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."
Victoria Lampard sent us this report from the scene of the crime..
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.
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.”
Murton, 35, of Chesterford Gardens, Basildon was sentenced to 15 months in jail.
Essex Council Council says it will review safety measures on the A127 near Basildon after a 13-year-old boy was killed on the road on Monday.
The road was blocked for nearly five hours after cars were parked across it in a protest on Tuesday night. Demonstrators are calling for a pedestrian bridge to be built.
“It is a tragedy when any child loses their life in a road traffic accident. Our thoughts are with the child’s family at this very difficult time.
“We are currently working with Essex Police to investigate the incident, which will take some time to complete. In the meantime, we are urgently reviewing the safety measures along this particular stretch of the A127.
“Earlier today our engineers visited the site to consider all the available options for improving safety along this stretch of dual carriageway.
“Over the coming days we will look to engage with the local community and listen to the concerns raised following this tragic incident.”
A London drug dealer who travelled to Basildon to sell heroin and crack cocaine is starting a two and a half year prison sentence.
Calvin Hope of Coleridge Road, London was caught after plain clothed officers who'd been on patrol in Gloucester Park in Basildon spotted the 33-year-old throw a package suspected of containing class A drugs into a nearby bush.
Officers chased down Hope and arrested him before recovering the stash of drugs from the bushes.
The package was found to contain 56 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine and Hope was also found to be concealing cannabis in his sock.
Hope was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin, possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and possession of cannabis.
He pleaded guilty to all three offences and was jailed for 30 months.
A man who murdered his girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 23 years.
Jordan Taylor, who's 22, stabbed 21-year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon in July last year.
A man will be sentenced today for murdering his ex-girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex.
22-year-old Jordan Taylor stabbed 21-year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection Society base in Basildon last July.
A man fuelled by jealousy has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend in what's been described as a "brutal and vicious killing."Read the full story ›
The family of a woman who was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend in Essex last year say that she "didn't have a bad bone in her body".
Jordan Taylor, who's 22, knifed 21 year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon.
A jury found him guilty of murder today (January 14). He will be sentenced tomorrow.
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A man has been found guilty of murdering his ex-girlfriend at a horse sanctuary in Essex.
Jordan Taylor, who's 22, stabbed 21 year-old Laura Davies 80 times at the Essex Horse and Pony Protection society base in Basildon in July last year.
The court heard that police found Taylor 'hiding near some bushes' and crouched over Ms Davies' body.
The 9cm black handled kitchen knife used to attack Laura was found in the undergrowth nearby.
"Taylor had displayed controlling and jealous behaviour and Laura had tried to end their relationship.
This came to head on that night in July and resulted in fatal consequences. Taylor attacked Laura in the kitchen of the flat and as she tried to get away from him he had followed her through a small garden and in to a grassed area where he then stabbed her repeatedly.
She was fighting for her life. His vengeful and violent actions took that young life away.”