Changes To Police Stations’ Opening Times

(Echo) – CANVEY POLICE STATION has changed its opening times to coincide with their busiest periods.

The front desk at the station in Long Road, Canvey is now open from noon until 8pm every weekday, and between 9.00am and 5.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Chief Inspector Keith Davies, of Castle Point police, said: “Research of our high demand times at both Canvey and Benfleet police stations have influenced these revised opening hours.

“If the public need to reach us on non-emergency issues it is important that we are available at times convenient to them.”

The front office at Benfleet police station in the High Road, Benfleet is open between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

It will however be closed from Monday April 26 until Friday April 30 to allow for maintenance work to be carried out. Normal opening times resume on Tuesday, May 4 following the Bank Holiday.

While the Benfleet front office is closed for the work to be completed, Canvey front office will open at the earlier time of 9.15am and close as usual at 8pm.

When front offices are closed the public can still contact the stations via 0300 333 4444. The nearest 24-hour station is Rayleigh, at 119 High Street, Rayleigh.


Woman Dragged Into Alleyway

(BBC) – A 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has been dragged into an alleyway in Essex.

She was accosted on Tuesday, around 7.00pm, by a man in Thisselt Road, Canvey Island, who approached her from behind before dragging her into the alley.

The woman screamed, forcing her attacker to run off towards Waarden Road. Officers recovered a pink glove at the scene. The woman was uninjured.

Det Insp Ian Collins said: “We’re obviously concerned as to the motive of this attack.”

He added: “It was only thwarted by the woman’s brave actions.

“We need to identify this man quickly and I’m hoping the pink glove may jog someone’s memory which in turn will lead them to identifying him for us.”

The assailant is described as white, in his late teens or early 20s, about 5ft 9in tall and was wearing a dark hoodie.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Essex Police on 0300 3334444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.