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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Detectives have released a CCTV image of a woman suspected of robbing a schoolboy at Southend.
The 13-year-old boy was punched in the face and robbed of £20 cash at Sutton Road at about 5.45pm on Friday January 31.
Investigating officer DC Mark Sawyer said: "The boy was walking along the road when he was approached by a woman who appeared to be drunk.
"She suddenly grabbed the boy’s hooded top, pulled it down over his face then punched him once in the face. She them grabbed the cash and some other items from his pocket.
"This was a particularly vicious assault that occurred at a busy time in the early evening. I would like to hear from anyone who can identify the woman in the CCTV photograph.”
The woman is described as being in her 30s or 40s, about 5ft 6in tall, of medium build and with dark brown shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a black padded jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with information should contact DC Sawyer at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Detectives in Southend are investigating an aggravated burglary at a property in Highfield Grove, Westcliff on February 27, and appealing for witnesses.
At around 8.30pm two men forced their way into the address armed with a bladed weapon and another item, believed to be a screwdriver, and demanded money. The 34-year-old man at the address was stabbed in the leg and received other minor cuts. He was taken to hospital and his condition is not life threatening.
A three figure sum of money was stolen.
The suspect who stabbed the victim was black, about 5ft 11 to 6ft tall, aged 25 30 years, of average build and was wearing a shiny coat with a red coat beneath.
The second man was white, aged 18-24 years, 6ft to 6ft 2 tall, average build, and he was wearing a dark hoody and dark jeans and carrying a black ruck sack. He also had a brown scarf covering his lower face.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who has any information about this incident or knows who is responsible to contact Dc Andy Copley, CID at Southend Police Station on 101 or give information via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted break-in and a burglary in Thorpe Bay.
At 1.25am on February 23, suspects were disturbed after attempting to gain access to a bungalow in Branscombe Square. An area search was conducted including the helicopter and dogs officers but the suspects were not found.
A burglary, believed to have happened at 3.50am on February 23, but not reported until 8.30am, occurred at a flat in The Broadway. Suspects were disturbed after gaining entry and made off via a balcony.
Nothing was stolen in either incident.
Dc Jon Holden from Southend CID said: "I am looking for any witnesses between those times in the Thorpe Bay area who may have seen two men about 5ft 8ins tall, wearing dark clothing and of medium build. One of the males has been described as being white with a round face and appeared oriental.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Holden on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a man wanted on suspicion of aggravated burglary.
Alex Stephens, 31, has been linked to addresses in Finchley Road, Westcliff, Palmerston Road, Westcliff, Jones Close, Southend and Chiltern Flats, Southend.
Stephens also has links to Gloucester.
The aggravated burglary happened on December 5, 2013, at Grampian flats, Balmoral Road, in Southend.
Michael Walsh, 29, of Newington Avenue, Southend, was charged on January 6 with aggravated burglary and assault while Lee Whyte, 31, of Mellow Purgess Close, Basildon, was charged on December 9, 2013, with aggravated burglary, assault and threats to kill. Both have since appeared in court.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Stephens should call Dc Layla Barker at Southend CID on 101
Police have published an e-fit of a man they want to identify in connection with a distraction burglary in Leigh.
The man called at a house in Glendale Gardens between 8am and 2pm on December 18, and had claimed to be from a gas company who had come to read the meter.
It was only two days later after he had gone that the victim, a 56-year-old man, realised that four watches that had been in his dining room had been taken.
The items taken were a men’s Omega silver metal watch with a black face, a men’s Omega silver metal watch with a blue face, a men’s Tag Heuer watch with a black leather strap and a round face with silver edging, and a men’s Tag Heuer watch with a square black face with silver edging.
DC Shelley Utley, of Southend CID, said: "This man was extremely convincing and had also shown a fake identity card to get into the house. But checks with the victim’s gas provider have confirmed that they did not have anyone calling at his address on the day in question.
"The suspect is described as white, aged around 40, 5ft 9in tall, with a shaved head or very closely cropped hair. He was wearing a dark navy jacket and trousers. Anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit or who has any other information which could assist our enquiries can call me at Southend Police Station on 101.”
She added that people could also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Detectives want to hear from anyone who recognises an e-fit of man they are searching for in connection with a robbery in Westcliff.
The victim, a 20-year-old man from the Southend area, was walking along Milton Road into Westcliff Parade, towards the Cliffs Pavilion, at about 1.30pm on Wednesday January 22, when he was approached by a man carrying a knife who put on a balaclava.
The man demanded the victim’s phone but he refused to hand it over. The victim gave the suspect £10 instead and ran off to get help.
The suspect is described as a white man, of slim build, and aged in his late teens to early twenties, and about 5ft 7to 5ft 8ins tall. He had thick bushy eyebrows and grey eyes. He was clean shaven with a spotty complexion, and wore a dark blue New York Yankees baseball cap. The balaclava he put on was dark blue with a pattern of little crossed guns over it.
Investigating officer, Dc Shelley Utley, said: "If anyone recognises the man in this e-fit I would ask them to contact me as soon as possible. The suspect had quite distinctive bushy eyebrows and the balaclava he had was also quite unique with its pattern of crossed guns. If you can help in any way please get in touch."
Anyone with information can contact Dc Utley, or her colleagues at Southend, on 101. Alternatively, they can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police investigating a robbery in Southend would like to hear from anyone with information that could help with their enquiries.
The 20-year-old victim had just withdrawn some cash from the Natwest cash machine in the High Street when he was struck on the back of the head. The next thing the victim remembers is being treated by staff at the Mayhem nightclub for a head wound.
He subsequently discovered that £20 had been stolen from him. The robbery occurred between 1.45am and 2am on Saturday February 22.
Anyone who was in the High Street at the time and saw anything suspicious, or who has any other information about this offence, is asked to call PC Victoria Leese at Southend Police Station or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police wish to identify three men who were caught on CCTV at the time of a disturbance in the High Street in Southend.
Police were notified by CCTV operators of a group of men fighting in the road on Saturday January 18.
Officers attended and arrested three men, aged 17, 20 and 24 on suspicion of affray. They were all interviewed at Southend police station and then released on police bail pending further enquiries to report back on Tuesday March 18.
Three other men are still being sought in connection with this incident and anyone who recognises any of the men in the images is asked to call PC Ben Freeman at Southend Police Station on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police would like to hear from anyone who recognises a number of items of jewellery which were found discarded on the garden wall of a house in Wimborne Road, in Southend.
Officers suspect the items may have been stolen in a burglary but have not been able to match them to any known break-ins at this time.
The items were discovered at around 4.30pm on Wednesday February 19.
If anyone recognises the items they can call PC Marc Cann or PC Ben Broderick at Southend Police Station on 101.
Companies House has issued a warning about an email scam currently doing the rounds.
The unsolicited message contains a file which, if opened, could download a virus to your computer.
The advice is to be suspicious of unsolicited emails, even if they look like they're from a trusted source.
Companies House will never ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. If you have any doubt that an email you receive from Companies House is genuine, please do not follow any links, open any attachments, disclose any personal details or respond to it.
Please forward it to Companies House at firstname.lastname@example.org then delete it.
For more security advice visit http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/securityAdvice/index.shtml
Police are appealing for witnesses to a road crash outside a pharmacy in Westcliff in which a van driver failed to remain at the scene.
A motorcyclist sustained cuts and bruises after being forced to slide his bike when a van suddenly pulled out on him on Hamlet Court Road at 8:30am on Tuesday, February 18.
The 38-year-old local man was treated at the scene by paramedics for cuts and bruises.
Investigating Officer, Pc Matt Geldart, said: "We know there were a lot of bystanders and people walking by when this motorcyclist ended up on the floor. We would like each and every one of them to contact us so that we can piece together their information to identify the van and locate its driver.”
The van is described as white, unsigned and slightly smaller than a Transit.
Any witnesses are urged to contact road policing officers at Southend police station on 101.
Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man wanted by police.
Jason Cook, 28, was last known to be living in Braxteds, Basildon. He failed to answer police bail in November 2013 in respect of allegations of assault, theft, and malicious communication in connection with an incident in Pantile Avenue, Southend, in August 2013.
Cook is described as white, of skinny build, 6ft tall with dark hair.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Dc Kirsty Morgan at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for information following a burglary at a flat in Westcliff.
Between 4.50am and 7pm on February 10, a flat in Whitefriars Crescent was broken into after a ladder in the rear garden was used to gain entry through a window.
Stolen from inside was a small three-figure sum of cash, a Makita power drill and a distinctive men’s 24 carat golf Girard Perregaux watch worth in excess of £1,000.
Residents are reminded of the importance of securing any ladders they own in outbuildings, sheds or garages.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Andy Copley at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are looking to identify a man in connection with supermarket shoplifting in Southend.
The theft happened at Tesco Express on Southchurch Avenue when a man stole £40 of washing gel shortly before 10:30am on Monday, February 3.
The man pictured in the CCTV is described as white, aged in his mid-20s, approximately 5ft 10ins tall, is of slim build and was wearing a black Stone Island ski hat.
Anyone who knows this man is urge to contact investigating officers at the neighbourhood crime team at Southend police station on 101.
At about 6.20pm on Tuesday, February 11, a doctor, from east London, was walking towards Westcliff train station via Ditton Court Road.
He was grabbed from behind around his face and pulled to the ground. The suspect demanded money before the man, aged in his 30s, managed to run towards the station.
Nothing was stolen.
The suspect is described as male, 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build and spoke with an Essex accent. He was wearing a puffy and possibly quilted style jacket which might have had a hood.
The doctor suffered a cut and swollen lip and a bruised and cut knee.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Dc Lorraine Monte at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are continuing to investigate two linked incidents in Southend on February 13.
Police and ambulance crews were called to an incident at Park Street, Westcliff, at around 9.30am where a 26 year old woman received serious stab injuries. She was taken by Ambulance to a London Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.
Following police enquiries a 42-year-old man was located by police officers in a black Land Rover Discovery on Eastern Esplanade, at the junction with Plas Newydd, shortly after 10.30am. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and he was treated at the scene for knife wounds by ambulance crews, which are believed to be self-inflicted. He has also been taken to a London Hospital and is in a critical condition.
Police are continuing their investigations at both locations but are satisfied that they are not seeking any further suspects in connection with this incident.
Detectives are seeking any witnesses who may have observed any part of the incidents. They want to talk to anyone who remembers seeing the black old-style Land Rover at any time between 9.00am and 10.30am this morning. Any witnesses are asked to contact detectives at the Brentwood Major Investigation team on 101.
Police are appealing for information after a 16-year-old boy was assaulted in Westcliff.
The boy, from Westcliff, was walking along Westborough Road with a friend at around 2.45pm on February 4, when they were approached by a man and a woman. The man then struck the victim with an extendable baton, striking him a number of times and leaving him with a cut to his head.
The suspect is described as white, wearing a brown jacket, 6ft tall and with blond hair.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Victoria Leese at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for information after a man was spotted committing a lewd act in a park in Southend.
The incident happened at 4pm on February 11 in Priory Park.
The suspect is believed to be aged between 20 and 30-years-old, and white.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pc Luke Dyerson at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a woman they want to speak to in connection with the theft of a woman’s purse in Southend.
Between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on January 14, a woman in her 80s from Southend was in Café Munchies in Queens Road, during which time her purse was removed from her handbag.
The purse contained a three-figure sum of cash.
The victim was left shaken and upset by the theft.
Anyone who can identify the woman pictured is asked to contact Pc Terry Wilson at Southend police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for witnesses following a road rage incident in Westcliff.
A 63-year-old man from Westcliff was driving his van on the A127 slip road just before the Tesco roundabout at around 1pm on Sunday, February 9, when he was cut up by a vehicle. He flashed his lights and used his horn.
Both vehicles stopped at traffic lights and four men allegedly got out of their vehicle and kicked the victim’s van windows and side panel. He had to lock his doors as he was in fear of his safety.
The men then got back in their vehicle and drove away.
The victim was unable to get a description of the vehicle or the men inside.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Pc Trevor Phillips at Southend on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Detectives have appealed for information after ‘creeper’ burglaries at two homes in Southend.
Officers believe that both overnight incidents were carried out by a thief, or thieves, who broke in without waking sleeping residents.
In both cases front doors were quietly forced before the intruders crept around ground floor rooms looking for valuables.
Both burglaries happened in the early hours of Thursday February 6 and were discovered when the occupants woke up at about 6am.
Jewellery, a laptop computer, Kindle Fire, a watch, mobile phones and cash, together valued at a four-figure sum were taken from an address in Alton Gardens, Southend.
Three iPads, cash, and a watch were among items, also valued at a four-figure sum, taken from an address in Manners Way.
Investigating officer, Dc Karen Miller, said: "These are typical creeper burglaries were one or two people manage to break in so quietly that sleeping victims do not hear them.
"We would urge anyone with UPVC front or back doors to ensure that they are double-locked to prevent thieves from forcing them quietly.
"We would like to hear from anyone with information about suspicious activity in both these roads overnight on Wednesday and Thursday and from anyone who has been offered iPads, jewellery and other items for sale in suspicious circumstances.”
Anyone who can help should contact Dc Miller at Southend CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Westcliff where a number of unique items were stolen.
A house in Winsford Gardens, Westcliff, was broken in to between 8am and 7.45pm on January 23 after a rear door was forced open.
A large quantity of jewellery was stolen including a number of distinctive items:
- Men's gold Masonic ring (centre swivels with masonic emblem on one side and initials DW on other side)
- US Silver dollar from around 1921 mounted in silver setting on a long heavy silver chain
- Zenith Defy moon dial blue faced watch with brown strap (serial no 19 2000 393)
- Emporio Armani Super slim men's brown leather strap watch
- Nixon 'The Private' SS Grey watch with blue numbers
- Philip Stein Teslar Dual Time watch (watch number 255001390)
- Casio Eco-Drive Chronograph
- Approximatety 2000 Singapore dollars in unused 100 or 50SGD notes
- Gold Waltham Pocket Watch
Dc Andy Copley said: "I am keen to speak with anybody who is aware of other people having these items. A large amount of property was stolen which I would be delighted in returning to the victim. People are reminded that if they don’t want to give their names and directly get involved with reporting offenders of crime, that they could contact Crimestoppers anonymously.”
Anyone with information should contact Dc Copley on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for information after four men were injured in Southend during the early hours of Saturday 8 February.
Detectives believe a disturbance may have occurred in the London Road area of the town at around 1.30am, near to Sainsbury's, which led to four people attending hospital with various injuries including lacerations and stab wounds.
The four men have been arrested and two were taken to Southend police station for questioning. They are an 18-year-old man from South Woodham Ferrers and a 21-year-old man from south London. They have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.
Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them at Southend CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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