Benfleet fight sees man viciously beaten with baseball bat and driven at

Man beaten with baseball bat so hard it broke in two

Man beaten with baseball bat so hard it broke in two

First published in Local News by , Senior reporter

A MAN was beaten with a baseball bat so badly it broke in two during a vicious late-night attack.

The quiet Benfleet street was turned into a battleground as a man was driven at by a car which then crashed through a hedge and into a tree.

Neighbours in School Lane say they believe the disturbance was related to drug dealing in the area.

Josh Smith, 23, of School Lane, said: “You could hear the screeching of car brakes, then groaning, a man letting out a bit of pain. That was going on for about ten minutes, then I heard someone say ‘Right lads, shake hands’.

“I heard a big bang, like a car had been started and then a crash. Nothing like that’s ever happened round here before.”

Another resident said: “It was quite frightening. It was completely pitch black as the street lights were off.”

Police turned up just after the fight had finished – around 12.40am on Monday – and discovered an injured man in a car who refused their help. They called an ambulance but he refused treatment.

One resident, who didn’t want to be named, said there had been problems with drug dealing in the road.

They added: “Many residents are now scared to go out after dark, and some have been threatened by the drug dealers.”

A police spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a report of a fight in the street in School Lane.

“On arrival, there was no on-going incident. Police spoke to the informant who confirmed that he had seen an assault with a baseball bat and a car reverse into a hedge.

“A police search later located a broken baseball bat and a damaged bush. They then found a man with injuries in a car and called an ambulance.

“The man confirmed that he had been assaulted but did not wish to make a formal complaint at the time.”

Anyone who wants to report criminal or suspicious activity in their area, should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or 999 in an emergency, she added.

Echo: Damage - A car crashed into a hedge during the fight

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8:31am Wed 21 May 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Shoddy workmanship
Shoddy workmanship Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: -1

8:44am Wed 21 May 14

TheaWells says...

“You could hear the screeching of car brakes, then groaning, a man letting out a bit of pain. That was going on for about ten minutes"

TEN MINUTES!!!!! You sat there for TEN minutes listening to a fellow human being having his head caved in and didn't help? Way to go Josh, what an upstanding man you are!
“You could hear the screeching of car brakes, then groaning, a man letting out a bit of pain. That was going on for about ten minutes" TEN MINUTES!!!!! You sat there for TEN minutes listening to a fellow human being having his head caved in and didn't help? Way to go Josh, what an upstanding man you are! TheaWells
  • Score: -2

9:25am Wed 21 May 14

pembury53 says...

rough justice, but always pay up, on time......
rough justice, but always pay up, on time...... pembury53
  • Score: -12

9:27am Wed 21 May 14

boo beckett says...

TheaWells wrote:
“You could hear the screeching of car brakes, then groaning, a man letting out a bit of pain. That was going on for about ten minutes"

TEN MINUTES!!!!! You sat there for TEN minutes listening to a fellow human being having his head caved in and didn't help? Way to go Josh, what an upstanding man you are!
What would you have done?
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: “You could hear the screeching of car brakes, then groaning, a man letting out a bit of pain. That was going on for about ten minutes" TEN MINUTES!!!!! You sat there for TEN minutes listening to a fellow human being having his head caved in and didn't help? Way to go Josh, what an upstanding man you are![/p][/quote]What would you have done? boo beckett
  • Score: 13

9:45am Wed 21 May 14

supermadmax says...

See, this is exactly what I try to explain to you people day after day! Its rare that innocent members of the public, going about their everyday business are attacked.
See, this is exactly what I try to explain to you people day after day! Its rare that innocent members of the public, going about their everyday business are attacked. supermadmax
  • Score: -14

10:22am Wed 21 May 14

ouch!! says...

TheaWells wrote:
“You could hear the screeching of car brakes, then groaning, a man letting out a bit of pain. That was going on for about ten minutes"

TEN MINUTES!!!!! You sat there for TEN minutes listening to a fellow human being having his head caved in and didn't help? Way to go Josh, what an upstanding man you are!
Little bit judgemental aren't we? What would you have done knowing the drug dealing taking place in the street? Having witnessed a pitched battle with a bat and car? Streetlights out and the keystone cops busy watching telly in the station? You're a braver man than I.
[quote][p][bold]TheaWells[/bold] wrote: “You could hear the screeching of car brakes, then groaning, a man letting out a bit of pain. That was going on for about ten minutes" TEN MINUTES!!!!! You sat there for TEN minutes listening to a fellow human being having his head caved in and didn't help? Way to go Josh, what an upstanding man you are![/p][/quote]Little bit judgemental aren't we? What would you have done knowing the drug dealing taking place in the street? Having witnessed a pitched battle with a bat and car? Streetlights out and the keystone cops busy watching telly in the station? You're a braver man than I. ouch!!
  • Score: 9

10:24am Wed 21 May 14

ouch!! says...

I live down this street...been telling the coppers this would happen for 18 months. Unless they can arrest by appointment they really don't care.
I think the statement 'Police turned up just after the fight had finished' sums it all up really, they're bloody useless and getting worse.
Bring back Benfleet nick, they clearly can't operate completely from Canvey or Rayleigh.
I live down this street...been telling the coppers this would happen for 18 months. Unless they can arrest by appointment they really don't care. I think the statement 'Police turned up just after the fight had finished' sums it all up really, they're bloody useless and getting worse. Bring back Benfleet nick, they clearly can't operate completely from Canvey or Rayleigh. ouch!!
  • Score: 18

5:16pm Wed 21 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

Live by the sword die by the sword but dont do it on my bit of ground
Live by the sword die by the sword but dont do it on my bit of ground CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -5

6:48pm Wed 21 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Sounds like a money not being paid when it's due
When I worked in Bas hosp there was lots of people in being beaten for failing to pay debts on time but what is strange is it always happens at midnight to 7am in the week When there is only 2 police vehicles in the area at that time
Sounds like a money not being paid when it's due When I worked in Bas hosp there was lots of people in being beaten for failing to pay debts on time but what is strange is it always happens at midnight to 7am in the week When there is only 2 police vehicles in the area at that time Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -7

3:44pm Thu 22 May 14

poortaxpayer says...

Perhaps Conservative Heffalump Eric Pickles who was pontificating how great it was that street lights are switched off now would like to take a stroll down this street and try and convince the residents how pathetic they are wanting the lights back on.
Perhaps Conservative Heffalump Eric Pickles who was pontificating how great it was that street lights are switched off now would like to take a stroll down this street and try and convince the residents how pathetic they are wanting the lights back on. poortaxpayer
  • Score: 2

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