Knifemen raid post office

ARMED knifeman raided a post office in Canvey, bringing the total of robberies on the Island to seven in recent weeks.

Raiders burst into the post office on Maurice Road at 3pm on Monday.

They threatened staff with a blade before fleeing. Detectives are still probing the attack and have yet to reveal what, if anything was stolen.

One of the robbers was a white man, aged 18 to 19, 6ft tall and slim build. He wore a black hooded top with the hood up, a black waterproof jacket, a dark scarf covering his mouth and nose, dark trousers and dark trainers.

The other suspect was also white and of a similar age and height. He wore similar clothing to the first but had light trainers on.

Anyone with information in connection with this robbery is urged to contact detectives at Southend police station on 101. 

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10:43am Tue 27 Nov 12

Eric Whim says...

as soon as I saw that headline I knew it was going to be on Canvey!

It must be like the wild west out there.

All the robbers, thieves and other criminals must be delighted with whoever it was that decided that there was no need for a Police Station on the Island.

Well done that tw@t!

You have unleashed hell on the poor defenceless section of the Island's population that aren't going round causing havoc and are only trying to lead normal, honest lives.

You must be really proud of your achievements.
as soon as I saw that headline I knew it was going to be on Canvey! It must be like the wild west out there. All the robbers, thieves and other criminals must be delighted with whoever it was that decided that there was no need for a Police Station on the Island. Well done that tw@t! You have unleashed hell on the poor defenceless section of the Island's population that aren't going round causing havoc and are only trying to lead normal, honest lives. You must be really proud of your achievements. Eric Whim

10:46am Tue 27 Nov 12

Spirit of Kings Park says...

All those people who think that the elected police crime comissioner is going to wave a magic wand over Canvey really should wake up and smell the coffee, until 24 hour CANVEY BASED policing returns there will be NO improvements to the current crime and anti social behaviour that is sweeping the Island.

Remember the only 24 hour Canvey based emergency service we have on the Island is the NHS Ambulance service.

On becoming Home Secretary, Theresa May told senior officers she wanted to be crystal clear that the mission of the police service was “to cut crime, no more and no less”.
What interests me is the fundamental contradiction made by the Home Office in their rather desperate sales pitch of the Police Crime Commisioners role. Look at this:
PCCs will make and influence key decisions that will impact on how your local area looks and feels – from CCTV, street lighting and graffiti to tackling gangs and drug-dealing.
And now, on the same Home Office website, contrast with this statement:
It will not be for the PCC to tell the professionals how to do their job - the legislation continues to protect the operational independence of the police by making it clear that the chief constables retain direction and control of the forces officers and staff. The operations of the police will not be politicised; who is arrested and how investigations work will not become political decisions.

So the cat is out of the bag, and the question all of us have to ask is; how does a Police Crime Commisioner tackle gangs and drug-dealing, robberies etc if they are not allowed to tell the police how to do the job and are not allowed to influence who is arrested?
I look forward to seeing how our elected PCC will make and influence key decisions that will impact on how our local area looks and feels...............
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All those people who think that the elected police crime comissioner is going to wave a magic wand over Canvey really should wake up and smell the coffee, until 24 hour CANVEY BASED policing returns there will be NO improvements to the current crime and anti social behaviour that is sweeping the Island. Remember the only 24 hour Canvey based emergency service we have on the Island is the NHS Ambulance service. On becoming Home Secretary, Theresa May told senior officers she wanted to be crystal clear that the mission of the police service was “to cut crime, no more and no less”. What interests me is the fundamental contradiction made by the Home Office in their rather desperate sales pitch of the Police Crime Commisioners role. Look at this: PCCs will make and influence key decisions that will impact on how your local area looks and feels – from CCTV, street lighting and graffiti to tackling gangs and drug-dealing. And now, on the same Home Office website, contrast with this statement: It will not be for the PCC to tell the professionals how to do their job - the legislation continues to protect the operational independence of the police by making it clear that the chief constables retain direction and control of the forces officers and staff. The operations of the police will not be politicised; who is arrested and how investigations work will not become political decisions. So the cat is out of the bag, and the question all of us have to ask is; how does a Police Crime Commisioner tackle gangs and drug-dealing, robberies etc if they are not allowed to tell the police how to do the job and are not allowed to influence who is arrested? I look forward to seeing how our elected PCC will make and influence key decisions that will impact on how our local area looks and feels............... . Spirit of Kings Park

10:50am Tue 27 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

To start with an excellent idea would be to publicly state he is behind 20% cuts being stopped.

It is painfully obvious to any normal person that 20% cuts in anything will lead to problems !!!
To start with an excellent idea would be to publicly state he is behind 20% cuts being stopped. It is painfully obvious to any normal person that 20% cuts in anything will lead to problems !!! Brunning999

11:18am Tue 27 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

Shows how out of touch the police are on Canvey.

They closed Benfleet station and all but closed Canvey - so what do they expect?!
Shows how out of touch the police are on Canvey. They closed Benfleet station and all but closed Canvey - so what do they expect?! GentleGiant

12:35pm Tue 27 Nov 12

perini says...

We ought to start taking bets as to when someone - albeit Nick or a senior Police Officer - finally has that 'light-bulb' moment and equates an increase in crime to the Police Station closure! Trouble is - it may take some time!
We ought to start taking bets as to when someone - albeit Nick or a senior Police Officer - finally has that 'light-bulb' moment and equates an increase in crime to the Police Station closure! Trouble is - it may take some time! perini

1:04pm Tue 27 Nov 12

upset says...

Post Office in Maurice Road, not for about fifteen years I think, but the police and the Echo would not know that!!!
Post Office in Maurice Road, not for about fifteen years I think, but the police and the Echo would not know that!!! upset

1:29pm Tue 27 Nov 12

iknowbetter says...

I like the bit where it says contact Southend Police, thats not even in Castlpoint. They cant keep up with there own crime now they have all of Castlepoints.. Great thinking by our wonderfull Government...
I like the bit where it says contact Southend Police, thats not even in Castlpoint. They cant keep up with there own crime now they have all of Castlepoints.. Great thinking by our wonderfull Government... iknowbetter

2:18pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Rich:Carol says...

Canvey is getting as bad as Hackney, Forest Gate, Stoke Newington, Dalston and Joberg. Such a dangerous place now Canvey Island.
Canvey is getting as bad as Hackney, Forest Gate, Stoke Newington, Dalston and Joberg. Such a dangerous place now Canvey Island. Rich:Carol

3:14pm Tue 27 Nov 12

bumper says...

what append with this supper cop from last week who was going stop robberies i thought he was talking cr@.p at the time he had his nice pic in paper told you he was a joke.....
what append with this supper cop from last week who was going stop robberies i thought he was talking cr@.p at the time he had his nice pic in paper told you he was a joke..... bumper

3:25pm Tue 27 Nov 12

MrFrogFace says...

The whole armed robbery and house break ins are being stirred up by that facebook group Canvey watch. Criminals are on there laughing at people putting up messages like 'im petrified its going to happen to me' and their 'on the spot reporting on situations' Going out to 'look' or have a drive around hot spot areas' dont people know how easy it is to trace others on social networking sites?
The whole armed robbery and house break ins are being stirred up by that facebook group Canvey watch. Criminals are on there laughing at people putting up messages like 'im petrified its going to happen to me' and their 'on the spot reporting on situations' Going out to 'look' or have a drive around hot spot areas' dont people know how easy it is to trace others on social networking sites? MrFrogFace

9:59pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

MrFrogFace wrote:
The whole armed robbery and house break ins are being stirred up by that facebook group Canvey watch. Criminals are on there laughing at people putting up messages like 'im petrified its going to happen to me' and their 'on the spot reporting on situations' Going out to 'look' or have a drive around hot spot areas' dont people know how easy it is to trace others on social networking sites?
And your point is?
[quote][p][bold]MrFrogFace[/bold] wrote: The whole armed robbery and house break ins are being stirred up by that facebook group Canvey watch. Criminals are on there laughing at people putting up messages like 'im petrified its going to happen to me' and their 'on the spot reporting on situations' Going out to 'look' or have a drive around hot spot areas' dont people know how easy it is to trace others on social networking sites?[/p][/quote]And your point is? Brunning999

6:53am Wed 28 Nov 12

fireblade96 says...

canvey has always been a dump this just hilights whats been happening for years you just didnt hear of it and yes i used to live there
canvey has always been a dump this just hilights whats been happening for years you just didnt hear of it and yes i used to live there fireblade96

7:16am Wed 28 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

GentleGiant wrote:
Shows how out of touch the police are on Canvey.

They closed Benfleet station and all but closed Canvey - so what do they expect?!
You have made the exact point in fact the very exact point about what the problem is!

You say 'it shows how out of touch 'they are' from that I assume you mean the Police'

Well mate law and order is not about the Police ONLY preventing crime they are part of that prevention, you are, parents are, the entire community is and it is that community that contributes taxes to pay for police for that very purpose, and any normal sensible thinking person which you obviously are surely must realise that if you reduce those payments to Police by 20 % then there will be less Policing especially when the crime rate is increasing as a result of a recession which was created by one Government and is continuing with currently little hope of improvement by another.
So we now have an easy situation :
Less Police
Less money
More crime.

And the government have demoralized Essex Police, reduced their numbers massively, decreased their budget by 20%, caused the Chief Constable to leave, and they now have a guy that has been politically selected to hire and fire the Chief, set budgets with his hands tied behind his back, set Policing Policies and keep in touch with ALL OF ESSEX .

THAT IS THE POLICY OF A MAD PERSON NOT THE FAULT OF THE POLICE.

SO STOP BLAMING THE POLICE THAT IS AN EASY THING TO DO BLAME TNE IDIOTS THAT ARE DESTROYING THE POLICE!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: Shows how out of touch the police are on Canvey. They closed Benfleet station and all but closed Canvey - so what do they expect?![/p][/quote]You have made the exact point in fact the very exact point about what the problem is! You say 'it shows how out of touch 'they are' from that I assume you mean the Police' Well mate law and order is not about the Police ONLY preventing crime they are part of that prevention, you are, parents are, the entire community is and it is that community that contributes taxes to pay for police for that very purpose, and any normal sensible thinking person which you obviously are surely must realise that if you reduce those payments to Police by 20 % then there will be less Policing especially when the crime rate is increasing as a result of a recession which was created by one Government and is continuing with currently little hope of improvement by another. So we now have an easy situation : Less Police Less money More crime. And the government have demoralized Essex Police, reduced their numbers massively, decreased their budget by 20%, caused the Chief Constable to leave, and they now have a guy that has been politically selected to hire and fire the Chief, set budgets with his hands tied behind his back, set Policing Policies and keep in touch with ALL OF ESSEX . THAT IS THE POLICY OF A MAD PERSON NOT THE FAULT OF THE POLICE. SO STOP BLAMING THE POLICE THAT IS AN EASY THING TO DO BLAME TNE IDIOTS THAT ARE DESTROYING THE POLICE!!!!! Brunning999

9:05am Wed 28 Nov 12

madmax1 says...

Rich:Carol wrote:
Canvey is getting as bad as Hackney, Forest Gate, Stoke Newington, Dalston and Joberg. Such a dangerous place now Canvey Island.
A bit OTT.

But it is a dive. I heard their is a petition in the rest of South Essex to have that big sea wall of theirs removed.
[quote][p][bold]Rich:Carol[/bold] wrote: Canvey is getting as bad as Hackney, Forest Gate, Stoke Newington, Dalston and Joberg. Such a dangerous place now Canvey Island.[/p][/quote]A bit OTT. But it is a dive. I heard their is a petition in the rest of South Essex to have that big sea wall of theirs removed. madmax1

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