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LEIGH: £5k damage to Police car

A MAN has been fined for causing thousands of pounds of damage to a Police car.

Joseph Taylor, 56, of Blenheim Chase, Leigh, appeared at Southend Magistrates Court after he caused an estimated £5,000 of damage on April 29th this year.

Taylor caused the damage in Leigh whilst attempting to destroy the vehicle.

The magistrates’ bench decided to give Taylor a fine of £80 as well as paying £100 in compensation to the Police along with £50 costs to the prosecution.

Leigh: Have your say on priorities for SEND children

A SURVEY has been launched giving young people, families and professionals the chance to have their say on the priorities for the new Southend SEND Strategy for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

This follows a joint Summit meeting between the three main governance groups: SEND Strategic Partnership Board, SEND Operations Group and the Joint Commissioning Group, which included representatives from the parent carer forum, Southend SEND Independent Forum (SSIF).

Five main priorities were identified, including: improving transitions for all stages and aged between 0 – 25; a clear strategy to listen to the voice of the child or young person; improved mental health provision for children and young people; joined up and timely planning, with recognition that intervention is needed at the earliest stage and ages.

The feedback from the survey will help to shape the new SEND Strategy and future services and support given to Southend families over the next three years, as part of the Local Offer.

The survey is open until is open until Thursday July 8, and can be found on the Your Say Southend website:

Leigh: Make Southend Sparkle

MAKE Southend Sparkle is running a community campaign to encourage residents and businesses to take pride in the town during the first two weeks of July.

The scheme has seen volunteers around the borough clearing litter from parks, beaches and streets, planting shrubs and sprucing up public spaces. It is now launching a competition to give local residents, schools, groups and businesses the opportunity to show off their talents.

Leigh Councillor Carole Mulroney said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people giving up their free time to Make Southend Sparkle and helping to make Southend a great place for everyone who lives in, works in or visits our beautiful Borough.

“This competition aims to widen the reach of the campaign, encouraging more local people to get involved and make the most of their own forecourts and spruce up their own streets.

“Whether you rent or own your property, whether you wish to enter a simple hanging basket or a whole neighbourhood effort to make your street vibrant, there is a category to match your budget and ambition.”

The deadline for entries is June 28th, and winners will be announced on July 30th.

For more information email or telephone 07768707989.

Follow Make Southend Sparkle on Facebook.

Westcliff: Man in van dies after incident

A MAN was found dead in a van after concerns were raised for his welfare in Westcliff.

Residents of Ditton Court Road called the Police on the morning of June 21st.

Police officers arrived and closed the road completely shortly before 10.30am.

Tragically, the man was declared dead at the scene.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Officers attended Ditton Court Road, Westcliff, on Monday June 21 following calls from a member of the public.

“Once there, they became concerned for the welfare of a man in a van.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of officers on scene, the man was pronounced dead shortly after 10.25am.

“It is likely that the road will remain closed for several hours.

“The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for HM Coroner.”

Leigh: CWRA to hear from Healthwatch and local Police

The July meeting of the Chalkwell Ward Residents Association will open with a talk on Healthwatch Southend by Engagement Officer, Jean Broadbent.

Residents will learn about how Healthwatch works to champion the interests of those using health and care services within the borough.

Also speaking will be Inspector Paul Hogben, head of the Southend Community Policing Team, who will update us on the latest crime figures and measures to combat crime in the town.

After the talks, the evening will continue with updates on developments within the ward, and attendees have the chance to raise matters of local concern with one of or more of our ward councillors.

This meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 14th, starting at 7:30pm, and will be held online.

To participate in this meeting, please send an email to

Entry is free to members. Annual membership costs £5 per year (April-March).

Further information about CWRA is available at

Leigh: c2c’s guide to quiet trains

C2C, run by train operator Trenitalia, is helping commuters find the quietest trains with a new bespoke online tool.

Customers are able to check their preferred departure station and time of travel and will be able to see how busy every rush hour train gets in both the morning and evening peak, with a simple traffic-light guide.

Green means lots of seats are available, yellow indicates some seats are available, amber means limited seats are available, red means it’s a busy train, and black means avoid the train.

The descriptions are based on the busiest point during the station’s journey, which is normally as it approaches West Ham in the morning peak, and on departure from West Ham in the evenings.

c2c Delivery Director Laura McEwen said: “We now have more people commuting than at any other point since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. With more people returning to the office for the first time, our online tool shows them, which trains are the most popular and which services are quiet, so they have this information before they travel.”

c2c’s online tool is available at:

Westcliff: Attack on woman

A MAN from Westcliff has been put on a alcohol treatment programme after attacking a woman and failing to surrender to custody.

Alan Bates, 50, of Northview Drive, admitted assaulting the woman in Benfleet on March 1 and February 25 this year.

In addition, Bates damaged a wall belonging to the woman on Mach 1, and then on May 4 failed to surrender to custody when summonsed to Basildon Magistrates Court.

The magistrates’ bench gave him a community order to run until June next year.

He must also carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

Rayleigh: Council and Suez work together to catch illegal fly tippers.

ROCHFORD Council’s Street Scene Team and Suez are continuing to crack down on fly tippers as another fine is issued to a local business.

Evidence found in black bags left by a litter bin at the Anne Boleyn parade, was found by the council’s waste contractors, Suez and reported to the council.

The council issued a £100 fine, which was reduced to £50 for payment made within 10 days.

Coun Dave Sperring said: “Yet again our officers and contractors are working together to ensure that our district is kept clean and tidy.

“Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence and is a cost to taxpayers, we are committed to tackling this issue head on.

“If anyone has any information about fly tipping or would like to report an incident, please contact us at or call us on 01702 318111.”

Leigh: Free work experience for STEM careers

A FREE programme for students aged 14-18 will show how engineering and technology is helping build a more sustainable future.

Run by Siemens, Delivered by Springpod, the online platform enables more students to learn about engineering and technology and potentially kick start their careers in STEM subjects (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

The programme involves around 10 hours of activity, which can be completed over two weeks, meaning students can fit it around their school schedule.

Once complete, students earn a certificate, which can be used for a CV and Personal Statement.

To apply visit

WESTCLIFF: Two men charged with drugs offences after Police cracked EncroChat

TWO men are due to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on July 22, charged in connection with the sale of Class A drugs in Essex.

Ian Green, 50, of Ronald Park Avenue, Westcliff has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply ecstasy, and conspiracy to supply a Class B drug.

Simon Renoldi, 49, of High Road, Fobbing has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply ecstasy, and two counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

The investigation is one of those which came from Op Venetic – a major operation involving the cracking of a bespoke encrypted global communication service. EncroChat offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service with 60,000 users worldwide and around 10,000 in the UK.

Since 2016, international law enforcement agencies have worked together to target EncroChat after agencies in France and the Netherlands infiltrated the platform. The intelligence gleaned through this was then shared via Europol to national law enforcement agencies.

Westcliff: Plans for care home

PLANS have been submitted to Southend Council to covert a Westcliff care home back into two homes.

If given the green light, the proposal would see the demolition of the existing modern ground floor rear extension, to reinstate the property back to two homes at Beaufort Lodge, 10-12, St Vincent’s Road, Westcliff.

The plans also contain a proposal to renew the front windows and doors in hand made painted timber to match the existing windows, and to replace the side and rear windows in wood grain uPVC.

Southend Council will make the final decision on Wednesday, August 11.

Leigh : Planning

CONDITIONAL permission has been granted for an extension in Leigh.

The plans for the property at 42 Belfairs Drive will see a single storey extension erected to the rear of the home.

CONDITIONAL permission has been granted for the replacement of the existing garage to a home Leigh.

The plans are for the property at 1 Ellenbrook Close.

CONDITIONAL permission has been granted for an extension in Leigh.

The works at 21 Nelson Road will see a single storey rear extension erected.

CONDITIONAL permission has been granted for a vehicle crossover in Westcliff.

Permission was sought for the layout of parking and a vehicle crossover at 43 Finchley Road.

CONDITIONAL permission has been granted for an extension to make a garage into habitable accommodation in Westcliff.

The plans are for the property at 29 Galton Road.

Leigh: SE Organic Gardeners’ meeting

THE next meeting of the SE Essex Organic Gardeners will take place on Monday, July 19 July at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start.

The meeting will be a Zoom presentation by Ray How, entitled “Water conservation: how to best use and save water within allotments, water management and how to prevent water contamination.”

Ray is the Regional Representative who covers the Eastern Region of The National Allotment Society.

Suggested minimum donation for the meeting is £2.00

For further information and joining instructions, please ring or message 07967 851521, or email

Westcliff: Summer Fete at Kings Road URC

A SUMMER fete will be held at Kings Road United Reformed Church on

Saturday July 10th between 1030 am and 12.30pm.

Stalls at the church, at 91 Crowstone Road, Westcliff, will include toys, plants, books for all ages, bric-a-brac, homemade cakes and marmalade, and a raffle.

A spokesman for the church said: “Having been unable to hold our very popular Spring Fair and Christmas Markets because of Covid restrictions our cupboards are literally bursting at the seams with hundreds of bargain goodies.

“Finally, we have the opportunity to enable you to snap up a bargain and reduce the quantity of goods in our cupboards. Everything will happen outside this year to make it as safe as possible for you and us.

“Please come and support us and find yourselves a bargain.”

Leigh: Search for the UK’s best sea view

THE Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has launched its ninth annual competition honouring the UK’s maritime heritage.

It is looking for images that capture the country’s unique relationship with the sea, including its merchant ships, fishermen, harbours and ports, to be in with a chance of winning a £500 photographic equipment voucher.

With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to see restrictions imposed for much of the year, the Society is encouraging individuals to look back through their photo albums and submit images old and new.

Entrants also submit photos through its newly launched Instagram channel (@ShipwreckedMariners) by using the hashtag #SMSPhotoComp2021, alongside the entry form.

The competition will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including the Online Picture Editor at The Telegraph, and many more.

To enter, individuals can submit their photographs through the dedicated form at before the deadline on 31 August 2021.

Westcliff: Man arrested for drink driving collision

A MAN from Westcliff was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and assaulting a police officer following a crash.

Essex Police received reports of a two-vehicle collision in Sutton Road, Southend, at about 8.20pm on Friday, June 8.

Officers attended the scene and shut down the road between East Street and A13 Southchurch Road, forcing traffic to divert.

Following the crash, a 39-year-old man, from Westcliff, was arrested on suspicion of both drink driving and assaulting a police officer.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and care after the incident.

Anyone who saw what happened or has any CCTV or dash cam footage is asked to contact Essex Police by calling 101 and quoting incident number 1219 of 18 June.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Westcliff: Man hit with broken pole

A MAN from Westcliff who hit a man with a broken flagpole has been spared jail

Harry Sampson carried out the attack in Rayleigh in July 2020.

The 19-year-old, of Highfield Gardens, attended Southend Magistrates’ Court and admitted to possessing an offensive weapon and beating his victim with it.

The following month, Sampson was stopped by Police in Bull Lane, Rayleigh, and arrested after being found with a Joker flick knife without reasonable excuse.

Both weapons were seized and ordered to be destroyed by Police.

The defendant was given a total of 42 weeks’ prison sentence suspended for two years.

He must pay £1000 in compensation to his victim.

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