Crack team of detectives return to Island to solve robberies

A CRACK team of detectives - dedicated to solving the most serious of crimes - will return to the Island’s police station within days.


And the top priority for the CID team of 13 detectives will be solving the recent spate of armed robberies which has left shopkeepers and residents leaving in fear.


The announcement comes not a moment too soon for residents on the Island who have suffered seven armed raids in the last six weeks, including one where raiders were armed with guns.


The new Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston has already visited Canvey for an urgent meeting with MP Rebecca Harris, police and businesses about the crimewave where he vowed to beef up the presence of officers.


Supt Andy Prophet - the man in charge of policing in Castle Point, Rochford, Basildon and Southend - has wasted no time in setting up the new CID team.


From Saturday the nine detective constables and three detectives sergeants, who will be led by Det Insp Colin Norton, will be permanently based at Canvey Island police station full time.


They will work in teams of four - made up of three constables and a sergeant - and will provide round the clock cover to solve the most serious of crimes including violent attacks and armed robberies.


As well as solving crimes in Castle Point they will also deal with crimes in the neighbouring boroughs of Southend and Basildon.


Supt Prophet said: “As of Saturday we will have a pro-active CID team based at Canvey and they will start and end their day there.


“They will work from the station every day, on early and late shifts, and hopefully it will give people reassurance to know that the station has detectives in it and working from it.


“I understand people’s concerns around these robberies, but I want them to know that i’m listening to those concerns and every bit of effort is going into solving these.


“I have told this team of detectives that solving these crimes is their top priority.”


In January 2011 the Echo told how several response officers - who work around the clock and respond to 999 calls - were being moved from their base at Canvey police station in Long Road.


That left just neighbourhood officers based at the station, prompting concerns that the Island would be left vulnerable.
 

Last week police and crime commissioner Nick Alston unveiled a five point action plan in the wake of the armed raids, including measures such as bolstering police numbers and cover.


The creation of the CID unit at Canvey is part of another reshuffle taking place in Essex Police as the force continues to make£44million of savings by 2014 as it copes with sweeping budget cuts.

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2:05pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

Crikey - move over Inspector Morse !
Crikey - move over Inspector Morse ! Olivia2847
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2:23pm Fri 30 Nov 12

bumper says...

here we go again supper cop's

watch this space ?

i do not know about crack team more like dope team.......
here we go again supper cop's watch this space ? i do not know about crack team more like dope team....... bumper
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2:34pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

bumper wrote:
here we go again supper cop's

watch this space ?

i do not know about crack team more like dope team.......
Supper cops? More like a dogs dinner plan by the newly appointed commissar....
[quote][p][bold]bumper[/bold] wrote: here we go again supper cop's watch this space ? i do not know about crack team more like dope team.......[/p][/quote]Supper cops? More like a dogs dinner plan by the newly appointed commissar.... Olivia2847
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2:34pm Fri 30 Nov 12

BMNO6 says...

"Crack team" what!! in Essex,,,,,,,,, ha ha ha ha,,,,, fickle, fact.
"Crack team" what!! in Essex,,,,,,,,, ha ha ha ha,,,,, fickle, fact. BMNO6
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2:37pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Audioman says...

Send for the UCOS team they will do better
Send for the UCOS team they will do better Audioman
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3:08pm Fri 30 Nov 12

perini says...

I think it's a positive step and maybe we should judge by results. Nick hasn't got his feet dry yet but is already taking a pro-active approach to his new position. It certainly doesn't need a brain surgeon to realise that a closed Police station will equal increased crime!
I think it's a positive step and maybe we should judge by results. Nick hasn't got his feet dry yet but is already taking a pro-active approach to his new position. It certainly doesn't need a brain surgeon to realise that a closed Police station will equal increased crime! perini
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3:44pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Nothing new there then if you read the real truth.

'A crack team of 13' covering Castle Point, Basildon and Southend.

Stop playing silly games that is a big area that 10 years ago was covered by 50 CID officers, plus UNIFORMED Officers.

Please stop the BULLSH YT.
Nothing new there then if you read the real truth. 'A crack team of 13' covering Castle Point, Basildon and Southend. Stop playing silly games that is a big area that 10 years ago was covered by 50 CID officers, plus UNIFORMED Officers. Please stop the BULLSH YT. Brunning999
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3:59pm Fri 30 Nov 12

andyh says...

BMNO6 wrote:
"Crack team" what!! in Essex,,,,,,,,, ha ha ha ha,,,,, fickle, fact.
Yes, not only Crack but other illegal substances also.
[quote][p][bold]BMNO6[/bold] wrote: "Crack team" what!! in Essex,,,,,,,,, ha ha ha ha,,,,, fickle, fact.[/p][/quote]Yes, not only Crack but other illegal substances also. andyh
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4:56pm Fri 30 Nov 12

EssexPerson says...

Whilst this is a great move, its more reactive rather than proactive. I would still prefer a visual, on the street, police presence and deterrent.
They may eventually catch the scum-bags (hopefully lying in a ditch after a angry shopkeeper/local catches them) but in the mean time they are still roaming in a police free area to carry on the crimes.
Whilst this is a great move, its more reactive rather than proactive. I would still prefer a visual, on the street, police presence and deterrent. They may eventually catch the scum-bags (hopefully lying in a ditch after a angry shopkeeper/local catches them) but in the mean time they are still roaming in a police free area to carry on the crimes. EssexPerson
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5:13pm Fri 30 Nov 12

GentleGiant says...

Try giving Canvey and Benfleet a proper police station - one that is open decent hours.
Try giving Canvey and Benfleet a proper police station - one that is open decent hours. GentleGiant
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5:18pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

GentleGiant wrote:
Try giving Canvey and Benfleet a proper police station - one that is open decent hours.
Exactly not like the one in Merton recently where the crack team spent their time watching **** and polishing their golf clubs akin to Early Doors!
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: Try giving Canvey and Benfleet a proper police station - one that is open decent hours.[/p][/quote]Exactly not like the one in Merton recently where the crack team spent their time watching **** and polishing their golf clubs akin to Early Doors! Olivia2847
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5:33pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

GentleGiant wrote:
Try giving Canvey and Benfleet a proper police station - one that is open decent hours.
That is not possible yet and will not be possible until a high Flying Senior Officer invents the idea for a project making him a promotion hope.
[quote][p][bold]GentleGiant[/bold] wrote: Try giving Canvey and Benfleet a proper police station - one that is open decent hours.[/p][/quote]That is not possible yet and will not be possible until a high Flying Senior Officer invents the idea for a project making him a promotion hope. Brunning999
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8:24pm Fri 30 Nov 12

soul man says...

thats all we need, a crack team, thats whats causing all these robberies me thinks
thats all we need, a crack team, thats whats causing all these robberies me thinks soul man
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2:56pm Sat 1 Dec 12

SpiffSpaffington1984 says...

"Last week police and crime
commissioner Nick Alston
unveiled a five point action plan"

ive got a 1 point action plan; re-open the ****ing police station!
"Last week police and crime commissioner Nick Alston unveiled a five point action plan" ive got a 1 point action plan; re-open the ****ing police station! SpiffSpaffington1984
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