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Make It Easier For The Police – Even If You Are Having A Bad Hair Day

James Newport writes :

“We often see comments from people on social media, or when you talk to residents, that the police are, ahem how should I say, often less than helpful. In fact, we, the Lib Dems have recently raised a motion at full council to find out the affect of the closure of the front desk at Rayleigh Police station and the station closure in Rochford. The demands of the general public are great and we are somewhat intolerable to slow response times, lack of community policing.

Well today should give us all a different perspective on what we, the general public, expect from Essex Police…”

Find out more here.

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Lib Dem Motion On Police Stations

Only one group of councillors have submitted  a motion for next Tuesday’s full council, and it’s the Lib Dems:
“… the following motion has been received from Cllrs C I Black, J E Newport, R A Oatham and C M Stanley


“In view of the closure of the front desk of Rayleigh police station and the total closure of Rochford police station and the concern expressed by some members of the public, this Council requests the appropriate Portfolio Holderto report back to Council on how these closures have affected policer esponse time to crime, and police and District Council response to anti-social behaviour and also the current levels of crime and anti-social behaviour across the district in recent months.”


Shocking Robbery In Rayleigh High Street

A nasty story just published on the Echo website:

Three teenagers punched an elderly man and stole the money he was carrying outside a bank in Rayleigh.

The man was outside Lloyds Bank in the High Street between 11am and 12pm on Tuesday, April 19.

They punched his face and stole the money he was carrying. They then made off along Crown Hill towards the station.

The boys are described as white and aged in their mid-teens.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Dc Ben Broderick at Rayleigh CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

We do hope the victim is recovering OK. As a minor point , it would be interesting to know why this only just been published, over a fortnight after the event.

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Police Station Counters Close, New Police Website Opens

As reported in the Echo:

Non-emergency crime can now be reported to Essex Police via the internet as front counters in Canvey and Rayleigh close today.

The webpage,, lets people report non-emergency crime, road traffic collisions and access a range of information and advice easily and conveniently.

Online reporting for lost or found property will be added during April.


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A Nasty Story

From the Echo:

A FORMER council employee accessed social service records to try and bribe and threaten a child into having sex with him.

Aaron Whitman repeatedly offered a 15-year-old money for sex on Facebook.

When the vulnerable teen refused he accessed her file, through his job at Essex County Council, telling her he knew where she lived, terrifying her….

Full report here

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Not An Advent Calendar, An Advice Calendar

Essex police are showing an advent advice calendar on their website here.

For example, the advice for December 4th was about going away for Xmas, , and the hint NOT to publicise your Christmas holiday on social media is a very good one:

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Teenager Charged

From the Echo tonight:

A TEENAGER will appear in court charged with criminal damage in relation to the Rochford Christmas tree being cut down just before the switch on of the Christmas lights.

The 15-year-old boy from Rochford was arrested on Tuesday (December 1) following the felling of the tree in Rochford Market Square over the weekend.

Nearby residents heard a commotion at 3am on Sunday and looked out to see teenagers with a bow saw chopping the tree about 4ft up from its base before running off.

Full report here.

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The Best And the Worst Of Rochford

As reported on the BBC today:

Residents of Rochford in Essex came to the rescue of the organisers of the town’s festive lights switch-on when the Christmas tree was felled overnight by vandals.

District Council chairman Heather Glynn said she was proud of the way the town’s community spirit shone through.

The festive light celebration organiser Pete Tobit said: “It was great that so many people pitched up to help us restore the tree and for them to show such a strong community spirit.”

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Chief Constable And The Police And Crime Commissioner Coming To Rayleigh

Stephen Kavanagh (the Chief Constable) and Nick Alston (the elected Police & Crime Commisioner) are coming to Sweyne Park School on November 12th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm to answer questions from the public.

Find out more here.

This could be an interesting evening, and a chance to ask some serious questions about police cut-backs and how Essex police respond to crimes.

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Rayleigh Police Station To Lose Its Front Counter As Drastic Cuts Are Proposed

From the Echo today

Essex Police proposes to retain front counters, open to the public from 9am to 5pm, in:
Saffron Walden
Operational policing bases, without front counters, will be kept in:
Canvey Island

These cuts are supposed to be implemented from April 2016.

Also from the Echo:

ESSEX Police has revealed Pitsea and Billericay police stations will close with Canvey and Rayleigh stations shutting their front counters.

At a press conference held at 1pm, the force has outlined plans for swingeing cuts to stations, PCSOs and police staff.

In a statement, Essex Police said: “The financial challenges are clear and stark. Essex Police is anticipating cuts of around £63 million by 2019-20, on an annual budget of around £262 million. Around 83 per cent of the budget is spent on the salaries of police officers, PCSOs and police staff.

“With £1 million paying for 20 police constables for a year, these financial challenges inevitably mean that Essex Police’s workforce will become significantly smaller over the next few years.”

There are currently 25 police stations with front counters in Essex. The plan is to reduce this number to 10 front counters by April 2016.

Essex Police proposes to keep front counters open to the public from 9am to 5pm in south Essex:

Grays, Basildon and Southend

First thoughts are:

– does it really save much money to close the front desk at Rayleigh Police Station?

– are the reducing numbers of police in Essex (now below 3000) even more of a concern than losing some police counters?

– would most residents support an increase in the council tax we pay for the police service? A band D property currently pays £ 147.15 per year.

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30,000 Objects ,Photos and Documents…


Have you been to the highly-rated Essex Police Museum at Chelmsford?

It is based at police headquarters in Sandford Road, Springfield, Chelmsford CM2 6DN and is open every Saturday from 10am-4pm. Admission is free and there is no need to book. This year it was  runner-up in the Essex Mums awards Best Museum category….

To quote a few  comments on tripadvisor:

nice and small, friendly staff and very good mix of things and considering the costs of some other museums, really good value.

I visited on a wet Saturday afternoon and I was surprised at the amount of People in the museum, it seemed quite popular. However I must say that the whole set up is very much geared up for children or maybe someone that hasn’t seen a Police Officer before. The best bit was the old case study’s that were free to take home and read at your leisure.

Found the museum on TA whilst searching for something to do on a rainy afternoon. So glad we visited.
It’s small but crammed with interesting exhibits. Me and my son’s favourites were the 70 crime scene, police phone box and the witness stand. He spent ages doing imaginative play and loved it here.
It’s free but I’d urge people to spend a couple of quid on souvenirs and put something in the donation box to keep this unique attraction running.


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Essex Police To Ask Councils To Deal With Up To 97% of Anti-Social Behaviour

From the Police And Crime Commissioner’s website:

On a daily basis, only a small proportion of Anti-Social Behaviour cases are assessed as presenting a high risk or involving repeat victimisation. ACC Wortley has stated that there were around 1,500 such cases last year, or around 3 per cent of the total number of ASB incidents reported to the force. I expect Essex Police to continue to lead on these cases.

However, there are many other types of ASB incident where partner agencies, such as local authorities, should have the main responsibility in attempting to resolve the matter. Essex Police will now often refer such cases to the appropriate agency.