Thurrock councillor and father attacked in South Ockendon

Update: 1300 hrs

Statement from Essex Police

Three men have been injured after a disturbance in South Ockendon.

We were called to Co-op on Canterbury Parade just after 8.30pm on July 22, to reports of a large group of teenagers and young adults were causing a disturbance.

A fight then broke out, and several members of the public were assaulted.

Two men, aged in their 30s, and a man aged in his 70s suffered injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Officers attended the scene and searched the area but could find no trace of the group.

Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any CCTV, dash cam footage or information, is asked to call 101 and ask for Grays Local Policing Team. The reference number to quote is 1313 of 22/07.

Alternatively, you can contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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A THURROCK councillor and his father were subject to a serious assault in South Ockendon on Sunday night.

YT understands that East Tilbury councillor, James Baker was with his father, former Ockendon councillor, Chris Baker outside the Co-Op in Canterbury Parade at just before 9pm when the attack is said to have occurred.

YT has contacted Essex Police but they have yet to issue a statement.

A Thurrock Independents spokesman said: “Last night (Sunday 22nd July) we were informed by former Thurrock Independents Councillor Chris Baker that he had been assaulted in South Ockendon along with East Tilbury councillor James Baker and a member of the public while trying to assist shop staff during a robbery by approximately 15-18 individuals.

“Chris and James Baker were taken to hospital where they received medical attention.

“There is an ongoing police investigation so we will not be able to comment further on the situation at this current time.”

Mike Fletcher, Labour councillor for Belhus said, “I’m absolutely disgusted at this news. Chris and James Baker were simply standing up for themselves and their neighbourhood and did not deserve what happened. Our thoughts are with them and their family.”

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