Police are investigating an apparent gunpoint carjacking in Basildon in Essex.
The attack happened at around 12:45 this morning at Petunia Close when a man driving a black Vauxhall Corsa near the junction with Little Oxcroft was forced to stop after a silver Fiat 500 braked ahead of him.
Four men, one holding what appeared to be a silver handgun, jumped from the Fiat and told the victim to get out of his car.
The victim tried to fight back but was punched at least 10 times. He managed to escape and ran off, chased briefly by two of the group. When he was able to return to the scene of the assault both cars had gone.
This was a particularly vicious attack in which the driver was first threatened by a man with some sort of handgun, then by all four who punched him when he tried to fight back.
We want to hear from any witnesses who saw the incident or anyone who saw the Fiat in the area at the time or both cars leaving the area. Three black men a and a white man were involved in the attack”.
Anyone with information should contact DC Dawkins at Basildon CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Taxi drivers in an Essex town are being trained to spot the signs of vulnerable passengers who might be suffering from abuse.
Basildon Council is handing out leaflets to licensed cabbies, encouraging them to report any signs that vulnerable children or adults might be suffering from abuse, neglect or exploitation.
We all have a part to play in raising awareness of abuse, neglect and the exploitation of children and vulnerable adults with the relevant agencies.
This leaflet is just one of the ways in which Basildon Council is working to protect children and vulnerable adults in our Borough from harm and abuse.
Police are appealing for help in identifying a man they want to speak to in connection with the assault of a woman in Basildon on July 20.
Shortly before 3am a woman in her 50s was pushed to the ground and kicked in the ribs in Colors nightclub. She was taken to hospital with internal bruising.
Police want to speak to the man pictured and ask anyone with information to contact Pc Jo Phillips at Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
A police officer from Essex has been sacked after a domestic violence form error meant a victim was deemed to be at medium risk instead of high.
He was based in the Basildon area.
Today, a misconduct panel found the policeman had committed a "serious breach of professional standards".
The allegations against him related to a domestic violence call-out in Essex.
Because the officer did not have the correct paperwork with him, he decided to fill out a form once back at his station based on some of the answers the victim had given him.
It led to the "DV1" form being incorrectly graded as medium risk when it should have been high, an Essex Police spokesman said.
The officer had previously received two written warnings and was also on a final written warning at the time of the misconduct.
A woman has reported being raped in an underpass in Basildon last night.
The 26-year-old victim had been with friends at The Beehive in the town centre and then for a meal at the Moon on the Square pub before leaving to walk home alone at about 11pm.
She reached the St Martins Church and Church Walk area some time between 11.10pm and 11.30pm and was aware of somebody behind her.
As she entered the underpass near Broadmayne, she was attacked from behind. The man pushed her to the ground and raped her.
He also stole her handbag, which was later found nearby.
The man is described as white, about 5ft 9in tall, skinny build, and aged in his mid-20s. He had blond or light brown hair and an English accent.
"This was a nasty, vicious assault on a young woman which has left her injured and very distressed. I need to find the man who did this as soon as possible."
An announcement is expected later today on the progress made by Basildon Hospital after it was put into special measures.
It became one of the first hospitals in the country to implement a turn-around programme after it emerged that the death rate among patients was higher than expected.
It's now moved out of special measures and has taken on extra staff.
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The last remaining tractor plant in the UK has been marking its 50th year with a tractor parade through Basildon in Essex
The New Holland Agriculture Plant exports tractors to more than a hundred countries with plans to increase production even further.
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Two houses in Basildon in Essex have caught fire after being struck by lightning.
Four fire crews were called to tackle the flames after the bolts started a blaze in the loft space of the homes.
Essex Fire and Rescue Service said the fire in Brimsdown Avenue started around 8.10pm on Saturday evening and was extinguished after 20 minutes.
No one was injured.
Basildon Hospital is being taken out of special measures.
Health regulator Monitor said the hospital had improved its services for patients and rated it "good" following a full inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
The hospital was one of 11 put into special measures last July for fundamental breaches of care. It's since made a number of improvements, including taking on more staff and getting better feedback from patients.
Local MP Stephen Metcalfe has welcomed the news.