A new crime-fighting idea to stop bike thefts is being trialled at Benfleet in Essex.
Experts at Newcastle University say the secret to keeping your bike safe is to put up posters of staring eyes above bicycle racks.
The two year experiment found that people are better behaved when they think they are being watched.
A 16 year old girl from Benfleet in Essex is fighting for her life in hospital after she was in collision with a cyclist on Southend seafront. It happened on Marine Parade on Friday night. The girl has serious head injuries. The cyclist, a man in his 20s from Leigh, was uninjured
A car thief in Essex stole a car with a sleeping toddler inside.
The two-year-old boy was asleep when his mother parked her silver Land Rover Freelander in Kents Hill Road North, Benfleet,to deliver a package and left the engine running.
A man jumped into it and drove off.
The car was recovered shortly later in nearby Barncombe Close with the child still asleep.
The suspect fled and was not found despite Essex Police scrambling a search helicopter.
He was described as white, in his early 20s, and wearing a black top with a light blue hood and dark trousers.
– Sgt Rob Chapman, Essex Police
The suspect laughed at the victim before jumping in the vehicle and driving off.'
Police have released a CCTV picture of a man suspected of committing an armed robbery in Essex.
The man walked into a newsagents in the High Road in Benfleet on Monday. He threatened staff with a knife but left empty handed.
A man from south Essex has been cautioned by police for harassing a serving police officer through newspaper blogging.
The 54-year-old Benfleet man was arrested on Saturday, April 14 following an internal police investigation and then a subsequent criminal investigation by Essex Police.
The investigations were launched after more than 250 blogs were registered on the Southend Echo’s website during the course of five years. These blogs were from a person calling themselves Nick Burton – a serving Essex police officer.
The police investigations revealed that the blogs were actually from the Benfleet man who himself had been a former officer with Essex Police.
The Benfleet man admitted causing harassment and was issued with a police caution.