Local firms concerns over VAT

Earlier this month, the government raised the cost of VAT from 17.5 per cent to 20 per cent and fuel duty was added to pump prices on New Year’s Day, sending prices soaring by an average of 3.55p for a litre of unleaded petrol and 3.64p for diesel.

Darnley Road murder trial: Murder accused’s bloody fingerprint found at scene

As the interviews entered the second day, the questioning became more intense. DS Morgan returned to the last day Scamp was alleged to have seen Daniel “Dave” Thomas. In quick fire, she was asked: “Did you argue? Did you inflict an injury? Did you stab him? Did you cut his throat? Did you stab him in the abdomen? Did you stab him in the chest? On each occasion, Scamp said “No”

Letters found underneath murder accused’s bed describe attack

LETTERS detailing a violent confrontation were found underneath the bed in Maidstone where the teen accused of murdering Daniel “Dave Thomas was “being harboured”, court heard today (Tuesday). The letters were read out to the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court on the fifth day of the trial of Priscilla Scamp, 18, Centurion Way, Purfleet, who is accused of murdering Daniel Thomas, 59, in a flat at 38a Darnley Road, Grays at or near to April 14th, last year.

Murder Trial stopped after witness claims of “intimidation”

Mr Selen then informed the court that he would not repeat what else was in his written statement that he had given last year. Mr Selen was “encouraged” by Judge Gratwicke to continue stating that “Everyone in the court room are mature adults”. However, Mr Selen became agitated and refused to go on. He said: “My life has been jeopardised. Someone came to my house last Friday.”

Darnley Road Trial: Day 2: Murder accused seen in Grays with blood splattered clothing

“I saw Priscilla near to the railway station. She had a scratch on her hand, she had lost a tooth and had blood all over her leggings. “I asked her what happened. She pulled her leggings down and showed me. She said Kevin did it to her (her ex-boyfriend). “All of a sudden, she smacked me in the face. I said to her: You’re supposed to be my mate and you punch me of all things.

Packed domestic violence courts after Christmas

Ben Davis, 25, Whitmore Gardens, Grays attacked Sarah Taylor and her friend Kerry Martin as they walked home on Blackshots Lane last August. The court heard that after Davis initially assaulted Ms Taylor. She rang 999 and pleaded with the controller: “He’ll kill me”. She was left with a swollen eye.

Swopshop time with unwanted Christmas gifts

If unwanted presents, toys, books, kitchenware, old keyboards or electrical appliances permanently clutter your cupboards, this is a chance to clean them out, and possibly get something you actually need in return. Give and Take Days are a community waste exchange events organised to promote the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle.

Childcare at top of council agenda

The meetings will be at Thursday, 13 January, at the Thameside Children Centre, Manor Road, Grays, between 8.15am and 10am; Wednesday, 19 January, at the Beacon Children’s Centre, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, between 9am and 11.30am; Saturday, 22 January, at Purfleet Primary School, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, between 10am and 2pm; and Wednesday, 26 January, at the Flag Ship Children’s Centre, London Road, Tilbury, from 4pm until 6pm.

Year in review: December

The Royal Opera technical facility opened in Purfleet with the premiere of Ludd and Isis. The Thameside panto was great. Controversy over Basildon hospital refused to go away. Quarry Hill primary came out of special measures and St Mary’s in Tilbury achieved perfect scores in their SATS tests. Our Christmas stories include the birth of a goat at the nativity scene at Thurrock Garden Centre in South Ockendon.

Year in review: October

There was the tragic death of Purfleet youngster Lenny Scamp who died from a brain tumour. In many ways the story was of how the Purfleet community gathered together. We discovered that Terry Venables had plans for a sports development in Aveley. We filmed Siya Twani at Gable Hall school as part of Black History month. He was truly inspirational and in a different way, so was Stan Earle at Stan’s gym.

Busy year for Transformation Thurrock

2010 has been a year of challenge on a number of levels, but also a year of making headway. I’ve been taken deeper in some directions, while others have been cut off. The challenge of church unity remains my underpinning vision.

Year in review: May

Then came election night. The YourThurrock team turned up at the Civic Hall, Blackshots at 9pm on Thursday night. We eventually left at 3pm the next day. Thurrock’s election count was and we use the technical term: “a total cock-up”. In the end (that is 9am the next day) Jackie Doyle-Price won by 92 votes and became Thurrock’s first Conservative MP since 1992. In South Basildon and East Thurrock, Stephen Metcalfe trounced Angela Smith by over 6,000 votes. Losing Labour candidate, Carl Morris took the defeat with great dignity.

Close shave for Palmer’s principal

Mark Vinall, Principal, said, “This was a fantastic event to be a part of, and I’m really pleased that the students and staff got behind us and donated so much money. I’d like to thank the Student Executive for their extra donation – I hope the money we raised at Palmer’s will make a difference.”

Royal Opera House production park opens tonight

The first phase of the £60m Royal Opera House creative industries production park opens tonight on the 14-acres of grade II-listed High House Farm in Purfleet. The opening will be marked by a specially commissioned opera, Ludd and Isis, which involves professional singers with members of the Thurrock community.

Friday school closures

Friday closures as of 0830 hrs Primary Acorns pre-school Annexe playgroup Arthur Bugler Aveley Baptist pre-school Belmont childcare Benyon Bonnygate Bulphan Chafford Hundred Corringham Deneholm Dilkes East Tilbury Infants and Juniors Graham James Herringham Holy Cross Horndon on the Hill Kennington Lansdowne Little Thurrock Manor Infants and Nursery Purfleet St Joseph’s St Mary’s St Thomas’ […]

Chafford Hundred Womens Institute

Ladies were advised that Chafford Hundred WI was now a member of the WIsome Lottery Club. Janet King reminded ladies of the arrangements for the Christmas meal, to be held at Top Meadow Golf Club on Thursday, December 16. WI adviser Tricia Evans finally arrived with us at 8.30pm to oversee the committee elections. Ann Milne was elected president for our second year and she thanked ladies for their vote of confidence.

Benny’s lighting up Hollywood panto!

FORMER Ormiston Park Academy teacher Benny Harris is lighting up Hollywood as he stars in Nigel Lythgoes’ Cinderella at the El Portal theatre in North Hollywood from November 27-December 19, 2010.

Benny from Purfleet has been over in Hollywood for a number of years now, nurturing a successful career. In Cinderella he plays Buttons alongside Broadway and stars from films such as Harry Potter.

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