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Man threatened with knife in broad daylight

Police are appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Basildon in which a 25-year-old man was punched, threatened with a knife and forced to hand over his wallet.

It happened in an underpass in St Nicholas Lane, near the Pipps Hill retail park, at 1.15pm on Friday September 25.

The victim did not suffer any injuries.

The man with the knife was described as white, more than 6ft tall and of stocky build. He was aged in his late 20s, had black hair and wore a black hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms.

His accomplice was white and aged in his late 20s.


Investigation launched after woman raped in car

An investigation has been launched after a woman was reportedly raped in Essex.

The woman, in her 20s, told police she was assaulted in Basildon at the weekend after leaving the Barge pub.

She was approached by a man in a dark vehicle, believed to be a BMW at around 9:30pm on Friday evening.

She got into the vehicle and was driven along Crockerford Road before being raped.

The man is believed to have been in the pub earlier that night. He's described as white and in his 20s, with short mousey hair, a large build and wearing a navy hooded jumper.

MP welcomes new business landscape

Stephen Metcalfe Credit: Stephen Metcalfe

The Essex Conservative MP Stephen Metcalfe has welcomed figures that show the Government’s Start-Up Loans Scheme has helped 30 people in his constituency South Basildon and East Thurrock set up their own business.

The Start-Up Loans scheme provides loans and mentoring support to people who want to start their own businesses. He said

“Today’s figures show not only the huge impact these measures are having on our local community in Basildon and Thurrock, but also the entire country. In the East of England region alone, the number of loans awarded has reached 1,689; with a total value of £7,853,207. This is an incredible achievement.”

– Stephen Metcalfe MP

Supreme Court success for former Basildon schoolgirl

A woman who nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson in Essex 13 years ago has won a landmark ruling from the UK's highest court, which paves the way for her to pursue compensation from a local education authority.

Annie Woodland was a pupil at Whitmore Junior School in Basildon when she had to be pulled from the water and resuscitated at Gloucester Park pool in July 2000.

Ms Woodland, now in her 20s, suffered severe brain damage.

In October 2011 a High Court judge threw out Ms Woodland's claim against Essex County Council on the basis that it was bound to fail, a view backed in a majority ruling by Court of Appeal judges.

Supreme Court justices in London have today allowed her appeal against those findings.


Inspired by doctor's stark warning

A 38-year-old mum of two from Essex managed to lose 12 stone in 12 months after doctors told her she was so fat she wouldn't live to look after her disabled son.

Jane Morgan weighed 28 stone at her heaviest and would binge daily on packets of biscuits and takeaways.

She was shocked into slimming after doctors said she wouldn't live to see her disabled, eight-year-old son Callum become a teenager. Jane had a gastric bypass operation in September 2012 and lost 12 stone.

The former trainer nurse said she was grateful she could now live to see her children grow up.

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