ONE of Basildon's most heinous crimes was the subject of a BBC documentary this morning.  

BBC One's Critical Incident focuses on assaults on emergency frontline workers and features interviews with those who have been subjected to such attacks.

On Monday’s programme, which airesd at 9.15am on BBC One, it focused on an incident which happened on the Somercotes estate, in Laindon, on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Eight officers were responding to an incident and were trying to detain people following reports of a motorbike being driven dangerously.


But during the incident, the officers were attacked from behind by 28-year-old Justin Jackson who doused them in petrol while several other people involved in the incident were urging others to then set them on fire.


Jailed - Justin Jackson 

Two officers were hospitalised after ingesting the noxious liquid but all eight were supported by passers-by who continued to pour water on them.

Extra units were also called to scene for support. 

Since that day, all eight officers were commended for their bravery by Her Honour Judge Samantha Cohen and Jackson was jailed for three years and nine months.


Aeriel - police helicopter footage captured the incident

The programme features interviews with some of those attacked that day including Chief Inspector Jonathan Baldwin, PC Matthew Cutts and PC Stephen Gunshon as well as investigating officer DC Natalie Backhouse and Chief Constable BJ Harrington.

What happened and who was jailed?

A MAN who doused police officers with petrol at the end of a high speed chase has been jailed. 

Justin Jackson, 28, admitted eight counts of administering a noxious substance with intent to injure, annoy or aggrieve.

He was jailed for three years and nine months.

When officers tried to arrest the youth at a block of flats, Jackson threw petrol in their faces.

Jackson who lived in Ward Close, Laindon, was later arrested and initially charged with seven attempts to cause grievous bodily harm.

A hearing took place on September 23, during which charges of GBH, were denied, and dropped.

Jackson subsequently admitted throwing the petrol at officers to annoy.

At the same time as Jackson's offence, his mum Janine Justin grabbed a hammer before approaching police during a row in the street.

She gesticulated at police with the hammer while Justin Jackson, her son, threw petrol in their faces.

She was convicted of possessing an offensive weapon.

Justin, 47, formerly of Ward Close, Laindon was convicted by a jury at Basildon Crown Court on October 9.

She was handed nine months in jail, suspended for 18 months.

She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

The incident took place on May 5.

It started when a motorbike was stolen and taken to a memorial ride for Denny Richardson, 17, who tragically died in a motorbike crash on May 2 on Canvey.

At Chelmsford Crown Court on August 16, a 17-year-old boy, the driver of the motorbike, was banned from driving for 12 months and fined for dangerous driving.