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CCTV issued in nightclub assault investigation (Posted 25 July 2014)

Detectives in Southend investigating an assault which resulted in the victim having his jaw broken have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

It took place in the early hours of Sunday, May 18 at Chameleon nightclub in Lucy Road, Southend.

The victim, a 26-year-old man from East London, was attacked from behind and punched. He fell to the ground, breaking his jaw.

Anyone who was at the club that night and can help detectives or he recognises the man in the image is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Paul Gutteridge at Southend CID on 101 or email 3616@essex.pnn.police.uk

Mobile phone stolen from cafe (Posted 21 July 2014)

Police in Southend are looking to identify a man who is currently a suspect for a burglary. He was captured on CCTV and he should contact police so that he can be eliminated from their enquiries.

On Wednesday July 2 at the Filling Station cafe, in Queens Road, a man entered the cafe at around 12.30 and had a brief conversation with a staff member.

The staff member went out to the back of the cafe and when she returned she found the cafe owner's black Nokia Lumia 800 mobile phone missing. The man was with a woman at the time of the incident and she is asked to identify the man.

Anyone with information is asked to call Pc Kelly Smith at the Southend Neighbourhood Crime Team on 101.

Charity donations stolen at music festival (Posted 21 July 2014)

Police in Southend are appealing for witnesses after a heartless thief stole charity money at a music festival in Chalkwell Park on Saturday, July 12.

£320 pounds in donations was taken from the McMillian Nurses charity stall between 4-4.30pm at the Village Green, in Leigh on Sea. The fund raiser discovered that the money bag had been taken out of her pocket and was then found a short distance away, still with some cash in it, but with hundreds missing.

Anyone who has any information about who is responsible is urged to contact Pc Phil Collie, Neighbourhood Constable for Blenheim & Prittlewell Wards, on 101 Ext 477157.

Man sought in connection with bicycle thefts (Posted 21 July 2014)

Police are investigating the theft of three bicycles from an address in Southend.

Suspects entered the garage of an address on Keith Way between July 7 and July 15 and removed the bicycles, worth over £1,000 in total.

The bicycles stolen include two green and white hybrid Merida Crossways and a pink and black mountain bicycle.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man on a bike. Police need to identify and speak to him to eliminate him from their enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Terence Wilson at Southend Police Station on 101.

Girls sought after £14 taxi fare dodge (Posted 21 July 2014)

Police are appealing for information after four teenage girls left a taxi in Southend without paying their fare.

The teenagers were travelling to Wesley Road on June 21, and left without paying their fare of £14 at around 1am.

Officers are releasing CCTV of four girls they want to talk to in connection with this incident in the hope someone can identify them.

Anyone who recognises the girls in the photo or who has any other information is asked to contact Pc Gillian Parks at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Did you see street assault? (Posted 21 July 2014)

Police investigating an assault in the street in Frobisher Way, Shoeburyness, on June 25 at around 5.45-6pm, want to speak to any witnesses, especially those in a pub garden nearby. A 16 year old boy has been interviewed in relation to this incident but police need more witnesses to come forward.

A 42 year old local man stopped his vehicle and became involved in a verbal altercation with a pedestrian who then punched him in the face. It is thought that the suspect had some type of weapon, such as a knuckle duster in his hand, as the punch resulted in a nasty cut to the victim’s face, requiring numerous stitches.

The suspect is described as a white teenager, about 5ft 10ins tall and really skinny, who was wearing a light blue tracksuit top.

Investigating office Dc Layla Barker said: "We can see from CCTV nearby at the Parsons Barn pub that there were a number of people sat in the garden and they would have potentially had a good view of what happened and I ask them to contact me at Southend CID on 101 ext 470161."

Appeal after parent assaulted in playground (Posted 10 July 2014)

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault during an argument between two parents in Southend.

The attack happened in the children’s play area in Southchurch Park, off Shaftesury Avenue, when a 60-year-old local woman was headbutted by a man shortly before 6:30pm on Wednesday, June 18.

The woman had been having a discussion with a man about the behaviour of their respective two children. Following the assault, the man walked away and got into a silver Ford Puma which had been parked outside a nearby confectionary shop.

Investigating Officer, Pc Javier Rodriguez-Perez, said: "During these past few weeks, we have been examining CCTV to see if the man has been captured on camera. We are still working our way through the hours of footage, but we now know that he was with a woman. Silver Pumas in the Southend area are probably not that common so we’re hoping that someone knows who this man is and where he lives.”

The assailant is described as white, of large build, approximately six foot tall, had short, brown spikey hair, is aged in his late-30s and was wearing a red-checked shirt. He was in the company of a fat woman who is described as white, approximately 5ft 8ins tall and has shoulder-length white blonde hair.

The victim was taken to Southend University Hospital by paramedics and treated for her facial injuries. She is now recovering at home.

Anyone who witnessed the assault or recognises the man from the description provided is urged to contact investigating officers at the Neighbourhood Crime Team at Southend police station on 101.

Further arrests made in murder investigation (Updated 10 July 2014)

Police investigating the murder of Hassan Mohammed have made three further arrests in connection with their enquiries into his death.

Police have arrested a 19 year-old man, an 18 year-old man and a 17 year-old boy, all from the North London area.

They have been taken to Basildon Police Station where they will be questioned in connection with the offence.

An 18 year-old man and a 19-year man, both from Southend, have been released from custody on bail until July 14.

The incident happened in York Road, Southend, at around 7pm on Monday 7 July, when the 26-year-old victim from south-east London received two stab wounds.

The victim was flown by air ambulance to hospital where, despite the best efforts of medical staff, he died.

Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, or has any other information, is urged to contact detectives at Southend on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police seek man after nightclub assault (Posted 01 July 2014)

Police are looking to identify a man in connection with an ongoing investigation into an assault inside a Southend nightclub.

The attack happened when a 25-year-old local man was punched several times in the head after having walked away from the dancefloor at Churchills, in Tylers Avenue, during the night of Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15.

Investigating Officer, Pc Martin Thacker, said: "This man was taken out to the lobby where he fell unconscious. He was then taken to the local hospital and treated for several hours.

"The man pictured in the CCTV was also seen outside the club. We want to identify him and speak to him to see if he can be eliminated from our enquiries. He could live locally so we would ask people to contact us if they are a loved one, work colleague or a friend.”

The victim is now recovering at home.

Anyone who knows the identity of the man pictured is urged to contact the Neighbourhood Crime Team at Southend police station on 101.

Cyclist injured in 'hit-and-run' (Posted 01 July 2014)

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road crash in Southend in which a cyclist was struck by a car which failed to stop at the scene.

The collision happened when a silver BMW struck a female cyclist on Harcourt Avenue at 4:30pm on Saturday, June 28 and was then driven off. The 36-year-old local woman was taken to Southend University Hospital where she was treated for a severe shoulder injury. She is now recovering at home.

A short time later at three different locations in the Southend area, two men, aged 20 and 23 and a 14-year-old boy, all from the town, were arrested in connection with the collision. Officers from the Air Support Unit helped colleagues on the ground with the arrests. The three arrested individuals are continuing to be questioned by officers at Southend police station.

Any witnesses to the crash involving the cyclist are urged to contact investigating officers at Southend Roads Policing Unit on 101.

Woman indecently assaulted in lift (Posted 01 July 2014)

Police are appealing for witnesses to an indecent assault inside Southend Pier Lift.

The sex offence took place when a 34-year-old local woman was groped at 3:30pm on Sunday, June 22. She was with her baby at the time. The lift was going up from the seafront to the high street. The man got out and walked towards the shops.

The man is described as white, approximately 5ft 6ins tall, is of medium build, has very short, shaved hair with tram lines on his head, has tattoos on his arms and is aged in his mid-30s. At the time, he was wearing a navy T-shirt and grey three-quarter-length shorts.

Officers are examining CCTV to see if the man has been captured on camera and will look to release an image if he remains unidentified.

Anyone with information in connection with this indecent assault is urged to contact the town policing unit at Southend police station on 101.

Men cautioned after attempted break-in (Updated 27 June 2014)

Two men have received a caution after police released CCTV images following what was described as an attempted break in at the Grand Hotel in Leigh Broadway.

Following an appeal two men attended Southend police station and admitted an offence of criminal damage. The 36-year-old man from Southend, and 35-year-old man from Benfleet, were each given a caution for the offence, which happened between 1.20am and 2.30am on June 8.

Woman 'distressed' by bus passenger (Posted 24 June 2014)

Police officers in Southend are investigating after a complaint from a member of the public about the behaviour of a man on a bus in Leigh, which caused her distress. They have issued a photograph of the man and ask him or those who know who he is to get in touch with them.

It happened on June 13 at around 10.30am and the man is described as white with a dark complexion, with short black hair and stubble on his face. He was wearing a blue Puma top, black jogging bottoms and had headphones on.

Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact Pc Terry Wilson at Southend NPT on 101.

Efit released after disturbance in street (Posted 23 June 2014)

Detectives in Southend investigating a large disturbance in Hill Road, Prittlewell on June 6, have now issued an Efit of a man they want to identify.

Police believe that the incident, which they were called to at 6.30pm, involved a number of separate groups of youths who had a disagreement in Priory Park, which later turned into a fight.

Investigating officer Dc Mark Sawyer said: "We are now releasing an Efit of a man we want to identify and hope that that someone will know who he is.

"This incident caused upset and fear for the local community and I am keen to establish the reason for this happening and to deal with any identified offenders. The man in the Efit played a key part in the disturbance and I need to speak to him as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information about what happened is asked to contact Dc Sawyer at Southend CID on 101 or they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses sought after seafront attack (Posted 23 June 2014)

Detectives investigating an assault in Southend on Thursday, June 12 are appealing for independent witnesses to the incident.

It happened at around 7pm on Eastern Esplanade near to the Halfway House pub. The 33-year-old victim from Southend received a four inch cut to the back of his head when a beer glass was smashed into his head.

The suspect is described as a young white man, about 5ft 10 ins tall, medium build and aged 16-20 years old with short dark hair. He was not wearing a top and had white knee-length shorts.

Anyone who was in the area at that time and remembers seeing the incident is urged to contact the investigating officer Pc Andrew Edwards at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Can you name assault suspect? (Posted 23 June 2014)

Detectives are continuing to investigate an assault on a guest house owner from back in March and have uncovered CCTV of a man they want to identify.

On March 9, at around 6.50pm in the evening the owner of the guest house in Hartington Road, Southend was hit on the head with a mobile phone, causing a gash to the middle of his forehead which required stitching at hospital. The owner also found the room where the suspect had been staying had damage to a wall and a duvet was missing.

The photograph shows the suspect who is described as black, aged between 20-40, average height with black hair tied into a bun. He was wearing beige chino trousers and a beige checked shirt. The man gave a false address, but is believed to come from London area.

Anyone who recognises him or has any other information is asked to contact Pc Pierre Guilcher at Southend Police Station on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Car stolen in Southend burglary (Posted 23 June 2014)

Police are appealing for information after a car was stolen following a burglary in Southend.

Keys to a blue Ford Mondeo, with a '56' registration, were stolen after the front porch was broken into and an implement used to obtain the keys through the letterbox.

The vehicle was then removed from the driveway. This happened between 11.30pm on June 20 and 11am on June 21.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Sam Kyle at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witness appeal after knifepoint robbery (Posted 23 June 2014)

Detectives have appealed for witnesses following an armed robbery in Southend.

The incident happened at about 1.25pm on Friday June 20 at a car sales office in Boston Avenue.

A man entered the branch of WeBuyAnyCar.Com, threatened a member of staff with a knife and demanded money. He grabbed the staff member by the neck but then fled empty-handed when he was told no cash was kept at the office.

The female member of staff was not injured but was badly shaken.

The man was black, about 6ft 1in tall, aged in his 30, of medium build and had close cropped hair. He was wearing a green fleece top and dark-coloured trousers.

Anyone with information about the suspect should contact Ds Paul Gutteridge or his colleagues at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Renewed appeal after attempted robbery (Posted 20 June 2014)

Police are renewing their appealing for information regarding an attempted armed robbery in Westcliff.

Colliers newsagents in Hamlet Court Road was the target of a man holding a black handgun at 2.15pm on June 8.

The man wore a grey Adidas tracksuit and a grey Halloween style wolf mask. He is described as white, aged between 17 and 21-years-old, 5ft 6ins tall and of skinny build, and spoke with a local accent.

The man pointed the gun at the shopkeeper and demanded money, however he refused to hand over anything and following a brief confrontation the man left the store empty handed. He ran down Anerley Road and then into Ceylon Road.

Police are particularly keen to hear from two men seen walking past the shop when the crime was taking place. Officers want to find out whether they saw anything.

Police also want to hear from anyone who was in Ceylon Road, or the car park, at around 2.15pm and saw a man in a grey tracksuit.

Anyone with information should contact Dc Vicky Caine at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

CCTV released after assault outside pub (Posted 18 June 2014)

Detectives in Southend have today issued two CCTV images of three people they would like to speak to in connection with an assault.

The incident took place outside the White Horse pub in Southchurch Road, Southend, in the early hours of Saturday, May 24.

There was a disturbance at the pub as people were leaving. It was between three men and another group. Just after midnight, in the early hours of Saturday, as two men walked home towards Southend along Southchurch Road, one of them was punched from behind and knocked to the ground. They were the same men involved in the earlier disturbance.

All suspects are described as white, and aged in their mid-20s and all of slim build; one was about 5ft 7ins tall with dark short hair, he was wearing blue jeans and a jumper which has three buttons and a logo on the left breast. Another had short, light hair and was wearing an Adidas zip up top. The third had dark cropped hair and wore a jumper and jeans.

These three men had also had a disagreement with another man prior to the assault. Police believe that these men may be known by regulars at the White Horse and urge anyone who knows who they are to contact them.

The 35-year-old victim from Southend suffered a broken jaw and as a result was transferred to Broomfield Hospital to have a plate inserted into it.

Dc Jon Holden, who is investigating said "This was a cowardly and serious assault on a man unable to defend himself. I urge anyone who knows who was responsible to contact me at Southend CID on 101 or give information via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Witnesses sought after street robbery (Posted 17 June 2014)

Detectives in Southend investigating a street robbery are appealing for witnesses.

At around 5.20am, on June 15, the 22 year old victim, from Chigwell, was approached on East Street, Southend, close to Tanners Funeral Directors, by three men. They grabbed his bag and pulled him into a garden where he was punched and kicked. They stole his bag containing his wallet, cash, an iPhone 5, credit cards and other personal documents.

The three men are described as two black men, aged around their mid 20s, and one was noticeably slimmer than the other. The other man was white, he was of stocky build, 5ft 2-5 tall, in his mid-to-late 20s, with ginger or strawberry blond short hair with freckles and stubble around his face.

All three suspects were wearing grey hoodies.

Investigating Officer Pc Samantha Winter said: "The men continued to assault the victim after they had stolen from him, so the victim sustained quite a long assault and was left with bruising and grazing and blacked out during the incident."

Anyone with information about this incident or who is responsible is urged to contact Pc Winter at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Who are these Southend United fans? (Posted 17 June 2014)

Police are looking to identify three men who invaded the pitch during Southend United’s League Two play-off final second leg at Roots Hall.



On Saturday, May 17, there was a pitch invasion after the 2-2 (aggregate 2-3) score with the majority of fans running to console the players. However, approximately 100 ran to the stand where the Burton Albion fans were.

A number of these individuals used threatening behaviour towards the away team’s fans. Officers have identified the majority of these people but still do not know the names of three men.

Anyone with information on the identity of these three men is urged to contact the football investigation unit at Basildon police station on 101.

Woman punched in street (Posted 17 June 2014)

Police in Southend would like to identify this woman in connection with an alleged assault which took place in the town.

A 19-year-old woman was punched following a verbal exchange with another woman at around 3.40am on Tuesday, May 20. She was not injured but was left shaken up after the incident which happened in Southchurch Road.

Anyone that can help identify the woman is asked to contact Pc Christopher Simpson at Southend Police on 101. People can also leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Did you witness assault outside pub? (Posted 12 June 2014)

Detectives in Southend investigating a serious assault have arrested a woman, but need witnesses who saw the incident to contact them.

At around 6.50pm on May 11 there was an altercation inside the Guildford pub, in Sutton Road, between a man and a woman. This transferred outside and a 51 year old man was then assaulted by a woman when he was on the ground. He received serious facial injuries.

A 35-year-old woman from Southend was later arrested, questioned on suspicion of assault and grievous bodily harm, and released on police bail until July 18.

Investigating Officer, Dc Simon Laurie, said: "Several witnesses have spoken to police already but there were lots of people in the pub and walking past outside who have not yet been identified and I urge them to come forward and tell me what they saw."

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Dc Simon Laurie at Southend CID on 101 ext 470159.

Appeal for witnesses after man's jaw broken in club (Posted 11 June 2014)

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man’s jaw was broken in a Southend nightclub.

The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday, May 18 at Chameleon nightclub, in Lucy Road, when an unknown attacker punched a 26-year-old man, from east London, from behind. The victim fell to the ground, breaking his jaw.

Anyone who was at the club that night is urged to contact Ds Paul Gutteridge at Southend CID on 101, or email 3616@essex.pnn.police.uk.

He said: "The victim has no recollection of the incident and therefore anyone who can help him and police identify the suspect that attacked him,should contact detectives at Southend CID."

Appeal after car 'keyed' (Posted 11 June 2014)

Police officers in Southend are appealing for any information after a woman involved in a minor road dispute later found that her car had been keyed.

The incident, which is being investigated as criminal damage, occurred at Southend Hospital on May 18. The car driver was entering the Cardigan Wing car park when she almost had a collision with a pedestrian. They exchanged words and the woman then went into the hospital. When she came out a short while later she found every panel of her Subaru Impreza ‘keyed’.

The car displays a number of charity stickers which relate to cancer charities the owner has raised money for and these were also damaged. Investigating officer Pc Martin Thacker said: "These have huge sentimental value to her as she has lost friends to cancer and she was understandably upset by this as well as the car damage."

Anyone who was in the area or has any information about who may be responsible is asked to contact Pc Thacker at Southend Neighbourhood policing team on 101.

Attempted armed robbery at newsagents (Posted 11 June 2014)

Detectives in Southend are appealing for information following an attempted armed robbery at Colliers newsagents in Westcliff on Sunday, June 8.

At around 2.15pm a man entered the store in Hamlet Court Road wearing a grey Addidas tracksuit and a grey Halloween style wolf mask. He is described as white, aged between 17 to 21 years old, with a local Southend accent, 5ft 6ins tall and a skinny build. He held a black hand gun.

The shop keeper told police that the suspect pointed the gun at him as he stood behind the counter and demanded that he open the till and give him the money. However he refused to hand over anything and following a brief confrontation the attempted robber left the store empty handed, turning right out of the shop towards the direction of the seafront. The suspect was seen to run down Anerley Road then into Ceylon Road car park and out onto Ceylon Road.

Anyone who can help police identify the man responsible, or witnessed any part of the incident, is urged to contact Dc Vicky Caine at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

She said: "The young shopkeeper was convinced it was not a real gun and was probably a gas replica. It was a brave thing to do to refuse to hand over anything, however we would not normally recommend that anyone tackles or refuses to co-operate as your safety is more important."

Man sought after attempted burglary (Posted 06 June 2014)

Detectives in Southend have issued an Efit of a man they want to identify in connection with an attempted burglary in Seaforth Road, Westcliff on May 23.

The suspect attempted to enter a flat in the early hours, around 1.20am via French doors but his actions disturbed the occupant who spotted the suspect and he ran off. He is described as white, average height, with light brown hair and wearing a light T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone who thinks they may recognise the man is urged to contact investigating officer Dc Jon Holden at Southend CID on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Witnesses sought after disturbance at pub (Posted 05 June 2014)

Detectives in Southend are appealing for witnesses or anyone with any information about a serious assault near a pub in Southend in the early hours of Saturday, May 24.

There had been a disturbance at the White Horse as people were leaving the pub in Southchurch Boulevard, between three men and another group. Just after midnight, in the early hours of Saturday, as two men walked home towards Southend along Southchurch Road, one of them was punched from behind and knocked to the ground. They were the same men involved in the earlier disturbance.

They are all described as white, aged in their mid-20s and of slim build; one was about 5ft 7ins tall with dark short hair, he was wearing blue jeans and a jumper which has three buttons and a logo on the left breast. Another was also slim build, with light short hair, and wearing an Adidas zip up top. The third was slim, with dark cropped hair, wearing a jumper and jeans.

These three men had also had a disagreement with another man prior to the assault. Police believe that these men may be known by regulars at the White Horse and urge anyone who knows who they are to contact them.

The 35-year-old victim from Southend suffered a broken jaw and as a result was transferred to Broomfield Hospital to have a plate inserted into his jaw.

Dc Jon Holden, who is investigating, said: "This was a cowardly and serious assault on a man unable to defend himself. I urge anyone who knows who was responsible to contact me at Southend CID on 101 or give information via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Efit released after attempted theft of bicycle (Posted 03 June 2014)

Police in Southend have issued an Efit of a young man in connection with the attempted theft of a bike.

The incident took place near the Spread Eagle pub in Victoria Avenue, Southend, at about 3.45pm on Wednesday May 21, when the suspect told the 12 year old schoolboy that the bike he was riding was his and threatened him, saying that he had a knife, although no weapon was seen. The suspect walked off when he spotted a police car in the vicinity.

The suspect is described as mixed race/dark skinned, with short black hair with spikes that are highlighted. He had an earring in his left ear and was wearing a long sleeved dark green cotton top, blue jeans with some sort of pattern/emblem above the right knee and black Adidas trainers.

Dc Andy Copley who is investigating said: "I am keen to speak with anyone who recognises this young man from the Efit or the description or believes they know who is responsible." 

Anyone with information should contact Dc Copley at Southend police station on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Warning issued after cat deaths in Shoebury (Posted 03 June 2014)

Police are warning cat owners to be wary after the deaths of three cats, thought to have been poisoned by anti-freeze.

Between Sunday, May 25 and Thursday, May 29 three cat in the Shoeburyness High Street area have died leaving their owners very distressed. All three cats showed symptoms of being lethargic and going off their food.

Police advise residents to check their back gardens and sheds for anti-freeze and to make sure it is secure. Cats, dogs and other animals are attracted to the sweet smell and taste of anti-freeze, but ingestion of anti-freeze by animals, even in small amounts, is lethal unless treated immediately.

Officers at Shoebury Neighbourhood Policing team are appealing for information as this is being treated as a criminal investigation.

Anyone who can help should contact PCSO Tristan Adams on 07710 086590 or by email at 71064@essex.pnn.police.uk

Have you donated money to suspected fraudster? (Posted 27 May 2014)

Police are appealing for information about a suspected fraudster operating in south Essex.

Officers want to hear from anyone who may have donated money to a man who claimed to be taking part in a sponsored run for ‘depression charities’.

Anyone with information should contact Pc Katie Londesborough on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

A 27-year-old man from Westcliff was arrested on March 14 on suspicion of fraud by false representation. He was bailed to June 6 pending further enquiries.

Reward offered for safe return of stolen Mercedes (Posted 27 May 2014)

Essex Police has released CCTV footage to try to trace a man and a woman who are believed to have stolen a rare car from an underground car park in Westcliff.

The car, a red Mercedes 280sl automatic (often referred to as a Pagoda), registration FWB 743H, was taken from the car park underneath Hamilton Grange in Crowstone Avenue. It is worth in the region of £50,000 and was taken sometime between 4am and 4.30am on Saturday, April 5.

Pc Ian Hopgood said: "The CCTV cameras show a man and a woman enter the car park, take the cover off the vehicle and then drive it away. It’s not the best footage as it is quite grainy. However, I would urge people to view the film which is posted on the Essex Police website. There is also a link to it on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. They may recognise the people or it may jog their memories into remembering anything that they may have seen in the days leading up to, and after, the theft.”

The car’s owner, Stephen Habermel, has offered a reward of £10,000 for the safe return of his pride and joy.

He said: "Owning a car like this was something of a boyhood dream for which my wife Tracy and I worked hard for a number of years.

“We never went far but enjoyed taking the car out in the summer when the weather was fine.

“It was heart breaking to watch the car being stolen by a man and a woman on the CCTV footage and I would appeal to anyone who may recognise them or saw anything to get in touch with the police or Crimestoppers. Any information, no matter how small, could just help us to get our beloved car back and find those responsible for taking it.”

The footage is available on the Essex Police website www.essex.police.uk or via Twitter @EssexPoliceUK or on Facebook.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact officers at Southend Neighbourhood Crime Team via Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man arrested for handling stolen guns (Updated 19 May 2014)

A 29-year-old man from Southend has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and dangerous driving.

He is currently being questioned by detectives at Southend Police Station.

Police are no longer looking for Mark Box. Essex Police would like to thank the media and members of the public for their assistance with this matter.

Man wanted after car park assault (Posted 19 May 2014)

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises an e-fit of a man who is wanted for questioning in connection with an assault in a Westcliff car park.

Police want to speak to him following an altercation in a multi-storey car park in London Road at 3.35pm on Wednesday April 16.

The man had confronted the 67-year-old victim just after he had pulled into a parking space and got out of his car. He then struck the victim in the stomach before walking off.

Investigating officer, PC Ian Hopgood, said: "The suspect has been described as white, at least 6ft 2in tall, with thinning grey hair, a beard and aged around 50 to 55. He was wearing a blue top and dark jogging bottoms with yellow stripes down the side.

"If anyone recognises the e-fit or believes they know who this man is I would ask them to contact me at Southend Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Did you see fight in nightclub? (Posted 19 May 2014)

Police are investigating following a disturbance inside a Southend nightclub.

Officers attended Talk, in Lucy Road, at just after 2am on Sunday May 18 following reports of two men fighting in the club. A large disturbance then broke out involving around 30 people.

Four police officers were injured whilst they dispersed the group. Their injuries were not serious although they did require medical treatment. Two members of the club's door staff were also injured.

DI Julie Gowen, of Southend CID, said: "We would like to hear from anyone inside the club who may have seen what happened, especially those people who may have seen the assaults on the police officers and door staff.

"This incident ruined what was probably a nice night out for the majority of people with police officers and club staff being injured as a result."

Anybody that can help with any information is asked to contact Southend CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Three 25-year-old men from London, a 40-year-old man from London, a 19-year-old man from London, an 18-year-old man from London and a 27-year-old woman from London were all arrested at the scene.

Fraudster jailed (Posted 16 May 2014)

A man has been jailed for claiming housing benefit on a made-up Southend address.

Roy Vassell, 47, of Guildford Road, Guildford, who denied 15 counts of housing benefit fraud, was found guilty after a trial at Basildon Magistrates Court on Friday 9th May and was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment.

He must also pay back £1,615.54 of wrongfully-obtained housing benefit

Mr Vassell received this amount in Housing Benefit from Southend on Sea Borough Council, for what he described as a basement flat in Clifftown Road, Southend, but the Council later cancelled his claim after he failed to reply to a request for more information.

However Mr Vassell then asked the Council for £4,100 worth of Housing Benefit to cover the rent arrears he said he owed his landlord.

He maintained that the landlord had hired a debt recovery company which was pursuing him for the money

Following his reluctance to give details about his landlord and tenancy, the Council’s benefits team suspected Mr. Vassell’s claims.

The Corporate Fraud Investigation Team, then visited the basement which was uninhabitable and where no flat existed.

Further enquiries showed that Mr Vassell was the registered owner of the company he claimed was pursuing him for the outstanding rent.

In formal interviews, Mr Vassell said he had been living at the property where he had spent time and money decorating, but was unable to show what improvements he had made, or describe the owner or landlord

Basildon Magistrates Court heard that there was never a flat at the address, and that Mr Vassell’s had completed a false tenancy agreement and a false application for Housing Benefit from the outset.

Mr Vassell was also found to have compounded the offences by repeatedly applying for the backdated money he was not entitled to.

The Council’s Corporate Director for Corporate Services, Sally Holland said: “Although we are committed to paying benefits to those who are entitled, it also has a duty to protect the public purse and take action against people committing benefit fraud.

“It is an offence to claim benefits fraudulently and, as this case shows can lead to imprisonment as well as the repayment of the benefits.

“If anyone has suspicions over a person entitlement to benefit they can call the Corporate Fraud Investigation Team direct on 01702 215254, or e-mail counterfraud@southend.gov.uk.

“All information received is treated in the strictest confidence.”

Can you identify man who threatened shop worker? (Posted 12 May 2014)

Police are looking to identify this man (pictured) in connection with an incident that took place at a bookmakers in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff.

It is alleged the man walked into the Coral Racing betting office sometime between 10am and 10.15am on Thursday, April 3, and threatened a female member of staff. The woman was left feeling very distressed following the verbal abuse.

Anybody that can help is asked to contact Pc Ann Bush at Southend Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man charged in newagents robbery case (Updated 15 May 2014)

A man has been charged following a robbery at the Big News Store in Eastern Esplanade, Southend.

Lewis Merrington, 22, unemployed, of Gainsborough Drive, has been charged with robbery and possessing an offensive weapon in a public place. He has been bailed with conditions until he appears at Southend Magistrates Court on Thursday, May 29.

The robbery took place on Thursday, April 24, at around 6.30am.

Appeal for witnesses after man assaulted (Posted 09 May 2014)

Police officers investigating an assault on a 23-year-old man from Southend have arrested three men but need witnesses to contact them.

The assault happened at the end of the High Street, Southend, near the HSBC bank at around 3.30am on May 6. The victim and a friend were assaulted leaving him with a cut, swelling and bruising to the head, which required hospital treatment.

Three men - one aged 17, from Southend, and two aged 17 and 19 from south-east London - have been arrested and bailed until May 28 on suspicion of actual bodily harm, while inquiries continue.

Anyone who was in the area and witnessed this incident is urged to contact Dc Dave Thompson at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppes on 0800 555 111.

New warning as bogus police fraudsters steal £27,000 (Posted 30 April 2014)

Detectives are continuing to urge residents across Essex to be constantly on guard against fraudsters posing as police officers following a series of thefts and attempted thefts across central areas of the county.

The incidents are the latest in a series of crimes in which mainly elderly people are targeted and tricked into revealing their bank details or handing over large sums of cash.

The tricksters claim to be officers from either Essex or the Metropolitan Police and tell their victims that their bank details had been obtained by thieves who were currently under arrest.

To obtain evidence against the ‘arrested suspects’ the tricksters ask for their victims to withdraw large sums of cash from their bank or post office accounts so that the banknotes can be examined for fingerprints.

In the past month four people in the Maldon, Chelmsford and Braintree districts have been tricked into handing over more than £27,000 to the thieves.

The thefts were at South Woodham Ferrers on April 14 where £10,000 was stolen; Maldon on April 18 where £1,800 was taken; Chelmsford on April 22 where £8,250 was taken; and Witham on April 24 where the thieves took £7,750.

In all the incidents couriers were sent by the thieves to collect the cash.

Police have released an Efit image of the courier in the Maldon incident. The man was said to be aged between 25 and 28 and was wearing all black clothing. Anyone who recognises him should contact the Operation Seafordteam at Essex Police on 101.

Two similar incidents at Braintree and Felsted were foiled by bank staff who warned customers of the scam when they attempted to withdraw large sums of cash. The victim at Braintree on April 10 had tried to withdraw £4,000 and the victim from Felsted had intended to give the thieves £3,000.

More than 20 other people in central Essex have received calls from the tricksters since the start of the month including nine in Maldon district on one day, May 21. There were 14 attempts in Chelmsford district and three in Braintree. In all these cases the victims realised the calls were scam attempts and contacted police.

More than 750 similar thefts and attempted thefts have been reported in Essex since the scam first came to light in January 2013, and similar crimes have been reported in the Met Police area and other counties.

More than 110 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £380,000. Six people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Remember:
• Police or bank officials would never call you by telephone and ask for your full bank details or ask you to withdraw large sums of cash.
• If you think you have been a victim, call police from a different number.
• If you don’t have another phone, use a neighbour’s, or wait five minutes before dialing 101 or 999 (if urgent).

Please contact any elderly relatives and friends to warn them of this scam.

For more information, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26616872

 

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