angry. I think I was more angry than afraid. You just don’t expect to wake up and see a man crawling at the end of your bed.
"I really don’t know what possessed me. Like most people, I always wondered what I’d do if a burglar came in. I thought I would pretend to be asleep and then they will go away.
"But it doesn’t happen like that – I was just so angry I thought how dare you break into my home and steal my things. I’m not having it.”
Detective Constable Lee Crane urged people to contact him if they spotted the suspect.
He said: "I’m hoping that somebody might have noticed this man as he cycled off along Shoebury High Street. He was particularly distinctive as the victim described him as wearing pink gloves at the time.”
The suspect was a white man, aged 18 to 25, and about 5ft 8 inches tall and of slim build. He had short dark cropped hair with dark stubble.
He wore a light blue hoodie with black jacket, dark jeans and white trainers. He was also wearing pink gloves and was on a black and white mountain bike.
The bracelet is 18 carat gold and is also distinctive as it was from Saudi Arabia. Instead of having the usual hallmark it bears the number ’75.’
Anyone with information should call Dc Crane or his colleagues at Southend CID on 101 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Detectvives renew appeal over shooting (Posted 16 May 2013)
Detectives have renewed an appeal for information following an incident in York Road, Southend, on March 9, 2013, at 00.40am.
A man in his mid 20s was taken to hospital suffering from a non-life threatening shotgun wound to his leg.
Four men aged 18, 18, 23 and 25 from London were arrested but have been released without charge.
Forensic tests and house to house enquiries were carried out following the incident. Anybody with any information is asked to call Southend CID on 101 or can give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Witnesses sought to street robbery in Westcliff (Posted 13 May 2013)
Police are urging witnesses to the robbery of a woman in Westcliff to come forward.
The woman, who is in her 50s and lives locally, sustained a broken nose and facial injuries in the attack as she walked home alone from Hamlet Court Road into Canewdon Road just after midnight on Saturday 11 May.
The suspect, who was jogging towards the victim, struck her to the face knocking her temporarily unconscious outside the old Empire Cake Company opposite the Hamlet Court Pub. She then discovered that a small amount of cash had been stolen from her purse and two gold bracelets had been removed from her wrists.
One of the bracelets holds a great deal of sentimental value to the victim and is described as a nine carat gold four cm thick, 1960s style, fixed bangle with a swirls and leaf pattern. The second bracelet is also nine carat gold with a thin-barred heart pattern all around.
The suspect is described as a man, aged no older than 20 years, of thin build and was wearing a grey sweatshirt, light blue jeans and trainers.
Dc Richard Walker who is investigating said “This was a violent assault on a lone female as she made her way home. We believe that there were people near to the scene at the time of the offence and I urge anyone with information to contact Southend CID on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Detectives also hope someone may know who committed this offence, or know about the distinctive stolen jewellery, or may even have been offered it to buy.
Dc Walker added: "While we are investigating this crime it would be advisable for people who are out late at night to try to walk home with another person and to be wary of strangers.”
Man arrested in connection with sexual assault in Eastwood (Updated 13 May 2013)
Police have arrested a 22-year-old man from Leigh in connection with the serious sexual assault of a woman in Eastwood.
The local woman, aged in her 40s, was cycling in Western Approach when she was approached by a man and assaulted in a clearing near a bus stop.
The incident is believed to have occurred sometime between 10.30pm on Sunday, May 12 and 1am on Monday, May 13.
Police have established a scene guard which remains in place at this time. The woman is being cared for by specially trained officers.
The suspect was described as white, aged 20 to 22-years-old, 5ft 10ins tall, of medium build with short dark hair.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact officers at Southend on 101.
Man charged in connection with Leigh burglary (Updated 20 May)
Update: A man has been charged in connection with a burglary in Leigh.
On Tuesday, May 14, 34-year-old unemployed Robert Polkinghorn of no fixed address was arrested at a residential address in Leigh and later charged with one count of burglary, and one count of obstructing a police officer. He was detained in police custody and appeared at Southend Magistrates Court on Wednesday, May 15. He was remanded in court custody prior to his appearance at Basildon Crown Court at a later date.
Detectives are continuing to look for several items of jewellery which belonged to the late wife of the homeowner.
Original story (13 May 2013): Police are appealing for information following a burglary which happened in Leigh.
While the victim was out for only one hour between 1pm and 2pm on Saturday 11 May, his home in Blenheim Chase was broke in to after a wooden panel in the front door had been kicked in.
An HP laptop computer was stolen along with a silver chain with a cross inlaid with diamonds. A gold ring set with a single pearl which was hanging around an urn containing the victim’s late wife’s ashes, was also taken.
Investigating officer Dc Richard Walker said: "The jewellery items hold huge sentimental value to the victim and I am hoping that someone who may have information will come forward if they realise the harm caused by taking such items.
"Although they may be low value the sentimental value held by the victim and his daughters is immeasurable.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Walker at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Witnesses sought to robbery in Shoebury (Posted 13 May 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Shoebury.
Two men forced their way in to a flat in St Georges Lane between 9.45pm and 10.15pm on Friday 10 May and assaulted the occupant, a man in his 30s.
They demanded money and left with a quantity of cash.
The first suspect is described as white, aged in his 30s, 6ft tall, of medium build, with facial stubble. He was wearing a beige tracksuit jacket and black woolly hat with a turned up rim.
The second was black, slightly younger than the first aged about 28, 6ft 1ins tall, of slim athletic build with a shaved head. He wore navy clothing and black Nike trainers with a pearl coloured tick.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Sam Boyd at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Efit released of robbery suspect (Posted 7 May 2013)
Detectives are releasing the efit of one of two men who committed a knifepoint robbery in south-east Essex in the hope that they can be identified.
The attack happened in Westcliff when two friends were walking into Blackdown Flats off North Road shortly before 11:30pm on Thursday, April 4. They were approached by two other men at the entrance who threatened them with knives forcing them to hand over their mobile telephones.
Investigating Officer, Dc Luke Dangerfield, said: "This efit along with the associated description is very good and we’re confident that someone out there knows who he is. We would ask them to contact us with a name. He needs to be taken off the streets.”
The man pictured in the efit is described as white, in his mid-late teens, is of slim build, has fair hair and was wearing a white Adidas hoodie which has green stripes down the arms and grey jogging bottoms. The accomplice is described as white, has short brown hair and was wearing a black jacket.
The 18 and 19-year-old victims, who live locally, sustained slash and stab injuries to their faces and arms and were conveyed by paramedics to Southend University Hospital where they were treated for their injuries. They are now both recovering at their respective homes.
Anyone with information in connection with this robbery who can identify the man from the efit is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Men in court following Warrior Square attack (Updated 7 May 2013)
A man is due to appear in court today (Tuesday) and another later this month after being found in possession of knives in Southend just hours after a man was stabbed in the town centre.
Police stepped up their visible presence on Bank Holiday Monday following a stabbing in Warrior Square the previous morning. This investigation continues.
During the police patrols in the ensuing hours, Matthew Hull was arrested and charged with being in possession of a butterfly knife on York Road. The 48-year-old unemployed man from York Road in the town has been detained in police custody prior to his appearance at Southend Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 7.
A 27-year-old man from Leigh was also arrested after being found in possession of a lock knife. He has been charged for this and released on police bail prior to his appearance at Southend Magistrates Court on Friday, May 24.
Neighbourhood Policing Supt Nick Morris said: "Monday’s increased police presence underlines our determination to crack down on violent crime in the town. Our aim is both to deter anyone thinking of carrying a weapon to commit an act of violence and to arrest them if they are foolish enough to do so.”
Anyone with information in connection with the stabbing in Warrior Square is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Householders urged to lock up or lose out (Posted 7 May 2013)
Householders are once again reminded of the need to secure their homes and be on the look-out for burglars following two daytime break-ins in south-east Essex that occurred ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
The police advice comes as thieves stole over £3,000 worth of items and money while the owners were out for the day.
The first offence happened when entry was gained to a property opposite Southend University Hospital on Prittlewell Chase through an open window. Thieves then stole jewellery, a laptop and foreign currency.
The second burglary took place at a flat on Eastwood Road near to its junction with Websters Way in Rayleigh. Thieves here stole jewellery and tobacco after walking through an unlocked door.
Investigating Officer, Dc Paul Gutteridge, said: "These burglaries illustrate just how important it is to lock your home’s doors and windows whether you’re in or out. We need people to help themselves from becoming victims of crime. We will continue with our high-visibility patrols in a bid to deter these criminals, but we can’t be everywhere all of the time. We also need the eyes of the public to help us catch these people and stop burglaries.”
Forensic examinations of both properties were conducted and house-to-house enquiries were also completed.
Anyone with information in connection with these burglaries is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Woman sought in connection with £745 make-up theft (Posted 3 May 2013)
Police want to speak to this woman in connection with a theft from Boots in Rayleigh Road, Leigh.
It happened at about 4:30pm on Monday, April 8, when £745.50 worth of make-up was stolen.
Anyone with information should call Pc Jo Andrews, or her colleagues at Leigh police station, on 101.
Man robbed of chicken in late night attack (Updated 3 May 2013)
Detectives are appealing for witnesses to a late night violent robbery in Southend.
A man was knocked to the ground and had a box of hot chicken stolen from him at 1.20am on Tuesday, April 2, in Priory Avenue.
A 19-year-old man from Romford, east London, was arrested nearby on suspicion of robbery and released on bail until May 3, pending further enquiries.
Pc Simon Laurie of Rayleigh CID said: "What was stolen in this robbery is immaterial. The fact remains that an innocent member of the public was assaulted and set upon for no reason.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Laurie on 101.
Update (3 May 2013): A man from east London who was arrested in connection with a robbery in Southend has been released without charge.
A 19-year-old man from Romford was arrested and released on police bail pending further enquiries. These enquiries have been completed and he has been released from this bail and without charge.
The investigation continues.
Can you name these meat and cheese theft suspects? (Posted 3 May 2013)
Police are asking for the identity of two men that they wish to speak to with regard to items being stolen from the BP garage store in West Street, Westcliff on 7 April, around 4:40pm.
Meat and cheese, valued over £100 was taken.
The two men are described as both white, aged 20-40, one with black hair, wearing a black jacket, dark trousers, black gloves and was carrying a black record style bag and the other man was wearing a blue and white zip-up jacket, brown shoes and carrying an orange carrier bag.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Jo Andrews of the Retail Crime unit at Leigh on 101.
Appeal for information about robbery in Southend (Posted 1 May 2013)
Police are appealing for information after two men were robbed inside a vehicle in Southend.
The men, aged in their 20s from Chelmsford were robbery while sitting in a black Vauxhall Vivaro van in Warrior Square, Southend, between 3am and 3.45am on Saturday 27 April.
They were assaulted and had money, mobile phones, a watch and the keys to the vehicle stolen. They sustained minor injuries.
The suspects were described as black and aged in their early 20s. They were about 5ft 10ins tall. The suspects were last seen to be running across Warrior Square car park towards Queensway.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Luke Dangerfield at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Can you help police with Leigh burglary investigation? (Posted 1 May 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Arterial Road, Leigh, which happened between 8.45am and 5.45pm on Thursday 25 April.
Jewellery was stolen after a rear window was forced open.
Anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously is asked to contact Dc Paul Gutteridge at Southend CID on 101.
CCTV released in hunt for armed robber (Posted 26 April 2013)
Detectives investigating an armed robbery at a Sainsbury’s store in Southend have released CCTV images of a man they need to identify.
A man entered the Sainsbury’s Local shop in Southchurch Road carrying a handgun just after 9pm on December 2, 2012 and ordered a female cashier to open the till.
The man then reached over the counter and grabbed a handful of notes from the till before making off with a four-figure sum of cash.
He is described as white and between 5ft 2in and 5ft 5in tall. He had a pale complexion and brown or ginger hair. He was wearing black trousers with a blue stripe down the leg, a khaki three-quarter length coat with a fur edged hood which was pulled tight over his face and white trainers.
Anyone with information that could help police or who recognises the man in the CCTV images is urged to call Pc Chris Martin at Southend CID on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police seek men in connection with assault (Posted 25 April 2013)
Police are releasing CCTV images of three men they are looking to speak to in connection with the assault of two men in Southend.
Two men aged 31, from Canvey, and 23, from Southend, were assaulted in Southend High Street at around 3:20am on 10 March resulting in the man from Canvey receiving a broken jaw.
Since the incident two men, aged 20 and 21 from Southend have been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail pending further enquiries until May 31.
As part of the investigation police are looking to trace the three men pictured. Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Caroline Gould at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Men wanted in connection with Blackberry thefts (Posted 24 April 2013)
Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a theft in Southend.
At 9:50am on Saturday 6 April 2013, at the Vodafone shop, in Southend High Street, two men entered and stole two Blackberry mobile phones which were on display.
The phones were worth nearly £800.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Llewellyn Holmes on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Attempted robbery at convenience store (Posted 22 April 2013)
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery at a convenience store in Prittlewell.
At around 10:40pm on Saturday 20 April 2013, a man went into the store in East Street and smashed a shelf with what was thought to be an axe, breaking some bottles. He then made off without taking anything.
The man is described as white, tall and of skinny build. Ds Tanya Bailey said: "He was wearing quite distinctive, smart clothing including a pink long sleeved shirt, a hooded jacket, black trousers and shiny patent type shoes and was wearing a grey mask. I hope someone may recognise him from this description and will contact detectives at Southend."
If you can help with any information please call Southend CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police appeal after man robbed whilst waiting for taxi (Posted 22 April 2013)
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was attacked and robbed in Elm Road, Leigh.
A 32-year-old from Dagenham was punched in the face and had cash stolen from his wallet as he waited for a taxi. The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday 21 April 21, close to the Sarah Moore pub.
The suspect is described as a white man with close cropped hair and of a medium to stocky build.
Dc Glen Crosby, of Southend CID, said: "The victim suffered a bloodied nose and bruising. If anybody has any information about this attack we would like to speak to them.”
Call Essex Police on 101 if you can help.
Did you witness fight in Leigh Broadway? (Updated 23 April 2013)
UPDATE: A 22-year-old Basildon man has been charged in connection with a fight in Leigh in which a man was seriously injured.
Hoang Hieu Levan, a roofer from Voysey Gardens, has been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and was due to appear before Southend Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
Police are appealing for witnesses to a brawl in Leigh in which one man was seriously injured.
A number of other people received minor injuries when a large fight broke out in the street in Broadway at around 1.15am on Sunday April 21. A car at the scene was also damaged.
One man from Benfleet received a serious wound to his neck that required emergency treatment, and other injuries. The 29 year old man was taken to hospital, treated and his condition is now described as stable, not life threatening.
Police stopped a car in the area shortly after the assault and arrested five men and one woman on suspicion of being involved in the incident and they are currently in police custody.
Police urgently want to hear from anyone who was in the Broadway area at the time and can provide any information. They are asked to contact Southend CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Spring burglary warning for residents (Posted 22 April 2013)
Residents are being urged to pick up and lock away their garden tools to deter opportunistic burglars this spring.
As many people make the most of the better weather by tackling work in the garden, Essex Police is keen to ensure potential burglars don’t put a dampener on things by breaking into homes using tools that have been left outside.
Spades and other gardening tools could be picked up and used by a potential burglar to break windows or locks. Ladders that are not put away in a shed or garage can make it easy for people to climb up onto roofs or windows.
The advice comes after one burglary and a series of attempted break ins in Benfleet over the past few days. Tools have been used to try and break open locks or smash windows.
Detective Inspector Andy Harvey, of Essex Police, said: "We do not want to alarm people but now the days are longer and the weather is getting better it is more likely that gardening or DIY tools may be left outside. Being a victim of burglary is very distressing and we would urge people to follow some simple steps to help protect their homes.”
Hot tips to prevent burglary:
- Prevent intruders from getting to the back and sides of your home by installing strong fencing or gates
- Check for weak spots where a thief could get into your garden, for example, a low or sagging fence
- Put tools and ladders away at night, preferably in a locked shed or garage
- A thorny hedge at the boundary of your property can put thieves off but make sure passers-by can still see your home so a burglar can’t work without being seen
- Burglars don’t like gravel as it is noisy to walk on
- Don’t put pergolas, gazebos or other garden buildings too near the house as it can help thieves reach upper windows
- Close and securely lock windows and doors
For more crime prevention advice visit www.essex.police.uk
Have you been offered stolen jewellery? (Posted 18 April 2013)
Police would like to hear from anyone who has been offered for sale a number of items of jewellery which were stolen from a house in Southend on Tuesday 12 March 2013.
Thieves broke into the house in Roedean Close sometime between 2pm and 4pm whilst the victims were out. The rear patio door was smashed to get in.
An untidy search of a bedroom was made and numerous items of expensive and unique jewellery were stolen. It is believed the offenders then left by the front door to the house.
The items stolen included:
- A Gucci mini G diamond set watch,
- An 18ct three colour gold cross over band ring with 11 cut diamonds,
- An 18ct white gold solitaire diamond ring in a four claw setting,
- A stone grain set pendant cross,
- A white gold bangle with four set diamonds,
- A three stone diamond ring with four baguette cut diamonds to both shoulders,
- An 18ct gold seven stone diamond cluster ring,
- A Svorski bracelet bangle with white, black and silver crystals,
- An 18ct gold bangle,
- A Svorski necklace and bracelet,
- A pearl necklace and earrings,
- A silver Gucci watch from Earnest Jones
- A gold bangle
The total value of all the stolen jewellery is just under £10,000.
Anyone with information about the burglary or the current location of the jewellery is asked to call Essex Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Classifieds sellers beware of buyer fraud (Posted 16 April 2013)
Users of classifieds websites are being warned about fake buyers seeking personal and banking details.
Fraudsters contact the seller stating they are interested in the item for sale and offer to pay them a small amount extra in order to convince them that they are interested and genuine.
They state they will be sending payment by UK Bank Draft and will get a friend or colleague to pick the item up on their behalf as they are currently on holiday.
They then ask for your full name, address, home and mobile numbers and banking details.
Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, urges recipients of such emails not to reply or send any personal information without first verifying their credentials.
If you need advice about fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to discuss your situation with one of their specialist fraud advisers. To report a fraud, you can either use the online fraud reporting form or make your report by calling 0300 123 2040.
False tenant rumbled (Posted 15 April 2013)
A woman has been caught for dishonestly posing as a tenant to claim housing benefit.
Dawn Goodwin, 39, of Barnstaple Road, Southend, used a false tenancy agreement and pretended that her former partner and father of her children was her landlord instead.
At Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday 3rd April she admitted two charges of giving false statements to obtain Housing Benefit whilst living at Cornworthy, Shoeburyness.
Miss Goodwin was sentenced to 100 hours of community service within 12 months and ordered to pay £500 costs in addition to having to pay back the £8,341.27 in Housing Benefit she wrongly received.
She told Southend on Sea Borough Council she needed assistance with her rent.
On her Housing Benefit application she declared that she was not related to her landlord, and provided a tenancy agreement giving rent details.
However, the Council’s fraud investigation officers discovered that she had invented the tenancy with her former partner and was not entitled to Housing Benefit
Miss Goodwin initially told the Council her landlord lived abroad, but enquiries revealed that this landlord was her former partner and the father of her two children.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Executive Councillor for Corporate Support Services, Councillor Andrew Moring, said: “We are fully committed to paying benefits to those who have legitimate claims and genuine needs, but we must also protect public finances.
“Remember, benefit fraud is not a victimless crime. The money belongs to Southend’s residents - its theft affects all Council Tax payers and those in receipt of Council services. If money is effectively stolen from us, Council Tax will have to rise to replace it or your services will have to be cut.
“We take very seriously any attempt to abuse the benefits system.
“People who do so will be punished and penalties can be much more than simply the repayment of illegally-obtained benefits - as this case demonstrates.
“If anyone has suspicions over a person’s entitlement to benefits they can call the Counter Fraud Team direct on 01702 215254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“All information received is treated in the strictest confidence.”
Police urge car driver to come forward in biker death investigation (Posted 8 April 2013)
Police investigating the circumstances surrounding a road crash in Southend which claimed the life of a young man are making a specific appeal to a car driver to come forward.
The collision happened when David Page (pictured) appears to have lost control of the silver Suzuki motorcycle he was riding along Fossetts Way and struck a street light at 7pm on Tuesday, April 2.
The 21-year-old man from Eldbert Close in the town was certified dead at the scene.
Investigating Officer, Pc Natacha Hasler, said: "During the course of our enquiries, we have established that a black or dark-coloured vehicle was overtaken by David on his silver bike shortly before 7pm last Tuesday. This driver and its occupants are potentially key witnesses as they may have seen the events leading up to the actual collision and be able to tell us and, therefore David’s family, why he lost control of the machine. We would urge this person or people to come forward.”
Anyone with information in connection with this crash, especially this or any motorist who may have been overtaken by the motorcycle on Fossetts Way, is urged to contact Essex Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email email@example.com
Man sought in connection with unprovoked assault (Posted 5 April 2013)
Police are appealing for help from the public to identify a man they want to speak to in connection with an unprovoked assault.
A man in his 30s needed hospital treatment for a fractured eye socket after being punched outside Chicken Star on Hamlet Court Road in Westcliff at 11pm on February 15, 2013.
The victim is still receiving treatment for his injuries.
Anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV images is urged to call Dc Sam Boyd at Southend CID on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Appeal for information after series of burglaries (Posted 5 April 2013)
Detectives are appealing for information following a series of burglaries in and around Southend in the space of just 24 hours.
The first was an attempted break-in happened when thieves tried to force open a rear door of a house on Royston Avenue during the morning of Thursday, March 28. They left empty-handed, but not before causing over £1,000 damage to the door. They had gained entry to the back garden by climbing over a side gate.
The second crime was a burglary when thieves smashed their way in through a side door of a bungalow on Hawkridge in Shoebury during the afternoon of Thursday, March 28 and stole a quantity of jewellery.
The next burglary happened the following day on Good Friday, March 29 when thieves entered a flat on Rochford Road near to its junction with Feeches Road through the locked front door during the afternoon and stole a purse and a number of DVDs.
Investigating Officer, Dc Paul Gutteridge, said: "These burglaries could be linked and committed by the same individuals. In the matter of a few hours, these areas were hit hard by burglars. We need to stop this trend, but do the need the public’s help. If people are seen acting suspiciously or taking household goods down the street in odd circumstances, then they should contact us immediately on 999. We will continue with our high-visibility patrols in a bid to deter these criminals, but we can’t be everywhere all of the time. We need the eyes of the public to help us catch these people and stop burglaries.”
Forensic examinations of all three properties were conducted as were house-to-house enquiries.
Anyone with information in connection with this attempted break-in and burglaries is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
Police investigate spate of cat deaths in Shoebury (Posted 5 April 2013)
Police are appealing for information as they investigate the circumstances surrounding a spate of cat deaths in Southend.
Over the past two months, residents in the Woodcotes and Mallards area of Shoebury have discovered that six of their cats had died. Vets believe that the cats may have digested anti-freeze which caused them to have kidney failure.
Kiely Salter, of The Mallards, Shoebury, contacted the police on March 25, 2013, after her two cats Tilly and Stella, died the week before. Ms Salter said: "It’s devastating that I’ve lost both of them. They weren’t even two years old.”
Pc Sharon Blaxland, of Shoeburyness Neighbourhood Policing team, said: "The vet has confirmed that both cats had been poisoned, although we don’t know if this was deliberate or accidental. If anybody has any information that they think would be useful to us to help get to the bottom of what’s going on, please get in touch by calling 101.”
Appeal for witnesses to street robbery (Posted 4 April 2013)
Detectives are appealing for information following a street robbery in Southend.
The attack happened when three 13-year-old boys had been walking along Queens Road near the High Street shortly after 6pm on Saturday, March 16. They were approached by two older teenagers who pulled them into an alleyway at the side of Toys n Tuck opposite the main post office and threatened them with violence before stealing one of the boy’s bags and contents.
Investigating Officer, Dc Sam Winter, said: "Although there were no weapons seen by these three boys, it was a harrowing experience for them. This robbery was carried out on a busy Saturday evening just as people were leaving the town after the shops closed. Furthermore, the descriptions of the attackers are very good especially the distinctive sports bag that one of them was carrying. We would urge anyone who knows the identities of these two young men to contact us.”
One assailant is described as being of mixed heritage, possibly Asian, aged approximately 16, of small build, approximately 5ft 8ins tall and was wearing a blue hoodie and a black scarf across his face.
The second attacker is described as black, aged 18, approximately six foot tall, of slim build, was sporting some facial hair and was wearing a black body warmer with grey sleeves underneath and carrying a black-and-gold Adidas bag.
Anyone with information in connection with this robbery is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
CCTV released following attempted armed robbery (Posted 2 April 2013)
Detectives have released CCTV images in a renewed appeal for information after an attempted armed robbery in Southend.
The incident happened at a newsagent’s shop at Southchurch Avenue shortly before 2.30pm on Thursday March 28.
A man brandishing a handgun entered the shop and ordered the female shopkeeper to hand over money. When she refused and told him to get out of her shop he punched her in the face. He then fled empty-handed and ran off towards York Road.
The woman was left badly shaken and was checked by paramedics.
The suspect is described as being white, of slim or skinny build, aged between 20 and 30 and about 5ft 6in tall.
He was wearing a distinctive Russian Red Army or Cossack-style woollen hat with large ear flaps, a purple/blue jacket and grey or blue jeans. He had a red or orange-coloured scarf covering his face.
Any witnesses or anyone who can identify the man should contact Dc Karen Miller or her colleagues at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Did you witness handbag robbery? (Posted 2 April 2013)
Detectives have appealed for information after a woman was assaulted and robbed of her handbag in Southend.
The 67-year-old victim was walking along Cambridge Road, at about 2.45pm on Wednesday March 27 when the incident happened.
She was followed by two men who then approached her and tried to grab her handbag. The woman attempted to hold on to the bag but let go after she was punched in the face and head up to a dozen times.
The two men ran off in the direction of the Cliffs Pavilion Theatre, Westcliff. The handbag was recovered nearby. About £70 cash had been taken.
Investigating officer DC Trevor Poole said: "This was a serious and a particularly vicious assault by two men who targeted a vulnerable senior citizen in a cowardly attack.
"The woman screamed for help and tried to hang on to her bag but she was repeatedly punched in the face. She was badly shaken and taken to Southend Hospital for treatment to bruising around the side of her head jaw and left eye. She was not detained in hospital but might require further treatment.
"We want to hear from any witnesses or anyone who has information about the two men involved.”
The main suspect is described as an Asian or Eastern European man, aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a dark coloured baseball cap and dark clothing. The only description of the second man was that he was stockier and was wearing a maroon coloured jacket.
Anyone with information about the robbery or the suspects should contact DC Poole at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Appeal for witnesses to 'creeper' burglary (Posted 2 April 2013)
Detectives have appealed for help from the public to find a 'creeper' burglar who struck at an elderly woman’s home in Shoebury.
The burglary happened at John Street between 3am and 5am on Tuesday March 26.
The victim, a woman in her 70s, was sleeping in an armchair in her living room when the intruder got in through a kitchen window.
A handbag containing £50 cash, a bus pass and other documents and reading glasses, a cigarette lighter and a watch were among the items taken. The handbag was later found abandoned in Hinguar Road.
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area in the early hours of the morning should contact the investigating officer DC Lee Crane at Southend CID.
Witness appeal after doorstep assault (Posted 2 April 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Shoebury.
The incident happened when two men tried to force their way into the victim's home at Blyth Avenue at around 11.05pm on Tuesday March 26, 2013. The victim managed to prevent the two men from getting in but he suffered a slight leg injury during a scuffle at the front door.
The suspects were both white, aged 25 to 35, about 5ft 8in tall and of slim to medium build. They were both wearing hooded tops.
Investigating officer, Dc Paul Gutteridge said: "It is believed that the men made off in possibly a light-coloured Fiat out of Blyth Avenue and into Caulfield Road, in the direction of Maplin Way. If anyone saw anything, please contact me."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dc Paul Gutteridge on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Did you witness assault on homeless men? (Posted 28 March 2013)
Police have issued CCTV images of three men they want to speak to in connection with an assault in Southend.
Three homeless men were punched, kicked and stamped on during the attack at Southend bus station in Heygate Avenue at about 4.45pm on Friday February 22.
The victims, who are aged in their 40s and 50s and from the Southend area, suffered cuts and bruising but they declined hospital treatment.
Investigating officer Pc Nathan Williamson, said: "This was a nasty attack on a group of homeless men and it seems to have been unprovoked. We want to talk to the three people in the CCTV images and would also like to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information about the assaults.”
Anyone who can help should contact Pc Williamson at Southend police station on 101.
Do you recognise this shoplifter? (Posted 28 March 2013)
Residents in and around Southend are being urged to name and shame a shoplifter.
The woman entered Asda in Shoebury at 1pm on Wednesday, March 13 and stole an iron worth nearly £70.
Investigating Officer, Pc Craig Burles, said: "This woman is described as white, approximately 5ft 3ins tall, is of slim build, has dyed dark-red hair and, at the time, was wearing a green-quilted jacket, a short black skirt, black tights, black boots and a black top with gold writing.”
Anyone who knows the identity of the woman should contact investigating officers at Southend police station on 101.
Police appeal for information about Leigh burglary (Posted 25 March 2013)
Police are appealing for information about a break-in at a house in Woodleigh Avenue sometime between 8am on Monday 11 March and 4pm on Tuesday 12 March.
Thieves forced entry to the property by a rear patio door, causing several hundred pounds worth of damage. An untidy search of the house was then made.
Among the items taken were jewellery, a laptop computer and cash. Anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the road at the relevant times is asked to call Essex Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Do you know where Jake Usher is? (Posted 22 March 2013)
Jake Usher, 20, last known to be living in Southend, is wanted for failing to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court.
If you have any information about his wherabouts, please contact Essex Police on 101.
If you would rather not speak to police you can tell Crimestoppers what you know, without leaving your name, by calling 0800 555 111.
Efit released in burglary investigation (Posted 19 March 2013)
Detectives are asking members of the public if they recognise a man shown in an efit.
Police want to identify the man in connection with a number of break-ins in the Southend area at the beginning of March.
The man is described as being of stocky build, 5ft 9in to 5ft 10in tall with a shaved head, a wide nose and a possible scar under his left eye.
Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Dc Mark Sawyer at Southend Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police appeal for witnesses to street robbery (Posted 19 March 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses to a street robbery in Shoebury.
Between 4.30 and 5.30pm on Monday, 18 March, on the pathway from Delaware Road leading to Ness Road, a 22 year old local man was punched and threatened with a knife and had cash taken from him.
One of the suspects was a white man, aged 20-25, about 6ft tall, broad build, with short black hair, with a crocked nose and wearing a red tracksuit, who had a London accent.
Anyone who witnessed this incident or has any information about the suspects is asked to contact Dc Richard Yapp at Southend CID on 101.
Appeal for witnesses to burglaries in Shoebury (Posted 18 March 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses to two burglaries and one attempted burglary that occurred in the same road on the same night.
Between just after midnight and 6am on March 12, 2013, burglars forced entry to two properties in Frobisher Way in Shoeburyness, in one case via an insecure back door and in the other by forcing open a window.
A purse was stolen from one address and a handbag from the other.
Suspects also tried to gain entry to another house on the same road on the same night but were unsuccessful.
Police are reminding residents to make sure they close and lock all doors and windows properly before going to bed. Thieves were unsuccessful in breaking into the third house because it was properly secured.
Anyone who has information that could help officers with their investigation or who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area is asked to contact Pc Paul Gutteridge at Southend Police Station on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Beware fraudsters claiming to be working with the police (Posted 13 March 2013)
Fraudsters have been contacting businesses within the Southend Borough claiming to be working with the police and the Crime Reduction Initiative.
The fraudsters ask for payment of an outstanding invoice, or thank the organisation for working with them the previous year and ask for continued support of their crime reduction scheme.
Each time the same man gives a different name.
Mick Holland, of Southend Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, said: “While we are not aware of anyone falling victim to this scam within Southend, we would always urge you to check the true credentials of any cold-caller before handing over payment of any kind.
“If in doubt hang up the phone and report the incident to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk”
Police appeal for witnesses after attempted robbery in Westcliff (Posted 11 March 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Westcliff.
At around 12.40am on Friday, March 1, at the junction of Fairfax Drive and Northview Drive, three men approached the victim and demanded his mobile phone. The victim refused and ran away but the suspects chased after him and punched and kicked him.
The suspects are described as white, aged 17 to 19, around 5’11” tall. One suspect was of average build wearing a brown Adidas hoodie. The other was of stocky build with short or shaven hair, wearing a black Adidas zip-up hoodie. Nothing was stolen.
Investigating officer, Dc Mark Sawyer said: "The injuries could have been worse if it wasn’t for his own family hearing his cries for help. I am keen to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dc Mark Sawyer on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
iPhone robbery at high street store (Posted 11 March 2013)
Police are seeking information following an armed robbery in Southend High Street.
At about 4pm on Friday, March 8, a man entered The Carphone Warehouse with a large kitchen knife and demanded mobile phones.
Members of staff handed over a number of Apple iPhone 5 phones valued at thousands of pounds.
The man then fled the store but not before apologising for his actions.
Investigating officer Dc Bob Evans said: "This man had a total disregard for not only the two members of staff who were in the shop at the time but for any members of the public who could have entered the shop at the time of the robbery.
"This robbery was carried out when there were large number of people in the High Street who may have witnessed the suspect running from the store onto the High Street and then onto Clifftown Road, by Southend Central Railway Station, and I would urge anyone with information to contact me.”
The man was described as white, of skinny build, wearing a large black coat, faded denim jeans, a black scarf around his lower face, and woollen gloves.
Anyone with information about the incident or anyone who is offered new Apple iPhones should contact Dc Evans or his colleagues at Southend CID on 101. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Beware unsolicited email scam (Posted 5 March 2013)
Southend Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) has been made aware of unsolicited scam emails offering compensation payouts.
The email subject states ‘Reconfirm your full information for the payment of your scam compensation’. It advises that a compensation fund has been approved for payment, and prompts you to dial an international telephone number.
Our general advice with regard to unsolicited emails is not to open or act on any of the information provided if you are unsure about the identity of the sender. Instead, delete them straight away.
Witness appeal after motorcyclist seriously injured in crash (Posted 4 March 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a road crash in Southend.
Officers were called by the ambulance service at 2pm on Saturday March 2 following the incident in Eastern Avenue, near Sutton Road.
It is believed that the rider was thrown from his machine after it struck the kerb.
The rider, a 48-year-old man from Shoebury, suffered serious injuries to both legs and was taken to Southend Hospital, where he remains.
Investigating officers believe that no other vehicles were involved but they have asked any witnesses who have not yet spoken to police to contact them.
Anyone who can help should contact Pc Rob Brettell on 101.
Investment fraud: Helping you to protect yourself (Posted 1 March 2013)
The British Bankers’ Association and the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau are collaborating to help the public protect themselves against investment fraud.
This is a particularly harmful type of fraud, with some of the most vulnerable members of society being targeted by organised crime gangs using high pressurised cold calling techniques. Investment “opportunities” range from shares, land, carbon credits, wine and even gold and diamonds, with the common theme being that they are either massively over priced or do not even exist. Victims are having their life savings taken – individual losses run from a few thousand pounds up to several million – destroying both their retirement and their health.
And it is not just the novice investor who can be duped in this way. Research shows that the majority of share sale fraud victims are experienced investors. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) estimates that up to £500 million is defrauded from victims in the UK every year.
The Director of the NFIB, Detective Superintendent Dave Clark, said:
"Investment fraud is a particularly dangerous and destructive crime, with organised crime gangs conning some of the most vulnerable people in our society out of savings that had been put aside to support them in old age. Victims from all corners of the UK are seeing their retirements completely ruined and their health badly affected.
"The investment "opportunities" are constantly evolving, ranging from shares to land to carbon credits to precious metals, but the objectives of the fraudsters remain the same - take all the money they can possibly get.
"Collectively we need to be detecting and disrupting the criminal networks behind these frauds and raising awareness amongst the public of the current threat. This advice sheet has been designed by the NFIB and BBA to help people spot the warning signs and stop themselves becoming the latest victims .The simplest way to do this is just hang up if you are cold-called by someone claiming to be offering a great investment opportunity. Do that and your savings stay where they should be - in your bank account."
Police advise you to hang up if you are cold called and asked to invest in something with the promise of profit. Remember – if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is.
Please report any approach to Action Fraud who are the UK’s national fraud reporting centre. Both fraud and information of a potential fraud can be reported online at www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040. The Action Fraud website also contains information about various frauds, including boiler room fraud, support and prevention advice.
Unsolicited email warning (Posted 26 February 2013)
Southend Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) has been made aware of unsolicited phishing emails which claim to have been sent from a national newspaper website.
The email includes a summary of a topical news story, and prompts the recipient to click on a link to read the full article.
If clicked on it is likely the links will be bogus which could result in viruses or Trojans being downloaded to the recipient’s computer.
Our general advice with regard to unsolicited emails is not to open or click on any links if you are unsure about the identity of the sender. Instead, delete them straight away.
Attempted break-in at jewellers (Posted 22 February 2013)
Police in Southend are appealing for witnesses to an attempted break in at jewellers in Southchurch Road where the window was smashed.
Around 4.25pm on February 20 a man wearing a dark coloured hooded jacket, jeans, white trainers with his face covered, used a hammer to break the front window of Andrews Jewellers. However quick thinking staff lowered the shutters and the man ran off empty handed.
Dc Sam Boyd who is investigating said: "I would like to appeal for information and for witnesses, in particular the driver of a red car seen outside the store at the time of the incident who may have seen the person responsible."
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dc Boyd at Southend police station on 101 or give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Stolen jewellery: photos released in police appeal (Posted 21 February 2013)
Police are renewing their appeal for information following a break-in at a property in Avenue Road, Westcliff, in which a number of distinctive items of jewellery were stolen.
Photographs of some of the items stolen during the day on January 21, have been issued to alert people that these items are stolen should they be offered them for sale.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, said: "Being the victim of a break in has now made us think more about security.
"We are looking at getting a safe and will consider keeping our jewellery in separate locations. We will definitely photograph all our jewellery; we were lucky this time we could find some photos of the items online.”
In total the value of the items stolen was around £10,000.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Dc Kerry Auger at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Do you recognise suspected cosmetics thief? (Posted 19 February 2013)
Police would like to speak to this woman (pictured) in connection with the theft of cosmetics from a shop in Shoebury.
The theft occurred just after 7.30pm on January 13, 2013, when a woman selected cosmetics from the display at the Co-op in West Road, and left the shop without making any attempt to pay.
Anyone with information, or who recognises the woman in the CCTV picture, is asked to contact Pc Craig Burles at Southend police station on 101.
Witness appeal after man glassed in casino (Posted 19 February 2013)
Detectives are investigating an incident which left a young man with broken glass in his face.
The assault occurred when a fight broke out at around 2.30am, on February 16, in the bar area of the Genting Club casino on Western Esplanade.
The victim, a 19 year old man from Corringham, had a glass broken into his face which required a number of stitches to his cheek and bridge of his nose.
The suspect is described as a white, 20-30 years old, with short dark hair, 5’8” tall, slim build, wearing a grey hoody and jeans. He also had an injury to his right hand, likely to be from the broken glass.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Det Con Luke Dangerfield at Southend CID on 101.
CCTV footage released in burglary appeal (Posted 18 February 2013)
Detectives are appealing for help from the public to identify a trio of women suspected of stealing £60,000 worth of gold rings from a jewellers in Southend. Moving CCTV footage has been released (click here to view on YouTube)
Three women entered Taylor & Sons Jewellers on York Road at 2pm on Friday, December 14, 2012, distracted the shop assistant and stole the rings from a display cabinet.
Investigating Officer, Pc Craig Burles, said: "This was a high-value theft which has hit this jewellery shop hard. This group of women clearly knew what they were doing and we would go as far as to say that they are a professional outfit. With this in mind, they need to be stopped before the commit another, similar crime.
"We urge people to look closely at the CCTV images and contact us with information on who they are and where they may be living. Somebody knows them.”
The three women are described as eastern European and were wearing scarves. One was aged in her 20s, another in her 40s and the third in her 50s or 60s.
Police have released photographs of some of the stolen rings.
Anyone who is offered any gold rings in unusual circumstances or who recognises the women is urged to contact investigating officers at Southend police station on 101.
Appeal for information after man exposes himself to teenage girl (Posted 18 February 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man indecently exposed himself at a bus stop in Southend .
At about 4.30pm on Sunday February 10, 2013, at Rochford Road (Warners Bridge end), a 17-year-old girl was waiting at the bus stop when a man approached and exposed himself.
The man is described as white, aged in his 20s, 5ft 6ins tall, average build, short brown hair, wearing a black jacket with a hood, blue jeans and black Nike trainers.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc James Crabb on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Laptops stolen in Westcliff burglary (Posted 18 February 2013)
Police are investigating the theft of two laptops after a burglary in St Vincents Road, Westcliff, in the early hours of February 14.
Police believe the laptops were carried away in a distinctive blue Westcliff High School for Boys holdall with the school logo on the front, and are appealing for anyone who finds this bag, or has any information about the burglary, to contact Dc Julie Dennis at Southend CID on 101.
Police appeal for witnesses after attempted robbery in Shoebury (Posted 18 February 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery in Shoebury.
At approximately 6.50pm on Tuesday February 12, near the junction of Frobisher Way and Midsummer Meadow, a victim was approached by a man holding a baseball bat demanding money.
The suspect is described as white, aged 16 to 20, approximately 5ft 6ins tall, wearing dark coloured clothing with a hood.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Paul Gutteridge on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police appeal for information after burglary (Posted 18 February 2013)
Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Southend.
Between 7:40am and 7:15pm on Tuesday February 12, at Christchurch Road, entry was gained by forcing the front door. Various items of electrical equipment were stolen.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Paul Gutteridge on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Wanted man arrested in connection with aggravated burglary (Updated 15 February 2013)
UPDATE: A man wanted in connection with an aggravated burglary in Southend has been arrested.
Joseph Lamb, 26, known to have links to the Southend area, was arrested in Oxfordshire on February 12. He was charged with burglary in relation to the incident in Woodgrange Drive, Southend, which happened on January 3.
He appeared before Oxford Magistrates Court on February 13.
Another man, Dean MacLeod, also 26, (pictured), last known to be living in Victoria Avenue, remains outstanding for the same offence.
During the incident a house was broken in to by using a brick to smash a hole in a rear patio door. The keys were then retrieved from inside and the door unlocked. While inside the property the suspects armed themselves with knives and stole gold jewellery and damaged furniture.
The property was empty when the break in occurred between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Anyone with information, or who can give police details of the whereabouts of MacLeod should contact Southend CID on 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or email Essex Police at firstname.lastname@example.org
Motorcycle glove theft: Police release CCTV (Posted 15 February 2013)
Police in Southend are hoping that someone will recognise the man caught on CCTV, believed to be responsible for the theft of motorcycle gloves at Harpers Motorcycles, in London Road, Leigh on Sea.
This incident occurred on February 2 around 3.20pm and the gloves were worth hundreds of pounds.
The shop manager is also keen for the thief to be identified. Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Charlotte Skipper at the Southend Neighbourhood police team on 101.
CCTV released in connection with meat thefts (Posted 13 February 2013)
Police are releasing a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with thefts from two stores in Leigh and Rochford.
On January 17 and February 8, meat items were stolen from the Coop in London Road, Leigh, while on January 17 and February 10, meat items were stolen from the Coop in Golden Cross Parade, Rochford.
Police believe the same man might be responsible.
Anyone who can identify the man pictured is asked to contact Pc Joanne Andrews or PCSO Louise Tate on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Witness appeal after deaf victim is robbed (Posted 13 February 2013)
Police have appealed for information after a profoundly deaf man was robbed at Southend.
The 37-year-old victim was assaulted and robbed of a mobile phone that he uses to write text messages to communicate with relatives and friends.
Two men were involved in the robbery which happened at about 11.50pm on Friday, February 1 at the junction of Hamstel Road and Philpott Avenue.
The victim, who lives locally, had gone for a walk alone and was approached by the two men. One stood in front of him and the other grabbed him from behind. He was punched in the stomach before one of the men grabbed a Blackberry phone from one of his pockets.
Investigating officer DC Paul Gutteridge said: "This was an appalling attack on a man who is profoundly deaf and cannot speak. He was unable to call for help even though there were people and cars passing at the time.
"We want to hear from any witnesses or anyone who was passing the area at the time of the robbery. We also want to hear from anyone who recognise the men from the descriptions we have been given”.
The thieves were both white, aged between 25 and 35 and about 5ft 5in to 5ft 6in tall. The older man who was slightly taller was of broad build and had short blond hair. He was wearing jeans and a navy blue jacket. The second man was of slim build, and had short dark hair. He was wearing jeans and a red or dark-coloured hooded top.
Anyone with information should contact DC Gutteridge at Southend CID on 101.
Do you recognise suspected shop thief? (Posted 11 February 2013)
Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man they want to speak to following thefts from a shop in Westcliff.
On two occasions in January a man walked in to the Cooperative in London Road, Westcliff, and removed goods without paying.
On January 21, meat products were stolen after being concealed in a large orange bag. On January 22, a store basket was filled with cosmetic products and the man walked out without paying.
Officers are investigating these incidents in conjunction with an inquiry into a theft from the BP petrol station in London Road, Westcliff, on January 14.
Anyone with information is asked to contact PCSO Louise Tate on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
How to protect your jewellery (Posted 11 February 2013)
Police are urging residents in Essex to safeguard their jewellery and make it less likely to be stolen during a burglary.
Officers have noticed an increase in the amount of times jewellery is being stolen when a property has been broken in to.
Keen to ensure residents have as much information as possible to prevent themselves from falling victim to burglary, Essex Police is working with Essex County Council to encourage people to ensure their doors and windows are locked when they leave their home.
Operation Nemesis is the force’s response to the rise in burglaries and is targeting offenders across the county known for this offence.
A number of steps can be taken by owners of valuable jewellery and gold:
- Invest in a good quality safe which complies with official insurance rating standards and is secured to a wall or to the floor
- Take photographs of the jewellery to assist police in finding it should it be stolen
- Mark the property with a DNA type marking system
- Don’t store all jewellery together
Police are currently investigating a break-in at a property in Avenue Road, Westcliff, during which a number of distinctive items of jewellery were stolen.
The house was broken in to during the day on January 21 and a number of items stolen including jewellery which is distinctive and of great sentimental value.
Photographs of some of the items have been issued to alert people these items are stolen should they be offered them for sale.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, said: "Being the victim of a break in has now made us think more about security.
"We are looking at getting a safe and will consider keeping our jewellery in separate locations. We will definitely photograph all our jewellery; we were lucky this time we could find some photos of the items online.”
In total the value of the items stolen was around £10,000.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Dc Kerry Auger at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Anyone wanting more information on how to keep their home or property secure should contact the crime reduction officer for their local area by calling 101 or visit www.essex.police.uk
Witness appeal after car taken in robbery (Posted 11 February 2013)
Police have appealed for information after a car was stolen in a knifepoint robbery at Westcliff.
The incident started at West Road at about 8.25am on Saturday, February 9.
The car was stationary at traffic lights at the junction with London Road when the men jumped in, threatened the driver with a knife and demanded money. He was then ordered to drive off and into Cotswold Road.
The driver then managed to get out and run off as the thieves drove away with the car, a five-door silver Ford Escort.
Investigating officer, Pc Kiri Karlo, said: "This was a frightening incident for the driver who had no money on him. The thieves kept on demanding money and held the knife up at the victim all the time they were in the car.They threatened to stab him if he didn’t get any money.”
The man brandishing the knife was white, 5ft 10in tall, of slim build, with a drawn-looking face and short light brown hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved light-coloured jumper. The knife was described as a small serrated kitchen knife with a blade around 3-4in long with a black handle.
The second man was of a slight tanned Mediterranean appearance, more than 6ft tall, of large build which was more on the fat side than muscle, with a round face and black, short curly hair. It was not known what he was wearing.
Anyone with information should contact Pc Karlo at Southend CID on 101.
Police launch appeal after attempted robbery (Posted 8 February 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone else with information, to get in touch about an attempted robbery which took place on Woodgrange Drive, in Southend, at the bus stop opposite Honiton Road.
The victim, a sixth form student, was approached by two men on Wednesday 6 February as he waited for a bus between 7.25am and 7.40am. The men showed him a knife and demanded his mobile phone, which he refused to hand over and the men then walked off.
The two men are described as white, aged 16 to 19, both of slim build and wearing dark clothing. One of them had fair hair and the other dark. They were also pushing a supermarket shopping trolley with a large red and white checked bag inside which looked full.
Anyone who recognises the descriptions or who has information can contact Essex Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
New warning over bogus police phone calls (Posted 6 February 2013)
Detectives have renewed an appeal to beware of bogus police officers following another incident in west Essex.
A woman aged in her 80s was tricked into giving her bank details after receiving a phone call from a man claiming to be a detective chief inspector from the Metropolitan Police.
The caller, who claimed he was DCI Charlston, told the woman that she had been the victim of a fraud and that he needed all her bank details, which she provided.
The woman, who is from Chigwell, was then told that the officer would need to see her bank cards and that a courier would be sent to collect them. A man turned up 30 minutes later and took the cards. It is not yet known how much has been taken from the woman’s savings.
Detectives are carrying out an investigation into the incident which was reported on Tuesday morning.
The latest warning follows an alert issued on Monday about a bogus caller claiming to be a police officer, who attempts to use the Police non-emergency 101 telephone number to obtain bank details.
That suspect is known to call people and tell them their bank details had been found in possession of arrested suspects.
In an attempt to verify that he was a genuine officer he gave the name of Sgt James Hackett (no such officer exists) and invited his intended victim to call him back urgently, within five minutes, on the police 101 number.
One victim did call him back to find out more but became suspicious because there was no dialling tone and no extension number was given. He hung up immediately. Another victim was tricked into giving details.
Inspector Paul Wells said: "We have no evidence that the three incidents are connected because the methods are not the same in all three cases. However, in each case the caller claimed to be a police officer and claimed to be investigating an alleged theft or fraud against the victim.
"It is absolutely vital that people are on their guard if they receive a call of this kind. Genuine police officers will never ask for bank details over the telephone. It is possible that one man or a group of criminals working together is using different names and different stories to trick the elderly or vulnerable. One simple rule will prevent you from falling for this kind of con and that is to never give bank details to anyone who has called you.
"The same is true of people who knock at your door. If an individual is legitimate, they should not mind your asking for them to prove who they are.”
Anyone who is contacted by a caller claiming to be police investigating a bank card fraud should contact police on 101. Anyone with information about suspicious callers claiming to be police should call detectives at Loughton CID, also on 101.
Do you recognise meat theft suspect? (Posted 4 February 2013)
Police are appealing for information following the theft of meat items from a petrol station shop in Westcliff.
On January 14, at around 11am a man visited the BP petrol station in London Road and filled a basket with various meat items. He then left the store making no attempt to pay.
Police are releasing a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Joanne Andrews on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Witness appeal over criminal damage at mosque (Posted 1 February 2013)
Police have appealed for information after vandals caused damage at a mosque in Westcliff.
Two men are believed to be responsible for smashing three windows at The UK Islamic Mission in West Road, on December 15. The incident is believed to have happened at about 11pm.
Any witnesses or anyone with information about the offenders should contact Pc Phil Collie at Leigh police station on 101.
Residents urged to securely lock doors following burglary (Posted 31 January 2013)
Police in Southend are urging householders to check the security of their external doors following a burglary in Southchurch Road.
Thieves got into a house between 4:45pm and 9:10pm on Friday 25 January by forcing the front door to the property, although nothing is believed to have been taken.
Pc Paul Gutteridge, of the Southend policing team, said: "If someone is determined to get into your house then it is difficult to 100 per cent guarantee you can prevent it. But thieves will always look to target homes they believe they can get into and out of quickly. The more difficult you make it the less likely you are to become a victim."
He said doors and their frames should be strong, in good condition and kept secure at all times. "If you are replacing a door, improve your security by installing one that is certified to British Standard PAS 24-1 'doors of enhanced security'," he added.
"You can also strengthen wooden doors by fitting a steel strip and plates to the door frame and around the lock; these are commonly called London and Essex bars. You should also make sure hinges are sturdy and secured with strong, long screws and for added security fit a pair of hinge bolts."
Anyone with information about the burglary in Southchurch Road can call Essex Police on101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Police appeal for information about park robbery (Posted 30 January 2013)
Police have appealed for information after a man was robbed in Chalkwell Park.
The incident happened as the 22-year-old victim from Basildon was walking through the park at about 3:15am on Sunday January 27.
Investigating officer Dc Richard Yapp said: "The victim was pushed to the ground and had his wallet containing cash snatched from his hand.
"The suspect was a white man, aged about 30, 6ft 2in tall and of stocky build. He was wearing a zip up hooded jacket, black bandana, and dark tracksuit bottoms.
"We would advise anyone who is out late at night to avoid carrying valuable items that might draw the attention of thieves and also to avoid walking in poorly-lit areas.”
Anyone with information about the robbery, knows who is responsible or saw anyone loitering in the area, should contact Dc Yapp at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Arrests made in connection with Waitrose burglary (Updated 30January 2013)
Two men have been arrested in connection with an investigation into a burglary at Waitrose, in Southend.
A 19-year-old boy from Canvey was arrested on Monday, January 28, on suspicion of burglary and later released on police bail pending further enquiries to February 26.
A 26-year-old man from Southend was arrested today, Tuesday, January 29, on suspicion of burglary and remains in custody.
The arrests relate to a burglary at the Fossetts Way store on December 24, 2012 when two men entered the store and stole two cameras and Xbox controllers.
Police seek men in connection with £300,000 fraud (Posted 30 January 2013)
Detectives have issued photos of two men they wish to talk to in connection with a mail order fraud that is believed to have netted up to £300,000.
The men were both seen in Southend, which is believed to be the centre of operations for a scam in which goods have been bought using details from bank cards stolen in Australia or New Zealand.
A wide range of items, including babywear, cosmetics and food, has been ordered and delivered to various locations around the Southend area where gang members were waiting to collect them. No traceable addresses were used.
Investigating officer Dc Bob Evans said: "We believe that this is a major fraud operation where firms have been tricked using stolen bank details and where courier firms have been tricked into making deliveries to false addresses.
"The two men in the pictures might have useful information and we want to hear from them or anyone who knows who they are.”
Anyone with information should contact Dc Evans or his colleagues at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Two men aged 32 and 41 and two women aged 27 and 32, and all from the Southend area, have been arrested on suspicion of fraud and have been bailed until April pending further enquiries.
Rare guitar stolen in Westcliff burglary (Posted 29 January 2013)
Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Westcliff in which a rare guitar was stolen.
Burglars broke in to a flat in Station Road between 11.25am and 4pm on Monday, January 28, by smashing a rear window.
A Sony PlayStation, laptop computer, jewellery and a guitar of great sentimental value were stolen from inside.
The guitar, a customised Gibson Epiphone Blueburst, was stolen from the address and police are appealing for people to look at the photo issued and contact police if they are offered this item for sale.
Anyone with information should contact police at Southend on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Billericay cold caller incident prompts police warning (Posted 29 January 2013)
Thanks to a concerned neighbour an elderly man was not duped out of thousands of pounds after men cold called at his property in Billericay offering to do work in his garden.
This happened on Monday morning, January 28. A neighbour became suspicious and called the police. When police arrived they found two men digging the garden of a house having said it would cost £2,500-£5,000 for the work. Whilst police were speaking to the men, a white transit van arrived with the manager of the workers who then said that if the man did not want the work done then they would pack up and leave. No offences had been committed.
A police spokesman said: "Thanks to the concerned neighbour, who called police, we were able to speak to the workmen and their boss and they voluntarily left. The man could have otherwise have found himself paying over the odds for the work done."
County Councillor Roger Walters, Member with responsibility for Trading Standards, said: Our advice is never agree to work from doorstep callers and do not feel pressured into having work carried out immediately, residents should always take time to consider if they want to enter into a contract. If you want work carried out get at least three quotations and be specific about what work you want carried out.
"Use one of the Essex County Council Trading Standards Buy with Confidence traders who are approved by Trading Standards – for details or listings call 08454 040506 or via www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
"Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours, family or friends and if you suspect that they have been targeted by rogue or doorstep traders call 08454 040506 or Essex Police for assistance in dealing with the problem.”
Could these watches or medals be yours? (Posted 28 January 2013)
Police are keen to hear from anyone who recognises any of a number of items that have been recovered from the car of a burglary suspect.
Detectives investigating a break-in at house in Benfleet on Tuesday 15 January arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of burglary.
During a search of his vehicle a number of items were recovered that police believe may be stolen property.
DC Kirsty Morgan said: "These items are not connected to the burglary we were investigating at the time but we suspect that they may have been taken from other homes in Essex.
“If anyone believes that any of this property belongs to them then we would urge them to get in touch with us on 101."
Pedestrian hit by car in Westcliff (Posted 28 January 2013)
Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a car at around 11pm on Saturday 26 January.
The incident happened when a 33-year-old man was in collision with a red Vauxhall Vectra on London Road, in Westcliff, outside the Trading Rooms public house - near the junction with Crowstone Road.
The injured man, who is believed to be from the Westcliff area, was taken to Southend University Hospital where his condition was described as non life-threatening.
Police investigations into the incident are continuing and officers would like to hear from any witnesses who they have not yet spoken to.
Anyone with information can contact the Southend Roads Policing unit on 101.
Police appeal for information about Westcliff burglary (Posted 28 January 2013)
Police would like to hear from anyone with information about a burglary which took place between 1:50pm and 3:50pm on Friday 25 January at a house in St Vincents Road, in Westcliff.
Thieves got into the house by smashing a glass panel beside the front door and then climbing through. Among the items taken were jewellery including two silver bracelets, a silver necklace, a silver hairclasp, two gold sovereign pendants and one gold half sovereign pendant, and a gun metal Russian-made pocket watch with a hammer and sickle design on the lid.
The thieves are then believed to have climbed out of a front bay window to the house.
Pc Paul Gutteridge said: "Some of the items stolen are very distinctive and we would like to hear from anyone who may come across them."
Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or who has been offered similar items for sale can call Essex Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Beware computer virus scam (Posted 25 January 2013)
Police are warning residents to be wary of unexpected telephone calls claiming to repair computers due to a virus.
The warning comes following reports of bogus people calling residents by telephone asking for money after carrying out work on their computers.
Crime prevention officer, Peter Caulfield, said: "The people who carry out these bogus calls can sound very authentic and convincing. But please remember to challenge anyone who phones you unexpectedly. Do not agree to pay for a problem you weren’t even aware you had, or download any programs as they may contain viruses and be aware that these programs could give the caller full access to your computer.
"These scams vary and include; someone telling you there's a virus on your computer, refund of overpaid bank charges, offering a loan against prepayment, or, an inheritance from a long lost relative, to name just a few. The people targeted are often the elderly and vulnerable.
"If you receive such a call, speak to a family member or a trusted friend first, or call police on 101, or Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040, or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
“Be careful about personal information, as some callers already seem to have basic details about you, perhaps gained from forms you have previously filled in or insecure websites you have visited. Don’t give out any further personal information or money, just take their full details and contact numbers and terminate the call. Often scammers will hang up when you start asking for contact details. Always allow yourself more time to look into it and seek advice.”
HMRC rebate scam (Posted 24 January 2013)
A phishing e-mail, designed to attack computer security is currently in circulation. It purports to originate from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and declares that the recipient is entitled to a refund of a few hundred pounds.
The recipient is invited to click a link to complete the process. In reality, this is a scam and could result in a virus being placed onto the recipient's computer, which could compromise personal information and even result in the computer being rendered inoperable.
HMRC never advises of tax rebates, refunds etc. in this way. Anyone receiving such an e-mail is asked to forward it to HMRC on the following e-mail address and then to delete the original. Under no circumstances at all should the link on the phishing e-mail be clicked.
Report suspicious emails to HMRC via
Police appeal after attempted burglary in Leigh (Posted 17 January 2013)
Police are appealing for information about an attempted burglary in Leigh on Sea.
At 1pm on January 8, 2013, a woman returned to her home in Bailey Road to find three men attempting to gain entry.
Disturbed, the men ran off. They were all aged between 16 and 20. The first was wearing a green hooded top and was carrying a draw string sports bag which is thought to have been green in colour. The second man was wearing a red hooded top and the final man was wearing a navy blue hooded top.
Anyone with information about the attempted burglary is asked to contact Pc Jon Holland at Southend CID on 101.Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Witnesses sought to high street assault (Posted 16 January 2013)
Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in Southend.
At about 2.30pm on January 7, in the loading bay underneath Victoria Plaza in Southend High Street, a man in his 50s, who is currently homeless, was struck on the head with a glass bottle, causing him to require hospital treatment.
Three men are being sought in connection with this assault. The first is black, aged in his early 20s, around 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build, wearing a dark shirt and jacket. The second was white, also aged in his early 20s, 5ft 9ins tall and also wore a shirt and trousers. The third was white, aged in his early 20s, slightly taller at 5ft 10ins tall, with short dark hair and again wore a shirt and trousers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Southend on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Witness appeal after minibus windscreen shattered (Posted 16 January 2013)
Police have appealed for information after a vehicle's windscreen was shattered by an object dropped from a bridge in Southend.
The incident happened at Royal Artillery Way at about 12.45pm on Wednesday January 9.
A minibus was on the dual carriageway and passing under a footbridge near the Cecil Jones School when it was struck by the object. The white VW Transporter was being driven by a woman from Leigh. She was badly shaken and slightly injured when a piece of glass cut her thumb.
Investigating officer, Pc Nathan Williamson, said: "There were no other vehicles near the minibus at the time and no suggestion that the object was thrown up by a passing car or lorry.
"The driver did not see anyone or see the object land but it caused a loud bang and shattered the screen.
"This was a frightening incident and could have caused serious injury to the driver or other people if she had lost control of the minibus. We want to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information about who was responsible.”
Pc Williamson can be contacted at Southend police station on 101.
Police release efit of sexual assault suspect (Posted 15 January 2013)
Police are releasing an efit of a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in Southend after all other enquiries to trace him have proved fruitless.
A woman was assaulted while at a grassy area near Clifton Terrace at around 12.30am on October 10, 2012.
Extensive enquiries have been carried out by detectives since the incident to trace the man responsible, including with local homeless shelters, but so far there have been no arrests.
DI Mark Tyler said: "It is thought the man frequents local night shelters, however so far we have been unable to establish any further details about him.”
The woman victim, aged in her 20s from Southend, had been in The Last Post in Weston Road, Southend, and left at closing time. She walked with the suspect and was then assaulted near Clifton Terrace.
The man is described as white with mousey brown hair and is aged somewhere between 21 and 40-years-old. He is 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall, of stocky build and has a pierced right ear.
At the time of the incident he wore a pink McKenzie polo shirt with 1974 printed on it, light coloured chino trousers, white trainers and was carrying a JD Sports bag with a Union Jack design. He carried this on his left side.
Anyone who can identify the man is asked to contact detectives at Southend on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Attempted burglary in Westcliff: Police appeal for information (Posted 15 January 2013)
Police are appealing for information following an attempted burglary at a property in Westcliff.
Between 11pm on January 12 and 10am on January 13 attempted have been made to force open the rear patio doors of a property in Dulverton Avenue, causing damage.
Thankfully no entry was gained.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Southend on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police appeal for information about aggravated burglary (Posted 14 January 2013)
Detectives are appealing for any information after an armed robbery at a property in St Ann's Road, Southend on January 9.
At around 6pm on Wednesday evening two people were looking at a motorbike outside a property in St Ann's Road when they were approached by two men, one holding what appeared to be a handgun. The victim was then made to ring the doorbell and when it was opened one of the suspects entered and threatened those inside with the gun demanding 'where is the money'. He stole a mobile phone before running off. One suspect ran towards Milton Road and the other towards Sutton Road. Seven people were inside a house at the time of the incident and some of them pursued the suspects briefly.
Both suspects are described as white, about 6ft tall and medium build. The man with the gun was aged between 19-30, with fair eyebrows and blue eyes. He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and a scarf was covering the bottom half of his face. The other man was aged in his early 20s, and was similarly dressed.
Dc Paul Brown who is investigating said: "I would like to speak to any witnesses or anyone who saw these men acting suspiciously in the area, or running away at the time of the offence."
Anyone with information should contact Dc Brown and Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Residents urged to secure their homes (Posted 11 January 2013)
Police in Southend are reminding residents to be security conscious at this time of year by making their homes less attractive to would-be burglars.
By taking the following simple steps, you can help reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime:
- Remove keys from back and patio doors and put them out of sight.
- Ensure sheds, garages and outbuildings are secure, and lock away tools and items that could be used to aid a burglary
- Leave room lights on, with curtains drawn, when leaving an empty home to deter opportunist thieves
Please report any suspicious activity to the police on 999 if you believe a crime is in progress.
Police appeal for dog walker to come forward following attempted rape in Shoebury (Posted 8 January 2013)
Detectives are appealing for a dog walker to come forward as a potential key witness to an attempted rape in Shoeburyness.
The attack took place when a teenage girl was walking through an alleyway near Shoebury Park shortly after 5:30pm on Wednesday, October 24. She was pushed to the ground, causing her to black out and awoke to find a young man on top of her.
The girl, who lives locally, managed to push her attacker off. A dog walker then passed her and enquired about her welfare.
This man is described as black, aged approximately 50, was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans. He was walking a white ‘Staffy’.
The dog walker is urged to contact detectives at Rayleigh’s Sexual Offences Investigation Team on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or email the incident room at SOIT @essex.pnn.police.uk
A 15-year-old boy was arrested on Friday, December 14 on suspicion of attempted rape and later released on police bail until Monday, February 25 pending further enquiries.
CCTV released following robbery at store (Posted 7 January 2013)
Police are releasing CCTV images following a robbery in Southend in December which they hope will help identify those responsible.
Two men entered Corks n Cans on Branksome Road shortly after 9pm on Saturday, December 29, selected two bottles of wine and took them to the counter.
As the sales assistant placed them in to a bag, one of the men pointed a silver handgun at her.
The woman continued putting the bottles in the bag through fear and gave the men the bag. They then walked out.
The assailants are described as white and in their late teens to mid-20s. The gunman is further described as being approximately 5ft 2ins tall and was wearing a black hooded top while his accomplice is approximately 5ft 6ins tall and was wearing a grey hooded top.
There were no customers in the shop at the time. It is thought the two men also stole six cans of lager and hid them under their hooded tops.
Anyone with information in connection with this robbery or who recognises them men shown in the CCTV images is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101.
Student's work stolen in burglary - Police appeal for information (Posted 17 January 2013)
Detectives are appealing for information following a burglary in south-east Essex which has left a student "devastated” after thieves stole her degree work.
The break-in happened in Westcliff when the front door of a house on Fairview Drive was kicked open between 5-6pm on Saturday, December 29. A laptop, memory stick and jewellery were stolen.
The 43-year-old homeowner and student is a former Shoebury PCSO. She resigned from Essex Police three-and-a-half years ago to study full-time for a degree in social work with a view to entering the child protection profession.
Investigating Officer, Dc Chris Martin, said: "The laptop had a silver ‘C’ on the front. Plugged into it was a red-and-black memory stick. Both the computer and stick contain vital work, crucial to her degree. This work is a product of years of work and has left her devastated. The memory stick is of limited value to anyone else and we would appeal to the burglar’s better nature to return it as well as the laptop and jewellery.”
A forensic examination of the house was carried out as were house-to-house enquiries.
Anyone with information in connection with this burglary is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101.
Residents urged to secure outbuildings (Posted 7 January 2013)
Police are urging Essex residents who own outbuildings to make a New Year’s Resolution and think security for 2013.
Garages, sheds and barns are susceptible to the opportunist burglar or career criminal as a result of their construction or position. Many of the 2012 break-ins could have been prevented had owners secured these buildings with adequate locks.
On garage doors, security can be improved by adding locking bolts to both sides of the ‘up and over door’ or a garage door defender in the ground in front of the door.
With sheds and some barns, depending on the construction, padlock hasps should be coach-bolted and plated to the frame and door with a ‘close-shackle’ padlock also used for extra measure. In addition, hinges can be unscrewed so their security should also be thought of. Some items within buildings can be secured using good chains attached to a ground anchor.
Crime Reduction Advisor Stephen Armson-Smith said: "It’s also worth fitting an alarm to the shed or garage, good signage regarding security systems in operation and adding security lighting. Shed alarms are relatively inexpensive and available from most hardware stores or at reduced prices through Neighbourhood Watch groups.”
Security products that are fit for purpose can found by looking for the ‘Secured by Design’ or ‘Sold Secure’ logos or on their websites http://www.securedbydesign.com/or http://www.soldsecure.com/
Further crime prevention advice can be sought by contacting Essex Police’s local crime reduction advisors on 101.
'Ransomware' warning (20 December 2012)
Members of the public are being warned about a computer scam which attempts to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public by impersonating the Metropolitan Police Service.
The MPS Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has received 1,100 reports from the public of the malware affecting their computers. 36 people in the UK have paid money, each losing £100.
Enquiries continue to trace those responsible for the scam. There have been no arrests at present.
The malicious software infects personal computers after users have accessed certain websites. The virus causes the PC to freeze and lock, with a message purporting to be from the e-crime Unit advising the user they are required to pay a fine to unlock the computer.
This is a fraud and users are advised NOT to pay out any monies or hand out any bank details. This scam is now affecting many countries in Europe and further afield, with each email tailored to include the branding of that country's law enforcement agency. Europol are coordinating with Europe's law enforcement agencies on this matter.
Genuine law enforcement agencies would never contact members of the public via this method and demand funds in this way.
We would advise anyone who has been deceived by such a message and handed over money to report the matter to their card issuer immediately and also report the offence to their local police by calling 101.
Virus/Malware infections where no money has been lost can be logged at www.actionfraud.org.uk/report_fraud
In order to reduce the chances of being infected by this or similar malware, police strongly recommend that anti-virus software is both used and, importantly, routinely updated to keep pace with new threats as they are discovered. In addition, operating systems such as Windows and Mac OS routinely issue updates that patch potential vulnerabilities. Sound advice can be found at www.getsafeonline.org
Beware of conmen bearing gifts (20 December 2012)
Two conmen tried to dupe a man out of money after he helped give them directions in Thorpe Bay.
The man was parked on Thorpe Esplanade when a Ford Fiesta, containing two men, pulled up behind him. A man got out the car and approached the man asking for directions to Gatwick Airport.
The man offered to help the fraudsters and showed them its location on their map. To show their appreciation the fraudsters gave the man three watches in separate boxes, claiming they had just returned from an exhibition.
When the man accepted the gift, the conmen said they were short of money and asked him for cash. The man declined to hand over any money and the scammers snatched two of the boxes back.
The man managed to get back in his car and drive away from the suspects, and reported the incident to police. Upon checking the third box he found all it contained was a £1.99 price tag.
The conmen were described as having an Italian or Mediterranean accent.
Southend Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership advises residents not to hand over money to anyone they have just met in the street. Remember – if it’s too good to be true, it usually is.
If you think you have been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or contact police on 101.
Warning over 'Nottingham Knockers' (19 December 2012)
Residents in Southend are being warned to be mindful of so-called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ working inthe area.
Trading Standards has recently become aware that a group of young salesmen, dubbed the ‘Nottingham Knockers’, have been targeting households across the borough.
Named after a scam originating in Nottingham, young people travel across the UK targeting a town at a time.
They knock at doors and claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, before trying to sell the householder everyday household products at very high prices.
Residents are advised to refrain from buying at the doorstep and not to buckle to pressure from salespeople offering supposedly one-off ‘buy it now’ low prices. However, often kind-hearted residents feel they are helping the Nottingham Knockers to turn their lives around so agree to buy their wares.
David Baxter, of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Trading Standards team, said: “Many people who sell things on the doorstep, on the phone and even in your home are legitimate traders, but unfortunately some aren't. Rogue traders may use illegal pressure selling tactics to make people buy and they can ignore their legal rights.
“Remember it’s your doorstep and your decision. If you feel pressured for any reason, ask the person to leave.”
Mick Armstrong, Essex Police Crime Reduction Officer for Southend, added: "These Nottingham Knockers work in groups across the country but they are not necessarily involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programmes.
“There are several national charities that do excellent work with offenders and ex- offenders and you can be confident your donations will be properly used.”
Trading Standards has issued the following ten top tips to help you stay safe when approached by unsolicited callers:
1. Don’t sign on the spot
Don't feel pressured to agree on the spot - if you are interested in what they are selling, you can ask them to come back at another time that is more convenient for you, maybe when you have someone else with you or you've shopped around.
2. Check the trader's identity
Always ask for an identity card and look up the organisation to check the salesperson's identity is genuine. Don't use the number on their card. Check if the trader is a member of a reputable trade body, like the Direct Selling Association, whose members should ensure their salespeople sell responsibly.
3. Be wary of special offers or warnings about your home
Don't get taken in by sales banter or high pressure selling techniques. Don't be hurried into a decision even if there is a discount. The discount might be on a price that is too high in the first place.
4. Always shop around for the best price
Check with other companies offering the same product first. Make sure the price and product is right for you.
5. Read the small print
Always read documents carefully before you sign them and make sure you fully understand your rights. It's best to ask salespeople to call back so you can do this in your own time - don't be rushed into signing before you feel ready.
6. Double check the facts
Make sure you fully understand the total costs of the transaction - including estimates, delivery and installation and the arrangements for after-sales servicing, such as the guarantees or warranties. Only agree to make a purchase once you’re entirely satisfied that the transaction is acceptable.
7. Talk to someone you trust for a second opinion
Take the time to talk to someone you trust - for example your family, a friend or carer - before you sign anything.
8. Don’t hand over a cash deposit
Avoid handing over money before work is started. A reliable trader will never ask you to do this (even if they need materials). Never agree to go with a trader to the bank to take money out.
9. Think very carefully before you agree to a trader starting any work straight away
If you agree to have any work done or goods delivered within the seven day cooling-off period, you may have to pay if you later change your mind and cancel the contract.
10. Trust your instincts
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Do you recognise suspected jewellery thieves? (19 December 2012)
Detectives are hoping the release of CCTV still of a trio of suspected female thieves will lead to their swift arrests.
The burglary took place when three women entered Taylor & Sons Jewellers on York Road at 2pm on Friday, December 14 and used a distraction technique to steal approximately £60,000 worth of gold rings.
Investigating Officer, Pc Craig Burles, said: "This was a high-value theft which has hit this jewellery shop hard. This group of women clearly knew what they were doing and we would go as far as to say that they are a professional outfit. With this in mind, they need to be stopped before the commit another, similar crime. We urge people to look closely at the CCTV image and contact us with information on who they are and where they may be living. Somebody knows them.”
The three women are described as eastern European and were wearing scarves. One was aged in her 20s, another in her 40s and the final one in her 50s or 60s.
Anyone who is offered any gold rings in unusual circumstances in the run-up to Christmas or who recognises the women in the image is urged to contact investigating officers at Southend police station on 101.
Police appeal for road crash witnesses to come forward (17 December 2012)
Nearly one week on from a road crash in Thorpe Bay which continues to leave a man fighting for his life in hospital, police are looking to speak to two "potentially-vital” witnesses.
The collision happened when a male pedestrian was struck by a grey Toyota Yaris on Thorpe Hall Avenue shortly before 12:30pm on Thursday, December 13.
The 69-year-old man from Southend was airlifted to Romford’s Queens Hospital after sustaining serious head injuries. He remains there in a in a critical, life-threatening condition.
Investigating Officer, Pc Pete Pettet, said: "From our enquiries so far, we believe a man gave first-aid to the pedestrian almost immediately and before any other person arrived at the scene. As well as being a possible key witness, we and the casualty’s family would like to thank him for his efforts. This man possibly had a dark van. If he didn’t, then another key witness is out there who we need to speak to. There is also possibly a woman who approached my colleagues as they were talking to the injured pedestrian. As a result of concentration being focused on the casualty, there were unable to take her details before she left the scene. Again, we would like her to get in touch with us.”
The driver of the Yaris, an 89-year-old man from Southend, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of careless driving and later released on police bail until Wednesday, March 13, 2013 pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information in connection with this road crash is urged to contact investigating officers at Laindon Road Policing Unit on 101.
Look out for metal thieves (17 December 2012)
Residents are being urged to reporting sightings of suspicious activity regarding metal theft.
The current cost of metal theft to the UK economy has recently been estimated at £770million per year. The financial impact is dwarfed by the impact on society, the inconvenience and potential impact on public healthand safety andthe effect on local businesses.
Objects targeted included cables, drain covers, lift panels from housing estates, memorial plaques, playground slides, fire escape stairs, local electricity substations and churches.
If you see any suspicious activity near to any of these locations contact Essex Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonynmously, on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.
Cash machine scam warning (12 December 2012)
Fraudsters are using new methods to steal customers’ money from cash machines.
Claw-like devices are inserted inside machines to catch notes before they can be dispensed. When the customer leaves thinking there is a fault, the thieves return to remove the claw and take your cash.
It is thought that criminals are using new techniques after the introduction of chip and pin security made other forms of theft harder.
Mick Armstrong, Crime Reduction Officer for Southend, said: “The 'cash claw' is just the latest attempt by small-time crime gangs to steal customer and their banks money directly out of the cash machine. The industry has quickly wised up to this new methodology and is working alongside us to catch those responsible and to make it much more difficult for anyone looking to follow in their footsteps."
The UK Cards Association estimates that in the first half of this year £14.6 million was lost to ATM fraud.
What to look for:
• As the claw is hidden inside the machine, there are usually no warning signs to look out for. This means customers will assume the machine is faulty and either think that the whole transaction was void, or will go to the bank to report the fault rather than to the police.
• The criminals will usually attack outside of normal banking hours, to make it harder for you to seek help from the bank immediately.
• The police have warned people to keep their eyes open for any incidents. Any faults should be reported to the bank immediately, who should check if it is a fault or whether you may have been a victim of crime. You also need to keep an eye on your statements, to be sure that there are no withdrawals that you are unaware of.
Police appeal for witnesses to attempted robbery (10 December 2012)
Police are appealing for witnesses to the attempted knifepoint robbery of a teenage boy in Westcliff.
A 14-year-old boy from Westcliff was approached by a man with what has been described as a steak knife at the junction of Brightwell Avenue and London Road at about 7.25pm on Friday, December 7.
The man asked for money at which point the victim ran away.
The suspect is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build, aged in his mid 40s, wearing a black woolly hat, beige zip-up jacket, grey jeans and black shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Luke Dangerfield at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Did you witness street robbery? (10 December 2012)
Police are appealing for information following a street robbery in Southend.
At around 8pm on Thursday, December 6, a 19-year-old man from Benfleet was approached by a teenager on a BMX bike in Short Street, who demanded his mobile phone. He was also verbally threatened.
The victim handed over his iPhone 4 and the suspect then rode away.
He is described as white, about 18-years-old, 6ft tall, and wore a black hooded top with the hood up, black trousers, and a ski mask across his mouth and nose.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ds Tanya Bailey at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Do you recognise these men? (Updated 8 January 2013)
Police are issuing another list of men wanted under Operation Nemesis, the force’s burglary drive.
As the nights continue to grow darker and people start to buy their Christmas presents, police are hoping to get the public’s help and support to bring in people wanted in connection with burglaries in the county.
Encouraging assistance from residents in identifying wanted people is just one of the tactics being used by officers working on Op Nemesis.
Residents are urged to look at the photos of the wanted men and contact officers with any information they have on 101 or by email at email@example.com
- Christopher Frame, 29, whose last known address in unknown, is wanted in connection with a burglary in York Road, Southend, on March 20. He is also wanted on warrant for breach of a court order imposed by South East Essex Magistrates Court on May 28.
- Sebastian Dyszko, 29, last known to be living in Westminster Drive, Westcliff, is wanted in connection with a burglary in Wesley Road, Southend on September 4, and on warrant by South Essex Magistrates Court issued on August 12.
Crime Updates Archive
Theft and damage to Christmas tree lights (7 January 2013)
Police appeal for witnesses to armed robbery at store (3 December 2012)
Southend burglar jailed for three-and-a-half years (3 December 2012)
Police appeal for information about stabbing (26 November 2012)
Public urged to be vigilant over grit thieves (19 December 2012)
Warning over misleading claims of burglar alarm salesman (19 November 2012)
Police renew appeal for information about Westcliff burglary (15 November 2012)
Designer clothing and bicycle stolen in Westcliff burglary (13 November 2012)
Fake designer clothes warning (9 November 2012)
Cold calling security firm warning (6 November 2012)
Rogue trader warning (5 November 2012)
Laptop stolen in Leigh burglary (1 November 2012)
Burglary crime prevention advice as the clocks go back (29 October 2012)
Do you recognise armed robbery suspect? (26 October 2012)
Do you recognise nightclub assault suspects? (24 October 2012)
Beware credit card scam (23 October 2012)
Police appeal to witnesses of firearm incident (22 October 2012)
Residents urged to properly secure their homes following distraction burglary in Leigh (5 September 2012)
PayPal scam email (2 August 2012)
Cold-calling alarm company (30 July 2012)
Beware cold-callers selling art (11 July 2012)
Beware distraction thieves offering jewellery (14 June 2012)
Bogus caller warning (12 June 2012)
Distraction thieves steal elderly woman's jewellery (31 May 2012)
Beware cold-callers offering free alarms (27 April 2012)
Website fee scam (20 April 2012)
Beware 'boiler room' scams (20 April 2012)
Fake Crimestoppers and Victim Support surveys (13 April 2012)
How to spot if your £1 coin is fake (3 April 2012)
Beware bank rebate scam (23 March 2012)
Have you seen anything suspicious on the water? (22 March 2012)
Card fraud telephone scam (6 March 2012)
Fake bank notes in Leigh (21 February 2012)
Computer scam targets Southend residents (2 February 2012)
Con artists target high street shoppers (25 January 2012)
Watch out for metal thieves (12 January 2012)
Voicemail message scam (16 December 2011)
Cold-calling company claims to be working with the police (15 December 2011)
Cold-caller warning (14 December 2011)
Postal scam chain email (2 November 2011)
Distraction theft - don't become a victim (9 May 2011)
Computer scam targets Southend residents (2 August 2011)
Electricity meter fraud - don't get caught out (17 June 2011)
'BT' phone cut-off scam (14 June 2011)
Cold-calling security firms target Leigh residents (28 January 2011)
Cold-calling loft insulation company targets Leigh residents (1 February 2011)
Warning about bogus HandyVan in Southend (4 February 2011)
Council tax rebate scam (22 November 2010)
Directory scam warning for local businesses (9 November 2010)
Bogus callers target Shoeburyness (4 November 2010)
Warning about cold-calling company (3 November 2010)
Bogus 'PDSA' collectors target Leigh (11 October 2010)
Essex Probation advises county to be vigilant about bogus callers (5 October 2010)
Warning about electricity 'top-up' scam (5 October 2010)
Police urge van owners not to leave tools in vehicles overnight (9 July 2010)
Door to door sellers target Leigh(16 September 2010)
SAS/Crime Reduction Bureau Scam(posted 14 July 2010)
Police warning concerning a 'you have won a prize' Scam (posted 14 July 2010)
Air Ambulance Scam(5 July 2010)
Cold callers continue to target residents (2 June 2010)
Cold callers target Leigh residents claiming to be endorsed by the police (6 April 2010)
Police warn Xbox gamers of online scam (posted 26 March)
Cold Calling Security Companies (26 January 2010)