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Family made homeless after Essex house fire

Firefighters at the scene Credit: Essex Fire Service

A family has been left homeless following a fire in Basildon in Essex today.

The fire broke out at around 10am this morning in Mellow Purgess.

Crews from Basildon, Brentwood and Orsett wee called to the scene. The roof of the house was partially destroyed. The blaze was out by around 12:30pm.

Fire and Police officers will carry out an investigation to establish the cause of the fire.

House fire Credit: Essex Fire Service

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Aggravated Burglary in Basildon

Detectives are investigating an aggravated burglary in Wells Gardens, Basildon.

It happened just before 11pm yesterday (Tuesday 11 February). A man is alleged to have forced his way into a house and threatened a man and woman with what is believed to have been a firearm.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 30 and 40, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 11ins tall and was wearing a light blue hooded top.

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

Police investigate armed robbery at Basildon Post Office

Police are investigating a robbery at the Post Office at The Triangle in Basildon which happened at around 6.30am today.

A man walked into the store and threatened staff with a knife. They handed over a three figure sum of money. He then left the store. The two store workers were left shaken after the incident but were unhurt.

Anybody with any information about this incident is asked to call Dc Nicholas May at Basildon CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Basildon Revellers warned over using rogue taxis

Revellers are being warned to avoid using rogue minicabs.
Revellers are being warned to avoid using rogue minicabs. Credit: ITV News Anglia

With less than a month to go until the big day, it's nearly Christmas party season, and revellers are being warned to avoid using rogue minicabs.

Basildon Borough Council's started a Cab Safe campaign.

It's advising party-goers to either book in advance, or to ensure they flag down licensed hackney carriages.

Parents 'great relief' following landmark ruling

A woman who nearly drowned, during a school swimming lesson in Essex 13 years ago, has won a landmark ruling from the UK's highest court, which paves the way for her to pursue compensation from Essex County Council.

Annie Woodland was a pupil at Whitmore Junior School in Basildon, when she had to be pulled from the water and resuscitated. Ms Woodland, now in her 20s and living with her family in Blackpool, suffered severe brain damage. As a result, she is now incapable of looking after her own affairs.

It's a decision that could have an impact on school sports across the country.

Click below to see Serena Sandhu's report:

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