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Burglary victim 'let down' by police over raid caught on CCTV

Security footage captured an alleged burglary in progress in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Credit: CCTV

Essex Police have admitted "letting down" a businessman who had clear CCTV of alleged thieves stealing £26,000 worth of furniture from his warehouse but was told by officers they didn't have time to investigate.

Jack Whiteley was relieved to find his security measures in the Leigh-on-Sea area of Southend had captured footage of the theft last month and handed it straight to officers.

The businessman says delays by police could have scuppered his chances of getting his property back. Two people have now been arrested.

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Car explodes in B&Q car park after cigarette lighter ignites air freshner

Exploding car at B&Q

A car exploded after a cigarette accidentally ignited gases from an air freshener, firefighters have said.

One person was taken to hospital with minor injuries after all four doors and the windscreen were reportedly blown off the Ford Focus in the car park of B&Q in Southend, Essex.

An Essex County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the accidental blast followed a build-up of gases from an aerosol air freshener and caused "significant damage" to the vehicle.

""Incidents like this are extremely rare, but it is important for everyone to be aware how flammable aerosol cans, such as air fresheners and deodorants, can be. We strongly advise you not to use an aerosol in a confined space, and also you should not be smoking during or shortly after use."

– Justin Benson-Ryal, Temporary Assistant Divisional Officer


Southend Pier evacuated after suspect package found

Hundreds came to watch the 54th Annual Southend-on-Sea Pier Barge Match Credit: ITV News Anglia

Visitors to the Southend-on-sea Barge match have been told to evacuate the area after a suspect package was found under the pier.

People have been told to get on the train which travels to and from the pier and aren't being allowed to walk down the pier.

It was later identified by the coastguard as a lump of concrete and not suspicious.

Services to the pier train were disrupted temporarily and resumed at midday.

Hundreds of people flocked to the seaside town to watch the races from 10am this morning.

Crowds gather in glorious sunshine to watch annual barge race

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Crowds have gathered to watch the 54th annual barge match at Southend Pier.

The Thames barges were once used in Southend to transport people from Essex to London rather than using horses.

Organisers say the race is slower than usual as there's little wind this morning

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Sailing barges were an important part of the early days of Southend-on-Sea, being able to transport goods swiftly across long distances.

It is always a delight to see them return for the Annual Barge Match and to see the Estuary so full of activity and character.

– Cllr Ann Holland, Executive Councillor for Culture, Tourism and the Economy

Grave matter: Family causes sarcopha-fuss as selfie damages 800-year-old coffin

damag Credit: Southend Borough Council

An 800-year-old coffin was damaged when a family lifted a child over a museum barrier and into it for a photograph.

Part of the coffin, which was already in three pieces, fell from its stand and a chunk came off it.

The people who caused the accidental damage were caught on CCTV at Prittlewell Priory Museum in Southend, Essex, but fled without reporting it. The incident happened earlier this month.

The sandstone coffin was found in the grounds of the priory in 1921 and had a skeleton inside, which could have been a monk.

Conservator Claire Reed, who has been tasked with repairing the coffin, said:

"The care of our collections is of paramount importance to us and this isolated incident has been upsetting for the museums service, whose staff strive to protect Southend's heritage for the benefit of our visitors and enrichment of their experience within our historic sites."

– Conservator Claire Reed

In a statement Ann Holland, executive councillor for culture at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, said the cost of repairing the coffin would be "negligible". She said she felt the coffin needed to be completely enclosed to prevent future damage, and that the affected part of the museum would re-open "as soon as possible". "In the meantime we would like to remind all visitors that they should observe and respect any barriers and signs in place that are there to protect our important heritage and history," she said.

Man jailed after assaulting railway staff

Kelvin Mills Credit: British Transport Police

A 32-year-old man has been jailed for six weeks after he assaulted a member of staff at Southend railway station.

Kelvin Mills, was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to battery by common assault.

It happened on 26 July at Southend rail station when a member of rail staff prevented Mills from entering the station as he didn't have a ticket. He threw a can of cider at the member of staff, striking him in the chest and covering him with alcohol.

Everyone has the right to travel and work on the rail network without fear or intimidation. Rail staff should be allowed to carry out their duties without being subjected to violence or the fear of violence.

The victim was merely doing his job when he was assaulted by Mills. This was a completely unprovoked attack and the punishment handed down by the court reiterates that violence on the rail network will not be tolerated.

– PC Chris Henschel


One arrest after man found lying in Southend street

A man was found lying in the road in Southend. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A man was found lying in the road in a life-threatening condition after being attacked in Southend.

Police were called to Cheltenham Road just before 1am Sunday, August 13.

They found the victim seriously injured. He was taken to Royal London Hospital where he is in a life-threatening condition.

A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

Police investigating arson attack release CCTV of man they want to trace

Essex police investigating an arson attack have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to. Credit: Essex Police

Police investigating an arson attack in Westcliff near Southend have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

The front door of a property in Osborne Road was set fire to at some time between 11pm on 15 April and 6.30am on 16 April.

No-one was injured but the door was damaged. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Southend CID on 101.

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