Saturday, July 13, 2024

Did it take Essex Police two hours to attend a 999 call from 75-year-old South Ockendon resident whose house was being burgled?

Darenth Lane

THIS is what we know.

On Saturday (March 3rd), a concerned daughter told fellow members of a Facebook page that it took Essex Police two hours to attend a 999 call to her 75-year-old mother’s home.

She claimed that the mother had rung 999 as there were “Two men in a black 4 x 4 trying to get into her back door”.

The mother lives in Darenth Lane, South Ockendon.

The daughter claimed that they rang at 8pm and the police attended at 10.15. She also claimed that they only attended when they rang up further to complain re (non) attendance.

So, we contacted Essex Police and asked them “Do you have any details re report and attendance at poss break in Darenth Lane
on Sat March 3rd please?”.

“Could you tell us what time call came in and what time officers attended at location?”

Essex Police responded: “We were called to an address in Darenth Lane, South Ockendon at around 8pm on Saturday, March 3 following reports of damage to the back door of a property there.

“If you have any information please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/29593/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111″.

Needless to say, we have contacted Essex Police and asked them (as we did in our original e-mail)…”What time did you attend at location?”

We have yet to establish what was said in original 999 call.
Was it…”I have had my back door damaged” or “Men are trying to break in”

We will keep you updated.

Readers may recall that we ran a story in 2016 regarding Essex Police, 999 calls and response times.


  1. Essex Police are a failing force we all know that, so this comes as no surprise.
    They were probably pranking a fellow officer or going for there regular Maccy D.

    Trouble is they are not accountable and the commissioner is as wet as a British summer.


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