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Fourth teenage boy arrested over murder of Essex man

Vilson Meshi was found dead in a car last Saturday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A fourth teenage boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of a man in Essex last weekend.

30-year-old Vilson Meshi was found in a burnt-out car which was parked on the Buckerills housing estate in Basildon last Saturday.

A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He's now been bailed, along with three other teenagers who were arrested on Wednesday.

Three boys arrested for murder after body found in burnt out car in Essex

Three boys have been arrested for murder. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Three boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found in a burnt out car in Essex.

Vilson Meshi, 30, was found dead in a vehicle in Pincey Mead in Basildon on Saturday, February 27.

Two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, all from Basildon, were arrested last night and taken into police custody where they remain.

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Police officially name man whose body was found in burnt out car

The scene was cordoned off for forensic examination work. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have officially named the man who was found dead in a burnt out car in Essex.

He was 30 year-old Vilson Meshi, formely of Pincey Mead in Basildon but he'd recently been living in Manchester.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

His body was found in a grey Audi parked on the Buckerills housing estate in Basildon on Saturday 27th February. A post-mortem examination showed he died as a result of smoke inhalation.

The enquiry has now become a murder investigation.

Police launch murder hunt after body of a man found in car

The body was found in the car Saturday teatime Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have launched a murder inquiry after a man's body was found in a fire damaged car in Basildon at the weekend.

Officers made the gruesome discovery on Saturday teatime when they found the man's body inside a grey Audi which was parked on the Buckerills housing estate. A post mortem examination found the victim died of smoke inhalation.

"This happened in a residential neighbourhood so I am hopeful someone will have seen or heard something. The vehicle has internal fire damage so I'm keen to speak to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or spotted anyone acting suspiciously in the area."

– Detective Inspector Steve Ellis

Victoria Lampard sent us this report from the scene of the crime..

Basildon murder probe after body found in burnt-out car

The body was found in Pincey Mead. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man's body was found in a burnt-out car in Basildon.

Officers found the 30-year-old man's body in a grey Audi A4 which was parked in Pincey Mead near Pitsea Road.

Essex Police are treating the death as murder and are asking for witnesses to come forward.

This happened in a residential neighbourhood so I am hopeful someone will have seen or heard something.

The vehicle has internal fire damage so I’m keen to speak to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or spotted anyone acting suspiciously in the area.

I am appealing for witnesses or anyone with information who has yet to speak to police to come forward.

– DI Steve Ellis

Burglar who dumped stolen ashes in alleyway jailed

Jon Murton Credit: Essex Police

A burglar who stole a box containing the ashes of a woman's husband and then dumped it in an alley, has been jailed.

Jon Murton smashed his way into a woman’s house in Beambridge Court, Basildon last November. He stole a Kindle and jewellery before grabbing the box, which he believed contained more jewellery.

The woman’s husband had passed away just over a year earlier. They had been married for 46 years.

I can’t comprehend why someone would steal ashes and then callously dump them in an alleyway. I can only think Murton believed the box to contain jewellery and discarded it when he discovered this was not the case.

Luckily the box and ashes were found in an alleyway and returned to the victim. The box was ripped but the ashes were found still wrapped up nearby. Understandably this was a very traumatic experience for the victim. I can’t begin to understand what she has been through and can only hope that Murton’s sentencing will bring her some sense of closure to this despicable crime.”

– DC Jo Phillips from Basildon CID

Murton, 35, of Chesterford Gardens, Basildon was sentenced to 15 months in jail.

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