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Police appeal after robbery in Southend (Posted 14 April 2014)

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 25-year-old-man was robbed after a night out in Southend.

The victim was with a friend on the central reservation in Queensway, opposite the Connexions building and surgery, when they were approached by two men on April 13, between 2:40am and 3am.

The victim was repeatedly punched and kicked and his wallet and HTC phone were stolen. He was left with a swollen and bruised eye, cuts and bruises.

The suspects ran off towards the post office in Short Street.

The main suspect is described as white, aged between 20 to 25 years old, just under 6 foot in height, of lean to muscular build, with a podgy face, and short blonde crew cut style hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans.

The second man was similar in age and build, with brown or black hair, and wore a gillet and dark trousers.

Anyone who was in the area at the time or has any other information about this incident is asked to contact Dc Vicky Caine at Southend CID on 101, or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Milkman assaulted by armed robber in Leigh (Posted 14 April 2014)

Detectives are investigating a robbery in Leigh where a milkman was assaulted by an armed man.

The incident happened at around 3.30am on Friday 11 April, in Willow Close.

The victim was in his milk van when a man in a crash helmet came running towards him and demanded that he had over money. The victim refused and he was hit on the head. The suspect then ran off.

The victim was not injured but was left shaken following the attack. The suspect is described as being around 5ft 8ins tall, was wearing a white jumper and a crash helmet with graffiti style writing on it. He was carrying a silver gun.

Anybody with any information about this incident is asked to contact Southend CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Woman sought after theft of DVDs (Posted 09 April 2014)

Do you recognise this woman? Police in Southend would like to speak to her in connection with the theft of some DVDs from Argos.

It is alleged she went into the store in Victoria Plaza, Southend, on Friday, March 14 at just before 2pm and took some DVDs from a display and left without making an attempt to pay for them.

It is thought she was with a white man aged between 16 and 20 who had dark brown hair and was wearing jeans and a dark grey hooded top.

The woman has red hair, which was tied in a top knot, and was wearing black trainers with a white edge, light coloured jeans, a grey top and was carrying a large grey handbag.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Pc Amber Sawyer at Southend Police on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Who is this suspected bike thief? (Posted 09 April 2014)

Who is this man?Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft of a bicycle from the Royals Shopping Centre in Southend.

The mountain bike, described as white with the make ‘Specialized’ written in large red letters on the frame, was chained to a bike rack on the Heygate Avenue side of the shopping centre on Saturday, March 15. It was taken sometime between 3.30pm and 4.10pm.

Two panniers, black and silver, were on the cycle as well as a bottle rack. It also had a Cycles UK sticker on the frame.

If you can identify this man, or have any information about the bike, please contact Pc Amber Sawyer at Southend Police on Essex Police 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police appeal after burglary and car theft (Posted 08 April 2014)

Police are appealing for information following a burglary during which a vehicle was stolen.

A house in St Vincents Road, Westcliff, was broken in to between 1am and 7:45am on March 23. A number of items were stolen including a camera, laptop, iPhone and sat nav, along with the keys to a black Ford Fiesta which was removed from the driveway.

The vehicle was later recovered on March 31, in Locksley Close, Southend, locked, and parked in an old garage area. Police believed there may have been teenagers in the area who may have some information.

Anyone who can assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact Dc Andy Copley at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously in confidence on 0800 555 111.

Phone scam thieves net £39,000 in a month (Posted 07 April 2014)

Detectives are continuing to urge residents across Essex to be constantly on guard against telephone fraudsters after 140 people were contacted during March.

In eleven of those incidents, victims were tricked into handing over a total of £39,000. In one other case a man was tricked into handing over his bank cards but a taxi driver sent to collect them realised it was a scam and police were called.

The incidents where victims were tricked out cards or cards during March happened in the Steeple Bumpstead area (two incidents) Saffron Walden, Leigh, Benfleet, Southend, Waltham Abbey, Chelmsford, Harlow, Stanford-le-Hope and Dedham. The incident where a taxi driver foiled the fraud happened at Loughton.

In all cases the caller claimed to be either a detective from either the Metropolitan Police or Essex Police. Similar false names were used by the callers but their stories varied from claims that their victims’ bank cards had been cloned to claims that suspects had been arrested in possession of stolen bank cards.

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 100 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £355,000. 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 and dial 101 or 999 (if urgent).

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

For more information about the scam, and useful advice on how to avoid falling victim to the tricksters, watch this BBC Look East report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26616872

Warning after man grabs at woman's coat (Posted 04 April 2014)

Police officers in Southend are warning people to be wary after a man grabbed at the coat of a 20-year-old woman as she walked home from Southend East railway station on March 27 at around 11-11.15pm.

The man grabbed at her coat when she was in Ilfracombe Avenue. She was able to run away from him, but was left shaken.

The man is described as white, approximately 5ft 8ins in height, of medium build, under the age of 40, wearing a black hoody with the hood up, and zipped up, with dark baggy jeans.

Anyone who was in the area, or has any other information, is asked to contact Pc Laura Stone at the Neighbourhood Policing team at Southend on 101.

Calls from bogus 'police woman' prompts new warning (Posted 03 April 2014)

A woman posing as an Essex police officer is the latest fraudster to attempt to steal money or credit cards in a complex telephone scam being carried out across the county.

The woman, who calls herself Jennifer Clark, or Jennifer Lark, has tried at least 12 times in the past few weeks to steal from elderly or vulnerable people.

She made four calls on Wednesday April 2, with two calls to people in South Ockendon and others at Stanford-le-Hope and Leigh.

Fortunately, all twelve intended victims realised that the caller was a fraudster, ended the call and contacted genuine officers from Essex Police.

DS Neil Hudson said: "This woman is linked to attempted frauds across Uttlesford and the south of the county.

"She always claims to be an officer from the local police station and says she is investigating burglaries in the area. She tells her intended victims that her bank cards have been found as a result of enquiries into the burglaries, then asks the victims to let police have bank or credit cards or large sums of cash for forensic examination.

"A courier is then sent to pick up the cards and cash but they are never returned.

"A woman claiming to be a local officer investigating burglaries is a new form of the telephone fraud and we urgently need to warn people to be on their guard.”

The telephone fraudsters, who have mainly been men, made 140 calls to Essex residents during March but the majority were fortunately unsuccessful.

A total of 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 100 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £355,000. 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 and dial 101 or 999 (if urgent).

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

For more information about the scam, and useful advice on how to avoid falling victim to the tricksters, watch this BBC Look East report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26616872

Thieves steal £300 plants from Shoebury shopping centre (Posted 31 March 2014)

Police are appealing for information after plants were stolen from a Shoebury shopping centre.

The three shrubs were taken from three planters in West Road sometime between 10pm on Thursday, March 13 and 6.15am on Friday, March 14.

They are worth around £300 and were planted by members of the local West Road Traders Association.

Pc Sharon Blaxland is urging members of the public to come forward if they have any information about the missing plants.

She said: "One of the shop owners followed a soil trail from the planters. It went right into St Andrews Road and then into Richmond Avenue where it stopped. If anyone saw anybody acting suspiciously in the area or who has any other information please get in touch with me.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Pc Blaxland on Essex Police 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Did you see motorcycle crash? (Posted 31 March 2014)

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road crash in Southend.

The rider of a green Kawasaki motorcycle was travelling along Queensway at around 1pm, on Sunday 30 March, when he appears to have lost control and collided with the central reservation barrier.

The man, in his twenties, had to be cut free from the barrier by firefighters and was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or via email at collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

Appeal after attempted street robbery in Southend (Posted 31 March 2014)

Detectives in Southend are appealing for any witnesses or information following an attempted street robbery of a 17-year-old boy outside the old library in Victoria Avenue, Southend on March 26, between 9.30-9.45pm.

The victim was approached by a woman as he was walking alone. She stopped and asked "Do you have the time?" He replied no, and walked off. Two men then shouted behind him, one held a metal pole and the other a wooden stick. They demanded he hand over his phone and the woman tried to grab his wrist but he was able to run away. The victim says that they chased him, but as he neared the Odeon cinema they had gone.

One suspect was a woman with dark skin, around 20-years-old, 6ft tall, of thin build, with chin-length wavy dark red hair shaved on one side. She was wearing black clothing and a hooded top, and spoke with an African accent.

Two other suspects, both men, were black, around 20 years old with African accents. One was about 6ft tall, of big build, wearing black clothing with a black beanie hat and his hood up. The other was shorter and his hair was shaved at the sides.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed any of this incident or has any information is asked to contact Pc Kirsty Morgan at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New telephone scam warning as 21 people targeted (Posted 27 March 2014)

Detectives are continuing to urge residents across Essex to be constantly on guard against telephone fraudsters after 21 people were contacted in less than 24 hours this week.

The tricksters mainly targeted residents in the south of the county, with 19 of the calls being made to homes in Canvey, Rayleigh, Rochford and Benfleet.

The other calls were made to addresses in Steeple Bumpstead and Dedham, both near the Suffolk border.

Twenty of the intended victims quickly realised they were the targets in a long-running scam but a man at Dedham was tricked into handing over credit and bank cards.

About £2,500 was withdrawn from a local ATM machine before the cards were stopped.

The latest spate of calls started on Monday evening, March 24, with a call to the victim at Dedham and continued through until Tuesday afternoon.

In all cases the caller claimed to be either a detective from the Metropolitan Police or Essex Police. Similar false names were used by the callers but their stories varied from claims that their victims’ bank cards had been cloned to claims that suspects had been arrested in possession of stolen bank cards.

DCI Paul Maleary, who is leading the investigation into the frauds, said: "These criminals are having a significant impact on some of the most vulnerable members of our society and sadly no individual is immune from this type of fraud.

"These thieves keep varying their stories and trying different tricks to encourage people to hand over bank details or large sums of cash.

"Fortunately our intensive media campaigns warning of this scam have been working well and the majority of people quickly hang up or tell the tricksters to go away in no uncertain terms. But one successful crime out of 21 attempts is one too many and we will continue to issue these warnings as long as these crimes continue.

"These offences are happening throughout the UK and Essex Police is now working with five neighbouring forces as part of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit.

"All officers and staff at Essex Police have been fully briefed on procedures how to deal with these crimes and they have also been asked to help to spread warnings in any way possible.

"We are continuing to liaise with community groups and organisations to spread the word to elderly or other vulnerable people who are usually the targets for these thieves.

"We also urge all relatives and friends of elderly people to make sure that they are extremely wary of any callers claiming to be police officers or bank officials who want bank cards, PIN number or large sums of cash which they claim needs to be forensically examined.

"All their claims are absolute rubbish because the police and banks would never ask for details over the phone then send a courier to collect cards or cash.”

Nearly 700 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 100 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £355,000. 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 dialling 101 or 999 (if urgent).

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

For more information about the scam, and useful advice on how to avoid falling victim to the tricksters, watch this BBC Look East report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26616872

Elderly woman tricked by thief (Posted 24 March 2014)

Detectives in Southend are appealing for information after a thief tricked his way into the home of an elderly woman and took cash and a credit card from her.

The 87-year-old, who lives in Blenheim Chase, Leigh, was at home at around 5.30pm on Thursday, March 20, when a man knocked at her door.

Investigating officer Dc Andy Copley said: "The victim did not know the man who knocked on the door. He said he was a neighbour’s nephew and that the neighbour had been rushed to the London hospital with a heart attack. He said he needed £45 for the taxi fare. The victim, believing the story, invited him into the house and gave him £50 as she didn’t have change. On leaving, the man promised to return the money by 6pm that night with a large box of chocolates, obviously he did not return.”

After the man had left the victim also realised a tin containing £100 and her credit card had disappeared.

The man is described as a white, in his 30s, with short dark hair; he had distinctive arched eye brows and was wearing a light top with a dark suit over the top, speaking with a local Essex accent.

Dc Copley added: "I would urge people not to let people into their homes unless they know who they are. Certain people will come up with all sorts of plausible stories to obtain money from kind hearted members of society who think they are trying to help those in need.”

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Southend CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Urgent phone scam warning issued (Updated 21 March 2014)

Police have issued an urgent warning to residents in south Essex to be on their guard against telephone fraudsters after three incidents in three days in which elderly victims lost a total of £13,000.

A man in his 80s, from Leigh, was tricked into handing over £5,000 on Tuesday March 18, a woman in her 70s lost £3,000 on Wednesday and an elderly man in Southend handed over £5,000 on Thursday.

In all cases the victims were contacted by a man claiming to be a Metropolitan Police fraud squad officer based at Hammersmith who said he was investigating fraud at their respective banks.

The trickster claimed that he needed a large sum to be withdrawn from the local branches of the bank so that the banknotes could be forensically examined.

Twenty-four other people in the Rochford, Canvey and Southend areas were called by the tricksters since Tuesday but realised that their claims were a scam and contacted Essex Police.

More than 640 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 100 people in Essex have been tricked out of money and the total stolen is more than £350,000. Six people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

Extensive publicity campaigns have been carried out across Essex to warn residents of the scam and although thefts have reduced, elderly and vulnerable people are still falling for the scam.

Chief Inspector Matt Bennett, the Southend district commander said: "All of the 27 people who were contacted this week were called by a man claiming to be a Met Police fraud squad officer. He used various stories about how he was investigating the theft of bank cards or bank details or that he had discovered fraud at a bank.

"Twenty-three people realised it was a long-running scam and one person told the caller he had seen a warning on Crimewatch the previous evening. Another person said a police officer lived next door and he was going to invite him round to handle the call.

"Unfortunately three people fell for the fraud and handed over the money to couriers who were sent by the tricksters to collect the cash.

"The man at Leigh had already handed over £5,000 when the tricksters asked for another £9,000. His bank became concerned when he tried to make another large cash withdrawal and called police when they released what had happened.

"These are despicable crimes being carried by thieves posing as police fraud officers, the very people they ought to be able to turn to and trust in exactly this sort of crime. Instead, they callously prey on the elderly and vulnerable and have no thought for how their victims might suffer from the loss of money that might have been saved over many years.

"It is vital that whenever people receive this sort of call they should put the phone down and call us, but on another phone or mobile. Part of the con involves keeping people on the line while they pretend to transfer calls to police officers or bank officials.”

CI Bennett said that warnings about the fraud are being issued across south Essex using local media and social media, Neighbourhood Watch groups, community forums and by PCSO and patrolling police officers stopping and talking with people who might be considered at risk.

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 dialling 101 or 999 (if urgent).

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

For more information about the scam, and useful advice on how to avoid falling victim to the tricksters, watch this BBC Look East report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-26616872

Man charged in connection with stabbing (Updated 20 March 2014)

A man has been charged as part of an investigation into an alleged stabbing which took place in Southchurch Road, Southend on Sunday March 16.

Anton Copley, aged 20, of York Road, Southend, has been charged with attempted murder. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Southend Magistrates Court this morning.

A second man, aged 18, who was arrested at the same time has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The victim remains in a critical but stable condition.

Man wanted after theft of alcohol (Posted 19 March 2014)

Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they want to speak to in connection with two thefts from Sainsbury’s in Shoebury.

Alcohol was stolen from the New Garrison Road store on January 10 and February 13.

On the first occasion cans of Carlsberg and Budweiser were taken, and on the second cans of Becks, a bottle of sparkling wine and a greetings card.

Anyone who can identify the man shown should contact Pc Nikki Cornish at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Is this fire-damaged jewellery yours? (Posted 14 March 2014)

Police officers in Southend are issuing photographs of fire-damaged jewellery that was recovered from a public area around Flemmings Farm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, on March 12 and are keen to identify the owners.

Pc Ben Broderick, who is investigating, said: "The jewellery was inside a bag and metal container which had been set alight and unfortunately was badly fire damaged. We are keen to speak to anyone who may be able to identify the property or provide any information as to the rightful owners."

The owners, or anyone with information, are asked to contact Pc Broderick at Southend Police Station on 101.

Who are these suspected thieves? (Posted 14 March 2014)

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who they want to speak to in connection with a theft from the Co-op in Shoebury in January. Two men entered the store, selected a quantity of meat, and left without paying.

The second man pictured is believed to have taken a number of items from stores in the Southend area and failed to pay. This includes the Co-op in January.

Anyone who recognises these men should contact Pc Nikki Cornish at Southend police station on 101 or email her at nikki.cornish@essex.pnn.police.uk

Arson investigation at Westcliff church (Posted 12 March 2014)

Police are appealing for information about an arson attack on a church building in Westcliff.

Officers were initially contacted shortly after 4.10am on Monday March 10 following reports that an alarm had activated at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Northview Drive. Reports were also received of smoke issuing from the building and the Fire Service were called.

Police attended to find the building alight and the road was closed whilst fire fighters dealt with the situation. Officers also evacuated at least 12 people from nearby homes for their safety whilst the blaze was dealt with. They were able to return home shortly afterwards.

Police have been liaising with the Fire Service over the cause of the blaze and believe that it was started deliberately.

Anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the vicinity at the time or who has any other information of relevance is asked to call DC Mike Buckingham at Southend Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Appeal after pedestrian hit by car in Westcliff (Posted 12 March 2014)

Police would like to hear from anyone with information about the driver of a car which failed to stop following a collision with a pedestrian in Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff.

At 7.10pm on Saturday March 8, a man was helping a blue Ford Focus to park at the side of the road, close to the junction of St Johns Road, when he was in collision with a red coloured car that was travelling northwards towards the junction with the A13, London Road.

Sergeant Dave Andre said: "The force of the collision was enough to knock the nearside wing mirror housing off the car but it failed to stop. The pedestrian, a 58-year-old man from the Reading area, suffered lower leg injuries and a suspected broken toe. He was treated at Southend Hospital but did not need to be kept in.

"If anyone saw this incident and can provide me with further details or has any other information of relevance they can contact me at Southend Police Station on 101.”

Watch out for cold-calling workmen offering to carry out repairs (Posted 12 March 2014)

Residents are being urged to be wary of cold-calling workmen offering to carry out repair work at their property.

Two men knocked at the door of a property in Park Road, Westcliff, at about 4pm on 6 March, saying that they had been sent by the landlord to repair a broken gate. They requested a key for a padlock and said they would return later that day.

The resident became suspicious and called his letting agent who confirmed that repair work was not due to be carried out. The men then left without saying why.

Both men were described as white, aged in their 50s, and spoke with a local accent. The first man had balding hair, was 5'8” and of medium build. The second man had grey hair, was 5’10”, and of slim build.

Residents are asked to report any suspicious activity to the police using the 101 non-emergency number. In an emergency always dial 999.

Appeal for witnesses to street robbery (Posted 11 March 2014)

Police are appealing for information following a street robbery which occurred on March 8 at 2.45am in Christchurch Road, Southend.

A 27-year-old woman was walking alone after a night out with friends. The victim first saw the suspect in Southchurch Road, near to Essex House, and as she turned into Christchurch Road she heard a person shout out to her. A man then grabbed her arm, and punched her in the face causing her to fall over, while screaming for help. The man snatched her handbag and ran down Christchurch Road. She was shaken but did not require medical treatment.

The suspect is described as aged in his late teens, 5ft 5ins tall, slim build, pale complexion and local accent. He was wearing a plain zip-up hoodie with the hood up, tracksuit bottoms and dark coloured trainers.

The woman lost a black Jane Norman handbag, a white Samsung Galaxy S3, a blue Jane Norman purse, a small amount of cash and a passport.

Police would like to speak to two men who were in a BMW 4x4 and spoke to the victim after the incident as they may hold vital witness information.

Anyone who can provide any information about who is responsible or finds the stolen items is urged to contact Dc 1647 Vicky Caine at Southend CID on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Appeal for taxi driver who helped assault victim (Posted 10 March 2014)

Detectives are appealing for information about an assault that is believed to have happened in Bournemouth Park Road, Southend, at around 3.30am on Sunday March 9.

A 24-year-old man suffered facial injuries, including a suspected fractured cheekbone, and is currently receiving treatment at Southend Hospital.

DC Shelley Utley, of Southend CID, said: "The victim has suffered some very nasty injuries. We have established a potential crime scene in Bournemouth Park Road which is where his wallet was recovered, although there was money missing.

"We also believe a taxi driver picked the victim up from close to this location and took him to hospital. We would very much like to speak to the taxi driver as a witness and would also like to hear from anyone else who may have any information as to what happened to this young man.”

She said anyone with information can call her at Southend Police Station on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Pickpocket warning as elderly man's wallet is stolen (Posted 10 March 2014)

Police are warning people in Southend to be alert for pickpockets after an 85-year-old man had his wallet, containing £500 in cash, stolen.

The victim was walking along Lifstan Way and had reached its junction with Woodgrange Drive when he was approached by a man with a map who asked him for help with directions.

The victim was aware of the man getting very close to him whilst he asked for help but it was only after he had continued on his way that he realised his wallet had been taken.

The suspect is described as white, around 24 years old and more than 5ft 6in tall.

Anyone who believes they may have witnessed this incident, or who has any other information that could assist the police, is asked to contact PC Warren Lamb, at Shoebury Police Station, on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Appeal for witnesses after burglary (Posted 10 March 2014)

Detectives want to hear from anyone with information about a burglary which took place in Snakes Lane, Southend, between 6.30pm and 6.50pm on Friday February 28.

Thieves had got into the house by smashing a rear patio door. Once inside they had carried out an untidy search of the property before leaving by the same door.

Among the items taken were an Apple Mac Airbook - valued at £1,400, a Bose Soundlink Mini - worth £250, a Nikon digital SLR camera, worth £700, and an Apple iPhone 4s, valued at £150. The offenders also got away with a variety of jewellery including gold and white gold necklaces, rings, earrings and bracelets, worth more than £3,300.

It is possible that the householder arrived home just after the burglary had occurred as he heard up to three male voices in an alleyway to the rear of the house.

One of these suspects was seen riding off on a black mountain bike. He is described as being aged 14 to 18, and was wearing a black hooded jacket.

Anyone with information which could assist the police enquiry is asked to call DC Andy Copley at Southend CID on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Attempted burglary in Shoebury (Posted 10 March 2014)

Police want to hear from anyone with information about an attempted burglary at a house in St Andrews Road, in Shoeburyness.

Thieves had broken into the house at around 7pm on Monday February 24 by smashing a window.

Detective Sergeant Paul Gutteridge said: "The suspects had begun a messy search of the property but fortunately they set off a burglar alarm and a neighbour came to investigate. The suspects then fled empty-handed. The description we have at this time is that there were two men involved. One of them is described as being around 5ft 7in tall and was wearing a hooded top.

"If anyone saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time or has any other information that could assist our enquiries we would urge them to get in touch.”

Witnesses are asked to call Sgt Paul Gutteridge at Southend CID on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Can you identify man who attacked woman in her own home? (Posted 07 March 2014)

Detectives in Southend are investigating a nasty incident whereby an innocent woman was mistakenly targeted and assaulted in her home in Thorpe Bay.

At around 12.45pm on March 3, a man called at a premises in Thorpe Hall Avenue and punched a woman in her 40s in the face when she answered the door. He then further assaulted her, leaving her with small lacerations, and said "tell Andy he is next". However nobody of that name lives at the premises. The man then left, and nothing was stolen from the victim.

Police have issued an Efit of a man they want to question, and hope someone may recognise him and come forward.

He is described as white, in his 40s, 5ft 8ins–6ft tall, of stocky build with dark wavy hair that was just above shoulder length, and wearing a dark hooded jacket, similar to the brand 'Superdry', and dark gloves. He had a local, well pronounced, accent.

Pc Victoria Leese from Southend CID said "This was a nasty unprovoked attack and we need to find the man responsible. We believe this is a case of mistaken identity and anyone with any information about this incident or the suspect should call Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers where they can give information anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man attacked in Queensway underpass (Posted 04 March 2014)

Police are investigating and appealing for witnesses following an assault that occurred sometime between 1am and 1:30am on Monday, March 3.

The victim, a 19 year old man, was assaulted in the area of the pedestrian underpass at Porters Grange roundabout, at the junction of Southchurch Road and Sutton Road where it crosses over Queensway dual carriageway. The victim has sustained a deep laceration and bruising to his face.

He was walking alone after a night out in a nearby bar when he had a brief verbal exchange in Southchurch Road with a group of 5-6 men, described as white and in their 20s. The victim was then followed by the group and assaulted in the area of the underpass.

We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information about who is responsible. They should call Pc Ben Broderick at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers with information on 0800 555 111.

Break-in at tropical and marine fish shop (Posted 03 March 2014)

Police have appealed for information after a burglary at a specialist tropical and marine fish store in Southend.

The break-in at Woo2Fish in Southchurch Road, happened overnight between Friday February 28 and the following morning. Intruders broke in through the front door and internal doors were also damaged.

A till containing a two-figure sum of cash was taken.

Investigating officer Pc Luke Dyerson wants to hear from anyone who was in the area between 11pm and 8.40am and might have seen suspicious activity at the shop.

Anyone with information should call Pc Dyerson at Southend Neighbourhood Crime Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Appeal for information after Leigh burglary (Posted 03 March 2014)

Police have appealed for information following a burglary in Leigh.

The incident happened at a flat in Beach Avenue between 7.40am and 8pm on Friday February 28.

An Apple Mac laptop computer, a watch, an earring and First World War medals, together valued at a four-figure sum, were taken.

Any witnesses or anyone who has been offered any of the items for sale in suspicious circumstances, should contact the investigating officer DC Andrew Copley at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Witnesses sought in rape investigation (Posted 03 March 2014)

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Southend have issued a CCTV image of a group of witnesses they would like to come forward.

Detectives want to trace a group of young people aged approximately 16 to 18-year-old who assisted a woman at around 5.30am to 6am on Sunday, January 26 in the area of Southend East railway station and Ambleside Drive.

The group consisted of around five people, four male and one female, who were wearing casual clothing and hooded tops.

They called a taxi for the woman, aged 21, who was blonde and wore a peach coloured dress.

If you were part of this group you are asked to contact Dc Carol Sartain at the Rayleigh Sexual Offences Investigation Team on 101.

A 23-year-old man from Southend is currently on police bail having been arrested on suspicion of rape until March 31.

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