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Man charged with murder of teenager in Grays

A man has been charged with the murder of a teenage boy who died after being stabbed.

Police were called to a flat off Roseberry Road, Grays, Essex, at 11am yesterday and found the boy with knife wounds. He was given first aid but died a short while later.

An Essex Police spokeswoman said: "The victim has not been formally identified but is believed to be 14-year-old Breck Bednar from Caterham in Surrey. The preliminary results from the post mortem examination indicate that he died as a result of a wound to the neck.".

She said the boy's family was being supported by police family liaison officers.Lewis Daynes, 18, a computer engineer of Roseberry Road, Grays, will appear before magistrates in Basildon tomorrow.


Police appeal for possible key murder witness

Police investigating the murder of a man in Grays are looking to identify a potential key witness who could help them.

The police say they examined hours of CCTV and believe this man can help as a witness. Credit: Essex Police

Liam Holden was out with friends at the Euro Lounge on Saturday, March 9 before he was assaulted in a car park near Morrisons on London Road at 2:30am on Sunday, March 10.

The 35-year-old man from Brook Court in Grays was taken to Romford’s Queens Hospital but died a short time later.

The man police want to talk to is described as white and was wearing a body-warmer and a white-patterned T-shirt. The CCTV image was taken at the Euro Lounge just minutes before the murder.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at Harlow’s Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Man charged with car park killing

A man has been charged with the murder of a 35-year-old male who was killed in a car park after a night out last weekend, police said.

Owen Wood, 23, of Godman Road, Grays, Essex is charged with murdering Liam Holden in Grays in the early hours of last Sunday when the victim was on a night out with friends at the Euro Lounge.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A second man, a 21-year-old also from Grays, arrested in connection with the murder remains on bail until May 22 pending further inquiries.

Police appeal after pensioner hit by car

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian which occurred close to Morrisons supermarket in Grays.

The incident occurred shortly after 7.20am on Friday when a black Renault Clio hit an 81-year-old woman.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital in Basildon for treatment to ankle and hip injuries.

The driver of the car was unhurt. Anyone who saw the collision or who went to assist in the aftermath is asked to call Essex Police on 101.

Police investigate Grays murder

Police are investigating the murder of a man in Grays this morning.

The 35 year-old was out with friends at the Euro Lounge in the town last night.

Officers believe he was assaulted outside in the car park area near Morrisons supermarket on London Road in the early hours.

This investigation is in its early stages. A man has died and I need to capture those responsible for his death. If you have any information please contact detectives at Grays on 101 or you can give information anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

– Det Chief Insp Simon Parkes, Essex Police

The man was taken to Queens Hospital in Romford with a serious head injury, from which he sadly died. His family have been informed.

Police urgently want to speak to any witnesses who were in the club or saw the assault which took place around 2.30am.


Thurrock Council engineers inspected site to ensure public safety

Thurrock Council has put out statements to the local media about the crater. On Tuesday it said:

Following subsidence outside a home in Blackshots Lane on Monday 3 December, Thurrock Council engineers inspected the site to ensure public safety.

After a further inspection on Tuesday morning, carriageway restrictions and two-way traffic signals were put in place.

The hole had not increased in size, however the council contacted National Grid (Gas) as there was a gas leak caused by the settlement of the ground beneath the footpath.

All other statutory services have been alerted and requested to visit the site on Tuesday too. The council is also taking all necessary precautionary measures.

Bus companies have been advised of potential delays to their services.

Fear Essex house will collapse after hole found in garden

There are fears that a house will collapse after a crater, caused by a hole, opened up in an Essex family's driveway.

The family have had to take down their Christmas decorations and have now moved into a hotel.

The crater, which is the remains of a cave dug out by Britons hiding from invading Danes in the 1st Century, first appeared as a small hole in the front garden in Grays in Essex on Tuesday.

However it has been growing, disrupting the Coldham family's gas and electricity.

There is also water in the hole, causing the crater to widen even faster.

Despite efforts by the council and engineers, they have said that nothing can be done until the crater stops widening.