Review of the Year: January 2011

Sport

In football: Thurrock were in trouble after being beaten 7-2 at home versus Dover. Their manager quit soon after. There was a “little local difficulty”, ie: a mass brawl after the Tilbury v Grays Ath local derby.

Meanwhile, East Thurrock hit ten wins in a row.

Education

Teacher and badminton coach, Carlton Darrell went to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE.

The year began with Gateway Academy explaining how they nurture those who are reluctant to come to school. They ended the year with an “Outstanding” report from Ofsted.

Politics

We began the year noting how many Tories were absent from meetings. That theme continued throughout the year as councillors absentee rates were less than impressive. There were some who turned up for everything and others…who did not.

We caught up with Labour council candidate, Aaron Kiely who outlined why he wanted to be a councillor. Aaron became a breath of fresh air during the year. Yep, he was making lots of mistakes and most of them in public (esp during the riots) but he is a conviction politician and we cannot have it both ways. Bemoan the fact that younger people don’t get involved in politics and when they do question them.

Crime

We noted how busy the domestic violence courts are after Christmas.

Stanford-le-Hope Scout leader Stanton Hughes admitted child porn charges.

The murder trial of Priscilla Scamp began at Chelmsford Crown Court. It was a disturbing trial that YT followed for three weeks and although Priscilla was sentenced to eighteen years, it left, in our opinion, more questions than answers.

A thirteen-year-old and a woman were arrested for a murder in Seally Road, Grays. Police described the incident as “domestic”.

Business

Local firms concerned over VAT and low on confidence. It only got worse over the year as we slumped into the double-dip recession.

Lakeside started celebrating its 21 years with a series of heart-warming charity events.

Katie Price came to Lakeside.

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