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School children find jewellery on journey home

Ring found. Credit: Essex Police

Police have issued photographs of jewellery that was found by two children on their way home from school in Benfleet in Essex.

The seven-year-old school children were walking along Kents Hill Road on Wednesday, April 2 when they saw a bright pink object behind a bush.

They discovered the item was a pillowcase and found it contained two rings, a ladies watch and a key for a Nissan vehicle.

Pc Paul Ross from Southend CID said: "The property does not match items previously reported as being taken in a burglary in the local area and we would like to find the owners. They include two rings, which look new his and hers wedding bands."

Police want to hear from anyone who recognises the items, they are asked to contact Pc Ross, Southend CID on 101.

Wedding band found. Credit: Essex Police
Watch found. Credit: Essex Police

Pensioner dies after being hit by car

An 83-year-old man has died after being hit by a car in Essex.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead at Southend Hospital this morning following the collision at about 7.10am at High Road in Benfleet.

It happened close to the junction with Hope Road and involved a black BMW.

The driver of the car has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and driving while unfit through drink or drugs.

Nearby roads remain closed.

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Essex police probe arson attacks on empty homes

Detectives are warning home owners to be on their guard after four arson attacks on properties in south-east Essex in the last month. The attacks in Leigh and Benfleet have all been on empty houses. In two cases items were stolen before the fires were set.

  • August 17 - Manor Road, Benfleet. TV stolen - house set on fire
  • August 21 - Eaton Road, Leigh. House burnt out.
  • August 12-24 - London Road, Benfleet. Items stolen, hallway set on fire.
  • September 21 - Darlinghurst Grove, Leigh. House set on fire at 5am.

At this stage there isn’t anything to suggest the incidents are connected but these fires are concerning us. They are taking place when the owners of the properties are away from their homes and any evidence is being destroyed by the fires. The fire today has caused extensive damage. If anyone has any information please do get in touch. We want to stop this from happening as it is having a devastating effect on people’s homes.”

– Det Sgt Ian Howitt, Southend CID

Anybody with any information is asked to call Southend CID on Essex Police 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Essex teenager fighting for her life

A 16 year old girl from Benfleet in Essex is fighting for her life
A 16 year old girl from Benfleet in Essex is fighting for her life Credit: ITV Anglia

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

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Tot sleeps through car theft

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.

The suspect laughed at the victim before jumping in the vehicle and driving off.'

– Sgt Rob Chapman, Essex Police

Police officer harassment

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.

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