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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.


Appeal to find wanted man from Essex

Patricio Vincent wanted on suspicion of assault and illegally re-entering the UK. Credit: Essex Police

Police are appealing find a man wanted on suspicion of assault and illegally re-entering the UK.

21-year-old Patricio Vincent was last known to be living in Westcliff, Essex. Officers believe he's still in the local area.

He is also known as Jackson Soares Vincent.

He is described as black, 5ft 5ins tall, with short cropped hair.

Police search for missing 22-year-old woman

Amie Maskall, 22, has been missing from Westcliff, Essex since Sunday. Credit: Essex Police

Police in Essex say they're are concerned for the welfare of Amie Maskall, 22, who is missing from Westcliff.

Amie has not been seen since the afternoon of Sunday 2 October 2016. She was last thought to be wearing a short, black leather jacket, blue jeans and has blonde hair which was tied up.

Anybody who has seen Amie or who knows where she is should call officers in Southend on 101.

Potential witnesses of indecent exposure urged to come forward

Genesta Road, Westcliff. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two potential witnesses are being urged to come forward after a man exposed himself to a woman in Essex.

It happened at around 3.30pm at Genesta Road in Westcliff on Saturday March 5. A man is alleged to have exposed himself to the victim, a woman in her 40s, as she walked along the road.

Two men and a woman were also in the road at the time and may have witnessed the incident. Police would like them to come forward to help with the investigation.

A 37-year-old man from Southend was arrested near the scene.

Did you witness a dog attack in Westcliff in Essex?

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was bitten while trying to stop a dog attack in Westcliff in Essex.

It happened at around 4.40pm on Saturday August 16 at Milton Road.

The 19-year-old was walking her dog when a light brown dog, believed to a Staffordshire bull terrier, ran towards them. Her dog was attacked and she was bitten on her hands while trying to fight off the other animal.

She was later taken to hospital for treatment.

The owner of the other dog was described as being in her 20s and about 5ft 5in tall. She had shoulder-length black hair and was wearing a white vest and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Any witnesses or anyone who can identify the woman should contact Pc Terry Wilson at Southend Police station on 101.


Simon Meecham jailed for life for murder of former partner

Simon Meecham. Credit: Essex Police.

A 43-year-old will serve a minimum of 22 years behind bars after murdering his man his former partner at her home in Essex.

Simon Meecham, a mechanic from Shoeburyness, had denied murdering 22-year-old Leanne Meecham but was found guilty earlier this week after a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Today he was given a life sentence and told he would serve at least 22 years in prison.

Police were called to Leanne’s home in Park Street, Westcliff, on Thursday February 13 2014.

She was found with stab wounds and was taken to Royal London Hospital where she later died from her injuries.

Man to be sentenced for murdering former partner

Simon Meecham will be sentenced for murdering his ex partner at her home in Essex. Credit: Essex Police.

A 43-year-old man who was found guilty of murdering his former partner at her home in Essex will be sentenced today.

Simon Meecham, of Rosewood Lane in Shoeburyness, was also Leanne Meecham's step father.

They began dating in 2007, 18 months after he split up with her mother, but the relationship broke down shortly before the attack.

On February 13, Meecham went to Leanne's home in Westcliff armed with a knife after discovering she was in a new relationship.

He stabbed her repeatedly in what police described as a "determined, focussed, and wholly unprovoked attack".

Meecham was found guilty of murder earlier this week having claimed during the trial that he had stabbed her accidentally.

He will be sentenced today at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Church fire in Essex

Firefighters tackled a blaze in a church in Westcliff in Essex early this morning.

The single storey Seventh Day Aventist Church - which measures 10m by 25m - was 25% alight and completely smoke logged.

Twelve people were evacuated from nearby homes and five people were given first aid having suffered mild smoke inhalation.

An investigation will be carried out to establish the cause of the fire.

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