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Wickford pavilion to be restored to former glory

A pavilion at the heart of a popular park in Essex is set to be restored to its former glory after Basildon Council approved the contract for the work.

Artist's impression of the proposed new pavilion Credit: Basildon borough Council

The council’s cabinet granted the contract to refurbish the pavilion at Wickford Memorial Park, to construction company ISG.

The park, in Rettendon View, Wickford, is home to three football and three cricket clubs and has a strong community role.

The refurbishment aims to create a combined sports and recreational centre that can serve the wider Wickford community, as well as the existing clubs.

Basildon Council has secured £320,000 of grant funding from Veolia and has received £128,000 from Sport England.

Woman arrested in connection with Basildon murder investigation

A 32-year-old man was found with stab wounds near woodland in Sporhams, Basildon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been arrested in connection with a murder investigation in Basildon in which a man was stabbed last month.

The 39-year-old from Laindon was arrested yesterday (September 22) on suspicion of assisting an offender. She has now been released on bail.

It's after a 32-year-old man was found with stab wounds near woodland in Sporhams, Basildon, on August 26.

Five men have been charged with murder and a 16-year-old boy has been charged with assisting an offender.


Murder investigation launched after man stabbed in Basildon

Man dies from stab wound

A murder investigation has been launched after man found stabbed in Basildon died.

The man, believed to be in his 20s, was found near woodland around Sporhams shortly after 10pm last night.

He had suffered a stab wound to his leg but died this afternoon. Five men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Essex Police on 101. They can also email

Essex Police hunt gunman after woman shot in eye

Police in Basildon are investigating after a woman was shot in the eye with an air gun. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are hunting a gunman after a woman was shot in the eye with an air gun at a house in Basildon

Firearms officers were sent to the scene just after 8am on Wednesday 29 July after reports a woman had been injured inside a house in Chesham Drive.

The woman in her 50s was airlifted to St George's Hospital in London where she is undergoing surgery.

Police conducted an initial area search but did not make any arrests and said there was nothing to suggest anyone should be fearful that the man would strike again.

The weapon has been described as a small, square, boxy shaped handgun.

"This is a particularly unusual incident with no clear motive.

"It appears from the scene that the suspected jemmied open the front door and encountered the woman when she came out of her bathroom.

"After first punching the woman in the face and then shooting a pellet at her, he has then fled the house."

– Det Sgt Richard Burgess, Essex Police

Police are appealing for witness to come forward.

Essex: Five injured in high-speed cycle crash

Five men have been injured after a high-speed cycle crash in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Five men have been injured after a high-speed cycle crash in Essex.

Three ambulance crews and a rapid response vehicle were called to West Mayne in Laindon in Basildon just after 20:00 last night.

The men suffered a range of hip, leg, back and neck injuries.


Fixers: Listen to your heart when choosing studies

Leigh-Ann Ncube

As young people across our region contemplate returning to school after the Easter Break, a young woman from Basildon is urging them to listen to their hearts when choosing their future studies. Leigh-Ann Ncube says she made mistakes about her own path, which she now regrets, and has enlisted the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - to urge others to do what they enjoy. Watch her film below and click here to find out more about Fixers.

Police search for armed robber who stole cash

Police in Essex are looking for an armed robber who threatened staff, then fled from a Basildon shop with a three-figure sum of cash.

He went into Martins newsagents in Whitmore Way armed with a knife and demanded money from the till. The robbery happened at just before 3pm on Wednesday the 1st of April.

Detectives say the suspect was white, between 5ft 9ins and 6ft 2ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a light grey hooded sweatshirt, dark tracksuit bottoms, dark gloves and a dark scarf around his face. He spoke with a local accent. The police want anyone who might have information to contact them.

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