Dad wants to move after he was attacked by 50-strong gang in Pitsea for asking them to "keep the noise down"

Dad wants to move after vicious attack

Dad wants to move after vicious attack

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A DAD fears for his family’s safety after he was was battered with fence posts for asking a gang of teenagers to be quiet.

Ben Whiting, 21, said he is concerned for his partner, Leah Allison, 19, and three-year-old boy, Frankie, after the attack in Pitsea.

The Echo reported how teenagers used bottles, bricks and fence posts as weapons during the terrifying attack, which left Mr Whiting hospitalised with head wounds.

Witnesses described a how a 50-strong gang were “like animals”as they ripped off their shirts and tore down a fence at the back of his terraced home, in Felmores, before attacking him and family friend Anthony Quinn.

Builder Mr Quinn, 48, from Basildon, was knocked unconscious and needed five stitches for a 2ins cut to his head that was so deep, it went through to his skull.

Mr Whiting said: “I had a small group of friends round and could hear people shouting out at the back of the house.

“I went out there and asked them to keep the noise down, but they started kicking the fence in.

“They were launching bottles at the house.

“They broke through the fence and I got hit on the head with part of it.

“It was like something out of a film as they just mobbed us with bottles and punches being thrown at us from all directions.

“They even hit my partner.

“I was bleeding, but then saw my friend was out cold on the floor.

“We had to drag him inside to keep them from hurting him any more.”

A 24-year-old man, who came out to help, was also attacked and received a cut on the right side of his head.

Ambulances took the injured men to Basildon Hospital where they were treated for head wounds.

A teenage girl was also seen holding her jaw as if she had been attacked and police are appealing for the young woman to contact them.

Mr Whiting added: “Gangs around here are getting worse.

“After what happened this weekend, I’m considering moving away, as I don’t want my son growing up in such a dangerous environment.”

Mr Quinn said: “The doctors told us we were lucky to be alive as the kids were using anything they could get their hands on as weapons.

“I got smashed with a paving slab and they were also using the fence with bits of nail sticking out.

“This sort of thing is happening too much in Basildon – it feels like gangs are taking over the streets.”

The trouble began on Saturday evening after a gang of teenagers gate-crashed a nearby party before spilling out into the street at about 11pm.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Det Con Angela Toppin at Basildon CID on 101.

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7:29am Fri 27 Jun 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.
This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -61

8:25am Fri 27 Jun 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

COMMUNITY POLICE ARE CHOCOLATE TEA POTS
COMMUNITY POLICE ARE CHOCOLATE TEA POTS CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 15

8:55am Fri 27 Jun 14

jpw0809 says...

Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do.
Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do. jpw0809
  • Score: -24

8:55am Fri 27 Jun 14

kyprman says...

Nowthatsworthknowing
:

And of course, you will be happy to don your vigilante mask, leave the comfort of your keyboard, and go stand shoulder to shoulder with this poor man, whilst giving these "children" a severe talking to?

No?

Thought not.
Nowthatsworthknowing : And of course, you will be happy to don your vigilante mask, leave the comfort of your keyboard, and go stand shoulder to shoulder with this poor man, whilst giving these "children" a severe talking to? No? Thought not. kyprman
  • Score: 39

9:08am Fri 27 Jun 14

Robin Reliant says...

jpw0809 wrote:
Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do.
Bit hard on him, maybe he works but lets not forget house prices are way too high and many are priced out even rents are sky high, he confronted and stood up to a group of scumbags outside his gaff i dare say you have never experienced rowdy groups where you are, Garry Newlove ring any bells? theres many other examples where people have stood up to gangs outside their homes and paid the ultimate price.
[quote][p][bold]jpw0809[/bold] wrote: Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do.[/p][/quote]Bit hard on him, maybe he works but lets not forget house prices are way too high and many are priced out even rents are sky high, he confronted and stood up to a group of scumbags outside his gaff i dare say you have never experienced rowdy groups where you are, Garry Newlove ring any bells? theres many other examples where people have stood up to gangs outside their homes and paid the ultimate price. Robin Reliant
  • Score: 32

9:24am Fri 27 Jun 14

VeteranOfMany says...

Had he been attacked as described, he'd be in the morgue - seems he got a slap
Had he been attacked as described, he'd be in the morgue - seems he got a slap VeteranOfMany
  • Score: -36

9:39am Fri 27 Jun 14

oohlook says...

Some of the idiots that post on this site are pathetic. Does it really matter if he is young, lives in a council house or may have antagonised anyone? What matters is that this kind of thing should never be allowed to happen. Why do some people think violence is acceptable? Noone deserves that kind of kickin. I hope the men involved dont suffer long term effects and that those that witnessed it are ok. Lets hope the partying thugs get flushed out.
Some of the idiots that post on this site are pathetic. Does it really matter if he is young, lives in a council house or may have antagonised anyone? What matters is that this kind of thing should never be allowed to happen. Why do some people think violence is acceptable? Noone deserves that kind of kickin. I hope the men involved dont suffer long term effects and that those that witnessed it are ok. Lets hope the partying thugs get flushed out. oohlook
  • Score: 40

10:06am Fri 27 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

jpw0809 wrote:
Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do.
What are you so bitter about? Where does it say this young guy lives in a council house, and so bloody what if he does.

He asked someone to keep it down and they beat him up.

You really are a miserable thing.
[quote][p][bold]jpw0809[/bold] wrote: Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do.[/p][/quote]What are you so bitter about? Where does it say this young guy lives in a council house, and so bloody what if he does. He asked someone to keep it down and they beat him up. You really are a miserable thing. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 31

10:07am Fri 27 Jun 14

Happy Chickie says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.
T!t
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.[/p][/quote]T!t Happy Chickie
  • Score: 28

10:22am Fri 27 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

Common sense - aligned with hindsight - shows one person should never take on a gang. It's just not sensible! There are other ways to deal with it - start with the police.... How often did this happen? was it a one off? Just ignore it. Try and recognise who is in it - speak to their mums... and so on...
Common sense - aligned with hindsight - shows one person should never take on a gang. It's just not sensible! There are other ways to deal with it - start with the police.... How often did this happen? was it a one off? Just ignore it. Try and recognise who is in it - speak to their mums... and so on... Jack222
  • Score: -17

12:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Calling the attackers 'kids' seems to underplay the seriousness of the attack.

Just a thought.
Calling the attackers 'kids' seems to underplay the seriousness of the attack. Just a thought. ThisYear
  • Score: 7

1:06pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MissyBx says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.
Hmmm Wonder if the same happened to you that you would stand for it ?! Don't think so !
People should not have to worry about asking someone to keep the noise down , just goes to show the society we have to live in and that kids honestly think they are invincible, what must there family's think of them !! If that was my kids hanging around doing that , i would go mental. Really do feel for the young family.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.[/p][/quote]Hmmm Wonder if the same happened to you that you would stand for it ?! Don't think so ! People should not have to worry about asking someone to keep the noise down , just goes to show the society we have to live in and that kids honestly think they are invincible, what must there family's think of them !! If that was my kids hanging around doing that , i would go mental. Really do feel for the young family. MissyBx
  • Score: 15

1:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SLord90 says...

Poor bloke, hope he recovers soon x
Poor bloke, hope he recovers soon x SLord90
  • Score: 16

2:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

emcee says...

jpw0809 wrote:
Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do.
Stupid comment of the week. I won't explain why because because the ignorance and arrogance of the comment explain it already.
[quote][p][bold]jpw0809[/bold] wrote: Well I'm sure at 21 with his 3 year old son he works hard and has a mortgage so can simply sell his own house and move on to another area..... Oh wait what's the chances this is a council house and expects us the taxpayer to fund a new one for him. This may not be be the case but if it is please go and work hard and buy your own house if you want to move that's what the rest of of us have to do.[/p][/quote]Stupid comment of the week. I won't explain why because because the ignorance and arrogance of the comment explain it already. emcee
  • Score: 24

5:10pm Fri 27 Jun 14

runwellian says...

So where in Basildon / Pitsea does he think is more safer?
So where in Basildon / Pitsea does he think is more safer? runwellian
  • Score: 4

5:24pm Fri 27 Jun 14

barneydrop says...

The government would do us all a favour and nuke Essex.
The government would do us all a favour and nuke Essex. barneydrop
  • Score: -4

6:52pm Fri 27 Jun 14

keithrg says...

What ever you do as a citizen you don't win call the police your a grass and they don't deal with it. I have been fortunate to be frightening enough over the years to deal with things as Not once have police appeared even when called. Gang culture has seemed to have taken off at mo. I think worse than ever. I bet these children parents are so proud of there kids. Even if they didn't get involved they should have stopped it. Scum all off them. Only this morning I had to put up listening to scum going on about a fight and one said. " I was ready for it, see his face when I pulled my Knife out?" and they where all talking and Laughing about it.
What ever you do as a citizen you don't win call the police your a grass and they don't deal with it. I have been fortunate to be frightening enough over the years to deal with things as Not once have police appeared even when called. Gang culture has seemed to have taken off at mo. I think worse than ever. I bet these children parents are so proud of there kids. Even if they didn't get involved they should have stopped it. Scum all off them. Only this morning I had to put up listening to scum going on about a fight and one said. " I was ready for it, see his face when I pulled my Knife out?" and they where all talking and Laughing about it. keithrg
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.
Like you would you mean.

Still not man enough to post your comment under your own name though.

Pot and kettle.
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.[/p][/quote]Like you would you mean. Still not man enough to post your comment under your own name though. Pot and kettle. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 14

8:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

oohlook wrote:
Some of the idiots that post on this site are pathetic. Does it really matter if he is young, lives in a council house or may have antagonised anyone? What matters is that this kind of thing should never be allowed to happen. Why do some people think violence is acceptable? Noone deserves that kind of kickin. I hope the men involved dont suffer long term effects and that those that witnessed it are ok. Lets hope the partying thugs get flushed out.
Hear bl**dy hear!

This is what I've been saying for months.

Some of the scum you get on this website.. and not one of them prepared to undersign their stupid comments with a REAL NAME.

Totally agree with you mate. On all points above.
[quote][p][bold]oohlook[/bold] wrote: Some of the idiots that post on this site are pathetic. Does it really matter if he is young, lives in a council house or may have antagonised anyone? What matters is that this kind of thing should never be allowed to happen. Why do some people think violence is acceptable? Noone deserves that kind of kickin. I hope the men involved dont suffer long term effects and that those that witnessed it are ok. Lets hope the partying thugs get flushed out.[/p][/quote]Hear bl**dy hear! This is what I've been saying for months. Some of the scum you get on this website.. and not one of them prepared to undersign their stupid comments with a REAL NAME. Totally agree with you mate. On all points above. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 14

8:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

ThisYear wrote:
Calling the attackers 'kids' seems to underplay the seriousness of the attack.

Just a thought.
Glad to see you have one occasionally.
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Calling the attackers 'kids' seems to underplay the seriousness of the attack. Just a thought.[/p][/quote]Glad to see you have one occasionally. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 5

8:59am Sat 28 Jun 14

John Right says...

keithrg wrote:
What ever you do as a citizen you don't win call the police your a grass and they don't deal with it. I have been fortunate to be frightening enough over the years to deal with things as Not once have police appeared even when called. Gang culture has seemed to have taken off at mo. I think worse than ever. I bet these children parents are so proud of there kids. Even if they didn't get involved they should have stopped it. Scum all off them. Only this morning I had to put up listening to scum going on about a fight and one said. " I was ready for it, see his face when I pulled my Knife out?" and they where all talking and Laughing about it.
You walk to the biggest and floor him, others run away, no good saying "Oh please stop your noise"
[quote][p][bold]keithrg[/bold] wrote: What ever you do as a citizen you don't win call the police your a grass and they don't deal with it. I have been fortunate to be frightening enough over the years to deal with things as Not once have police appeared even when called. Gang culture has seemed to have taken off at mo. I think worse than ever. I bet these children parents are so proud of there kids. Even if they didn't get involved they should have stopped it. Scum all off them. Only this morning I had to put up listening to scum going on about a fight and one said. " I was ready for it, see his face when I pulled my Knife out?" and they where all talking and Laughing about it.[/p][/quote]You walk to the biggest and floor him, others run away, no good saying "Oh please stop your noise" John Right
  • Score: -2

12:56am Sun 29 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
ThisYear wrote:
Calling the attackers 'kids' seems to underplay the seriousness of the attack.

Just a thought.
Glad to see you have one occasionally.
And look, you actually submitted a post that didn't rant about Lefties, those who are out to get you because of your good nature, your friend the mayor or how you do so much for charity 'my dear'

Wonders never cease..
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: Calling the attackers 'kids' seems to underplay the seriousness of the attack. Just a thought.[/p][/quote]Glad to see you have one occasionally.[/p][/quote]And look, you actually submitted a post that didn't rant about Lefties, those who are out to get you because of your good nature, your friend the mayor or how you do so much for charity 'my dear' Wonders never cease.. ThisYear
  • Score: -5

12:58am Sun 29 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
oohlook wrote:
Some of the idiots that post on this site are pathetic. Does it really matter if he is young, lives in a council house or may have antagonised anyone? What matters is that this kind of thing should never be allowed to happen. Why do some people think violence is acceptable? Noone deserves that kind of kickin. I hope the men involved dont suffer long term effects and that those that witnessed it are ok. Lets hope the partying thugs get flushed out.
Hear bl**dy hear!

This is what I've been saying for months.

Some of the scum you get on this website.. and not one of them prepared to undersign their stupid comments with a REAL NAME.

Totally agree with you mate. On all points above.
"Some of the scum you get on this website.. and not one of them prepared to undersign their stupid comments with a REAL NAME."

And this in reply to a poster called 'oohlook'

Gandy you are truly head blocked.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oohlook[/bold] wrote: Some of the idiots that post on this site are pathetic. Does it really matter if he is young, lives in a council house or may have antagonised anyone? What matters is that this kind of thing should never be allowed to happen. Why do some people think violence is acceptable? Noone deserves that kind of kickin. I hope the men involved dont suffer long term effects and that those that witnessed it are ok. Lets hope the partying thugs get flushed out.[/p][/quote]Hear bl**dy hear! This is what I've been saying for months. Some of the scum you get on this website.. and not one of them prepared to undersign their stupid comments with a REAL NAME. Totally agree with you mate. On all points above.[/p][/quote]"Some of the scum you get on this website.. and not one of them prepared to undersign their stupid comments with a REAL NAME." And this in reply to a poster called 'oohlook' Gandy you are truly head blocked. ThisYear
  • Score: -5

12:59am Sun 29 Jun 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.
Like you would you mean.

Still not man enough to post your comment under your own name though.

Pot and kettle.
I wonder if we can take it that all of those who voted up your comment actually use their real names?

Some how I doubt it...yet they voted it up...'aint people strange'?
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: This 21 year old seems to have stirred up a right hornets nest, showing off, got a pasting and now throws his teddy, asking to move, thus giving in to a bunch of children, he needs to man up, and face what he started.[/p][/quote]Like you would you mean. Still not man enough to post your comment under your own name though. Pot and kettle.[/p][/quote]I wonder if we can take it that all of those who voted up your comment actually use their real names? Some how I doubt it...yet they voted it up...'aint people strange'? ThisYear
  • Score: -6

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